Casual Friday | December

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Happy Casual Friday, friends! Every Friday should be casual, am I right? Here’s a snippet of what I’ve been up to lately, all iPhone because the best camera is the one you have on you.

NO. 1: READING

So much good stuff! I’ve been making a sincere effort to slow the heck down and set aside time in the morning and before bed to dive into a non-business related book every day and my soul is all the better for it. Some noteworthy ones include Wild by Cheryl Strayed (the inspiration for the movie with Reese) and You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz. Holy moly, guys. I put off reading Wild for purely stubborn reasons: sometimes when they make a movie out of a book, I fear the book will lack depth and leave me wishing for something a little less commercial. But Wild lacks nothing. Depth, symbolism, tears, the whole gamut. It was an emotional rollercoaster and I feel I'm a better human after swimming through Cheryl Strayed's words. She is such a literary voice, I found myself rereading several pages just so I could digest the heaviness of it and take each piece with me. Ugh. Do yourself a favor and read this beauty. It’s in my “Top Five” for sure.

You Should Have Known was incredible for entirely different reasons and highly recommended as well! It’s the fictional story of a therapist, Grace, who writes a book called You Should Have Known (so meta!), explaining her belief that women going through a divorce or huge breakup can reflect back on the relationship and pinpoint exact signs that the relationship wasn’t going to last from the get-go. Basically, “they should have known.” But in a twist, Grace discovers that her husband has a big, huge secret which turns her whole belief system (and soap box) upside down. It’s a page turner, friends! Read it!

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NO. 2: LISTENING TO

Adele’s new album and crying like the rest of the world. River Lea and I Miss You just kill...

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NO. 3: FOCUSING ON

Quality vs. Quantity in every little bit of life. The hubby and I pretty much have this mastered with food (we’re incredibly thankful to be able to buy organic + local meat and produce 80% of the time), but I’m trying to make the shift in other parts of my life too. Starting with the most fun, of course: clothes. Has anyone else attempted the super-popular capsule wardrobe? While I’m not quite there yet, I have completely overhauled my wardrobe and got rid of almost all-the-things after reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I don’t wanna state the obvious, but it’s well, life-changing! It’s made me completely rethink the items I have in my home, what it’s purpose is, and if it’s making me happy or if I’m holding onto it for other reasons (“someday I’ll find a use for it”, “I should save that just in case”, “I’ll have my mom sew that hole, heh...", etc.). And part of that process is reducing the cluttering, poor-quality items I have so that the higher quality ones stand out. I recently stocked up on a few Everlane products and can hardly wait for the mailman to arrive!

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NO. 4: PLANNING

A super exciting launch of a project of mine coming in January! It’s been an enormous dream of mine for over a year now, but I had to wait until the timing was right. This awesome thing will fuse two big ‘ole passions of mine: photography + helping lively, sincere, and creative businesses. Stay tuned.

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NO. 5: WATCHING

Scandal, finally! I know, I like to be late to jump on bandwagons. Netflix has been my favorite editing fuel lately, which pairs well with my mainstay of three cups of coffee.

NO. 6: NEED

Some recommendations of your favorite charities. I have some things in the works and would absolutely love to hear about the organizations that you know + support. Shoot me an email at hello@plumandoakphoto and tell me all about it!

And last but not least, a quote I’ve been carrying around this week:

“If you’re living a life you can keep track of in your head, you’re living too small.” - Jay Pryor

P.S. You can follow more casual things over on my Instagram! Come find me, pretty things.