Monday 5: ‘Modern Romance’ & other things to be excited about this week

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I hope your Mother’s Day weekend was filled with quality family time and (if you’re a mom) some well-deserved rest. Friday night we met up with some friends at one of my favorite spots in Charleston, The Vendue Hotel, which has a sweet rooftop bar. My go-to drink there is called Takes Two to Mango which is yummy and just a little bit spicy.

Saturday entailed of some Mother’s Day preparation (and a long-awaited visit to the gym) as well as some volunteer work with the Charleston Food Bank.

Sunday was mostly dedicated to Mother’s Day celebrations, including waffles and a trip to the beach.

Regardless of whether you are ready for Monday or not, here are some things to be excited about this week.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Blue Away!

I borrowed this nail polish from my mom and loved it. The color is such a perfect summer shade and as someone who hates to sit around, I really appreciate the Insta-Dri part.

Article on self-compassion

One of my favorite sites for good reading is called Mind Spirit. Here they combine psychology with spirituality  with a really wholesome perspective. I get so much good advice and inspiration from this site and especially appreciated this recent article on self-compassion. As someone who can be pretty critical of myself (and sometimes others), I think this article really hit the nail on the head with the idea of self-compassion. It’s hard to extend kindness to others when you don’t show it to yourself first.

The Giver

This weekend we watched The Giver, a YA post-apocalyptic movie based on a book. It takes place in a ‘Utopian’ world where people can no longer experience emotions, see colors or have memories. I liked the movie because it depicted well the importance of accepting the good with the bad. With all the struggles, hardships, pain and suffering, there is also redemption, joy, beauty and of course, love. While sometimes not feeling anything seems preferable, life is good because it is an adventure, which includes adversity. I also appreciated that the hero was motivated by fatherly love for an infant he grew close to. He endured much suffering and gave up a lot to save the baby. This was a nice change from a lot of the other YA books/movies out there which focus on the romantic love a lot more. While not ground breaking cinematography, I thought the movie was well done and especially appreciated the message it conveyed.

White jeans

Saturday also included a trip to Goodwill during which I found a pair of white jeans which I’m really excited about. While I’m definitely more of a dress person, I think white jeans during the summer can be such a good look that is super versatile. You can easily dress them up or down depending on your top or shoes. And even more exciting is when they only cost you $5…right?!

Aziz Ansari’s ‘Modern Romance’

This book was loaned to me a while ago by a friend who suggested I might find it interesting (shout out to Mark if you’re reading this). He was right. Aziz poses a lot of good questions a lot of us have about dating today and his responses are definitely food for thought. While I don’t agree with some of his stances, I think he largely represents the average dating millennial today and it is always good to  know how people are thinking and feeling about a topic before confronting it.

What are you excited about this week?

xo

Miranda

 

 

 

 

 

Maxi-nista

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I mentioned this maxi in my Monday 5 and promised a pic…so here you go!

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I came across it at T.J. Maxx so of course it was a steal! I love how flowy the maxi style is…so fun and feminine!

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My favorite part of it is probably how soft it is…so comfy! When cute and comfy can describe one outfit I’m a happy girl.

What’s your favorite maxi dress?

xo

Miranda

Monday 5: Trustful surrender & other things to be excited about this week

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Happy Monday! Today came a little too soon this week but I know writing about the things I’m excited about or looking forward to helps me muster up a little more enthusiasm about the new week.

This weekend I was able to get in my share of social time. I caught up with friends over dinner, at birthday celebrations and during bonfires! Probably my favorite part of the weekend, though, was going out to walk on the beach with my mom. We got some #carelessfreetime in and it was lovely (and a little rebellious).

I hope your weekend was enjoyable and that your Monday isn’t too painful. Here is this week’s five, in case you need a little bit of inspiration today (or just something to distract you from work for five minutes).

All This Time by One Republic

I love this song and have recently been listening to it more frequently. I’ve really enjoyed music from One Republic for several years now and this song by them is probably one of my favorites. The lyrics and tune are so sweet and the message offers a nice alternative to the more cynical songs we hear a lot of today.

 

March!!!

I am so excited that March is starting this week. I absolutely love Spring and it is one of the best times of year to be here in Charleston. Typically the tourists don’t come until early summer but the weather is just beautiful…so we really get the best of both worlds for a little bit. I’m also excited that the time change is this month and the days will really start to get longer! There are so many opportunities to spend time outdoors around here, I’m excited that the weather will be even more conducive to that in the upcoming weeks, #yayspring.

 

Lent

Lent is a period of forty days before Easter when many Christians make a sacrifice as a way of preparing for the upcoming celebration. The idea is that giving something up that may not help you spiritually/emotionally/physically is a good chance for personal growth. I actually really love Lent because it gives me the opportunity to really focus in on something that I may need to work on but haven’t had the time/motivation to before. I’ve always found this time to be a great practice of discipline that continues to be fruitful way after Lent is over.

 

Tennis shoes

So I realize tennis shoes have been back in for a while. But as someone who tends to be a little stuck in my ways, it’s only been more recently that I’ve started wearing them. I now love my white Keds and think it is so fun to pair them with a sundress or skirt! I love that they add a fun, childlike aspect to an outfit without being tacky or inappropriate. So cute!

 

Trustful surrender

Anxiety is a word we hear thrown around a lot and I certainly understand the battle. What I’m slowly (think glacier pace) starting to understand is that anxiety is a result of a lack of trust…a need to control. The  fact is that while we have the gift of free will, there is little else we can control outside the realm of our own actions. At some point we have to come to terms with this and realize we have two options: stress or submit. Certainly there are a million ways things can go wrong and a million more we can get hurt, but anticipating them doesn’t do much other than cause distress prematurely. I have found that a lot of the things I worried would happen…didn’t. And often acting from fear that something will happen, actually causes it to take place, #selffulfillingprophecy. The antidote to this is a letting go, what is called a ‘trustful surrender’ to whatever outcome occurs, hoping for the best and doing what we can to make it happen. I think a lot more good comes from acting from place of trust than doubt. This has been a hard-earned lesson for me and one I continue to struggle with, but I’m excited for the opportunity to grow in trust.

Here’s to another exciting week!

xo

Miranda

Monday 5: This blouse by Zara & other things to be excited about this week

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Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a restful weekend. I finally have been feeling better and even socialized some this weekend! Very exciting.

I did watch the Superbowl. Well, I was in a house in which the game was playing. And I occasionally looked at the screen… the food was in a different room so that didn’t really help. As much as I struggle to understand the game itself, I do appreciate that football brings people together.

Last week I got in a quick photo shoot with my talented photographer Lizzy. It was a beautiful day and the neighborhood we went to provided some truly beautiful backdrops! That is where the picture above come sfrom, you’ll see more of those in the near future.

All that being said, here is this week’s Monday 5, I hope it helps to add some pep to the beginning of your work week!

This shirt by Zara

When I was in Houston over the holidays I got to go to Zara, one of my favorite clothing shops. This was even more exciting because we don’t have one where I live so rarely get the opportunity to shop there. One of the two things I got was this blouse, I love it. It is so soft and kind of a retro chic that I think is starting to become more and more popular.

Scrubs

It’s hard for me to get into TV shows, especially comedies because they rarely come close to my favorite, The Office. However this week I ventured into Scrubs and was really pleased. I know most people have already seen Scrubs, it’s not exactly new, and now I understand why people like it so much! I love the goofy humor combined with some more serious themes and life lessons. I especially appreciate the insights into the protagonist JD’s head – they are so easy to relate to and clever! While I have a lot to catch up on and won’t be watching too much Netflix in the near future, I look forward to making my way through JD’s experience at Sacred Heart.

La La Land soundtrack

One of the outings this weekend was to finally see La La Land, which other than being nominated for a million awards has also been recommended to me by multiple people. I thought it was well done and appreciated that it varied from most of the movies we see today. Probably one of my favorite parts was the soundtrack. The music was fun and upbeat without being cliché – a balance I imagine is hard to strike. In any case I’m looking forward to having a new album to listen to!

Towel folding: new practice

Ok I’ll admit this one sounds pretty lame… it probably is. But I honestly am really excited about it. I used to always just either hang my towels on the rack or fold them and then hang them. But this weekend I mastered a new way of doing so that looks so much prettier. First you fold it so that the monogram is centered (everyone has monogrammed towels… right?) and then you drape it over the rack instead of hanging it. It’s kind of hard to explain in writing but it looks so much better and every time I walk into the bathroom I can’t help but smile…it’s the little things, okay?

Trust

Patience and hope have been brought up in the past two week’s Monday 5’s. I’m starting to realize that our ability to be patient and have hope is directly related to our trust that things will work out. There’s often a lot of uncertainty in life; as much as we plan there are few guarantees. This could beg the question, why plan at all? Fair point. But I think planning is kind of an action-oriented way of hoping. After all, the plans we make are things we hope will happen. The things we want (career, home, family, travel) aren’t to be disregarded; I think our desires speak really deep truths about who we are. Planning, in a way, expresses trust that what you want is important and is possible… otherwise why work toward it or hope for it at all? This requires some trust. We don’t know what is actually going to take place, whether or not the thing we hope for or work toward will come to pass… but we trust that it will. If we didn’t trust it would be really hard to hope for something, much less have patience while we wait. So as much as I am not a fan of the unknown, I’m excited to develop a deeper trust that things will work out for the best. Why wouldn’t they?

I hope (and trust) that everyone will have wonderful Monday and productive work week.

xo

Miranda