Words, Tea and Snuggles: The Blogs I Love

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Finding incredible women through other incredible women is <insert thumbs up emoticon here>.

Every night ends differently around here. Many, too many, of them I barely crawl to my bed and pass out Stone Cold Steve Austin style or squirrel away working, despising the screen in front of my face keeping me up late. The almost-rest of them, I spend some quality time with the Love of My Life. But once in a very great while, I get to indulge in a little, what we call, iGirling.

It's where I snuggle into bed with my laptop in a none-I-hate-you-screen kind of way. More like a cuddle, requiring a hot beverage (right now it's hot watah, lemon, ginger, mint and a smidge of Manuka honey -- sister, the health coach's order to battle the mystery illness) and refreshments, where I delight in my bookmarked blog list. It's a short list, but I only add people to it when I love someone's writing and feel like it inspires me, makes me smile, or think, or sometimes even act. You only become a better writer by reading, and reading writing that speaks to you.

These six women do, to me.

LAKE JANE

Photo of Marie-Eve courtesy of lakejane.com
Photo of Marie-Eve courtesy of lakejane.com

I've been reading Lake Jane for a while now, ever since I met Marie-Eve in Montreal. Our meeting had nothing to do with her blog, actually, but rather about the advertising agency she was an influential member of, whom I was interviewing for IHAVEANIDEA and The Saturn Return Project at the time. She has a magnetic but calm energy, and was super fun to be around and speak to. Later on, her boss tipped me off in a separate conversation that Marie-Eve was one of the top bloggers in Montreal. I took a peek and I've been peeking ever since. She's a mama bear, a creative, an interior designer, a lover of delicious food and she shares all her passions openly with her readers. I love following her story.

Through Lake Jane, I discovered the following two blogs.

DOOR SIXTEEN

Photo of Anna courtesy of doorsixteen.com
Photo of Anna courtesy of doorsixteen.com

I'm guessing that Marie-Eve follows Anna's blog, Door Sixteen, because of their shared love of design and shared talent for interior design, in particular. I tuned in just as Anna was sharing her most recent apartment move and renovations, and her homes are so perfectly designed (right down my alley, minimalist, lots of black and white with spots of color, great patterns... I just love it). Anna has a true creative's spirit and I love the way she writes, with a mix of hope, cynicism, humor and reality. Her Instagram is total eye candy, so there's also that. By day she designs book covers, which is whimsically charming to me, and by night she shares her adventures and loves (and dogs) via her blog.

HEY NATALIE JEAN

Photo of Natalie courtesy of heynataliejean.com

Photo of Natalie courtesy of heynataliejean.com

Natalie Jean is one of those real-life cutest-damn-thing-you-ever-did-see-and-want-to-give-a-hug-to kinda women, which shines through her writing. She's relatable, in the kind of way that makes you want to be her friend in real life. She makes you feel like you are chatting over coffee at the cutest shop as you read her posts. She is so positive, even in the times she is really honest and raw, and she is so in love with her family and New York. Her blog is a ray of sunshine in words. She just released her first book, yay!, and is currently traveling through Europe to promote it. As I've watched her pass through Paris and then Amsterdam, my heart swelled with equal parts nostalgia and jealousy. I love tuning into Nat's adventures.

HITHER & THITHER

Photo of Ashley courtesy of hitherandthither.net
Photo of Ashley courtesy of hitherandthither.net

Through Hey Natalie Jane, I recently found Hither & Thither. We've been acquainted the least amount of time, so H&T still has that new car smell as I get a feel for Ashley's writing and her story, but what I loved about it almost immediately was that I could connect with her posts on parenthood, travel, the two together, and design. I was also intrigued by her coast duality (I've always been, of people who live in or have lived in both L.A. and New York. I don't know. It just fascinates me because they are such different places to live, yet so many people are drawn to live in both). I'm loving Ashley's blog and what she shares so far, and I check it for updates every time I iGirl.

ARTFULLY AWEAR

Photo of Ariel courtesy of artfullyawear.com
Photo of Ariel courtesy of artfullyawear.com

Ariel Maile Adkins, who authors Artfully Awear, is a friend and former colleague of mine. She is literally the light of any room she enters, bringing her love of color with her. She adores color, wears bright colors, decorates in bright colors, writes/paints/draws in bright colors, you name it, she just lives in color. She once gave me a set of markers, not knowing that my love for such a thing could possibly be so high, and another time left a pretty little plant on the desks of all the ladies in the office, just because. Thoughtful and kind. Her blog, though, is genius because Ariel's sense of fashion is inspired by art. It's so unique and I love it and tell everyone I meet about it. This woman is an undiscovered gem and is going (well-deserved) places, that's for sure.

ODDLY WELL ADJUSTED

Photo of Sara and her family courtesy of oddlywelladjusted.com
Photo of Sara and her family courtesy of oddlywelladjusted.com

The last, but never the least blogger in my must-read blogroll is Sara. Oddly Well Adjusted is the story of her family -- rocker husband, older son Kiernan and younger daughter Josie -- in Burlington, Vermont. They are a gorgeous and stylish family. I lived in BTV for six years, and Sara was my yoga teacher, which I highly doubt she remembers. At the time, I practiced pretty sporadically, but she was my favorite. She helped a few things click, and with yoga, that's the only way I made progress in the beginning; people who could help one small piece of the puzzle fall together, allowing me to take a step forward. Sara's writing though, which I discovered I-can't-remember-when, is hysterical. So funny. As a mom, you just nod your head or crack up the entire time and I love every time she posts something. She doesn't post frequently, but it doesn't even matter, because I savor each post when she does, so it's like a little treat. Word candy. Oh, and her Instagram? Swoon. Stunning photos of her beautiful children and our lovely home state.

As you can see, I've found the majority of these wonderful women through other female bloggers. With the exception of Ariel, who I just love, and Anna, who has dogs so it's kinda the same, all of these women are moms who struggle the struggle, but reign triumphant over our every days. I feel kindred spirit to their creativity and the ways they find to express it, their love of being mamas even on the days it's pretty hard, their transparency that those days exist, but their overall focus on positivity, beautiful things and celebrating other kick-ass women. It inspired me to write this post and share my list of favorite blogs with you, to pass the love forward. Finding incredible women through other incredible women is <insert thumbs up emoticon here>.

Enjoy! What blogs are your favorites? Who do you look forward to reading? If not a blogger, who as an author? Please share in the comments below.