Full Disclosure: In exchange for an honest review, Glamping Hub is providing me with a stay at one of the properties listed in their new database Texas Getaways. I was not monetarily compensated. Stay tuned for the review!
I am so happy Glamping Hub contacted me about their new database, Texas Weekend Getaways. I had never heard of them before and spent hours browsing their sites and dreaming. With new constraints in my budget and PTO and dogs to consider, I’ve been dreaming about weekend getaways that are within driving distance from Austin, Texas and also will let me bring my two puppies. Glamping Hub’s Texas Weekend Getaways is such a great resource for those interested in a relaxing and secluded getaway in Texas. There are options that are pet friendly and for big groups. Their properties are carefully curated and they even offer unique options such as tepees and tree-houses! I hope to try out their service in February. Check back then for my follow-up!
Questions: Have you ever glamped or stayed in a tepee? What are your dream getaways?
For nine years now, my best friend Kim and I have released balloons or prayer lanterns towards the end of the year or on New Year’s Day. It’s one of my favorite holiday traditions. We write on one balloon or lantern all the things that we could have done without from the previous year or want to avoid in the upcoming year. On the other balloon or lantern, we write our hopes and wishes for the upcoming year. It feels like each year the balloon where we list our grievances gets sparser. I think we are evolving to be better at not keeping relationships and things that drain us.
Happy Friday! Are you ready for the holidays? I’m not but here they are practically! This weekend I’m going to Houston to see my folks and a few of my friends a little bit before Christmas. I’m looking forward to some mom’s cooking and looking at holiday lights. What do you have planned this weekend?
Here are this week’s pieces of the internet that made me feel things!
I can’t get a handle on how fast this year has whizzed by. Where’s my pause button?
Here’s this week’s pieces of internet that made me feel things. Hope you enjoy!
Since my last round up, two more episodes of my podcast with friends went up. Episode 5 was hellish for me since I kept mucking up while recording but I laughed listening. Nicole’s laugh is so infectious! We talked about John Mulaney’s standup and then yesterday our 6th episode went live. We talked about Modern Romance and Master of None and URL turned IRL friendships.
I’ve been binge reading all week trying to catch up on my yearly goal of reading 50 books. I have to read 10 more books this month! I’ve linked a few of the books I read this week in this week’s internet finds that made me feel things.
I finished Stoner in just about a day. It was so beautifully written, but if you are searching for an uplifting read, this isn’t it.
Rising Strong was such a great book. I’ve read all three of Brene Brown’s books and do recommend you read Daring Greatly before you start Rising Strong.
So I have a new and sexy part-time gig as a party hostess and teacher for The Artful Bachelorette! Hilarious because I shared their business before they even launched in Austin, not foreseeing this opportunity.
When I go through a hard time, I’m usually simultaneously keenly aware of how good I still have it. I noticed it every time I faced a heartache or big set back. It’s usually when the saints of my life come out into the light and remind me that I’m supported and loved. When I reflect back on this year, the glaring ugly spot was being laid off and scrambling for cash and thus feeling insecure and sometimes even unworthy. I’m in my thirties, how do I not have my life figured out? But then I looked around that blemish and I saw a lot of wonderful things. As I struggled through these feelings of unworthiness, my dad, unaware of the mental dressing down I put myself through, told me, “I’m proud of you. You do a lot. You can do a lot. You take care of yourself and others.”
“You took us to Vegas this year!”
“I couldn’t do that for you now and you did it for me and mom.”
Fuuck. He took my breath away with that statement. That’s only a small fraction of what he’s given his family. His confidence in me though was so timely and appreciated.
This year’s pleasant surprise is my relationship with Sugarface. This time last year, I cherished our friendship but had no idea it would yield the biggest romantic treasure of my life. This time last year, I had just moved into an apartment without a couch and Sugarface helped me put together a dining room table. I had no idea that a few weeks later, I’d feel butterflies when we held hands for the first time.
I journaled it. I wrote about how scared I was because this could be a really great thing or a really painful thing. I actually equated the feeling I had as Bambi eating delicious fresh grass in a snow-laden meadow. This grass is delicious and inviting but what if I get shot?
As time went on, that fear of possible danger lurking dissipated to feelings of security and acceptance. As the ugly and dark layers of my personality and history and story aired out incrementally, Sugarface remained loving and accepting. I’ve never experienced this kind of acceptance and love from a significant other before. Thank you 2015. Thank you Universe!
The second half of the year, I withdrew from my social life. I didn’t want to subject my friends to the Negative Nancy I was becoming but some of these saints, man. They love hard. They were patient even though I wasn’t receptive to phone calls and emails. I took forever to respond and they never stopped reaching out. And when I sheepishly came back, they carried on with me as if no time has passed. Ever generous and kind, these fun-loving friends.
I was inspired to look back at this year with my rose-tinted glasses on after reading a handful of blog posts of people counting their blessings for Thanksgiving. And I’m glad I did. This year has been awesome. There was that trip to Vegas. A trip to Utah. A trip to Chicago. Dance parties, hungry kisses, cohabitation, a new project with old friends, scenic boat rides, long phone calls, countless coffee dates, and days brimmed with joy and laughter.
I hope if you celebrate Thanksgiving that you had a good one with your loved ones! I’m currently in Houston with Sugarface and our pups.
I hope you enjoy this week’s list of things that made me feel feelings.
The third and fourth episodes of my podcast I share with my friends are up! We’re thrilled that people are listening. The third episode is about our favorite documentaries and comfort television. Our fourth episode we talk about Death, Sex, and Money and our weekly recommendations.
The first three photos on this post were from my first asado, an Argentinean barbecue. I wrote about what a serene day it was on my food blog. (Click on any of the first three photos to read the post.) I went to Houston for a weekend to stand in a high school friend’s wedding. I stayed with my parents and brought back some of the permissions they harvested from their garden. Sugarface and I were invited to an outdoor hot pot party which was also another serene experience dining outside in good company.
October was mostly about settling into the new apartment with Sugarface. I’m proud of how well we handled our transition from seeing each other a few times a week to every waking moment spent at home. That’s a lot of change for any relationship. Not depicted on Instagram, all the home-cooked meals we’ve made in our new home, hosting our first dinner guests, a dance party in our undies with our puppies, and hosting our first overnight guest. We did a good job breaking in our new home!
Welcome to the weekend, friends! What do you guys have going on this weekend? Tomorrow I’ll be photographing a city wide bake sale to benefit Syrian refugees. I’m excited I can volunteer in that way because no one wants to eat my baked goods!
As usual, here are pieces of the internet that made me feel things this week.
The thing on the internet that made me feel the most excited and happy is actually a collaboration of mine. My friends and I started a podcast called I Feel Better. It’s a podcast about the pop culture that makes us feel better. We have two episodes live and you can find us both on iTunes and Soundcloud. We also take time to answer questions from any listeners and since we recorded the first 4 episodes without being public yet, we’ve just been answering our own questions. Come and ask us a few questions? Or tweet us!
Speaking of podcasts. This was a great episode on This American Life.
“In sum, there is no denying that women’s path to leadership positions is paved with many barriers including a very thick glass ceiling. But a much bigger problem is the lack of career obstacles for incompetent men, and the fact that we tend to equate leadership with the very psychological features that make the average man a more inept leader than the average woman. The result is a pathological system that rewards men for their incompetence while punishing women for their competence, to everybody’s detriment.”
“But all of your promise, all of your hopes and dreams and everything good about your soul is down there in the cellar with the dragons. All of your potential, all of your talent, all of those moments where you connect with another human being, all of the most vivid, gratifying, memorable moments of your life, alone or with someone else, are locked in a dark place.”