1. This buzzfeed article. I would just like to say that buzzfeed alone is good to be a favorite lately, but this article really hit close to home.

2. Iced coffee. It’s been a beautiful summer in DC so far. I really can’t complain too much. We’ve had a lot of really nice days and less humidity than expected! It’s still early though. Iced coffee is one of my favorite summer drinks because coffee + cold + warm weather? Yes.

3. This somewhat overpriced candle from Anthropologie, I’ve spent more… I have about 2% will power when it comes to candles. I think 1/50 times I am able to turn them down. I have the same amount of will power in Antrhopologie, so when I went with my friend Lauren a few weeks ago, we peer pressured each other into buying these candles. This one smells like a lovely garden in the spring or summer. Mmmmm.

4. I like all types of music. Like basically everything. I DO draw the line at specific artists, but it would be bad taste to just make a list of those. “The One That Got Away” by the Civil Wars is fantastic though. This song just is hard for me to stop listening to. Even if I’m not very interested in country, Civil Wars really appeal to my love of folk music. And they’re just way too talented. Enjoy.


Blog Appreciation

Preface: Please do not be confused, I do not know any of these people personally (except one!), but I will talk about them like we are close friends. That is how they made it on this list, I have developed an attachment to all these blogs simply by getting really obsessed with their cool lives and interests via the internet.

On a bad day, even on a good day, one of my favorite things to do is sit around and read other people’s blogs. I follow a myriad of different blogs from lifestyle to fashion and beauty to people with the complete package! This is a list of some of the blogs that never disappoint!

A Sprinkle of Glitter
I have written about Louise before, mostly praising her youtube channel, her blog is no different. Louise is a wife and mom living in the UK and her blog is mostly lifestyle sprinkled with fashion and beauty. Not only does she have a lovely disposition after a life that would turn most people sour, she has such a cute husband and daughter. They are so fun to follow and read about, plus she does not sugar coat and make their life look perfect all the time (even though it probably is). She is such an awesome inspiration and Motivational Mondays make Monday a little more bearable.

Verbal Vomit
Hannah is an illustrator who is very close in age to me and got married a year ago. Again, I do not know her, but am I bitter? Yes. Incredibly. First, she and her husband have a band of adorable pets that make it onto her blog sometimes, they just got 2 cats! She is a very talented illustrator, has a great sense of humor, and has all the nerdiest interests and no shame. I never felt better about my obsession with Harry Potter until I read that she studied Welsh and went to Wales because JRR Tolkein based the Elvish language in Lord of the Rings on Welsh. No shame. It’s not unlike going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for your 23rd birthday and scouring the graveyard behind the Elephant House in Edinburgh in search of the graves of prominent characters in your favorite book series… You have a beautiful soul, Hannah.

The Beauty Department
This blog is just full of good beauty tips and great DIY tips for when you’re at home. I follow a lot of beauty gurus on youtube, but I find Beauty Department is totally beauty focused and gives a bit of a fuller explanation. Also, when written in blog format I find it easier to share with my friends because I get quite protective of my youtube subscriptions. So to avoid the message getting lost because of a personality clash, BD is a great source.

Joy the Baker
Even if I don’t always think I’d enjoy the recipes she posts (I’m not an adventurous eater), it’s still great to follow Joy the Baker. She post a lot of amazing recipes and they are also just beautifully photographed. It’s fun to follow her blog and instagram so you get to see shots deconstructed sometimes. Joy has a fancy life and enjoys a good cocktail, so there’s really no way to lose.

A Beautiful Mess
Elsie and Emma are sisters, so they immediately tug at my heart strings because I love my sister and we have a lot of shared interests. A Beautiful Mess post about everything. You get hair and make up, fashion, DIY, recipes, decor tips, honestly they are a domestic girl’s bread and butter. I have never wanted to thrift more than when I recently read their advice for thrifting. I’ve always felt inadequate because I couldn’t find good pieces or didn’t have much success in going to thrift stores, but I feel armed and ready for this week when I will be going to a thrift shop for the first time in years.

Live Beauty, Breathe Beauty
This is a Creep Master post for me, but Natalie commented on my blog a few weeks ago and I have loved her blog ever since. She is Canadian and reviews products that I look at in the store and want to buy, but put back because I have too much already and I can’t keep trying things until I use up what I have. In truth, I like to think she is saving me money, but I know that she is not. Her reviews are very in depth and recommendations are incredibly reasonable. Also, I’m pretty positive we have the same counter tops, swear to god. This is a new blog, show her some love.

Abby Explores
This is the exception blog! I know Abby! In real life! Abby and I met when we were both studying abroad in Malaga, Spain. We have been friends ever since. Last summer Abby did an internship in DC so I was blessed to have her to pal around with all summer last year. Now Abby has taken a post in the Peace Corps learning and volunteering with Sustainable Agriculture Systems in Panama. She will be gone for 2 years and I am already missing her, but she takes beautiful pictures and has a lot of great incites and experiences. It’s been really fun to read about her experiences in Panama so far. She’s still got a lot to come so I would totally recommend reading about her if you are at all interested in the Peace Corps or just enjoy hearing about lizards and termites and working with little children in rural Central America. Abby is very brave!

Life Is Funny

I think I’m going to quit my job. I am planning on quitting my job. Unfortunately, I am 23-years-old and live with my parents. You would think “Hey Lisa, that affords you the opportunity to quit an awful job because you don’t have major life payments to make that shackle you to a bad job” right? For a normal person, yes. I, however, am very committed to my parents advice and guidance. I don’t think they have a sadistic dream of me staying at this job and being miserable, but they do not necessarily understand the dilemma of being stuck in a job where you have nothing keeping you there besides a paycheck. Both of my parents do not just have careers, they have professions; they do not understand the distinction of the fact that I have a job. Standing up to the people who would call themselves managers in my place of business and quitting does not distress me in the least, but I am afraid of my parents disapproval. It’s frustrating that this is the bigger battle I will have to fight, convincing my support system that I need to do this for myself. But that’s more than enough explanation I think. 

The next part of the story, and what motivates me to push on is what comes next. I have never particularly enjoyed school, so this whole thing is beautifully ironic. I think I’m going back to school. Many people (re: my parents) are skeptical about this. I have no clue where to start and I’m honestly functioning on the long-term idea I have had of being a teacher- enter irony. I have not studied anything in the area of education and I already have a BS in International Business. Woohoo! How incredibly useful, see how far it has gotten me already. In my dreams I would have this very long-standing, deep-seated dream of doing something with my life which would have started me early off in the right direction. It comforts me to know that probably close to 1% of people actually have this kind of experience in life. The only dream that I have specifically had that has lasted through the ages is the dream of being a mother. There’s not really a school for that though. SO, in the meantime I need something to bring home the bacon. All I can really do is keep praying about it and remove myself from an unhealthy situation in hopes that the next place I go will be better for me and an environment for me to be better. 

I wouldn’t typically post something this personal about my life because I’m always nervous about big life decisions and I can be fickle. Follow-through is not necessarily a skill I can boast about. It has been 9 months since the last time I felt a big push like this to change the circumstances of my life and this time I’m going to try something different. I like to think of this blog as an accountability booster, so hopefully the next time I update I’ll have good news! Or really life-crushing news that things aren’t going as great as expected, but they’re going! I’d honestly take it as a good sign at this point! I’m listening to my “Golden Oldies” station on Pandora to keep myself pumped to do battle. Having a pump up station is a life essential!