love quotes

For Valentine's Day ♡

Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood. 
-Oscar Wilde

We ate well and cheaply 
and drank well and cheaply 
and slept well and warm together 
and loved each other.
-Ernest Hemingway

Will you come travel with me? Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?
-Walt Whitman

It would not be much of a universe if it wasn't home to the people we love.
-Stephen Hawking

you might not have been my first love
but you were the love that made
all the other loves
-rupi kaur


patient february

The magic word for February is patience

Lately, I have been frustrated with my own attitude at the office. By late January, I was already suffering from email and meeting burn out (and complaining vigorously about it). 

I have heard of the idea of setting a single intention each month to guide your focus, and I thought I would give it a try myself. I am starting this month, with an intention to practice patience. 

To inspire myself, some quotes about patience:

If you make listening and observation your occupation, you will gain much more than you can by talk.
-Robert Baden-Powell

Patience is the companion of wisdom.
-Saint Augustine

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.
-Stephen R. Covey

Patience is not simply the ability to wait - it's how we behave while we're waiting.
-Joyce Meyer

Listening is an art that requires attention over talent, spirit over ego, others over self.
-Dean Jackson


it's okay

It is more than okay to do whatever it is you need to do for yourself: to care for yourself, to allow yourself to feel happiness, to protect your energy. 

I often feel like everything these days comes in a how-to manual. Bloggers are trying to tell me what to wear, how to decorate my home, and how to do all the things. Marie Kondo is everywhere, sounding like my mom, telling me how to clean my room. Self-help authors love explaining how to stop giving a f*ck. To be honest, it feels like the same message getting recycled in slightly different wordage, over and over, day in and day out.

It's okay to live your life on your own terms. It's okay to keep something, even if it doesn't spark joy. It's okay to give a f*ck. It's okay not to give a f*ck.

It's okay to remove all of your contact information from your email signature. After all, if you're sending me an email, or receiving an email from me, you obviously know how to reach me. You don't need my phone number and office location. (note to self)