Happy Birthday, National Geographic!

On this day in 1888, the first issue of National Geographic Magazine was released at newsstands. 1888! NatGeo keeps popping up this week, from the celebration of its publication, to securing a regular blog channel on behalf work, to Instagram follows galore (seriously… here, here and here). But the one thing I consistently come back to are the photo submissions and contests. You often times hear people say, “the photo doesn’t do it justice.” If that is true of these photos, then I have a whole lot of world left to see.


That little cutie patootie fox is my background of my computer screen(s) right now because the best part of the National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contests are the downloads available. Tablet? Phone? Computer? One click and boom! An adorable fox skipping through the rain is at your finger tips. We’re on Week 8 and I’m already contemplating my next background. Perhaps my phone needs and update, too…

Source: National Geographic/Vladislav Kamenski

“It was one of the October days when to breathe the air is like drinking wine, and every touch of the wind against one’s face is a caress.”

— Sarah Orne Jewett

Sorry (Not Sorry)

I’ve taken a new approach to communication which includes not apologizing. Of course, there are exceptions. Did I mess up? I’m sorry. Was it an accident? I’m sorry. Was it my fault? I’m sorry. Other than that, I’ve eliminated “sorry” from my vocabulary. Not wearing makeup? No apologies here, I didn’t have the time. Both walking into the door at the same time? No “oops, sorry!” but instead, “didn’t see you there,” and an opening of the door. Late to meeting up with friends? “Thanks for being patient.” Putting my needs first? “Bummed I can’t go to [insert activity here.]” I saw this cartoon a few months back and it resonated. If that’s not convincing enough, there’s an entire section on Huffington Post dedicated to the word’s negative effects on self worth.


In other words, thank you for your patience. It’s been a few whirlwind months around here. First, this blog got hacked rendering it unusable, then time slipped away, life got in the way and I took some time to focus on me. And that is okay.

Source:  The Shiny Squirrel on Tumblr



Wish List

We are months away from any sort of celebration from my birthday to Christmas but the wish list is always growing. Anyone who has been around me, my desk or my apartment knows I love some animal accessories and decorations. Let’s add this whale shaped spoon rest to the ever-increasing list, shall we?




Source: Kikkerland 

So Strum is not Ho Hum

As summertime (slowly) approaches, I find myself seeking news tunes to drive to with the windows rolled down, relax on the porch with a book or singalong with friends at the beach. Enter: Tyler Sjöström. Think Mumford & Sons meets Shakey Graves meets another awesome band. I’ve been a big fan of Tyler practically my whole life, namely because we grew up three blocks away from each other and he happens to be my friend’s brother but I digress..

I’ve mentioned Tyler on this here blog before but his music is now readily available on good ole Spotify! Check out What We Say We Are below and be sure to follow Tyler.


Lucius has a new album and music festivals are around the corner. Any new tunes I should add to my repertoire? Feel free to send any suggestions my way.

Source: Spotify

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