Who Not What

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Grad school starts again in a few short weeks, so we’ve been busy over here trying to make time for final hugs and laughs and goodbyes before our siblings leave for school and we retreat back to the dark cave that is our “study room” for the duration of the school year. Change is difficult sometimes. Especially when that change promises hard work and long nights. Thankfully, some brilliant people throughout history thought of particular joys like “coffee” and “Diet Coke” and “iTunes” and “Nerf Basketball” that make the long nights and stressful to-dos a bit easier to handle.

Of course, this “back to the grindstone” mentality has got me thinking about what I’m working towards and what I wanted to work towards back when I was a bright-eyed and bucktoothed elementary schooler. Darrin wanted to grow-up to be the world’s first redheaded Batman; I wanted to be a dolphin trainer {which simply meant that I just wanted to swim with dolphins all day errrryday}. But, as you probably guessed, my interests changed {side note: Darrin still wouldn’t mind being the world’s first redheaded Batman}. I discovered that I didn’t really enjoy holding hands with science…that I preferred books and writing and analyzing and literature and history and philosophy and life out of the water {another side note: Darrin still prefers Batman. To almost everything}.

And just this past weekend, I’ve found my hopes for the future changing once again. The Schmidt girls {comprised of my sisters and my mom} took our dear friend out for doughnuts and coffee to celebrate her 70th birthday {which is the best way to celebrate 70, if ya ask me}. We sat on the patio of the doughnut shop talking about family, friendships, weddings, and a whole lot of other blessings that are too numerous to count, and my mindset about the future shifted once again. The lady of the morning sat across from my sisters and I, laughing about her boldly patterned blouse and her “I liked it so I bought it” mentality with a joy that couldn’t help but be contagious. It’s so easy to focus on and work towards “what” you want to become, but to dwell on the “what” without elevating the “who” makes the “what” seem a bit worthless. I took a bite out of my raspberry-filled doughnut and decided that this rockin’ lady, who wears 70 like it’s 30, knows exactly what it means to live a life all about the “who”s and less about the “what”s. No wonder the morning was so goll darn awesome.

All this over doughnuts and coffee. Absolutely brilliant.

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Shifting gears, as I usually do in these little blog posts, I had to steal Darrin’s American Eagle hat that he must have bought sometime in the ninth grade for this look’s “hair control.” The humidity here in Minne can be a beast sometimes. But fall is just around the corner, friends! As much as I love the summer sunshine and warm breeze, I’ve got a major soft spot for autumn. The colors, the pumpkins, the plaid…and my husband’s bright red hair is basically “fall embodied”…so I’m thinking that my heart is in the right place. 😉

Hat: American Eagle; Shorts: Old Navy; Tee: Gap; Shoes: Rocket Dog
Hat: American Eagle; Shorts: Old Navy; Tee: Gap; Shoes: Rocket Dog

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  • Reply Donna Louise August 20, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Cute post, love your look x


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  • Reply Little Miss Alba August 20, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Cool look, love the cap – I love autumn too, bring it on x Ax

  • Reply Sarah August 20, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Beautiful photos! Good luck with grad school!


  • Reply Hayley Larue August 20, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    LOVE how the city is right behind you!


  • Reply Christina August 21, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Love that view of the city! And what a great reminder to focus on the Whos 🙂

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