Remember how October's obsessions post was super short? Not this month! A bunch of cool things went down in November, so let's get into what I was obsessed with last month.
|Favorite Instagram: My little family on Thanksgiving. I just love my boys.|
1. Fall. I am a self-proclaimed Fall hater and I've been this way for years. Every Fall, the internet explodes with love for pumpkin spice lattes, scarves, and cool weather while I roll my eyes and dream of summer. I even wrote about some of the complicated feelings I have about Fall over at A Beautiful Mess. (Shameless self-promotion for the win!) But something was different this year. I felt myself getting a little more into the fall spirit and appreciating the beauty this time of year. Maybe because I'm in a better place, I don't mind all the changes that come with Fall as much as in the past. Who knows? Either way, I found myself not hating it so much so there's hope for me yet!
2. Being on HuffPost Live. In what can only be described as a random twist of fate, I was asked to appear on a segment of HuffPost Live, which is the Huffington Post's live-streaming video network. I was contacted by a producer of the show because she read a comment that I left on another blog discussing a recent Huffington Post article about people who are always late. Did you follow that? It was so random but I was so happy to do something I had never done before! Yes, it was embarrassing to go on the internet and talk about my chronic tardiness. It's not like I'm proud of it! But I feel like I carried myself well and it was really a lot of fun to be a part of. My only complaint was that my video was acting up, but the perfectionist in me is really trying to let that one go. :)
If you haven't seen it yet, check it out below or click the link: Don't Be Tardy to the Party
3. Getting a library card. One of the things I wish I did more was read for fun. I rarely pick up a book these days, but I truly miss just getting lost in a really good story. I decided that the best way to fix this was to visit my local library and get myself a library card! I've lived in Los Angeles County for the better part of 8 years (omg I feel ancient) and I've never had a library card! But that's all changed and now I'm a proud library card owner and I'm ready to get reading! Also, in LA County, library card holders get access to tons of free magazines through an app that I downloaded on our iPad! It's pretty cool! Our neighborhood library is down the street from my house and it's a lovely little place that I can't wait to get to know better!
4. The Jesus Feminist Launch Party. I couldn't believe my eyes when I read that Sarah Bessey was having a launch party in Los Angeles to celebrate the release of her book Jesus Feminist. I immediately RSVPd, marked my calendar, and counted down the days until I got to meet Sarah Bessey and a bunch of other bloggers that I admire. When the event finally came, I realized how nervous I was to walk into a room with a bunch of people that I know but don't really know. That's the thing about blogging; you feel like you know people even if you've never met them! Well, the event was lovely and I can tell you that everyone I met was insanely nice and super sweet. I had some really great conversations with some of my favorite bloggers and tried not to get too star struck!
There was yummy food and mingling and then excerpts were read from Sarah's book and the room was so still and electrifying all at the same time. It so beautiful and moving to have a room full of people who were so affirming and supportive of Sarah and the message of her book. At that moment I was so proud to be a woman and a woman of God. It was just incredible.
And then it was time for me to meet THE Sarah Bessey and let me tell you, that woman is just the absolute nicest, most humble, most gracious person ever. I can't even imagine how overwhelming that night must have been or her but she handled it like a pro. When it was my turn to meet her, she actually recognized my name and gave me a big bear hug! I was so surprised she even knew who I was! And then, you guys. Then I started talking to her about how much I loved the book and then, you guys. Then I started crying.
CRYING. LIKE, FULL ON UGLY CRYING. In front of Sarah Bessey. Goodness.
I couldn't help myself. I was so overwhelmed with emotion and feeling not-alone and all I could do was cry about it. And it's about Sarah, yes, and her book, definitely. But it's more about us. All of us, who God just loves and adores so much. I felt that love in the room that night and I felt that love reading Sarah's book and I just feel that love as a woman who knows in the depths of my heart that I am cherished and strong and made to do wonderful things. It's a powerful thing when you realize that you're not alone and you're not crazy and that there are other people who are willing to affirm and support you. It's a powerful thing, you guys.
So, yes. I ugly cried in front of Sarah Bessey and I'd do it again, damn it.
5. Music, Books, and TV.
Music: Literally have had Closer by Tegan and Sara on repeat for the last two weeks. OBSESSED. I'm also loving Still Into You by Paramore, mostly because it reminds me of my sweetheart. November marked four years of us being together and this song felt like the perfect soundtrack to our anniversary.
Books: Finished Jesus Feminist right after the launch party and can't wait to give my official review here on the blog! I want to dive into the some great fiction over the holidays. Recommendations are welcome!
TV: Scandal continues to blow my mind every week! That show will not let up. The Mindy Project has been killing it lately, which is why I was sad to hear that it was going on hiatus until April. DON'T PLAY WITH MY EMOTIONS, FOX! I've pretty much given up on New Girl. It's so awkward and painfully unfunny that I can't even handle it. Too bad, because it started off really strong. Now that a lot of our shows are on a break til next year, husband and I have decided on a new show to binge-watch: Homeland! We love binge-watching gritty, complex, interesting dramas together (see: Breaking Bad, House of Cards, etc.) so I'm sure we'll love this one too!
6. Things I Retweet. My list of links I loved is really short again this month. I'm not sure why. I don't doubt that people have been putting out a lot of great content, but I just haven't been in the mood to read as many blogs as I usually do. I also read a lot of things online last month that made me super angry and ranty on Twitter, so that might have something to do with it as well. Here is a super tiny list of what I read and loved last month:
Subtleties by Austin Channing Brown
Roar by Sarah Markley
10 Ways to Give Back (as a Blogger) This Holiday Season by Ashley Robison
Phew. This post was crazy long! Congrats if you made it all the way to the end. Things willbe picking up on the blog in December. This month I'll be posting gift guides, book reviews, fashion posts, and more Happiness Project updates! So, stay tuned! I hope everyone is having a fantastic December so far and if you liked anything you saw on this list, make sure to let me know in the comments!