This was such a fun week. It was great to be home last week for Thanksgiving and as sad as I was to come back early, having a weekend to catch up before launching into the full swing of things was amazing. I definitely needed to catch up on sleep, catch up on emails, catch up on… life. But I went into Monday with my fuel tank at 100%.
When you’re at 100%, I’ve learned, everything seems a lot better. Songs sound better, food taste better, clothes seem cooler. Without further ado, the five things I’m loving right now.
Kind Bars | There are always boxes of these in our kitchen at work, and I’m officially addicted. They also have them at Starbucks and every time I’m at the counter they tempt me. The almond and coconut ones are the best. THE BEST. And the cranberry and almond ones are really good too. They’re the perfect size, the right consistency, and the most amazing of flavors. Eat it.
“Ivy” by High Highs | Sarah (Note to Self) recommended that I listen to this song and it’s amazing. Straight up amazing. I had it on repeat for a good three full hours that night and I’ve been playing it on and off since. Amazing. Download.
Target | Oh, hello. I missed suburban Targets. While I was home, I went (on Black Friday…) and found a ton of things. First up were the chunkiest of sweaters. They’re not amazing quality, so they’ll likely be a 2012 winter type sweater (i.e. tossed before next winter)… but they’re going to be really great for the next few weeks. And then I found a super cute plaid scarf!!! It looks so cute with a peacoat.
Gingerbread Lattes | I typically don’t like the seasonal drinks at Starbucks. (I like the taste of the pumpkin spice, but the color of it so disgusting that I can’t drink it.) I tried the gingerbread latte, after Stacy recommended it…. and it’s really good. Not too sweet, so you don’t suck it down too quick. But also a lot tastier than plain coffee. It’s my new winter reward.
Red | The color. In January, I said that red was going to be my color of the year. And it’s (officially) December and red is still my color. I can’t get enough of it. Red sweaters. Red jeans. Red keychains. Red, Red, Red.
What things did you love this week?
So the days have been pretty long for me, but extremely rewarding. That smart guy Confucius said, “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” And let the record show, he was so right.
I am often asked what I did to get to where I am and what can they do to follow in my path. What extracurricular activities did I do in high school? What did I write my college essays about? What classes did I take? What internships did I do? Whom did I interview with?
But this is totally missing the point! The reason why I’m so happy is because I’m doing exactly what I want and love to do. I simply laid the foundation to get to this point over a few years. Instead of focusing on the specific steps I took to get here, I think the real (amazing) part to focus on is to make sure you’re following your own path and your own wants and your own “loves.” It’s different for everyone and the experiences– both good and bad– that each of us goes through helps us get to our unique happy places.
I’ve had a couple of Zen “the universe is smart” moments recently. I maybe had tiny thoughts in the back of my head asking myself if I was really doing what I love, or at least if I could be doing something that I love more. But, of course, the universe showed me (in sometimes what seemed like a cruel way) that I am exactly where I belong.
And for that, I am even more happy.
As cherries on this sundae of love…. here are five things I am loving:
Skittles | Ugh, these have totally become my guilty pleasure. It started off as a “Oh, I haven’t had Skittles in a while!”and now it’s a “Oh my goodness, give me Skittles now” type of ordeal. They’re seemingly always on my mind.
High Five Nifty Notes | Yep. They’re hilarious. And while they seem trivial, they provide an odd amount of entertainment. The options are just hilarious and when you combine multiple ones it’s even funnier. I’ve been spreading them around the Levo League office. Look, even Bauer (the dog I am going to dognap one day…) wrote a note.
(He looks thrilled, right?)
Vitamin Water | I’m beginning to think that Vitamin water has actual addictive qualities. I crave it. The Tropical Citrus flavor has been my jam lately. Oh. I swear, I walk into Whole Foods and I make a beeline for the Vitamin Water. I seriously believe that Vitamin Water should sponsor my life… it would be awesome!!! What’s your favorite flavor?
Ballet Flats | So I’m clumsy and I have been walking a ton in the city (because I tend to get lost… even with my iPhone…). The black leather J. Crew flats have been my absolute go-to. The more times I’ve worn them, the more comfortable they have become! And they seem to go with just about everything.
Tarte LipSurgence | I only have to apply it twice a day, once when I’m putting on makeup and then usually after lunch. It’s an interesting consistency, but it seems to really be long lasting. And it does not scream “Lipstick!”
Kate Spade Earbuds | They’re comfortable, they’re polka dotted, and they get the job done. Whether I’m blocking out screaming children on the subway or everyone at Levo (just kidding! #levolove), I’m good to go with these. Plus, they’re just a major step up from the plain white Apple earbuds. [If I’m on the subway, I listen to the Moonrise Kingdom soundtrack. If I’m at work I’m either listening to Enya or Lana Del Rey!]
What are you loving?