Monday, August 5, 2019

Monday Edit August 2019

the lineup

It's been a long while since I've posted on this little space of mine. Sometimes I have a whole blog post written out, but it's been so long, I panic and feel unworthy and draft said post. I am my worst critic through and through. It's something that I'm continually working on. I also have a hard time balancing all my goals and ambitions, so when I fall out of rhythm I have a hard time picking the pieces back up. So here's my attempt at picking things up right where I left them. As I sit here with a glass of my current favorite wine on my string lit balcony (which on a completely different note, makes me so incredibly happy) I allow myself to be gentle and let go of all self judgement. For my returning friends, thank you for your patience.

what I've been loving

I've been in the never ending process of decorating our apartment. We just had our year anniversary here in our current place this past month, so it's probably about time we make it our own, right? I really didn't want to go overboard if we weren't going to end up renewing the lease but since we signed the paperwork and we're officially here for another year, I want to get a little bit more cozy in this space we call home. Speaking of home, if you've been following along since the very beginning of my Monday Edits, you might remember that Montana is were my roots are and it will forever be HOME. I was browsing old vintage maps and found this one from 1884, an aerial shot of Missoula, MT. Home of the Montana Grizzlies (we're talking college sports mascot here people), the pit stop for unnumbered road trips home to visit family during my college days, and the most memorable memories during my high school career, state tennis tournaments. Missoula will always hold a special place in my heart, it's where my teammates and I bonded over countless hours of training throughout the season, year after year and to take home meaningful hardware to our friends and family to share it with. Without getting overly sappy, I've had some incredible memories in that little town so when I found my vintage map of Missoula from 1884, I knew it would be the perfect addition to this place I now call home. It's just one of those things in our home that when I look at brings me so much joy.

what's been on replay

I've literally went to sleep and woke up everyday the past few weeks humming Down Time by Lana Del Ray. When I say nonstop, it's an understatement, I physically cannot get this song out of my head. I swear her voice is so entrancing and the lyrics are just kinda catchy, you know? Excuse me while I go have a listen, as should you.

I just have to mention a book that literally hasn't left my hands for the past few days. Just as a little disclaimer, I'm not an avid reader, never really have been. It's always been a struggle for me to get involved in books that I actually fell for and found myself invested in day after day. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls tells the depth and trials of her life including life with her family of five others. Walls creates a vivid image of her upbringing through the unsteady, disturbing, and hopeful. It's a memoir of true detailed and honest life events leading up to the women that she is present day. Trust me once you start, you won't be able to stop. 10/10 stars.

what's on the menu

You guys! I have to share about this tea that Nathaniel got for me for my birthday! I'm a big tea fan, although that really hasn't been the case up until a few years ago, well hot tea that is. I grew up drinking iced tea during the warm, Montana summer days (I don't know what it is, but my step dad makes it perfect)! Nathaniel got me this Harney & Sons Vanilla Comoro black tea back in April. It comes in the most elegant decorative tin (I'm a sucker for packaging) and filled with delicate little tea bags and it just gets better from there! I might get some backlash for this, but I typically enjoy my tea with milk and sugar/honey. My mom thinks I'm crazy, but especially with black tea, I really feel like it makes for the perfect pick me up! This particular blend too comes decaf which is perfect for my late afternoon cravings, guilt free.

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