I have always loved documenting my days and experiences with images and words. I find visuals to be extremely uplifting and inspiring. I was always someone who had their notebooks in school covered with pictures, magazine clippings, and inspirational quotes. There was always something so encouraging about seeing all of those pictures and phrases that represented how I felt inside, and what I enjoyed about life! Reminiscing on my magazine-clipping days and reflecting on how much those images brightened my daily life inspired me to create a similar space for my current goals and passions: a vision board!
Citrus and Sun is officially one year old!!! I’m excited to share how Citrus and Sun began, the unexpected parts of this blogging journey, and my favorite posts that were so special for me to write this past year!
Home can have many doors. It can be a physical structure, a place, or a feeling in your heart. The word “home” can mean something different to everyone. I do believe in the phrase “home is where the heart is,” but I also believe that our heart can be found in many different places and parts of our everyday lives.
Daylight Savings had me a little crazy this past week. I loved gaining that extra hour of sleep. The sun is now up on my commute to work, and it has disappeared by the time I get home in the evening. This year the time change made me more mindful of the morning and the night, and the feelings, thoughts and memories that these hours bring to my mind.
When you think about yourself as a child, what comes to mind? What experiences do you remember? What emotions do you feel? Do you still feel the presence of your younger self in things that you do today? We all have an inner child that lives in our hearts, and I personally have a lot to learn from mine!
Do what you love and love what you do. I’ve heard this simple phrase so many times, but lately it has been making me question whether or not I actually “walk the walk” when it comes to carrying out and “wearing” my passions in my daily life. Maybe you have thought about this, too? Are we participating in activities that energize and excite us? Or, are we walking down a runway that appears to be safe and stable, yet we are stumbling as we attempt to stay in a straight line? When I thought about these questions, the answers made me realize that some of my focuses need to shift.
We have so many types of “weather” in our lives, and while I prefer the beautiful, sunny days during which I am comfortable and content, I must learn to exist under all types of weather in order to truly learn about myself and experience each day. I wrote this post over the course of two weeks and almost didn’t finish it; I have had a difficult time putting my thoughts into a piece that makes sense to me. There were points where I would stop and feel that the words I was writing did not reflect how I have been actually working through some recent difficult “storms” in my life. This photo is a snapshot of my heart and these words are a peek into my soul.
The quote “Throw kindness around like confetti” is one of my favorite sayings, and one that I see everywhere! I’ve always thought of this quote as the perfect visual behind the idea of using random acts of kindness in our daily lives, but what does this “kind-fetti” truly look like to others?
So first I need to disclose the fact that since starting this post on friendships, I’ve naturally rediscovered the song “I’ll Be There For You” by The Rembrandts. Yup, this song has been playing on repeat in my head, along with visions of our beloved characters from Friends falling onto that big comfy couch in the middle of the city. While I have never blissfully danced around a big beautiful fountain with my friends (although this is totally a life goal), we have had some pretty amazing experiences together throughout the years.
The seasons arrive each year with their own unique puzzle pieces. The music, the feel of the air, the holidays, the food, and the activities can be put together to create memories from these four distinct times of the year. Growing up I remember feeling so excited for the next one to begin! Summer was always extra special though. Summer has its own song, its own feeling, its own language. There is a certain sense of freedom that comes with summer, and an urge to create, experience, and reconnect with yourself and with others.
No goal or thought is impossible, and the journey that you plan is how you spend the days of your life. Your goal trips can become some of your favorite memories! It’s all about, “getting there,” and learning about yourself in the present moment as you take the steps to reach your dreams.
“Statistics prove that you have one birthday,
one birthday every year
But there are three hundred and sixty-four unbirthdays
Precisely why we’re gathered here to cheer!”
-The Mad Hatter and The March Hare from “Alice In Wonderland” (The Unbirthday Song)
“If we could sit together a moment
and talk forever just to pass the time…”
-Owl City (Meet You There)
“It seems strange
How we used to wait for letters to arrive
But what’s stranger still
Is how something so small can keep you alive.”
-The Arcade Fire (We Used To Wait)