Monday, January 31, 2011

my 30x30 picks

So here are my picks for Kendi's Winter 30x30. I got some great tips on twitter from Tania, Elisabeth and Susan. I am excited to get started tomorrow and am looking forward to accessorizing.

Music Monday: Sara Bareilles- Gonna Get Over You

This song reminds me a lot of my post last week. This song is all about letting go, moving on and allowing yourself time to grieve. I love Sara Bareilles and I'm so grateful I saw her perform in November.

Should be sayin' that to you by now, shouldn't I?
Layin' down the law that I live by
Though maybe next time

I've got a thick tongue, brimming with the words that go unsung
Simmer then the burn for a someone, a wrong one

And I tell myself to let the story end
My heart will rest in someone else's hand
My 'why not me?' philosophy began

And I say ooh, how'm I gonna get over you?
I'll be alright, just not tonight
Someday, oh I wish you'd want me to stay
I'll be alright, just not tonight


Maybe is a vicious little word that can slay me
Keep me when I'm hurting and make me
Hang from your hands

Well, no more
I won't beg to buy a shot at your back door
If I make it at the thought of you, what for?
It's not me anymore


And I'm not the girl that I intend to be
I dare you darling, just you wait and see
But this time not for you but just for me

I'll be alright, just not tonight

Music Monday: The Civil Wars-Barton Hollow

The Civil Wars are made up of Joy Williams and John Paul White and their debut album is out TOMORROW! I must get my hands on a copy! Enjoy this video of their song Barton Hollow, maybe you saw them perform it on Jay Leno a couple weeks ago.


Sunday, January 30, 2011

January Wrap-Up and February Goals

January: Energy
-Go to sleep earlier
-Exercise better
-No coffee or pop
-Act more energetic

This month has been interesting to say the least. Perhaps part of me thought my Happiness Project was going to go off without a hitch and that living by my twelve commandments would be a piece of cake. I should know by now that some of the most valuable things in life need to be fought for.

This is a challenging project, but I know that in the end it will be worth the struggle and I will be better for it. My previous update mentioned some struggles I had with my month of energy.

In some ways I am more exhausted and weary that I was before the month started, but I’ve also been dealing with…unexpected life challenges, we’ll call them. (Trust me, you don’t want or need to know all the details.) Emotionally and spiritually it’s been rough, which has definitely affected my ability physically to exercise and sleep. Although, I believe I am leaving January stronger than I began it and for that I am grateful.

Onto February! I am ready to begin a new month, full of new opportunities. I will be continuing my January goals as I move into February and hopefully they will get easier over time.

My topic or theme this month is Creativity. Most of my goals for the month relate back to my 25 before 26 list that I created before my birthday last year. Plus, my mom, sister, aunt and I are also going to a crafting retreat at the end of the month at our church camp. I am excited to have a full weekend of uninterrupted time in the mountains.

-Stitch a needlework/embroidery sampler (#20)
-Scrapbook (#10)
-Finish paintings I’ve already begun & start #24
-Update my etsy shop (#23)
-Participate in Kendi’s 30x30


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Guilty Pleasures and Funny Habits

I got the idea for this post from both Elsie and Kelly. They posted theirs quite a few months ago, but I've keep the idea in my head for a rainy day. So here are a few of my guilty pleasures and funny habits. What are some of yours?

Burlesque: I'm obsessed with both the movie and the soundtrack. I saw it twice in theaters, once with Ashlee, my mom and my faux aunt Dawn and then again with Ashlee and Jenny. We all loved it so much. The music is fun; I could listen to the soundtrack for days. (See my last funny habit.)

McDonalds French Fries: I have a weakness for these salty and delicious fries.

Keeping up with the Kardashians: These pretty ladies and their crazy family have captured my heart. They totally crack me up.

Dominos Pepperoni Pizza: I have fond memories of my mom bringing my sister, cousin and I pizza for lunch on special occasions in high school. We were the envy of the other students.

I talk to my cats and occasionally give them voices to talk back to me.


I eat candy (Skittles, conversation hearts, etc) in color order, starting with my least favorite.

When I find a song/cd I like I listen to it on repeat for days on end. (These two have been taking turns in my car.)

Friday, January 28, 2011

fashion friday: two-fer

These are outfits from Sunday and today. I love the color combination in my first outfit and I had to break out my new shoes for my second outfit. I about screamed when I saw Mara post about how she got the Jessica Simpson Dany Platforms on sale. I've had my eyes on them for awhile and Ashlee and I couldn't resist each getting a pair.

Dress: H&M
Cardigan: H&M
Tights: Forever 21
Boots: Steve Madden
Ring: Forever 21
Earrings: Forever 21
Bracelet: Gift from my god-daughter (it's her birthstone!)

Cardigan: Forever 21
Lace Tank: Target (on sale $3!)
White Tank: Forever 21
Jeans: dVb
Shoes: Jessica Simpson
Bracelet: Premiere Jewelry
Ring: Forever 21

Without You

I found this video on BFF Productions. This is adorable. I agree with Sophia, my heart is totally melting and Scout rocks it!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

letting go

Do you ever run into the same lesson over and over again? In the past couple weeks I have repeatedly been hit with the idea of letting go. The lesson has come in different packages but it is always the same. I need to let go of the past, let go of my plans for my life, let go of what I think is best for me, let go of dreams that will never be and surrender wholeheartedly to God and His will for my life. Ouch.

I probably called was I was doing hoping, when in fact it was denial. I've been holding on so tight for so long. It is frightening to let go and dream new dreams.

In reading the Savannah series by Denise Hildreth, which I mentioned here, I read about Savannah’s own struggles with living in the past and grieving the loss of what she thought her life would be like. I want to share a quote with you from the last book, Savannah by the Sea, which I just finished.

“Life was bittersweet. I had to let go to receive…Amazing how life requires letting go to receive. But in each instance, no matter how painful, each brought me to a different place, a better place, dare I say a wonderful place. I shed tears over what I had lost, but I would always know in my knower that what I received in exchange would take me to new and better places.”

It will take time to grieve certain dreams that I had for myself and the ideas I had of what my life would look like. But I know that it is time to let go. I need to let go of the past, of dreams and of hurts and open my hands to receive what God has next for me. I’m terrified, but I know that what God has planned for my life is better than anything I could ever imagine. I am ready for new and better places. My hands are open.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

keep calm

Life just seems out of control lately. I cannot believe January is almost over.

I've read two more books since last week (Reshaping It All & Savannah Comes Undone). My sister, Ashlee, had surgery Monday. I did a Wildtree Tasting Friday and have another one tonight.

I hope to do another update on my Happiness Project and share my plans for February, as well as do another outfit post. Until then I'll take a deep breath and do the next thing.


Saturday, January 22, 2011

rain drops

These are a few pictures I snapped on my phone in my car before my Wildtree Tasting last night. My photography skills aren't quite up to par with my amazing sister, Ashlee, but I liked how they turned out nonetheless.

Whenever it rains I can't help but get Taylor Swift's song, Fearless, stuck in my head.

There's something 'bout the way the street looks when it's just rained.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Don't Look Back

If I can't be Zooey Deschanel, can we at least be best friends?

She & Him - Don't Look Back from Merge Records on Vimeo.

January Book List

I appreciate being able to read what I want since graduating college. I make it a habit of going to the library often, 2-4 times a week, picking up new books, movies and music. I started making a list in my head of all the books I've read this month; I've counted four so far and want to share them with you.

Life Without Limits by Nick Vujicic

I mentioned this book twice this month here and here. If you're feeling down and are in need of some amazing inspiration, this book is for you.

Priceless by Nicole Richie

This is an easy read about a rich girl finding out what is most important in life. I will warn you that it has it's trashy moments, but for the most part it is entertaining.

Unbearable Lightness by Portia de Rossi

This is Portia's amazing memoir and journey of her eating disorder. I recommend that if you start reading this, you must finish. At some points it is difficult to continue because she was so broken and it broke my heart. But her ending is a beautiful one of accepting herself as she is.

Savannah from Savannah by Denise Hildreth

I put this on my must read list and hearing Kelli recommend it on her blog. This was a fun read about a young woman finding her purpose. I really enjoyed it and can't wait to pick up the rest of the series at the library!

So next on my list is:

Reshaping It All by Candace Cameron Bure with Darlene Schact

This book has been on my list for awhile and I was finally able to pick it up from the library. I'm so excited to begin it!

What have you been reading recently?