Five Things Friday #263 - Erin's Inside Job

Five Things Friday #263

Happy Friday!

It's basically been a two day work week for me since I spent Monday-Wednesday in Michigan with Miles (see below for more details). It was just the mental break I needed, and although I fully planned to get work done and a post up on Wednesday, Miles did not acclimate to the new surroundings as easily as I anticipated. My laptop sat on a table the entire three days and I had no time to open it. While I felt bad because this is an important month for mental health and I have a lot of work to get done, I also knew that my own mental health was important and hours of snuggles with a normally non-snuggly baby were something that I needed to be wholly present for. 

I hope that you had a wonderful week. How have things been? How are your states handling quarantine procedures? One thing I'm grateful for is the fact that the weather is slowly warming up and the sun is making itself seen more days than not. If we have to be at home for an extended period of time, I'm at least glad it's not in the middle of winter.

This weekend is Mother's Day, which I've actually realized is one of the most important holidays for me. Miles was around last year for it, but he was less than a month old, so it didn't really feel that important to me. This year, I made sure to tell Neil that I care about this holiday more than my birthday, so just make a mental note of that. HA. It also helped me have a better appreciation of my own mother, who if you're reading this -- a card is in the mail but may be late (haha). If you're celebrating, I hope it's a great one and if it's a tough time for you, I see you. Lots of love.

1. Trip to Michigan with Miles

I shared a lot of this trip on Instagram, but in case you missed it there, Miles and I took a three day trip to Michigan from Mon-Wed. Over the weekend, my need to get out and experience nature became really overwhelming. It's been tough spending most days in the bedroom while Neil is on video calls for work in the living room, and I was really starting to feel suffocated. He suggested that we take a little trip and it was exactly what I needed.

We drove up to Northern Michigan because there were some places that I've always wanted to visit since seeing pictures of them. We stayed at an Airbnb outside of Traverse City (keyless entry so no human interaction was necessary), and then I spent the time driving from place to place to go hiking and just sit with the GORGEOUS water along Lake Michigan. It was really restorative.

Miles had a bit of a tough time being in a new place, which was a new experience for me as well because he's always been fine on previous trips. We didn't get a lot of sleep, but there were a LOT of cuddles, so I will gratefully sacrifice sleep for those any day of the week.

I'm thinking about writing up our trip in a separate post since people seemed pretty interested in it -- would that be something you all would like?

2. Free People BFF Cardigan

I went a little crazy buying cozy cardigans last week, which is also a little confusing considering we are about to see spring and summer here shortly. I figure that I hang out inside a lot, though, and when the AC comes on, I'll still wear them all the time. πŸ™‚

My friend Andrea posted this when it was on sale and it looked so comfy that I had to have it. (Bonus: it's still on sale right now with code WELOVEMOM). I bought it in the oatmeal color, but this pictures shows the actual cardigan better than that one.

It's super soft and cozy and when Miles had his sleep meltdowns on our trip, he fell asleep on me immediately while I was wearing this. It's also really warm which will be great in the colder months. Definitely recommend!

3. Retreat Yourself Hoodie from Lululemon

There was a previous version of this called the Retreat Yourself Pullover, and after a lot of back and forth, I decided I was going to buy it last year. Unfortunately, by the time I went to do so, it was sold out in stores and online and I missed my chance.

Last week, I discovered that they released a similar version and offered it in this light grey color, one they didn't have before. IT WAS A SIGN. I bought it for myself as an early Mother's Day present and I got it when I returned from Michigan. It's so wonderful and cozy and feels really well constructed. I'm so happy I got it.

4. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

I had seen this book recommended all over the place, so I bought it last week and was quickly engrossed. From Amazon:

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

It's a fascinating story, made more so by the face that it's true. Parts are infuriating and sad, while others are more hopeful. I really ran the gamut of emotions while reading it, and I definitely recommend it if you're looking for a good read.

5. Free Mental Health Summit 

I mentioned this last week, but wanted to include it here as a proper bullet point because I've already had a number of people take advantage of the free offer for May.

In case you missed it, last year I hosted a virtual mental health summit and then bundled everything together when it was over for people to purchase and have access to indefinitely. Originally, I was going to offer it at a discounted rate since this month is Mental Health Awareness Month, but I decided with everything going on that it may be best to provide it free of charge and open it for donations if people felt so compelled.

Here is the link to access all the sessions for free plus bonus materials. I really want everyone to be able to have access to some kind of mental health help during this time, so take advantage of it and I hope it's helpful. There's a wide variety of topics, so everyone should be able to identify with something in there.

Again, everything is free, but if you want to/are able to donate, you can do so to my Venmo account (erin-bahadur). Thank you guys so much!

That's all for this week friends! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

5 comments on “Five Things Friday #263

  1. I’m a Michigan native and spend a lot of time in the Traverse City area, but I LOVE seeing my home state from other peoples’ perspective, so if you wrote a post about your trip I would absolutely read it! Your Instagram pictures looked wonderful.

  2. My mom’s side of the family is from Michigan & I spent time there as a child. Northern MI is simply gorgeous & I would definitely read about your trip if you decide to write about it. πŸ™‚
    I read Educated by Tara Westover, as well as watched an interview w/ her that Oprah Winfrey did. Fascinating but disturbing book, & seeing her actually talk about her experiences in person as opposed to just reading about them, made an even deeper impact. It helped me to further understand how growing up in an extreme, abusive, & fanatical environment like Ms. Westover’s, can leave a person disabled in many ways when it comes to functioning outside of that insular environment. She made it out & figured it out, but at great cost when it came to her relationship w/ family.

  3. You need to make a road trip farther up north to Minnesota once things are a bit calmer because there are so many beautiful parks and places to hike. Also, there are a ton of airbnbs up here and you could check out some of the smaller boutique restaurants while you’re at it. So that is my roundabout way of saying you should write up a recap of your trip during quarantine! πŸ™‚

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