4th of july


hi, everyone! just a quick post to wish you all a safe and happy 4th of July. we’re doing some cleaning and choosing a paint color today, just taking the day easy and enjoying each other’s company.

it’s a beautiful day to celebrate the birth of our country. it’s not perfect – it’s big, it’s complicated, it’s full of contradictions, it’s sometimes frustrating, but it is beautiful and always itself.

to America, land that I love.


monday memo | on makeup


I own a good amount of makeup, a fact that confuses my guy. he seems to think that the amount of makeup I own is directly related to how much I think I need to use it. I know he’s being sweet and completely honest when he says I don’t need it, but it got me thinking about all the different reasons why people think someone wears makeup. I can’t speak for anyone but myself, but I’ve never thought about wearing makeup so that I can be pretty; I only ever thought of it as enhancing what I already had. it’s fun to be able to make my naturally petite eyes look bigger with an eyelash curler and an awesome tube of mascara. it’s fun to play up the brown in my eyes with a deep purple eyeshadow, or amp up a basic outfit with a strong, red lip. I think of it as an accessory, just like a scarf or a pair of shoes. sometimes it can give me confidence, like when I put on makeup in preparation for a big interview or a speech I was making to a room full of people. to me, makeup is a tool that I happen to have a lot of fun using.

it’s also a tool that I use when I want to downplay something, like the whitehead that just popped up on my chin or the honking pimple that decided to show up smack dab in the middle of my forehead. a little concealer goes a long way towards making that blemish a little less noticeable, for which I’m grateful…but sometimes, even then, I can’t be bothered to do that step, and I just live with it. it depends how I feel.

 I rarely wear a full face of makeup, and I don’t wear makeup every day. most days, I go barefaced save for a little moisturizer and curled eyelashes. this is partly because I’m lazy or short on time, but it’s also got a whole lot to do with how I feel about makeup in general. I wear it when I want to, not because I have to.

what’s your makeup philosophy?


monday memo | salt water


man, I love this quote. I’ve mentioned many times how I’m at my most peaceful by the sea, I’m a big proponent of tears when they’re warranted, and I’ve always believed in good, honest, hard work.

happy monday!


monday memo


oh, boy. this weekend was a tough one. just when you think you’re moving along and making progress, something happens that shows you that you’re actually right back where you started. but while this weekend had a lot of tears and sadness, I find myself this morning choosing to put it behind me and start anew. Henri Nouwen happens to be one of my dad’s favorite theologians, so I ran across this quote from him many times when I was younger, but I never really took the time to really get what it means to choose joy and to keep on choosing it. it doesn’t mean that you don’t grieve. it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t feel pain or sadness. those things are part of life, too, and each has its own time and purpose. I think it means that you keep on keeping on, that you can be in a place that is the opposite of joy where tears are falling, but you pick yourself up, wipe them away, and begin again with a renewed hope that things will heal, goodness will prevail, and joy will come in the morning. that’s hard.  harder than I thought it would be when I read this quote years ago, for sure. but I’m taking it one day at a time…

starting with this monday. ;).

have a good one.


monday memo | perspective


I always have to remind myself of this when I’m facing something I don’t particularly want to experience (e.g. mondays). it’s not that I have a bad attitude about those things – I just hunker down and get through it –  but I think I need to work on possibly trying to make those experiences more enjoyable rather than just tolerating them. some food for thought on this, ahem, monday.

have a good one!