October 23, 2012

on who I am (at the moment)...


I am…

…equal parts encouraged and disheartened.

…slowly making my way through Gretchen Rubin's new book, Happier at Home. I was able to glean so much wisdom and inspiration from The Happiness Project (therefore reading it entirely too fast) that I wanted to be sure to really savor this one. I've been carefully reading it only a chapter at a time, so I always have something to look forward to reading throughout the week.

…outlining my own Happiness Project for the upcoming year. Given my love of list-making and resolutions, I'm pretty excited about it. 

…adoring this post by my friend Andrea. I've been doing a lot of thinking about body image and am grateful I have spent most of my twenties working less on perfecting my body and more on perfecting my view of it. I guess I kind of always thought that part of being female was hating certain parts of yourself and constantly striving towards changing them. But I've come to realize it's not. And that has been one of the most startling, freeing and beautiful truths I've ever learned.

…attempting to get my creativity flowing as I plan my daughter's Halloween costume this year. Yes, I procrastinate. It's kind of my thing.

…eating entirely too much macaroni salad and too many pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. But not at the same time. (Well, okay, maybe sometimes.)

…truly trying my best to be an informed, educated voter this year, but am continually discouraged by how cruel people become during election season. It absolutely blows my mind. Truth be told, I am conservative (gasp!), pro-life, generally-Republican. I don't feel the need to get into why I choose to believe what I believe here (because, as they say, to each their own), but let's just say this has been the first election season I've really seen the ugly in people when it comes to political, social and personal opinions. It's a little bit disappointing, really.

…learning a lot. In a hundred different ways.

…legitimately obsessed with The Land of Nod's holiday catalog. I have earmarked a bunch of pages with plans to re-create some of the decor and gift items myself. (Especially the garland, banners and advent calendar!) Wish me all the crafty luck in the entire world.

…getting more sleep (Eisley slept all night long TWO TIMES AHHHH), yet am still sleepy as ever (please pass the pumpkin spice coffee creamer).

…realizing it's also about time for me to restock my etsy shop with goodies for the upcoming holiday season. Now, if only Eisley would transition back to two naps there may be enough hours in the day...


  1. I ADORE YOU. I don't say it enough. What you said about delving into politics, and the ugly truths you find is exactly why I am uninformed. I want to strong candidates from whom I can choose the best one, not the lesser of two evils. Give me that and then I will delve and become informed. I never transferred my voting information into my new name or to my new state, so I cannot vote this year anyway. *ashamed* In other news, I love you. That is all.

    1. How can you possibly know what is evil & what is not if you are uninformed?! That lack of information & admission of willful ignorance adds fuel to the proverbial fire. When people don't know what they're talking about, all they can do is speak in circles & perpetuate untruths.

      I know this is a space for positivity & all of that, & I hope you don't feel that my saying this plays into any of the general nastiness of politics these days. I just find it so very, very disheartening when Americans choose to be uninformed & to disengage rather than to embrace the democracy we've been blessed with & try to combat the misinformation that leads to such negativity.

    2. Kate: I know that you are passionate about political issues, and have the best intentions, but I don't think this is the place to speak (write?) so harshly to someone. You can't truly know someone's stance through one blog comment, despite the words she decided to use. I respect your opinions (and your fire for politics—if only more of us could find that within ourselves!) but I think you also have to be respectful towards others, even if you don't find their choices the same as your own.

      I hope that doesn't sound harsh; I just wanted to let you know my thoughts!

    3. This is your space, so I'll defer to your feelings, but I'm actually really shocked that you find what I said to be harsh. I have a lot to say but won't. I'm just disappointed.

    4. I appreciate your understanding, Kate. This has been on my mind and I wanted to apologize for calling you harsh (too strong a word, for sure, which I regret). Ti is a good friend who I've known for a long time and greatly respect, and I jumped to defend her when I felt she was being unfairly judged, which made me "lash out irrationally" (name that movie). I understand your intention was to inform and perhaps encourage, so I'm sorry I couldn't initially see that.

      In any case, thank you for respecting my feelings!

    5. I've been thinking about this a lot, too, & am actually glad I came back to reread this & spotted your comment. I really, really didn't mean to come off as rude or harsh; I just feel so passionately about voting & embracing democracy that it is so, so difficult for me to hear about people who don't. I'd rather people disagree with my politics than disagree with politics altogether! But I of course never been to hurt anyone's feelings or disrespect them just for feeling one way or another, & I know sometimes I come off a little bit... well, abrasive. I'm sorry for that.

      Anyway, thanks for your comment. A happy truce.

  2. I'm so tired of politics and can't wait for the election to be over. I'm... not on the same end of the spectrum as you, but I've been noticing the same vitriol, anger, and hatred from both sides and I'm pretty much over it.

  3. It has been disheartening, especially on Twitter, to witness reactions over this election season. I will be glad when it is over, and we can move on to happier subjects such as Thanksgiving and Christmas! {speaking of, I want a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie in my face.... NOW! :P} Good luck with your costume! Hope it turns out, and you share pics!

  4. I have Gretchen Rubin's new book, but I know that as soon as I read it I will be completely inspired and I just don't have time for that right now! I need to follow through on current inspiration first. :) I'm thinking since it follows a September to May timeline I might read it in time to do my own happiness project by next fall.

    I'm with you 100% on the political stuff (views and all) and it is for this reason that my peace-loving self avoids politics even though I know it's important.

    And what are you doing to me with the Land of Nod catalogue?? Everything is so adorable, I need to make or buy it all.

  5. I am the same with politics. Honestly, I remember hearing about how the candidates would sling around insults at the very beginning of our country's history, but name calling is kind of amazing. How do we teach our kids not to call others inappropriate names when our president is doing it?!

    I am totally in love with the land of nod mag, too! I don't normally get it, so I was smitten when I saw it! My jaw dropped at the prices, so I will probably DIY on several of the projects as well {why am I always so surprised that this stuff is so $$$?}

    Happy crafting! Post what you make (if you squeeze in some time!)

  6. These are my favorite posts of yours to read, Kerri. Thanks so much for sharing. <3

  7. Well, we may be on opposite ends of the political spectrum, but I can relate to just about everything else you're talking about here. Especially that first point...

  8. A great post, as always. I love that you do these every so often to reflect on where you're at.

  9. I LOVE LOVE LOVED the Happiness Project, and I just started reading happier at home, and I can't say enough great things about it. Can't wait to start my own project!


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