Wednesday, September 3, 2014

see the world.


italy

get lost in Iceland
surf in Cali
drink goats milk in the Alps
leave a letter at Juliet's Wall in Verona
walk through the fairy pools in the Isle of Skye
take a selfiie in Times Square 
(also at the Bean in Chicago)
drink tea in London
hike in the Rockies 
see the wild mustangs in Virginia
stand under the Golden Gate Bridge
hot air balloon in New Zealand 
go paddle boating in Hawaii
ride an open jeep through the Nevada desert
explore gorges in Norway
kiss the Blarney Stone in Ireland
swim in the Mediterranean 
ride an elephant in Thailand
snorkel in Mexico

Just some things on my bucket list :)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

twenty-one.



3.2.14 --
I did some thinking in church today. I should have been listening to the sermon but my heart was so filled with all that's happened this past year. I'm grateful to be turning 21 this weekend, thankful winter is ending, thankful for Him bringing me out of a long, sad, fearful dry spot (aka, 2013) and bringing me growth and newness and amazingly beautiful dragon-fighting, death-defying people and the release I've been praying for and for crowning me with the desire to be FEARLESS. 
I'm so excited about life right now and Jesus is real, real, real.

3.8.14 --

Today, I turned 21. It was full of friends, cake and chocolate covered strawberries, and my parents gave me an antique 1950's blue typewriter.  And this turning-21 thing? I'm ready to take on whatever hits my path. To dangerously beautiful, radical, wild levels. Let's do this.



Wednesday, February 12, 2014

2.12.14

michaela, marissa, yours truly

:: reading The Hunger Games. finally. i haven't even finished the series yet but guys, i'm hooked.
:: friends, cupcakes, games around the table. i love my local people. i love that we can be ourselves around each other and talk about anything from chickens to God to The Lord of the Rings to hilarious childhood mishaps.
:: watching the Olympics. i'll admit i'm obsessed with figure skating right now. i kinda sorta might know everything about my favorite ice pair/dance teams. this is probably awkward. maybe i should watch skiing and snow boarding to get some balance and because um, i want to snowboard someday... 
:: warm food on cold mornings. why does this make me so happy? gluten free oatmeal with chia seeds... yes. happiness.
:: i went wild over cake this week. giant pieces of absolutely beautiful, decadent chocolate cake. hey, with three family birthdays in one month, you give in at some point. and besides, there was cheesecake between the layers, and it's hard to turn down anything involving cheese cake, so yeah, i went wild with it. 
:: raw spirulina chips. they are soooo good. (wait, did i just say something about chocolate cake?)
:: longer days, waking to bird song, sun on frost. the only thing that can happen now is Spring. 
:: loosing yourself, finding yourself again... or not. being human is weird.
:: wearing two braids and fuzzy socks. cozy is always a good idea.
:: clear, starry nights. people ought to breathe in starlight more often. the world would be a better place if they did. 
:: jamming alone in your room, even though one of the ear buds is blown out. 
:: people will observe, guess, wonder, assume and settle for what they see. but that's all. seeing is not always believing.
:: freaking out because i have so many books out from the library right now but am leaving for Michigan in less than a week and don't have time to read them all.
:: the Disney Peter Pan sweatshirt i bought on Amazon. it's hideously tacky but i love it to smithereens. 
:: my twenty-fourteen word: fearless.

- anna

Monday, January 27, 2014

"hi, my name's Anna, and I like warm hugs"


the cold never bothered me anyway.
-anna

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

behold, all things are become new.


"SHE COULD NEVER GO BACK AND MAKE SOME OF THE DETAILS PRETTY. 
ALL SHE COULD DO WAS MOVE FORWARD AND MAKE THE WHOLE BEAUTIFUL."

 
I've held my breath for this moment since July rains, waiting for that season of aliveness to start, praying things would change. I held it throughout autumn, and still no change. Winter dropped white gifts in the corners of my little world, and finally, as the calender pages diminished, I found it easier to let out a few tired, hopeful breaths as a seemingly endless year ended. Now I can breathe in full again, happy to hold twenty thirteen instead of my breath, stuff it into a box and throw away the key.

2013 was the year the locusts ate. Some of the broken-off, molded pieces still find a home under my pillowcase, behind my eyelids, in the grass cracking through melting snow. But I'm no longer holding my breath. It's over and gone I'm never going back, not ever. And I'm glad, so glad.

-anna

Monday, May 20, 2013

the good things


People that have left, even if unknown to them, a hand print on your heart in one way or another. Maybe they've forgotten about you. Maybe you haven't even met them yet. But you'll never forget them anyway. 


Stories. The ones that make you cheer and cry and ache and shiver. The stories behind velvet theater curtains, in the hometown cinema, in your playlist cue, in the next batch of books you're ordering from the library. The stories in your head. Pretending to be in every one.



Playing out perfect life scenarios in your head. 



The turrets of warm, windy, green tress outside. And every single hidden doorway into Wonderland you can find among them. 

    

Dancing alone. With no partner. Just you and the rhythm, letting the music move you and take you around the room.



Now has anyone seen my shadow...


p.s. STORIA is coming soon! for real. :) just celebrating with a small teaser-post. cheers!