Toward the end of last year, I found myself making too many trips to Dunkin'/Starbucks/local shops for my morning caffeine fix. 

The drip coffee at home wasn't doing it for me anymore, and the "stovetop espresso" still didn't satisfy me like a proper shot from an espresso machine.

So, I took the plunge and bought a machine for my own kitchen and have been using regular, store bought espresso grounds while I practiced my shot-pulling technique. I knew there'd be a learning curve, and I didn't want to waste good beans while I figured it out. But now that I've got the hang of it, I'm ready to venture out and try some higher quality coffee.

That brought be back to Tuesday

There's about an hour of time each day where the sun pokes through our patio door and creates a sliver of sunlight in our living room. Raven loves to lay in it and sunbathe when the boys are off doing their own thing in their room, but lately, Gabriel has been strategically placing toys in her sunspot.

Honestly, same.


Feels so good to go on lunch dates again.



I used to be that person who would strongly advocate for physical books over an e-reader. 


I stopped by this cute little coffee shop while I was out a few days ago, and I had to restrain myself from not taking dozens of pictures. 

Also, I tried an affogato (hazelnut) for the first time ever, and wow, I've been missing out.



A few weeks ago, I got an email from Google advising my free google workspace account (the one i use for this blog) would no longer be free. So, I spent all afternoon a couple days later migrating my domain and email host to a new server. It was a long and tedious process, about which I knew very little. But thanks to the help of a few reddit threads and online tutorials, I was able to figure it out.


a few recent snaps from my camera roll

I snuck away for a couple hours this Valentine's Day to nurture my relationship with myself




Love this city. It's slow-paced and laid-back, and the food/drink establishments haven't disappointed me yet.


"The loss these Black Manosphere content creators feel at not holding a “select” or “high-value” position in society is never channeled into anger at systems like racism, colorism, classism, or fatphobia. Instead, their crosshairs are steadfastly trained on Black women and feminism." Nicole Young talks about her brush with the Black manosphere for Elle.com.



I tried Lomography 800 for the first time and whoa, the way it captures the blues in the sky has me all googly-eyed. 

😍😮‍💨

Part two of our recent trip to the zoo!


It's been a year since I shared my Notion setup, and i'm noticing it's getting more traction lately - probably because Notion is becoming more popular among productivity enthusiasts. 

While I don't consider myself someone who's enthusiastic about productivity, I do have goals, and I like getting stuff done. For that reason, Notion has been an incredible tool for me this past year.

© the active spirit. +