Love Yourself Up

I created a playlist to boost me on those days I feel like hiding under the covers. You know... those days when you feel your under eye bags are packed for a month vacation, when you've done something you aren't proud of and you question how good of a human being you are, when you get dressed and feel bloated and then you start comparing your 41-year-old body to the bodies in your Athleta catalog (reminder to self: view Athleta catalog after a good workout), when you look in the mirror and let that sad, scared inner voice take over magnifying every imperfection you see.

So, yeah, you ever have one of those days?  If so, I hope this playlist will help you love yourself up.

Colbie Caillat's TRY

Selena Gomez's WHO SAYS

Kimya Dawson's I LIKE GIANTS

Sara Bareilles' BRAVE

Laura Mvula's THAT'S ALRIGHT

Will.i.am's WHAT I AM

Britt Nicole's GOLD

FLEUR - Mirror Mirror from Fixel Films on Vimeo.


Natasha Bedingfield's STRIP ME
Natasha Bedingfield - Strip Me from Baeblemusic on Vimeo.

Amanda Palmer's IN MY MIND

Elle Varner's SO FLY



Mary Lambert's BODY LOVE (PARTS 1 & 2)

The list without all the movement:
  1. Try - Colbie Caillat
  2. Who Says - Selena Gomez
  3. I Like Giants - Kimya Dawson
  4. Brave - Sara Bareilles

  5. That's Alright - Laura Mvula
  6. What I Am - Will.i.am
  7. Gold - Britt Nicole
  8. Mirror Mirror - Fleur
  9. Pocketful of Poetry - Mindy Gledhill
10. Strip Me - Natasha Bedingfield
11. In My Mind - Amanda Palmer
12. So Fly - Elle Varner
13. Defying Gravity - Glee
14. Accept Yourself - The Smiths

15. Body Love (Parts 1 & 2) - Mary Lambert

Are there any other songs you think belong on this list? Let me know!


Be the light

Today I'm so glad I was reminded that the world is not going to hell in a handbasket, that there are "invisible" people being kind all the time, that goodness usually rules the day, and that just thinking of good things does some good in the world because it means you are sending out some positive energy.

So, grab a cup of tea.  Let yourself settle down for a few minutes.  Then enjoy this piece by Dr. Kelly Flanagan, "The Whole Truth About How (Not) Rotten Human Beings Can Be."  


Sunday Sounds

Sunday sounds like an early morning, soft footsteps, crumpled paper, cracking of dried blackberry stems, giggles from 3 extra kids, whistles from the t.v. refs, a gentle heartbeat grateful for this day, and some Kings of Convenience.


Just a few things Friday

I have a very good friend whom I love very much.  The only thing that drives me nuts about her is that she has a birthday in December. So, every year I rack my brains for a cool birthday gift AND then a cool Christmas gift.  But, 2 years ago she went and had a little bundle of joy (whom I also love very much).  This bundle of joy came... can you guess when?  Yes, in December! 

Poor December babies.  Their birthdays come during the busiest time of the year.

With that said and done I hope you enjoy some of these web goodies I've been eyeing as gifts. Thank goodness my friend doesn't read my blog!

Jane Austen Tarot cards.  How cool are these?!

Jane Austen puzzle book.  Can you tell I like themed gifts?

A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na.  The illustrations are the sweetest.

Handmade knitted owl hat.  You can get the pattern at Knit Culture.

These cute boot slippers at Amazon.  They are only $7.56 right now!

And, this old school Pearl Jam jam because it reminds me of my friend and driving around town on a Friday night screaming this song and feeling very much alive.


Embracing color

When I choose yarn for my knitting projects I tend to lean to the earthy browns, greens, and blues.  And my projects are typically one color of each, not all colors together.  Lately, however, I've been drawn to brighter colors and color blends. It's been fun to experiment with color.  

I'm embracing color in my newest cabled beanie.  It's a simple and fast knit and the fit is great for my smaller head (I chose the S/M cast on). You can find the pattern on kanitted.

If I get lost in the woods, I think I'll be easier to find now. :)


Sunday sounds

Sunday sounds like the clickety clack of knitting needles, fallen leaves crunching beneath my rain boots, laughter from the kiddos, cheers from TV land football fans, and a broken rendition of Coldplay's "Fix You" on the piano (Audrey is hoping to learn it).  A good Sunday indeed.


Just a few things Friday

This outfit.

This Tedx talk because we all have closets we need to come out of.  And "hard is hard".

These life lessons from the wonderful Mister Rogers.

These printable notes of Thankfulness from hello bee.  They're free!

This poster.

Now whenever I hear Drake's song, "Hold on, we're going home", I laugh to myself because all I can picture is Drake riding in the front crate of Elliot's bicycle.  Next time you hear the song just try and not picture him as E.T. 



I am grateful for roads... wet roads, bare roads, dry roads, rocky roads.  I am grateful for literal roads and symbolic roads.  I am grateful for roads that lead me home and roads that take me away.  I am grateful for roads that lead nowhere because these are the roads that help me discover where I really want to be and what I really want to be seeing in my life.  I am also grateful for roads that lead me to my destination. These roads keep me committed and determined. And I am grateful for roads that exist in my imagination. These are roads just for me.