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Donuts, sprinkles, icing, pie
Sleepy puppies make me sigh.
A pot of jam
A squirt of jelly
A gleeful rub of fido’s belly
And when you put the two together
It keeps you smiling through any weather!

Sorry for that awful poem. I honestly don’t know where it came from. These pictures are just so adorable it’s making me step out of regular character. But seriously, look at them! They’re just so delightful and comforting. Maddie the Coonhound, you’re a real 21st century hero. You shining, furry, delightful you. And those illustrations of pastries and sweet things are perfect. Ah it all just makes me so happy 🙂

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Just scrolling through Garance Dore‘s pictures of Bali puts me in a weird, mystical trance. In fact, all I want to do is become a monk and live there. Or get lost in a rainforest and be forced to survive based on your instincts and the pulse of the forest..You know what I’m talking about. I’ll get to sleep amongst lions and hear the whispers of mist, leaves, and wild beasts. Cliché? Anyway, I decided to make a little collage/mood board in tribute of that adventurous jungle spirit. I needed a little inspiration to think about in my somewhat dull life.

Hope your summer is going well!

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Here are some lovely things I’ve stumbled upon this week:

1. I could eat an infinite amount of Hokkaido’s Dreamy Milk Toast.

Imagemilk-toast-41-e1348900072608-710x10242. I wish my room was covered with this removable wallpaper by Jane Reiseger for The Wall Sticker Company.

jr_wallpaper_chericheri__51015_zoomjr_wallpaper_pineapple__66462_zoom JaneReiseger_tutti-fruiti-wallpaper3. If only they didn’t cost the price of immortality, a chic pair of pumps by Manolo Blahnik.

pumps1pumps24. A Tumblr-like treasure box of nice pictures at JJJJound.com

trial-7 tumblr_mm0rlwituc1r8bqrso2_500 tumblr_mmnxoozpgC1qlk147o1_12805. And lastly, this gorgeous Italian farmhouse I found on amiusmie.blogspot.com.

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Bonjour tout le monde! Here's a classic quote and photo to brighten your day. And on another note, I'm currently in Brussels, Belgium on a family vacation, and I'll be off to Paris tomorrow, hence the French hello, so look forward to a European video diary once I get home!

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving."

~Albert Einstein

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 “There is another world, but it is in this one.” -W.B. Yeats

I like to sample different worlds. I like to try on how they feel, like to test what they taste like, look like, sound like. When I get bored of the world that surrounds me, I slip into alternate ones as unobtrusively as I can. And I travel to all these different places, fueled by a stubborn sense of curiosity, through movies, music, books, and history.

“To accept duality is to earn identity. And identity is something that you are constantly earning. It is not just who you are. It is a process that you must be active in.”

~Joss Whedon

“This contradiction, and this tension … it never goes away. And if you think that achieving something, if you think that solving something, if you think a career or a relationship will quiet that voice, it will not. If you think that happiness means total peace, you will never be happy. Peace comes from the acceptance of the part of you that can never be at peace. It will always be in conflict. If you accept that, everything gets a lot better.”

~Joss Whedon

I was originally planning to make a page of all my favorite quotes, but I figured I’d rather publish them one by one so that they all get the individual attention they deserve.

First one up is a quote by Joss Whedon on accepting your inner contradictions. Lately I’ve been trying to choose between two or three polar identities I seem to have, but to no success. It’s time to switch tactics and just “be all my selves,” as Brain Pickings, the site where I discovered Whedon’s quote, likes to say. Do yourself a favor, read that enlightening article here. Say no to one-dimensional personalities!