Topic: Living Life

East vs. West

This time of year always makes me feel nostalgic. Dreaming of the beautiful and snowy winters without really remembering how painfully cold it actually was. It’s interesting how our memories can be so selective. All this reminiscing got me thinking about the major and notable differences between where I live now, the West Cost and where I grew up, the East Coast. 

Have you seen those maps of the US. that have been recently circulating around declaring certain regions of the US this or that? There’re totally stereotypical but somehow they still manage to hold a nugget of truth that we all seem to relate to.

 So here’s my little visual display of East vs. West!

Is it our human nature to pass judgement?

I don’t know what was going on last week, maybe mercury was in retrograde, but folks were being really nasty on the internet. There was an industry copyright incident, a mom was getting brutally criticized for being fit and an author was driven to speak out against those that send her hate mail. All in all it was not a good week for the online community that I’ve grown to love.

All of this hate spewing I find incredibly disheartening. Why is it that folks are so quick to pick up the pitch forks to verbally execute another person? Is it just human nature to pass judgement? Perhaps it’s the remanence of an old survival instinct. I could see how back Paleolithic Era it might have been important to be able to make quick decisions about a situation. And even how your survival could possible depend on it. But in this day and age, making a snap judgement doesn’t helps anyone. In fact I think it’s quite detrimental to all involved.

I’m not saying that you shouldn’t speak out about injustices or have a strong opinion. What I am saying is that you should take some time to discern the situation before you pass judgement.  Don’t be one of those people that just jumps on the bandwagon ‘cause they don’t want to miss out on that shot of adrenaline you get from being mean.

Now, I’m not so naive as to say that I’ve never passed judgement on someone myself. It’s something we’ve all done and most of the time we’ve done it without even realizing we have. It’s so easy to quickly discredit and dismiss someone. But let’s be real here. It’s never as black and white as we think it is and you’ll never truly know what motivates others, as you are not them.

And please let’s not forget how it feels to be judged. It totally sucks! And it’s never ok to be mean! This is something that I teach my daughter. And I think it’s something we all know to be true. You don’t have to like everyone you work with or meet but you should at least give them the human courtesy of being civil. And remember that your reaction almost always has more to do with you then it does with the person you’re judging.

I think it’s about time we start giving some more conscious attention to our thoughts and actions.  So I leave you with this:


Stop, Slow Down, Get Perspective and then Decide.

 

“Princess Bride” star Patinkin reveals his favorite line in the film 


a summer in instagram pictures

It been a good summer, lots of swimming, lots of sun, lots of crafting and learning new things.  It’s crazy how fast summer has gone and went. 

And thought I’ve enjoyed spending some serious QT with my girl I was ready and kind of excited to have school starting again! I’ve missed the normalcy of it. The consistent morning routine and regular bed-time, but most of all I’ve really missed having the uninterrupted time to fully concentrate on my creative life.

Fitting everything in between camps class and swimming lessons was definitely a challenge, but I think it’s taught me how to maximize the time and probably more importantly that sometimes it’s ok to let some things task go.

Happy Back To School for ALL!!

xo

In my bag

My handbag has started to get a bit too heavy and it was about time I cleaned it out. I have one of those big bags that everything winds up getting thrown into.

These are some of the thing that I pulled out of mine:

 1. Japanese Colored Pens picked up from my annual trip to NYC  2. Car Key  3. Ava Blu’s Fairy Bracelet and Charm that I promised to fix  4.Benadryl, just in case  5. Lip Gloss and my favorite Fresh Sugar Lychee Parfum  6. Ava Blu’s trinket flashlight  7. Bart and Muni Passes  8. Movie Ticket Stubs from Monster University  9. Pouch I picked up at Anthropologie filled with some general toiletries  10. Betsey Johnson Wallet that I’ve had for a quite a few years now  11. Apology Note from Ava Blu for I forget what  12. Small Pocket Sketchbook that has been taken over by Ava Blu  13. Pill Box with my art on it  14. House Keys  15. Scraps of paper with drawings and notes  16. My 2nd pair of glasses  17. An extra pair of socks for Ava Blu  18. A Heart Shaped Rock  19. Bracelet that Ava Blu got at the dentist  20. Business Card Holder with my art on it :)  21. Pieces of Crayons leftover from a restaurant 22. My Business Cards  23. Sharpie Markers for drawing  24. Loose Change and Bills including a Canadian Coin (no idea how I got my hands on that)  25. Dinner Mint  26. Kiehl’s sample conditioner 27. Business cards and phone numbers  I collected  28. Altoid Mints  29. Hair bands  NOT SHOWN: My Phone – since at the time it was in my pocket :)

 

So what do you cart around in your handbag?

Summer Lovin…

Summer has offically begun over here!!! We have new schedules with an earlier start time. 6:30am! We have to be at the bustop by 8:10 for Ava Blu’s camp. (30 minutes earlier can make a big difference in the morning)

And today I just started trying to build a new habit of hiking in the morning for an hour. It’s item No. 12 on my 40×40 list and I’m glad to start trying to cross some of these off. The trail that I picked to start off with is close by so I’m hoping this will be an easy one to keep!

We’re all still working on getting settled into our new morning routine. But I can say I’m definitely loving the idea of a reboot and a fun start to the summer. Longer, warmer days TOTALLY ROCK!! 

brown outs are bound to happen

We had an unintentional brown out going on over here. There was just way too much on my plate with wrapping up all the copy, crafts, art and photo-shoots for my book never mind getting ready for my annual trip to NYC. It’s just been crazy!!

But now I’m back to my regularly scheduled programing. Well, hopefully with a few updated tweaks :) I have some new ideas on what I want to share. And fingers crossed, I will be able to roll it all out by mid-summer:)

Here are some highlight from the past couple of weeks:

The crazy mess that I left in my studio before I left! (I thinking of doing some rearranging in the next couple of weeks)

 

Lemonade Fun with friends and neighbors!

 

1st Grade School Field Trip to Maker Faire !! One of the things that I love about my job is my flexible schedule. I got to spend the day with my girl and her class checking out all of the fun and super cool displays and activities and then spent the evening working away until 2am:)

We made super cure Owls out of old scrap fabric swatches and button!!

We constructed a super cool “Girls Only” fort! Masking Tape and cardboard can be soooo much fun!!!

…and made bunny and ladybug crowns out of pipe cleaners and pom-poms! It’s amazing how much fun you can have with some of these simple everyday common items.

 

The Super Sweet Mother’s day Note left for me under my keyboard!!

 

And most recently Memorial Day Family Camping Trip to Pinecrest! Our new fav spot :)

Off to a CRAZY start

Oh boy this year has totally gotten off to a CRAZY busy start!! There has been so much that I’ve wanted to share with you but I just haven’t seemed to have a moment to spare. I’ve wanted to tell you about my amazing trip back East for the Holiday.

Hanging with family. Ava Blu showing in her first horse show with her cousins.

Tramping around Philly. Eating an authentic Philadelphia Cheese Steak. (I haven’t eaten meat in well over 12 years. Well, that is if you don’t count that cheeseburger I scarfed when I was super prego and having all sorts of crazy cravings.)

Spending a week in Brooklyn. I’ve been to NYC plenty of times, but never to Brooklyn. I totally dig it there. We caught a Broadway Show. Took Ava Blu to the American Girl Store on 5th Ave. Did some Ice Skating in Central Park. All and all a ton of fun even in the freezing weather conditions.

…And then there’s my mantra for 2013 that I wanted to share.

I originally planned on picking out a “word of the year”, just as I have done for the past 3 years, but some how a mantra seemed more fitting this time around since I’m trying to do things differently.

Doing the unexpected will have refreshing and rewarding results.


Cheers!!

Happy New Year!!

holiday want list!

These are a few of the things I’ve been lusting over this holiday season.

1. Troopa Boots :: I had a pair of combat boots back in college. I’ve been feeling the itch to aquire another pair.

2. Sion Hooded Cardigan :: I need a good new cardigan. The one I’ve been wearing around town is over 6 years old and it say maternity on the tag.

3.The Daily Method :: I’ve been wanting to try these exercise classes since a friend mentioned it to me this summer.  

4. Beautiful Ruins :: I’m always up for a epic romantic love story.

5. Cutlery Knife Set :: Now that I’ve been cooking more I have a really understanding of how important a good knife can be.

…and here’s what my daughter is hoping for this holiday season!

American Girl.

Spider.

Another Dog.

Play Phone. 

Santa please fix Sofie (her teddy bear). 

Can you get my Mama a black iPad, for my mom. 

Apron. 

Can I get a computer? 

Can I get a fairy wand and can I be a fairy.

 

Gotta love that she was asking Santa for a iPad for her Mama even if she had ulterior motives and it was because she doesn’t want to share her iPad!! 

coming out from under all the boxes

Whew…I’m finally starting to feel like I’m getting organized again. There is still much to be done but at least I can sort of find what I need. It feels really good to realign adjust and ease into a new routine. This change was definitely needed!

I just finished papering and decorating my bedroom wall with some of my new products with CreativeCo-op. I’m really happy with the way it turned out. I put up contact paper before papering the walls with an old copy of “The History of Art”. That way I don’t ruin the wall and can easily removed the paper when when we leave or I want to redecorate. It’s a little trick I picked up back in my college days when I wanted to cover up some ugly kitchen cabinets.

I should be back to regularly scheduled blogging by next week :)

Change is in the air

I’ve got some BIG changes ahead of me in the next few weeks. I’m currently in the process of packing up the house that I’ve called home for the last 8 years. It’s the longest place I’ve lived as an adult. The only other place I’ve occupied longer is my parents house and I haven’t lived with them since I was a senior in high school. We never planned on being in this house that long. It was a starter home and we thought we would be here five years tops. It’s funny how time can move by so quickly and yet also seem to stand still.

I am so ready for this change. I’m excited to be moving into a new environment, into a house that will be a much better fit for my family. However as excited as I am for the new chapter to begin, the transition period…um, quite frankly sucks. The packing and purging process is some serious hard work both mentally and physically. I guess it’s just part of the growing pains we all have to go through and experience. Actually the purging process has been super therapeutic. You wouldn’t believe the amount of STUFF one can accumulate in 8 years. Stuff that I didn’t even know we still had that was just taking up space and cluttering our lives. I’m so glad to be finally clearing space and giving us room to grow. I think that sometimes a shift in your physical space can also cause a shift in your mental space.

Change can sometimes be hard and the transitions definitely isn’t always easy, but once you realize that we all have to walk through it to move forward it’s not so bad. Change helps facilitate growth and if you resist the alternative is usually much much worse, and honestly I don’t think anyone every really wants that.

So, by this time next week I’ll be unpacking all those boxes full of the stuff that I deemed worthy to come with us into our new home and I am very much looking forward to that:)