Navigating a Personal Crisis

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Hello Everyone,

I haven’t undergone a major life crisis, but over the past few weeks, I’ve had many small personal ones. It’s funny, sometimes little situations or changes can make me feel icky and unsettled, like I need a new layer of skin to shield me from everyone else. These things came up for various areas of my life, and I had to learn how to persevere, the way we all do from one time to another.

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Here is some advice if you have felt abandoned or lonely or out-of-sorts: Life goes on as long as you are deciding that it does. Buy yourself some flowers, make yourself some coffee, put on your favorite records, light your candles at night, go to sleep early, go to sleep late, watch all your favorite shows, buy ice cream in the middle of winter, kiss your dog, hug your friend, draw something, write something, play the piano (poorly), buy a book you may never read, and be happy. There are things changing in my life and I don’t always have control over that, but I realized that while sadness may always come in life, so can happiness. Sometimes they exist at exactly the same time.

“I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an 

open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when

I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should 

reach out and touch someone.”

-Maya Angelou 

 

February Favorites

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Bee Button – I got this adorable pin while galavanting around Northampton with my friend Emily. She had a matching one, then I bought a bee blouse, and good time was had by all.

Milani Lipsticks (Matte) – Holy cow, these lipsticks are becoming my absolute favorite. They go on easily and aren’t a pain to take off (favorite shade is Matte Passion)

Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events – I am a Very Forceful and Dedicated admirer of Lemony Snicket, so this series was basically all I care about for about six months. I thought it was fantastic, and I binge watched it all and once and then rewatched it again. I’m mostly excited that they are putting so much effort into one of my favorite book series. The casting was impeccable and the acting is excellent. The only criticism I have is that I wish it had that dreary Victorian style that the movie exuded, as it gave off such a dismal mood. But I still loved everything they did with the sets and I am so incredibly ready for the next season.

X-Files – On a much different note, me and my mom have been binge watching X-Files at night. I’m not really sure how this started, but there are so many episodes, so I don’t see it stopping anytime soon. (I want to believe!)

What have you been into this month? I think we are al itching for the weather to warm up so we can go outside, so I’m curious to know what hobbies you’re interested in as well.

-Heather

 

Book Club: March 2nd 2017

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Reading about Georgia O’Keeffe through her letters was an incredible experience because it was so intimate and personal that you really felt as though she might be writing to you. I have limited knowledge of this great American artist before reading the book Georgia O’Keeffe Art and Letters, and now I feel that my eyes have been opened to her genius and peculiar personality. Like most of my favorite artists, she did not crave the limelight, but found herself enveloped in the process of her work and the subjects that she loved to paint.

Her relationships with people seemed to determine the way her personality appeared to each person, as some saw her in one light and others saw her in entirely another. But what I found so relatable was the sacred way she kept to herself, using privacy and aloneness as inspiration and expression.

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I really highly recommend this book, especially for art lovers out there. I will say though that it is a huge book, and reading in bed or in bathtubs might not be preferable.

Favorite quote:

“If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for a moment.”

If you have read this book, please let me know what you thought! I was lucky enough to see an exhibit at the MFA in Boston that had O’Keeffe’s paintings, and I was really blown away by her talent.

If you want to see what else I’m up to, catch me on Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest!

Talk to you soon,

-Heather

Bookstore Part II

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Here are some more photos from my bookstore trip a few weeks ago! Enjoy 🙂

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I am hoping that the weather will get nicer soon so that I can go on some more adventures. It’s hard to do anything when you’re tunneling through snowbanks. But spring is on its way!

To see what else I’m up to, you can check out my Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest!

Talk to you soon,

-Heather

Book Club: February 9th, 2017

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As you may have gathered from my previous post, I reread The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. It was so magic and wonderful and a beautiful story to dive into during these cold winter days.

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This is one of my favorite books of all time, and I highly recommend that you read it if you haven’t already!

Best quote:

“Where there’s life there’s hope.”

I also think it’s one of those stories that you can return to every so often and be charmed over and over again. As for me, I’m nursing a cold and stuck inside due to the feet of snow that are piling up outside my windows. I’m thinking of something a little different for my next read. I love the snow outside, but The Hobbit got me in a spring-y mood. I’m itching for the days that it gets warm in the afternoons and we can maybe plant some new flowers.

(I’ll leave you with another quote from the book because they are all SO good.)

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”

There & Back Again (A Hobbit Terrarium DIY)

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I called my brother downstairs and asked him if he could possibly help me make Bilbo’s hobbit hole from The Hobbit. I should have known that he would make something spectacular, something wildly more impressive than I could ever dream of making, and he made it all in one night. I am putting this out there, all the credit for this project goes to him, I just came up with the idea! The first thing we did was shave down a piece of foam with a floral knife to get the hill shape of the hobbit hole. This part was a lot of trial and error and shaving it down and shaping it just right. It also made a mess, so be prepared with a trash bag!

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The next think that we did (and continued to do) was fit the foam inside the terrarium. I bought this at Michael’s and had been eyeing it for some time. It’s on sale right now, so I couldn’t turn it down. It was the perfect size of a little hobbit home.

After fitting the foam inside, more shaving and shaping was done until it looked perfect. I also have to give a shout out to my brother for being so meticulous, as he wanted to make sure everything was formatted right and would sit right inside the terrarium. Depending on what shape you get, your hobbit hole might look different. We took into account that we would probably need room for moss, so we shaped it and then put moss inside to feel it out. Our little hill is a crescent semicircle that the front of the house will be put onto. The flat side is where your door will go. 

We looked up photos from the movies of what his house looked like, but I also am reading the illustrated version right now which has a gorgeous picture of Bilbo’s home. Our goal was to make it look whimsical and cozy.

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The detailing was all done with the cardboard from an old cereal box that he carved with an exacto knife.

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We glued the moss on top when done and were left with this beautiful little structure! He even draped some moss hanging over the edge the mountain, which I think is so cute.

Bilbo goes up the steps to his house, so my brother made stones out of foam by carving them and painting them perfectly!

I can definitely see Gandalf walking up to this door to trick Bilbo into an adventure. I also think it’s the cutest accessory for anyone who loves the terrarium trend but also loves literature!

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What do you think of our project? I am so excited to set this up in my room and maybe hang it from the ceiling. Maybe if this goes over well, we can make more with other books/movies/tv shows. I was so excited to share this here and showcase my brother’s talents! I love this addition to the decor in my room.

“I have found that it is the small

everyday deeds of ordinary folk

that keep the darkness at bay. 

Small acts of kindness

and love.”

-Gandalf

Nearer (A Trip to a Bookstore)

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I recently read a poem by C.S. Lewis that goes like this:

“If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire: if  you want to be wet you must get into the water. If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get close to, or even into, the thing that has them.”

I have found that the best thing for me is to love things abundantly and to do something as soon as I have the urge to do that thing. Sometimes the concept of something in our minds is enticing, but the act of doing it becomes a burden.

One example is that I loved bookstores and I constantly complained that there were none if close proximity to me like there were when I was in Boston. The truth is that I just wasn’t trying very hard, I was in my head dreaming of them instead of looking them up and getting out of the house and exploring. So today, this is what we did. We got up out of our usual lives and we ventured out just a little bit and we explored in a beautiful new place.

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The bookstore that we went to was called Broadstreet Books in Northampton, MA.

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Bookstores are magic, and not just because they are beautiful inside with many treasures to buy, but because they house hundreds of whispers waiting to speak to us, waiting under our fingertips as we hover over their spines. They allow us to wander through stories, through countries, through gardens, through fantasies, through history, space and beyond. Walking into a bookstore is like greeting endless strangers that are staring silently for us to discover them.

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Here I am contemplating how many hundreds of books will be taken home today. (I actually only bought 1, and I am proud of that)

If you are going to a bookstore, let me give you some important advice, go with someone you trust, or go alone. I cannot tell you the amount of times I have stepped into an otherworldly bookstore and was rushed along because I was with people who are just simply not book people (beware of those). When you know you will go to a bookstore, only bring people that will also get lost alongside you amongst the shelves and won’t meddle with your searching. The space is special, charged with calming energy, and the wrong people can ruin that. Bring those who have beautiful souls who are willing to stick it out while you peruse.

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What are you favorite bookstores to go to? Or perhaps you prefer the library? I happened to by my third Emily Dickinson book, as well as some gifts for friends. We got dinner and chocolate after, and I feel very, very good about my day of getting nearer to the things I love.

If you want to see what I’m up to, you can check out my Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest!

-Heather

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