It’s been more jarring than usual arriving home after 2 1/2 weeks away in Tanzania and the island of Zanzibar. I’m not quite sure if it was the longer length of the trip, the nasty jetlag I feel now, the opposing climates ( 95 degrees -> 20 degrees ) or seeing first-hand and processing the stark contrasts between my life and those of another area of the world.

But we’re back! And we had—what feels like such an understatement—an amazing trip.

Tanzania and Zanzibar were inspiring, humbling, spirited, hard, easy and provided all the feels. The landscapes are incredibly beautiful and diverse. The people are warm, friendly and funny. Seeing animals in their natural habitat was downright majestic. I have lots more thoughts and photos ( and a packing guide! ) I hope to put together into a few blog posts soon.

Until then, it’s back to work and the welcoming normalcy of routine. Here’s a few of my favorite links I’ve enjoyed reading jetlagged at 2:30am the past few days while slogging through the dreaded post-trip email inbox. Make it a lovely weekend, my friends.

More peeks of our trip on Instagram: @hollisanne_

The alphabet in space.
 This makes my typography-loving heart happy.

If you’re a design nerd, you’ll love this inside peek at the branding process of Eight Hour Day.

There’s nothing better than home cooking after being away. I made this yesterday ( spicy + delicious ), and this is on the agenda for dinner with friends tonight.

The cutest bowls. ( via Kate )

This interview with a British woman + the Syrian refugee she’s lodging.

In the spirit of the new year ( a month late ), 16 resolutions from humanity’s greatest minds.

One of my goals this year is to read more books ( and less internet ). I loved how to read 100 books in a year, and crossed #1 off my list with this book in Africa.

A little anti-goal wisdom from the Barefoot Contessa.

If decluttering is on your 2016 agenda, I thought these rules were so helpful. I swear by #1 and #17, but working hard on #2 through #6.

Speaking of decluttering… 21 statistics about how much shit we own.

For all my fellow procrastinators.  ( via Kate )

This is so, so good. ( via Rachel )

Finally, this DIY sounds like the perfect way to spend a Sunday. Embroidery party, anyone?

“Truth has its own definite boundaries, but that which arises from uncertainty is delivered to guesswork under the irresponsible license of a frightened mind.” Seneca

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LenaDunhamQuote-BLOGIt's been a challenging one, this 2015.

This past year, I jumped full-time into freelance and found working for myself stretched me in ways ( and places—namely, my aching back ) I could've never anticipated.

Because that's the thing.

Entrepreneurship is talked about and romanticized for its excitement + limitless possibilities, but I've found only a few who will share how hard it can be, especially for those flying solo. You enter into the world of self-employment knowing instability and uncertainty are going to be good friends alongside you on the journey, but when it comes to daily life, others seem reticent to share how they're doing or perhaps more useful, what they're doing to make entrepreneurship work for them. Finding clients, finding good work systems, organizing schedules, balancing deadlines, handling finances + taxes, and more—these are the unsexy realities.

So here's a sliver what it's honestly like. There are big wins and days where I feel ridiculously kick ass for working on my own. There are days laden with anxiety attacks, skipped meals and the constant feeling of, "WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING?!" There's failure. Lots of it. Although I'm beginning to see failure as a positive thing, which I'm hoping to write more about later.

I'm learning it's all in the becoming. I'm getting there—just like you are and we all are—and as long as I keep shuffling one foot in front of the other, everything ends up okay. Maybe not perfect, but good enough. Because life is about so many other more important things. Family, travel, art, food, friends, and trying things for the sake of trying, and I enjoyed a lot of that this year too.

Here's a few of my favorites from 2015, plus a snippet of one of my favorite books that strongly sums up my 2016 goals. May the new year bring you peace + contentment, my friends.

Travel: Tulum, Mexico
TV: House of Cards + Master of None
Book: Essentialism
Movie: Brooklyn ( based off this book )
Blog / Website: Cup of Jo
Article: THIS x 1,000,000
Meal: Girl + the Goat ( for my birthday! )
Most Eaten Recipe: Sesame Soba Noodles GIF: THIS or THIS
Album: Hamilton
Art: My painting from Mara Barringer
Podcast: Serial + The Lively Show
Memory: Camping at Nelson Dewey Park
Purchase: A POLKA DOT JUMPSUIT ( !!! )
Goal: Closet Minimalism
Hobby: Letterpress ( obvs )
Nephew: This punkin'

"My dream is to walk around the world. A smallish backpack, all essentials neatly in place. A camera. A notebook. A traveling paint set. A hat. Good shoes. A nice pleated (green?) skirt for the occasional seaside hotel afternoon dance." Maira Kalman

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Caitlin + Nathan


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Friends, we’ve almost made it to 2016! But before I wax poetic about the ups + downs of 2015, I think it’s best to round out this crazy year with a hefty dose of love.

These two kids, let me tell you… every single moment of the entire day was filled with smiles and laughter. Caitlin + Nathan so obviously love being together—always whispering in each other’s ear, which is then quickly followed up with big, gut-busting laughs. The dusky autumn light and unusually warm day made it all the more palpable.

The wedding couldn’t have been more them. From the made-to-order sushi chefs ( with a custom pineapple-kimchi wedding roll ) to ending the night by serving up scoops of Chocolate Shoppe ice cream as their version of a receiving line, the entire day was relaxed and FUN. Like, so dang fun. In fact, I think it was the gorgeous bride herself who brought ME a glass of Spotted Cow beer and demanded I drink up on the job.

That night, I remember driving home from the wedding—thrusting the stick shift of my beat-up blue car from first gear to second—and feeling so exhaustedly happy. Like I had just been given a gentle reminder from the universe that few things matter more than family, friends, custom sushi rolls, pizza, ice cream and enjoying the mere presence of the one you love most.

Congratulations, Caitlin + Nathan. xoxo

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