Social Sabbatical + Playlist

image :: from this day in april

Never forget that once upon a time, in an unguarded moment, you recognized yourself as a friend. (Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat, Pray, Love)

When I first moved to Raleigh four years ago, I knew no one. I arrived with little more than a big suitcase and new Ikea furniture. On most nights, I went home and got cozy. I journaled, read books, watched TV and took a lot of baths. I frequented a Starbucks downtown (that's still my favorite!) and took myself to the movies. After college, a few breakups and moving from San Francisco, I needed a breather. I savored the time alone.

Soon enough I made friends, met my Mister and got busy being social. I'm a naturally chatty person who most would call outgoing. I talk with strangers in the grocery store. I interview people for a living. I explore new places and spend time with friends. That said, this extrovert craves her spaceand revels in the clarity that comes from stillness.

The past few months were busy, with many days spent running from one place to another. It's fun to make new friends, go out to dinners and have lots going on. I enjoyed all of itsushi dinners, book club, happy hours, bunco nights and craft dates. It was a sparkly, happy time that was a bit exhausting. There were many nights when I didn't get home (or eat dinner) until after 10 pm, only to wake up at 6 am and do it all again.

When I started the Whole Living Action Plan last week, I committed to giving up one more thing in addition to processed food and drinks, added sugar, dairy, gluten, caffeine, and alcoholI decided to take a social sabbatical. A month of kindly declining invites. Nothing against my friends and their fab soirees, but I need some time to hibernate.

The following playlist is to listen to while relaxing at home, cutting up magazines, drinking tea, baking kale chips and laying a fantastic foundation for the year. The links below lead to iTunes, so head over and have a listen. I hope you enjoy!

image :: social sabbatical playlist - jan 2012

Who You Are / Jessie J Los Angeles / Peter Bradley Adams I Am A Wanderer / Steve Earle Moonshiner / Redbird A Change Is Gonna Come / Allison Moorer Go / The Civil Wars We Mapped the World / Joy Williams Mexico / The Staves What the Water Gave Me / Florence + The Machine Daylight / Matt & Kim Good Feeling / Flo Rida Coming Home / Diddy - Dirty Money & Skylar Grey New York / Snow Patrol This Years Love / David Gray Tonight / Lykke Li Walking On a Dream / Empire of the Sun

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Image Credit: From this day in April via Noukka Signe