The Simplest Answer + Desktop Download

the simplest answer is to act

Good Monday Morning to you!  I hope your weekend was just what you needed to fuel up for another week!  I spent some good time with friends and family at a baby shower, cleaned up some parts of my house that I haven’t touched since Christmas (ouch!), and had a really fun dinner with a few of our favorite people.

As I get amped up for this week, I have a lot of things on my to-do list that are a little more, shall we say, abstract? One of my biggest goals for the next month is to grow my business, which is so broad, but luckily, I watched a few business videos and listened to a few podcasts this weekend that gave me just the direction I needed.  That being said, my goal for this week is to reach out to 1 new shop each day about carrying my product line.  It seems so simple – one shop a day? But the research and investigation that goes into vetting out the potential shops takes a good amount of time while actually finding the right person to contact isn’t always straight forward.

On Saturday, my husband, Matt, and I were eating some won-ton soup trying to fend off the sub-zero temps and my fortune cookie said this, “The simplest answer is to act”.  Knowing about my goals for the week, I couldn’t have had a more fitting fortune.  I did a little watercolor of the phrase and thought you all might also like the reminder for whatever is on your plate this week.  So, you can download them below!  There is one version for the desktop download and another version for the iPhone wallpaper.

 

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I hope you enjoy this, and I hope you achieve whatever is high on your list today!

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Monday Thoughts

pursuit of happiness

Have you guys read 10% happier yet?  I spent the long flight home reading the book and this was one quotation that I took away and a big thought-provoking topic for me.  I actually asked the guy next to me to use his highlighter to annotate in my book.

At first glance, it might seem like kind of a downer, but I see it as quite the opposite. I found this quotation from it highly liberating.

The author speaks about how constantly seeking happiness forces us to not live in the present.  I am no different.  I spend a lot of time beating myself up about something stupid I did in the past or projecting into the future.  I read this part of the book and a light switch kind of flipped. Now, don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t classify myself as an unhappy person. I would instead classify myself as never really ‘at ease’. I constantly go through periods of anxiety where I think that I’m not preparing properly for what’s down the line.  I think, “but it will be over as soon as I…(do whatever)”. It actually kind of reminds me of the Sex and the City episodes when Carrie is dating Aleksander and he’s never done with whatever he’s working on.  So much of the time, it causes me to miss out on what’s going on right now.  This happens for me in both business and in life. Here are two examples.  [Read more…]

Style Evolution

lucite w: natural

With a birthday coming up this weekend, and the changes taking place in this blog space soon, I’ve been thinking a lot about the evolution of myself and my style.  In a world where our senses are constantly hit with the new, the trendy, and the cool, it’s easy to kind of lose yourself in the excitement.  I mean, it is exciting, after all. But to think back on some of the things I pin, or buy, or wear, I often know in hindsight that those things aren’t me. I want to like them, but it just doesn’t fit. I used to beat myself up about not being cool enough for a certain look, but now I know that maybe I’ve just evolved past it.  It’s comforting to know that my style is evolving and becoming more true to my nature.

This evolution is true with the blog as well.  I was working on the direction of the new site and really wanted to pinpoint who I am as a blogger and as a designer (I actually hesitate to even call myself a designer at all because it seems a bit presumptuous, but really, there isn’t much else to define what I do). Anyway, I wanted to really pinpoint what makes me tick. What do I love?  What makes me feel something?  [Read more…]

Winter vs Christmas

living room

I’m always a little sad the day that I take down my Christmas decorations and this year was no different. The tree, garlands, and wreaths had been deconstructed and our tree had been planted (we buy a bulb tree with the roots in tact so that we can add it into our one day wooded land). When I was finished putting it all away, it felt stark and without personality.

I remember thinking about when we lived in Vail, Colorado and the cozy feeling of Christmas would stay with us throughout the winter.  Snow stuck around until May and with it stayed the twinkling lights and lush greenery.  I got to thinking about winter decorations vs Christmas decorations.  What is it that keeps us feeling cozy and wintry and keeps spirits bright and warm throughout the coldest months of January and February?

chunky knits

front door

A quick scan of Pinterest showcased some of my favorite winter looks.  Lots of white, twinkling candlelight, natural branches, antlers, and sheepskins.  In my house I began pulling out the sheepskins and draping them on furniture. I put lights under a cloche instead of on a tree.  I removed the tartan ribbon from by boxwood wreath only to replace it with an oat colored one. A feeling began to come together that was decisively non-hoiday, but was still warm and sung. I honestly don’t even think that having a couple of small evergreens flanking the door would be off base.

There was something about living it the mountains that made all that woodsy decor totally ok during the non-holiday months.  I miss that mountain feeling and throughout this week will still make some changes to implement it in my house.

I told you in a previous post about my love for boozy hot chocolate that one day I would tell the story of Matt and My adventure moving to the great west. Today seems like a perfect opportunity because each year the post-holiday time period has me totally missing the mountain life.  [Read more…]

Happy 2015 + Looking Back

emma watson

Happy 2015 everyone! I’m back after what has been the longest (and only) break I’ve ever taken from this blog.  During the holiday break, I spent a lot of time with friends and family, watched more TV than I probably have cumulatively in the past year, and actually spent one full day laying in bed and reading. I’ll admit that the first few days of the break I was a little restless and still jumped up and wandered around my office looking for stuff to do (not that I had to look hard, when you own a business, there is always stuff to do), but then after Christmas, I really felt that I could decompress without guilt. Yesterday, Matt said he’d never seen me be so still for such a long period of time.  I took that as a sign of a successful break.

During this time off, my mind (which is usually a constant flurry of buzzing ideas and thoughts) was able to settle as well.  I was able to take a step back and really look at the year, but also at my full career as a blogger and think about what 2015 has in store and what shape this blog will take as we advance into the next phase. I’m so so excited about where it’s headed, but it took a bit of looking backwards to understand where to go in the future. Let’s look back and this blogs history, shall we?

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