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Explore | One Little Word 2018

For the last several years, I've participated in a workshop called One Little Word. The point of the workshop is to pick a word to guide your year, then revisit it each month through a series of creative prompts. I'm not always great at the prompts, but I've loved the process of choosing a word [...]


Last year, I was not in a position to set any goals… my life was in shambles, I was grieving, and I was fighting this overwhelming feeling that goals and plans are pointless because the world can just kick you in the face at any moment. This year, things are different. I am still working [...]


Something on Sunday: Back to Work!

Happy Sunday! A couple of weeks ago Jenny at Reading the End decided to launch a little project called Something on Sunday, a way to celebrate the little things in life and share some love for the things that matter most. She encouraged people to blog every Sunday “about something that kept you on your feet that week," big [...]


Briefly | As of today, Sophisticated Dorkiness has been around for nine years. Every year that this space still exists I feel surprised and grateful, but this year those feelings are especially strong. After everything that's happened since last year at this time -- turning 30, accepting a new job, the boyfriend's death, moving, starting the [...]


  Hello? Is this thing still on? The last couple of months have been strange. They felt full, but looking back I can’t really pin down what they were filled with. I’d been feeling worn out, physically and emotionally exhausted, but couldn’t seem to admit that to myself or to really figure out what to do [...]


Working Through the Unimaginable

I don't know how to start this post. Words continue to feel inadequate, and they're really hard for me to put together. But I miss this space, and everything in my life that goes with it, so I'm going to try. Consider this update one tiny step towards finding my new normal. I am... reading. [...]


Dear friends – You may have noticed that the blog has been silent for quite awhile. I wish it were for happy reasons – no time for reading or writing because of our move and the excitement of my new job – but that's not the case. Nate Hebert, often known as “the boyfriend” here [...]


29 Great Things About Being 29

Tomorrow I’m turning 30. To help celebrate, I’m stealing an idea I’ve seen a few other places online, collecting 29 great things about being 29. In roughly chronological order: Sculpture Garden/Minneapolis adventures with Lindsay and Patrick – Technically, this happened while I was still 28, but I’m counting it because I count all of July [...]


For the second year in a row, Trish (Love, Laughter and a Touch of Insanity) invited book bloggers to participate in A Day in the Life, a snapshot of life at the moment tracked throughout a single day. I almost wasn't going to participate -- the last few weeks have felt rather hectic -- but [...]


Open | One Little Word 2016

Anyone who is a bookworm knows that words have power. Words matter, and the words we choose to let into our lives can make such a difference in how we see the world. For the last two years, I’ve chosen a single word to serve as a guidepost and a lens for the year and [...]