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Hello there. Happy Spring! It’s been quite a while, hasn’t it? Here’s what’s been going on.

Reading: I just finished reading And Still She Laughs, which I recommend to anyone, really, but particularly to anyone processing grief. I also recently finished reading Invitation to Solitude and Silence. I tried reading this years ago, and never really got into it, but I was listening to this sermon series, where this book was referenced. I decided to pick it back up, and this time read it all the way through. And I’m very glad I did. Solitude and silence is such a great practice, and giving myself the grace to remember that it takes time and practice to grow in it has been especially encouraging and beneficial. And walking through the pseudo forest outside my apartment helps, too.

Watching: This Is Us. I try not to allow myself too much time for TV, lest I fall into the habit of never leaving my apartment for the sake of it, but I give myself all the time for this show. The first season just ended and it’s everything I want out of a show because I can experience a whole range of emotions just from one episode.

Eating: tacos. One of my new year’s resolutions is to eat more tacos. I’ve been doing pretty well so far. I tried Casa Verde in my neighborhood for my birthday when my sister was in town, and I’ve paid many visits to my neighborhood fave, Chilacates (who just opened their second location; yay local businesses!). I don’t cook for myself often because it bores me, but I’ve been forcing myself to eat in more to save money. That, along with the motivation to eat all the tacos of 2017, has lead me to make my own tacos, thus continuing my progress even from the comforts of my own kitchen. And apparently, tacos are trendy, so there’s that. #racheleatstacos

Building: websites. I’ve picked my coding habit back up and have been brushing up on the coding things with Codecademy. It’s been nice to realize that I actually know more than I thought I did (take that, imposter syndrome!), but I do still feel like I have a long way to go. This quote by Earl Nightingale helps.

Planningso many trips. I’ve been doing some temp work, but have some random days off this coming week, so I’m going to Philly! It’s been on my list of places to visit for a while now, so I figured it’s now or never! Then it’s Easter, then I’m going home for Sarah’s bridal shower. AND THEN, I’m finally going to finally hold a lamb. More on that later.

Anticipating: so many changes. More on that later, too, but let’s just say that I’ll be spending the next few weeks purging and packing up my life.

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Looking forward to: a road trip! I’m leaving for California tonight to embark on a road trip in the Pacific North West with my sister. We’ll be in Seattle, Vancouver, Portland, and maybe other random spots.

Watching: Seinfeld. I’ve seen many episodes before, but I’ve never watched the entire series all the way through, and now I know that I have been missing out. Seinfeld: a show about everything.

Loving: autumn in Boston. It really is just the absolute best time to be here, and I’m a little bummed that I’ll be missing most of October here since I’ll be on the west coast for so long. But really, fall anywhere is wonderful.

Training: for a 10k. A group of us are running the Genesis Battlegreen 10k next month, so training is in full swing. I’m by no means a runner, but living by the JP Pond has certainly helped with making it easy to go out and run. And reading this helped motivate me. And because it’s fall. Fall even makes running better.

Happy Autumn!

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Time for another Currently post…

Preparing for: all the trips. Later today I leave for the Netherlands! I’m excited to return to my future home country (in my head, I become an expat there, and my Dutch is so good that I’m constantly mistaken for a local). Next week, I’ll be in London with Reality. I’ll be gone for two weeks, back in Boston for about a month, and then I’ll head back across the pond to visit Spain. I’m really taking full advantage of this unemployed life. More on that later.  

Listening to: Kari Jobe’s rendition of Be Still My Soul. A few weeks ago, I had a terrible cold, and was bed-ridden for about a week. As I lay in my bed in pain, I had this obvious realization that I couldn’t DO anything to make myself feel better. It hurt to BE, and I had to just live in it. I’ve been learning to be still and rest in the pain, and it isn’t fun, but it’s so necessary.

Learning: besides the being still (see above), and my constant pursuit of learning the Dutch language, I’ve been learning what it looks like to be part of a small business. I’ve been helping out with Kaylyn’s company, True Vine Studio, and it’s been so fulfilling and lovely. Our new website launched today, which you can visit here.

Happy Wednesday!

 

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Here’s what I’ve been doing lately.

Reading: I’ve got lots of book back-up right now, but mainly, I’m slowly reading Mindy’s latest book, Why Not Me?. I don’t want it to all be over though, so I’m taking my time with it. I’m also trying to catch up on The New Yorker, because, I’m like, super cultured or whatever.

Listening to: Limetown! And so many other podcasts. This American Life, The Moth, Radiolab, church sermon series, and most recently I’ve discovered the hilarity that is Tara Clancy.

Thinking about: So many things. First of all, where the heck is all of my money going? I guess it doesn’t help that I’ve just been doing so many things lately. I’m still determined to blog about my summer, as well as the most recent fall adventures I’ve been on. I’ve also been thinking a lot about why people live where they live, as well as why I live where I live, and what I’m doing with my life, blah, blah, blah.

Looking forward to: My sister visiting me tomorrow for a week! We’re going to do fall things and hang out and, she doesn’t know this yet, but I’m going to make her help me purge things in my room because she’s really good at that. Shh, don’t tell her.

Enjoying: Fall in New England. It really just is the best. I was in Vermont this weekend for Heidi’s wedding and everything was just beautiful. There really is nothing like it, and I don’t think I’ll ever tire of it.

Learning: So many things. I have this long list of projects I’d like to accomplish (flower arranging, ukulele playing, Dutch speaking), but for now, the most immediate project is that I’m learning how to code. That is what’s been taking up all of my very limited free time, and mainly why I’ve been so very busy.

Planning: I’ve had plans every weekend since August, and it’ll be that way through November. All fun things, but I’ve realized that I’ll just need to schedule some time to be alone and not do anything. Because this introvert sure needs it. I’m excited for my upcoming bedroom purge though, and then, since I’m going home for Thanksgiving this year, I may even take a peek into all the things I have in storage. Maybe. We’ll see. Who knows. Eck.

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I haven’t done one of these in a while. Boston looks much different since the last time I posted. Thank you, spring time!

Doing: so much lately–from Lily’s wedding at the end of March, to Disneyland, to both Jia Min and Angelo visiting Boston, to birthday parties, to taking a calligraphy class, to Megan & Brian’s wedding in Atlanta. Phew–March and April have been very busy. I’m finally able to catch my breath for a bit. Which also means I’ll be catching up on the blogging of the things.

Reading: the New Yorker. I’m subscribed but I’m very behind, so I’m trying to catch up on those, which makes for a far more entertaining commute. It also makes me want to live in New York.

Planning: my next trip, scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend–Washington, DC, here I come.

Thinking about: when I first moved to Boston. It was 80 degrees here yesterday, and as I walked into my apartment building after work, the smell of the wood in the warm hallway reminded me of when I first arrived, since I moved in the middle of a very hot and humid summer. It was a nice reminder of when things were so new. Funny how smells trigger memories like that.

Looking forward to: a relaxing weekend–I may do a day trip somewhere on Saturday or just hang out at home, and either option is looking pretty great right now.

Loving: spring in Boston! The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and the people are finally happy again here in the Northeast. I didn’t believe it would happen, but winter is finally over.

inspired by Danielle

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Storm Juno

Loving: Storm Juno. So far, the city has seen about 18 inches throughout, with more snow expected. This was the state of my car when I awoke this morning. Poor little Yaris. Yay for a snow day, though!

Reading: I finally finished reading Quiet by Susan Cain. I’ve been reading B.J. Novak’s One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories, which has been quite entertaining. I’ve also been re-reading Harry Potter.

Listening to: Lots of Brady Toops with a splash of The Decemberists. I finally signed up for Spotify Premium after much deliberation and I’m happy with that decision.

Watching: Marry Me. I’ve had multiple people tell me that I remind them of Casey Wilson, and for that very reason, I started watching her show, and I kind of enjoy it. She’s a little quirky and weird and I like that.

Planning: Lily’s bridal shower. She gets married in 58 days and I’m throwing her a shower in two weeks. I’m looking forward to heading home and celebrating.

Happy Blizzard Day!

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Here’s to another Currently post, inspired by Danielle.

Doing: I started running around my neighborhood this week. I signed up for a 5k with work for next month, so I need to train. The nice thing about running is that it’s fairly easy to build up stamina. I just need to stick to my running plan. Thanks to Spotify and their running playlists, I’ve been able to hit the ground running (ha, sorry, couldn’t help it) at an okay (for me) pace. 

Thinking about: The Future. Eck. What I’m doing with my life, my days, my hours. That kind of thing. I really want to make good use of my twenties. I’ve been polling older and wiser woman on what they wished they had done while they were in their twenties and single and free of real life responsibilities (read, husband + kids). I’ll report back once I have more info, haha.

Watching: The Bachelorette. This is a safe space, remember? So no judging. I can’t help it. I love The Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise. The newest season started this past Monday, so tonight I’m getting together with Morgan and Amie to watch it. There will be wine. You know, to go along with the cheese. 

Looking forward to: Vermont this weekend. Heidi is running a half marathon in Burlington, VT, so I’m headed up there with her for the weekend. It’ll be nice to get out of the city and enjoy some country life for a few days.

Reading: She Reads TruthErika posted about this Bible study she was going to be doing online, so I decided to join in. We’re going through the Book of Nehemiah. It’s a really cool book, and they send you an email every day with the verses, a short devo, and a super cute picture to go along with it. I’m really enjoying it, and I’m excited to continue following along as they go through more studies. Ruth and Titus are next.

Loving: Spring! It’s finally spring in Boston. At least, I think it is. Hopefully we have some nice, mild days before the humidity of summer strikes.