Sitting on a comfy chair in this place, my favorite café so far in Madrid. The right amount of quiet and cozy, lots of positive energy bouncing around in this small space,. People writing and chatting and and drinking from cups on happy little saucers with warm drinks inside. It’s raining again and here they play quiet jazz with just the right amount of brass, good for these drowsy days.
I wrote my friend Sarah an email this morning and I’m hoping to do more of that. It’s a nice way to excise my thoughts and work through ideas and and easy to keep in touch.
I’m trying to practice things, to write often and take photos and strike the balance between seeing and making // listening and talking. My days are often busy but there are quiet spaces in between, in motion and otherwise.
Today was windy and gray and later on the rain came. I walked home through the park listening to music, soft enough to hear droplets falling between branches shading the quiet paths. The trees are turning here and seeing leaves loose and dry on the ground excites me.
I like the way this coolness feels, the air of it whipping my hair and papers, the need to turn down cuffed sleeves. I like to be in this place, the newness of it and the freedom, the lightness the future holds. The feeling of unsettlement and the act of settling. I like to walk and to wander, to run and think and make new ideas. I need to write down more ideas.
Each day is a little bit different but mostly it all just feels like now.
Watching this video, in the words of Vimeo, “over and over as I look on as a proud parent.”
I’ve been feeling a great push to make a short film ever since I saw this one last summer by my friend Elizabeth; more recently Sarah’s reflections on her time studying in South Korea have been mega-inspiring. I decided late June to get over my idleness and teach myself a little about what it takes to make a video, starting by taking a few clips each day and then sitting down one afternoon to put it all together. I am super happy with the final product and have decided to make the project a year long; in celebration, one could say, of being 20.
I’m very excited and itching for the end of this month so I can edit footage again! Until then I’ll just be over here takin lil’ clips and watching my own video on repeat 😉
Drinking cappuccinos on rainy days…
… and laaahttes on sunny ones.
Cleaning and packing and listening to my Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify, which is awesome. Taking walks and taking runs and taking zumba classes. Finding softer music on rotation. Sleeping well and waking happily.