Tuesday, July 31, 2012

26 before 27 update

It is that time again...almost my birthday. Here is a little recap of my list of 26 before 27 goals and dreams that I worked through this past year. I didn't quite get to everything, but I am so proud of what I did accomplish.

1. Take a trip to Seattle (September & October 2011)
2. Take a trip to Los Angeles
3. Plan a trip out of the country for 2013
4. Go to a concert (March 2012-Tyrone Wells & June 2012-Dia Frampton)
5. Meet Amanda

6. Move out

7. Buy a car (February 2012)
8. Buy a bicycle
9. Create a monthly budget and stick to it
10. Pay off my small student loan (1-2 payments left!)

11. Re-read all the Harry Potter books (December 2011-January 2012)
12. Read The Hunger Games (March-April 2012)
13. Read Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey (August 2011)
14. Read Unlimited by Jillian Michaels (
September 2011)
15. Watch all of Steve Martin’s movies and read all his books (Watched Roxanne & The Big Year)

16. Create a self portrait (February 2012)
17. Make macarons (September 2011-It was a failed attempt, but a good first try.)

18. Design/sew a dress
19. Plan a photo shoot with Ashlee

20. Paint a picture (September 2011, April 2012, June 2012, July 2012)

21. Take a class (Electrical Systems-September 2011, Piano-February-July 2012)
22. Practice guitar 3-4 days a week/learn a song (Practiced Piano)
23. Learn how to do a fishtail braid (
September 2011)
24. Complete all 30 days of Jillian's 30 day Shred
25. Host a Finding Kind (Kind Campaign) viewing party at church

26. Go zip-lining in Whistler (September 2011 & Idaho Zip Line-July 2012)

Dear 26,
What a year it has been! I did some serious growing this year. I did things that straight up scared me and felt empowered and proud of myself for doing them. I experienced some tragic events that drew me closer to God and tested my faith. I learned many new things; things about: music, electrical systems (I never saw THAT coming!), work, myself and life. I have laughed until I cried and I have cried out to God in despair. God has stirred up my life this year into what I've perceived as chaos; perhaps He is readying me for a big change in year 27. I don't know that I like it, but I am open to the possibilities and opportunities. So thank you 26 for beating me up a bit in order to allow me put my faith into action and to be brave. I hope 27 is a little bit sweeter and a little bit softer.


Monday, July 30, 2012

knock-down drag-out

You may have noticed how quiet I’ve been lately. Not just on my blog, but twitter, instagram and facebook have all taken a back seat. Life has been so challenging lately. I can’t and won’t go into details on here, but I will say that this past week I was at my wits end; there seemed to be trouble everywhere I turned. It felt like it was all I could do to survive and it wasn’t without many tears.

My response has been to back off of everything-not just social networking, but also my exercise, piano and other activities. I felt like I was drowning. I still do. Everything in my life is chaos…or at least feels like it. I don’t understand the how or why.

I guess it’s just a season, but it has sure been overwhelming. I still don’t know how everything is going to work out. For now I am trying to keep my chin up, do my best and trust in God’s plan not just for my future, but for my right now.

I would love to hear, what do you do when it feels like everything is falling apart? Where do you find encouragement?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I've been thinking a lot lately about living in the public eye. It's funny because that's not just for celebrities or popular bloggers. We are all living in the public eye. Our lives are on display and others WILL judge them. I've noticed that the more you live transparently, the more you open yourself up, the more judgement, criticism and unwanted opinions you will receive.

In most cases I think it is worth the risk to live the best life you can, standing up for what you believe in, not living in fear of sharing our hearts, our opinions and our lives because of how others might respond. If you live in truth, with integrity you have nothing to fear. Sure you're going to fall down and make mistakes. We all do. It's how you fix the mistake that matters.

Ignore the hate, spread kindness and don't let other people bring you down. As a dear friend told me, "You can please some people all of the time and all people some of the time, but you can't please all people all of the time." Don't apologize for being you.

Monday, July 16, 2012

moonrise kingdom

I'm loving these movie posters for Moonrise Kingdom. Wes Anderson is so talented and his movies are always so beautiful to watch, this one was no exception. The movie was utter perfection! I really want to see it again. I felt so inspired after seeing it; I just want to paint and create something beautiful.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Sexy Back Check In #2 & #3

Week Two:

Walk with the mom and sister
30 day shred x2

6 out of 7 days of piano practice

Read the #shereadstruth plan everyday.

Week Three:

30 day shred x2
Wii workout with mom

7 days of piano practice

Read the #shereads truth plan everyday. Finished Soul Detox plan and Living the Surrendered Life plan. Began Prayer plan.

I've been struggling the most physically these past two weeks. While I have been actually exercising, my goal of no soda has not been going well. It is like I'm purposefully sabotaging myself which makes me feel worse which leads to apathy. I know that is Satan's goal. In order to really get it under control I will give myself permission to have one soda this next week and then completely cut it out in week five. I also haven't been eating particularly well, but that is about to change this week. After some major fitspiration I found searching around the internet, as well as the amazing journey of my dear friend, Amanda, I am ready for the coming week. Afterall, without struggle, there is no progress.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Tip Toes

It has been another quiet week on the blog front. Mostly because it has been a chaotic week on the job front. So many changes are happening, some that I'm less than thrilled about. However, I am SO HAPPY that it is FRIDAY! It's been quite the exhausting week and I'm looking forward to a quiet weekend filled with painting.

To welcome the weekend I wanted to share the preview of Jayme Dee's single. It's so catchy! I can't wait until she releases her EP. Did you know she is on tour right now with Owl City? I wish they'd come to Boise!


Monday, July 9, 2012

midnight in paris

I've been full of ideas for blog posts, but without a computer. Not a great combination and kind of a bummer. Hopefully I'll be able to borrow my sweet sister's computer this week while she goes to Texas for a conference.

So I'm a little behind on the times. Like a year behind? Have you seen Midnight in Paris? I just saw it a couple weeks ago and I LOVED it! I've been on a major Paris kick this year and it kills me that I can't just go. However it was fun to be transported there in the movie. Gil Pender's adventures were not only entertaining to watch, but I think I learned a valuable lesson as well. (The More You Know...right?)

I really needed to hear that the grass isn't always greener. Gil was obsessed with Paris in the 1920s; he thought it must have been the best era in history. However, after his adventures he realized that it is better to accept the present for what it is rather than to live a life of nostalgia.

I keep wishing that I was here or there. That I did this or that. After seeing this movie I realized that where I am right now is where I am supposed to be. Do I need to set goals and strive to be better? Absolutely! However, I need to appreciate RIGHT NOW and not wish away my life. The grass isn't always greener on the other side. The grass is greener where you water it. It's time for me to water my life and make the most of my situation.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


I am back for another Tuesday Shoesday with the perfect spring/summer Freesia flat from Seychelles. Seeing as how I am practically a giant I just cannot say no to a good flat. These beauties make me smile and brighten up any outfit. They just scream cheerful! And can we talk about the adorable T-strap? Perfection! 

Top/Pants: Forever 21
Shoes: Seychelles
Sunglasses/Hat: Target
Jewelry: Premier Designs

(All photos by Ashlee)

And a couple instagram pictures for you. (@heatherlydee)

My very first instagram picture. :)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

SexyBack Check In #1

So I'm a big loser who can't even manage to check in the first week of a challenge. I have this fun (NOT) habit of sabotaging myself. Whether it is finanically, physically, emotionally, etc., when I start to excel at something I manage to completely do the opposite of what I intend and royally screw myself over. It's not pretty.

I suppose that is what this challenge is for...to hold us accountable and help us move forward despite the mistakes we make. I think this challenge will test my self control, which, let's face it, needs some improvement.

So let's go over my goals and how I did last week.

One evening of Ballet Beautiful Body Blast
One evening of walking for 30+ minutes
One day of cleaning the house and washing my car

However, I need to work on the not drinking soda. Coke seems to be my downfall, especially when I'm stressed. I'm working on swapping it out for tea and water. Hopefully next week will be better.

I did fairly well practicing piano, but I missed yesterday. I'm learning a difficult piece (all you long time piano players would probably laugh at that) and it's so frustrating to practice because my hands aren't listening to my brain. It makes me feel like giving up. Plus everytime I sit down to play I'm reminded that my teacher is leaving before too long and I'm going to miss her. This next week I want to play through any of my frustrations and look at it as a challenge because I love getting lost in the music.

I don't think I've ever been in Scripture daily like I've been lately. Even if it's just a few verses, I am hearing God speak to me and it's always to encouraging, especially with life being crazy lately.

So even though this week wasn't great and I'm a day late and a dollar short checking in, I am blessed with another week to start over and give it my all. I'm blessed with grace.