November 30, 2011

Don't Be Afraid to Fail

"You've failed
many times,
although you may not
remember.
You fell down
the first time
you tried to walk.
You almost drowned
the first time
you tried to
swim, didn't you?
Did you hit the
ball the first time
you swung a bat?
Heavy hitters,
the ones who hit the
most home runs,
also strike
out a lot.
R.H. Macy
failed seven
times before his
store in New York
caught on.
English novelist
John Crease got
753 rejection slips
before he published
564 books.
Babe Ruth struck out 
1,330 times,
but he also hit
714 home runs.
Don't worry about failure.
Worry about the
chances you miss
when you don't even try."

a message as published in the Wall Street Journal 
by United Technologies Corporation Hartford, CT

November 29, 2011

And I was all like, "Whaaa?!?!"

OK, I've been holding this in all weekend and I have to spill the beans...

So I casually wake up Saturday morning, drink my coffee/eat my breakfast, catch up on Millionaire Matchmaker, slowly make my way to the laptop to check on the bloggy, and surprisingly found that my Black & Brown outfit from Friday went viral on Pinterest. My all time views were TRIPLED in a span of TWO DAYS!

I was all like, "Whaaa?!!?!"

(it makes my previous stats look like tiny bread crumbs!!!)

My first outfit link up and people go bananas. I'm in absolute shock...

I mean, I admit the outfit was pretty damn cute... 
but like, dayyyyum, that's just nucking futs!

Has anyone ever had something like this happen or am I just one lucky bitch?

Since I didn't want this post to be a giant bragging session (and I'm really not trying to brag I just think it's something so freakishly out of the ordinary that I had to share),

Want to see something funny I'm designing for my final Photoshop project?
Introducing... The Flying Nellycat!

The assignment is to create our own creature by combining 2 or more animals. I still have to put her on a jungle background, but this is what I got so far. I'm having fun with it :)

And just because you were kind enough to keep reading...
I have a special little treat for all you design lovers out there... 

During my Photoshop class my instructor gave me an extremely helpful link leading to a TON of video tutorials specifically for learning the Adobe Suite. I haven't gotten to check all of them out yet, but from peeking at a couple I can tell it's super helpful, probably better than searching through all those tutorials on YouTube. It's worth checking out, promise.

Click this link to get started (it's like free edumacation!) 

ENJOY!

November 28, 2011

Monday Music & Font Fancies

Good morning my loves!

The dreaded Monday after Thanksgiving break has arrived, how are you dealing?
Besides my food baby I developed over the weekend, I would say I'm feeling pretty good :)

I thought to start things off this week I would share some of my favorite tunes:

Awolnation "Wake Up"
M83 "Midnight City"
Matt & Kim "Daylight"
Jaymay "Grey or Blue"
Donora "I Think I Like You"

I also wanted to share one of my new favorite websites I recently discovered...

...that is a screen shot from FontSquirrel.com 
aka: my new go-to site for when I get the itch to go on a new font download binge. 

My new favorite you ask?  Caviar Dreams. Isn't she lovely?

I used to be a fan of dafont.com, but I came to find the fonts I fell in love with weren't totally "free" 

You know those little .txt files that are included when you download the font? 

Yeah, you're supposed to actually read those. 

And if you did, you would find that you probably have to purchase the font or contact the owner and ask for permission if you plan on using it for commercial purposes, aka, selling your designs.

So after a few Google searches I finally found a source with endless amounts of free fonts that have no strings attached. Yay for Font Squirrel

Now I kinda feel like a noob for going font-download-crazy with all those copyrighted fonts... one of these days I'm going to spend a couple hours going through my font library and deleting all of the fonts that were only "free for personal use."

Hopefully I'm not the only one that has made a mistake like this before.

It makes me wonder what other design secrets am I overlooking... someone please clue me in!

November 25, 2011

Black (& Brown) Friday!

Hi dearies!

How was everyone's Thanksgiving? Who's attacking the stores like spider monkeys today?

Sadly, I definitely will not be participating in Black Friday shopping... too much anxiety.

So instead I thought I would link up with Av @ {Long Distance Loving} and share what I would be wearing if I was shopping (and if I could afford all of these clothes)!

We all know a girl always looks good in black, but I think adding touches of brown totally ups the chicness:
Black (& Brown) Friday

Knitted shawl €34 
Mid heels £95

What do you think? 
Do you love or loathe the black & brown combo?

Confession time...
What I'm REALLY wearing today (as soon as I get home from work, that is) is an oversized lounge shirt paired with my husband's baggy sweatpants and some thick socks. I plan on eating lots of leftovers, drinking up the rest of the wine, and watching movies allll dayyy longggg :)

What fun plans do you have this Black Friday weekend?
(It's OK... you can brag about your bitchin' deals in the comments... I know you are itching to!)


image created with polyvore.com




November 24, 2011

Hunger, Design, and Gratitude

Mmmm...
The food is cooking and I am so beyond ready to eat... so I thought I would work on a little something to share with you guys while I wait in anticipation.

Like my Thanksgiving menu design? :)


And because it's not Thanksgiving without a little gratitude...

I'm thankful for:
Having love in my life and a wonderful man to share it with...
Two dogs that keep me happy just being cute...
A nice warm house to come home to...
A crazy and dysfunctional family who I could not imagine life without...
Fabulous friends that keep me laughing...

And you guys...
for being so kind, sweet, and inspiring me on a daily basis :)

I hope you all have a yummy Thanksgiving!

(LET'S EAT!)

November 23, 2011

Confessions of a Holiday Hater

Oh em gee dudes...

Josh and I are actually hosting our own Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow (yes, that means I'm actually going to cook)!

We're going to do it our own way and just keep it simple and really chill... feast all day, get drunk on wine, and watch some 49ers play football... I'm actually really excited.

The only thing that dims my delight is the fact that Christmas will be here a month from Friday.


I hate to admit it, but I'm kind of a scrooge. I really hate that the holidays get here so quick and that I have to start thinking about all the cutesy festive bullsh*t.

You know what I do to be festive?

Besides put up my Christmas tree a week before... close to nothing.

Actually this year might be different. I still have the two pumpkins from Halloween that we never carved sitting on my frozen porch. I was thinking I should add little Santa hats on them, what do you think?

Don't get me wrong... I love being around family, giving gifts, and the all around holiday spirit, but I cannot stand the crowded stores, the traffic, the commercialism, and the pressure.

I'm already feeling the stress nagging me with all these holiday blog posts spreading around... ugh.

Just give me until December 1st and I'll at least start thinking about it.

For now, lets just freaking stuff ourselves with as much food as possible and be thankful.

Sound good?

November 19, 2011

The not-so-inspired inspiring moment


So yesterday was Friday.

I got up, went to work as usual, did my job, had to make a cheesy announcement over the intercom, tasted different soups for a contest at work in which I did not participate in, drove home, had a splitting headache so I took a Percocet and laid down, started an all night True Blood binge, ate my husband's homemade spicy chili for dinner (a lot of it), passed out on the futon around 9:00, woke up at 11:00 and sleepily made my way to my bed.

I didn't blog yesterday.

*shutters*

Does that mean I failed? My 30-day challenge is over? Done? Caput? 

....um, yeah. That's exactly what it means.

I guess I could have lied and continued posting like nothing happened, but I really didn't want to do that. After all, my blog is about honesty and confessions, and that would be hypocritical.

So, I skipped a day. I'm cool with it. I don't even feel like I failed.

I guess what inspired me most was blogging about being OK with not being inspired enough to blog (haha, read that again).

Looking back I'm pretty proud of myself. I think I've at least gotten myself into a good habit of blogging more frequently, but damn, a girl needs her weekends!

During this challenge I haven't shared some other important facts...

Like how I passed my 100th post....
And how I passed my 1 year Blogiversary....
And how I'm nearing my 1 year mark at school....
And how I'm getting close to 200 lovely readers....

This whole challenge has lead me to one big moment... but I'm going to leave you in suspense for another couple weeks until I'm ready to blog about it :)

For now, I'm going to go put the laptop down and go watch some more True Blood. 

November 18, 2011

Day #17: La vie est belle



I got to watch the film "Life is Beautiful" in class last night. It brought me to giggles and tears, I loved it so much.

I just spent the last fifteen minutes trying to write a brief summary about it... but I don't feel my words are good enough to describe such an amazing film.

You just need to watch it.

Watch it with your families during the holidays this year... it's a wonderful way to remind everyone how beautiful life truly is!


{Images via: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6}

November 17, 2011

Day #16: Starry Night



This moment could have so easily been missed.

As I was rushing home from school and then heading back out to pick up some dinner, I interrupted my pace by casually glancing up at the starry sky above.

I stopped, I stared, and I smiled.

Few things excite me more than seeing thousands of sparkling stars crowding a night sky.

And the moon! It was so unusually big and had that painterly mist of gray cloud crossing through it. 

I felt lucky to see such a beautiful moment while most people lay sleeping.

Like Van Gogh, I know nothing of certainty in this world. I'm agnostic, but I could never be an atheist. I could never not believe. What I believe in I'm not really sure... I just know when I look up at the stars, I'm forced to believe in something.

It's one of those moments when I'm full of wonder. I dream of what is beyond this earth, what is beyond this universe, what is beyond our reality, and what awaits us after our earthly life is complete.

My scientific brain reminds me that they could just be balls of burning gas,
but I can't fight the voice inside me assuring me it's something more.

What about you? 
What do you dream about on a starry night?


November 16, 2011

Day #15: Attitude

 



So I finished reading the first half of "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl yesterday.

When my turn came to discuss and share a part in the book that I especially liked, I read this quote to my class...

"Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, 
to choose one's own way."

This man along with thousands of other prisoners in the concentration camps... suffered. They suffered so harshly beyond what any of us can imagine. Everything was taken away from them. Everything. Most of the men chose to give up hope. Consequently, once this was lost they soon passed on, as if the mind was controlling their own time of death.

The only thing they could control was their attitude. 

I believe this control of attitude is how Viktor survived, and I believe this is how we can survive in our own lives. 


So many bad things can happen during a lifetime, but it is only a circumstance. It doesn't have to define you or control your life. YOU have control over your own attitude, and your attitude will make the difference between failure and success.   


Thoughts?

November 15, 2011

Day #14: Discovery!

Today I had a moment of discovery, love, excitement, and obsession all wrapped in one.

It started just a couple hours ago as I followed a pin on Pinterest to its original source...

My thoughts went something like this,

"Ummm... WHAT?! You're telling me there is a virtual style board where you can search a giant database of beautiful clothing and accessories and then put together collages of your dream outfits?"

Where the eff have I been???

I've seen these super cute outfit posts roaming all over blogland and I honestly didn't realize there was some genius website behind it until now. Talk about a new obsession!

I think most of you know I'm talking about Polyvore.

Now, I'm not a fashion blogger and I don't intend to be, but as an artist turned designer I love to express myself through my personal style.

I feel like dressing yourself is a form of design... whether you realize it or not, all of the elements and principles of design are involved. You are like the canvas and your closet is like a collection of your favorite tools, materials, and supplies you need to create your masterpiece.

So every morning I like to have a little fun and create an expression of myself through what I wear. I love to choose items based on color schemes while carefully evaluating the overall contrast, balance, and harmony. I tend to match everything with a gray or black, but I like to play up color in my tops and accessories.

I guess you could call my style artsy/classic? I don't really know.

I just had a moment today where I wanted to introduce a little of my fashionista side to you guys, and instead of going all Zoolander and posting ridiculous pictures of myself, I now have Polyvore to thank for helping me share my personal style :)



What do you think of my first set? It was inspired from the very outfit I wore today, even though the versions I have aren't even close to the pretty penny some very fortunate people would spend on these gems... :)

What are some of your new discoveries?

November 14, 2011

Day # 13: Blogger Lovin

Morning dearies and happy Monday! How was everyone's weekend?

Mine consisted of three things: sleeping, eating, and cleaning (and in no way am I disappointed with that). I think I did a pretty good job transforming our house from pigsty to semi-decent.

It was nice to lounge around today in between cleaning breaks, smell fresh laundry, catch up on TV shows, and give myself a much needed manicure.

Of course I couldn't resist my usual Sunday blogfest...

I've noticed myself becoming especially enlightened when I read certain blogs, usually when they are self employed artist/designers (also known as the people who have my dream jobs). Just seeing their creations and their success inspires me to push myself further and dream bigger. I think that's pretty powerful, to leave that impression on someone, don't you think?

So I thought I should spread the love today and share my top three favorite blogs of the moment...

peruse & enjoy 



November 13, 2011

Day #12: Don't be a bully

(FYI: I'm not posting about things I'm thankful for every day in November. 
I'm doing a 30-day blog challenge of my own called "Inspired by Moments." 

Early this morning I logged onto my Facebook and saw that my old best friend from high school (who is now an elementary school teacher) invited me to a group called "End Cyberbullying." I believe she is doing this as a project for school to engage students and adults into discussing this topic, which is too often goes unnoticed.

I watched this video posted on her wall and it gave me chills... 

I feel for this girl. Kids are so cruel. They are too young to realize that their words can truly damage someone. Too often it leads to suicide and shootings, but more often kids will carry those words with them for the rest of their life, causing a ripple effect to every person they come in contact with. 

Which is worse? Something so terrible it makes headlines on the news, or the scars we all quietly hide but remind ourselves of every day? When do we take control and stop the ripple?

I don't know how I survived school with how much gossip and verbal attacks I went through. There always seemed to be someone talking crap, rumors going around, or drama sessions online. Not to say I wasn't part of the problem, because I was. 

I just think it all comes down to people's insecurities. 

I was an insecure girl trying to be cool in middle school, and sadly I walked over some people to get to my rank. There were girls that hated me in high school, something sparked an insecurity in them and they lashed out at me.

It's all psychological, but sadly this social scene is what kids today probably find more important than the actual learning. 

Most people might think the administration needs to intervene more, but it's all hush hush. If you tell your parents or someone of authority then you're obviously a loser. 

I don't know what will solve the problem. I think creating awareness groups like my friend did is a step in the right direction, but I still don't think that will effect our human nature.

All I know is the day I send my child to school is the day I have a nervous breakdown.

What are some of your thoughts on bullying?

November 12, 2011

Day # 11: A Beautiful Song

Good morning loves :)

I have a pretty song to share with you that touched my heart today.

I just love it... her voice, the piano, and the lyrics are magical together... thank you Pandora!





"We always sit and talk about the weather
And after all these letters well there's nothing left to say
And you and I we're both two of a kind
We're always wondering why
Something more hasn't come our way
But I refuse to believe
This is the only life for me

So I roam
These open roads
The nights are bitter
And the days are cold
So I roam
These open roads
In search of better
In search of home

You seem surprised I see it in your eyes
But I can't lie
This was never what I had in mind
And walking this line pretending everything's fine
Well this isn't living it's just getting by
And I maybe naïve
But not too proud to leave

So I roam
These open roads
The nights are bitter
And the days are cold
So I roam
These open roads
In search of better
In search of home
So I roam

And I roam

In search of home."



Hope you are having lovely weekends :)

November 11, 2011

Day #10: Weekend Wisdom


Some profound wisdom from a new book I started reading today called: 

Even though I'm only 60 pages in, I can tell it has life changing powers. I would highly recommend if you're looking for a new read.

Besides that, can I just express how happy I am that the weekend has finally graced us with its presence?  Anyone have fun plans?


P.S. Remember to make a wish at 11:11 today... seems like it would have more "coming true" powers due to the special date, don't you think? ;)

November 10, 2011

Day #9: Yes, I am proud.

The odds of having a good day were against me from the start. 

You see, I stupidly drank an energy drink during class last night and by the time I got home I was bouncing off the walls. I couldn't calm down. I ended up staying up until 2:00 AM watching True Blood (holy delicious- new addiction- will mention more on that later...) knowing very well that my alarm would be going off at 5:00 AM  (I snooze until 6:30, but you get the picture).

Normally, this lack of sleep would be the perfect set up to a day full of crabby bitch fests, but surprisingly, it wasn't.

The day came and went, and I started wondering what I was going to blog about.

It dawned on me when I came home early from my Photoshop class tonight. I was high fiving my husband and bragging about how I was the first one done with the midterm and how the instructor and the other students couldn't figure out how I finished so quick.

I was all like, 

"Bay'am!" 
"Boo-yah!"  
"Yeeeeah buddy!"  

Suddenly, I knew I had to blog about pride...


Now, this is not meant to be a cocky post. I understand pride is one of the seven deadly sins, but since I'm agnostic, I don't really care about that stuff.

You know what I think? I think being proud of yourself is good a thing.

Want to know what I'm proud of today?

I'm proud of my Photoshop projects that I worked on last weekend recreating a CD album and magazine cover:


(That's me and my sisters in the TLC album, and that's my super hot GQ hubby ;)

I'm proud of breaking through my creative block tonight. Right now I'm working on a logo design for the APSCA's 2012 Convention called "Working Proud." So naturally, I've got pride on the brain.

I'm proud of making a super cute blog button for a new friend free of charge just because it was fun :)

And last but not least, I'm proud of myself for making it through today on 4 hours of sleep and still dedicating myself to blog and stick with this 30-day challenge I bestowed upon myself.

Ya know, most of the time I'm pretty humble, but just for today I'm going to be proud of where I'm at :)


{images via here and here}

November 09, 2011

Day #8: Envisioning Home


 
Lou Tice (my motivational speaker dude) often says, 

"Imagination x Vividness = Reality"

I've been taking that advice ever since I designed my Vision Board a couple weeks ago. 

I've been setting goals in my mind, practicing The Secret, and trying to envision and feel how it would be to have already accomplished them. I can't get caught up in how it's going to work out, I just have to believe that it will manifest. 

One thing I have wanted, envied, and yearned for over the years is owning a home.

Josh and I have been renting forever, and it's worked out thus far, but, sometimes I look around at where I live, and even though I've put effort into making it feel like a "home" I know that it's just temporary.  I've lost inspiration along the way and sort of gave up trying. I know that's going to change once we invest in a property. Something will spark in me, and I'm going to put hours and hours of TLC into it, constantly working towards creating the perfect reflection of us. I'm SO ready for this...

So I've put my wish into the universe, Josh and I are on the same page of what we need to do to get there, and today I'm envisioning it...

I'm feeling what it would be like to be a homeowner... to write the check for the mortgage, to walk into Home Depot looking for light fixtures, to pick out paint colors, to take pride in every detail, to pick out our own quirky mailbox, to plant flowers in the spring time, to have our own homey "smell," to sip coffee on the porch while we watch the sunrise.

I've always envisioned living in a small cottage/bungalow. I don't know what it is that intrigues me about them... perhaps it's because I grew up in a small Connecticut cape style home. Something about the tight spaces and older layouts feel cozy and familiar to me. Our plan is to buy a small fixer upper, and slowly but surely work our butts off to create our vision of home:

{photos via here and here}


What dreams of yours do you want to make a reality?

November 08, 2011

Day #7: Exposed!

My favorite moment happened first thing this morning when my ad went live on 


I was lucky enough to snag their top spot for the rest of November and as soon as I saw it I got all giggly and excited... it kind of felt like a small moment of fame, as silly as that sounds :P

The stats starting soaring and new people were coming to visit, and it just felt so good. Not in a "ooooh look at me!" type of way, but that people actually cared to see what I was all about. When you put so much time, effort, and love into something it becomes your baby, and when someone else recognizes and loves it too, it just feels like payment in happiness :)

I've been thinking a lot about this blog lately and how much I truly enjoy it. It's a huge outlet for me to express myself, grow as a person, and stay focused on my goals, all while getting to know some of the most fabulous people around. How amazing would it be to call that my job?!

All I know is that I had an all around feeling of excitement today; excitement for the future and what I plan to achieve. I just see endless opportunities in front of me. I don't feel like dreaming small anymore or being afraid... I'm reaching for something bigger.

(Damn, I really think this motivational class is paying off!)

And since I have a little spotlight on me for the month, I just wanted to remind everyone that for the time being I'm offering FREE ADVERTISING through button swapping! Can't go wrong with that, can you? Email me if you're interested! :)

Thank you guys for being so awesome!

November 07, 2011

Day #6: The No Makeup Moment

My moment occurred to me after I had spent the whole day lounging around without a stitch of makeup... I do that a lot.

Now, I was blessed with a lot of things, but good skin was not one of them.

Having acne is semi-tolerable because I've become a pro at hiding it, but when I wake up in the morning and see the reality underneath, that's when I feel my worst.

And that's sad right? Because like, every woman should feel beautiful in their natural state, but it doesn't work like that for me. All of the makeup, hair, and clothes are there to help me feel good, but I also think they are there to help me trick everyone into thinking I'm cute.

So, I put on the show. I dress up, I wear the makeup, I do my hair, I look how I'm "supposed to look" according to my standards. But when I come home I just want to take it all off and be comfortable. 

This is why I have the best husband in the world... because he gets to see me at my absolute worst and still tells me how beautiful I am every chance he gets. Every girl should have a guy like him.

Sometimes I don't believe him when he tells me that, though, especially on a day like today.

I mean, not many people would think I was beautiful if I graced them with this morning glow...
...but he does. 

In my mind I'm thinking, "Really?" I tell him he's blinded by love, but he disagrees. 

He tells me he wishes I could see myself as he sees me. 

I'm working on it. I'm working on loving and accepting who I am inside and being comfortable in my own skin and not caring about anyone's judgements. 

I think that being OK with posting this picture of me is progress, right? 

*questions whether to save post as a draft and never look back?*

..... f*** it.



Am I alone in my insecurities without makeup? How do you feel about going au naturale? Where does your confidence come from?

November 06, 2011

Day #5: Nelly

This here pup is one half of my favorite dog duo...
 ...Sam and Nelly:
I find it odd that I don't blog about them that much, because seriously, I spend probably 90% of my time with them. They aren't just like my children... they ARE my children! The amount of cuddle time I have with them is probably borderline smothering, and even though they shed all over the place, I never seem to mind the amount of dog hair left on my clothes. 

They make me laugh all the time, especially Nelly. We both knew from day one that she was one of a kind...
For one, she's handicapped. She was born with crooked feet and now has developed a pimp walk.
(not a health issue and not painful, she just walks really funny and her front legs look broken, but she doesn't know the difference and walks just fine!)

Two, she's got a natural mohawk.
(as seen in previous photos)

Three, she still doesn't quite grasp the concept of going potty outside.
(We've tried everything except hiring a dog whisperer... but we love her anyway)

Four, she will sit and stare at you for a really long (sometimes uncomfortable) amount of time. It usually means she wants to play, and if you try to pick her up to cuddle she will squirm and run away in a hurry... then continue to stare.

Five, she doesn't like dogs other than Sam and will choose to bark at them and/or hide in a corner for hours rather than just saying hi. (This girl has a serious wall up)

Six, she LOVES to play with toys. When I throw one she never gets to it first (that's Sam's job), but she always winds up getting it, even if it means fighting dirty. Sam knows his place.

Seven, anytime you approach her off guard, without fail, she will roll over into her defense pose... belly up! It's kind of the cutest thing ever. 

Eight, she gets REALLY pissed when you blow in her face, and as payback she will quickly dart at you prepared to forcefully give you kisses!

Nine, if you egg her on enough, she will growl and show her teeth... it totally freaks me out. And it's hard to be afraid of a dog that resembles a fluffy teddy bear. 

Ten, she gives the sweetest kisses known to man... and I am not ashamed to post proof:
... I just love this little one!

I had to give you some background information before you saw her in action...

Today's moment happened when I took the dogs out this morning to go potty in our first snowfall of the season! We probably got about 4 inches, and I was worried Nelly would refuse to go in the snow and just awkwardly sit and stare at me until Sam was ready to go in. 

Not so this time around!

What cracks me up the most is how she runs in the snow. When I first saw her do it I had to get it on camera, so today's moment is presented by Nelly doing her happy snow bunny hop :)

It's super short... enjoy! 

video

(and yes, those snow pellets attached to her fur are a B to clean off!)



November 05, 2011

Day #4: Love IS worth fighting for...

My moment just happened last night when I got done watching "Crazy Stupid Love"....



To say the least... the movie really hit home with me.

I haven't divulged much about my personal life on here, but I feel inclined to confess.

It's been a rough year...

My parents finalized their divorce in January after 27 years of marriage.

In a way, it made me start to doubt that love could ever really last between two people, no matter how sure you are at the present moment.

It made me think that maybe what I had was too good to be true, that I didn't deserve it, that we would undoubtedly change sooner or later, and that we too would end in a bitter divorce.

I won't divulge everything, but I will say that by the end of this movie I was pouring out a river of tears, not because I was sad, but because I felt relief.

Relief in the belief that soul mates do exist... and that couples, no matter how terrible times may get, still have a fighting chance when love is recognized.

Life makes you do crazy things, but the ones that truly love you will stick by your side no matter what.

This was my moment today; a moment of peace within my marriage.... that if we believe in love, we believe in ourselves, and we believe that love is worth fighting for, that we can make it through anything <3




November 04, 2011

Day #3: Laughter

So, Hubby and I decided on Taco Bell for lunch today (three words: cheesy. gordita. crunch.) and as we pulled up there was an SUV in front of us in the middle of ordering. Her voice caught us off guard because it was SO LOUD, and then we witnessed what could possibly be one of the most laugh out loud moments I've ever had....


Taco Bell Intercom Chick: "Did you want your potatoes cheesy or plain?"

Cracked out driver: "That's it."

(Pause)

TBIC: "...I'm sorry, was that cheesy or plain potatoes?"

COD: (Sarcasm) "CHEESY fiesta potatoes?!"

TBIC: "...alright, your order came to $7.48 please pull forward."

*VROOM!*

*SCREEEECH!*

*COD proceeds to drive over the curb as she turns the corner in a rushed nature*

Me: *Uncontrollable laughter*

TBIC: "Welcome to Taco Bell, would you like to try our new flatbread chicken sandwich? Go ahead and order whenever your ready."

Hubby: "Ummm...."

Me: *Continued uncontrollable laughter even after we finish ordering, pay and drive away*


I literally could not stop laughing. The employees were staring at me all like, "WTF is wrong with her?" It probably doesn't even sound that funny to whoever is reading this, maybe it was a "you had to be there" type of moments, but I'm a huge fan of laughing until there are tears/stomach pains, and this was one of those moments. Partially because we kept imitating the scene over and over, and each time it got more hilarious. (I'm having an extremely hard time typing this as I'm still laughing/crying over the ridiculousness of it all.)

I don't know the best part, the tone in the TBIC's voice when she tried her friendly best to ask the same question a second time, the sarcastic response, or the SUV frantically hopping the curb.

It was one of those great moments that I got to laugh with my husband. We have the exact same sense of humor, we love to laugh as much as possible, and I love that about us. Most of my guffaws have been shared with him, and I think it's one of those things that brings us closer together.

I'm a true believer in "laughter is the best medicine" so, I encourage everyone to laugh more today... really hard if possible :)



November 03, 2011

Day #2: I drink to that...

Well... I didn't have the most inspiring day today.

I had a rough day at work (grrrr), got home, and after chowing down on Jimmy John's I passed out for longer than I wanted, and then woke up grumpy because I had to get to school.

Meh.

On the way I heard one of my new favorite songs on the radio. The lyrics totally changed my mood around...

"Life's too short to be sittin' round miserable
People gon' talk whether you doing bad or good"

"Don't let the bastards get ya down
Turn it around with another round"

Ahhh, alcohol! The temporary solution to prevent you from walking out of your job :)

The power of music never ceases to amaze me. I was dancing, singing and my energy was up. So, even though work sucked today, I'm going to take Miss Rihanna's advice and not let those bastards get me down! :D

One other moment I was so grateful for today was laughing with my sweet/sassy/hilarious friend at work that I can vent to. We were in the same sucky work boat today, and I think laughter really helps release the built up tension. I feel bad for anyone that doesn't have a work buddy like her...

So I will dedicate this song to her, and anyone else that needs a DRINK!





Cheers!

November 02, 2011

Inspired by Moments: Day #1

Today I was inspired by a moment during my Skills for Success class...

We just watched "The Secret" not too long ago and our assignment was to create our own vision board showing our goals and what we want to accomplish in life.

Here's mine...


I talked about some simple things: lasting love, my dream job, lots of money, good health, a New England home. I highlighted things I want my life to be about: creativity, gratitude, positivity, believing, and inspiring others.

The worst part? I had to get up in front of 20 people and present my board!

My heart was racing as soon as the presentations began. The longer I waited the more dry my throat got and the more I could feel my blood pulsating through my jugular... I had to get this over with.

I'm no public speaker, but I basically avoided eye contact and stared at my poster the whole time, glancing up every now and then. I got my points across and happily sat down, feeling the rush of adrenaline slowly leave my body over the next 15 minutes. 

I noticed a lot of other people had mostly materialistic things on their boards: cars, engagement rings, fancy homes, pools, piles of money, shoes, jewelry, etc. 

I get it, those things are nice, and it would be pretty awesome to have them, but is that what you really seek out of life? 

(MOMENT ALERT!)

Now, I was going to compare this "materialism vs. developing of good character" concept by venting about the Kardashian divorce (gag), but I think Mitch Albom explains what went through my head pretty perfectly:
“We've got a sort of brainwashing going on in our country, Morrie sighed. Do you know how they brainwash people? They repeat something over and over. And that's what we do in this country. Owning things is good. More money is good. More property is good. More commercialism is good. More is good. More is good. We repeat it--and have it repeated to us--over and over until nobody bothers to even think otherwise. The average person is so fogged up by all of this, he has no perspective on what's really important anymore. 
Wherever I went in my life, I met people wanting to gobble up something new. Gobble up a new car. Gobble up a new piece of property. Gobble up the latest toy. And then they wanted to tell you about it. 'Guess what I got? Guess what I got?' 
You know how I interpreted that? These were people so hungry for love that they were accepting substitutes. They were embracing material things and expecting a sort of hug back. But it never works. You can't substitute material things for love or for gentleness or for tenderness or for a sense of comradeship. 
Money is not a substitute for tenderness, and power is not a substitute for tenderness. I can tell you, as I'm sitting here dying, when you most need it, neither money nor power will give you the feeling you're looking for, no matter how much of them you have.” 
 Mitch AlbomTuesdays with Morrie

So true, right? 

Well there you have it, one moment down, 29 more to go... 
Visit me tomorrow to read about Day #2 :)

P.S. It's not too late to join me! 


November 01, 2011

FREE November Digital Calendar!

Good morning lovelies, and Happy 1st of November!

Not sure how happy I am about it....

If you're not a huge fan of the holidays approaching or the cold air stinging your face,
I hope to give you at least one good reason to welcome the new month with smiles...

A NEW FREE DIGITAL CALENDAR!

DIRECTIONS: 
1. Click on the photo above
2. The link will bring you to another tab where the photo is enlarged 
3. Right click and set as your desktop image for the month of November.   
4. You might need to stretch the image to fit it to your screen size (found in your computer's desktop/personalization options), but it shouldn't look too warped. 

Let me know if you run into any issues... enjoy!