Wednesday, June 24, 2015


Reading: At this very moment I'm reading two very different books: I JUST picked up The Girl on the Train (finally!) at my sister and Mom's insistence. I am a few pages in and liking it. I refused to have them tell me anything about it so I have no idea where it's going and I enjoy that. The reviews I've heard have been amazing, so I'm curious to see if it lives up to the hype. And then the second book I'm finishing up is The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. This one has been all over the place for awhile, and for good reason- it's very inspiring! I started it last year but picked it back up this week to finish and I'm glad I did. We've been minimizing in all areas of our life, but this really gave me the extra push to continue to pare down. Two thumbs up!

Thinking about: Before I began this post I started writing something about loving ourselves and especially loving our bodies. It started when I stumbled upon this quote from Ina May Gaskin: “Even if it has not been your habit throughout your life so far, I recommend that you learn to think positively about your body.” I had a hard time writing the post about it because everything I would get down sounded too rah-rah. It's difficult to say "I love myself!" and "I want everyone to love themselves!" without sounding slightly to incredibly obnoxious, I think (at least for me). And today was not my time to break through that so I shelved it. Maybe for another day. But I will say how much LOVE I have for all of the hiking and climbing I've been doing over the past year or so. It's given me such a different view on a million things in my life, including my body...and for that I'm incredibly grateful.

Listening: I always feel like music for me comes in waves. I have to put effort into finding new music or rediscovering old favorites or I end up listening to the same things all of the time: all of the Gaslight albums, lots of Bon Iver when I'm working, or the same workout songs over and over while I run. But when I take a little bit of time on Spotify and listen to their radio and playlists, I end up getting re-inspired. One of my recent favorites over the past year has been Ben Howard. His voice! I just love him. Some others on current rotation: The Wonder Years, Iron and Wine, and Michael Franti.

Watching: Okay so I decided to watch this season of The Bachelorette and I'm happy I picked it back up! I LOVE Kaitlyn and actually feel like this season feels pretty real, if that's even possible. Shawn is my favorite contestant maybe ever, and he's the one I'm pulling for. We'll see. Feel free to eye roll me anytime now. Other than that (and the new season of OITNB I'm trying to work my way through slowly), I haven't had time to watch much else, so fill me in if there's a great show I'm missing out on!

Loving: Henry and Charlie and how silly and fun they are together, more yoga, planning trips with Hank, Park City in a couple of weeks, Amber coming home next week, summer fruits and veggies, BBQ-ing every weekend, evening strolls with the family, getting enough sleep (working on this!), and lots of hiking.

So, how about you? What are you up to today? Feel free to do your own "currently" post on your blog and link back in the comments for everyone to check out. See all of my previous Currently posts (since 2011!) here.


  1. I always find these posts so interesting. Today was spent soaking in sunshine while my son splashed in the lake...
    Here is a currently post from last week:


  2. I've been meaning to read girl on the train for so long! I'm currently outside cruising through the bloglovin' feed while soaking up some sun & the nice breeze! Also working on getting rid of my birks tan lines!

    Carly xo (

  3. I love this post, especially what you're thinking about! It's something I've been thinking about a lot lately as well, and you're right, it's hard to express what your meaning without sounding too exclamation point-y haha. But I do love where you went with that! Also, I needed some new book recommends so I will have to check those out! XO -Kim

  4. Oh I've wanted to read Girl On The Train but just need to finish a current book. Would love to hear what you think. I literally just cleared out my whole wardrobe last night, but have been thinking the Magic of Tidying Up is all what we need these days. Learning to live simply!

    Megan || Oh Hey! blog

  5. So many people have been talking about The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up! Maybe I'll have to check it out. -elle

  6. Yes! Loved this currently post. Also I highly recommend joy Williams Venus - it's on NPR's first listen right now. She speaks just so many issues I found myself working through and how to be an assertive female. Excellent album!

  7. I love these posts. I just started The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. We are about to embarking on a kitchen reno and I want to do major clean out before that starts.

  8. My mother-in-law recommended Tidying Up to me, and I haven't gotten it yet. I've heard great things about it though so it's definitely on my reading list.

  9. I absolutely loved The Girl on the Train (even though it's most definately not in my fantasy favourite genre), and I'm intrigued by the Tidying Up book. I think it'll have to be a purchase this month. I feel like a summer clean out!

  10. I feel you on the music thing. I love this new station in Phoenix that mixes that Millennial indie new wave with the nostalgia of emo music. They played Dashboard Confessional's "Screaming Infidelities," yesterday and I was like... Oh, my gosh. I'm 17 again. Then I thought. Oh, my gosh. I am old right now. Adam transitioned teaching and is now at APS, and the guy he hangs out with at work is one of the guitarists from The Format. #ohmusicnostalgia...

  11. I LOVE the life changing magic of tidying up. I threw out like half of my belongings when I read it. Totally changed me into a minimalist!


    I shared a currently post :) Feel free to check out if you have time!

  13. Can I just talk about the Bachelorette for a second?? I feel like nobody shares my opinion but YOU!
    I love Kaitlyn and find her so relatable. I also see her struggle with dating (let alone dating several men) and I just love her more for it. Also, Shawn is my favorite as well! Not because he looks like Ry Gos, but because he, too, seems like just an adorably likable and real guy. And don't get me started on Nick. He infuriates me.

    Okay, I'm done.


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