Taming of the Shrew: The Aftermath

Friday, April 27, 2012

7th Shakespeare play (and 4th to direct)? Check.
 9 tired, but satisfied cast members? Check.
1 sleepy directress? Check. 

Note to Self

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Dear Grace,

Five things:

1. Enjoy this week - you're playing an awesome Shakespearian character (the most famousest of Shrews in "The Taming of the Shrew") with your best friends for a school project. DON'T stress.

2. Treat yourself to some Starbucks. You deserve it. And a breakfast cookie.

3. Have fun being a redhead for the week.

4. Two words: red. lipstick. Do it.

5. Take a reaaaaaaally long nap.

'Nuff said.

Your Quirky, Go-With-The-Flow Side

The Good Things in Life

Sunday, April 22, 2012

I've been thinking a lot about Life lately.

It's sort of what happens when you're going through a early/beginning-of-life crisis. I mean, what else is a rational 19 year old cooking-addict and bookworm about to graduate supposed to do?

"Two pictures for the graduation invitation or - gasp - THREE???
Should I bake a vegan cake?
I wonder how hard it will be to completely prove everyone who says it's harder to climb higher up the ladder if you go to a small school?
Do I really need to take writing classes to be a good writer?
I think Europe sounds nice; I should take a year off and go eat gelato.
I wonder if you can be paid to give your opinion on coffee flavors....
Has no one else noticed that Jane Austen never went to college but managed to be one of the most famous and brilliant writers EVER? 
Why don't we have a Pinkberry in town?! This "self-serve" fro-yo thing is going to ruin me (wallet and waist-wise)."

I mean, seriously.

Thankfully, when the rest of my small-town-world is going haywire and spilling over like a overzealous tea kettle on a lovely rainy day, there's some things that are always constant.

Like yogurt breakfast bowls.

Super soft and stretchy black yoga pants almost worn to death.

The 5 packages of chocolate stockpiled in my room.

My little sister's wardrobe. It's quite hilarious, but I've utterly morphed into that sister that constantly borrows from the other's closet. Cute jeweled silver sandals? The Little Sister's (yes, she started a blog and it's too cute - go check it out :).

Cute zebra striped bag? Hers. Adorable white dress in the picture below? Hers. Lavender and blue newsboy bag? Hers.

It's gotten to the point where my best friends compliment me on something that I'm wearing and then follow it up with "....is that hers?"

My lovely, soft bed and pillow. No matter how hectic or lazy the day's been, my pillow is always there for me. <3

Blue jean skirts and leggings. Honestly. I love 'em almost as much as my beloved yoga pants. They're crazy comfortable, you look cute and modest, but can curl up or sit cross-legged in them. The scary part? I'm completely in a rut and wear them almost every day.

Send help - and new skirts.

A Fresh (And Tasty) New Look on the Food Blog

Thursday, April 19, 2012

New post and new look over at my food blog, Graceful Eats - go check it out!

Trying Desperately To Breathe...

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Life has its ups and downs. Sunny, perfect golden-dappled days that warm the heart and ease the spirit; days that beg for breezy skirts, ice cream, a smile on your face, and a joyful spring in your step.

And then there's days.

 Days when you're stretched thin. Pushed beyond limits. Asked to carry too much. Make too many decisions. Be accountable for too much. Make grown-up decisions. 
Days where you're uncertain, fearful of judgment, sick and tired of being sick and tired, overloaded with the mental do-to list that constantly lengthens: sweep the kitchen, finish that essay, plan grocery shopping, email that person back, make those important calls, get gas, study, cook three times a day, do wash, make sure you floss, text a reminder about a meeting, Facebook that person back so they don't think you're ignoring them, make it to daily Mass on time (don't forget your veil!), buy a First Communion card, write a thank you note, cook dinner for a friend in need, carve out time to exercise..........

 Those kinds of days when you can't possibly remember or do everything you need to - and when you're  trying to make the right decision about something important, the tables are overturned on you and you find yourself back at square one. 

Sharing this song that sums up those kinds of days perfectly. Right now, I keep telling myself, "It's going to be okay, Grace. Trust God...and keep breathing."

Sounds easy, no? It's a bit harder than you think. ;)

No matter what's going on in your life, take this moment to breathe. It's going to - somehow - be okay.

Following Your Heart (Or Dealing With College Decisions)

What is it about growing up - about the plethora of options and impending, grown-up decisions - that is so daunting and overwhelming?

 Is it the realization that certain decisions like deciding what to study or where to attend college - or whether to attend at all - have such an impact on your future? Change is always frightening, but the past few months have been almost paralyzing...I've always know what I've wanted to do in  life:


 But I've found during the past year that sometimes just knowing what your purpose and dream is doesn't mean you have everything figured out. There's so many variables! And oh, how they've been popping up and throwing my neatly-calculated decisions into chaos....grrr.

 I have a feeling God's enjoying this and doing for my benefit: after all, if I can figure out this college/stepping-beyond-high-school business, I'll be able to handle the future twists Life will throw at me.

 At least, that's what I keep telling myself.

 And just when I'm utterly sick of everything and thisclose to packing my bags and running away to live in England to drink tea and eat scones, God reminds me....

“Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ~Steve Jobs


God gave us passions for a reason - don't you think He wants us to pursue them? :)