Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Get Over Yourself

Medications & Mental Health

35 personal and moving reasons why people with mental disorders benefit from medication, here
Of course healthy eating, exercise, and therapy can help elevate ones mood or alleviate certain neurosis, but that does not make medication evil or unnecessary. Those who suffer from mental illness do not need to feel weak or guilty on top of everything else they endure, because they are taking medications!

Untranslatable Words

A few beautiful and profound words used in other languages. 

Schadenfreude (German): the satisfaction we find in another person’s failure or suffering. The source of the pleasure (which in polite circles we are supposed to find shameful) is at heart simply relief (rather than nastiness): that another person has been shown to be, like oneself, inadequate and unfortunate.

Litost (Czech): the humiliated despair we feel when someone accidentally reminds us, through their accomplishment, of everything that has gone wrong in our lives. They casually allude to a luxurious house they are renting for the holidays. They mention the glamorous friends they have had for dinner. We feel searing self-pity at the scale of our inadequacies.

Toska (Russian): a refined, elevated and appalling kind of boredom. One is bored not by lack of appealing stimulants but by the very things that are supposed to be interesting: creativity, wit, intelligence, history, the universe. In its religious sense, one is bored by God. Nowadays, we might say – with far less dignity and resonance – that we are depressed.

 Friolero (Spanish): having a special sensitivity to cold. Being friolero doesn’t imply criticism. It’s like being left-handed or lactose intolerant: just a fact about you. The word is affectionate, some of one’s favourite people might be especially friolero – and therefore in special need of blankets and hugs.

Wabi-Sabi (Japanese): the quality of being attractive because of being imperfect in some way. Instead of getting annoyed and upset by imperfections, which are experienced as spoiling something, wabi-sabi suggests that we should see the flaw itself as being part of what is charming. Can apply to pots, furniture, houses – and whole lives.

 Ya’aburnee (Arabic): The desire to die before another person, because of how unbearable it would be to learn of their death. A sense frequently experienced around one’s children.

See the full list of words here!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Craigslist Finds

The genius DIYer & interior designer from Little Green Notebook suggested searching through Craigslist's furniture section for cheap fixer uppers. I heeded her advice, and it only took me one city and 20 minutes to find multiple things I would love to own! They might need a little tlc, but the bare bones of these vintage pieces can't be beat. Try it yourself!

(I want this piece SO bad, but have no where to put it)

Ulla Johnson


Pre-Fall 2016

Julie Cate Photography

Julie is an amazingly sweet and talented photographer who has captured all the moments of my sisters' engagement, wedding and newborn baby! I particularly love the airy aesthetic her photos have, as well as her gravitation towards neutral/white color palettes! 
See more of her work, here.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Poppies For Grace

My niece's first birthday is coming up in a few months so I did a little scrolling around the web today for party decorations, and came across this awesome online store, Poppies For Grace!

They sell all the decorations you would need to create an adorable party like the one shown below! I love the flamingo theme...perfect for a little Floridian.

Plus, just a few of their cute party ware and accessories featured below.
Click on the red link for so much more.

Feminist & Proud!

Follow my Pinterest board "Feminist" for more girl power, here!