Price is Right Summer Looks

Yes, it has been awhile. And I can now tell you that my absence is mostly because we are coming to the end of a long renovation on our home. It has been seven months long and we just moved back in. I promise that I will be sharing little snippets and eventually full photos, so make sure to follow me on Instagram and check back in. 

My internet traffic has been mostly to home sites and amazon as of late, but I did notice that Shopbop just put thousands of new items on sale. thousands And you bet your ass I spent way too much precious time scoping it out when I could have been doing countless other things. But, I know where my priorities are and time sucking them on Shopbop is at the top. ha
I put some looks together for us...

This gingham dress looks so comfy, but chic / Love the tassels and white of this Loeffler Randall / Hot pink shoes are always a good idea

Super light jeans are a great alternative to white / Love this embroidered top / The copper color of these slides is so cool

Worship these Hudson skinnies  / I like this update to the off shoulder trend / The straps on these sandals are so flattering

Victoria Beckham amazingness in this flutter dress / This pink bag is a three in one / I always loved these lace up star sandals

 A super soft romper / A straw tote for every day all Summer / Winking espadrilles seem like a need 

An easy off the shoulder dress you will wear to death / This bag is a tote and a backpack. LOVE  / Black and white Vince are so good

I am a sucker for a smocked maxi /  Love the color of this little cross body / The classic Stuart Weitzman wedges in navy 

The most elegant sequin dress I have ever seen / Been coveting one of these Edie Parkers for awhile. This one is cheeky too / Love these sweet block heels 

xo Erin



Dresses, on Dresses, on Dresses

Between weddings, parties, and showers there has been a lot of reasons to look at dresses. I actually think that I over looked. As in there is little that is dazzling me at this point. It all kind of looks the same when you have been on every site and seen every dress (apparently I need to get a life). But, there are some standouts that either I keep coming back to or have something special that makes them stand out. I have already finished my shopping, but here are the others the tI had my eye on. 

These would be so pretty for a shower or fancy lunch
1.  A ruffled J.O.A / 2. This Leith looks comfy, but chic and comes in a ton of colors / 3. Obsessed with this voile Chloebella / 4. I want to wear this sweet little Topshop dress all summer

These dresses would be pretty for a casual wedding or rehearsal dinner
1. Breezy J.O.A for a great price / 2. Love the print of this Keepsake (also comes in pink) / 3. The embroidery on this Carven is insane and on sale / 4. Covered, but flirty Endless Rose

When the invite says cocktail, I would go for one of these
1. Moschino on sale / 2. Channeling Princess Kate a bit in this red / 3. This lace Self Portrait has the sweetest bow in the back too / 4. Dying over this green Mikael Aghal / 5. Ballerina for a night in Needle & Thread

And for formal, but not black tie
1. I have always loved the silhouette of this Yumi Kim / 2. Pretty lace with a sexy plunge by Ganni / 3. Love the combo of classic silhouette with full skirt, also comes in red / 4. LOVE this floral Mikael Aghal that is on sale / 5. This lace maxi comes in a ton of colors by Dress the Population

And for an all out glam night
1. This Shona Joy also comes in red. / 2. A pretty Needle & Thread to stand out in all the black / 3. This gorgeous Marchesa is on super sale / 4. This Rachel Zoe is also on sale / 5. This Solace dress is so chic (on sale)



A Few Favorites

Hi! Back from Spring Break and already hunting new finds online. Retail therapy must help with the jet lag. ha We are off again this weekend to some warm weather (snagged this and this to pack) and avoiding our renovation, but the end is hopefully near. I cannot wait to share some details of what we have done soon. Make sure to follow me on Instagram and let me know if you're looking for any specific fashion or home finds. I love getting ideas from all of you! For now, here is what I am loving and coveting.  

1. My classic Claire V leopard clutch is on heavy rotation, so adding this pink version would up my clutch game. LOVE the print and color. 
2. This pleated shirt dress comes in a few patterns and just screams French girl cool to me. 
3. Little kid flip flops slay me. Mary wanted these sparkly Havianas and the polka dots are cute. 
4. Next time you hit up Target, stock up on these relaxed fit t-shirts. So soft and they have a great drape. For eight flipping dollars it is the greatest. 
5. After our reno is done we are going to need to refresh all the sheets in the house. Loving these sets from Brooklinen. 
6. I am obsessed with this Ouai Texturizing Spray. Part dry shampoo, part hair spray, and it smells like heaven. 
7. Loving this great drugstore score. Aveeno 60 second in shower facial treatment. It exfoliates, softens and brightens while you do your business. Love a multitasker. 
8. I am pretty darn loyal to DryBar Blonde Ale Shampoo, but I loved the packaging and reviews for the R+Co blonde shampoo. So far, love it. 
9. Came across this super sweet custom family tree on Etsy. Would make a great Mother's Day gift. 
10. I have already professed my love of Frame denim and now I really want the white version
11. I have been obsessing over slip dresses lately. Even loving the look of one layered over a tee shirt à la 90s. This black version is simple and chic. 



No Socks Season

Somehow the act of tying not only little peoples shoes, but also my own seems like a lot. Which sounds so ridiculous, but while I wrestle with the kids to get ready to leave (socks/shoes/coats/still wiping yogurt from their faces) the thought of slipping something on and running out the door is heaven. Plus, slip ons work just as great on your way to yoga as they do with a pretty sun dress for drinks. I also love how they look with just a good old pair of skinnies and a t-shirt/leather jacket. 

1. Vince really perfected the style. Love this perforated update $195
2. Have always loved these Via Spiga and they also come in black $150
3. Cannot resist pink and a bow. Ordered these $130 (other colors)
4. Love the gray and poms of these Sam Edelman $100
5. This Everlane pair has a slight wedge. $135
6. This white and beige pair has a great platform and details. $149
7. Classic Vans in stripes $51
8. Love these old school tennis style Calvin Kleins $71 (on sale)
9. You know these have to comfortable from Ugg $84 (other colors)
10. Such a sucker for a tassel from Rachel Zoe $228
11. A sweet update on Keds. Yes, Keds! $54
12. Love these tasseled, moch style from JSlides $134 (other colors)
13. Another classic Jack Purcell. Love $64
14. I like the quilted look of these Steve Madden $59 (other colors)
15. The French always get it right. Own them and love them. Bensimon $55
16. suede and open back make these Vince the easiest ever. $195
17. Pink, cut outs, and a metallic detail from Michael Kors. $119
18. Love these pink espadrilles from Tretorn $100



Arugula, Burrata, and Lentils with Lemon

Sometimes what to make for dinner needs to stem from the question, "What do I want to eat for dinner." Now that seems obvious, but quite frankly what you are eating each evening is probably hinged on many other factors than that one simple question. Time is certainly a huge factor, then there are access to the ingredients, what everyone sitting at your table will actually eat, and any other dietary restrictions you may be under. This weekend though, I asked myself the question while at the market and this is the recipe that came out of it. Warm lentils spiked with vinegar and lemon, draped over fresh greens, with a heap of creamy burrata on top. That is what I want to be eating every meal right now. This will totally change and my kids may have only picked at the lentils (then ate chicken nuggets), but I am definitely going to keep asking myself the question if beauties like this come out of it. 

Arugula, Burrata, and Lentils with Lemon
Imperfect Polish 2017
makes 6-8 sides or 4 main dishes

1 cup lentils
juice of 1 lemon (or about 2 Tablespoons), plus some for serving
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1 cup chicken stock (or vegetable)
1/4 cup grated parmesan 
1 package of arugula or baby arugula
6 oz burrata, patted dry (you can used buffalo mozzarella as well)

Place the lentils in a heat safe bowl and cover with boiling water. Stir, then let stand for 15 minutes. Drain and set aside. 

Meanwhile, whisk together 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, vinegar, and mustard in a small bowl. Stream in 1/4 cup of olive oil while whisking. Salt and pepper to taste, then set aside. 

Place a large skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, then the garlic once hot. Cook for 30 seconds, then add the drained lentils. Stir to combine, then add the bay leaf, stock, and a bit of salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes or until lentils are tender. Let cool for a bit, then add the parmesan cheese. Taste for seasoning, add salt and pepper if needed. 

To plate, place a pile of arugula on the plate. Top with some of the lentils, a portion of the cheese, a squeeze of lemon, and a few grinds of fresh pepper. 

To make in advance: Make the dressing and lentils up to a day before. Reheat the lentils over low heat on the stove. Then assemble as stated above. 



Spring Break Wish List

Though we are headed for both snow and sun this year, I have much more fun looking for warm weather pieces than cold. You get more longevity out of them going into the warmer months. Plus, it is a great reminder that Summer is kind of almost here. I know some of you may be headed out soon, but there is still time to grab a couple pieces to get you even more excited for your trip. Here is what I am coveting...

1. This ballerina style one piece looks crazy flattering. 
2. Love a pom straw bag to hold everything. (stripes is cute too)
3. This chambray jumpsuit is equal parts chic and relaxed. Love. 
4. Gingham + off the shoulder is a winner. 
5. Mirrored shades in a modern shape at a great price. 
6. Cheeky espadrilles are so great. 
7. Obsessed with these silky striped shorts
8. A white gauzy shirt is so chic over your swim suit. (this is cute too)
9. Slides are everywhere right now. Love this simple white pair. Comes in other colors as well. (these are cute too)
10. A versatile cardigan for cool nights. 
11. This draped dress one shoulder could be dressed up or down so easily. 
12. Dying over the flutter sleeves, poms, and stripes of this dress. (Love this one, and this one too)
13. A truly packable hat
14. A cute spotted skirt to throw on with a tank and flips. 
15. A wide leg jumpsuit in pink screams vacation. And the price is great. 
16. A white eyelet dress is always the best. 
17. A strappy sandal that will go with everything. (or these flats)

Happy Travels. 


Spring Forward

"Florals? For Spring? How groundbreaking."

It is true. Florals have always been there. But somehow the recent prints and applications feel really fresh. I am even loving a full blown grandma print. Lady like, but with a modern twist. Here are some options that I am loving, some you could even wear now layered with your winter pieces and later all on their own. 

1. A folky floral print that I am obsessed with. (on sale)
2. The bow and black piping makes this rose print blouse so modern. (love this blouse too)
3. A classic and sweet wrap dress
4. Such a fun and colorful off the shoulder dress. (this one is pretty too)
5. This trumpet style dress would be flattering on almost anyone. LOVE 
6. This dress is what I want to wear every day once it is warm. (this is a fun skirt too)
7. This Liberty print is everything in this off the shoulder top
8. This jumpsuit is so good, bold, but so good. 
9. A pretty skirt to pair with tights now and strappy sandals later. 
10. Love a moody floral and this dress has such pretty details. 
11. A simple silhouette in this flutter dress, but in a pretty blush. 
12 A simple sheath made so pretty with pink and red flowers. 
13. A little boho with ruffles, this dress would be perfect for Spring Break. 



Make Me Blush

Happy Weekend loves. Anything fun planned? We are going to enjoy a good amount of unscheduled fun with the kids and then I have the privilege of co-hosting a baby shower for two lovely ladies. Both of which are having baby girls, which is sooo on trend right now. Well at least the pink part. ha Blush is everywhere and I am digging it. It is an easy neutral to work into your stand by pieces and looks good on everyone. Plus, who could not feel feminine and cheery in soft pink? That is right, no one. Here are some fun pieces in spring's hottest hue...

1. This dress is too sweet and screams "wear me to Easter Brunch!)
2. LOVE these suede open toed booties. Would look great with skinny jeans. 
3. We still need sweaters and I am gaga over this one
4. Love a blush and gold moment. They also come in an oversized square shape
5. The thought of this pretty tulle maxi skirt paired with a body suit or luxe t-shirt makes me so happy. 
6. The perfect jersey dress to wear with flats all day and your fave heels at night. 
7. A blush market bag to hold everything. 
8. All the cool girls are wearing culottes. This jumpsuit, I can get behind. 
9. The prettiest sandals maybe ever. 
10. Because cold shouldering is here to stay and I love the eyelet
11. A little pink seersucker number. Also comes in flat blush.
12. An easy, comfy dress that you will reach for all Spring long. (add leggings now, bare legs later)
13. So I have a strange obsession with backpacks right now. This one would be perfection. 
14. Part varsity sweater, part perfect jean topper. (and later denim cut offs)
15. A classic zipper clutch in a pretty pink. 
16. The go to flats that I always go back to. 



Shopbop Sale!

It is always a great day when Shopbop decides to have a surprise sale. And this one is up to 25% off everything on the site with code GOBIG17 (runs through March 4th). You can find all of the newest pieces they have added here (which is always my favorite section), but the entire site is up for grabs on the discount, so happy shopping. Here is what is on my wish list...

1. Diggin these high waist/straight leg jeans / 2. These strappy block heel sandals are so fun (comes in other colors) / 3. LOVE this floral dress / 4. This leopard number looks so chic / 5. I would wear this stripe dress all Spring long / 6. This DVF dress is so polished, but interesting / 7. Chambray espadrille slides for Spring Break / 8.  The cutest tote for everything / 9. A lady in red moment / 10. A t-shirt dress would a great shape / 11. Worship this fun top (comes in other colors/patterns) / 12. Easy to hide under shades / 13. Been eyeing this suit for awhile. Also comes in plain blue and pink stripe



Best & Worst Dressed: Oscars 2017

 The red carpet action at the Oscars last night was a real head scratcher. While there were some I loved, I also felt like even those were a bit forgetful. No? There were certainly some that were not great, but maybe not so bad that you will remember its awfulness. There was bit of a sadness to the whole thing, but let's find some love in there shall we? 

MVP of the night and certainly on the best dressed list is Hailee Steinfeld. 

She not only was a ethereal beauty at the arrivals, she also killed it at the Vanity Fair party. She has pretty much been on the best lists since she hit puberty, so clearly her stylist is doing her job amazingly.

My other Bests for the night...
Nicole Kidman pulls off the nude look without being washed out for the first time in history and looks stunning. The red lip is everything. Viola went a bit safe, but the fit is flawless and the hair is so chic. While Georgina looks like she may pass out (feed her Harvey!), I love this dress so much. Black with that green velvet trim is so interesting and beautiful. 

Best continued...

I worship velvet and this old Hollywood glam look on Taraji makes me love it even more. The jewels and hear are also spot on. LOVE Olivia's dress. This is fringe done right in my opinion, which is so hard to do. Jessica's hair is unfortunate, but the dress is beautiful. The necklace is questionable, but somehow the whole look comes together. If Brie's hair was different, she might have been my #1. Again, velvet is my thing, so I knew I would like it, but the draping is so pretty. and I actually like the shape of the top (controversial I know!). The hair just does not fit for me. Love the lip. 

These gals did white right...

Chrissy looks stunning. Love this update to a cape/train that Darby (girl from Scandal) has on. Simple, but so so pretty. This French actress's name eludes me, but I love her dress and overall look so much. While the cape thing has been done and that ribbon on her hip bugs so bad, I do think Karlie looks great. Naomi's dress is not dressy enough, right? But I love it and those shoes. 

These are looks that were just a bit off for me. Not bad, but not quite right...
Green velvet is a toughie, but I like this on Busy. Somehow those curves of the dress are a bit off for me though. The size of the top of Emma's dress could be a bit bigger. Otherwise, so pretty. Kirstin's dress looks even better at different angles, but the top was awkwardly fit. Otherwise I love it. Michelle does not look dressed up enough for me. And her make up (or lack thereof?) looks off. Pretty, yes. But she could have done better. 

Alicia wore two different looks like Hailee last night. 
I like the green she wore to the Vanity Fair party better than her Oscar dress. It is nothing to write home about, but ok. This black dress is a bit too saloon gal for me with the corset and ruffles. And the hair confuses me so much. This pains me because I have such a girl crush on her! 

 Emma also changed...
So the gold oscar look was pretty, but just not the right dress for her. She looks so great in bright and bold colors and this is kind of sad. The proportion of the fringe feels strange to me. And then she wins and changes into a blazer and slip dress, which I am a huge fan of. But NOT FOR AN OSCAR WINNER! Good lord, throw on the most bad ass gown you can find and celebrate lady! 

Scarlett went with too much volume for both looks and that cape?button down?sleeve? is so strange on her vanity fair look. The hair for the Oscars was also weird. 

These two ladies in red...

To be fair, Ginnifer was sad about Bill Paxton, so that explains the face. But this dress is just all together too much. And that hair, I will never understand it. I actually like the other red on Ruth. But along with the red eye, red lip, red hair piece, and red earring, it is a no. 

In other news...
How is it possible to dress two of the smallest people that walk the earth in unflattering gowns??? I saw Charlize's dress at other angles and it looked even worse. Felicity's could be so pretty too, but the color washes her out and the waist clearly is not showing her skeleton frame well enough. ha

And to round out the worst...
Halle had a lot of hair going on, which fine. But the dress is cheesy and that weird sash hanging down bugs. Janelle went for it, which I appreciate. But it is too much. The volume, all the texture/applique, the neck piece, the crown, the illusion. It is too much look for sure. Oh Dakota. Let's start with the hair, which is very Little House on the Prairie. Then the WRINKLED vintage gown. Which on it's own may have worked? Probably not, but with the hair it is a mess. And Leslie, I love the color, I even love the volume. But it is just too much volume and that extra tie bow in the front kills me. Love her hair and make up per usual. 

Just because I cannot help myself...
Selma has little girl hair and did she have a facelift? She is so pretty! Why oh why would be mess with a face like that! And Kristen is painfully small. I hate to shame anyone, but it is hard to look at and I know for a fact she does not eat cheeseburgers. Or probably cheese for that matter. 

The Vanity Fair Party has some memorable looks. Both good and bad...

RHW Slays
Even with a bump. 

I loved all of these sparkly numbers. I know Thandie's is a bit out there, but I love shape and embellished shoulders. You know I hate an illusion, but somehow this one feels fun and ready for a dance party. Allison looks painfully thin, wow. But This dress is so pretty and I love her make up (hope she had in n out there). Amanda has been missing the mark lately, bit this simple dress is so fun in metallic. J Anniston vamps it up and pulls off wearing her hair down and straight to a black tie event like no other. 

I loved all of the long sleeves. I would wear any of these in a hot second. Kelly is a bit out of the box in her tux and I like it. 

Two feminine looks I loved. Kate went full princess and looks like Grace Kelly. Not one other person on earth could convince me that this dress was pretty, but Kate does. Even that strange skirt portion feels right for spinning on the dance floor. 

And of course there were some that I will remember for the wrong reasons...
Ah, I love Mindy but this is horrible. Jessica went for a I dream of jeanie/50s housewife robe look? Not diggin it. You know I love Diane, but that sash hanging there makes me angry. And Gabrielle is a beautiful gal, but a half gown/half bikini is a no. 

Thoughts? Would love to hear from you! 


Refreshing a Space One Item at a Time

Like most people, when it is time to refresh a room's decor I start with one or two elements. A new rug, a new light fixture, a new chair or two. While we like to believe that everyone has the funds to redo an entire room from paint to furniture to rugs to lighting all in one magically swoop, that is not most people's reality. I know Pinterest has us thinking differently. So until the decorating gods bestow us with an unlimited budget, I pulled some of my favorite current home pieces that could easily be swapped into many different spaces for a quick, but highly satisfying refresh. 
1. I am eyeing these pretty chairs for our kitchen. They come in a bunch of colors and I love the natural fiber seat. 
2. & 3. Love these two side tables. The gray (comes in other colors too) has such great texture and the x base option has great lines. Comes in white as well. 
4. This is a such a pretty oushak rug. 
5. A big reclaimed farm table that can adjust for bigger parties. 
6. These dining chairs are perfect for a kitchen and come in a ton of colors. A nice modern update to a windsor. 
7. A soft jute rug with a banding that comes in different colors. PB Kids, not just for kids rooms! 
8. Love the shape and slightly rustic feel of this chandelier
9. Love this black and white spindle chair. Comes in a stripe as well. 
10. Spendy, but I LOVE this coffee table. Storage and a coastal feel is a win. 

Any great finds your obsessing over? 


Layer Up

This winter is so strange and somehow there is no way to not think about Spring in February. Mostly because it felt like it all weekend. I know some of you are hidden under snow and wet from the endless rain as well, so thinking of warmer temps and fun Spring looks is probably welcome. The transition from Winter to Spring is usually the time when your jackets and sweaters get the most use. Here are some looks that will be perfect for those in-between times of warmth and cold and quite frankly right now. 



Currently Coveting

I was at the mall last week for the first time in awhile, solo at that. Which was, not going to lie, glorious. I wandered aimlessly at Sephora to stock up on some essentials and of course picked up some new things to try (obsessed with this). Tried on one million things at Zara (did not buy anything). Hit up Apple to get a new charging cord that would not split. And spent some serious time at Nordstrom, but ended up taking note of things I liked and looked at them online. Which is insane, right? Do you do that too? I like keeping my wish list all in one place where I can see it, then pulling the trigger from the comfort of my own home. ha And then it is fun to share with you, obviously. So here are my current loves that are sitting in their respective carts, that I wish would magically appear at my front door. 

1. I did spot this dress on my Mall visit and it is the perfect weight. Something I would wear to its death come Spring. 
2. I am having a love affair with Loeffler Randall right now. And these sweet sandals with gold stars would be so great with skinny jeans in the spring and flouncy dresses in the summer. (comes in other colors)
3. Not that leather strap watches have ever been out of style, but there seems to be more of of them after the metal watch craziness of the last few years. This black one is so chic. 
4. J. Crew factory is having a site wide 50% off sale through the weekend. I would love these PJs and they always have good staples for kids. 
5. Again, Loeffler Randall love affair. I think I have been looked at every single bootie on the internet and this one seems to be the magic pair. (also comes in in all black)
6. My top game is poor right now. Every time I put on jeans I do not have a lot of options staring back at me from the closet. I would like to bite the bullet and just order three of these silk shirts ($88!) and wear one every day. They also come in a slim version and lots of color options. 
7. My Claire V clutch is always my go to for a night out and I would like another small option to grab that goes with everything. I love the mixed material of this Cuyana one that also comes in other colors. (this one would be fun too. And this)
8. I have lusted after a couple of these Serena & Lily stools for my closet, but this version is a lot more budget friendly and could be used in a million ways. 



Current Favorites

This time of year always has me concentrated more on staying in, hanging with the kids in sweats, and distracting myself from the winter cold (which we have a lot more of. ugh). My slow cooker is on full rotation, my one coffee has turned into two, and pajama days are happening way more often. Totally fine with it. In addition to those cozy days, here are my current favorites.  

1. I have taken my Housewives fandom to a new level and started listening to the Bitch Sesh Podcast each week. The hosts (Casey Wilson from SNL and Happy Endings & Danielle Schneider who I do not know, but now love) are insanely funny talking all things Bravo and beyond. So when I am in my car for long stretches I feel like I am gabbing with girlfriends about Erika Jayne and Caroline Stansbury. Love it. (ps: podcasts are free if you have not tried one yet!)
2. My lips are constantly dry right now. This Avène Cold Cream Lip Balm is so dreamy. It is thick, cool, and actually softens them up. 
3. This eye cream is a bit of an investment. But I have been using it for almost a year now and swear it works better than anything I have ever tried. It is also gentle, so no harsh redness. 
4. I needed a good girly suspense book next and so far Truly, Madly, Guilty is proven to be just as good as the author's other book, Big Little Lies
5. I am having love affair with these FRAME jeans. I swear they feel like your most comfortable leggings. So comfy, but slimming, and the perfect length. 
6. On the my last plane ride I watched four episodes of Divorce with SJP. Have you watched it? It was surprisingly hilarious. It is on HBO on Demand. 
7. It is most definitely red wine season and this Zinfandel is everything. Smooth, full bodied, but not a lot of tannins. It has also been easy to find. Heinous, Binny's, and beyond. 
8. We just ordered this tile for our mudroom/laundry room and while I tortured myself with the decision, I have loved this style for so long I figure I will for a long to come. Natural wood lockers with brass hardware are next. 
9. These Brain Flakes are a great alternative to legos if your kids need extra indoor activities. I even brought a bag of them with on our trip, which I was grateful for and they took up no space. (this is also helping with cabin fever. Oh and this)

Happy Weekend loves. 


The View From Above

While flying home on our last trip, I glanced out the window high above the clouds. I have been on many flights over my lifetime and enjoyed that majestic view from above. But for some reason this day it had me thinking. 

My thoughts went to all the many people below. The millions that we would fly over across the country. All much different from each other. 

People of many colors, who have grown up in very different families, who study or don't study a particular religion, who have been raised with different value systems, who have or have not been exposed to each others cultures, and who all face much different hardships. 

It is quite the tapestry and beyond complicated. We cannot pretend that we understand every one's struggles, opinions, and value sets. It is not possible. We can only hope to embrace our differences and respect that we are all living much different lives. Respect being the most important piece. 

Listening is a huge gateway to understanding. I know I am trying to do more of it during these times. Which can be difficult given all the noise surrounding our country's current divide. The world has painted us all in black and white (or good vs evil) and we know we are better than that. It is the gray that we all must lie in. The area in which we all have our own opinions and while some may be red and some may be blue, they are formed from our values, exposure, and beliefs. 

Those of different opinion are not your enemy. Those of different opinion probably have a story to tell you know nothing about. Those of different opinion may have open ears to your opinions. And wouldn't it be wonderful to hear all of those stories and opinions straight from the mouths of the millions of people below me that day? I would definitely be listening. 



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