November Things

Winter is my least favorite season. It's too cold, it makes driving difficult, and the first snowfall is the only good one. Still, I can't deny that I love how much brighter the mornings are when the sun is reflecting off of blankets of snow. I love big comfy sweaters and thick socks. I love the seasonal coffees and Christmas decorations. I love snuggling up the couch with a cup of hot chocolate and watching a movie. Being warm inside feels extra special when the outside world is frozen. I don't like winter, but man, the winter months can be nice.

Here are some (other) things I've enjoyed this November:

My Sunday // 11.29.15

I like taking pictures, yet I always feel like I don't take enough. It's nice to be able to capture happiness in a form that I'll always be able to look back on. Luckily, I also have this blog to serve as an outlet to store all of my memories.

Today was my boyfriend's birthday. We went to Lincoln Park Zoo to look at the lights, and I took a million pictures so I'll never forget it.

23 Things I've Learned In 23 Years

Today is my birthday, which means that I am officially 23 years old.

Despite its downsides, 22 was truly a great year for me. I spent a lot of time in the city, went to my first Cubs game, and met Leighton Meester. I took my first out-of-state trips with friends, to Minnesota, Missouri, Florida, and Wisconsin. I went to Hawaii for the first time. I debated on whether a dress was black & blue or white & gold (and flipped out when my friend went from definitely seeing one to only being able to see the other). I graduated college. I discovered that I do like eggs over easy. I went from looking like this to this. I got a job, moved into an apartment, started this blog.

I experienced so much at 22 – every emotion on the spectrum; the good, the bad, the ugly, and the wonderful.

In an attempt to share whatever amount of wisdom I've managed to gain during my 23 years on this fine Earth, I've compiled a list of 23 things I've learned so far. Still, I know I'll forget them from time to time, and I know I still have a thousand more to go.

For me, these are 23 reminders.

On Vulnerability

If I had to choose one emotional state to experience for the rest of my life, vulnerability would not even cross my mind. It's not a good feeling, being vulnerable. It makes you feel small. At the same time, it's one of the most powerful states you could find yourself in. When you're vulnerable, you are open and susceptible to anything, and you can either interpret that as a risk to get hurt or as an opportunity for something great to happen.

BrenĂ© Brown's TED Talk on the power of vulnerability shifted my thinking from the former to the latter. It is a beautiful thing to listen to. I've watched the video four times. An emotional state that is so dreaded, that makes people feel so scared and weak, was found to be a crucial stepping stone in life. A necessity. Brown opens your eyes and your heart to the world and the people in it.

October Things

"For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn't understand, it would look like complete destruction."
— Cynthia Occelli