WILW {6.4.14}

it’s been a minute since i’ve done a “what i love Wednesday” post, and i can’t lie — i’ve had better Wednesdays in my life, and got some upsetting news this morning that makes work a little bit of a meh place to be today. nevertheless, there are always things to brighten life up a bit regardless of the storms, so i’m trying to focus on those, and i’ve had some smile-worthy things happening in my week already.

*a gorgeous morning sky on yesterday’s run along the West side/Hudson River

*one of the best Bloody Marys i’ve ever had, at Cowgirl Seahorse at the South Street Seaport

Photoeverything is better in Mason jars.

*time in my life to read for fun again now that the semester is over. i’ve read two books in the past two weeks: The Book Thief and The Fault in Our Stars. i really enjoyed both…

and i have a feeling this line from The Fault in Our Stars will be staying with me for, like, ever:

i love when a line you read once in a book or hear once in a song just lodges itself underneath your skin and imprints into your mind like stark black type on a white page, and you feel like you’ve discovered fire for the very first time. and i’m thankful the world isn’t my personal wish-granting factory — it makes dreams, and prayer, and working hard toward something you really want all the more precious.

*trying a new church. i alluded to this briefly in a previous post, but on Sunday night i visited Liberty Church in Union Square for the first time. i always enjoy trying a new church, as there are so many different worship styles and preacher personalities. i’d been attending Hillsong for a while on and off, and i still really enjoy it — it’s just huuuuge, and a completely different experience from the smaller, more intimate services like Liberty’s.

i thought Liberty exuded a great vibe: casual, comfortable, friendly, personable, and small enough where it seemed like everyone was just hanging out with their friends at a worship service. the worship team was awesome, and i really liked the young pastor’s message as well. i’d totally return to this church and left with a very positive impression and a happy heart. it’s been a while since i’ve felt truly connected to a church community, unfortunately, and i’m hoping to change that here in NYC very soon.

*simplicity. i’ve been thinking about this lately, and what it would look like to really just focus on the most important things in life and try to push the proverbial “fluff” to the periphery. on nights when i’ve chosen to stay in bed reading rather than go out on the town, i’ve found myself reflecting on what is really important, and what it looks like to lead a simpler life and be more content with less.

to do what i most want to do with my time. to love the people i love as best as i can, no matter where they live or how often i see them. to say even a few words that contain entire worlds within them. to step out in faith, in courage, when my little heart beats wildly inside me from the sheer uncertainty of what might happen.

to make do with less, and free my heart up for more of what i can only dream might be possible.



What are you loving about your life lately?



it’s june and i like that

well heyyy, friends. anyone else happy that it’s June?

Hello june wow movingi love this month. it’s my birthday and Father’s Day and the official beginning of Summer, and everything about June has just always felt so right and sunny and blue sky-ed and lovely and it makes me endlessly happy.

so, i hope your June has started off as well as mine has! i kicked off June 1 in the best way possible: after a morning workout with my bro (who was visiting for the wknd), we grabbed some salads from Whole Foods and jaunted off to have our first Central Park Picnic of 2014. it was the absolute most ideally perfect day invented for picnics.

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a lot of other NYers felt the same way, too, as Sheep Meadow in Central Park was certainly abuzz with picnickers and tanners and frisbee-ers and Kan Jammers and even some bachata dancers (yes, i managed to get a dance in).

it was quite the loveliest of days; one of those where you’re just so overjoyed to be alive and can lay back and feel punch-drunk off the very blueness of the sky and the moment you’re in. life, after all, can be that good.

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i then tried a new church for the first time last night at 5pm in Union Square called Liberty Church, to which i was invited by Miss Gracie over at girl meets life. i really enjoyed the service; the worship was wonderful, and a young pastor delivered a really personable, relevant, conversational message, and the whole atmosphere was intimate and laid-back and welcoming. it was a great way to close out my weekend, and i would definitely return.

so today also brings me to the end of my “10 days of you” challenge:

1 picture — and actually, this is quite an easy one for me, as this picture was taken yesterday and was instantly one of my new faves:

me and my best friend in the world (aka my brother Ryan), chilling in Central Park and lovin’ life in our wayfarers. doesn’t get much better than this in my world.

hope you all had wonderful weekends, friends. ❤

Tell me something great about your weekend!
Who’s your fave person to hang out with?