Personality Tendencies

Sometimes, I learn concepts that alter how I see the world around me. For better or for worse I’ll come across something that gets the (sometimes-rusted) gears in my head turning and gives me a deeper insight & new perspective on my interactions with the world around me.

The concept of Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies is an example. Read along & it could get your gears turning too!

The Four Tendencies is a framework to understand how people respond to expectations and rules. The expectations and rules a person experiences are broken down into two categories: internal and external. An external rule is something that the world or another person wants from you. That might mean a deadline, a law, a scheduled social event, a “request” from your significant other, etc. An internal expectation is something you personally want or believe is needed: a New Year’s resolution, deciding to exercise, writing a book, etc.

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Weekly Rituals

Looking at what my hubby & I do week by week, I’ve come to realize that we have several quirky occurrences that we essentially cannot go a week without doing! So I present to you our Weekly Rituals:

Weekly Ritual #1. Both of us sleeping on the couch… for the entire night

This one still doesn’t make complete sense to me. We bought a lovely, comfortable, new, king-sized bed last year. With the recent development of an L-shaped couch that we purchased, somehow the couch takes precedence over the bed at least once a week! It’s even gone so far that we brought out an extension cord to make plugging our phones in more convenient when we sleep on the couch, and we each have designated positions and blankets that get used during this weekly (at a minimum) ritual. Sometimes the cats join in too, although the image is from a nap not a night of sleep šŸ™‚ Continue reading “Weekly Rituals”

Tips from a Young Decorator

I have loved many things about moving to Kentucky, and decorating our new apartment is high up on that list. I thought I’d share some of my favorite tips with you!

This post is partially inspired by this video. Excuse its language šŸ˜‰ This video indicates that people transitioning from college students to adults shouldĀ do the following in terms of interior decorating:

have plants. put things in glass jars and display them. have a bar cart / classy way to display alcohol. use throw pillows. set some candles out. experiment with lighting, instead of using harsh overhead lights. take down ugly college posters. put classy pictures of your life up.

I agree with these, and have some additional notes:

1) Get creative with your belongings.Ā 

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Kentucky Calling!

Well, sisters, it’s crazy to think that in 7 short weeks Marcus and I will be livingĀ in Kentucky! For those reading this that haven’t yet heard: Marcus accepted a great job in Berea, Kentucky (40 minutes southeast of Lexington, if you’re like me and had no idea where that is). He’ll be working in the Center for Transformative Learning at Berea College, a small Christian liberal arts school that charges NO tuition and only accepts promising studentsĀ that come from disadvantaged economic backgrounds. It has a strong, readily apparent commitment to service and sustainability, so it seems like Marcus and I will fit in well in the town! I’ve got some job applications and an interview in the area under my belt, so we’re excited to see what the town has in store of us.

In our most recent trip, we looked at some houses and apartments and decided on a bright, open apartment. It’s bigger and beautifull-er than our place right now, and less expensive! It doesn’t have the woodwork and high ceilings of our current 1860’s-mansion-turned-apartment, but the open layout and large kitchen are simply lovely. We’ve got a cute little balcony too. I can’t wait for you all to come visit (HINT HINT HINT)! It has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, so we’ll even have a guest suite for you šŸ˜‰ unlike you visiting us in Buffalo and Janna, Jewel, and I sleeping in our bed, with Marcus and Kevin on the couch and fouton… (that was still very fun though.)

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My Top 5 Cities

Marcus and I recently went to explore Toronto together. We live right by the Peace Bridge to Canada but had never crossed it, so over Easter weekend we decided it was high time! We booked ourselves a cheap, sketchy hotel, made reservations at a restaurant in Little Portugal with live jazz and Latin music, and took recommendations from friends on where to eat brunch at the next morning (Dineen Coffee, in case you’re curious. Sandwiches on fresh baguette bread = so gooooodd). Going to Toronto got me thinking about my love of new places. Some of my favorite memories across my 23 years of existence are of seeing new cities or new natural wonders. SO I decided to try my hand at travel blogging and do a post on my 5 favorite cities that I’ve been to. Naturally, this has to come with a disclaimer. I haven’t been to some of the iconic cities in the world: New Orleans, Prague, Venice, Rome, etc. But I’ve explored a fair number of places in the US, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Indonesia, and Singapore, and below are the five cities that left me with a warm, fuzzy feeling and why: Continue reading “My Top 5 Cities”

We are what we wear!

I’ve never really beenĀ a fashionista. Growing up, I threw on basically whatever felt right, and for a long period of time that meant long jean shorts and a T-shirt! Even now, I spend the majority of my downtime in sweatpants and a T-shirt because a) they’re comfortable, b) my husband basically only ever wants to wear that type of clothing so I dress alike as an act of solidarity, and c) if I’m on a weekend trip to a family or friend’s house, it’s less to pack if I’m already wearing my pajamas! But when I do actually put on non-lounging clothes, I’ve started to notice similarities in the outfits and patterns I put on. And this has made me wonder: is thereĀ a fashion “style” that I gravitate toward?

The patterns in my closet, around my house, and even on the shirt I'm wearing today. See any trends?
The patterns in my closet, around my apartment, and even on the shirt I’m wearing today. See any trends?

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Fourscore and seven haircuts ago

I’ve been musing lately on how significant hair is to how a person looks, feels, and is perceived. I recently got a significant haircut, and it helped me realize that I often locate an event in time by my haircuts! For example, I’ll think to myself, what year did I start hanging out with my hometown guy friends? And I’ll remember how long my hair was at the time, and that we were already friends when I chopped off all my hair for Locks of Love, and I’ll locate myself in time around 7th or 8th grade. So, for nostalgia’s sake, I bring to you the timeline of my life, as measured in haircuts:

In the beginning, there was not much hair. It was whispy and very curly as it grew in, and I had a Shirley Temple-esque look to me in my early days. Continue reading “Fourscore and seven haircuts ago”