Impacts.

February 6, 2014 § Leave a comment

2.6.14 Impacts

Yesterday my teacher asked us to tell the class a story that has impacted our lives. I mean, where do I begin? Every day impacts my life greatly. I heard stories about death, divorce, love, support and all I could think about was, “Am I the only one that thinks I impact myself the most?” Yes, I have had really shitty things happen to me… But so has everyone else.
So, I proceeded to tell a story about alcohol, a bar, the time of day at the bar and having the realization of, “What the F**K am I doing with my life?” I have to point out that I am the oldest one in this class and I sometimes feel like I am the one who is the most lost.  Every single person in the room looked at me like I was a degenerate.
Um, hello – I work, I go to school, I support myself; I was just indulging a little too much… I also want to point out that I don’t have an alcohol problem; I sometimes just like to keep drinking (yes, I know how that sounds)… But it’s always on a day where I have nothing to do the next day so I’m allowed to be hung over all day, right?
Anyways, back to my point.
The reason this story impacted me so much was because, I am the one who is in control of my life. I am the one who has the ability to change what I don’t like. There is a quote from my guilty pleasure show, Hart of Dixie, that says, “Change your picture, or change your life.”
I have always pictured in my head that the woman I would become is successful, a mom, a wife, a creative mind in some sort of way, and most of all happy. And I wasn’t any of those things. I mean, I don’t want to be a wife or mother for sometime but I really want to be happy and I wasn’t.
I either needed to accept that my life was going to be filled with partying, no direction, and a constant cloud over my head or I needed to do something different. I needed to hold myself to a higher standard and not continue to blame my actions on the ones around me.
I chose to change my life.
The story about the bar took place about three years ago and I am still trying to figure everything out; but looking back on where I was then and where I am now is such a transformation. I still struggle constantly but I know that I am headed in the right direction and the best part is, I am happy.

 

Monday Musings – Live a life you’re proud of.

January 6, 2014 § Leave a comment

1.6.2014 Monday Musing - Live A Life

I have decided that 2014 is all about living a happy and healthy life. I have been searching for a motto to fit my goals and I believe I have stumbled across one. After reading this quote a hundred times through Pinterest or Tumblr, I decided to fact check to see who really came up with the perfect motto for me, and to my surprise, it wasn’t F. Scott Fitzgerald. The quote is actually from the screenplay for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button that was written by Eric Roth – mind blown. I think it’s crazy how the internet can see one thing and run with it… Anyways, isn’t this motto perfect? I really want to believe that you can create the life that you want and why can’t you? So if you find yourself unhappy or unsatisfied, take a step back, breathe and try something new. Do something for yourself; even if it is a small something like shutting off the television, calling a friend you haven’t spoken to in awhile, taking a short walk around the block, and remember that you have the power to choose a life that you want. Happy Monday! Make this week awesome. Xo.

 

2014?!?

January 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

2014 GoalsCan you believe that it’s already 2014? I know people say that as you get older time seems to fly by quicker, and I finally believe them. Last year was rough for me The last few years have been a bit rough and I have decided that no matter what, this year will be all about creating my own happiness. I don’t want to say they are resolutions because I want them to be ongoing, forever. So cheers to 2014 and having a fun and productive year! Xo.

Thanksgiving Cards

November 23, 2013 § Leave a comment

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I love all holidays but Thanksgiving is one of my favorites. I am going to be away from more than a few friends and family and I wanted to let them know how thankful I am to have them in my life so why not make some Thanksgiving cards?? I made these all for under $3. I already had the paper and glue so all I had to do was purchase some fun stickers… What is possibly more fun than turkeys with googly eyes?! I say nearly nothing… So turkeys with googly eyes it was. Zachary and I had a friend over for dinner and while they watched ESPN, I got my craft on. It was definitely a successful night… Here are the steps I took to make my Thanksgiving cards.

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1. Grab all the ingredients. I needed a paper cutter, envelopes, craft paper, glue (not pictured), ruler and pencil… I wanted to use some string but ended up not liking the vibe so I stuck to just the fun turkey stickers.
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2. Measure the size of your envelopes and cut the size of your paper about a half inch shorter than that. My envelopes were 5.95 inches so I cut my paper to 5.5.

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3. I also cut smaller pieces of different color paper and then glued that paper to my original…

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4. Next… Add stickers….

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I also did a green and light brown to mix it up a bit from the “normal” thanksgiving colors… I think I ended up liking this one the best. I sent it to Zachary’s mom and dad who just happen to love the color green.

Have I mentioned how I excited I am for Thanksgiving? Hehe. Xo.

Fancy Pants

November 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

11.22.13 Fancy Pants

Images via J. Crew

Anyone who knows me, knows I am definitely a little over obsessed with J. Crew. The truth is that even though I can’t afford it all the time (they do have amazing sales from time to time) I am always looking at their website or style guide to get inspiration for any sort of outfit. This Thanksgiving I am scrapping the traditional holiday dress and going for a pants/sweater combo since I know that no matter how much I plan ahead, there will always be something to throw you off at the last minute. These outfits from J. Crew make me swoon and I am hoping to recreate something a little like them.

Thanksgiving Tables

November 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

 

This Thanksgiving we are heading up north to my family’s vacation home in Mendocino County. I can’t begin to describe the excitement I am feeling to get out of town and relax for five whole days. I am super bummed that Zachary and I won’t be spending the holiday together but spending it with my family will be so nice. We haven’t all been together in years and as we get older and go our separate ways, it is even more important to see those that I have not seen in some time.

But this year is even more exciting because… drum roll please… I will be “hosting” it! I figure since it is just a small group of family that this is the perfect time to “practice” since there won’t be people to judge me but they all will be able to help.  I already have most of my lists done but I am still on the hunt for great table decorations on a budget.  Until I can find some, these tables will definitely be serving as inspiration.

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Wednesday Wanderlust: Paris

November 6, 2013 § Leave a comment

I went to Paris my junior year in high school. I was sixteen going on twenty-two and thought I knew everything. I had just passed my AP French test and my dad sent me off with my classmates and French teacher to put my knowledge to use. I had an absolutely amazing time. I truly feel that trip changed my life. Anytime my family discusses the trip, my dad comments that it is the best money he ever spent and even though I laugh, I am so grateful for it. Paris is a magical place and if I were to go back… Scratch that… WHEN I do visit Paris again (well everywhere in France for that matter), I would love to go in the fall. I know that I won’t be able to do this in the near future so for now, I have these beautiful to pictures to dream of.

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