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mid-week round-up

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Happy Wednesday, pals! What have you been up to? I didn’t end up taking the trip up to St. Pete (as I mentioned in last week’s round-up) due to a sick kitty. However, I tried to make the most of my weekend at home and yesterday we spent the late morning/afternoon at the beach. Oh, and Wink the cat is all better! He’s lucky he has such loving parents. ; ) Hope you have a great day and here are some entertaining links for you to peruse…

Do you think Kristen Wiig is accepting applications for best friend? Because I would submit one!

A yummy slow-cooker soup for an easy weeknight meal.

This candle would make your house smell like Summer in the dead of Winter.

Why you should do a lifestyle photo shoot in your house before you move out.

Chet’s been obsessed with Gordon Ramsay lately. Tempted to sign him up for this class!

Adding Someone Knows Something to my ever-growing list of podcasts I want to listen to.

Victoria Beckham writes a letter to her 18-year-old self.

Passions flare over memory of The Manhattan Project.

Border Angels is an amazing organization and supporting the thousands of refugees in Tijuana shelters is a worthy cause. Consider donating!

Stripped of their dignity.

Warning: Abortion’s deadly DIY past could soon become its future.

How much do we need Obamacare? Just take a sad tour of GoFundMe.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you might enjoy — Please read Suspicion Nation. and The Power of Self-Care.

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The Power of Self-Care

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In the aftermath of the election, I needed to call on the power of self-care. Here are a few of the ways I took care of myself this weekend in an effort to catch my breath, hit the refresh button, and keep fighting the good fight.

1. Took time away from social media. 

In the days after the election, I found myself trapped in a never-ending social media binge. I kept hitting refresh as if I needed to see every last person’s opinion on what was happening. I desperately needed to step away. (There are only so many thought-piece Facebook statuses I can cry over before I start to spiral.) In an effort to avoid my computer screen for a few hours, I re-read Little House in the Big Woods one afternoon. For some evening diversion, Chet and I watched Midnight in Paris and Drive.

2. Gave to a worthy cause.

If you haven’t seen this great list that Jezebel put out last Wednesday definitely go check it out. It includes a whole slew of pro-women, pro-immigrant, pro-Earth, anti-bigotry organizations that need our support. Inspired, I decided to spend some time reading about the American Civil Liberties Union and the work they do. I joined, donated, and spoke to friends and family about why they should do the same.

3. Spent time in the great outdoors. 

As I’ve mentioned before, I was gifted a self-paced photography class for my birthday (Thanks Mom!). The homework from the most recent lecture provided the perfect excuse to get outside in search of cool subject matter. Camera-strapped and sans-phone, I walked around the FIU campus for a few hours. Fresh air and sunshine are such a magical combination, don’t you think? And hopefully I got a few good shots!

4. Told a few folks to come correct. 

Sometimes you need to find comfort in community in order to take care of yourself. A few times over the past week, when commiserating with others, expressing fears and sadness, a rogue individual has butted in to man-splain why getting upset isn’t helpful. Nothing gets my goat like a dude policing my emotions. I will happily tell a fella’ to back off so my little community can continue to care for each other.

5. Re-visited this encouraging website. 

Do you remember this amazing pep-talk generator? (I first talked about it here.) I’ve clicked on it a few times over the past days and it always delivers. I especially loved this pep talk, which popped up right after I’d had a conversation with a friend about how the results of the election made me, as a woman, feel so small…

“Don’t keep yourself too hidden. Embrace feeling small — let it open up the world before you, then watch it change with your touch. From the way you move oceans to the breaths you unknowingly take. The universe is already falling for you. Make lost your new home, and don’t stop. You’re meant to be you, where you are, right now.”

My loves – How have you been taking care of yourself? I hope the list above offers you some ideas if you’re looking for a shot in the arm. Hang in there! 

Four Things

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Hi friends! Hope you’re having a spook-tacular Halloween!! Here are four fun things I’ve been thinkin’ about today…

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What’s your go-to exercise routine this Fall? I’ve been really into long walks (the breeze in South Florida lately is a game changer!) followed by this stretching routine. I’ve also been itching for a new 30 day yoga challenge. Yoga with Adriene and Bad Yogi both have a couple, and I’d highly recommend them if you’re craving a daily practice.

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I’m also anxiously awaiting the arrival of a new box from Stitch Fix! Living for over a year in a climate that doesn’t really change from season to season means…I’m kinda sick of all my clothes. Stitch Fix is an amazing service if you’re looking for a wardrobe refresh. Once you sign up, you fill out an extensive style profile with your preferences and sizes, and your own personal stylist will pick out 5 pieces and ship them to your doorstep. You keep what you love and send back the rest! I requested some dressy tees since short-sleeved shirts that can either be dressed up or dressed down is pretty much all I wear. Let me know if you’d like to see a post detailing what I receive in my box!

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My mom gifted me access to a self-paced photography class for my birthday. (Thanks Mom!!!) It is fascinating, inspirational, and informative, and I’m really enjoying the opportunity to learn more about the technical side of photography. (I also love the homework assignments at the end of each lesson!)

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Finally, I’d love to know, what’s your favorite horror film? Halloween on a Monday night seems the perfect excuse for cozying up on the couch with a classic, creepy movie. (All the party’s are out of the way after the weekend.) Rosemary’s Baby tops my list for Halloween fright-night films. What’s on your list?

2nd Photo: Audrey Hepburn practicing yoga on the set of ‘Green Mansions’, 1958. 4th Photo: Lauren Hutton, 1968. 

mid-week round-up

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What’s going on this week, guys? I hope you’re enjoying the book-themed week here on the blog. It seems fitting, given all the rain we’ve been getting, I just want to curl up on the couch and read novel after novel. Are you reading anything good right now? Hope your day is great wherever you are, and below are a few reads of a different variety (back to all-things books tomorrow though!)…

Voyages: Visual journeys by 6 photographers.

10 New Orleans musts for under $10.

Stop taking pride in not knowing how to do basic shit.

This ballerina starts her day with a corn-dog as a PRE-breakfast. (#spiritanimal)

Confessions of workplace masturbators.

I’m saving this podcast for a rainy day…or road trip.

Female debaters everywhere feel ya Hillz!

How to decorate a large wall.

30-minute sheet pan potatoes and chicken sausage.

Investments that will save you money in the long run.

Hugo Lucitante’s tribe sent him into the outside world so he could return and save their village.

Typecast as a terrorist.

mid-week round-up

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What are you up to this week, friends? I’m hoping to head to the beach tomorrow and relax with some new library books (and maybe a margarita). It feels like Summer should be winding down but here in Miami the temperature tends to disagree. I have a feeling there’s still plenty of beach possibilities ahead. Also, I’m thrilled with how all our wedding posts have turned out. If you’d like to have a browse through all of them you can do so HERE. Thanks to everyone for being so sweet about my rampant over-sharing. Ok, now onto some links…

How Angelina Jolie continues to masterfully control the public narrative around her.

Where was this adorable fairy door when I was a kid?

Silicon Valley’s quest to make periods cool.

Tribes redraw land boundaries with GPS and a fleet of drones.

California might finally be cracking down on…cow farts.

Are we all just manic information addicts?

How Little House on the Prairie built modern conservatism. 

The unusual origins of pink lemonade.

Describing colors to the blind.

They say New York is over-photographed. He disagrees.

Scientific proof that Americans basically eat dessert for breakfast.

Is it still “diversity” or “inclusion” if no one is broke on TV?

Let’s go to the park!

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Over the weekend, Chet and I decided to head to the park for a little outdoor excursion. We wanted to play around with our cameras, soak up some sun, and get a little exercise. Here are a few photos we captured, if you’d like to see…

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There are so many parks in Miami and all of them are beautifully maintained. This one is just a few blocks away from us in a sweet little neighborhood adjacent to our condo complex. To reach the park entrance you have to cross the cutest bridge overlooking a canal and there are always tons of giant lizards and plenty of ducks.

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So many magical trees, patches of golden sun, and dainty flowers.

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Chet got some great shots for a professional website he’s building!

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I love finding outdoor spaces that can become my proxy backyard  for an afternoon. Even when I have to share them with THIS little bandit…

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Oh Miami, you make me sweat more than I thought possible and your traffic is atrocious but I sure do love your pretty plants.

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Do you have an outdoor space you consider an extension of your home? What do you like to bring along on park adventures? Cameras? A soccer ball? Tiny bottles of wine (*wink, wink*)? 

mid-week round-up

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How’s your week going? Enjoying this hump day? Yesterday I received a very exciting package in the mail…my wedding dress! I’m giving it a few more days to make sure I’m absolutely certain but I think this one is the one. Eeeee! Speaking of exciting–isn’t this week the best? Star Wars Day today, Cinco de Mayo tomorrow, and then Derby Day followed by Mother’s Day! Let’s celebrate ’em all! Now for some links…

How did a small Midwest town end up with America’s worst HIV problem?

Stories of childbirth are absent from literary fiction.

Coffee maker cooking.

I’m guilty of using this qualifier. Are you?

America’s most popular recipe site reveals a gap between foodie culture and what people actually cook.

This history of birthing babies in Appalachia.

4 men open up about the lives they can afford.

Made me laugh.

Kids try 100 years of brown bag lunches.

A $1,000 day in Paris for $100.

Wedding photographers reveal their most memorable shots.

I NEED a pair of these genius shoes!

mid-week round-up

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Welcome to another edition of the mid-week round-up! I hope everyone is faring well on this lovely Wednesday. Today, I’d like to extend a huge congratulations to the Western Kentucky University Forensics Team for their win at the National Forensics Association national tournament in both Lincoln-Douglas debate AND individual events. So proud to be a Hilltopper! #4’s up! STNJ! Now, onto the links…

Mexican Quinoa Salad looks like a really yummy, weeknight dinner.

Mary Kay’s empowering pyramid scheme.

Monica Lewinsky and the politics of heterosexuality in the 1990’s.

College dorms of yesteryear.

SUPER cute pregnancy announcement by Irish vloggers the Saccone-Joly’s.

10 printable Mother’s Day cards.

Attn: Lexington Catholic High School educators: Books for white teachers.

Just another reason I need a yard.

The wondrous survival of a 72-year-old woman lost for 9 days in the wilderness.

What women do when no one’s watching.

How soon until we photograph everything and look at nothing?

33 DIY projects in case you feel like makin’ and craftin’ this week.

mid-week round-up

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Hello friends! What’s new this week? Not much ’round these parts. Just getting back to normal after several weeks where one or both of Chet and I were traveling. It feels good to get some extra work done and to give this blog some love (beyond just posting on Wednesdays, which was all I managed to squeak out last week). We also managed a trip to the beach on Saturday for some seaside nachos and several hours of sunbathing. (My nose and forehead got a lil pink. Resolved: Start upping my SPF game and/or get a really obnoxious beach hat.) And along with my love of pocket letters, I’ve been dipping my toes in planner decorating. I just can’t stop thinking about paper-craftin’, y’all. It is a problem! Ok, I think that’s everything from around these parts, now onto the links…

Good to know my beloved Subaru could become a house if the need arises.

This visionary sees food justice as a social movement.

Wanderlust? Let your zodiac sign point you in the right travel direction.

The cutest photo series ever. (Wedding reception goals?!)

The voyeur’s motel.

This 28-year-old choreographer is making waves in the ballet world.

Siestas: yay or nay?

College students share how deportation relief changed their lives.

Target hacks.

Hugh Jackman has a Fair Trade coffee company!

So interesting to think of the US divided into 11 nations. (My current city, however, doesn’t even fall into one of the 11…which honestly seems correct.)

Bridget Jones and the Millennial workplace.

P.S. You can find a little bit of career advice from yours truly in the new book, Corporate Survival Guide for Your Twenties: A Guide to Help You Navigate the Business World! I am so excited to be featured in this helpful resource for new professionals. The book is by fellow Miami blogger Kayla Buell and you can pre-order a copy on Amazon, if you’d like.