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Monday

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March 2015

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Purge the joy-less, keep the joy-filled.

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clean-house-vintage

CAPES [something empowering] Having ‘year one’ under my belt as a married lady, I’ve frequently been asked the question:
“What’s been the best thing about marriage so far?” 
Over the past year, I’ve noticed  how my communication towards 860 has changed. There are moments when I’ll hold my tongue (if you know me, you know this is a mini-victory), and others where I’ll catch my self re-wording a phrase or comment.  I don’t do this to mask what I am feeling or want to say, but to re-package it in a way that I know 860 will hear me more effectively.  I know it’s not lovey-dovey-romantic, but working on communication together (a forever project) is awesome.

COFFEE [latest trend or addiction]  Here’s a mid-morning snack I’ve been loving…raw almonds + sea salt + coconut flakes + honey + cacao nibs + olive oil.  Put it all in a food processor, and form into little nuggets.  Super savory and protein packed.

THE COLOR ORANGE [something noteworthy]  Here’s a book I’m scared to read: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.  Why scared?  Because I know the book would set off a few alarms in regards to the amount of stuff I’ve accumulated.  Particularly in the realm of closet space (clothes and shoes).  In one chapter (so I’ve heard), Kondo has the reader assess their things based on joy.  Does the thing bring you joy or not?  If it doesn’t bring you joy, why do you hold onto it?  Purge the joy-less items, keep the joy-filled items.  I think this is a #springcleaning I could get behind.

 

Friday

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November 2013

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concrete jungle where dreams are made of…

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photoCAPES [something empowering] Not only were we designed to work, but it’s a God-given mandate (#amreading “Every Good Endeavor,” by Tim Keller).

COFFEE [latest trend or addiction] Now I get it, Alicia Keys.  #NYC is a magical place.  I ran in Central Park every day, ate late-night dinners, attended an amazing “Humanizing Work” conference at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, and reveled in the buzz and energy of the city.  Can’t wait to return.

THE COLOR ORANGE [something noteworthy]  I recently moved back in with my parents while my condo undergoes some pre-wedding home repairs.  This means I get to participate in “Oma Day” – where my mom watches my nephews twice a week.  Yesterday, upon hearing the arrival of my nephews, I climbed the stairs still in my pajamas, Ugg-footed, and contacts out/wide-rimmed glasses on.  My youngest nephew took one look at me and said: “Auntie Annie, you’re scary.”  He should be commended for honesty.  And put in time out for hurting my feelings.
 
 

Friday

5

April 2013

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I’m not bossy. I was just born to lead.

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studCAPES [something empowering] “I want every little girl who’s told she’s bossy, to be told instead that she has leadership skills” (Sheryl Sandberg).

COFFEE [latest trend or addiction] This jacket.  These awards.  This weekend.  Go.

THE COLOR ORANGE [something noteworthy] 52 Books In A Year: week 2.  I read Lean In.  It was awesome.  Sheryl Sandberg pretty much kicks ass, and I might have a non-sexual crush on her.  Okay, yes, I definitely do.

Friday

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March 2013

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52 books in a year

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kateCAPES [something empowering] You don’t always have to act your age.  #LiveYoung

COFFEE [latest trend or addiction]  My coworkers know me all too well – Kate Spade + technology.  Love it.

THE COLOR ORANGE [something noteworthy] I celebrated a birthday this week.  As a gift to myself, I decided to take on a yearlong reading project.  During the next year, I will read 52 books.  You smarty pants’ out there know that’s a book a week.  Please shoot me your recommendations!

Wednesday

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August 2012

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I will dare to live fully right where I am.

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CAPES [something empowering] Feelings of gratitude may come and go, but being grateful is a posture…a state of mind…a choice.  It can be found in the murkiest and darkest places in your life.  Yes, gratitude exists even there.  Today, I am grateful for fresh blueberries, my red corso como flats, the light mist that cooled me off as I went for a run, and a much-anticipated afternoon cupcake date with good friends. 

COFFEE [latest trend or addiction]  Stuffed green olives!!!  Lately, I can’t get enough of them.  But while they are rich in vitamins and antioxidents, watch out, because 1 medium sized green olive can have as much as 300mg of sodium.  It’s no wonder I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night thirsty.

THE COLOR ORANGE [something noteworthy]  This past week, my good friend (a soon to be a mother of 3!) shared with me that at times, she wishes she could be more independent.  I found this interesting, because the majority of the time I long to be rid of my independence.  Why is it that we always seem to want what we don’t have?  Again, today I will choose to be grateful for my freedom; rather than be hindered by my intependence, I will attempt to see it as a gift.  I will dare to live fully right where I am.*

*Inspired by One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, by Ann Voskamp

Tuesday

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July 2012

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A good summer read & an impossible ask.

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CAPES [something empowering] In all types of relationships, it’s important to be aware of your own expectations.  In practicing this, I’ve realized how irrational I can be, especially when I’m expecting the other person to read my mind.  Wittle down your expecations to the rational ones, and when the timing is right, find a way to express them in a non-passive aggressive way (because contrary to what you may think, being passive agreeisve is highly ineffective and incredibly unattractive). 

COFFEE [latest trend or addiction]  My drinker count is up to 14.  I think I need to have a party.

THE COLOR ORANGE [something noteworthy]  I’m in desperate need of a good summer read.  I’m looking for a book somewhere in the ballpark of The History of Love (Nicole Krauss) meets Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Jonathan Safer Foer), with an undertone of To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee).  I know…an impossible ask, but I would love your suggestions.

Tuesday

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December 2011

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"Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends" (Fall Out Boy)

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CAPES [something empowering] You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.

COFFEE [latest trend or addiction] Count. It. Down. What will you be toasting when the clock strikes 12? My favorite drink from the past year is champagne with a splash of St. Germain.

THE COLOR ORANGE [something noteworthy] I’m a stickler for New Year’s Resolutions, and once gave up sweets for 2 years, so I have to be careful when resolving. For 2012, I resolve to read a bit more and skim a bit less. And finish school.
 
 
 
 

Wednesday

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June 2011

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My Summer Reading List

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CAPES [something empowering] In the morning, as you get dressed and ready for the day, think about the attitude that you want to “dress” yourself in. If you wake up annoyed, try “undressing” that attitude before you walk out the door.

COFFEE [latest trend or addiction] I recently cancelled my cable because of the ongoing feud between Comcast and myself. I have a new-found love for Hulu Plus because I can handle $7.99 per month…and I doubt Hulu will increase the price by an obscene amount unannounced.

THE COLOR ORANGE [something noteworthy] My summer reading list includes:
The Brain that Changes Itself, by Norman Doidge
Everliving, by Christina Dudley
The Great House, by Nicole Krauss
The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
The History of Christianity, by Paul Johnson
Let Justice Roll Down, by John Perkins
Love Wins, by Rob Bell
Reviving Ophelia, by Mary Pipher
Real Boys, by William Pollack
The Street of Crocodiles, by Bruno Schultz
 

Saturday

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October 2010

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I’m on a horse…cow.

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CAPES [something empowering] Even when I know I’m right, I’ve learned (the rather hard lesson) to allow for the possibility that I could be wrong. A little humility can go a long way.

COFFEE [latest trend or addiction] To brush up on all the history I don’t know and/or have forgotten, I recently purchased a used high school edition World History book. Let the [re]learning begin.

THE COLOR ORANGE [something noteworthy] Grover doesn’t look as good with his shirt off, but this video is definitely worth a watch.
 

Sunday

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June 2010

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