Saturday, April 25, 2015

Your New Favorite Blog: Farm Girl.

My name is Miriam, and my blog is called Farm Girl. 
Phew, that's a hard one. I would say it is our lovestory, which is so long that I did it in 5 blog posts haha! If you have some time on your hands (it's 8,257 words long), here it is.
Harry Potter. I have read the series at least three times, and never get tired of re-reading it. There is so much wisdom in these books, and I love the magical world J. K. Rowling has created. It is equally a wonderful escape and a guide for how to live your life. 
Don't have other people rent space in your head. 
I'm head over heels in love with yoga, and look forward to my practice every day. Watching yourself getting stronger both mentally and physically is such a beautiful thing!
It would be a mix of Taylor Swift's "Shake it off", Walk Off The Earth's "Rule the world", with a country-song happy end. 

If you like yoga or puppies, you're going to love Miriam's blog. Also, she wrote her love story out in How I Met Your Father format. How cute?! 

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Drink Your Wine & Leave a Wake.

N.D. Wilson quote
“Drink your wine. Laugh from your gut. Burden your moments with thankfulness. Be as empty as you can be when that clock winds down. Spend your life. And if time is a river, may you leave a wake.” 

So often we're always looking ahead to something, or trying to catch up, or worrying about if what we're doing is worthwhile. We're very rarely just living. 

Amanda had recommended this book, Death by Living, on her blog a little while ago. I feel like this quote sums up everything in my head that I'm always trying to figure out. Because sometimes, in the middle of life, we can get so bogged down with is this it? Is this what I'm supposed to be doing? Should I be feeling more significant? 

And to that I say: Drink your wine and laugh from your gut. Life is meant to be spent, it is meant to be enjoyed. 

I think that we hear the words "don't waste your life" and immediately think it means we should be doing more important, worthwhile things. We should be working harder or finding a better job or making more money or contributing more to society. Not that any of those things are bad things, but I think it's possible to do all of that and still waste your life. 

You waste your life when you choose to not spend it. Time can either be stolen from you or you can spend it. It's going to pass either way. So why not use it up for all it's worth? When you go to bed each night, be completely empty of all the life you had to give that day. Let every breath you take scream thankfulness. 

Spending your life can look big and significant and planned out. Or, it can look like Chick-fil-a runs and pool days and phone dates. The important thing is that you're spending your life. All of it. That you're empty when the clock runs out. 

If time is a river, may you leave a wake. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

(More) People Who Need to Stop Killing my Vibe.

Part one here. 

When you compliment my outfit and ask something like, "Is it Free People?!" And I tell you it's from Forever 21, and you say, "Oh...hmm."

When you tell me the movie was better than the book.

When I'm eating dinner with you and you're like, "Gah I'm such a fatty, this is my one cheat day, I'm eating lettuce for the rest of the week." And I'm just over here eating my cheeseburger thinking it's a normal Thursday.

When I'm blissfully enjoying a cup of coffee and you tell me how tea or hot water is so much better for you and how coffee is probably going to kill me.

When I'm ordering at a restaurant or checking out at the grocery store and you feel the need to tell me my healthy/not healthy ratio of food is off.


When a Taylor song comes on and it's highlight of my night and you interrupt my jam session to tell me that Taylor Swift is overrated.

Who needs to stop killing your vibe?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Books I Read in April and Whether or Not You Should Read Them.

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

Plot: "On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein, a girl at the periphery of schoolyard games and her distracted parents’ attention, bites into her mother’s homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother’s emotions in the cake. She discovers this gift to her horror, for her mother—her cheerful, good-with-crafts, can-do mother—tastes of despair and desperation. Suddenly, and for the rest of her life, food becomes a peril and a threat to Rose. 

The curse her gift has bestowed is the secret knowledge all families keep hidden—her mother’s life outside the home, her father’s detachment, her brother’s clash with the world. Yet as Rose grows up she learns to harness her gift and becomes aware that there are secrets even her taste buds cannot discern." -via goodreads

Favorite Quote: 
“We hit the sidewalk, and dropped hands. How I wished, right then, that the whole world was a street.” 

My Thoughts: This is an extremely creative story. It's whimsical and magical and moving, and I think there is a certain type of reader that will fall in love with it. Just not me. The ending left me uneasy, unsatisfied in a bit of a depressing way, but I think that's what she was going for. I also hated the lack of quotation marks. I understood what she was going for, but it made me lose track of who was talking or if anyone was talking at all, and I didn't like that.

It's a story by an incredibly talented author who has a stunning way with words, and it does sweep you up. I just think it's a book for a very particular type of reader. 

Should you read it? No. But that's just my opinion. If someone who knows you and your taste in books recommends it, then read it!

The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

Plot: "Marina Keegan's star was on the rise when she graduated magna cum laude from Yale in May 2012. She had a play that was to be produced at the New York International Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at the New Yorker. Tragically, five days after graduation, Marina died in a car crash.

As her family, friends, and classmates, deep in grief, joined to create a memorial service for Marina, her unforgettable last essay for the Yale Daily News, "The Opposite of Loneliness" went viral, receiving more than 1.4 million hits. She had struck a chord.

Even though she was just twenty-two when she died, Marina left behind a rich, expansive trove of prose that, like her title essay, captures the hope, uncertainty, and possibility of her generation. The Opposite of Lonelinessis an assemblage of Marina's essays and stories that, like The Last Lecture, articulates the universal struggle that all of us face as we figure out what we aspire to be and how we can harness our talents to make an impact on the world."

Favorite Quote:
“What we have to remember is that we can still do anything. We can change our minds. We can start over. Get a post-bac or try writing for the first time. The notion that it’s too late to do anything is comical. It’s hilarious. We’re graduating from college. We’re so young. We can’t, we MUST not lose this sense of possibility because in the end, it’s all we have.” 

My Thoughts: It's impossible to read this book without feeling incredibly inspired to get up and accomplish what you've always wanted to. This book is a beautiful way to honor her memory, but it's also full of really good stories and essays. It reminded me of the nights I used to spend swapping essays with other people from the English department, getting that small feeling of Wow, that's beautiful. Yes, I feel that way too! 

If nothing else, at least read the essay that went viral. It's a heartbreaking reminder that every day should be lived, because you never know how much time you have to leave your mark. I wrote about that here right after finishing this book.

Should you read it? Yes.

Paper Towns by John Green

Plot: "Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew..." -via Goodreads

Favorite quote: 
“This was the first time in my life that so many things would never happen again.” 

My Thoughts: Paper Towns is absolute magic. Pure, wonderful, awkward, real magic.

There are three reasons you need to read this book:

1. It's becoming a movie and will be out in July. Read the book first, because duh.

2. John Green wrote it. Really, that could be reasons 1-3.

3. It perfectly sums up the awkwardness of growing up and the need for something different and the disappointment that is often life. 

Hands down, my favorite read of April. It gave me major book-hangover. I couldn't read anything else for a few days because this one was just SO FREAKING GOOD.

Should you read it? Absolutely yes.

What have you been reading?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Will Having a Dog Make Your Life Better?

If you've ever read my blog before, you probably know how I feel about dogs. So you obviously know the answer to the above question is a resounding yes. So really, we could just call it a day and all go home, but then that would be missing out on an opportunity to talk about dogs and show you my favorite dog gifs, which is basically what I live for.

So on we go.

They make you go outside more.

When I work from home, sometimes an entire day will pass before I realize that I haven't stepped foot outside my apartment. And that's just sad. Having a dog means you have to go outside. And sure, it's annoying to have to wake up and trod Gatsby outside, but fresh air and sunshine is good for everyone.

Dogs help with loneliness. 

I am by myself all. the. time. And as silly as it seems, having a puppy around makes that so much better. That could also be because I most definitely treat my dog like a person, but hey, to each their own.

Dogs can make you feel safer.
In my case, this is probably ridiculous, because Gatsby weighs practically nothing, and I'm pretty sure if someone broke into my house and gave him a treat, he would act like the dog above.

But if he hears someone at the door, he gives his scariest bark, and that makes me feel like no one will break in to see how big (tiny) he is.

They teach you responsibility.   
Having a dog is a big deal. If you don't feed them, they won't get food. If you don't play with them, they won't get exercise. If you don't take them to the vet, no one else is going to make sure they take the right medicine and stay healthy. It's up to you. I think that being in charge of another living being at some point is a good practice for everyone to learn.

They up the happiness level in your life by at least three thousand percent. 

They love you and think you're the greatest thing that has ever happened and they live for the moment you get home from work. And if that doesn't make your life better, I don't know what will.

Why do you think dogs make your life better?

Friday, April 17, 2015

You Can Do It: Over and Over and Over.

You can do it. I write these words and see these words all the time. I see them in post after post, articles on Buzzfeed, inspiring pinterest quotes. I say these words to friends, to family, to coworkers. I smile when they are said to me.

It can sometimes seem redundant, saying and seeing and writing these words again and again so that they seem to lose their meaning. But still, we have to keep saying them. We have to keep encouraging, keep believing, and keep fighting the loneliness of being the only one who believes in your dreams.

Because often, even if someone can't do it, hearing that they can is the only thing they need in the entire universe for that to change.

Don't let those words become so repetitive that they begin to sound cliché. Don't let the abundance of pretty images online that share the same words take away from the meaning of someone saying those words to you. Don't let the fifty-second encouraging article you've read this week take away from the importance of saying those words to other people.

When someone says these words to you, you are no longer alone. Someone else believes in you and your journey. And when you say them to someone else, you are no longer alone. Because you believe in them and their journey. So keep saying, keep writing, keep believing.

You can do it. You can do it. You can do it. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Adventures You Should Go on This Year.

Go camping. Spending a night outside, under the stars, with a fire and some s'mores just sounds like a romantic way to enjoy life, doesn't it?

Go to a farmer's market. Farmer's markets are adventurous because you never know what you're going to find. I love the idea of planning a dinner and only using things you find at the farmer's market.

Go on a road trip. Whether across town or across the country, when you're with the right people, road trips are just fun. Especially if you look up fun things to do along the way to your destination.

Spend an entire day going to places you've never been in your hometown. Whether you've lived in your hometown for a year or your whole life, I'm betting there are some hidden treasures you've yet to find. Spend a day exploring; going to all the places you keep meaning to visit but never seem to get around to actually going.

Visit the library. I say this a lot, but I will never understand people who do not take advantage of public libraries. FREE BOOKS. What else do you need to know?

Go on a picnic. Give me some cheap wine and some fancy cheese and a blanket and a field and I'm a happy girl.

Go thrifting. Give yourself a budget and then do your worst. If secondhand clothes aren't your thing, scout out furniture or fun home decor that can be revamped with a trip to the craft store.

What are some adventures your planning to go on this year?