Weekly Rundown.

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Here’s a brief pop culture moment for ya: the oh-so-adorable Aidy Bryant got married this past week. Now, I’ve never been the type of gal to daydream about my hypothetical wedding, but when I saw the above picture, I found myself thinking “yeah, that’d be good.”  Short dress, small crowd, wild flowers…I applaud your style, Aidy!
  1. Remember last year when I raved about a planner. (Sidetone: I kind of hate that I just typed out that sentence. Who wants to rave about planners? Missing the days when I raved about fun things, like the glories of oatmeal cream pies and Lizzie McGuire’s intricate hair styles.) Anyhow, Erin Condren planners are pricy, but great. I used mine every single day this past year and if organization isn’t your thing (or heck, even if it is), you would benefit from one as well. Planners begin in July and run through the next year, so order soon! Also, how cute are these designs below?
  2. This article was beautiful, but sad. Really enjoyed this comment: “I once saw an Annie Leibovitz exhibit where she had hung photos of her dying love and then her dying father and her grieving family, alongside these gorgeous vibrant photos of her babies with spaghetti all over their faces and splashing in wading pools… That’s how grief works. For a while, it takes over your whole field of vision, but then it becomes a part of the whole exhibit.”
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  3. And now a happy article to lift the spirits! Three cheers for good people!
  4. How have I not mentioned this book yet? My wonderful sister gave me this book that is full of illustrations and essays from author Mari Andrew. I haven’t made it through the whole thing yet, but I can tell you this for certain: it is fun.
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KAT
Currently listening to “Psycho” by Post Malone

Weekly Rundown.

It’s the weekend. Here’s what I’ve been in to and up to lately…

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In my humble opinion, few shows rival the greatness of Friday Night Lights. And lucky for us, Amazon Prime just released all 5 seasons for our binging pleasure.
  1. I have a thing for tiny homes. Though there’s nothing wrong with sprawling estates, my dream home would likely be more “quaint cottage” than “zero lot line showpiece.” And very few homes are smaller than this one that was featured on The Everygirl. This 175 square foot apartment proves that small can still be a perfect depiction of home.
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  2. Anyone else love reading Refinary 29’s Money Diary articles? Call me weird, but I love seeing how other people spend their money. (And stay tuned, because I might just do my very own “money diary article” in the next few weeks!)
  3. Number one on my reading list right now is Kate Bowler’s “Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I Loved.” To learn more about Kate, check out the beautiful paragraph below and this article from Time Magazine.
    “I became less invested in milestones and also those lovely hallucinations we have… I also decided that my job is not to try to make the world safe. I think I thought you just create a beautiful, Instagram-y bubble for your kid, and then that’s parenting. And then I realized that I was going to be the worst thing that happened to him if it went badly. I couldn’t live with that. I decided that my new parenting philosophy is that I can’t protect him from the pain of the world, but I can show him that there is truth and beauty in the midst of it. And if I can make him that person, then I have won as a parent.”
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  4. And finally, though I’m a little embarrassed to admit this: I, Kat Williamson, have a podcast, affectionately known as the PODKAT. It features yours truly and two of my best friends/co-workers, John and Derek. It’s stupid and goofy, but my friends and I have SO much fun working on it. As my sister Sarah said this morning, “yeah, it’s ridiculous, but that’s what makes it so much fun.” So, if you’re into fun…or just some good ol’ stupidity, check us out on iTunes.
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KAT

Currently listening to “So Will I” by Hillsong

Weekly Rundown.

It’s one of those Fridays where you open all the windows + listen to John Mayer non-stop. In other words, it’s a top-notch Friday afternoon.

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…I can only wish my sink will someday be filled with pretty flowers  instead of the countless dishes it currently holds. If I were a “vision board” kind of girl, this picture would be front + center.
  • Speaking of John Mayer, his latest hit revolves around something we all love…Lush bath bombs. For a song about bathing, it’s actually pretty catchy.
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  • It’s not the first time that artist Mari Andrew has made an appearance on this blog, and—spoiler alert—it will not be the last! Mari draws a weekly cartoon for one of my favorite blogs, A Cup of Jo, and today’s sketch was particularly relevant for me. It’s a funny thing…since my mom’s stroke, I’ve just been kind of off. Grief is weird like that, huh? I’ve been working on speaking more truth to myself, which includes Scripture + good ol’ fashion self-encouragement. (I particularly loved the “child” mantra below!)
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  • It’s tempting at times to feel isolated, particularly during tough or transient seasons, (of which, I currently reside). But for me, the opposite has happened—throughout the past few months I’ve realized how very loved and known I am by my Dallas, Nashville, and Nebraska friends. I’m so very thankful for them.
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Here’s to a beautiful weekend!

KAT
Currently listening to “In The Blood” by John Mayer

Johnesty.

hon·es·ty (ˈänəstē): to be free of deceit and untruthfulness; to be sincere

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We all have that friend who could best be described as “honest to a fault.” For me, this friend is John: co-worker, funniest human alive, and brutally honest compadre.

Want to know if your idea is good or actually just dumb? Ask John. Want to know if that boy is interested or just not that into you? Ask John. Want to know if you look as terrible as you feel? Ask John.

Without a doubt, John takes the cake for being my most honest friend. But please don’t read this as I’m raggin’ on the kid, because that’s actually one of the things I most admire about him. At the end of the day, John’s honesty (or “Johnesty,” as I like to call it) is always sound reason/advice.

We need straight-shooter friends in our lives, but often those type of buds are few and far between….which got me thinking: what other forms of honest truth are out there?

So behold: a compiled list of brutally honest things and people that you can always count on to tell you the whole truth + nuthin’ but the TRUTH:

  1. Target dressing room mirrors
    Hey girl, this is what you look like from all angles.
  2. ATM machines
    Don’t let the credit cards fool you, this is actually how much money you have in your account.
  3. Your sibling who got a first-hand look at your middle school years
    Do you remember when you used to match your braces with the colors of each upcoming holiday?
  4. Your grandma
    I won’t be around forever and your biological clock is ticking.
  5. Panera menus with all the calories listed
    One small mac + cheese = 1,342,4215 calories. Enjoy.
  6. Children
    “Miss Kat, you looked really pretty at the beginning of today, and now you look way worse.” (Direct quote from a child I recently babysat)
  7. Super magnifying hand mirrors
    Have you ever wondered what your face looks like zoomed in? Let’s take a good, long gander at your pores. 

    So here’s to you honest Abes of the world. Your refining ways make us hate you at times but value you always.

KAT
Currently listening to the La La Land soundtrack