Things I Love 6.13 + Life Lately + A Whole New Way to Send Snail Mail

This week the things I love and my life lately will merge. Seems like such a natural progression, but the real reason is: if I don't get to cooking, baking and juicing soon, all of my lovely farmer's market/u-pick feast will wither away. Plus, this week there is so much to be happy about I mean Orange is the New Black came out early and I, I, I did not even stay home to watch it in my jammies because I went out to pick my own produce. Where I gladly discovered my inner country girl is alive and well, and she's still barefoot in public, too. But more on that later. 

First things first, Brit.co Community Editor leaves her praise-worthy position to enter the brave unknown of digital, solo-preanuership. Well, not completely solo. Alexis and her husband, San, have been toiling away at a better way to send your snail mail. Which is genius, for so many reasons. One of which, is obviously, for family, telling' 'em you love 'em and appreciating your life on this earth and all that. But I'm really starting to think of all the friends I said I would write letters to and then never did. Ok, I probably did once, or twice, but between picking out a card, editing what I'm going to say, and working on my ever evolving penmanship, it kind of fell flat (but I can basically write a novel over text message? I didn't say it made sense.) Enter PunkPost, where they gladly do the work for you, at a moderate fee, something like $3-6, with some pretty epic art work to pick from, to boot. 

My favorite might be those eyelashes up there, or the cracked heels and cigarettes below. That one reminds me of being 21, and not knowing anything, which is remarkably similar to being 29 and not knowing anything. 

#flawless #damnstraight 

So, with a little help you can start sending out a superfluous amount of mail, without having to design, shop, or even write anything on your own. Well, they'll have to be your own sentiments, but they'll do the actually physical writing for you. Did I already share the link? Probably. Here it is again. Spread the love. Pay it forward. Open your throat chakra. Whatever you want to call it, get those feelings out of your head and into the world where they belong. 

Things I Love // The Free Spirited

I am still up to designing my own presets. I'm pretty into it. One of these days they'll be available for sale, somehow, someway. I designed a bunch for all of the Wild Spirit edits, which are all done, I'm happy to say. I can't wait to see what develops of them on their new website. I always get a little bashful seeing my work floating around the web, but mostly in a good way. Oh, and in the meantime I went on another day retreat in San Diego. Can I just say how much I envy San Diego traffic? It lasts for like three minutes and moves at like 50 mph. A stark contrast to us neighbors to the north, where we'll spend all day at a screeching halt to go downtown for like an hour and then head back home, seemingly all at the same time. At any rate, I came back from that one with no pictures, but I did feel like a different person afterwards. It would appear that 2015 has been a year of personal development for me. I've just always figured there was a bit more, more impact, more difference, more to create than what meets the eye. 

Speaking of making a difference, I've seen a couple pretty inspirational things floating around the social media feed. Like this one about wolves re-entering the environment and how Yellowstone changed entirely, for the better. Once again demonstrating how creation is intimately related to destruction, yin needs yang, and sometimes what we perceive as bad is only keeping the balance. Yeah, I got really emotional about this wolf video. 

... and if you want to cry some more, watch Jack Black speaking to this young homeless boy in Uganda. I swear I think it's healthy, let all those feelings surge and move through you. Feeling empathy for people you've never met. It's magical, we should do it when we're off the internet, too. 

Things I Love // The Free Spirited
Things I Love // The Free Spirited

I picked my own food yesterday, a bunch of it. I was also driven to do so barefoot, while singing county songs, the really old ones. Just frolicking, and slipping on dirt piles. I also learned that cucumbers grow on very pickly plants, so picking them is a real bummer. I was only able to get one before my hands went completely numb. 

Things I Love // The Free Spirited
Things I Love // The Free Spirited

I think it bears a mention that my friend Schaffen practically had to drag me down there. We've been friends since the 3rd grade, so she understands my impulse to pent up, instead of going out. 

Things I Love // The Free Spirited
Things I Love // The Free Spirited

This week's Things I Love is basically a resounding reminder that I am very, very single. Which is totally fine, because summer. Summer, in my humble opinion, is always the best time to get attached. I'm gonna put out those vibes for all my fellow single ladies, no time like the present. Hey, but also appreciate your singlehood, or whatever stage you're at, because as we've all learned, it moves by all too quick. That's my unsolicited advice for the day. Also, learn what you love about yourself first, before you expect anyone else to see it ... or whatever. 

Things I Love // The Free Spirited

I really hope someday my hair gets this long. In the meantime I'll keep taking my vitamins. source: Building 25

Things I Love // The Free Spirited

I love this adorable shot. It also makes me wish I could go back in time, or into the future where I have I adorable children. source: Little Bellows

Things I Love // The Free Spirited

So cute. I love everything about this, the color, composition, content. All of it. source: The Goodrich Wife

Things I Love // The Free Spirited

I've really been wanting to incorporate more orange at home. I was never a big fan before, but I guess tastes change. source: The Jungalow

Things I Love // The Free Spirited

Even though the sand here isn't this white, I am always grateful to be near the beach, any beach. source: Makenna Alyse

Things I Love // The Free Spirited

... and also at home, any home. source: TreasuresandTravels

Things I Love // The Free Spirited

I have never seen a mirror this cute before. Ever. source: Urban Outfitters

Things I Love // The Free Spirited

I need more houseplants and also more bright neutrals. source: DigsDigs

Things I Love // The Free Spirited

All of it is so adorable. source: lux et amor

Things I Love // The Free Spirited

I've lived in a loft before. In the mountains in Arizona. It snowed constantly. Those memories are pretty magical, still.  source: Iconosquare

Things I Love // The Free Spirited

More road trips. Always more road trips. Maybe one in a convertible next time. source: Teodorik

Things I Love // The Free Spirited

Preach. source: The Good Vibe

Things I Love // The Free Spirited

I love this palette, especially that sofa. source: Birdasaurus

Things I Love // The Free Spirited

You, Mr. Miller, are correct. source: WordJoy

Things I Love // The Free Spirited

Apparently, this is Berlin, not too shabby. source: Design Love Fest

Things I Love // The Free Spirited

I love this color scheme, yellowy off-white and stark white. source: Simply Divine Creation

Things I Love // The Free Spirited

I need this to happen to me. source: Kale and Caramel

Things I Love // The Free Spirited

Babies, big hats, old cars. The rest of this feature is equally adorable. source: The Grace Tales

Things I Love // The Free Spirited

One of these days I'll get back to working on wooden projects. source: Hello Natural

Things I Love // The Free Spirited

High waisted jeans. I used to have some, but like all pants that fit properly, they got worn to oblivion. source: listal

Things I Love // The Free Spirited

Such a great picture. i need to work on matching this lighting. source: The Wellness Warrior

Things I Love // The Free Spirited

Moms and babies. Moms and babies. source: Birkins and Baseball