Captivations is a monthly feature featuring links, stories and news that captivated me. It’s a packed post today! Take a look at all the things captivating me lately.
One of my big life lessons learned in the past two years is making time for your priorities. This post was a great reminder of how we all have the same number of hours in a day and not having the time is usually a silly excuse.
“If you want something to be a priority in your life, you make the time for it at the expense of something you deem not as important. It’s truly that simple.”
An aura photographer was in Austin this month. This photography method has been around from the 70s and before photography, it was done through paintings, as the photographer’s mother did. You get into a dark space, which for me was a sphere tent set up outside a shop. You sit and place your hands on sensors. She takes the photo and you hold still for ten seconds. The first exposure is your image. The second exposure is the colors.
It was so interesting talking with the photographer about trends she’s seen and what she’s noticed in three years of doing this. They’ve seen twins with very similar auras and some with completely different auras. Same for couples and friends. The thing about the aura is that it can change from day to day. It depends on what’s going on in your life at that moment. It’s like how your feelings and attitudes can change. Her assistant said that she’s had her aura taken several times and there are cycles of similar photos and a few different ones thrown in.
All in all, it’s a gorgeous photo and I love the colors and composition. It represents me at that moment, what I’m working on and what actions and feelings are recognized.
All the Info You Need for Planning a Bachelorette Party
I took all my bachelorette party knowledge and packed it into two posts for you – one with general bachelorette party planning tips and another with suggestions for an Austin bachelorette party.
Watched: War and Peace
Have you all seen the War and Peace series on A&E, Lifetime or the History Channel? It’s so good. Slightly chick flick with lots of war and history. It’s eight hours long and how the episodes are divided up depends on the network. The guy that plays Andrei (guy on the right below) is dreamy. Dare I say, it made me want to read the book?
Austin’s Best Eats
As part of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance, I wrote two posts for their 2016 City Guide: pastries and North Austin restaurants. In the city guide, you’ll find posts for almost every cuisine, dish or area. If you want to explore Austin’s best eats, these guides will help!
Things to Start Doing NOW
The great thing about the Internet is that it is so much easier to share wisdom that will help us live the most satisfying life possible. This list of 10 life lessons is a must read!
February was one for parties! I hosted a dumpling party filled with good eats and a Valentine’s party filled with DIY projects. Stay tuned for an upcoming post about the third one – a DIY watercolor party!
Having It All Kinda Sucks
When I heard Joan Lunden speak at the Prevention R3 Summit in January, she mentioned the great strides that have allowed women to do so much more, mainly get an education and get better jobs. The thing is, while we (women) are told we can now have it all, we’re also expected to do it all flawlessly. What has resulted is the pressure and overwhelming stress to run a household, raise amazing kids, and have a successful career. The pressure is making women frazzled and feeling guilty. What’s needed is less judgment and more understanding. This article by a new mom and business owner elaborates on the topic and gives a first-hand explanation.
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Austin Lamb Jam
This past weekend, my boyfriend and some of our friends and I went to a lamb fest! Twelve restaurants created their best lamb dishes and there was plenty of wine and beer. It was also the PERFECT weather! I’ll tell you more about the dishes in the Flavors of the Month post later this week. Until then, here’s a photo!
I’m an idealist and optimist, and ultimately, I want marriage to work out. I want people to value the life-long vow they made and not give up when the going gets tough. I’m also realizing that the ideal situation doesn’t always work out and outsiders should not have a say in private matters between two people. This Momastery post gave me great insight and comfort in understanding how delicate marriage and divorce are. I’m looking forward to reading her book Love Warrior when it comes out this year.
What’s been happening in your world lately?