Dear wanderer,

Perhaps you grew up dreaming of receiving your Hogwarts letter, or stumbling upon Narnia. Perhaps you long to visit Pemberley, to Defy Gravity, or to go to the ball. I will write you that letter, and build you that wardrobe. [A metaphorical wardrobe, that is.] Here you will find step-by-step lesson plans with takeaway homework assignments that show you how to embody fictional heroines in the everyday. This means chasing your dreams and making the impossible happen with your own inner magic.

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Sincerely, your guide on this journey,

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escape to the city

^ a view of bath abbey from the terrace of the roman baths

there is nothing quite as rejuvenating as a city. woody allen puts it best in his (masterpiece) film midnight in paris:

how’s anyone ever going to come up with a book or a painting or a symphony or a sculpture that can compete with a great city?  you can’t. when you look around, every street, every boulevard is its own special art form.

after several days of hard work (as you may have noticed), i needed a day of rest, and a day trip to bath was the perfect solution. relevance to my jane austen studies. home to an accredited fashion museum. thousands of years of history. swanky cafés. life. 

considering a career path

^ me and a cauldron thing at lacock abbey. dress: watsons (now ansari), shoes: shoe embassy.

every halloween my sister and i would dress up as witches and run around our backyard, creating our world and identities, complete with cauldrons and potions and other magical accessories. lately, i’ve been hooked on gretchen rubin‘s latest book, happier at home. i’ve just read a section about how  careers often stem from childhood interests. as i have not chosen a career path yet, i can still put this simple, yet apparently useful information to my advantage. perhaps i could be a theatre producer because as a child i would write and direct plays. but actually, i have a better idea. when i grow up, i’m going to be a witch

productivity and lists

^ my macbook air (her name is matilda), my cat notepad from oxford comma, and my favorite kind of mechanical pencil (simple and inexpensive)

my laptop is a wonderful tool (for things like blogging), but especially with wireless internet it is also dangerous, especially when i am trying to read titus andronicus. today i implemented one of my productivity strategies: write down every little task that comes to mind (^see above for result, including closed laptop) instead of jumping on google to look something up or onto my money spreadsheet to input a value i just remembered. too often i consider these little thoughts “urgent” (when they are not), and they not only break up the flow of my work, but open up the entire world wide web of procrastination possibilities (especially during fashion week). after work is done for the day (never as a “break,” because this is always a lie), i work on this list.