Entries from May 2014

Lovely Links

Friday, May 30, 2014

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After five days away I came back needing a vacation. Life’s a little on the challenging side right now, a lot to explore and figure out. A lot of open ended situations and I’m not good at open-ended when it comes to my life. But we must carry on and there’s no time like the present to learn right? Right!

Here’s what’s speaking to me this week:

I get caught up in this a lot/// age expectations

Some more gorgeous photographic eye candy from The Other Kate Berry /// One, Two, Three, Four

One day I’ll take pictures as good as these /// Mini-Expo on Sabrina Meijer

As someone who has been battling a couple unknown health issues /// Why It’s Likely Not All In Your Head

A Sister Style about change /// The Old & New

Rad Job! /// Career Snapshot: Social Media Director at Tom’s

Working hard on this /// You Get to Choose Your Story

Hope everyone’s weekend is lovely and relaxing! Or adventurous and daring if that’s what you need right now.

xoxo

Monday Intentions

Monday, May 26, 2014

Monday Motivation

 

This week I intend to:

1) Soak up all that I can of Dan and Austin. Savor every moment that I can. It’s going by so fast.

2) Eat some bbq, wear my american flag bathing suit somewhere, take pictures of all the murals… and find out why Texans love Texas so much.

3) Be kind to myself when I get home. It’s going to be hard to go back to reality after almost 5 days of adventure and cuddles.

4) Post pictures from Austin by the end of the week.

5) Pull thoughts and ideas together for June’s Booty Bounce series.

xoxo

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Lovely Links – The Mother Load Pt. II

Friday, May 23, 2014

Monday Motivation

This time tomorrow I will be high in the sky hopefully starting to descend into Austin, Texas to see Dan!!! Just wanted to stop by and share some links for the weekend. Just in case you find yourself relaxing and wanting some things to read. I’ve been hoarding links lately so for the next few Fridays I’ll be doling out a good amount of material!

Hope you have fun and stay safe this weekend!

I’m needing this list quite frequently lately /// Sour Spirit? How To Kick Your Own Ass… With Love

Also /// How to Restart a Bad/Annoying/Unproductive Day

While I can see some benefits of hyper focused practice, I learn better by working on a couple things at a time. This article tells me why. /// Ditch the 10,000 hour rule! Why Malcolm Gladwell’s famous advice falls short

I am new to this significant other love thing and I haven’t found myself saying this yet… I’m glad I read this article before I did /// One Word That Should Never Follow ‘I Love You’

When I get my focus on what I want down this guide is going to be my go to /// Manifestation

Steve Jobs on being selective /// Get Rid of the Crappy Stuff

I always feel like I have more nonsense to do, and I feel like I’m getting stuff done but really am I? /// How to End the Endless Came of Catching Up

Something I try to do all the time and it keeps me pretty tidy /// Touch It Once

I get caught in the trap of catching up and getting things “in order” when I’m stressed instead of connecting with my love. Shauna talks about switching that up. /// On Laundry & Love Stories

I love, love, love seeing how other people plan, especially people I look up to like Elise /// What’s in My Behance Action Book

My new absolute favorite photography blog is called The Other Kate Berry /// Reasons One & Two

My SoCal’d Life gives me a lot of ideas for places to go around San Diego. A couple lately /// West Elm’s New Local Shop  Strawberry Picking At Susie’s Farm & Young Hickory

A question I have to ask myself frequently /// Do You Want to Be Happy or Do You Want to Be Right

xoxo

p.s. that quote at the top, pure truth in my life.

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Monday Intentions

Monday, May 19, 2014

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I’ve been collecting good thoughts on Pinterest for years now. Words that inspire written in fancy script and great type or put on a gorgeous background. I wasn’t sure what I would do with all of them, I kept thinking I’d go back weekly and be inspired by each and every one. But then the weeks roll through and I forget. No longer! Monday will be my day to set intentions, and with those intentions will be a great thought I had saved on Pinterest. I can’t wait to share them with you!

This week I intend to:

1) Be kind to myself. I have signed up for two new exercise classes and I am teaching a Booty Bounce class right in between those days so, if nothing else, I will be kind to myself. Not just to my mind, but also to my body. Lots of water, advil if needed, sleep, sleep, sleep and very warm baths for sore muscles.

2) Get super excited for my long weekend in Austin!!! #AdventureswithDan will be all over my instagram for those 5 days. If you follow me, be prepared. (This one is absolutely not difficult to do… basically it’s a freebee intention.)

3) Write “about me” summaries for two social media sites.

4) Practice gratitude. For where I’ve been, where I’m at and where I am going.

5) Acknowledge and celebrate the changes/progress already made as I plan for more.  As it says above, just begin. Or for things I’ve already started, keep going.

And just for good measure: Be kind to myself.

xoxo

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Before the Jump

Monday, May 19, 2014

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I can feel it. I’m sitting on the edge of something new. I know it’s time to move forward, but I’m still finding the path. I’ve been working hard these past couple of years. Working hard to make improvements to the little things, the little things that make up the big things. I’ve been staying put so as not to run away.

I promised myself that the next time I went somewhere new, I would be running toward something instead of away.

I’ve been reading a lot of books, and one of them had me facing some interesting questions. Questions like: What is your Prince Charming? What are you looking to be saved by? The exercise is to see what you’ve been waiting for this whole time, what you just really hope will come and save you, the thing or person or idea that will make your life peaches and cream, sinfully delicious with no retribution. That Prince Charming, it’s been outed so it can be acknowledged. Not judged, just seen. Then once you’ve taken a long look at this supposed Prince, start teaching yourself the truth: you are your own Prince Charming. It’s going to have to be you.

My Prince Charming? Probably the open road. Or epiphanies. I am a fool  in love (or maybe lust) for the idea of epiphanies. Something that sticks, something that clicks in an instant and it stays more powerful than the habits and the thoughts that you have been cultivating and practicing for years and years.

Epiphanies aren’t going to save me. And now that I think about it, who says I need saving?

I don’t need to be saved. Yes, I’m often frustrated, yes I could grow more in certain aspects of my life, yes I could be making more money, seeing more places, posting more to the blog, etc. But does that mean I need saving? Absolutely not, I’m not so bad off.

I have a roof over my head, clothes to keep warm, a fan to cool off, a computer to type, explore and learn, cameras to capture beauty. I have family, and friends. I have my significant other that loves me for exactly what I am, right now. Without even trying, he’s teaching me to love that too. Me as I am. Right here. Right now.

So where am I going? What am I on the edge of? I’m not sure yet. I know it’s something great though. Something bigger than I’ve done before, maybe by a lot, maybe by a little. Time will tell. It’s going to have some rough spots, all great things do.

But I don’t and won’t need to be saved.

And I’ll be running at it, instead of away.

xoxo

image: my heart can’t take how adorable that kitten is

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