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Instagram Roundup . 01

Happy Friday! Trying out a new recurring post here- we shall see how it goes. Cause my friends… I love Instagram. My husband will give me this look when he catches me scrolling through Instagram while we are “watching” tv.

Beautiful photos are happiness and contentment to me. It is relaxing and inspiring to browse through gorgeous photos that just give me happiness. Thought I would share some of my favorites that I’ve posted recently- I think this will be the most you’ll see in one round-up. There were several I wanted to do from the past several months. lol.

Hope you have an AMAZING weekend!!

and in the morning… I’m making waffles! #breakfast #waffles #bananas #goodmorning #espressomachine #espresso


hello Monday. hello wind. spring certainly seems to be coming… but I totally could do without the wind. #windhair #hellomarch #hellospring #windhairdontcare #spring #gotmyshadeson #hellomonday #curlyhair #curlygirl #curlyhairdontcare


A little sneak peak! The next stage of designing new cards- printing and matching with envelopes. Huzzah! Seriously- they’re coming really soon!


Starting our big landscaping project- we ran through the drawings and proposal yesterday. 😍 I’m so excited- can’t wait to have a backyard I can use.


Received my @functionofbeauty custom shampoo and conditioner! I’m such a sucker for pretty packaging! Now I’m off to try out my new products- I’ll let you know how it goes!


anxiety has been the language of my mind for a long time. anxiety over acceptance. anxiety over perfection. anxiety over just about anything. to stop an anxious thought with a thought of gratitude interrupts the anxiety from taking root. diligent, proactive thoughts of gratitude are my greatest defense in developing a healthy mind. #honesty


We rise by lifting others. It’s been said before – but it bears repeating. #compassion #love #strongertogether


I’ve been working on a new project for my favorite salon ever 💇💅#handlettering #illustration #watercolor


Explore the world around you physically and mentally. 🌎 It’s a great big beautiful world- there is so much to experience and understand. #wanderlust


you know when you find a pair of shoes that are about as close to perfect for as possible? like these leopard sneakers!! perfect price, super cute, and super comfy!! 😍 #newfavoriteshoes #leopardprint #shoelover


In pinterest finds fridays

This and That. Go.

Happy happy Friday! I can’t believe we are closing in on the end of April. Geez. Anyway- I’ll leave the cliché comments about how fast time flies there.

I hope you have awesome weekend plans- what awesome means to you. ;) Like for me I’m into the idea of taking a really really chill weekend. Last weekend was, of course, Easter which is full of family. The weekend before my parents were in town and we celebrated my dad’s birthday. So it is kind of nice to not have anything much to do. :D

one  |  really into the simplicity of this work space  //  via coco lapine designs

two  |  white jeans are a new discovery for me. but I love them. //  via jessi afshin

three  |  anyone else feeling a little obsessed over copper?  //  via julia kostreva

four  |   go.  //  via 1924us | instagram

five  |   the simplicity of these photo books make me *sigh*   //  via artifact uprising

six  |   surprising symptoms of stress (muscle tension? poor sleep? painful pms?)  //  via verilymag

In unique & useful

Hello April! Downloadable Calendar Freebie.

Hello April! Don’t worry- no fools here. :) Just the free April 2017 calendar available for you to download.

It has been a very standard Colorado spring- one day it’s beautiful and sunny with really temperate weather, and then the next day we have some snow and rain. Well honestly- it’s more like one hour it is beautiful and the next hour it is snowing.

My hubby and I are starting a big project home improvement project at home- our backyard. We have to gut pretty much everything that is back there right now and start from scratch. It is super exciting. Currently, our yard is almost completely unusable, and I want to be able to use it this summer. :)

Here is a flowery and fully spring background for you. All the spring vibes anyone could ever want. :D

Click through for the download links.
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In wisdom & happiness

Fighting Negative Self-Talk & Knowing Your Worth

During my morning routine this morning I listened to a podcast that talked about self-talk. In the podcast, the speaker talked about how negative self-talk damages who we are and how we approach the world- while positive, loving self-talk does quite the opposite.

We are creatures of beautiful design- carefully and wonderfully made. We are worthy, and we are more than enough. We are human, and we are subject to mistakes- but we are capable of redemption, mercy, grace, love, and strength. We are loved, and we are fought for, and we have been declared worthy. There is glory in our midst.

I am a culprit of negative self-talk. I say horrible things to myself- sometimes those thoughts are just in my head, and sometimes I utter them aloud. No matter how I talk to myself… the damage is done.

I have been working at fighting negative self-talk this year. Instead of a weight goal or something similar for a resolution- I decided to resolve to not talk down to myself. Why am I bringing up my new year’s resolution now in March? Because I think new year’s resolutions are overrated… and bring to much pressure that first month of the year.

Resolving to be better and do better in March, though, feels like so much less pressure to me. It’s not about the year marked on your calendar- it’s about you and your happiness.

The benefits I have reaped from focusing on positive and compassionate self-talk have been profound- even in the short amount of time of only a few months. I can feel the effects instantly when I let myself slip back into those negative thoughts. It takes an effort to start undoing habits of negative self-talk- but here is what I have found helpful. Continue Reading →

In personal & quick/ wisdom & happiness

Nevertheless, She Persisted

Today is International Women’s Day. Today -even amidst the weirdness of the political situation here in the United States- is Women’s Appreciation Day around the world.

Some women are protesting. Some women are celebrating. Some women aren’t doing anything. I hope though that no matter your political standing that you take a moment to recognize the women in your life- including yourself (if you are a woman of course- lol).

Women fought for the rights that we have today and today is a day to be so very grateful for their sacrifice, their strength, their perseverance, and their persistence. We have come so far, and that is incredible. That is something worth celebrating.

We still have work to do, and saying that we still have work to do does not negate that we have come a long way. Saying that women still face struggles doesn’t discredit the ground that we have already covered. I would insist that ignoring the issues we still face as women is an insult to fight that came before us.

There is still a wage gap. Women earn 78 cents for every dollar a man makes.

There is still an issue with the sexualization and objectification of women. One out of every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. One out of every six women will be sexually assaulted and/or raped in her lifetime.

Women are capable and strong and persistent. All we seek is to be considered fully human and fully capable.

In analog v digital/ fashion & clothing

Analog v Digital. My Digital Closet.

I’ve been using this excellent app called Stylebook for the past couple of months… (wait… well since mid-January… so a month and a half roughly). StyleBook helps you digitally organize and manage your closet, as well as let you plan out outfits (or looks as the app describes them) and schedule them in your calendar. Complete time saver.

I purchased this app a while ago (it is like $4 I think). I can’t even remember when honestly- it is possible it was several years ago. I didn’t quite grasp the usefulness of it at that point- so I stopped using it and forgot about it. It was frustrating- I had purchased it in pursuit of a capsule wardrobe.

stylebook app review - outfit view

I’ve been super interested in the idea of a capsule wardrobe for quite a while now… but have had a hard time getting into it. I like clothes. I like shoes. I like shopping…. and it always felt so overwhelming to picture my wardrobe being smaller and still fulfilling all of my needs. You know what I mean?

Most of the time when I would see examples of a capsule wardrobe- the outfits leaned more minimal then my tastes go (no matter how much I want to be a uber minimal dresser… I just don’t like the way that style looks on me).

At the end of last year, I joined a wardrobe style guide program hosted by a blogger that has a style that meshes with mine. The program gave me a list of wardrobe items that I gathered up and a month’s worth of outfits that only used what was in that wardrobe for the month of January.

It was empowering and flexible and showed me how easy it is to work with fewer items in my closet. What I loved most though was not having to decide what to wear in the morning- it was already planned out for me. and. it. was. awesome.

It saved me so much time in the mornings.

As the program came to an end- I felt compelled to figure out how to plan out my outfits more… and that brought me back to Stylebook. This new found purpose of wanting to plan out my outfits for every morning plus the template from the wardrobe challenge inspired me to give the app another try. Continue Reading →