Things I’m Liking Lately


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Hey guys. How are you? I’m doing well…always tired but really glad that Wednesday is almost over…it is Wednesday right? ANYWAY. I thought I’d put together another little random post of things I’m liking lately.

S-Town. Have y’all heard about this podcast? I started it last Friday and by Tuesday had finished all 7 episodes. I was listening in the car, on my walks, and while working – I couldn’t stop. It starts with an unsolved mystery in a small town, but the series takes a turn and ends up being about something else entirely. It was just a really interesting exploration of a complicated life, and despite all the vulgarities I thought it was good. It’s refreshing and eye opening to get a glimpse of another person’s existence that is so different from your own.

This article. It came to me at a really good time. I would say being pregnant means I have more uncertainties in my life than maybe ever before, and it also requires a lot of letting go of an old way of being and an old life. Not that life stops or anything, but it changes entirely for sure…so the tips in the article were helpful reminders for me.

Currently reading this, this, this, this, and this. It’s no secret that I’m a nerd about self help books…and non-fiction. I’ve read a few works of fiction this year but nothing that really stands out, sadly. Anyway, I don’t know when I became the person who reads 5 books at once – that would have made me crazy 10 years ago – but I enjoy jumping around now.

Enjoying this artist’s feed. And also enjoying following along with this artist’s “plants on fabric” 100 day project.

Alright, that’s it! As always, feel free to leave suggestions of things YOU have been liking lately.

Things I’m Liking Lately


If the title of the post didn’t give it away, here are some things I’m liking lately.

My sister’s new blog, The Rootchord. My sister has always loved music (like more than the average person) and now she’s sharing her old favorites and new finds in one spot. It’s been fun to follow along, and I feel like I’ve been looking for this kind of blog for awhile. New music suggestions without the pretentious writing.

Revisiting some favorite albums…such as this, this, and this. I can’t believe some of these came out 7 years ago already!

Currently reading this and this – really enjoying both so far. I’m hoping to keep track of monthly reads again like I did in 2015 (you can see everything I read in 2015 here).

Feeling inspired by all kinds of artists. Like this one, and this one, and this one too (love this designer’s unique jewelry).

So there it is. Some things I’ve been liking lately…I’m also liking that it’s almost Friday. I’ll have a new TGIF post up for y’all tomorrow. Do you have any fun plans this weekend? I’ll be praying tomorrow…inauguration day. Eek. I wont lie, this post brought a little tear to my eye.

Yours,
-Marci

P.S. If you have any music/art/book suggestions feel free to send them my way!

TGIF // 01


happy friday, friends! it’s been awhile since i last wrote here…and not for lack of things to say, but lack of energy to put my rambling thoughts in to comprehensible words and sentences. sometimes i just feel like keeping my swirling thoughts in my head, and sometimes i’m just plain lazy…BUT it always feels good to check in here and get some things down on “paper.”

i started reading the gifts of imperfection by brene brown recently, and it’s so good! i recommend it to anyone who enjoys self-reflection and wants to live a more wholehearted life. in one of the chapters she talks about doing a gratitude exercise every week that she calls TGIF, hence the title of this post. every week she writes down what she’s Trusting, what she’s Grateful for, what Inspires her, and how she’s practicing her Faith. i love this so much that i’m going to copy her and start doing my own TGIF post each friday. so here goes…

this week i’m trusting that real change takes time. i’ve had a lot of ideas and fantasies about how i want my life to look, and every time i stumble or fall short i feel disappointed. but i’m trying and (slowly) learning to extend grace to myself, and trust that progress is more important than perfection.

lately i’m feeling grateful for my free time. i work a 9-5 and often resent the lack of flexibility…but i dont have children yet, and i have every weekend off work, and i get to spend all my free time reading, writing, and creating (or binge-watching netflix with my husband). and i’m so so thankful for that privilege.

this week i’m feeling inspired by all the books and podcasts i’ve been devouring. i’m always on the look-out for new and inspiring things so if you have any suggestions send them my way!
books: present over perfect, the forest house, the wander society
podcasts: happier, the smart passive income, and this vox veniae message on contentment

this week i’m practicing faith by defining it, and getting comfortable with it. in her book, the gift of imperfection, brene brown defines faith as this:

“faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty.”

She then goes on to quote the theologian Richard Rohr:

“my scientist friends have come up with things like ‘principles of uncertainty’ and dark holes. they’re willing to live inside imagined hypotheses and theories. but many religious folks insist on answers that are always true. we love closure, resolution and clarity, while thinking that we are people of ‘faith’! how strange that the very word ‘faith’ has come to mean the exact opposite.”

AMEN. i dont know everything, and i dont need to. the whole point of faith is to believe something despite not having all the answers. and i’m not going to bring other people into my joy by listing off all the “answers” that i think they should live their lives by. it’s personal. it takes time. and some things just aren’t clear. some things are – yes. but a lot of things aren’t. and that’s ok.

welp. that’s all i’ve got for you this week. i’m hoping to make this a weekly series. it’s good to meditate on these prompts and really get in touch with what i’m thinking and feeling. if you decide to do something similar let me know! i’d love to hear your thoughts. i hope you all have a beautiful weekend!

xo

marci

h is for hawk


we are very bad at scale. the things that live in the soil are too small to care about; climate change too large to imagine. we are bad at time too. we cannot remember what lived here before we did; we cannot love what is not. nor can we imagine what will be different when we are dead. we live out our three score and ten, and tie our knots and lines only to ourselves. we take solace in pictures, and we wipe the hills of history.

helen macdonald

book report // 2015 recap


guys, i read a lot this year. i think i read more than usual knowing i would be “reporting” at the end of each month…but not really much more than usual because i’ve always loved to read. and when you hear how many books i read you’ll be like..marci, get a life. because that’s kind of what i thought when i saw the number. and my husband told me i should take a break this year, haha. but really, if i hadn’t spent all that time reading i probably would have spent at least half of it watching tv or looking at my phone – so i say time well spent.

i read 47 books in 2015. maybe that’s not even that impressive but it feels like a lot. so in no particular order, here they are:

  1. gilead by marilynne robinson
  2. the history of love by nicole krauss
  3. the dirty life by kristin kimball
  4. wouldn’t it be nice – the making of pet sounds by charles granata
  5. essentialism by greg mckeown
  6. the life changing magic of tidying up by marie kondo
  7. the art of asking by amanda palmer
  8. station eleven by emily st. john mandel
  9. my faraway one by georgie o’keefe and alfred stieglitz
  10. my antonia by willa cather
  11. a visit from the goon squad by jennifer egan
  12. sacred marriage by gary thomas
  13. you are what you eat by gillian mckeith
  14. how the garcia girls lost their accents by julie alvarez
  15. never let me go by kazoo ishiguro
  16. tiny beautiful things / dear sugar by cheryl strayed
  17. how to love by thich nhat hanh
  18. a field guide to getting lost by rebecca solnit
  19. crazy love by frances chan
  20. may cause miracles by gabrielle bernstein
  21. the book of ruth by jane hamilton
  22. stitches by anne lamott
  23. to the lighthouse by virginia woolf
  24. love does by bob goff
  25. actual air by david berman
  26. indian killer by sherman alexie
  27. not that kind of girl by lena dunham
  28. transcendence by norman rosenthal
  29. 1984 by george orwell
  30. my salinger year by joanna rakoff
  31. why not me? by mindy kaling
  32. a poetry handbook by mary oliver
  33. a praying life by paul miller
  34. one thousand gifts by ann voskamp
  35. the namesake by jhumpa lahiri
  36. happier at home by gretchen rubin
  37. red rising by pierce brown
  38. golden son by pierce brown
  39. a prayer journal by flannery o’connor
  40. the silver star by jeannette walls
  41. a grief observed by c.s. lewis
  42. a room of one’s own by virginia woolf
  43. letters to a young poet by rainer maria rilke
  44. m train by patti smith
  45. the hours by michael cunningham
  46. h is for hawk by helen macdonald
  47. the bible – literally! beginning to end!

obviously i had some favorites, and some not so favorites…but generally i enjoyed most of the things i read. if you’re wondering which of these you should read here are my top 10 (i just tried to do a top 5 and it was impossible).

  1. the namesake by jhumpa lahiri
  2. a field guide to getting lost by rebecca solnit
  3. my antonia by willa cather
  4. to the lighthouse by virginia woolf
  5. the bible (ecclesiastes was particularly beautiful, i thought)
  6. actual air by david berman
  7. the history of love by nicole krauss
  8. gilead by marilynne robinson
  9. the hours by michael cunningham
  10. never let me go by kazoo ishiguro


honorable mentions:

why not me? by mindy kaling
sacred marriage by gary thomas
tiny beautiful things by cheryl strayed
may cause miracles by gabbrielle bernstein

annndd that sums up my year of reading. hope everyone is having a good start to 2016.

xoxo,
marci

 

book report // 12

laguna

it’s the end of december and my last book report for the year. i’m also going to compile a list of everything i read this year, and as of right now i’m totally clueless as to how many books i read in 2015. i’m pretty eager to find out. snort snort.

i read a lot less this month than most others because we were moving. so that means weeks spent packing, a weekend spent moving, and weeks spent unpacking and settling into the new place. but i did manage to read a few gems somewhere in there.

m train by patti smith: i love patti smith. some of her music is good, some isn’t…to me anyway. but her writings?? i love them all. she wrote a memoir a few years ago called “just kids” and it’s still one of my all time favorites. this one wasn’t quite as good but it’s always interesting to get to peek inside the mind of a beautiful soul and true artist. a lot of it seemed like i was just reading her inner dialogue (kind of like virginia woolf at times) and it was oddly comforting to know my thoughts aren’t all that strange.

the hours by michael cunningham: there’s nothing i can really say about this book other than you should read it. i started it a few years ago and it must not have been the right time because i never finished it. this time, however, i was completely engrossed and loved it all. just an absolutely stunning piece of literature.

h is for hawk by helen macdonald: i’m only about halfway through this one but again, another stunner. the way she writes is effortless and intriguing and entirely beautiful and desolate. if you’ve ever felt alone or depersonalized..which is all of us, really…then you’ll enjoy this book. this author articulates those peculiar feelings that are so hard to put into words while simultaneously writing about nature in a way that is refreshing and brilliant. can’t wait to finish this one, but i’m also trying to savor it.

so that’s it for december! next up, year-end recap. i was going to write it all in one post, but i think i’ll make a separate one. it deserves it’s own space. ❤

xo

marci

book report // 10

b&w cactus

i read so much in october…i read a lot in general but for some reason i went a little crazy last month. i think it’s the season, fall seems like a good time to curl up with a book and get cozy. the funny thing is it’s like 80 degrees here because i live in texas, so i’ve just been pretending it’s fall. whatever.

here is a list of the books i read in october (and one from september because i forgot one last time i wrote a book report). each book is a link, so if you’re interested in learning more about it just click 🙂

a praying life by paul miller

one thousand gifts by ann voskamp

the namesake by jhumpa lahiri *this was one of the best books i’ve read…ever. highly recommend!

happier at home by gretchen rubin *this author has a podcast that i like to listen to. she hosts it with her sister and it’s fun, positive, and short. it’s called “happier” if you want to check it out.

red rising by pierce brown *book 1 of the red rising trilogy – similar to hunger games. it’s futuristic, dystopian, and action/adventure. not usually something i like, but i ripped through this and the second book in a few days.

golden son by pierce brown *book 2 of the red rising trilogy.

a prayer journal by flannery o’connor *didn’t know this existed…a prayer journal of flannery o’connor’s from when she was 22 years old. interesting, inspiring, and relatable.

pink

i told you a read a lot this month. eep. as always, let me know if you have any suggestions…always looking for something good to read. ❤

yours,

marci

gilead

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i have wandered to the limits of my understanding any number of times, out into that desolation, that horeb, that kansas, and i’ve scared myself, too, a good many times, leaving all landmarks behind me, or so it seemed. and it has been among the true pleasures of my life. night and light, silence and difficulty, it seemed to me always rigorous and good…

though i must say all this has given me a new glimpse of the ongoingness of the world. we fly forgotten as a dream, certainly, leaving the forgetful world behind us to trample and mar and misplace everything we have ever cared for. that is just the way of it, and it is remarkable.

gilead | pg. 191
by marilynne robinson

currently reading: my ántonia

mya

one march evening in my sophomore year i was sitting alone in my room after supper. there had been a warm thaw all day, with mushy yards and little streams of dark water gurgling cheerfully into the streets out of old snow-banks. my window was open, and the earthy wind blowing through made me indolent. on the edge of the prairie, where the sun had gone down, the sky was turquoise blue, like a lake, with gold light throbbing in it. higher up, in the utter clarity of the western slope, the evening star hung like a lamp suspended by silver chains – like the lamp engraved upon the title-page of old latin texts, which is always appearing in new heavens, and waking new desires in men.

words: willa cather | my ántonia pg. 158
photo: iphone

book report // 03

this post is a little late, but here’s what i read during the month of march. i liked them all but “a field guide to getting lost” was by far my favorite. i checked this one out from the library, and am now determined to get my own copy so that i can highlight, underline, and mark it up as much as i want. there were so many beautiful lines and insights…i’d definitely recommend it to anyone looking for one of those books that shows you the world in a beautiful new light. i can’t wait to check out her other books, her intelligence is palpable.

a field guide to getting lost by rebecca solnit:

field guide

crazy love by francis chan: this one was good, the author’s way of writing/speaking kind of annoyed me at times, but the book definitely caused me to have some revelations. if you’re feeling in a rut spiritually, then it might offer some inspirations.

may cause miracles by gabrielle bernstein: this book was so cheesy. but i loved it. it’s not really about any specific religion or spirituality, but it helped my spiritual life so much. it focuses a lot on the ego, and letting go of jealousies or selfish ambitions. it also focuses on surrendering to your higher power and really trusting that you’ll be taken care of. being the control freak that i am, this was a good exercise for me. I hope to continue to use some of the exercises, meditations, and prayers that were in this book.

the book of ruth by jane hamilton: the only way i can describe this book is beautifully tragic, which might sound like a cliche. but if you read it…you’ll know.

march books

it’s spring here in texas. today it’s foggy and gray, and the wildflowers are in full bloom. it’s become my favorite time of year in this state. the blues, oranges, yellows, and pinks of spring make up for the lackluster color in the fall. it’s beautiful. hope you have a relaxing weekend, and if you have any book suggestions please leave a comment below!

blues

xox

Marci