Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Why the Small Things

So I realized that I hadn't actually posted the article that inspired me to look at the small things that make me happy.

This post by David Brooks, with full essays on this page.  He asked people to send in essays describing how they found their purpose in life - not always a large thing.

One of my favorite lines from Elizabeth Young:
“Perhaps,” she concludes, “the mission is not a mission at all. ... Everywhere there are tiny, seemingly inconsequential circumstances that, if explored, provide meaning” and chances to be generous and kind. Spiritual and emotional growth happens in microscopic increments.

I found the article via Cup of Jo, and stumbled across it again today via exPress-o.

I'm still working on my purpose, but looking at it in smaller increments these days and trying to be thankful for each one.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Tuesday: Small, Happy Life

It's been an emotionally exhausting day. Anticipation of good/bad news, reeling from some intense dreams last night, forgetting that I had a prospectus for a final paper due today, long phone call about accounting/treasury duties I will be taking on for a professional organization... 

In summary I need to stop and remind myself of the good small things today. 

Coffee in my favorite mug, pen and blank page ready to be filled. 
Tea. Teacup. 
New tanktop in the mail from Wish You Were Northwest. Somehow the wrapping actually smelled like donuts! Or bubblegum. Or bubblegum donuts. Nom. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Monday: Small, Happy Life

Today's things:
Potted flower garden at my front door.
Beautiful sky followed by intense thunderstorms (I love thunderstorms). 
Painted nails plus kitty plus Outlander finale. 

-texts with my father in law
-urban ecology unit for class
-phone call with my dad
-s'more Oreos 

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Small, Happy Life

I just read an op-ed in the New York Times about people who had discovered their purpose through pursuing a small happy life. Here's some small happy things for me today. 

Marley the musical at Center Stage with Todd and Josh. 
Follow your arrow tattoo I had done yesterday. 
Trish. Always. 
Hilarious sign at the farmers market. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

TedStine 2015

I was at Ted and Christine's (TedStine's) beautiful wedding in Virgina this weekend and wanted to share some pictures from the intensely sunny day on here rather than Facebook to maintain some semblance of quality.  I will probably cross-post a bit.  I've known Christine since 2002 when I was a freshman at Penn State and she was studying abroad in Leeds, England.  We became friends via AIM (what is that?!? So old!) until she returned to the States and we bonded instantly at our fraternity.  She graduated two years later and remained one of my very best friends while I finished up at Penn State then followed the exodus from PA to the greater DC area.  Toga, NYC, Jason Mraz, Hilary Duff, tailgates, Enchanted Forests, so many conventions, New Years traditions, house buyings.  So glad to be there for this part of her life!

Very little modifications done to these photos, mostly because I'm feeling lazy and need to get off to bed. 

Damn you Ted, open your eyes!

A little fuzzy, but Laura was having so much fun I had to post anyway!

This face was a very specific reaction to something...wish I could remember what!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

New Site

I have a new site up and running!  Posts may show up here from time-to-time, but I have some new (old) projects I'm working on that deserve a fresh start.

Check it out at:


Monday, January 5, 2015

PapPap: 100 Years

Happy Birthday PapPap.
John E. Dziubek: January 5, 2015 - January 5, 2015.

It's been 18 years, but I still miss you.