Monday 5: Memory jars & other things to be excited about this week

FullSizeRender (5)Happy Monday! This weekend was very restful and a lot less productive than anticipated…but what’s the weekend for?!

It’s getting pretty warm here in Charleston, which is both exciting and a little daunting. The hot months here are many and intense. However I think complaining about it doesn’t really help much. My goal is to find ways to make the absolute most out of Spring and Summer, working with the insanely not weather and not against it.

So if anyone has any tips on how to look cute when it’s 85 degrees outside, advice would be greatly appreciated!

This week was probably one the most jam-packed weeks ever. During Nicholas’ visit we got very little sleep and so much quality time! One of the best things about living in Charleston is that it’s easy to find fun things to do. Though maybe a little more sleepy than usual, I think this week certainly has its excitements.

Memory jars

This was an idea Nicholas mentioned to me, he and his roommates started the tradition while living together and I think it’s such a cool idea! As the name implies, the memory jar is meant to help remember fun moments together that you may forget over time. The way it works is by writing down something about a memory, typically a quote someone said, and sticking the note in the jar. This way whenever you feel like it, you can pull out a piece of paper and instantly re-live an entertaining/fun/sweet moment that maybe you hadn’t thought of in a while. I think this is helpful both when you need a little pick-me-up, or when you just want to reminisce on good times, either by yourself or with your loved ones.

Rifle paper co

I’ve always thought Rifle Paper Company has such cool products. I love so many of their notepads and think they make great gifts too. This one was given to me this week and I absolutely love it! It’s so much more exciting to write down all the things you need to do when your notepad has a little inspiration and is so pretty. Might seem silly but I don’t make the rules!

Embracing the unknown

Our twenties can be a time of lot of uncertainty. Maybe you have a job but you’re not crazy about it and are looking for something else. Maybe you’re graduating college soon and unsure of what the next step should be. Maybe you’re looking to get married but waiting for the right person to come along. Either way there are a lot of question marks that we carry with us daily during this stage of life. As someone who loves plans, planning, agendas, to do lists and POA’s (plans of action), this has been especially challenging. Not having it all figured out isn’t always fun and can be a little discouraging. We want to do the ‘right’ thing. In other words, we don’t want to mess up or go down a path that will make us less happy or somehow be less fulfilling. Especially with all the options out there, big life choices today can be incredibly daunting. However I was reminded this week that it’s important to learn to be okay with this…and even enjoy it. There is something beautiful about where we are right now and I think being appreciative is so important. Later on we might be frustrated by the routine, right now we learn to embrace the unknown.

Priorities

Making time for loved ones isn’t always easy. We have work, friends and typically other responsibilities as well. There’s a lot of pressure that starts early on to be ‘well rounded.’ Meaning, you don’t just have one extracurricular, you have three. You don’t spend all your time with a few people, but rather know and occasionally meet up with a bunch. You don’t put all your eggs in one basket, you play it safe and spread out. While I can appreciate the logic behind this, I think it’s also important to challenge this mindset with the concept of intimacy. Taking to time to know something (whether that be a skill or a person) takes time. It’s an investment. You won’t learn to play an instrument practicing thirty minutes  a week in between baseball practice and dance lessons. Pro athletes don’t play three different sports at a professional level (typically)…they excel at one. Similarly with people, I agree that it is important to reach out to as many as possible. I love to get coffee with various girlfriends and invite people I meet to different outings. I’ve also had to accept that I won’t be close to everyone. And ultimately we need to ensure our focus is on those that have been entrusted most dearly to us. This week during Nicholas’ visit, did I miss out on the opportunity to spend time with others? Definitely. Was I as productive as I could have been? Nope. Should we have made time for more sleep? Yes, yes we should have. But in any case my point is that inevitably we have to sacrifice something if we want to develop and maintain close relationships, and I think it is well worth it (of course, this is coming from someone who only had one extracurricular throughout high school and college).

Hopper

Someone introduced me to this app recently and I think it’s really helpful if you travel at all. The purpose of Hopper is to help you find the best deal for the flight you’re looking for. Over time Hopper keeps track of the price changes and alerts you of when it might be at its lowest so you can go ahead and purchase your ticket. This can save you a lot of time and effort to find the best price over the course of the few weeks before your trip!

I hope your week is filled with fun, quality time, and maybe a little bit of work.

xo

Miranda

 

 

 

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