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Quick, Incomplete Snapshots of Our Story: August 25, 2011

The summer of 2011 was one of the most simultaneously difficult and fun summers of my life. It was one of the first times that I ever fully grasped how resilient true friendships can be. It was the first time that I ever did something difficult just because it was good for me even though it hurt. It was the first time I saw myself falling into love and realizing that “falling” is the absolute perfect word.

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2011 Libby

I was a few months out of a not-a-real-break-up* with someone that I wasn’t-dating** for the past four and a half years of my life. I was tender but I was recovering.
*sure did wreck me like a real break up.
**Fell into that tragically, typical millennial thing where we decided we “didn’t need or want labels” as if that keeps you from really feeling anything. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t. It just makes you feel like you’re not allowed to be as gutted as you are when it ends. Which is a really unhealthy place to land.

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Ask a Former Optician: What you really want to know about buying glasses.

Full disclosure, this post does include affiliate links from Warby Parker. If you’re in the market for glasses and ordering online is a good fit for you, I highly recommend this company for reasons that you’ll see later. If you place an order through any of these links on this page, I want to thank you for helping to support companies that help to support XOXO,Lib.

Some of you know that up until several months ago, I worked for an eye doctor. I really did love this job and I learned so, so much. In addition to selecting which frames we would carry in the store and going on the yearly trip to Kansas City for ongoing education opportunities (easily my two favorite parts of the job), I learned a lot about the inner workings of an optometrist’s office.

August is National Eye Exam Month. So, I’m here, today, to answer a few of the Frequently Asked Questions that often still find their way into my inbox even though I’m no longer under the employ of an optometrist.

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Five Tips for Planning Intentional Self-Care

I’m sitting here listening to the hold music at my doctor’s office on speaker phone while I drink a big cup of coffee and draw up a lazy grocery list for this weekend. I want to make sure we get a lot of fresh veggies in our systems so I’m thinking a big salad for lunch… grilled chicken and veggies for dinner, and I’m wondering if peaches will satisfy our after dinner sweet teeth or if we should just admit it and get some cookies. And when are we going to get some movement in? If we can’t go to the water park, maybe we can take a park-tour or walk up and down main street. Or maybe even both… My best friend is coming to spend the night and I want to make sure that I’m at my very best while she’s here.

This planning ahead is something pretty new for me. Sort of. I’ve always been the type who likes to know what to expect but this is different. I’ve learned, recently, that if I plan certain things ahead, I’m more in control—not in control of what happens but more in control of how I feel. I’ve started seriously planning my self-care. And it has made all the difference. I’m not going to say that I feel like a whole new person… but I can tell you that I feel more in control of myself, these days.
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