We’ve been thinking about Summer a lot over here…

When you’re a kid, it’s pretty much what you live for… Even as an adult, we get a little butterfly-y when we talk about summer. However, as we have grown older- Summer seems to have lost a bit of its luster, mostly at the hands of our INSANE SCHEDULES.

As you’ve probably hopefully surmised by now, we Inks are after reclaiming slow living, savory living- satisfying soul living. Part of that means that we give ourselves the license to do the things that bring us joy. It almost sounds like we’re joking, right? Why would we feel badly about doing things that bring us joy? In large part, our culture has told us that if it’s not productive, then it’s pointless, maybe even selfish. As a lot of really relationally focused people can relate to, we shudder at the thought of living simply for ourselves, so we just, ya know, do the productive things. But that has far too often led us to burnout and apathy and being tightly wound. So, NO MORE! Little by little, we’ve been finding further freedom in “small” things that we love. But honestly, it can be hard to rediscover yourself. A little uncomfy, a little too quiet, even a little expensive at times ($12 juice, hollaaaa)!

These last few weeks have been scattered for both of us, its even been hard to sit down and write these posts; something we love and desperately believe in. Isn’t that how it goes sometimes? We have found that the simplest, purest way to bring the “wake up late, popsicle stained lips, long sunburned naps” kind of summer back is to seek beauty. We hesitate to use that word because it feels a bit cliché, but it simply is the perfect word. We need beauty. Why else would it have been created then for pure enjoyment, delight, inspiration? There is literally no “productive” purpose behind beauty- it exists solely to be enjoyed. We’re down with that.

In light of that, today we wanted to share a slow-down reminder with ourselves you guys. SO, we’ve compiled a mosaic of the daily beauties we’ve been snapping ourselves back to restoration with! We want to start a tapestry of all things that bring us joy, big or small.

What are a few of your “Summer Somethings”?


We’re rocking “bowls” a lot these days, super easy and diverse. Also smoothies, lots of smoothies.

Easiest/Yummiest Homemade Hummus

Lime, Cilantro, Chickpea Salad

Spicy Meatball Bahn Mi

Lemon Quinoa, Tomato, Avocado Chicken Bowl

Nicoise Salad


St. Germaine/ Rose Spritzer

Homemade Kombucha

Cold brew

Also we’ve been making this combo of a light beer (corona, bud, whatevs), a little ginger beer, and FRESH FRUIT. YUM.


The Lone Bellow

Chris Stapleton

Anderson East

Leon Bridges


Ben Rector

Ben Howard

Everything But The Girl

Michael Kiwanuk

The National


Cold Tangerines by Shauna Neiquist

Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

Scary Close by Donald Miller

A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Out Of Sorts by Sarah Bessey

Searching For God Knows What by Donald Miller

The Chronicles Of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

The Definitive Book Of Body Language by Barbara Pease and Allan Pease




  • Aysha

    I love this! I’m currently trying to slow down and make time in life for things I enjoy, but because I haven’t done it for a very long time it’s almost hard to know where to start. It was lovely to see that there are people thinking and feeling the same way as me. Refreshing post – thank you.

    • theinklings

      Aysha! We feel you in trying to find where to launch… so stoked you’re taking the time for what’s important, because it so, so is. Godspeed! Check back in <3

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