The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart, and being thoughtful, and being generous. Everything else is crap, I promise you. It’s just crap that people try to sell to you to make you feel like less. So don’t buy it! Be smart, be thoughtful and be generous.
i’m a planner—
have been since i was a tiny little tot.
hence why, to this day, i insist on having a paper planner by my side at all times.
i’ve tried a lot of planners throughout my 28 years,
& right now, Erin Condren has my type-A-planning heart.
Condren’s Life Planners are sturdy, well-organized, small enough i can throw it in my over-sized tote, but big enough that i have space to use pretty pens & personalized stickers.
until 08/23, Erin Condren is offering 10% off their Life Planners with the code: BACKTOSCHOOL.
i don’t currently need a planner for this calendar year, but i went ahead and ordered my 2014 design (!!!),
because that’s what a planner does, plans ahead.
In alchemy, it’s called the Soul of the World. When you want something with all your heart, that’s when you are closest to the Soul of the World. It’s always a positive force
-Paulo Coelho “The Alchemist”
yesterday, i read Coelho’s book.
it had been sitting on my shelf for years.
(you know that whole, “there’s a time & a place for everything”?)
there are a lot of great quotes & passages inside the pages of this book that lifted my spirits right when they needed to be lifted.
this one stuck with me.
the force that pulls us…
that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?
the will to keep going because your heart won’t let you feel otherwise.
no matter what, it exists.
it overlooks the drudgery that often times weighs us down.
the refusal to fail.
this weekend i read a book.
(high fives all around for that well-utilized graduate degree!!!)
if you read/watched “devil wears prada,” i would advise picking up this crowd pleaser.
you can get caught up on the lives of Ahun-dreeee-uh & Emily, you’re introduced to new heartthrobs, & the ending will leave you satisfied…er, content.
381 pages of goodness. that’s my take on it.
when i returned to my desk yesterday afternoon, i found this weathered book sitting atop a stack of legal pads.
with the handwritten tag, “Brooke” attached, i cracked open the thick cover & discovered a post card inside.
as i read the words, “if you ever decide to have a dinner party, this one’s got you covered, re: keeping everyone as classy as you,” i couldn’t help but smile.
our mutual love for Junot Diaz sparked a friendship several months back & now, he’s left the office to chase his dreams in Hawaii, but not before scheduling a book delivery, of course.
& so, i’ll take this gently used beauty & perch it up on my wooden shelf (right next to The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao) as a reminder not only of his caring spirit, but as a reminder that a gift consisting of genuine kindness & thoughtfulness > a designer dud, every time.
the last four days have been an amazing whirlwind.
(thursday: indy/louisville. friday: louisville. saturday & sunday: omaha.)
thursday morning started with an early morning workout followed by a career fair followed by a two hour drive south to Louisville where i attended a Literature conference with Mama J by my side.
as part of my contract with my current university, i’m required to participate in a professional development program. there are all different options to fulfill the requirement, but for me, it was no question- i needed to attend a conference- to fill the academic void i’ve been feeling as of late. there’s something about living a grad school lifestyle filled with reading multiple novels in a week & submitting pages & pages of research to well,quite the opposite. i’m often ashamed to admit how little i actually read these days, so entertaining the opportunity to visit a college campus for a day was the easiest decision i could’ve made.
while down in Louisville, Mama & i ordered take out from a delicious bistro, drove south of the city 15 miles to shop at the Zappos.com outlet & also, may have hit up the outlets in Edinburgh, Indiana so i could check out some Michael Kors totes.
it was a great little getaway, not only because i love nothing more than traipsing through a college campus & gettin’ nerdy from time to time, but because it was the little roadtrip Mama & i have taken in quite some time.
(picture taken on our walk from campus to the Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium…Einstein Bros. vanilla hazelnut coffee in hand)
an inspiring Q&A session that leaves me wondering, “if I don’t have NFL players lined up at my door, perhaps I should become a valued employee of the organization?”
The Best Defense in Football
More than a decade ago, Anastasia Danias was just another lawyer at a big firm — until she jumped ship to join the legal department of the NFL. Today, the 39-year-old is the NFL’s vice president of legal affairs, representing the league in some of the thorniest, most-talked-about cases in sports.