I haven't done a life update since July, and I think it's high time I filled you guys in a bit! Today I'm joining the lovely Anne in Residence for her currently linkup. I used Anne's prompts as well as my own...hope you enjoy!


 1. Appreciating: my right to vote, not only as a citizen of this country but also as a woman. I must confess sheepishly that yesterday was my first time ever voting in a midterm election. I began voting in presidential elections as soon as I turned 18, but I never felt compelled to vote in the midterms until this year. I'm happy that I finally did. Local elections do matter, and they directly impact everyone in the community. Did you vote?

2. Posting: less on social media, saving more for this blog. As platforms and algorithms ebb and flow, I've taken some cues from friends and have made not only a conscious decision to unplug more often, but I'm also finding myself just totally uninterested. It's an awesome feeling actually, the whole not caring part. If I feel like posting on Instagram I do, if I don't then so be it.

3. Relaxing: on the beach in Laguna and Oceanside most weekends. I've almost entirely made peace with our Fall in southern California. Naturally as an envious human I want a New England Fall with colorful orange and red leaves but that's just not happening. Below in Laguna, it was a sunny day with a high of 81. Pure bliss. I kept picturing those aerial shots you see in the openings of The Real Housewives of OC.

Crescent Bay in Laguna Beach, Ca

4. Wearing: dark green everything. From my Ted Baker crossbody bag to my wrap top from Target's a new day line, I seriously can't get enough of this rich jewel tone. I included the link below and I got my normal size medium. The jersey fabric drapes beautifully on the body.

 Target wrap top

5. Watching: Man in the High Castle (season 3) via Amazon. Have you watched it? Nate and I have been fans since episode one, and each season has been better than the last. A short summary: It's 1962 and the axis powers have won World War 2. The western part of the United States is controlled by the Japanese, the eastern coast is the Greater Nazi Reich. It's an incredibly well-written and thoughtful take on a dystopian history with enough depth to really grip you. I definitely recommend beginning at season 1.  

6. Researching: developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and autism. 

7. Getting: a new job! Yes, I recently got a job working as a caregiver and special needs provider for an in-home care company. That's why I've been doing research and attending some classes in preparation. I've thought about going into this area for awhile, but hesitated because my background is in Psychology and not healthcare or nursing. But I love helping people and this just seems like the natural next step for me. Would you be interested in hearing more? I can devote a separate post, just let me know. I'm very excited!

How is your Fall going so far? I can't believe it's already November!

Also linking up with Gina and Amy Ann.


  1. Laguna is so pretty, I love it there. Not caring about instagram is the best and has been such a positive for my life and focus. You reminded me that I would love some emerald green in my life.


  2. Noelle! I have so much to say on this post! For one, LOVE your gorgeous new top! Wow, I have seen a lot of designer options in that style and this looks just as luxurious. can't believe it's a Target find. Two, thanks for the show recommendations! My husband and I just finished Jack Ryan (an Amazon Prime series) and enjoyed it, but now we need a new show so I'm going to give yours a try. It sounds great. Third, definitely interested in hearing about your new job. Healthcare is a great industry to be in right now. :)
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  3. Congratulations on your new job! I would love to hear more!

  4. Ummmm, talk about being an envious human. All of the leaves have fallen off the trees here, and it was a blustery feels-like-winter day today, and now all I want is to live in that photo you posted! Also in that top - the color and style looks fab on you. So glad to have you join in this month :)

  5. We just moved from New England last fall and it was magical! We're in San Diego now and I totally miss the changing leaves and fall weather, but we've been getting cooler evenings and mornings and it makes me so happy!

  6. Congrats on the new job! This was my first time voting in a midterm election too. I live in a county though, so the "city" in my address had some elections I didn't get to vote for, but I don't think it was too much more. It's weird how that all works. HAH!



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