Well, well, well. Here we are. It's April — my birth month, the epitome of spring, the fourth month of 2016. As each day passes, I approach turning 26. I've come to enjoy birthdays. They're nothing to be afraid of. It's an honor to age & to be alive. There are people I went to school with or worked with who did not make it to the same age as me; they perished before being able to do so. Here's to relishing life as it comes & to remembering March!
Avocado - Avocados are simply a miraculous fruit. They're hearty, healthy, & so versatile. I'm currently loving avocado toast or even a couple slices of avocado with dinner.
Birthday - My boyfriend's birthday was in the beginning of March. It's exciting to look back over the years to see what's changed & how to keep moving forward.
Cinnamon - I put cinnamon on & in almost everything, especially my morning oatmeal. It gives food a little bit more pizzazz.
Dogs - Dogs are the best. They're fluffy & friendly & some of the best beings on this planet. They always give me the biggest smile because they love unconditionally. Yay for dogs!
Exploration - The act of going somewhere a new, investigating a place you've yet to explore is an experience unlike anything else. You don't even have to go far. Simply walk outside of your house & see what's around. It's that simple!
Farmer's Market - I mentioned farmer's markets in my last 5 Things I'm Loving Right Now ♥ because I'm really digging them. From all the comments, it seems like you guys do too!
Gifts - Out of nowhere, unexpected gifts are seriously so heartwarming. That's all I have to say about that.
Hats - Alright, so the Southern California sun is ready for its appearance. The days are warmer & the clouds freckling the sky are less frequent. Hats & sunscreen are especially imperative as spring & summer arrive.
Ideas - It seems like I'm brimming with ideas but don't have enough time to execute them. Oh life.
Jellybeans - I rarely have jellybeans or anything of that nature, so it was a bit of a fun & unique experience to have a bit of a jellybean tasting with my friend. Pear is the best!
Keepsakes - I am a sucker for souvenirs & not even the ones that you buy. Sometimes I collect little notes or mementos, a present from different experiences like a pressed flower from my trip or a bottle cap from my first beer in Belgium.
Laughter - At the end of a long & stressful day of social media strategy, meetings, planning for events or posts, I need a little bit of laughter. Laughter throughout the day is even better to lift my spirits.
Mascara - Aside from lipstick, mascara is one of my go-to make up products. I feel that much more complete after I put a coat or two on.
Nowruz - The Persian new year just passed in celebration of the start of spring. I went to a gathering with my family & enjoyed lots of Persian food & Persian music. It reminded me of my younger days when I used to attend events like this every year.
Oil Change - My little car needed an oil change & the wait was about four hours. This definitely wasn't the most exciting moment of my month but it was part of my month nonetheless.
Pastels - With the arrival of spring comes the prevalence of pretty pastels. I'm loving a light lavender at the moment. So lovely.
Quality - The older I get the more I'm into quality versus quantity — quality of clothing, quality of blog posts, quality of friends. I wish I understood this when I was younger.
Rosemary Garlic Bread - Nothing beats a freshly baked loaf of bread, except buying one that you didn't have to labor over yourself. The rosemary garlic bread had gargantuan pieces of garlic, which seemed intimidating at first but ended up tasting superb.
San Clemente - You can read all about my various San Clemente endeavors here & here; I had a great mini vacation in the cute, coastal town.
The Flower Fields - I am so thrilled about the Flower Fields in Carlsbad. If you're in the San Diego area during springtime this is the place to visit. The flowers are ridiculous.
Uniform - I'm narrowing down my closet & sticking to pieces that are extremely versatile, pieces I can get a lot of wear out of. A capsule wardrobe sounds more & more like a good idea.
Vocal - Don't be afraid to voice your opinion. Don't be afraid to stand up for yourself or for what is right in your mind.
Water - Shout out to water — the life force of all humans, animals, & beings on earth (& possibly elsewhere).
Xenodocheionology - What the heck is xenodocheionology? The definition is: the love of hotels, motels, & inns. I love the peacefulness & intrigue of staying in a hotel. I'm adoring it more since I find myself yearning for getaways.
Yes - Just say "yes" a little bit more often. Say yes to things you normally wouldn't do — events that you're scared of, trips that seem too far, interviews that intimidate you. You'll see the growth once you start saying yes more.
Zitella - I did a bit of vocabulary searching to make sure my months from A - Z was complete & found the word zitella, which means a woman who's not married. That's me!
How was your March? Are you a zitella? :]
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