Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A Giveaway!

I'm a lover of books. All kinds. Fiction, non-fiction, short books, long books, coffee table books...

Kate Spade illustration.

So when I was contacted by Campus Book Rentals to giveaway $50 credit to one of you, my loyal, sweet readers, I was beyond elated. Whether or not you're in college at the moment is irrelevant -- You can rent those books you've always meant to read. Or explore topics you've always been interested in reading about beyond the wikipedia page. ;)


For instance...
I read this book for Econ but would highly recommend it to all.
Or Stephen King's memoir about writing.
(This would be pretty fascinating to read, too!)

Of course, if you're getting ready for upcoming semesters, an extra $50 for textbooks never hurt, am I right?

Just leave a comment about what you'd use the $50 credit for, and I'll pick a winner at random on Friday, June 7th. 

Good Luck!
xo

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Update: Using Random.org, Celeste was picked as our winner! Thanks for participating, everyone!
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Monday, May 27, 2013

{Quote of the Week.}

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Monday, May 20, 2013

{Quote of the Week.}

“Vulnerability is the only authentic state. Being vulnerable means being open, for wounding, but also for pleasure. Being open to the wounds of life means also being open to the bounty and beauty. Don’t mask or deny your vulnerability: it is your greatest asset. Be vulnerable: quake and shake in your boots with it. The new goodness that is coming to you, in the form of people, situations, and things can only come to you when you are vulnerable and open.” — Stephen Russell
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

All in a year's time.


Last weekend marked one year since I graduated from the University of Kansas.

One whole year.

In the course of a year so much can happen... and here's the thing:

It's not about whether or not somebody else thinks what you're doing is right. It's about doing what's right for you, when you're ready. It's about living your life for you and understanding and taking into consideration the advice and hopes others have for you--but really, truly, at the end of the day, going to bed confident with your decisions.

Are you living your life in a way that makes you happy? A way that makes you proud? Are you being brave with your life and at least giving your biggest dreams a chance though others scoff?

At the end of the day these are the questions you'll have to answer to yourself.

Some of us have found their way. Some have found their homes. Some have started families. And some of us, we're still finding our way.

But you know what?

None of us are doing it right.
None of us are doing it wrong. 

All that matters is that we're doing it the best we can.

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As for me, I'm still finding my way. I'm still fumbling and waiting and fickle. I have to remind myself that that's OK. Daily.

But, the adventures I've since had are more than I could have ever expected. And truly, I'm confident about my first year post-graduation.

More than anything, if it's been any indication of what's to come, I am ready.


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Monday, May 13, 2013

{Quote of the Week.}



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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!


To Mothers who were,
Mothers who are,
Mothers who will be, 
& those who act as a Mother,



 Happy Mother's Day!

I love you, Mom!
xo-
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Full of Grace.

 [Altötting, April 6, 2013.]

Once upon a time, in a little town called Altöttingin a little Chapel, a miracle occurred. And then another, and another. People began to spread the word of the little Chapel and the healing and hope it had given to so many. Soon people traveled from all over to see the blessed little Chapel. To pray in the little Chapel. 

In the little Chapel I too prayed. I prayed like all of those thousands of people had before me. I didn't know it at the time, but the little Chapel was where I would truly, honestly, wholeheartedly feel the Grace so many had spoken about. 

The next day, the very next day, what I prayed for was answered. 

I cried with joy for not only the answer I received, but the fact that I then knew--I knew that in a little Chapel, in a little town called Altötting, I too experienced a miracle. 

The miracle of Grace.


Cheesy? Yes. Absolutely true? Yes. A little cheese is good for the soul. ;)

(Hand to Heaven, I truly had no idea it was really called 'Grace Chapel' until after I started writing this post. The mind boggles.)
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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Learning how to come home.


[Overflowing with happiness reuniting with my nieces and the rest of my sweet family.]

To come home from another home is a weird feeling, because people expect you to be the person you were when you left, and that’s impossible. You expect things to be exactly the same as when you left, and that’s impossible. Maybe it’s impossible to even truly come home once you’ve gone away because of those changes. Coming home is strange, because now that place is just a tiny bit less of a home.


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I plan on writing more soon, dear readers. At the moment, I am on a wee hiatus. I'm just trying to find my groove. xo
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Monday, May 6, 2013

{Quote of the Week.}

[Munich. April 2013.]
She didn’t really want to forget all of it, because it had all meant happiness at the time it happened. She only wanted to to be able someday to remember without finding it painful. That was the trick, to keep all the good things from the past and cast away the ones that hurt. - RONA JAFFE 
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Friday, May 3, 2013

Learning to be a 'warrior for love.'

This book, tiny beautiful things Advice on love and life from Dear Sugar, changed the way I think about life, love and everything in between. (I read it twice in the course of two weeks. It's that good.) I recommend it to everyone and anyone, and truly wish I could hand copies out to everyone I know.


Here are some excerpts I especially loved:
“Don't surrender all your joy for an idea you used to have about yourself that isn't true anymore.”  
“You don't have to get a job that makes others feel comfortable about what they perceive as your success. You don't have to explain what your plan to do with your life. You don't have to justify your education by demonstrating its financial rewards. You don't have to maintain an impeccable credit score. Anyone who expects you to do any of those things has no sense of history of economics or science or the arts.” 
“Most things will be okay eventually, but not everything will be. Sometimes you'll put up a good fight and lose. Sometimes you'll hold on really hard and realize there is no choice but to let go. Acceptance is a small, quiet room.” 
“You have to say I am forgiven again and again until it becomes the story you believe about yourself.”  
“Nobody will protect you from your suffering. You can't cry it away or eat it away or starve it away or walk it away or punch it away or even therapy it away. It's just there, and you have to survive it. You have to endure it. You have to live through it and love it and move on and be better for it and run as far as you can in the direction of your best and happiest dreams across the bridge that was built by your own desire to heal.” 
“You cannot convince people to love you. This is an absolute rule. No one will ever give you love because you want him or her to give it. Real love moves freely in both directions. Don’t waste your time on anything else.”  
“What’s important is that you make the leap. Jump high and hard with intention and heart. Pay no mind to the vision that the commission made up. It’s up to you to make your life. Take what you have and stack it up like a tower of teetering blocks. Build your dream around that.”   
“I can't say when you'll get love or how you'll find it or even promise you that you will. I can only say you are worthy of it and that it's never too much to ask for it and that it's not crazy to fear you'll never have it again, even though your fears are probably wrong. Love is our essential nutrient. Without it, life has little meaning. It's the best thing we have to give and the most valuable thing we receive. It's worthy of all the hullabaloo.”  
“You will learn a lot about yourself if you stretch in the direction of goodness, of bigness, of kindness, of forgiveness, of emotional bravery. Be a warrior for love.” 
 Read more quotes from the book here.

xo-
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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Amen.

[Altötting, Germany April 2013.]
“‘Tis grace has brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.”
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

{Quote of the Week.}




...will be back to regular posting soon!xo
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