1. Summer nights
I grew up where summer days meant triple digits and summer nights meant barely any relief. Then I moved to Orange County and experienced a not triple digit summer for the first time. I remember sitting in my apartment with all the windows open cooking dinner with my friends, laughing and falling into true relaxation after long hours spent with kids. Summer nights since then have been my favorite, watching the sun trickle down into the bottom of the sky late in the evening. Laughter, wine and joy.
2. Used books
I have a lot of used books. Mainly because my BA is in English and I had to buy an amazing amount of books throughout my four years in college. My favorite thing about used books is not their price, though that is awesome, it’s the fact that someone else read them. I’m an advocate for writing in books and taking notes in the margins and I get excited when I find a used book that someone else has already written in and highlighted. It’s like getting to know them. Getting to see what was going on in their brain when they read that book.
I would like to say I don’t have an addiction, but I do. I am not quite sure where my collection began, but as a kid and now adult who struggles with weight, I think it came out of the sheer idea that earrings always fit. That, when shopping with friends, earrings never let me down. But now, I just love them. I rarely leave the house without a pair on and even when working with preschoolers I think the more outlandish the better. I probably own over 80 pairs, different colors, shapes, sizes, some homemade, many gifted. Earrings I find make me smile and always jazz up a somewhat dreary outfit, or even a somewhat dreary day.
Like I said. I have a BA in English and while for the most part people seem to think it’s a mostly useless degree (except when my mom needs me to prove the fact the word my dad uses in scrabble are not in fact words) BUT I love the years spent researching, writing and reading and the nuggets I picked up along the way because I love words so very much. I think that there is something so whimsical that something someone said years ago can impact me today; be it a bible verse, a song lyric or a part pulled out of a speech. My favorite quotes seem to come from Eleanor Roosevelt. “Do the thing you think you cannot do”.
5. Iced Coffee
I didn’t start drinking coffee until I started working with kids full time. I was a day camp counselor for a high energy summer camp. We were always on the move. So my coffee intake went from nothing to a Starbucks doubleshot with an add shot (for those playing along at home, that’s 7 shots). And thus began my love affair with iced coffee. Now, I’m not addicted, I don’t need it every day, but after 8 months in countries that didn’t ave ice, waking up in Thailand and learning there was iced coffee DOWN THE STREET I freaked out. (Thanks Tiffany!!) Iced coffee just makes me happy and is one of my simple pleasures. My favorite, if we are being specific, is an Iced Vanilla Latte with Lavender.
Meg Reeve is a late twenty something who grew up in a tiny, Swedish village in central California before moving to a more beach like climate for college. She loved the beach and Disneyland so much she decided to stay. She spent years teaching preschool and wrangling kiddos. Now after taking an adventure around the world, she spends a couple days a week sitting in a coffee shop in her hometown sipping an iced coffee, writing, reading and preparing for another journey in Spain where she will continue with her mission to share with others that hope is a verb. You can read more of her journey, ramblings here http://awindlikethis.wordpress.com (and of course see pictures of her adorable goddaughters and way too old nieces and nephews on her instagram/tweeter feeds.