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Love Letters to a New Year.

Laura explains it all.

Dear 30, 

That moment where your mother calls your sister wondering what HBF means makes you realize that sometimes you speak your own language. So here's a little LP dictionary (with three short but sort of important entries) to make sure you know where we're going with all this. Because I know it's been bugging you too. Mom: sorry for the confusion.

 oh look. it's me making Kevin (HBF) take a photo with me using a mirror in the fancy clothing store elevator. typical.

oh look. it's me making Kevin (HBF) take a photo with me using a mirror in the fancy clothing store elevator. typical.

HBF  [noun]
Short for Handsome Boy Friend, a name Kevin actually gave himself when he posted a photo to my Instagram feed. Shown above, HBF is tall, has great hair, cleans the house, carries heavy things for me, wears fancy denim and likes to fish. He's a catch. (See what I did there?) He's probably also embarrassed while reading this. Hi Kev!

 this list is from my 23rd year [pre-blogger days]. i kept a photo book full of results and souvenirs from the things i achieved. priorities have shifted since then.

this list is from my 23rd year [pre-blogger days]. i kept a photo book full of results and souvenirs from the things i achieved. priorities have shifted since then.

The List [noun]
Each year I write "the list." Since I was 27, I've been blogging about "the list." Basically I look at birthdays as my own personal new year and make a list of resolutions (which I define as things I wanna do, not necessarily things I've never done before, but things that should be accomplished in the year ahead). I take the whole thing relatively seriously. This year more so than ever. Probably because of the new decade. Being thirty is serious business. Over the years (even pre-blogger) I have gathered a whole mess of stories about where the list has taken me. More on that on August 22nd. 

 that's the famous  Maddie . on  Chelsea's  arms. either HBF or  Nick  get photo credit. thanks to both of you just in case.

that's the famous Maddie. on Chelsea's arms. either HBF or Nick get photo credit. thanks to both of you just in case.

52 Letters [noun, blog series] 
Write a letter a week is #5 on the list (described above). Writing a letter a week is hard. 52 letters doesn't seem like much. I wrote 12 handwritten thank yous just this afternoon. But writing a letter a week to living things, sets of stairs leading up to an apartment or people you miss having around-- that's tough, man. There's a series in the works you can catch up on (I'm up to letter 6. My 30th year is up to week 11.5) should you wonder if a letter has yet been dedicated to you. You're welcome to suggest a worthy recipient.

Three entires does not a dictionary make, but I'm sure a few more will pop up along the way.
Still unsure? Let me know. We'll work through it together. 

xo-LP

 

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