Oh how I adore the light filled evenings of spring. With the sun shining well into the evening I feel energized and ready to tackle errands and to do lists. I’m motivated to go on a run, start a project or even curl up with a new book rather than zoning out to Netflix and giving into the allure of my cozy bed. I am so grateful for life lately, every little bit. I love the vibrant green leaves on the trees and I could practically cry when I see the magnolias and cherry blossoms. Spring always makes me a little sappy but this year I am extra sentimental. Watching the trees erupt into blossoms after a dark and rainy Seattle winter makes me both hopeful and cheery. When the sun shines and the flowers bloom the earth has a way of soothing me, it’s like it’s saying “everything will be okay” and even if it won’t could I really ask for more than the beauty in front of me?
Beyond the blooms and blossoms I am overwhelmed with feelings of love and gratitude. I truly feel like I am surrounded by the best people and despite those random moments of dismay I am ultimately really happy. With all of the chaos going on in the world right now it feels wrong not to acknowledge my privilege. No one has it all together but in the grand scheme of things I have it pretty good. My problems are pretty minimal. I have it very good and I know so many people have difficulties much bigger than my own. I also know my life won’t always be so charmed, this is a season and I want to relish it while it’s here.
So thank you world, thank you universe, thank you everyone I love. I want to share just a few of the things I’m most grateful for tonight as I lay in bed compiling this sporadic post.
– Pierre the dog, who sleeps under the covers with his head on my legs every night. When we first adopted Pierre he seemed largely uninterested in me (but adored Jordan). Over the past 6 months I seemed to have grown on him and occasionally he’ll even choose snuggling (or playing) with me over Jordan.
– Half a dozen magnolia trees line the street adjacent to my apartment. Every morning when I step outside I could just squeal with happiness. Flowering trees are one of the most uplifting views.
-I’ve lived my entire adult life without a dining room table to call my own. Over the weekend Jordan and I finally pulled the trigger and ordered this table from West Elm (there’s a 25% off sale going on right now). Now we just have to wait 2-4 weeks for the table to be delivered and find a few chairs to go with it in the meantime. I’d love any/all suggestions!
-After a bit of a hiatus I picked up a new journal from Anthropologie to get back into private writing. I always wrote diaries growing up (see a few embarassing excerpts here) but once I started blogging I never made time for journaling. Recently I’ve felt compelled to write in a space that is just for me where I can spill my thoughts freely without worrying about if there’s a point or if I offend anyone. My blog isn’t going anywhere but now I enjoy the ritual of journaling too.
– That extra fifteen minutes of sleep! I’m more of a morning person than a night owl and I don’t hit snooze often, however, Monday morning my body was begging for sleep. Just a few extra moments of dreaming can be so heavenly.
-Light filled spaces make me swoon. I love waking up to natural light streaming in my bedroom window and I almost never close the blinds if I can help it. Our new place has lots of windows which is a welcome change after living in a dark basement for two years.
-I’ve had a lot of intense conversations with loved ones lately. I love that my relationships are strong enough that we can dive into difficult conversations and really work through issues and miscommunications. Even though some conversations are hard to hear I feel stronger and more adept to tackle the world once I get through them. Yay for mini therapy sessions talking things out with friends and family.
I’m all over the place tonight, blame the hot bath and ice cream sundae that have put me into a blissful daze. I don’t know where you’re at in your life right now-if you’re struggling or if you’re loving every moment of this Spring, but I would love to hear about what you’re most grateful for. Sending happy thoughts your way this week! <3