30 Things I’m Grateful For in June

June was fairly great, but I’m surprised I haven’t died from heatstroke this month. I’m very grateful that I have central air in my apartment!

With every month that goes by, every month that I’m living in a state I still don’t consider “home,” I’m somehow getting more comfortable with the way I live and who I am. I have the courage and confidence to ask tough questions, questions I might not want to know the answer to. I’m not as timid as I was this time last year. And becoming more confident is a lot to celebrate, as well as these 30 things:

  • Watching La La Land
  • Brunch at Hub and Spoke
  • Playing mini golf
  • Being told I look young (!)
  • Making friends
  • Small victories at work
  • Cool new sneakers from Target
  • And new Chucks from Patrick
  • The Circle by Dave Eggers, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
  • And watching The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu
  • Getting a gazillion random likes and retweets on this tweet
  • Seeing my cat go wild with catnip
  • And playing with new toys from Patrick
  • Getting a care package in the mail from my friend Rose, complete with sand dollars from California, an organic t-shirt and banana bread
  • This article and realizing how much I’ve grown by moving halfway across the country almost two years ago
  • Attending my boss’s beautiful wedding at the Shore & Country Club in Norwalk
  • And seeing my boyfriend in a fancy new suit
  • Windsor
  • Peanut Butter Salted Caramel Haagen Dasz ice cream
  • And a coupon for a free Halo Top ice cream
  • Blackout shades
  • Seeing baby foxes cross the road
  • Nexxus Therappe shampoo
  • Discovering creative and inspiring artists like Maja Safstrom, Thomas Danthony and John Holcroft
  • Homemade pizzas
  • Spending an evening NYC to celebrate a friend’s birthday
  • Manhattans at Park Avenue Tavern
  • Seeing a great view of Times Square from a friend’s workplace
  • Yotel’s rooftop bar
  • Writing a blog post about books I’ve had on my to-do list for forever

5 Books That Changed My Life

I’ve always been passionate about reading.

Ever since I was young, when I would fly through Nancy Drew books like they were on fire; when my favorite day in school was the Scholastic Book Fair; when I would crush elementary school reading challenges and get sparkly star stickers like it was nobody’s business; when I would request a couple Jodi Picoult books for Christmas, but only two or three, because they were expensive; when I would volunteer at Cooper Elementary School and my favorite part was helping first graders read and sound out syllables of Frog and Toad books; to now, when I scour thrift stores and bookstores for copies of books that I can pay with with my own money, breathing in the distinct smell of ink on paper and trying to find an old, fat cat in the store, because there’s usually a cat, the best independent bookstores have one or two; and when my favorite part about going on vacation is getting to pick out the special books to take with me on my journey.

So, a few months ago when I had an interview at a publishing company, I was thinking about some of my favorite books, but I couldn’t possibly pick a favorite because I’ve read so many incredible books (I have SO MANY favorite books. Seriously, look at my Goodreads shelf!), so I started thinking about the books that have impacted my life in a big way.

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30 Things I’m Grateful For in May

May was a pretty great month for me. I think 2017 just keeps getting better and better!

This time last year was one of the saddest times of my life. But I also adopted my cat last May, so I’ve had her for a full year already! She’s a handful and I’m very tempted to get her a little brother to play with. Besides my cat, here are 30 more things I’m grateful for this month:

  • Brunch at el barrio in Milford with my friend Madison
  • Wandering around Silver Sands Beach
  • A beautiful bouquet of hyacinths and bleeding hearts
  • Dress weather
  • The Girls by Emma Cline, The Assistants by Camille Perri and Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
  • Playing yard games and drinking craft beer with good friends at Stony Creek Brewery
  • A pretty new tank top from New Orleans
  • Celebrating Mother’s Day with Patrick’s family at Shell & Bones
  • Chocolate-covered strawberries
  • Rediscovering my love for Coconut Records
  • Exploring Five Mile Point Light in Milford
  • Eating ice cream at Short Beach
  • Going to the beach after work
  • DiBella subs
  • Playing tennis with the boyfriend
  • And not having any other players on the tennis court while we play
  • Watching documentaries (I was riveted by Mommy Dead and Dearest and Abstract: The Art of Design)
  • Making a lot of good homemade meals
  • Adventuring around Southport and taking photos for work
  • Working in a shared office where I’m alone most days, getting to play music, open the window, and shut the door (its the little things in life)
  • Not hitting traffic on my way into work
  • Practicing my handwriting at work
  • Cold Lindt Lindor chocolates
  • A cookout and bonfire with friends
  • Postcards from the National Parks on the West Coast from my friend Rose
  • Walking along the beautiful Stratford Greenway
  • Checking out a hidden gem in Stratford, Mellow Monkey
  • Watching The Bachelorette
  • Celebrating Memorial Day with my boyfriend’s family
  • Making overnight oats (this recipe is my favorite so far)

30 Things I’m Grateful For in April

April has been the best month for me this year! A lot of fantastic things happened – I went on two roadtrips with my boyfriend, I got a new job, I read some great books and my Invisalign treatment is basically done! We’ve also had gorgeous weather and I can feel some changes happening. I had a lot to be grateful for this month.

  • Taking a road trip up to Rutland, Vermont
  • And getting our craft beer fix at Hop’N Moose
  • Buying some neat postcards at the Northshire Bookstore
  • Eating lunch at the Spiral Press Cafe
  • Driving through the beautiful Green Mountain and Finger Lakes region of southwestern Vermont
  • Finally getting a library card!
  • And reading some seriously good books: Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson, Then We Came To The End by Joshua Ferris and Everything That Remains by Joshua Fields Millburn
  • Watching documentaries (I loved Minimalism on Netflix)
  • And donating a ton of old books, clothes, puzzles and homegoods to Goodwill
  • My boyfriend’s sister who watched our cat while we went on a week-long roadtrip out west
  • Checking out Bill’s Old Bike Barn somewhere in Pennsylvania
  • S-Town podcast
  • Staying in Kalamazoo, Michigan and spending some time at Bell’s Brewery (love me some Oberon)
  • Cheese curds and craft beer at Three Floyds Brewing Company
  • The beautiful pedestrian bridge in Omaha and being in two places at once
  • The old market area and beautiful cobblestone streets in downtown Omaha
  • Our truck plant
  • Hanging out with my best friend in Manhattan, Kansas, where she used to live and work, hanging out in the park, having sushi for lunch, shopping at Acme Gifts and spontaneously trying out for Big Brother
  • Seeing the St Louis Arch
  • Visiting the coolest (and free!) aviation museum – the National Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton
  • Stopping at World Market! (There aren’t many World Markets near me on the East Coast so I was THRILLED)
  • Starting a job I enjoy at Snyder & Pritchard Homes
  • Pretty daffodils outside my front door
  • Spending Easter with my boyfriend’s family (and doing an Easter egg hunt)
  • Going on a pub golf crawl with some friends in Milford
  • Checking out the beautiful Colorblends House & Spring Garden in Bridgeport
  • Spending a beautiful Sunday painting and staining a front porch
  • My Invisalign treatment being done! And by done I mean my teeth are in the best shape they’ll ever be in and the little dots were taken off. It was a year of wearing the aligners and I’m SO happy and confident with my new smile. I had braces when I was younger but my teeth gradually shifted awry, so if you are reading this and have a nighttime retainer, wear it! Also, I found this article super helpful and informative if you’re interested in Invisalign
  • Watching Girlboss on Netflix
  • Postcards, reusable bags and a pretty blanket scarf that my mom got me while she was traveling around Europe

30 Things I’m Grateful For in March

March has been a repeat of February – mediocre. The weather has been super crummy too. In fact, January was nicer than March! I really can’t wait for the weather to improve and to go on more outdoor adventures. But there were a few things I was grateful for this month:

  • Date night at Craft 260
  • Brunch with friends at Barnum Publick House
  • Checking out the cool, modern Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield
  • Sushi and wine at the StationHouse
  • Giving away clothes and books at Goodwill
  • Sharpening my interviewing skills
  • And former supervisors who have given me recommendations
  • Supportive and helpful friends
  • Working on some freelance graphic design projects for my boyfriend’s company
  • Cupcakes for breakfast
  • The awesome Wadsworth Athenum Art Museum in Hartford
  • And pretty, artsy postcards
  • Celebrating St Patrick’s Day a little early at The Half Door in Hartford
  • Getting Girl Scout Cookies in the mail from my mom
  • And getting cute drawings in the mail from my nephew and nieces
  • My dad for doing my taxes
  • Lots of free time to deep clean my apartment
  • And honing my cooking skills
  • Watching Girls with batcat
  • Nail polish that doesn’t chip
  • The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson
  • Pizza and beer with friends at Colony on St Patrick’s Day
  • And partying with friends at their apartment in Stamford
  • Doing a quick yoga session with my boyfriend
  • When batcat sleeps on our bed at night
  • Homemade chicken kiev
  • Watching Sing!
  • Researching fun things to do on a roadtrip my boyfriend and I are taking in a couple of weeks
  • Blessings by Anna Quindlen
  • Hot chocolate with Bailey’s, my drink of choice for the cold weather we’ve been getting

30 Things I’m Grateful For in February

February was a pretty mediocre month, TBH. But one thing that was consistent this month was that I spent a lot of time with my friends. I got to see my friend from college while he was in the city for business, my boyfriend and I hung out with our friends for a couple of weekends in a row, and I strengthened friendships with some great girlfriends. I am very grateful for the roots I’m putting down in Connecticut, for my supportive friends, and for these 30 things:

  • The OA
  • Hanging out in New York City with my friend Nelson who I haven’t seen in 3 years
  • The best Cuban sandwich I’ve ever had at a little hole in the wall Cuban restaurant, Margon
  • Listening to a beautiful family choir in Central Park
  • The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
  • Watching the Super Bowl with my boyfriend’s family
  • Penne alla Vodka at Vazzy’s
  • Good times with great friends at Brewport
  • The most perfect lazy Sunday
  • And drinking mimosas on Sunday night
  • Valentine’s Day cookies in the mail from my mom
  • And cute Valentine’s Day cards from my nephew and nieces
  • Pretty Valentines tulips
  • A lovely Valentine’s Day dinner at Goodfellas in New Haven
  • And getting a single red rose from the waiters (cheesy but I loved it)
  • Celebrating a friend’s birthday in Stamford
  • Scrawl, my new favorite game
  • Making new friends
  • Checking out the Bruce Museum in Greenwich
  • Pep talks from my friend Rose
  • Chocolate-covered strawberries
  • Beautiful, sunny weather
  • And finally getting to keep my windows open all day
  • Watching Wes Anderson’s Rushmore
  • Checking out the beautiful Garden of Ideas
  • Date night at the Sitting Duck
  • My boyfriend, who’s a pretty great handyman, among other things
  • The Night Of on HBO
  • Brunch and mimosas at The Corner in Milford with my girlfriend Madison
  • Going on a motorcycle ride around Lordship

 

30 Things I’m Grateful For in January

Happy 2017! I’m really looking forward to this year. Compared to where I was last year, I’m much more comfortable in so many areas. 2016 was a pretty fantastic year, but I’m hoping 2017 will be even better.

  • Mimosas and brunch with my girl Madison at the Sitting Duck
  • And a cute “crazy cat lady” coffee mug (thanks Madison!)
  • This Is Us
  • Beautiful, mild weather
  • Feeding the ducks at Longbrook Park
  • Supportive friends
  • Burgers and beer at the Lazy Dog, a restaurant in my town I’ve always wanted to check out
  • Floral-scented candles
  • Kate Spade’s inspirational travel book, Places to Go, People to See
  • Celebrating my boyfriend and my one year anniversary
  • And having a nice dinner at the Bridge House in Milford
  • Taking the kitty for a walk in her new harness
  • The new America’s Next Top Model
  • Campbell’s one pot wonders
  • Doing yoga on my pretty new yoga mat
  • A pizza and beer date at Brewport
  • Sleeping in late
  • Fresh tulips
  • Finding out that I get the FXX channel and that it plays Parks & Recreation marathons
  • Funny pictures and videos of my nieces and nephew from my mom
  • Watching (and making fun of) The Bachelor
  • Spending time with friends at their new house
  • Being a creative person
  • And having mad drawing skillz
  • Checking out Top of the Rock
  • And spending a lovely day in New York City
  • Cute magnets from the New York Public Library
  • Snowden
  • Celebrating Chinese New Year with my boyfriend’s family
  • #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso