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There are thing you’ve been working to let go and there are things you’ve been meaning to let go and there are things that you haven’t even noticed hanging over your head, weighing heavy in all your bags and your pockets. There are things that have been taking up too much space in your heart. This is a week for clearing out some space for yourself. You can drop some of this heaviness, and you can be brave enough to carry the rest. Have your friends over for dinner. Fill your dreams with light.

Shake it off, Pisces. ~Madame Clairevoyant

This is a week for asking questions; it’s a week for getting stranger answers than you expected. This is a week for fitting the pieces of your life together and finding something different than you were waiting for. It’s a week for looking at your world with clear eyes and an open heart and a weird bright curiosity. You might be surprised, this week. You might be overcome by joy. You might not yet know what to do with the answers that you find, and that’s okay.

~Pisces words of wisdom for the week from Madame Clairevoyant.

Thursday musings

If only my hair could do this… Sigh. (Photo from here)

  • Tomorrow I’m checking out the latest addition to Calgary’s nightlife scene: Bespoke. It’s members-only so this might be the first and last time I get to attend, so I’m going all out. Read: There might be glitter. 
  • This song is da bomb. Blogged 50 is the best playlist, like, ever. 
  • In preparation for my upcoming trip to Nashville (are we there yet?), I was watching a short documentary on Doug Seegers, a homeless musician who was discovered by a Swedish television crew. It’s totally fascinating and Doug is an amazing singer. Here’s hoping he’ll be back in Nashville when I visit!
  • When I was younger, I was never able to understand why my parents weren’t as close to some of their friends as they were in their younger years. Today, I totally get it. After a lovely evening with a great friend who was out of the country for way too long, I wanted to send a shout out to all the real peeps in my life. I <3 you more than you can know.

There are always meaningful songs for somebody. People are doing their courting, people are finding their wives, people are making babies, people are washing their dishes, people are getting through the day, with songs that we may find insignificant. But their significance is affirmed by others. There’s always someone affirming the significance of a song by taking a woman into his arms or by getting through the night. That’s what dignifies the song. Songs don’t dignify human activity. Human activity dignifies the song.

Everything Leonard Cohen writes is poetry. Via here

This is a week for weird honesty; this is a week for trusting yourself to find a way through the space between what you have and what you need. Try to be brave enough to say your own true name out loud. Try to be brave enough to go where you haven’t been before. Try to be brave enough to believe in the quiet glowing truth in your blood. Listen to the rhythm more than the tune. Listen to the bass more than the melody. Let the world carry you.

Let’s get weird, Pisceans.

10 things that made me happy, part 109

1. After a LOT of time away from the kitchen, I started cooking again! Check out my fabulous pizza. I also made this, which was good. Next time I’m using soba noodles as a base.

2. I had my first week of work and it was wonderful.

3. My morning commute (40 minute walk through downtown) is an amazing way to start the day. If feels so great to be part of the buzz again!

4. An amazing 3-day visit with L&F.

5. The sun was shining this morning! (It’s not anymore. Sigh.)

6. Getting to wear some of my dresses that have been patiently waiting in my closet for me to get a new job.

7. FBOFW is online for your Saturday morning reading pleasure.

8. Ethnographic experiments with K.

9. I survived a week without naps! I might have to rectify that today though :)

10. All the wonderful people in my life. Love you. <3

10 things that made me happy, part 108 (funemployment edition!)

At the Adults Only Night at Telus Spark… balloons and LEDs and wine!

Today is my last day of an extended funemployment stint. It’s been five and a half months filled with personal and professional growth, tons of friend dates, and many hours of plie-ing! As great as the break was, I’m super stoked to be heading back to work in a position that takes my career forward and will certainly challenge me. Especially the 6am wake up call. 

1. Driving a car that has air conditioning. I love my 2002 Focus, but driving to interior BC and back in a plush car with climate control was pretty exciting. It’s the little things.

2. Catching up with family—many of whom I haven’t seen in months—over the past couple of weeks.

3. Sleeping in and naps.

4. Catching up with two really amazing friends this week over very leisurely lunch and dinner.

5. Outdoor waterslides. Enough said.

6. Leisurely sushi lunches for one.

7. I washed my windows yesterday and was shocked at how little time it took and how much it improved my morning routine (breakfast in the living room).

8. Homemade bread for breakfast is so good.

9. Great things happening for the wonderful people in my life makes me really really happy.

10. Gin cocktails are making me quite happy right now!

This is a week for finding your wildest bravery. This is a week for feeling your heart beat. It’s okay to risk embarrassment, it’s okay to risk falling, it’s okay to feel so much ambition you can hardly breathe, so much desire you can hardly see. Let the bright future swell like the ocean. It’s okay if you don’t know what you’re doing and it’s okay if you don’t know the rules. It’s okay to put your dignity on the line sometimes. It’s okay to be humbled by your wild desires.

Have a good week, fellow Pisceans! (Madame Clairevoyant)