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.

March Music Mix

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It’s Friday, folks.

This week has been long and different than expected. It’s involved a lot of love and a lot of laughs and also some tears and tired eyes. It hasn’t been perfect but then again, what ever really is? I’m thankful for the moments we have, however perfect or imperfect they may be. I’ve been thinking a lot about this Natalie Jean interview-especially about being in a place that’s so frustrating and you’re feeling anxious and freaked out in the moment and all these things are happening all at once and then you realize, these are the good days.  In her words:

Someday I’ll look back on this and be like ‘man, that was wild. That was hard and how fun was that?’” All it takes is just a tiny shift in perspective to remind yourself, “this right here is kind of a miracle!” I can love this while I’m in it instead of looking back and being like “oh, that really wasn’t so bad.”

Really focusing on that right now, while waiting in line for Mike’s cough medicine prescription at CVS or sitting tired on the T late at night or walking outside in spring shoes and being way, way too cold. Hopefully tomorrow morning at 4:15 in the cab on the way to the airport. We’ll see. Wish me luck 🙂 (<<can we talk about this wonky smiley face for a sec? hehe)

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So on to the main attraction.

Guess what?!

I have a music mix and it is for you. Actually, its for my bff Julie, with whom I’ve been exchanging mixes every month since the September of our senior year of high school. But for our purposes, it is for you. I figured, why not share the wealth? Making these playlists has gone back and forth between being my favorite, most inspiring thing to being my eh, ok I gotta get this out for Julie thing, to being my OH MY GOD SO MUCH GOOD MUSIC thing. Definite fluctuations. But right now I’m feeling really happy finding new music and March in particular is real good. I think I’m back on track. Yay! Insert little happy dance (because we’re talking about music… eh… get it? k thanks cool).

Here is a link to some A+ March tunes, if you’re in a listening mood. A few thoughts on the list:

1) March mixes are never complete without a song off of The Velvet Underground and Nico. This year it was Here Comes the Sun. In my opinion, Sunday Morning and Femme Fatale would work just as well. It depends on the year, I guess.

2) I absolutely fell in love with Summer Underground over the course of February. I’m super into all of their albums/songs. Really cool music and story and lots of love.

3) You can’t always get what you want. This American Life, Episode 581, Act 4. Listen to it. You’ll thank me.

4) I sang I Found a Reason at a high school coffeehouse 5 years ago this week. #memories. What comes is better than what came before, indeed.

This has been olive, over and out.