Oi oi, tomorrow I'm submitting to my readers a revised draft of my thesis! Then they read it, write up their responses, I read those responses, do my final revisions, submit my final thesis, and defend! Holy bejezus. I kind of can't believe it. Like I'm waiting every day for someone to tell me I can't graduate because of x reason. Because that's totally going to happen ya'll. I'm not kidding. Anyway, yeah. That's my life right now. On to links!

-This post on having a great life without spending a lot of money. A great attitude to walk through life with!
-Eating in restaurants by yourself. I always thought it would be terrible, but it's really not. You get to order whatever you want without judgment at the pace you want and you get to be rude without being rude and be on your phone and you don't have to get up to refill your own water glass.
-This bar cart. So gorgeous and would work in any room!
-This story. Listened to it again last night because I'm teaching it in my creative writing class. Great listen!
-These no bake granola bars. Must make pronto pronto.
-This easy DIY project. Easy, beautiful, functional. What more do you need?
-This stir fry recipe. In my future!
-This video about designing your body and life. I love tips on getting organized and I've definitely been feeling like I need to take more control of my life. Think I'm going to put this binder together this weekend!
-I moved around a couple of pieces of furniture in my bedroom the other day and I'm kind of into it. I haven't done that in forever. I was the kid who moved her own furniture like 6 times a year. Just shifted everything around to try something new. Adults don't do that very much. Mostly because (at least in my case) my furniture is pretty heavy. So yeah. That was a fun diversion.

What are your favorites for the week?

Yours Truly, Jen

Friday Favorites

Blogging just hasn't been in the cards for me this semester. I'm getting ready to graduate, constantly revising my thesis, and trying to figure out what's next for me. After the breakup I intended to take a short break and then be back, and that's not exactly what happened. Anyway, I thought I would start sharing some of my favorite things in life and around the web on Fridays as a way of keeping you updated on what's going on with me and sharing some awesome stuff with you. Sound good?

-This computer/phone wallpaper selection. As soon as I saw them, I downloaded all of them and immediately put the third one as my background on my phone and the last one as my desktop wallpaper.
-This hairstyle. Need to start accessorizing my hair immediately. I have delicate ears though, so I can't do a headband and glasses. So obvi I need to start wearing contacts again. I'm so lazy about it.
-These sandals. Joanna linked to these in her spring wishlist and I became instantly obsessed with the style. Need wedge sandals in every color please!
-This granola recipe. Remember my choose your own adventure granola post? That recipe is super flexible, but this is so different, plus I always am looking for different ways to use overripe bananas and beat the breakfast blues. Win win!
-This coat. It's neutral, but so different from anything I own. I'm looking to switch up my wardrobe a bit, and I'm really tempted to buy this for next year!
-These heels. I have been really into black and white and black and tan heels for a while now, and have yet to purchase a pair. These are so unique!
-This mug. Melissa included this in her spring wishlist and I was instantly smitten. Most of the mugs in our house are Andy's, and pretty much all of the ones I own have been given to me. I'm suddenly itching to start my own beautiful mug collection.
-This show. I was looking for something to marathon last weekend when I was sick and decided to give this a try. I haven't had a lawyer show in my TV schedule for a while, and I was surprised when I got really into this. I've seen previews for this show all the time and never given it a thought, and now here I am!
-This sweater. Story of my life.
-This nailpolish. My nails have just not been cooperative in keeping color on lately, so I'm looking to try something new. Plus, I definitely need some new spring colors!

What are you loving lately?

Yours Truly, Jen

Friday Favorites

-Stay in, make yourself a tasty treat, and watch your favorite romantic films (btw, for those of you with a Prime membership, the Amazon Instant Video Valentine's picks are killing it. You've Got Mail, The Painted Veil, Stardust, Like Crazy, Shakespeare In Love, etc. Awesomeville)
-Get together with a bunch of single friends. Go to a wine tasting or stay in and make pizza, hang out, be around people who care about you
-Settle in with a cup of hot tea or a glass of wine and a good book or magazine
-Dress up and take lots of selfies
-Remind yourself why you love yourself
-Write down 10 things you're grateful for
-Binge on your favorite season of something on Netflix
-Get your blood pumping with some good exercise and take a long hot shower afterward
-Make a healthyish dessert
-Sing your heart out at karaoke
-Catch up on your sleep
-Light some candles and have a relaxing, fragranced bath
-Put on some music and dance
-Try a new cocktail recipe
-Order in your favorite takeout
-Make a snowman (if you're caught in this winter storm!)
-Listen to/watch some good comedy and laugh a lot
-Buy yourself a little something, like a new pair of shoes or a lipstick or a nice candle or a book
-Talk on the phone or Skype with someone you love
-Do one of those millions of crafts you've pinned on Pinterest
-Finally get that new haircut you've been thinking about
-Go on a long walk and listen to an audiobook or podcast

Valentine's Day has always seemed like a silly holiday to me. I feel like you shouldn't need to have a designated day to remind people that you love them. That being said, sometimes we forget to really appreciate life and all that we have and I think holidays are a good time to pause and remind ourselves about that. It's easy to feel sad or lonely on envious on Valentine's Day, but this year, I challenge you to feel differently. Instead of being sad that you don't have a partner to do something special for you, I challenge you do something special for yourself. Whether it be a gift of an object you've been wanting, a food you've been craving, or an experience you haven't made the time for, make this day about you, even if only for an hour. Remember that there are people in your life who love you, and allow yourself to celebrate the love that you do have, rather that mourn the love you don't. And if you get to the end up the day and you're still feeling down, turn on some loud music and shake what your mama gave you. Live joyfully.

Yours Truly, Jen

P.S. I would love to hear about your plans for today in the comments, whether you're single or not, and if you plan to incorporate anything from this list into your day!

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