The Flowers before the Frost:

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I’m kind of upset, they’re calling for snow and ice all week and we already have half our yard blooming, which means they’ll be going, going, gone.

It also means I’m going to be a little colder than planned in Atlanta, a trip I leave for tomorrow with one of my best friends. I’ll do a blog post on here to share the fun, but it’s more a visiting girls trip then it is a sight seeing trip. If you’d like to follow along, I’m sure I’ll be putting some up in real time on my instagram account and story. I’m excited to get out of GSO for a bit, having been sick for a year I haven’t gotten to do much. Continue reading

The Act of Reinventing Oneself

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I hear people talk all the time about reinventing themselves, about what their lives would be like and what all they would do. And I’ve known people who have done it quickly and drastically. A girl I went to school with completely morphed into a new person over one summer break.

When it comes to reinventing oneself I think most people try and do it to quickly, they jump at it and try to change every aspect of their lives, then are disappointed because it doesn’t work quite like they planned. You can’t change most of your life in a split instant, it takes time to add friends and clothes, to find a new job, to create new habits, and a lot of people get so impatient that they give up and say “I would reinvent myself if I had the time or the money.” Things turn into dreams quickly and who we want to be fades into a figment of our own imagination.

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The Past and the Matter of Perspective:

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When I have something bad happen to me my mind changes the way it looks at things, and it changes for the worse. One bad thing leads my mind to all the other bad things that I have had happen in my life. It makes me look back at my pain and think: this is more than normal. Or worse it makes me think: there has been more of this then there has been of the good.

It gets dangerous when that second thought surfaces, because it leads me into the kind of sadness that lasts for days. A kind of self-pity and resignation that just isn’t healthy. It changes my perspective and makes a single negative worth a life time of negatives. It’s a kind of mindset that can alter your life if you hang onto it for too long.

I’ve been in and out of this state for the last few months. Recovering from Lyme and Mono hasn’t been easy, and sometimes it drags me down emotionally.

So how do you shake it? It seems almost impossible when you are sitting under it.

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February Sun Daze:

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(Button down: LOFT // Tank: Old Navy // Jeans: LOFT // Boots: Lucchese)

I told my mom I felt like I was dressed like a cowgirl from the 80’s. When I tied my top at my belt she couldn’t help but laugh. The skinny jeans were saving me, if I had been wearing mom jeans (which seem to be making a comeback?) it would have really thrown it over the edge. I wasn’t planning on my shirt matching my jeans as dead on as they did, but I rolled with it. I also decided to roll with the giant sunspot in the middle of these photos, because, why not?  Continue reading

Four Easy Ways to Be a Better Friend

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I’m considering this a sister post to my Four Signs it Might Be Time to End Your Friendship  post from last month. There are some really clear signs that you should end a friendship, but there are also a few things that we need to do to be a better friends to those we want to keep. I think we all have a way of saying ‘I’m a good friend’ and brushing it off. I know I do it, but there are a ton of ways I can be a better friend, and they aren’t big ones, some of them are little and easy. (Maybe I’ll make another post about the big things, the ones that mean you take people into your house for weeks at a time, but lets start small)

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Why I Won’t be Watching #GIRLBOSS on Netflix.

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If you’ve read every book on bloggers ‘must read’ lists then you know about #GIRLBOSS. I haven’t seen a list without it in a long time. I read the book and I wasn’t as carried away with it as everyone else, I thought it was written poorly and had bad flow, but the story was good enough.

I didn’t actually have a problem with the book until I looked into the story it was about. I found articles like this one full of reviews from Nasty Gal’s workers saying that the business was run poorly and that Sophia Amoruso filled management roles based on friendship not skill. For a long time Glassdoor only had a two out five star rating from employees who worked there. In the last year it’s gone up to three. Sophia Amoruso is no longer CEO but when I read about all of this she was and a lot of the reviews were directed at her personally.

Those reviews weren’t even considering the lawsuit Nasty Gal was involved in after firing more than one female employee right before they took maternity leave. For a woman and business that were built on women empowering women I couldn’t think of an action that counter acts that message more. Continue reading

The Alps: A Backyard View in Switzerland

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I’m sadly not in Switzerland, though if someone would like to pay for me to go back I’d be more than willing! These photos were taken from my trip to Europe a few years ago when I went to visit my aunt in Switzerland before going with them to Spain for New Years.

The amazing thing about these photos is I was standing in my aunts neighborhood (now they live just outside of Toronto). While I was taking these photos my cousin asked me why I was taking so many pictures of “the mountains”. I was like “Catherine, these are the Alps! I know you see them everyday, but they’re a big deal.”

It makes you think about the things that you see everyday that you don’t find special anymore. There are a lot of beautiful daily sights to see.

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