The Weekend Send-Off

March 7th, 2013 - filed under: Furthermore » Feedback

Hello my dears! It’s another Friday, the eve of another awesome weekend.

Did you have a good week? This was the theme song for my first week back at real blogging (hooray!). It’s a good theme song for my life in general these days, I think. A good theme song indeed.

You know what I really missed when I wasn’t blogging? The Love Lists! Just because I choose authenticity over positivity doesn’t mean I don’t also practice gratitude. And I missed practicing with all of you. Here’s mine this week – I hope you’ll share your as well!


Le Love List!

1. Blogging!.
I really needed to take that time off, I did. But now that I’m back, and more importantly, now that I’m blogging the way I always wanted to – uncensored – it just feels so dang good! Thank you so much, all of you who have left me comments and sent me emails or just read along quietly, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your support and encouragement as I’ve begun to share myself again here. It’s so good to be back!

2. SoCal “winters”.
Temps in the 70s. Bright sun and long lazy walks. The pink jasmine blooming all over my yard and scenting the air with absolute sweetness. Mini skirts. Iced tea.

That’s my kinda winter!


So yeah, last Tuesday night, that happened. In LA, at a performance piece called Women Of Letters where she was the featured reader (amongst many wonderful women) (damn that was a great event). And I sat with my dear friend afterwards, nursing our beers as the bar emptied out, lost in conversation for a good long while. And when the beers were gone and we finally looked up, the place was cleared save for a few folks meandering around the front of the stage, and whatthefuckthat’sAmandaPalmerrightthere!

I’m still not the kind of girl who believes in divine powers or destiny or anything else of the sort, but man . . . after all that I’ve felt and all that I’ve written about her music these past few months, and then to actually meet her . . . I think amazing things are happening, is what I think. I think 2013 is gonna be something real special.

Also! fresh flowers // my growing sunglasses collection // vintage dresses // Vietnamese food with girlfriends // my Harley-dog, he gives great cuddle // gaining confidence, believing in myself, & realizing I am valuable (monetarily, I mean). // new friendships // old friendships! the best! // a cold beer on a hot Sunday afternoon // Amanda Palmer’s TED Talk which was released last week, have you seen it yet? You should!


Alright guys, now it’s your turn – please tell me what you’re loving this week!

This happy little post will stay at the top of the page all weekend, so stop by any time to leave your Love List, ask a question, or offer some feedback! Or if you’re new, please introduce yourself and say ‘Oi!’! This is your community, so get involved!

Have a fantastic weekend!

  • natashia muna

    1. I LOVE that you are blogging again – you were missed!
    2. Early winter rains (I live in Cape Town, SA)
    3. my 4yr old daughter trying to learn how to tell a knock knock joke :) so much funnier than any punch line!

  • Meile Gao your blog ! I’m living in France and I love your way of living ! Even the hard chise you made with the father of Waits. ENJOY LIFE ! (it’s women day today !)

    2. travelling aroung the world, I’m going to Australia soon !

    3. Family & friends even if I don’t see them often

    4. Environnement, gardening, nature

    5.SUN ! It brings so much energy ! I spend a horrible winter under the rain (even if I like rain but not all the time)

    6. Blogging and reading blogs which brings me a lot of good ideas in life !

    7. Music and dance

    8. eating my nails haah nooo I wish I could stop

    9. Cooking cooking cooking

    10. Eating !! (& drinking a lot of tea)

  • Rachel Jacobs

    1. Loving that you are back (I think this will be a LOT of people’s #1)

    2. That my kids have been getting along so famously (with 3 you never know what is going to happen).

    3. My life things are running smoothly and happy

    4. Pistachios–I don’t think I can get enough of them

    So exciting that you had this non-divine intervention where you were able to meet her. Looking forward to next week and whatever you decide to share with us.

    Have a great weekend Sayward!

  • Heather Bradley

    1. Reading new bonzai aphrodite!! Yay!!
    2. Finishing my first term of massage school
    3. That TED Talk, man she is amazing
    4. Tucson, AZ Spring/Summer. It’s already 80 here and it feels great!
    Speaking of. I just moved to Tucson and am really looking for some great vegan connections. If anyone is from around the area, please comment back!

    Thanks Sayward for bringing some inspiration back into my life and for being a great community resource.

  • Stina Jochems

    Wow! I just moved back to Tucson last September, and I don’t know a single vegan. Coincidentally, I’m a massage therapist. Congrats on finishing your first term of massage school!

    I also LOVE reading new Bonzai Aphrodite! Very inspirational!

  • andrea

    Waits with long curly hair, lovely :)
    Happy International Women’s day, hope you are enjoying it!

  • Katrina Donovan Fleming


    1. I loved seeing a little Carolina Wren bravely hanging out below our birdfeeder in a snowstorm this morning. Every time the snow hit her tail, she’d flick it up and down.

    2. I loved the dome birdfeeder I inherited from my grandparents. It broke this morning after about 30 or so years of service. But it makes me happy to think of all the birds it kept healthy and thriving. It was a connection to my grandparents, who both died a few years ago. Though I was initially sad when I saw it had broken, it reminded me how very very lucky I was to have had them as gorgeous mentors in my life. You just couldn’t have better people. They literally taught me how to hug trees. (insert obvious joke here)

    3. I made some killer vegan cupcakes (from Chloe C.’s new dessert cookbook) and took them to my all-day anatomy drawing class last weekend. The models scarfed several down at the end of the day and everyone loved them. I love watching people enjoy my food. Especially when I tell them it’s vegan.

    4. I reread my teenage favorite book – well, one of them — called Meet the Austins by Madeline L’Engle, the same author who wrote A Wrinkle in Time.

    5. I received a lovely, tiny, handmade birthday card from my young niece, who shares the same birthday. It was so beautiful and colorful, with dozens of overlapping drawings in colored pencil. It blew my mind.

    6. I finished reading A Stroke of Insight. Holy cow. What an incredible story. Read it and see the whole world differently.

    7. Back to my art class. I’m really starting to make incredible progress and feel myself going into “the mode” as I draw. It’s delicious. I can’t imagine not having it. It becomes a very visceral experience.

    8. I love that my younger brother started texting me lines from What About Bob? yesterday. Back and forth we went, quoting our favorite lines. :) I sometimes miss us being kids together but moments like that bring us right back.

    9. I love seeing people blossom into themselves, like you are doing here. When you see someone else thrive, it’s like a part of you thrives as well.

  • Kate

    So glad you’re back. I love this blog and have missed it. And please, blog as authentically as you want!!

  • Anonymous

    70 in winter! That is insane! I need to move- England is rainy and cold right now.

    On my love list this week:

    1. spring flowers popping up (despite the rain..)

    2. Easter vacation starting this weekend.

    3. Finishing my uni coursework

    3. Getting more comfortable in social situations.

    4. Feeling strong doing core body work

    4. Early morning baking in my PJs

    5. The result of that baking- dark chocolate studded ginger scones

    6. Soup!

  • erica!

    it’s so amazing to meet your idol and find that they’re really awesome people. this week i celebrated my third week of sobriety. i think 2013 is the amazingest also. LOOOOVVEEEEE ALL OVER!!! xoxo

  • Stacey Bru

    Thank you so, so much for posting that TED talk. It made me cry, and laugh, and find validation in the most amazing way. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • Bella

    Hey Sayward, so happy to have you back!
    I’m not really one for Amanda Palmers music but shit she seems like an awesome person. What a great talk.
    I’m super pumped that you are eating high protein- I’m looking forward to more recipes! I’m vegan too and I’ve been (miraculously) recovering from a chronic injury after starting a very disciplined physiotherapy regime combined with a high protein diet. But yeah, one gets sick of protein powder pretty fast! So I’ll be really happy to hear what you have been eating :)
    Have an awesome weekend!

  • Signe Paria

    I am so happy that you are blogging again <3!

  • Jes @ YourMomsaVegan

    Oh…my…goodness! Sayward 2.0!

    This week I’m loving:

    1) starting a running training program for spring/summer 5ks/10ks

    2) no snow here in Kansas. woo!

    3) cranberry kombucha. noms.

    4) your return to blogging! I took a break from my own blog after your break (about 5 months). And it was nice! Glad to be reading your fab posts again.

    Enjoy the weekend ~Jes

  • themissile / Lindsay

    I called it on IG! 2013 is gonna be cray for you, girl. You be genuine, I’ll barf positive all over you! It’s gonna be crazy good. <3 So glad to have you back!

  • Monika {windycityvegan}

    Being able to close my office door and take work frustrations out on my yoga mat, rather than on a coworker-who-shall-not-be-named .|. the several pounds of Meyer lemons curing in jars lined up along my kitchen counters .|. my kiddo, trying to convince me that she and I should go as Michael and Janet from the Scream video for Halloween this year .|. training for my first spring race .|. I’m teaching my first vegan culinary workshop tomorrow, with actual paying participants!

  • Leslie

    I was so excited when I saw your first post, I’m so glad you’re back to blogging.

    My love list:

    1. Hearing my baby’s heart beat and then seeing him/her on the ultrasound moving and kicking for the first time. I’m so excited and scared and in awe of being pregnant for the first time. I’ve never felt more powerful and yet more vulnerable at the same time.

    2. The beautiful sunny weather we have today. It isn’t 70′s, but it’s 45 and not snowing, so I’ll take it. I can’t wait for summer to really hit us here, I hope its a warm one.

    3. Ice cream sandwiches.

    4. and for great friends who I don’t see often enough.

  • Give Vegan

    1. Finding a 5 minute “no press,” no weights arm workout.

    2. The introduction to Pudla. Maybe there’s hope for
    breakfast after all.

    3. Planning to plant my garden in brick holes. (No weeds,
    even rows, perfect spacing! –I assume it will be a good thing)

    3. The thought of planting a million cosmos this spring!
    (They thrive in terrible soil. I have great soil but little energy)

    4. A long overdue financial ”resolution”

    5. 5 pin bowling with little people. It was SUPER fun! Who

    6. The realization that I can and will build a freestanding
    closet by myself! Why wouldn’t I be able to? I have a brain. I can follow

    7. A renewed feeling of hope and freedom. Like when you were 8
    and didn’t have to come home ‘till the streetlights came on. (Almost, feeling
    that anyway)

    8. The thought of planting little baby sunflowers. (Facing EAST
    this time!!)

    9. A newfound feeling of GENUINE appreciation for what I
    have as well as the people in my life.

    10. Throwing out a TON of basement, attic, and closet junk. (It’s quite liberating dontcha know)

    11. Finally weatherproofing the gourd I planted and turned into a
    birdhouse 3 years ago.

    It has been a very good week. A very good week indeed. <3

  • Felicity

    So glad you’re back! My love list:

    1. I’m having a good hair day today. I’m growing it out from a buzzcut so I don’t get a lot of those.
    2. Getting through a crazy week of grad school work.
    3. Lovely weather! I’m going to go for a walk soon so I don’t miss it!

  • Lou Dwan

    Love this – I have totally missed your Love Lists…. thanks for the link to the TED talk, hadn’t seen it yet, and it was the perfect thing to watch first thing on a Saturday morning…. set me up “right” for the weekend, you know?

    I’m loving the opportunity to SLEEP IN for the first time since my son was born (2 1/2 years)oh yeah, but I still woke up at 530am *shakes fist at internal alarm clock*

  • Annie

    AhmahgadAmandaPalmer!! I spoke to her briefly when played at The Garden Of Unearthly Delights. She played Oasis fro me :D
    1. How it’s supposed to be the first bit of autumn but summer is bleeding into march and it’s all tropical and moist, not desert-y.
    2. My Nanna. I’m about to head off the good old Yorke Peninsula for her 80th birthday. Yaaay!
    3. My new Teaching ESL lecturer, she’s this funny, bubbly Irish woman who tells incredibly colourful stories.

  • Taylor

    Yay! Le Love list!
    This week I am loving:
    -My dear partner Chris. He rocks!
    -The snow. I don’t know why ’cause I’m not a snow person. But today it’s especially beautiful.
    -Sleeeeep. It’s so good to me.
    also: blueberry beer, coffee, my friends, and fried rice. Amen!

  • Taylor

    Where in Kansas are you from? My boyfriend just moved to Emporia. We’re trying this long distance thing- pretty scary, but I know we’ll be just fine. Any cool places in Kansas he should check out?

  • sdmcpeak

    What an amazingly uplifting post, Sayward! Thank you, thank you, and THANK YOU! Amanda Palmer… just wow! That talk REALLY blew my mind!

    * my man. I’m watching him blossom right before my eyes, and it’s really, really beautiful.

    *my babies:)

    *Beets! Their earthiness, their powerful taste, but most of all, their vibrance! When ever I slice beets I become mesmerized by the beauty of each and every individual slice. It’s rings. It’s rich, healing hue. Gorgeousness.

    *The sun… my goodness, that bright ball of light energy!! Sayward, when you describe your “SoCal “winters”….long lazy walks”, I can FEEL it. I grew up in Fresno and have been in Seattle for the last 8 years. Man, winters in the NorthWest are a doozie. The lack of sun can really start to fuck with you, put you to the test. I love the rain, always have. It’s that lack of sun….. damn. But then the sun shines it life restoring rays down and instantly this place is transformed into a heavenly paradise.

    *You’re back, and with full force! I love that you are sharing your very personal journeys with us. It’s kind of like what Amanda Palmer was saying about trust………. and I gratefully accept the flower you’re extending to me, with a smile in my eyes:)

    * This thing you’ve created with Le Love List. Not only did I get something from reading your list, but the lists of all of the readers has touched me as well. What a beautiful community, truly.

  • Denise

    Glad you are back! When I saw you had started posting about your months of not blogging, I tore through them. Love the focus on authenticity! I can’t speak for everyone, but that’s what I’m here for… the real deal.

    I love:

    1. The way my little one says “Ah-licious” ( Delicious ) now when something is yummy.

    2. All the little sprouts that are coming up from the seeds I’ve started. The hope I have for my garden this year and the promise of Spring.

    3. The birds that have been singing like crazy in my yard for the past week or so…. again, telling me that Spring is on the way.

    4. The fact that I will see my Mom on Tuesday! Flying home to the West Coast with the little one for my sister’s wedding.

  • Heather Bradley

    We should definitely hook up! My email is if you are interested. I really need a massage mentor as well!

  • jenn

    Aww! I’m so glad you’re back Sayward but also I’m glad you did what you had to do to take care of yourself too:-)

  • Rachel Wigginton

    1) Rediscovering my yoga practice
    2) The CA sun
    3) I am running, I am liking it, and I never thought that would happen.

  • Ali

    Hi I am new to your blog, kinda funny as I think I used to see you around PDX. I was sick with the crud all week, which makes a love list tough, but here’s what I got:

    1. choi sum-delicious new-to-me vegetable I cooked last night

    2. superhelpful person who assisted my non-technological self at the MAC store

    3. your WIAW this week! I am someone who has really struggled with veganism for over 10 years. Lately I have been gravitating towards higher-protein, higher-fat and feeling better/less cravings, but also guilt due to years of hearing how “low-fat” is the way to go etc etc. Looking through your WIAW, I felt more “normal” than I ever have before. Thank you.

  • mandie

    1. It’s March! I’m in upstate NY and now you KNOW it’s Spring! I hear birds, seeing a little green, temps above freezing….
    2. Seed starting! I miss being in the dirt.
    3. You’re back! Love list worthy for sure!

  • Melissa K

    Just saying ‘hi.’ :) I’ve been reading your blog for about two months and love it!

  • Susan McNamara

    1-Finding your blog! Seriously I’m a mom and ive been vegetarian since I was a kid (I’m 28) but have been slowly trying to go vegan. I also have to eat gluten free and I’m trying to navigate raising healthy vegan kids. I think I’ve bookmarked 30 of your posts- so helpful! Also, I had a hard time with PPD after my son was born in April 2011and I’m trying to get help for PP anxiety right now. Thank you for speaking out.

    2-My new daughter who was born 2/23 on my husbands birthday! I was scheduled to be induced saturday morning at 8am because my midwife said 42 weeks was the cut off and I was so upset about it. At 2am I woke up with contractions and she was born right before 5. I’ll take a 3 hour labor thank you very much :)
    I have 2 boys and this is my last baby. I’m so grateful and excited to raise a strong, awesome woman! – I’ve gotten so much awesome free stuff for the babe. And yay for used things not going to a landfill!

    4- my iPad. Which has been my new breastfeeding companion. Haha.

  • Sayward Rebhal

    You’re welcome, I’m so happy to share! She is incredible. =)

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  • Sayward Rebhal

    You totally called it! Haha, yay! Thanks lady!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Ooh I love these – .|. – stealing! =D

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Squee! Also, I love Oasis (her song, obvi), haha.

  • Sayward Rebhal

    That’s so funny about PDX. But yeah, if you frequented vegan joints, you probably saw me around. Aww, miss that city!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Hi Melissa K! Welcome! ♥

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Hi Susan, I’m so glad you found my site and it’s providing some much needed resources. Yay, welcome! =)