I love this simple jewelry box from A Beautiful Mess.  Get the how-to here.


Music Monday.

Things I Love About Seoul.

#1 Mornings

I recently read in my latest Real Simple magazine that one of the most peaceful things you can do for yourself is create a morning routine and stick to it.

My morning routine is pretty simple. I wake up, make my bed and put water on to boil for my coffee. I open the windows, set my breakfast table and take a few deep breaths as I fully wake up. And then I spend an hour journaling, praying, reading my bible, using my Oswald Chambers devotional book, and thinking positive thoughts.

Morning has become the absolute best part of my day.

#2 Street purchases and Convenience. 

I live in a metro area, which means I am privy to a lot of convenience. I am just a few steps away from a little market and a few more steps away from a big market (pictured above)

Produce is also sold cheaply on the street, which is fun and easy to buy on the way home from work. It’s so nice to run out of milk, but only be 5 minutes away from having more. It’s easy to get spoiled pretty quickly.

#3 The Subway

Just like any other westerner, I have a car and love to drive. There aren’t many activities more freeing than a road trip, windows down, music blaring. But there is much to be said for a reliable mode of public transportation.

I love the subway for three reasons:

1. I get to read while I commute. I’m currently averaging about 2 books a week. I think the last period of life I had so much reading time was the 4th grade, when I sped through one Baby-Sitter’s Club book a night.  Right now I’m in the middle of Gilead and am loving every page.

2. I get to look for outfit inspiration. My clothing style fits in quite nicely with Korean style and I love looking at all the outfits.

3. It’s cheap. Seriously cheap. I can get just about anywhere in the city and back home for under $3. You can’t really beat that.

#4 Korean Packaging and Overall “Cuteness” Appeal

Korean culture is all-around more geared towards the younger generation. Most older women and young professional females dress the same. The advertisements typically target 16-23 year-olds and that shows in the cute packaging and prints I see all over the city.

I love it! It’s so easy to find things in cute prints and designs that would cost a lot more back home.  And my hair bow collection is really growing.


In celebration of Coldplay’s new album, Mylo Xloto, this post is dedicated to you Coldplay. (Yeah, I just typed that like Chris Martin is a faithful subscriber)

Below are my top 5 favorite Coldplay songs, and let me tell you, this was a tough playlist to make. I started out writing a bit about why I liked each song,  but it just sounded unworthy and lame compared to the song itself.

Coldplay, you make good music.

In no particular order:

1) Strawberry Swing.


2) Lovers in Japan/Reign of Love


3) We Never Change

4) Swallowed by the Sea

5) Shiver

Stay Classy…

… And keep it simple.



Hump Day Wish List.

So excited to read this. Mindy Kaling cracks me up. And much of the funnies we laugh at on The Office, she writes.

Yes, I will buy this book.

I could do this. Will I? Probably not. But I could.

Perfect backdrop: (and how cute is her adoring smile?)

Using books to decorate seasonally:





Note to Self.

I laughed when I saw this and couldn’t help but agree. Sometimes I think, if I had only known then what I knew now!

Remembering how God works all things together for good keeps me peaceful, even in the bad days.

Tough Love.

Confession: I haven’t been getting enough sleep lately.

I really haven’t had enough sleep in a month.

Between jet lag and working an odd schedule and eating dinner late and skyping until 1 in the morning, I haven’t had much motivation.

But all of that hit me today. And boy, am I exhausted.

So this is me, trying to hold myself accountable. This week I will be in bed between 11 and 11:30, and I will wake up between 8 and 8:30.

No more wasting mornings!


Five Favorite Things.

1) Finishing a life-challenging book.  (Just turned the last page in The Alchemist. Incredibly thought provoking! I love it when books align perfectly with my life.)

2) When I french tip my own nails and it turns out perfect.  (and free!)

3) Waking up to the sun shinning through my window.

4) A clean work-space.

5) Oreo-O’s cereal. Nom nom nom.


It’s been a really rough week.

I’ve hesitated to write about it for several reasons:

a) I’d probably start crying, and I’ve cried enough at the office this week.

b) It would make this feel more realistic.

and c) I hate sounding like a Negative Nancy online. That’s what most blogs seem to be used for — to whine and complain. And I never wanted this site to become a  festival of complaining.

But, it’s been tough.

Thanks to my incredibly understanding and wise boyfriend, compassionate sister, and encouraging parents, I am halfway done with my third week — taking this one day at a time.

While Skyping with my parents, my father said to me: “Lauren, sometimes failure simply means a revelation, not that you didn’t succeed.”

And I’ve had a lot of revelations this week.

I’d always thought that I was a bit of a restless soul, feeling wanderlust, desiring to see the world. I felt a void in my life that needed to be filled and I thought that travel and new experiences would fill that.

Instead, I arrived more empty that I thought possible.

But God’s been filling me up, encouraging me in the most amazing ways. Today as I was driving to work, I saw a sign in English with a bible verse on it. This was amazing for two reasons:

a) I’ve never seen it before, and I’ve been riding the same route for two weeks


b) It was in English. Hardly anything is in English.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” Colossians 3:23

Suddenly, working in a job that I despise became a whole lot easier. It was like God sent a giant breath of fresh air in my direction.

He’s been doing that a lot lately.

So now, thanks to Pintrest, this cute print hangs above my computer. Pretty awesome reminder.