Captivations is a monthly feature with links, stories, and news that captivated me.
April was a crazy month
For real. We started the month in the Cayman Islands. And then we were in Miami. All of a sudden, I finished the blink and I’m here writing my monthly recap.
It’s been an emotional month. When things rock your life, you’re not sure how and if life can continue as it is, and more importantly, you’re not sure if you are or can be the same person anymore. You try to find the version of yourself that survives and that dares to hope and love deeper. It’s a vulnerable place to be because life and our relationships are so delicate. I looked back on my manifesto I wrote years ago, and while there are things I would add, the belief that life won’t always go my way but there are good things on the other side remains the same. Fire refines gold and pressure makes diamonds.
I’ve still got many blog posts about my trip coming, and I am trying to catch up on the roller coaster chaos of this month. Until then, hold on, the best is yet to come.
30 Affirmations for Overcoming Self-Doubt
Everyone has self-doubt, though we have different levels. Here are 30 affirmations for you.
Do you use essential oils? I like the idea of them and the ways they can make your life better, but I haven’t jumped into using them extensively. Here are some ways you can use them.
I’ve talked a lot about abundance because, in this season of life, it’s something very important to me. I heard this quote recently: “Abundance is not something we acquire. It’s something we tune into.” Our lives are already abundant and if we count the ways regularly, I think it can solve a lot of our problems.
New Memorial Opening
The National Memorial for Peace and Justice opened in Montgomery, Alabama, and it’s the “first memorial dedicated to enslaved black people, people terrorized by lynching, African Americans humiliated by racial segregation and Jim Crow, and people of color burdened with contemporary presumptions of guilt and police violence.” Racial inequality is still prevalent in America but this somber memorial is another step in the right direction.
Sad Six-Word Stories
Ah, the power of words. This short collection of six-word stories will make you think and sad.
New Girl on Netflix
Season 6 is finally on Netflix and I am all for it! I started watching it from the beginning last year (?) and somehow got BF to join me so now it’s one of our favorite light-hearted shows. Schmidt is our favorite character, of course. What have you been watching lately?
Death and Grief
Every once in a while, I stop and think about my friend Matt. His smile and his carefree attitude are the things that come to mind. I thought about Matt when I read my friend Terra’s post about her friend David.
Asians in America
Where are Asians living in America and what is their effect on politics? This article is an interesting look.
We’re so addicted to being social, connected, and liked that it seems we are addicted to our smartphones. As this article and research suggest, healthy urges (needing to connect) causes unhealthy habits (being on our phones constantly). Interesting way to think about it.
I want to give a shout-out to my fashion blogger friend Janna! I love her fashionable yet casual and comfortable classic style, and she’s the only person who has convinced me to immediately buy a dress.
Lucas the Spider
Take two minutes and watch all of these cute animated videos!
Did you know 66% of Americans choose between buying food on the table and medical care? If you have the privilege to choose what you purchase, would you make better choices? This article gives some thought-provoking questions.
This article is an illustrative reminder of how short life is and how much time you have with your older family members and friends. For example, it’s likely you’ll see 15 presidents in your lifetime and you may have seen six to eight already.
Avengers: Infinity War
Ten years in the making, the big Avengers movie came out this month and I am all for it! Even though it was two hours and 40 minutes long, I could have sat through another hour so that they could play out everything in more detail. It gave me so many feelings, mostly good, and now we anxiously wait a year for when the story continues! Did you see it?
Fun photo at the top, right?! We happened to be in Miami during Pride Weekend and this was the set-up for the stage.
What’s captivating you lately?
P.S. I updated my Austin indoor cycling post this month since two studios closed and prices changed. If you want to try a spin class, let me know!