June 2013 / Carmen Varner // Lifestyle Blogger & Social Media + Blogging Coach


A Handwritten Letter

Monday, June 24, 2013

He handed me a folded piece of lined paper. It was sloppily folded in half and then in half again. The creases didn't line up. I could feel the raised bumps of the words within it. Either he writes with a fine-tipped pen or writes very hard.

He told me not to open it while he was there, so I put it in my back pocket. I forgot about it for two days until I wore those jeans again. I was in the queue at the post office and put my hand in my pocket. I opened it excitedly, wondering what could be written within.

He used a black felt tip pen. The letters were messily scrawled. I could tell he wrote it frantically, spur-of-the-moment, just as the thoughts were spewing from his brain. It was filterless. The purest thought. I read each word slowly, as if the words would somehow sink into my brain better that way.

He scrawled the date in the top right corner of the page. It began with my name. I soaked up each word like a cold-blooded snake soaks up the sun. I read everything meticulously. Each word sank into my skin and within my bones.

"You pushed me to be the best I can be and I don't take that for granted. Everything I do is for me but also for you."

This is a handwritten letter.

5 Things To Do When You Have a Day Off

Monday, June 17, 2013

It's the middle of June. On any given day, it's pretty amazing outside. I can't help but want to be out and about as much as possible. The sun is shining. The weather is sweet. Just makes you want to hustle your feet. A day off or a day by yourself is a precious commodity these days. Why not make the best of it? Utilize your day. Whether you only have a few hours or all day, you should follow these five ideas for a fulfilling day off.

Okay, so you're off. You woke up, ate a little breakfast, took a shower, now what? 

1. Read outside - Get out of the house as soon as you can. Find a park or a coffee shop with outdoor seating. Bring along a magazine or a book you've been meaning to read. Spend as much (or as little) time as you want there. 

2. Go thrifting - You got thrifted!
2. Go thrifting - Head to a flea market or thrift store. You'll be amazed at how far $10 or even $20 will get you. I went with a friend a few days ago and got a glass cup, a vintage Guess shirt and a floral sweater for under $10 ($7.40 to be exact).

3. Buy a plant - Head to Home Depot or somewhere that sells plants, flowers or succulents. Spend a few bucks on a potted plant. Pick a lowkey succulent or a vibrant flower. Your choice. Plus, plants create oxygen. If anything, you're helping yourself breathe better, right?! A living plant can brighten a dull room.

4. Get creative - Since you're already out, cruise on over to Michael's or your local craft store. Or you can finish up something you've been meaning to do at home. Get inspired to do a project. Draw. Paint. Scrapbook. Take photos. Do whatever it takes to get those creative juices flowing.

5. Get frozen yogurt  - Hey, it's basically summer. It's getting hotter. You've been out all day. You read. You deserve a break. Now it a nice time to relax with some froyo. Try a new flavor this time. Don't forget your favorite toppings. 


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