Here’s what’s captivating me lately…
What a day we had on Friday, June 26, 2015! The Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage in all 50 states and it broke the Internet and caused many happy tears. I’m happy that people committed in love can officially show the world and have the same rights. “Our love is real” is what the first couple in my county said when they got married on Friday. I hope no couple in love ever has to feel that their love is not legitimate ever again. The last paragraph in the Supreme Court’s decision says enough for all.
What do you want to be weighed on?
I LOVE this post and this campaign by Lean Cuisine. We sometimes forget that there’s beauty on the inside and it’s ok to be proud of the things you’ve accomplished, endured and learned. Take a look at the video at the end of the post or below. This year I’m proud of becoming more vulnerable and honest to the people around me, chasing my passion of party planning and opening up my mind to what a life of adventure looks like. What are you most proud of lately?
You are precious. You are not alone.
Mental illness and depression is a subject I care about because I feel deeply for those close to me who have and do endure it. I’m glad it is becoming something we are not afraid to talk about, though it is incredibly vulnerable and brave. I read three posts this month that I thought were great insights into the subject. It’ll give you an idea of what depression feels like and how our compassion and openness to people who endure it can make a difference. Check out this post about understanding the stigma my friend wrote, Momastery’s post of encouragement and Hannah Brencher’s post.
After 6 classes, 26 hours, and 6 dives in Lake Travis (one going to 60 ft!), I’m scuba-certified! Visibility in Lake Travis was only 3-8 feet so I’m very excited to try out my new skill in clear, blue waters somewhere else. No trip planned yet but hopefully soon! If you have location recommendations, let me know!
I’ve been drawn to the ideas of minimalism lately. It’s not only about having less physical things but being intentional about the things you include in your life. I loved Collin Wright’s answers in this interview, especially what minimalism means to him:
“To me, minimalism is the intentional, focused use of my time, energy, and resources (like money). It’s knowing myself well enough to understand what brings me joy and fulfillment, and what helps me grow, so that I can focus on those activities, relationships, habits, and everything else.”
For me, I’m trying minimalism by cleaning out my home of clothing and accessories I don’t need and investing in quality products that truly bring me joy. I’m also being conscious of how I spend my time and what brings me joy. If you want more guidance, check out fellow Austin blogger Lauren’s minimalist living posts and this simple list of how to live with less.
My photo was printed in the paper!
Austin360, the Austin American-Statesman’s supplement, printed the Instagram photo I took at Adelbert’s Brewery (top left). I’m proud of it!
Why you should give up your dream
“It was only by pursuing one dream—and then giving it up—that I was able to find a new, better one.” It’s ok to admit that your dreams can change. It’s ok if they do. Ask yourself the hard questions continuously to make sure you’re still living your dream.
What’s captivating you lately?