i have a pretty obsessive personality. there are some things that i have a lifetime obsession with, and then there are obsessions that come and go during different seasons and chapters of life. some discoveries are just so awesome!
here’s a few things i’ve really, really been loving lately:
the royal courts of justice – an insanely beautiful london building that i feel is often overlooked! my friend julia and i met up there the other day to explore. we couldn’t take pictures inside, but woah, the interior is stunning (in addition to the sublime exterior, of course)! we got to sit in on a court case and watch the lawyers do their thing – with their traditional robes and wigs on!
these workout pants i got from the gap the other week. i bought two different colours because i liked them so much. i just think they are so fun with their “chameleon” effect. when i fell running in prague, my first concern was obviously the baby in my womb, and my second was ripping my leggings – not much thought about my torn up skin, haha! the chameleon pants survived the fall! isn’t it great when you have exercise clothes that really make you want to exercise?!
speaking of exercise, i am doing a two week trail of class pass, and have so loved trying classes at different studios around london. i get to explore new neighborhoods, interact with new people, and train my body and mind in new ways. i have done pilates, yoga and barre, and tomorrow i am going to a “pregdance” class – prenatal ballet!
speaking of my body, i am so so amazed and awestruck and fascinated by pregnancy and the fact that my body parts are working together to seriously create a human being. everything new i learn about what is happening inside me pretty much blows me away. how the heck…?! and i am genuinely so excited to experience childbirth, harnessing the incredible power of my body to help our baby boy enter this world outside the womb.
i have been following a few birth photographers on instagram and am obsessed with the images i see. here’s one of my favourites – check out @cordmamas and @birthbecomesher (and those linked from her photos/hashtags) for more (warning: the pictures are sometimes a bit graphic). isn’t the umbilical cord just the most amazing thing?! and the captures of raw, intense, beautiful emotion and sensation are so, so awesome.
the mature cheddar and pret pickle sandwich from pret a manger (a cafe/coffee shop on what seems like every corner here in london!). i maybe ate one of these for lunch four times in a week recently…i don’t know what it is about that sandwich, but i’m so obsessed!
i got this rio sonicleanse face brush as a late christmas gift, and i love, love, love it. i’ve been wanting to try something like this for a while (i’m not huge on beauty products and kind of have no idea what i’m doing when it comes to skin care and makeup and etc, but have been wanting to up my “beauty regimen” a little…) and i wasn’t about to shell out over one hundred pounds for a clarisonic. i think this has got to be just as good. i am amazed at how it has changed my skin!
the daffodils in st. james’s park! we went for a sunday stroll over there yesterday and those thousands and thousands of yellow flowers were quite the sight to see!! they make me so happy!
^^ can you spot the london eye behind the boy?! ^^
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this week i heard from two of my old friends, who have become two of my greatest heroes, with incredibly awesome news that i am obsessed with!
one of the girls i worked with as a counselor at a residential treatment center (my first post-mission job in 2009-2010) was part of lady gaga’s performance at the oscars last night, representing survivors of sexual abuse. i am so, so, so proud of this brave, resilient, amazing girl and all that she has overcome.
one of the students from the eighth-grade class i taught in san jose let me know that she was accepted into and will be attending a summer program at harvard this summer!! mayra has to be one of the most remarkable individuals i’ll even encounter in this life. on her first day of seventh grade at alpha public schools, she knew zero english (can you imagine being thrown into middle school not speaking or understanding a word of the language?!). by the end of the year, she had straight a’s, was named student of the year, and had the utmost respect of her classmates whom she had each and all befriended. she was the top student in my class in every subject. she worked so, so hard and was beloved and admired by literally every one of her peers. our class was named after harvard (each class in the school had a university name) and mayra has had her sights firmly set on harvard as long as i’ve known her. and now she’s headed there!! her employer (now as a sophomore in high school, she’s an intern at cisco) will be funding most of her expenses for the summer program (i'm sure she's a crazy good employee), but she still has quite a lot of money to raise to make this dream come true. check out her go fund me page and donate if you can! i honestly can’t think of a better use of a donation – this girl is going to make a difference in the world!
i'm so blessed to know these two inspiring young women!
life is beautiful! i hope whoever reads this has a really great day.