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Happy Little Things: 06

Things that make me happy:

A new gorgeous velvet tufted dream bed that makes me feel like I live in a luxurious hotel. Texts from friends saying, "Do you want to move to Tennessee with me?" and actually being serious about it. Going to the movies with friends and chatting afterward. Solo dance parties in the car and around the room to badass songs. Having the house to myself for the entire weekend. Finally remembering how I used to love being single. And now is the time to be who I want to be. Doing grown up things. Realizing there's more opportunity out there than I could ever imagine. Finally beginning to recognize my worth; I'd forgotten. Learning + creating + doing my own projects. Feeling proud of myself. 

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Happy Little Things: 05

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01.  Last night the bestie and I went to the Ellie Goulding concert. I loved it and her music is all I've been jamming to today. Wireless headphones + volume turned up to "Scream it Out" + dancing around the house. Happy Sunday.

02. Later this year I'll be seeing a band that's been on my "must-see-live" list for the past several years. It's a band I swore I would see if they ever come to AZ. This year it's happening. Coldplay. In August. Heck yes. Yellow + The Scientist + A Sky Full of Stars + Paradise + Fix You. *insert Taylor Swift dance moves*

03. Then in October I'll be seeing The Lumineers. This past week I have been obsessed with their latest album. Top three faves: Ophelia + Cleopatra + Gale Song. It's a good year for concert going. 

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Happy Little Things: 04

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Happy Little Things: 04

01. The feeling of accomplishment after hanging up a new kitchen light. It only took three trips to Lowes, a 30-minute phone call conversation with my mom, and a 40-minute Facetime message with both my parents. We've been without a kitchen light for several months because the electrician made it difficult to ever replace the light fixture. But thankfully my dad was able to help from all the way in Tennessee. The new light looks awesome.

02. My former coworker and friend recently starred in the new Macklemore "Downtown" music video. I'd been eager to tell people about it but it had to be kept under wraps until the video was released. I knew he was going to be carrying Macklemore on his shoulders, but I didn't know it would be crazy fun and he'd have a close up. He got to perform at the VMAs too. So rad. Several of us at the office were so proud and a screenshot from the video with his closeup has been hung up in several office cubes.

03. It's a three-day weekend. That in itself makes me incredibly happy. So far it's been full of cold brew, house projects, tobacco scented candles, naps, vinyl records, reading 'Far From the Madding Crowd', watching movies, and hanging out with family.

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Happy Little Things: 03

01. / My baby cousin Grady was born Wednesday night at 11:52 PM. We visited him in the hospital the next day and he is a beautiful boy. I'm incredibly excited to have another little buddy to hang out with. My cousin Courtney and Melissa each now have two boys and I love them all to pieces. They have brought so much joy into my life and have brightened many difficult days by making me forget all the scary adult stuff for a little while and all the things I worry about.

02. / My work recently laid off eight people, and five have since quit. One of those who was laid off hosted a BBQ at her house last night and it was wonderful being in the same place as my old work family once again. We sat in her backyard, talking around a fire pit and didn't leave until 12:30 AM. I'm incredibly blessed to have been able to see them every day for as long as I did. They are truly wonderful people and I love them forever.

03. / On the same note as #1 and #2, I'm incredibly thankful that I know so many wonderful people in Arizona. I always miss my parents and brother. It sucks not being in the same state as them. But I get to hang out with my family every weekβ€”my aunt, uncle, and cousinsβ€”and I have made friends for life through work. And, of course, there's my friends who I've known for years, like my bestie Gwen. I'm so grateful. <3

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Happy Little Things: 02

01. / Lately I've craved being outside. So last Saturday I drove to the park because the weather was perfect and I wanted to sit under a tree and read. But the park was insanely busy, so instead I texted my best friend to see if she'd like to accompany me to the park on Friday to sit beneath a tree on colorful blankets with iced coffee and pretty coloring books and her response was, "Does the pope wear a funny hat?!" So that's how we spent Friday and it was relaxing and pretty and happy and quiet and I can't tell you how badly I need more of those moments in my life. After, we picked up food and watched Endless Love and What If and ate chocolate and basically girl's nights are rad.

02. / Having the house to myself is my favorite. I can be on my own schedule and keep the house clean and watch whatever I want and listen to music exceptionally loud and wear whatever I want and it's glorious. This weekend I've been staying up until midnight (which a month ago would have been usual but lately doesn't feel late at all since I haven't been able to sleep well). And I've been listening to music loudly and Tumblring and watching Gilmore Girls (as well as Into the Woods + The Spectacular Now) and feeling like watching TV and being online is a perfectly acceptable way to spend my time this weekend.

03. / Speaking of listening to music loudly (and of Endless Love), I'm obsessed with that soundtrack. Pumpin Blood + Peaches (obsessed) + Surround You + Ends of the Earth + I Know It's You + All Our Endless Love. Happy music.

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