This past week has been pretty rough for me - lots of personal things going on, and for the first time in a long time, I feel like I'm just treading water to get by. Student teaching has been effective at keeping my mind off things, but after two snow days (for literally NO snow - maybe 2" even though the forecast called for up to a foot and a half), I had a lot of time to just sit with only my thoughts.
Usually I try not to feel sorry for myself - I know that life isn't fair, and it never will be. Sometimes bad things happen to (pretty) good people, and that's just the way it goes. But as of late, I feel like I've been throwing myself a pity party and just letting myself sit and think of all the "what ifs" that the future holds, which is driving me crazy.
So today, as I sit in the living room of my very good family friend's house (because it is spring break on campus, but not for the school I'm student teaching at, so I'd be all alone at the apartment) I have decided that I need to focus on the positive. The lovely and tres French Morgane invited me to post about things that make me happy. To be completely honest, when I saw that comment she left inviting me to do the same, my initial thought was, "Forget it, I have absolutely nothing to be happy about right now." Instead though, I'm going to attempt to focus on the good, on the things that make me happy.
Flowers in my mother's garden.
My mom spends hours in her gardens during the summer, and the result is gorgeous. After I got my new Nikon camera this summer, I spent a lot of time in my yard, gathering inspiration from all my mom's hard work.
I think they're lovely. I need to start building my collection of gorgeous handbags.
I think I say this every post I have like this. I can't help it - I just adore cupcakes. Any flavor, any size, doesn't matter - I'll take it.
(Re)reading the classics.
I've been tearing through the classics - Pride & Prejudice, Catcher in the Rye (for the billionth time)... all these snowy days have been perfect for catching up with a good book.
I've always loved palm trees. I can't explain why. It's just one of those things.
I love white linens in bedrooms. I think it's so simplistic and beautiful.
I've never done it at this level, but a girl can dream, right? :)
When I saw this picture, I couldn't stop thinking of how perfect it was. Starbucks and Gossip Girl? Yes, please.
This is my favorite poem of all time. It even beats my boy Pablo Neruda. I will read this poem at my wedding one day.
Sequins and ruffles.
And when it's two in one, winner winner (chicken dinner).
Looking at the same thing from a new perspective.
Like the seasons. This picture is beautiful. I need to photograph the same place during the seasons.
Quirky touches in home decor.
I love the unexpected.
I will be going there someday. It's on my bucket list - that I'm writing at the age of 22, I know.
I don't think I need an explanation.
Ma mère est française, et elle pleure en sachant que je ne peux pas parler correctement la langue. Je pense qu'il est beau et je souhaite que je pouvais.
Nothing cheers me up more than a little Ryan Atwood.
And of course, my puppy. I couldn't love him more.
I hope you're all doing well - I look forward to catching up on your blogs, darlings! Miss you so much, xox. I encourage all of you to make your list of things that make you happy - especially if things aren't going so well for you (which I hope is not the case, my dears!).
Currently listening to: Mat Kearny - All I Need.
The first three photos are mine, and obviously the one of my dog. Please don't use without my permission (I know that sounds silly and vain, like anyone would want to ;)