Captivations is a monthly feature with links, stories, and news that captivated me.
September was a big month. One, I got MARRIED! Having spent my whole life not married, it’s a little bit of a mental shift for me, even if our routines and life don’t change that much. When this post goes live, we’ll still be on our honeymoon in Indonesia, so know it was written and scheduled to publish before the wedding. In the next few months, I’ll have many posts about the wedding and Indonesia for you, so stay tuned! Until then, thank you for your sweet wishes as I navigate this new chapter in my life! (The above photo is from the celebration at my work before I left to get married!)
Thank You, Summer!
Summer was so good to me. Sure, there was a bit (tiny, tiny bit) of stress with the final details of wedding planning, but we also had a lot of good memories. Of course, there was time at the lake, floating the river, and pool parties. There were birthdays, a baby shower, and a bachelorette party. I caught up with friends and ate so much good food!
Now, it’s officially autumn, possibly the best time of the year. My intention for this season is to savor and hustle. There are already parties on the schedule, and marathon training is in high gear! Plus, lots and lots of football watching. We’ll be learning all about married life when we get back, which will be a fun adventure. What are you looking forward to this fall?
Posts You Might Have Missed
There were a bunch of new posts on my blog this month, including:
- I recapped my very fun bachelorette weekend trip.
- I suited up and took a tour of beehives.
- I featured a new favorite sushi restaurant – Uroko.
New Books by Austin Bloggers
Two of my friends published their first books recently! My friend Kelsey of the So Much Life published Austin Food Crawls, while Jane of A Taste of Koko published Koko’s Guide to Austin! How exciting! Both are perfect for people who want to explore Austin and are filled with tips and beautiful photos.
Changing the Conversation
I’ve talked about chefs and substance abuse here before. It’s a tough subject but I think the industry is becoming more open about addressing it. In Austin, chefs are coming together to help each other. Read more about it here.
It doesn’t get easier. It’s been 18 years and we still feel the aches when we remember how innocent people left goodbye voicemails before their plane crashed. This article about a woman who raised her daughters alone shows a small glimpse of where we are now.
This post written by a blogger to honor her mother hit me in the feels.
Where’s the line between helping a human being and breaking the law? Who decides the moral limit of compassion? This NPR clip/article talks about people who have helped migrants at the Arizona border. It reminds me of Captain Pia Klemp, who rejected an award and faces prison time for rescuing migrants at sea. If you saw someone who needed help, possibly from death, would you ignore them to avoid going to jail?
Is social media messing with your head? What is cool and who decided it? Are you drinking White Claw? This article talks about how following influencers affects our thinking. Do you dislike some influencers because you want to be like them or because they’re not being authentic? Bottom line: you do you and don’t do things you don’t want to do.
Taylor Swift’s new album came out last month and after a listen-through, my first thought was yeesh, I hope they’re married or at least engaged already. Her new album is full of love songs, presumably inspired by her boyfriend of three years. The songs are gushing with young love talking about forever. My first thought says more about me than her music. Proclaiming love loudly is not my forte. But if she’s in love and she thinks this is her forever love, then why not proclaim it loudly and celebrate it? Life is short. Why not celebrate all the little and big things as often as we can? (And after several listens, I’m loving all the love songs!)
I’m a fan of handwritten letters and letters in general. Writing has always been the best way for me to express myself. Plus, it’s always fun getting more than bills in the mail. I found a company called Sincerely that helps make sending a personal note easier.
Medal of Honor
If you see me wearing my medal in the weeks after running my first marathon, this was my inspiration. This guy did it for a month. People typically wear it for 48 hours if not only a few hours. Then it becomes clutter unless you have a flashy display in your house. I actually got rid of all my past medals recently!
What’s got you captivated lately?