A huge thank you and internet hugs all round for the amazing comments (both on the blog or individual emails) that I got after getting really honest yesterday. I teared up reading some of your words. While I know that I am not the only one going through this; it was so, so good to hear your stories and what you are struggling with, too. Not because I’m glad others have these sorts of challenges, but because personal struggle inherently feels isolating precisely because we don’t talk about it much. I’m responding back to everyone, hopefully before the weekend is up.
My Favourite Articles and Links This Week
Here are six ideas on sparking happiness. Especially useful read if you are feeling like life is not that awesome at the moment.
How to plan a vacation. I’m a big fan of the tip that involves ‘packing a uniform’. Helps keep packing under control and you always look pulled together.
Assuming you are not going away with small children, here is a great idea to add depth, meaning, and art to your vacation- keep a journal while on vacation. I totally want to do this. But then again, I want to do everything.
If you are trying to put yourself out there a bit more, here is a good read about getting outside your comfort zone.
I loved this poem about raccoons by Dani Couture. Toronto has a lot of raccoons that cause all sorts of havoc, and I secretly love those little masked bandits.
My Favourite Pins This Week
Lemon zucchini cupcakes! I love cake with zucchini in it. I pretend its all about the veggies but really I’m stuffing my face with cake. It’s the definition of win-win. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe is here.
I love pasta salad, but only when it has truckloads of veggies in it. Not those wimpy kinds that are mostly noodles with a few flecks of bell pepper. This salad is the pasta salad of my dreams. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.
I love summer flower bouquets made from garden flowers and wildflowers. It’s like a visual meditation, just looking at them. Here is a great guide for putting together a rustic floral display for your home. They are calling it a wedding flower guide, but that seems far too narrow of an approach for this. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.
I regularly find myself saying this, but I swear one day I’m going to learn how to crochet! And when I do, I’m crocheting these adorable kitties first. Free pattern, too! Pinterest link is here, original post is here.
And this is totally me any time I spend a night anywhere but my own home. Pinterest link is here, and while the source is clearly this site (they were smart enough to include their address in the image!), I can’t find the direct link on their site.
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! I hope the sun is shining and you are feeling content.