The Friday Five
Happy second day of SPRING, friends!
I have to admit that it doesn’t quite feel like a Friday to me. My days are all mixed up after spending three days hanging out mid-week with my college friend, Meg, who came to visit for a few days. Then my friends and I stayed up way past our bedtimes on Wednesday night to catch The Augustines, who were in town playing an 11pm show. (Confession: I’ve totally become that person who’s like, “doesn’t a 7pm show sound so much more reasonable?!”) And then yesterday, the sun was shining, it was a glorious 71 degrees outside, and well — frankly — I had no interest in staying indoors to work most of the day. But c’est la vie. I’ve been trying to keep a more normal M-F 8-5 work schedule the past few months, but sometimes the freedom of self-employment is plain awesome.
I have to admit, though, the highlight of my week since our last Friday Five was this past Saturday night. After talking about it for months, I finally pulled together the social event of my nerdy dreams — an Enneagram Night!!! Are you all familiar with the Enneagram?! If so, there’s a good chance that you’re overly enthusiastic about it like me. But if not, scroll below for some resources I recommend, and also be sure to check out my Life page because I’m going to be posting a little more about it soon.
Basically, the Enneagram is THE personality test of personality tests. Sure, I’ve taken others (i.e. Myers/Briggs, StrengthsFinder, etc.) that have always been interesting to me. But the Enneagram is the first personality test I’ve ever taken that really gets me. Like, it’s uncanny and almost a little spooky how well it gets me. And countless friends have had the same experience. So we decided it would be fun to have a night of uninterrupted, intentional conversation about the Enneagram. And it was awesome. We went through all of the 9 types and had representatives of each share a little bit about it, and what they need from all of their friends to feel loved and healthy and appreciated and all of that good stuff. Oh, and before that, we had a big dinner where people brought salads or cocktails that somehow represented their numbers. (I made these 3-ingredient salad and cocktails to share.)
Anyway, it was one of those nights that just reminded me how much I adore my friends. And how lucky I am that they jump at the chance to geek out at something that’s so interesting and vulnerable and awesome. And just generally how fascinating this thing is that we call life. Feeling grateful.
So thanks for reading along, and I wish you a relaxing and beautiful spring weekend ahead!
5 resources to check out if you’re interested in
geeking out learning about the Enneagram
- The Enneagram website (it’s the central resource for all things Enneagram — also includes a free test that’s somewhat accurate, and a paid $10 test that’s quite a bit more accurate, and an awesome resource for Enneagram relationship combinations so that you can see how you pair with friends/spouces/etc. of other types)
- The Wisdom Of The Enneagram (the basic textbook about the Enneagram, also good for helping figure out your number)
- The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective (even if you’re not Christian, I feel like this book is a good counterpart to the book above, just beware that some of the language gets a little cheesy and over-analytical)
- The Enneagram Made Easy (an awesome picture book for the Enneagram, full of great info)
- Enneagram Transformations (just bought this one — I know it sounds cheesy, but it’s full of basic “affirmations” and “releases” for each of the 9 types — pretty fascinating)
- (Oh and one more — for you bloggers, check out Leigh’s blog where she details out the 9 enneagram types related to blogging!)
5 reasons to pick up a head of cauliflower this weekend
- Cauliflower Fried Rice | SkinnyTaste
- Healthier Triple Chocolate Cupcakes | Chocolate & Carrots
- Gluten-Free Quinoa & Cauliflower Chowder | Foodie Crush
- Easy Cauliflower Cheese Sauce for Skinny Mac & Cheese | Lauren’s Latest
- General Tso’s Cauliflower | Bakeaholic Mama
5 books I’ve read that I cannot WAIT to see come to the screen this year
- The Fault In Our Stars (book/trailer)
- The Giver (book/trailer)
- Gone Girl (book)
- Unbroken (book)
- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (book)
5 easy ways to arrange flowers this spring
- DIY Rainbow Flower Arrangement | Bump Smitten
- Peonies | Style Me Pretty
- Spring Flowers | Wedding Chicks
- Clean Out The Fridge DIY Flower Arrangement | Manhattan Craft Room
- DIY Baby’s Breath Arrangement | Wedding Dates
5 songs you should totally download from “Nashville” (even if you don’t like country music)
- I will Fall (feat. Clare Bowen & Sam Palladio)
- Hennessee (feat. Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio, & Chaley Rose)
- Ho Hey (feat. Lennon & Maisy Stella)
- Fade Into You (feat. Clare Bowen & Sam Palladio)
- A Life That’s Good (feat. Lennon & Maisy Stella)
- (Plus the song that I’m totally annoyed they haven’t released on iTunes — Carry You Home)