Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Morning

There's usually one day a year I love and hate the most and that is the stuffed animal sleepover story time our library throws. It's the longest work day ever because its typically a thirteen/fourteen hour work day for me. I do my regular shift and then it's story time with about a hundred people and then a night of messing up the library and screaming at technology while trying to make a short movie of everything that happened the night before and putting it on the big screen the very next morning for viewing. But then there's the part where kids can't say goodbye to their stuffed animals. They need to think about the possibility of going to sleep without their best friend, and that's really tough. It a big decision, I always say if they're not ready this year they can always come back. I reassure the kids their stuffed animals are going to make new friends and throw a party maybe on the level of Project X. Their little face lights up and they don't want their doll to miss out. They put their friend to bed and leave the library, I always tell Mom (or Dad) that's huge, it's a sign they're growing up! Last night I had a little girl, who took ten minutes to decide if she wanted to leave her tattered monkey at the library, finally she agreed and mom put Monkey to sleep."No, Mom Ellie (the monkey) is not cozy there, she wants to sleep with the giraffes not the teddy bears." There's so many cute moments that make my heart go soft and I want to shed a tear, because I remember those moments. I wish I still that belief system, where the second you turn away you you think your doll has moved. I always dread the second Wednesday every August but the next day when the kids watch all the fun the animals had, I think seriously, this is what I do for a living. I love my job!!!

How have you been this wee?! I don't know about you but this week was filled with highs and lows. Lows not so much the negative but I've been pretty busy between work and the work I have after work. This week started on a high, as usual I love hosting my chapter of the silent book club and one of our readers wrote a very nice article about the local group and the national club so make sure to check that out below. Due to the festivities of yesterday, I'm completely drained. I can't wait to get home and go right to bed!!! Have an excellent weekend and see you next week!!


this week's favorites...

 I Can - Nas
 Crossroads - Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
 Let Me Blow Your Mind - Eve
 Let Me Love You - Mario
Break You Off - The Roots

Last weekend, I spent the good majority of my Saturday afternoon making music playlists while catching up on a new television show. I made six or seven different genre playlist and few personal favorites, and I have to say the R&B playlist I made has been playing in car or in my house all week long nonstop. What's your favorite current favorite Hip/Hop song?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Life Lately

The ultimate summer bag (that I secretly want to steal from my mom's closet). 

A must have scrub and a relaxing bubble bath.

Getting back into tap dancing

This new Greek Restaurant has become my newest fix. 

Ready for thick socks, cozy sweaters and lit fireplaces.

The next book on my to read list :)

Souvlaki salad on repeat for weeknight dinners.  

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

My Beauty Uniform: Burnout & Self Love

What's the first thing you do when you get out of bed?
  Turn on my morning playlist which consists mostly of female artists like Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Tyler and Lady Gaga. I’ll splash cool water on my face and apply moisture, then make a warm glass of water with mint.  It's really refreshing!

 What gives you energy?
  So many things! Swimming definitely invigorates me, I feel like I can take on the world after a good swim. Unlike most sports, you can let your mind wander, relax and think about what makes you come alive. I don’t swim as much as I use too, I need to work on it. Also, being an active listener. Nobody listens to each other anymore; we’re all too busy trying to impress everyone around us. I once read an article about interruption and I have to say I agree with the physician completely. If you knew me, you'd know I’m not an aggressive communicator. One of my strengths is being a deep listener. I’ve always been curious about the world and culture, I'm very personable and can easily talk with just about everyone. One of my favorite mentors/friends I had growing up was a camp counselor from Australia! I have a passion for people, so history and culture is very important to me (which is why I have two degrees in history and anthropology). When my dad and his brothers get together, I could listen to their childhood stories all day!  Listening to a truly great story or even a terrible one, oddly gives me energy. It’s important to let people know you care. I urge you to actively listen instead of thinking about what your response should be. No matter who or what I’m listening too, I feel inspired because I’ve learned something new from that person. We need to make our world a nicer place.

 What's your secret life hack?
  I try to go out of my way to be kind and polite to everyone even when it's hard. The world can always use more of that. Also you never know what someone is going through. 

Name a book that changed your life. 
  Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans, A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett and Still Writing by Dani Shaprio. 

 You unexpectedly find 15 minutes in your day, what do you do with it?
I’d probably do a quick meditation session. It’s a breathing exercise (so it’s not the deep meditation you’re thinking) which helps give me a little boost of energy when I start to feel tired. I would definitely need to fill up on my third or fourth glass of lemon water.  

When was the last time you felt burned out and why?
Honestly, I'll start to feel burnt out when I don't have enough solitude. I am extremely introverted and if I go several days without recharging (which means spending time alone) I'll start to feel off-balance and probably act a little crabby.

 When was the last time you felt you failed and how did you overcome it?
To be fully honest, I often feel as though I'm constantly failing because I’m always setting impossible standards for myself. I feel this immense pressure because I left college on a medical leave and even when I went back I wasn’t myself and had no direction. As a result I feel like I’m behind in my career (and sometimes life). But it's something that I'm actively working on, I have to constantly remind myself that my shortcomings are how I'll continue to grow and learn. Don’t get sucked into comparing yourself to others, it’s a waste of time and energy. And as much I don't want to admit to it, I also tell myself I'm exactly where I need to be.

 Share a quote that you love and that gives you strength or peace.
There are several quotes that bring me strength and inspire me to be my best self. More than any other, there's this quote by Ernest Hemingway, “
The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” There have been times in my life where I have felt broken or nearly defeated and I want to give up. I may be in the midst of tears or frustration but I have to remind myself that people’s problems are rarely as unique as we may think. We all have bad things happen to us, some people have had a much worse experiences than others. It’s all about putting it into perspective, picking yourself up and deciding how you want that experience to shape you. I find this quote actually humbling. It’s a reminder that we all break, it’s how to pick ourselves up and how we want to carry out our present and our future.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Weekend Wrap Up...

 adding new art to the bedroom. 
 my kind of night...
 he can't quite figure our how to get down.
 when your favorite restaurant opens back up...
keys to the penthouse 
(also wishing to have keys to the wing.)

(images via instagram)

Quote of the Day

Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday Morning

Hey everyone, how has your week been? Pardon my absence this week but it was needed. We'll get into the deets (well not every detail) next week because I have questions for you. Until then, what have you been up too? I've been enjoying my somewhat quiet workdays lately. August is one of my favorite months, aside from the back to school shopping and the nostalgia of my childhood summers, it's typically my slow month. There's little to no programming so I can plan for the Fall/Spring seasons and not be interrupted with my usual crazy work schedule of events and activities. So I'm taking in every minute of every hour of my workday because it's my only month I can catch up on actual work and take a bit of a breather. What are your plans for the weekend? Whatever you and your family are doing, I hope you have a nice and relaxing one!