Despite my incredibly busy schedule over the past few months, I have really tried to make the time to read. Not only do I feel like reading helps me write – I find it both inspirational and grounding – but I also really value the small mental escape that it allows. Plus, changing externships (aka training sites) in July has given me more commuting time. Whereas I had been walking about a half mile to work, I now have to take the train up to the Bronx – an hour each way. I typically find it impossible to do work on the subway, like editing or writing or scientific reading, but reading for pleasure helps me relax. So, that being said, I have made my way through quite a few books over the past few months. And, while not all of them were good, some of them really, really were.
American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld – I know Sittenfeld is a popular author, but this is the first book of hers I’ve read, and I actually did so on our honeymoon. It was engaging and incredibly easy to read, although long. Loosely based on Laura Bush’s life (which kind of ruins some of the imagination part of it, but not entirely).
The Unfotunate Importance of Beauty by Amanda Filipacchi – kind of a surrealist, imaginative take on a sometimes overwrought topic. This reads, as others have said, kind of like a mix between a Murakami novel and an episode of 30 Rock. It’s funny and sort of suspenseful and really good.
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbach – My most recent read, this is kind of upsetting but also heartfelt and complex. Another easy read, and I’ve found that putting it down once I read my stop is harder than expected!
What are you reading lately?
This past week, I’ve had a lot of difficulty getting back into the swing of things. As a friend of mine said, post-honeymoon depression is real. But for me, this is particularly difficult, as my internship applications are due in just two weeks. For the first few days, I just straight up panicked about losing days to poor motivation, fatigue, and distractibility. Certainly, this isn’t the first time I’ve felt this way, even though it felt (and feels) horrible because of the hugely important deadline I have looming over me. But then I remembered that even the smallest accomplishment would help me get something done. And then, I was able to be more productive. With little steps, I can still see myself moving toward the end-goal, even if I’m not making those big strides I’d been hoping for.
This week, I’m going to do my best to get myself out of this rut. But even if I can’t, I’ll know that the small steps I am making are doing something to get me where I need to be.
top | pants | sweater | boots | necklace
The cooler temps have arrived in New York, and while they make me sad I had to leave Greece, I do love fall fashion! As usual, I’m drawn toward dark colors and clean silhouettes. And I’m really loving boxy tops lately – so comfy and easy to wear, while still looking pulled together. I’m also really into these pants – professional, yet stretchy. Although on-trend, these pieces all seem like they will stand the test of time, making them worth the purchase despite my current, post-wedding bank account dip.
What are you dreaming of wearing this Fall?
I’m back, and I’m married.
Josh and I had the most beautiful wedding of all time, and then we went to Greece for 10 days (more on both of these later). I couldn’t have imagined a better wedding or honeymoon.
My vows – Josh and I both wrote our own and then had the rabbi read them – were supposed to include the quote above, but it got omitted, so I wanted to include it here. This week, I’m going to settle back in to regular life. Have a beautiful week.
Holy crap, our wedding is in 10 days!!
Time has seriously flown by! This week, as I’m focused on all of the tiny little details that are threatening to throw me into a panic attack at any given moment, I wanted to take some time here to turn toward the honeymoon!
hat | bikini | sandals | tote | coverup
Josh and I will be going to Greece for ten days. We had two stipulations for choosing a honeymoon location – that we could mix site-seeing with beach/pool relaxation, and that neither of us had ever been there before. In fact, we’d toyed with the idea of Greece before we even got engaged! I am so, so excited for this much needed R&R.
Any suggestions or recommendations for our time in Greece??
With our wedding coming up in just under two weeks, and my dissertation, internship applications, and other deadlines looming large as well, I have been feeling incredibly swamped. But it’s not usually until I have some downtime (like, on the weekends) that I realize how overwhelmed I’m really feeling. This past weekend, I took some time to take stock of what is truly most important. And while I am so excited for my wedding, I know that I really need to focus on the other stuff. And so I flipped my focus, and immediately calmed down. It might not be expected, and it might meet with some disapproving glances, but my education and my career is number one. I think I can say that because my relationship with Josh is so solid.
This week, I’m going to try to temper my anxiety by remembering that as long as I keep my priorities in mind, everything will fall into place. And that’s definitely true regardless of what your priorities might be.
What are your priorities this week?