in an effort to truly recognize the simple pleasures in my life, i have compiled a list of random happenings that made the last seven days a lot brighter. (& trust me, they were all very much appreciated.)
- anthropologie. all it takes is one walk into the rustic-ly beautiful store & life seems more pleasing. a couple days ago, anthro had the most delicious scent burning— sweet vanilla & cinnamon. let me know if you need my mailing address (wink wink)
- concerts. there’s something about coming together with stranger friends who also appreciate an artist enough to procure a ticket… & if you experience a solid show, as well… that’s even better (hello, Harry Connick Jr.).
- outdoor dining. Ashley & i tried out a new-er restaurant last night, Matt the Miller’s Tavern. it was 92 degrees at 7 pm & we sat outside with the other hungry [& too-impatient-to-wait-for-a-table-indoors] patrons. the food was great, the smoldering heat went away as the sun set a little lower & of course, the company was divine as always.
- taking chances. whether it’s an interview, a relationship, a menu item, a shorter hem line, a hair style, etc etc etc, there’s something about taking a chance. it’s a mini adventure that typically leaves you feeling good, bad or indifferent. for me, this week was filled with a couple opportunities where taking a chance became a necessity—some events more significant than others, & some leaving me questioning my own actions, delivery, & attitude. but that’s what makes taking chances so great, you will never know the outcome unless you give it a try.
- turning a mess into a message. did you watch Wednesday night’s ESPY awards? i love the glitz & glamour of the Oscars, but the ESPY awards encourage me to grab for kleenex & ogle over tall, athletic men like nobody’s business. every year, the Arthur Ashe award & the Jimmy V award reel me in to the true heart of sports. this year was definitely no different. Robin Roberts received the Arthur Ashe award for courage & her story & acceptance speech left me in deep thought. How do you turn a mess into a message? It’s been circling through my head ever since.