One of the most important lessons I’ve learned from curating a smaller wardrobe, besides the usual “quality over quantity”, is to buy clothing that fits my actual lifestyle. While this is often understood as “buy for the climate/career/body shape that you have now”, I also interpret it as buying clothing that reflects how you spend your time.
Too often we put a priority on our out and about clothes, and yet I know that I spend about half my day in either loungewear or gym gear since I’m a bit of a gym rat. I’ve always had athletic hobbies and it’s a huge part of my social life. Between weight-lifting, yoga, field hockey, dance, and running, I participate in some sort of physical activity about four to five times a week. Sometimes I feel like I’m in my workout gear almost as much as my actual wardrobe!
January is a beautiful blank page of a month. I know it’s cliché, but I really do think that the start of a new year and birthdays are perfect milestones for pausing and re-evaluating our choices, habits, and goals.
I sometimes get the question of how I balance so many hobbies and side projects without going insane.
Yes, I can absolutely hear a few of my friends laughing at that question right now :). You say crazy, I say type-A. Tom-ay-to, tom-ah-to. But overall I would say that I love diving into new projects and learning new skills, and I usually manage to keep quite a few balls in the air with some semblance of grace.
In order to keep on top of everything I live and die by my calendar, but I also keep a spreadsheet that I call my “habit tracker”. This simple tool has been incredibly helpful for making sure that I spend some time during the week with each of my projects and hobbies, even though they aren’t explicitly penciled into my calendar.
Unfortunately, I just realized that fall had gotten completely away from me and I had never actually done my short list! But better late than never, right? So without further ado here were my five favorite things for fall.
The holidays are officially in full swing over here in the states, and boy, do we need a little peace and goodwill right now. Personally, my two favorite holidays are the Fourth of July and Halloween. Cookouts and costumes are more my thing than tinsel and turkeys but to each their own. There is certainly something to be said about slowing down, gathering together with loved ones and getting your hygge on. Overall the holidays are lovely, but lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude and the dance between giving and receiving.
This past week has been rough. I normally don’t like to talk politics here, but I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t incredibly upset over the results of this election. All I can say is continue to vote, donate time and money to the causes you care about, and let’s all be good to each other over the next four years.
I feel a little flippant posting about fashion this soon, but after such a toxic few months I found it incredibly therapeutic to just sit down, flip through some beautiful images, and put together my mood board and shopping list for this season.
So as usual, here’s the general vibe I’m going for this season:
I’ve been branching out a little more in my reading these past few months, and have been trying to incorporate more non-fiction and memoirs instead of staying in my comfort zone, also known as the fiction section. So shout out to all the great recommendations from my fellow bookworms! And without further ado, here is a quick summary of all the books that I’ve read along with my (highly) subjective reviews of each.
A few months ago I had the pleasure of speaking at the ForwardJS conference in San Francisco. If you’re interested, you can watch my talk on using Omniscient, Immutable and Immstruct with React here.
It was my first trip to San Francisco, first time speaking to a packed audience, and it was also the first time that I was traveling solo in a new city for a long while. Of course, it’s a small world so I met up with a friend for lunch and ran into an acquaintance who was also attending the conference, but that didn’t change the fact that I spent the majority of my time alone. Also, the cell towers for T-Mobile were down so I was relying on snatches of stolen wifi for navigating and email checking.
I had the pleasure a few months ago of speaking at the ForwardJS conference in San Francisco. Overall, it was a great conference with a lot of interesting speakers. Also, a nice perk was that the conference allowed me to check San Francisco off my list of places to visit.