Some Things I Really Loved This Week (#10)

Ah! Ah! Ah! We’ve made it to the 10th post in this series! With the exception of Thanksgiving week, I’ve kept up with writing these posts for 10 weeks! Perhaps even more exciting is that I’ve been back to blogging for over three months!

If you’re new to my blog or to me, in general, you might not understand why this is a feat to be celebrated.  Since I started writing this blog in 2009 it’s had a lot of starts and stops.  I really enjoy writing about my life and putting it out there for all to see but often times, self-doubt creeps in and stops me from continuing to post.  Even as I celebrate this blogging streak, part of me feels like I might be jinxing myself. My therapist would dismiss that as an OCD thought though so I will too.

SO, welcome to the 10th edition of Some Things I Really Loved This Week, a post where I highlight things that I experienced in the past week that made me happy, inspired me or made me laugh with the hope that maybe they’ll make you happy, inspire you or make you laugh, too!  Feel free to tell me about some things that YOU really loved this week in the comments!

Experiences That Made Me Happy

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Jeff and I attended the Opening Party of the Show & Tell Holiday Pop Up Shop on Saturday night.  At the end of October, I posted a wish list of my favorite things from the Show & Tell Pop Up Shop in the River Arts District. Well, the holiday pop up shop is even BIGGER and features even MORE local artists and makers. It’s the perfect place to buy all of your holiday gifts.  It’s open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Asheville Masonic Temple and runs until December 19.  If you’re local, you should definitely go! If you’re not local, head to the Pop Up’s website and check out the list of awesome vendors. Many of them sell online! (Photo credit: Show & Tell Pop Up Instagram)

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On Tuesday evening I hosted a Chef’s Table Dinner Party at Polanco in downtown Asheville. I’ll have a full post up about the experience on Monday but I wanted to briefly mention it here because it was SO MUCH FUN and SO DELICIOUS!

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I got my hair cut at Ananda West on Thursday and it was such a great experience. About a month ago I asked for salon recommendations on Instagram and a ton of people told me to go see Moira at Ananda. So, I did and I’ll definitely be back!  I’m not good with hair. I like to wash it, let it air dry and call it a day. Moira listened to what I wanted and suggested the best haircut for my needs.  The salon is beautiful and they even offered me a complimentary cup of coffee or glass of wine when I got there.  It’s located right next to District Wine Bar in the River Arts District so naturally, I met my friend Amanda there after my appointment to show off my new do! It was a fun and relaxing afternoon and I can’t recommend it enough.

Inspiring Things I Saw or Read

OK, so I’m cheating a bit because this video is not from the past week BUT I did think of it a few days ago and wanted to share.  Back in February, I attended a Creative Mornings talk about anxiety and the creative process. I related to it so much and felt so inspired at the time but then forgot about it for a while. It popped into my head the other day when I was writing my post about self-doubt and I was so happy to see that it was available to watch and share on the Creative Mornings website. I hope you find it as helpful and inspiring as I do. The camera was set up right behind where I was sitting so you can actually see the back of me in a lot of the video- I’m wearing a grey and white sweater. Plus the intro features a shot of my friend Holly putting on her name tag. Very cool! I hope to make it to another Creative Mornings talk soon!

My friend Katie left an inspiring comment on my Instagram post about self-doubt yesterday. She said, “It’s easy for me to have all these feelings too especially when I have to present my art to clients. It’s totally scary but the alternative is not creating anything.” Her words really stuck with me and reminded me of this quote I saw on Laura Wilson’s Facebook Page a few weeks ago. It’s a great reminder that you can’t let fear of criticism or rejection keep you from pursuing your passion.

Things That Made Me Laugh

 

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This made me laugh so hard. I’m not sure if other smartphones do this, but on an iPhone whenever you need to create a password, it automatically suggests a crazy long series of numbers and letters separated by dashes. If you’re like me and forget your password every time you have to enter it, you know that these suggested passwords are impossible to remember but also super secure so I always end up using them anyway.

 

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Yep. Always!

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Some Things I Really Loved This Week (#9)

Hello! Happy Friday!

Happy Last Day of November! How is tomorrow December!? How is it already the end of the year!? THIS IS CRAZY!

It’s time for the ninth edition of Some Things I Really Loved This Week, a series where I share some things from my week that inspired me or made me laugh with the hope that they will inspire you and make you laugh, too!  Feel free to share some things that YOU really loved this week in the comments!

Experiences That Made Me Happy

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Our Sixth Instameet Thursday evening at Odd’s Cafe! I am continuously amazed by the little community we’ve created by hosting these meet-ups every couple of months. Holly and I have made so many wonderful friends and I really enjoy talking to people face-to-face instead of through my phone screen. There were so many new faces at the meet-up last night and we can’t wait for the next one!

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I indulged in a ton of self-care this week and it has been great. I had an amazing Thanksgiving week but it left me feeling a little drained.  That’s why I gave myself a break at the beginning of the week and totally vegged out on the couch in my PJs with a couple episodes of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (I can’t wait for the second season to come back next week). I allowed myself to skip the gym on Monday and Tuesday and took it realllllly easy. As I get older I’m listening to my body and what it needs a lot more. I’m telling myself that it’s ok to take rest when I need it and to not feel guilty or unproductive for doing so. It’s a really freeing revelation and I plan to talk about the importance of self-care for mental and physical health a lot more.

NOTE: remember when I mentioned Alec With Pen’s Therapy Makes You Hotter hat in Some Things I Really Loved This Week (#6)?? Well, my awesome friend Amanda surprised me with one and I’ve been wearing it since she gave it to me on Wednesday (see pic above for proof). I even wore it to the Instameet last night. I love it and you should get one too!

Inspiring Things I Saw or Read

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I really appreciate this illustration by Tatanja Ross because I find it so easy to beat myself up for what I haven’t accomplished yet and this is a great reminder to be proud of any progress you’ve made, no matter how big or small. Progress is progress. Even if it means just pulling yourself out of bed in the morning. In therapy, whenever I start to rattle off all the things I haven’t done because I’m too anxious or afraid, my therapist helps me see all the things that I have accomplished, even if I don’t see the value in my actions at first.

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Terri Coduri Viani posted this Richard Rhodes quote and it’s so relatable.  I saw it just when I needed it the most. Fear stops me a lot when it comes to writing and blogging. I love it- I really do, but sometimes I start to dread doing it because I get a little too far into my own head. I wonder, who is even reading my blog and is it important or interesting? Often times these types of thoughts stop me from wanting to blog and I think it’s why I’ve stopped and started so many times over the years.  This post has inspired me to keep going. At least for right now.

Things That Made Me Laugh

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Definitely me.  Comic by Sarah Andersen.

 

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Have a wonderful weekend!

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