Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Review

This has been a tumultuous year, but I guess every year is that way. Each year is full of ups and downs, laughter and tears and 2010 was no different. This has been another year of change and a testing of faith, but I am a blessed woman to have so many dear people by my side.


I was blessed to travel as much as I did. Whistler (twice), Seattle (twice), Camp Perkins, Longview, Portland, Georgia.




I was blessed with a darling God-daughter, Maddie and a family that continues to love me despite my faults.


I was blessed with the ability to use my creativity and participate in projects bigger than myself.




I was blessed with the opportunity to share Jesus with a young woman who I will only meet in heaven.


I was blessed to have a temporary job that allowed me the ability to get out of credit card debt.


I was blessed to see dear friends and make new friends. Some have stayed put, others have moved close and some even further away.




I was blessed by music, as I was able to see some favorite musicians perform.


Above all, I was blessed by laughter and the ability to smile through hard situations.


This was another year of learning to trust in God with my life, my loved ones and my future. I am looking forward to what God has in store for 2011.

Goodbye 2010; it's been an adventure.


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Come back tomorrow to read about my Happiness Project and goals for the new year!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Tourist

Every Christmas my family gets "tickets" in our stockings to go see a movie together. This year we decided on The Tourist, which we saw this afternoon.

My dad has been talking about it for months now. Before it was even released in theaters he was asking if it was on Netflix yet. I have been wanting to see the Black Swan, but agreed to go to The Tourist, knowing how much my dad wanted to see it. I really enjoyed it too!

Angelina had such great outfits in the movie and I was so inspired. Every scene of the movie I would turn to Ashlee and tell her how much I wanted Angie's clothes. That woman has a great sense of style!








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wardrobe thursday: a day late and a dollar short

I apologize for the poor quality of the first four photos, but you do the best with what you have and I had no natural light. The last picture was taken after Ashlee set up her amazing camera and lighting equipment for our family photo. This is what I wore on Christmas Eve. I have been saving this dress for months and months, waiting for the right occasion. I am so head over heels in love with this dress. I told Ashlee that I would wear it to my wedding if I could. I adore it.





Dress: Forever 21
Socks: Forever 21
Necklace: Gift
Shoes: Seychelles

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

twelve commandments

I recently started reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. I am a little more than half way through it and I am really enjoying it. I am considering doing my own Happiness Project in 2011 and will share as I am planning. As she was working on her resolutions she saw common themes come out and developed her own twelve commandments.


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This book is causing me to do a lot of thinking, reflecting and searching in my own life. I have developed twelve commandments of my own, two of which I borrowed from Gretchen, and I wanted to share with you, my dear readers. These commandments are what I want to live by in 2011. My hope is that these resolutions will help me in becoming the woman I'm supposed to be and also that they will inspire you to set your own.

1. Be Heather.
2. Be better, not bitter.
3. Enjoy now. Enjoy the process.
4. Keep it simple.
5. Don't make comparisons.
6. Be kind.
7. Save more than I spend.
8. What would I do if I weren't scared?
9. Grow.
10. Stay in touch.
11. Everything adventurous.
12. There is only love.

What are your commandments?


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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

wonderland

How strange everything is today.

Let me think.

Was I the same when I got up this morning?

I almost think I can remember feeling a little different.

But if I'm not the same, the next question is...

Who in the world am I?

-Alice in Wonderland






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Saturday, December 25, 2010

A Social Network Christmas

Now this is what Christmas is all about! I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating with family and friends!



Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Book Review: The Butcher and The Vegetarian

The Butcher and The Vegetarian by Tara Austen Weaver is a must read! When we were visiting Jenny in Georgia, my dear friend Janelle brought it up. I immediately put it on my book list, because that girl has great taste in everything from books and music to clothes and food. I must admit when I picked it up from the library I really didn’t know what to expect.



Let me give you a little synopsis of the book. Tara grew up in a vegetarian household and was always very diet conscious. In her 30s she was surprised when her physician said that for her health she must start eating meat. This book documents her entrance into the world of meat and her discoveries along the way.

In the past year I have become increasingly fascinated with food and how it affects your health. I do believe there is a direct correlation, but does that mean that everyone needs to eat EXACTLY the same way? Is there one RIGHT way to eat? Should I immediately change to a vegan diet?



I appreciate Tara’s insights so much because she understands that food is not a black and white issue. What a relief to discover and be reassured of this! There is no ONE RIGHT WAY to eat. Tara shares with readers her week of eating meat at every meal, her week of eating entirely vegetarian and her week of eating raw meals. In the end she discovers what way of eating works best for her, but she doesn’t box herself in. If she feels like eating something outside of that then she isn’t going to berate herself for it.



One of my favorite quotes in the entire book came at the end of the book. Tara said, “Food is a funny thing; it can bring us together, but it can divide us as well- vegetarian, carnivore, vegan. I'm trying not to get stuck at the bottom of the chasm. Sharing meals is important to me. As a child raised at a dining table that was lonely, the act of sitting together to eat feels sacred. This is how I create my community; this is how I care for those I love. Regardless of what we eat, we should all be able to eat together.”

I completely agree with her. We need to stop acting holier than thou when it comes to eating and start respecting each other’s choices when it comes to food. I still don’t know exactly where I fall on the food spectrum, but with time I will figure out what is best for my body and my health. I think the bottom line is that as a society we MUST step away from the terrible processed food and the greasy fast food chains and start eating healthier food that is beneficial to our bodies, whether it is meat or vegetables.



One last thing I wanted to share from her book is about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). This is a great way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. A farmer offers a box of vegetables, fruit or meat each week. The beautiful thing about this is that you KNOW where your food is coming from. I found this website where you can search by state to find local farmers in your area who participate.

I would love to hear your comments on how you eat and your perspective about food.


"He woke each morning torn between a desire to save the world and a desire to savor it." E.B. White

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wardrobe Wednesday: Oldie

These outfit photos are from November. Better late than never, right? I know that I've posted photos of this dress before, but I just cannot get enough of it. I love it so much! I wore to to our Rohnert Christmas dinner on Sunday night. It's the perfect mix of casual and dressy.













Dress: Bleubird Vintage
Socks: Forever 21
Shoes: Forever 21
Bracelet: Forever 21

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Guess What I Use As A Hat? A Lentil.

This is the cutest video. I found it on Kendi's blog. Ashlee is sharing in today too. It's adorable!

MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON from Dean Fleischer-Camp on Vimeo.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Music Monday: Steve Reynolds- Save Your Best

I discovered Steve Reynolds the other day through Pandora. Thank God for Pandora! I really enjoyed this song. I must get my hands on his album soon!

Your needs and my needs ain't always in line.
Your wants are your wants.
They're not always the same as mine.
And your love is your love,
But it ain't always the forgivin' kind.
And your ways are your ways
But I hope you'll keep me in mind.

And your maze is your maze
But I know you'll get through it fine.
And your world is your world
But I know you'll be home at night.

Save your best for me.
Save your best for me.
And we'll lay it all down.

Chart your course for the coast,
For we won't be lovers and then leave it undone.
Girl, you better guilt yourself awake
'Cuz I'm out here waitin' with the sun.
Pack up your pearls and rings
And I'll bring you everything that I can steal from home.
'Cuz it ain't time to quit your feet.
Well, I'm still out here on the floor.

Put your bags in the basement
'Cuz I don't think we'll be needin' them anymore.
Brush off your skirts and your worst
And step from that line where we've been keepin' score.
Every time there's a creak in your dash,
I know you'll remember that gift from the past.


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maybe

Lately I've been so discouraged trying to find a job that it just about paralyzes me. Everything I see seems to be so career specific, I'm not a hairstylist or a nurse. Today's search is once again disappointing, plus it is such a weird time of year to look for a job-right around the holidays. I know that I can work my Wildtree and etsy businesses more so I have some sort of income, but that is not going to be enough to live on. I know that God has just the right job/position/career lined up for me and will provide exactly what I need. Until then I guess I'll continue searching.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

art.art.art.

So yesterday I shared a couple of my own paintings and once I get around to taking pictures I will share two more photo transfer pieces I did. Until then I want to share a few artists that I've recently learned about.

Earlier this week my friend Megan was in town (the one I did the painting for) and we decided to take a trip to the Boise Art Museum. We were delighted to see the exhibit by Stephen Knapp. Stephen began as a fine art photographer, but now he does something quite unique. He does lightpainting. Ashlee, Megan and I fell in love with his work. It is breathtaking. We could have sat for hours taking it all in; there is so much detail to see. If you have the opportunity to see one of his exhibits take it! Gorgeous, right? They look even better in person.





I discovered L.A. Ocampo's work when Ashlee and I visited Jenny in Georgia back in October. Her work was being displayed at a little coffee shop in Savannah. I love the dreamy feel of her work and the big eyes of her subjects.







Last but not least, Mr. Ruben Toledo. I picked up a copy of Molly Ringwald's book, Getting Pretty Back, at the library and was mesmerized by the artwork. It looked so familiar and then I realized that Ruben Toledo also illustrated Nina Garcia's books. His artwork is so fun and different. If I ever write a book I want him to illustrate it.





Who are some of your favorite artists? I would love to see some new artwork!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

friends. paintings. kindness.

This year, like many before, my besties and I did a Christmas gift exchange. I drew my friend, Megan's name, this year. I wanted her present to be thoughtful and fun. I used Promise's Photo Transfer Process to create this mixed media painting for her. This is this most recent picture of all of us together and it is one of my favorites.








A little over a year ago I met a lovely girl on twitter, Miss Amanda. Who would have thought that we would become such good friends?! Amanda is beautiful inside and out and one of the sweetest girls I know. For our one year "friendversary" I wanted to paint her something. It took a lot longer than I thought so the painting ended up being her birthday present.