To Do List
- Become this woman. Okay that’s just shy of realistic. Become myself, and look to her (gorgeous, artsy, bohemian, ahhhh?) life for inspiration.
- Learn to make interesting and slightly cheeky/hipster popsicles. Pinot Noir Blackberry, anyone? Perhaps you’d prefer Pink Grapefruit and Rosemary? This could be my thing. You know how your aunt always had that one salsa recipe, or your friend is the go-to margarita guru? I could be the popsicle queen. Crown please.
- Soak up as much Vitamin D this week as possible. Preferably through stand-up paddleboarding on the lake.
- Figure out what to do with all those amazing vegetables from the CSA box. Pass the salad turnips.
- Write more.
- Take my mother’s advice to my sister, which was to “Fill up your life with so much and do whatever makes you happy and set your boundaries. If that means you text him once a week, fine. If that means you talk to him every night, fine. If that means you just absolutely don’t want to talk to him at all, fine! In the meantime, you realize you have this time completely to yourself. Find what makes you happy. Go to more concerts and hang out with friends. Learn to cook and take a class. Fill your life up! If he comes running, great. If he doesn’t come running, okay. This is your time.”
- Take my mother’s advice to me, which was concerning my lack of date to a friend’s wedding. “Never be afraid to be the one who’s there alone. And never be afraid to be a third wheel. It’s never as awkward as you think. You’re young! You’re single and you’re meeting people and this is probably temporary. Go and have fun. I wouldn’t even think twice about it. Who knows? You might meet someone there.”
- Write my mother a thank-you note for being so awesome.
- Soak in the details of all there is to be grateful for. Baby giggles. Friends who drag your lazy butt to yoga. Sisters who adventure. Local vegetables and the farmers that sell them to you. Rose flavored tea. Homemade espresso. Dark red toenail polish. Bare feet and suntans. The smell of coconut oil.
- “You need to be alone when you are growing into a new version of yourself. When you are shedding the layers of who you’ve been like snakeskin, you will need the time to bury who you’ve been. We emerge into our new selves so carelessly – tripping over the edges and unfastened parts of who we have not quite figured out how to be. We need time to adjust to the shoes that we’re only slowly starting to step into.” – Heidi Priebe, Thought Catalog