Five on Friday | 8



This week has simultaneously gone by slowly and quickly, and another weekend is upon us! It was a good week, filled with wonderful chats and happy hours with friends (every hour should be a happy hour, right?), great discussion at small group, patio sitting, and pretty sunsets. And this afternoon, I’m headed to Ohio for the long holiday weekend to visit my four amazing grandparents and see some other family & family friends. Despite the long car ride, I cannot wait to hug my family and catch up with them. There is really nothing like quality time with my grandparents, and I am so incredibly thankful to spend time with them.


A Cup of Jo has long been one of my favorite blogs to read, and Joanna’s recent post on 10 Lessons I Learned in My Career really resonated with me. It’s such a wise, well-written, thoughtful article, and so much of it I’ve also found to be incredibly true, too, despite just a few years in the working world. You should definitely check her post out, as it’s inspiring and encouraging, as well as knowledgeable.



I showed you my Fall mantle last week, which I love, but I also adore this simple, chic look (and you can’t go wrong with a roaring fire, either!).  I love all of the pumpkins lined up on the mantle for such an effortless and stylish look. White brick fireplaces are just the best & are a perfect focal point for a room.



It was a beautiful week in Washington, DC for lots of walks during work. I’m lucky that my walks often take me by the White House and through gorgeous, flower-filled parks. The sunshine and cool breezes aren’t too shabby, either! And as part of my job, I’m always visiting schools throughout the week, and I love walking by playgrounds filled with laughing children! I hear it’s supposed to rain for the next several days, so maybe it’s good timing to head out of town. Where are your favorite places to stroll?



I just finished reading “Start Something that Matters” by Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS. I’ve long loved the TOMS shoe movement and philosophy: One for One. Simple – yet so very, very powerful and life-changing. For every pair of shoes (and now eyeglasses) purchases, TOMS donates one pair of shoes to a child in need. This book was really an excellent read, and I’d highly recommend it. This quote very much resonates with me, and there is so much all of us can do to make a difference in the world.

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