It doesn't get much better than sitting in a cozy coffee shop. When the lighting is just right, the coffee is snickerdoodle flavored, and music is things like Norah Jones and songs from the Oh Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack, I wouldn't change a thing. Lately, this is one of my favorite situations to be in and I can't help but feel totally content. Relaxing somewhere outside of my parents house every now and then is just good for the soul. If you ever need a coffee shop date, you know who to call.
Adding to the cozy vibe is the random bouts of rain that have taken place over the past 5 days. Sometimes is lasts quite a while, sometimes it is three minutes of a monsoon-like down pour. Either situation, I can't help but love when the sky suddenly goes darker, the rain starts to fall, and it makes me feel calm. I've always thought of myself as a sunshine kind of girl but maybe this love for rain is a sign. It only makes me that much more excited to check out Seattle and Portland in the near future. Maybe someday I'll be calling the pacific northwest home.
Although there has been rain, I have still be getting outside and enjoying daily walks. It amazes me that something so simple can be so many things. Eye opening, relaxing, energizing, healing, clarifying, etc. If you need some inner peace maybe you should take yourself on a solo walk. I know for me walking in the fresh air is necessary for my sanity and I'm thankful this need can be so easily attained.
As usual I've also been spending a lot of time painting. I have loved working on a painting each week that is fully fueled by my own creativity and vision. I love to create, but sometimes I like to take a break from work that can be mentally tiring. This week I've worked on a few small projects. First was the open/closed sign my parents wanted redone for their bakery. They just wanted something clear and simple so I used the colors they wanted and spent a couple days mindlessly painting each side. They were happy with the outcome and I enjoyed the easy work that kept my hands busy.
The other day I reorganized some of my jewelry and the dresser they sit on. I covered the dresser with a scarf and used some driftwood to hang my rings. When I was at Michael's, I bought a small paper skull without any plans for it. I decided to paint it gold (no explanation necessary) and put it on my dresser. Because every dresser needs a gold skull. I'll be an advocate for that. Anyways, it's fun to make small interior design changes, even if they don't last that long. It makes my space a little more inspiring and just plain makes me happy. In a couple weeks I'll probably show you how I changed everything again, but that's normal for me.
I'll leave you with a dreadlocks selfie. Just because I like doing that sometimes.