For me, it can be hard to identify when I need to take a second and slow down. With balancing all aspects of life from work and school, to family and friends, and all of the in between bits that make up our crazy, wonderful life, it can be tough to slow down and reset.
I am doing a bit of a night time reset, or routine, if you will. I wanted to talk about night routines again because for me, it is one of the most important part of resetting myself. For me it’s all about setting time for myself to wind down, but also to mentally and physically prepare myself for the next day. Giving yourself that time is so important.
I think it is so important to just slow the heck down sometimes. As humans, I don’t think we practice that mindset of being in the moment as much as we should. I know there are a lot of posts and pictures glorifying what self care looks like, but what does it really look like? What does it really mean? Can you feel it, taste it, see it, embody it? I don’t know the answer, but I’m here to explore it.
Guys, it is officially SUMMER. Summer time is my least favorite season, ONLY because of the heat during the day. Everything else about summer I really love. I love having a break away from classes, vacation days, longer days and warmer nights, and of course, being able to read whatever I want.
It is funny to me because I actually read less during the summer season. I am not totally sure why, but I tend to slack off on my reading list. So here I am, making it a priority.
What a whirlwind of emotions this was to write. Traveling is emotional for me. I feel it deep in my bones, and I think that is why I love it so much. Being able to be in your head, on the road, cherishing moments with someone you love; it is priceless. This trip was so needed and came at such a perfect time. For me, being able to travel is like hitting a reset button; one right before you leave, and one when you come home.
Now that I am done with my first year of grad school (check out my most recent update here!), I am really starting to focus on wedding planning. Saying that I am excited is an understatement.
I took a much needed month off from The r|s edit. I missed it, but it was so necessary. I was finishing up my first year of grad school! And boy can I tell you it feels SO good to be done! The last month my desk has been a mess with books, stacks of papers that I spent more time looking through than doing anything with, spilled link (literally), blackout poems, and more coffee cups than I could count.
I have been slightly mia, buuuuuuut
I FINISHED MY FIRST SEMESTER OF GRAD SCHOOL!
What a semester. So full of everything I needed, and wanted out of a master’s program. I met so many amazing, wonderful and talented people who filled my literary circle and community. It was amazing to be able to be in a program that gave their first year students so many wonderful opportunities.
It was the first time I really felt right about career choice so far, and I am really excited to see what my future has in store.
I feel like people always forget that magazines are not just all about celeb gossip and who wore it best. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some trash gossip every now and again. But what I like and what I wanted to do is celebrate the fact that culture, and art, and writing, and fashion can extend outside the celeb gossip magazines and into amazing magazines that are true pieces of art.
I wanted to share six magazines that I really like, especially the current issue. I tried to include a few scholarly lit journals in there too because, well… I love that sort of stuff and the writing is truly top notch.
The Bridal Edit series has been something I have been giddily mapping out in my pre-wedding brain. You know how mothers-to-be get baby brain? I guess it is only fair to say I have pre-wedding brain. I shared my proposal and how my wonderful, loving fiancé proposed to me, so lets take it back a few years (two years exactly on the dot – that’s how good he is) to when we first started dating and how we met.
These stories are always fun and there is nothing better than a modern day love story, #amiright.
I love these sorts of chats. They are my favorite type of article because it is basically a stream of consciousness and mesh of my thoughts appropriately put together so I can post it and say it is adequate.
I thought a fun topic that I could sort of chat about, if you will, is creativity. I know it seems broad and it can go anywhere but isn’t that the fun of it all? It is super relevant to me as a person since I would like to slap on the title of ‘creative’ or ‘artist’ in association with me being a writer and poet.
Creativity can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. To me, creativity is not just creating ‘something’ for show. For me, it is something that is so much larger. I find creativity to be a part of my human nature, my ability to look at the world in one way, and spit it back out in a different way or in ‘my own personal way.’ As artists, we have to be able to transcend the, ugh I hate this word, normal. Seems cliché, right? Ah, the life of an artist.