06.06.14

ADJUSTMENTS

it’s a new month. life has been so different for me over the past two months. i’ve been adjusting to living in this house alone, and then my friend just moved in for a month or two while she looks for her own place. i’ve never lived by myself, and i gotta say it’s kind of nice. while i love having people around me, it’s been interesting to explore my time alone. sometimes it makes me very anxious and other times there’s no where i’d rather be.i assume that will even out to a more neutral place soon. i don’t normally handle large changes in my life very well, so i am doing my best to stay focused on the fact that this is just a phase in my life.

everything feels very up in the air right now, which is suppose is exciting. my career, my love life…all of it. i was inspired by my friend james from bleubird and filled out this goals list too! i’ve always loved thinking about the future. goals. dreams. it’s fun!

Eating / Everyday i wake up and say I am going to eat healthier and almost everyday i fail. i need to cook more often and not eat out almost every single meal!
Drinking / My drink of choice right now is a paloma (tequila, grapefruit soda, lime juice & salt)
Practicing / Alone time and meditation
Mastering / How to poach an egg
Learning / About myself
Trying / To travel as much as I can
Playing / With my cats
Finishing / The things that I start. I tend to come up with ideas and get too overwhelmed to execute them.
Reading / Was Girl Boss any good?
Remembering / It’s okay to take the weekends off.
Wearing / Striped tee shirts and jean shorts. Easy dresses and pons sandals.
Cooking / I would like to know how to make salads I actually have a desire to eat.
Working / On what makes me happy.
Traveling / Yes please. Just booked a trip to France with some good pals. I’ve never been to the South.
Wanting / To have more dinner parties and to find a therapist. Hey, that’s the truth.

try making your own list, it’s a good brain break. happy friday! -bri

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  • 1. Pink Ronnie  |  June 6th, 2014 at 5:05 am

    Hey Bri,
    Just wanted to say that I’m thinking of you. You’re going through such a huge adjustment, and it’s so generous of you to share part of your journey with us.
    Hugs,
    Ronnie xo

  • 2. Rachael @AppetitePaper  |  June 6th, 2014 at 5:09 am

    This is beautiful bri – love the insight and honesty – Im going to do this over the weekend! So exciting you are going france soon – way to travel and explore. Hang in there clarity will come! XX

  • 3. tiffany  |  June 6th, 2014 at 5:23 am

    yes, #girlboss was GOOD!!

  • 4. Autumn Elizabeth  |  June 6th, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Your poised honesty is an inspiration and I’m rooting for you, tootsie.

  • 5. Natalie  |  June 6th, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Hi Bri,

    I absolutely loathed eating salads but Love and Lemons (http://www.loveandlemons.com/) have so many good ones that I have actually started to truly enjoy them and learning how to make my own salad dressings. Remember chin up as you go through this new life change. It can only get better :)

  • 6. Raven  |  June 6th, 2014 at 7:48 am

    You got this, Bri. Really tough adjustments, but you’re totally on the right track. Happiness & calmness will come, even if you still feel like it never will. Have a great time exploring France, keep doing those things you love! xoxo

  • 7. 204 Park  |  June 6th, 2014 at 8:06 am

    We’re here for you, lady! This list is a great idea. Xo! S

  • 8. Taylor  |  June 6th, 2014 at 8:39 am

    New adjustments are always hard, but from what I see you seem to be doing great. It’s nice to be able to explore yourself in a time like this. I hope you are finding happiness everyday (cats help, always). And we can all use a little therapy.

    xoxo
    Taylor

  • 9. Loli  |  June 6th, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Bri,

    Thanks for sharing so much of your life, even the uncomfortable parts. Traveling with friends cures all.

    xo loli

  • 10. Thabata  |  June 6th, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Hi Bri, I´m writing from so far, I’m Chilean, I’ve recently discovered your blog and I just loved it! The only thing I can tell you is “This too shall pass” I know it is such a cliché but is true, I ended a relationship last year and I had to come back to my parents’ house, it was kind of hard, but I’m glad a took such decision, it was a new opportunity to do everything I wanted.
    Thanks for all your beautiful posts and for sharing!! I really can tell you I know what you are going through. Best Regards from Chile!!! :)

  • 11. Anonymous  |  June 6th, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Love this post bri! Oh you’ll lovvveee the south of France. I was there last year, it’s so beautiful!!<3

  • 12. catherine  |  June 6th, 2014 at 10:57 am

    High-fives, Bri. You’ve got this.

  • 13. maggie  |  June 6th, 2014 at 11:21 am

    This is such an inspiring post. You’ve got this, lady.

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  • 15. Shannon Schnurr  |  June 6th, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    If you have more of an extrovert personality then being along can be hard. But if you have any introvert in you it can be so valuable! I don’t get a lot of time alone these days but when I do they are so re-charging. I guess it’s about a balance.

    And yes to tequila! The best alcoholic drink in my opinion, always makes me feel relaxed and optimistic :)

  • 16. Callie  |  June 6th, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    My talented friend Lyndsay wrote an article about living alone that may be helpful, or at the very least entertaining: http://theeverygirl.com/lessons-learned-from-living-alone

    Big change can be scary, good on you for embracing it!

  • 17. yvonne  |  June 6th, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Great post Bri! You are an inspiration. Wishing you only the best.

  • 18. Maelle  |  June 6th, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Oh how i understand you; i feel like i’ve been making ‘adjustments’ for about a year now…
    Where in the South of France are you going? – if i may ask? – I’m from the south and always tell my friends who live abroad that they MUST come over here whenever they visit France, Paris is overrated anyway ;)

    Hope you will enjoy your trip! and good luck with all the changes; it’s always scary but it gets better eventually.
    xxx

  • 19. Taylor Aidibi  |  June 6th, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    This is a lovely post and your list of goals is delightful. It can be the worst feeling adjusting to being by yourself again. I never lived alone so after my divorce it was scary and sometimes depressing, but there is a lot of positive in Feeling and just Being. Change is always a bit unsettling at first, but change is the best way that we grow. You have a lot of light that you bring to the world, so it is a great time to focus on yourself and your dreams. Best wishes on your new chapter!

  • 20. reni  |  June 6th, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    I can definitely relate. I’ve been going through a little health scare. No diagnosis yet which is the scary part, but it for sure has opened my eyes to whats most important in life. Being happy, helping others, and our loved ones. And I’m guilty of the first photo. Overthinking will be my downfall. Must learn to just relax and enjoy what we’re blessed to have. Good luck finding your happy thought!

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  • 21. Anni  |  June 6th, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Take it from me – I went to Nice, France right after an incredibly painful split and it was the best thing I could have done. I won’t lie and say I’m better – I still have days where I wonder how this all hurts so damn much still – but it did spark something curious and happy in me again.

  • 22. martaisarollingstone  |  June 6th, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Bri, thank you for being you – honest, beautiful, talented, sincere and so human.

    Thank you for creating Designlovefest, that space on the Internet that is inspiring me like no other.
    Thank you for bringing some colour and stripes :) into my life with your every blog post or Instagram photo. You sparkle and you shine you light! Thank you.
    Thanks for introducing me (virtually!) to Jen Gotch, Bando, Jesse Chamberlin and the rest of the gang, you all made an Instagram addict out of me! I love seeing the world through your eyes.

    I’m rooting for you, you are the best!
    Marta

  • 23. Siobhán  |  June 6th, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    I get great salad inspiration from instagram – check out #ttsalad :) Take care Bri xx

  • 24. Olivia M.  |  June 6th, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    I sympathize, same things over here. And that first “quote” or print or whatever it is basically defines me…

  • 25. Kristin  |  June 6th, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Seems that season change. I love living alone it’s nice because I don’t have to worry about other people. I can also keep very weird hours if I need to. I hope everything works out for you.

  • 26. Hilary  |  June 6th, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Enjoy the South of France!
    I have been a few times and I recommend the Rhone Valley wine trail, Avignon, Provence and Nice.

  • 27. Victoria Smith  |  June 6th, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    love you, and will come down and hang out post-france. xx

  • 28. Arianne  |  June 6th, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    I’ve already got a therapist so that’s one marked off the list ;)

    I’ve just started mixing lettuce and spinach together for my salad. as long as I have ranch dressing and croutons, I can eat them fine. otherwise, I prefer not to eat vegetables at all.

  • 29. Yolonda  |  June 6th, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Love this. I have bad anxiety when my life has big changes, so I completely relate.

  • 30. Audrey  |  June 6th, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Awesome post Bri, thank you :) Is there any chance you’ll stop by Toulouse ? It’s a gorgeous city, a must see ^^ xxx

  • 31. Faith  |  June 6th, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Hi Bri!–I’ve checked out your blog every day these last few months since I discovered it–just so impressed with your content/photos/work/but mostly with the sense of you that actually manages to come through!
    I really liked this post, makes one know you/think on their own!!
    Keep up your traveling/travel posts–your adventures make me happy–F

  • 32. Eli  |  June 6th, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    You are a brave, strong girl – such an inspiration. x
    Re. Salads, I love these books – Avoca Salads (the potato salad recipe in this is particularly good!) & Blazing Salads

    btw you are going to love the South of France, there is one little village I can’t resist visiting almost every time, it’s St.Guilhem le Desert, and the surrounding landscape, incryable!

  • 33. aziza  |  June 7th, 2014 at 12:28 am

    may I personally suggest momentumeducation.com for life-changing self discovery!

  • 34. Erin  |  June 7th, 2014 at 2:28 am

    I completely understand how you feel about living alone versus with people. My mum has been on holiday for the last month and it was my first time ever living completely alone and I loved it. It was lonely at times but I’m quite independent and introverted so I felt completely comfortable.

    Love your list by the way – I think I’m going to do one :)

    Erin, beingerin.com

  • 35. Erica  |  June 7th, 2014 at 10:21 am

    I seriously love reading and rereading your blog. And your honesty and courage to share where you truly are in life is inspiring. Thank you!

    Doing a list like this would be a great weekly exercise just to pause and get my bearings.

    As for salads. I love mixing kale and spinach with corn carrots avocado quinoa black beans a bit of evoo and cayenne pepper.

  • 36. Brittany  |  June 8th, 2014 at 4:08 am

    I think everyone should have a therapist :)

  • 37. Erika  |  June 9th, 2014 at 2:32 am

    The best way to make poached eggs: a good dash of white vinegar into the saucepan of water, then small bubbles, small tornado, 3 minutes. That’s all you’ll ever need to know x

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  • 39. Heather from Poppy Haus  |  June 9th, 2014 at 9:48 am

    You are working through it, and it will take some time. I can teach you how to poach an egg and make amazing salads…

  • 40. Ronny  |  June 10th, 2014 at 2:19 am

    I’m going through something like this too. You are much more positive and productive than I do. Give yourself time and do plenty of fun and adventure things. *hugs

  • 41. Caitlin  |  June 10th, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Hi Bri,

    I have been thinking of you too – I know you’ll be absolutely fine because you seem like an amazing person – just continue taking care of yourself the way you have been. Sending happy sunny vibes your way :)

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