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Weekend Reading // 09 + Postcards from London

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The next time I post in my "Weekend Reading" series, it'll be in January of 2015. Is that insane or what? Hope you guys had a great Christmas holiday! One of the coolest things I received is a collection of postcards from London from one of my best friends. I have sort of an obsession with London (even though I've never been there! Need to change that ASAP) and she spotted these gorgeous old postcards and got them for me back when she was living in Switzerland. Some of the postcards are blank and some of have been written on. The people who wrote on them added dates and some are from the 70s, some are from the 50s, and some are even from the 1930s! Wild! They're written in French, so it's a good chance to put my 6 years of French classes to the test. The handwriting is exquisite and I can only hope to be able to have flawless handwriting like this someday. What a neat find. I love that I'm holding a piece of history in my hands when I look at them. I want to read through them (as best as I can and then use Google to help me translate what I can't) and imagine what these people were like, how they lived, etc. These postcards from London have traveled quite a bit and have seen so much. My heart swells when I look through them, imagining what the people who bought them dressed like, what they thought of the photos on the London postcards, and wondering how many hands these have passed through. Why anyone would sell old postcards written by family members, I have no idea, but I sure am thrilled that they're now in my possession. 

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Enough with the postcards chatter, here are some links you should check out:

  • Charlotte posted a little round up of free printable calendars for 2015 on A Little Opulent just yesterday. I love the one by Chantel Emma and the one Charlotte designed herself. 
  • Ever since I said I was looking for podcasts to check out, everyone including my sister has been telling me to check out Serial. I've only heard good things about it and finally looked into it after seeing a post on podcasts by Jessica on Byrdie. The whole first season is done, so I guess that means I'm going to be binge listening to it this week! 
  • People always seem to think they'll have life figured out in their 20s. Graduate from college, get a job, get married, have kids, etc. Well, that's not always how it goes. Ten years ago, I had a completely different idea of where I would be in my 20s. I mean, FIVE years ago I had a completely different idea of where I'd be where I am now. I used to feel like I was behind and that I had some serious catching up to do, but that's not the case at all anymore. I'm 25 and my focus is on ME. Now, more than ever, I'm focused on my personal goals and getting to where I need and want to be, especially career-wise. Beth hit the nail on the head in a post that she wrote about "expectations" in your 20s and I think it's a great read for just about anyone. Just remember that if you feel "behind" and like you aren't where you thought you'd be, you aren't alone! Take this time to be selfish and do what's right for Y O U. Everything will fall into place exactly the way it's meant to.
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Okay, but seriously. Aren't these postcards stunning?