> Dan and I are feeling like professional movers at this point. Three moves in six months? Not a record I’m sure, or something to be proud of—we’re exhausted, really—but here we go! We applied for and were approved for an apartment in downtown Richmond last week and will get the keys tomorrow morning!
We’ll be living on the top floor of an old converted warehouse, a common style of living in the heart of downtown Richmond. The city is rich with history and most of the buildings lining the James River had something to do with the tobacco industry back in the day. Our unit has polished concrete floors, seventeen foot ceilings, and nine foot tall industrial windows. I’m really excited to get into our new space and share photos (before and after)!
> One thing I decided I would do this year is go back to paper with my planning and to-do lists. I also wanted to journal a little bit each day. Late in the evening on January 1st I took off to Barnes and Noble to pick up a fresh Moleskine notebook, which I’ve turned into my own version of a bullet journal. I combine the to-do functions of bullet journaling with my own little note-taking and doodles and charts to make it really work for me, and I’m loving it so far! I have a page for my 2016 goals, one for the list of books I’ve read this year, and I’m sure I’ll have a bunch more. Any suggestions?
> I have a ton of links to share today…I couldn’t help saving things even when I wasn’t blogging through the holidays!
- Downton Abbey I rushed back to my parents’ last Sunday night to watch the season six premiere with my mom! Eeee who’s excited?! …And sad it’s almost over 🙁
- I’m gearing up to start reading again, and I already have Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Big Magic” and Paula Hawkins’ “The Girl On the Train” waiting to be read. Friend me on Goodreads so we can see what the other is reading!
- Anne from Love the Here and Now shared some Time Management Tips for Bloggers, but there are a few things in there that could help anyone with time management!
- Summer from Coffee With Summer encourages us to take time to reflect and explains why that time is so important.
- Kaelene from Unlocking Kiki and Van from Snow in Tromso teamed up to write a great post on living life in the arctic, including some of their misconceptions about what life there would be like and what they miss most about home.
- Miriam from Farm Girl gives us a new quote of encouragement for life: “Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it life.”
On the Internets
- Watch the cast of Downton Abbey play Cards Against Humanity again. I think the accents and the fact that we view them as so proper is what really makes this funny.
- This guy sends poems on postcards to strangers he finds in the phone book.
- This guy Skyped with his parents while skydiving.
- Meet the Queens of Botswana’s Metal Scene.
- Why some feminists are choosing an old white guy over Hillary.
- Everyone stop and read this amazing interview with Leonardo DiCaprio on Wired. If you didn’t want to see The Revenant before, you will want to now. Amazing.
- Humans of New York shared his accomplishments for 2015, and wow.
- Stop asking yourself what you want in life. Ask yourself what pain you want in your life.
- The 50 most unforgettable photos of 2015, according to Business Insider. Enough said.
- Norway is offering workshops to refugees to teach them how their society works, especially in how it treats their women.
- My friend Jeff wrote an ode to the Charlottesville Running Man, who just happened to be the brother of a woman I know back home.