Monthly Archives: March 2011

Thursday Thankful List

  • Unexpected surprises
  • Being full of peace rather than fear or anxiety
  • Grandparents
  • Bright lipstick!
  • Visiting places from our past 
  • Waking up from a happy dream
  • Putting things into perspective
  • Organizing
  • Supporting other women
  • Time well spent with my sisters 
  • Sleepovers in the dorms
  • Long hugs
  • Fearlessness
  • Sleeping in
  • Not wearing makeup and still feeling pretty
  • Reading books like this: 
  • Manis & pedis
  • Reminding myself: “Too blessed to be stressed”
  • Telling people just how much/why you appreciate them
  • Sunshine pouring through the windows 
  • Inspiring friends
  • Watching babies and/or puppies take a nap
  • Random texts
  • People who get things done. And effectively.
  • Courage 
  • Cupcakes
  • Catching up with old friends
  • Saying goodbye – but then remembering you will see them sooner rather than later.
  • Talking in weird voices {something odd my sisters & I do too often}
  • My favorite cup of tea 
  • Words of Encouragement
  • Strong mentors and role models
  • Giving my eyes a break from contacts and wearing glasses
  • My health
  • Showing love to others
  • Flea market shopping
  • “You Could be Happy” by Snow Patrol
  • Comprehending just how significant you actually are!
  • Bright bouquets of flowers
  • Staying present. Appreciating happiness in the moment:
  • Lounging
  • Forgiveness
  • Rollerblading with my sister & dogs
  • Generosity – not just with money – with time.
  • Brunch with best friends 
  • Putting your words into action
  • Playing dress up
  • Spring weather!
  • Giving yourself the space and freedom to fumble, to fall, to mess up. And to learn, to discover, to search, to rise, to reach. To become.
  • Getting inspired {Case in point: J.Crew Spring catalog} 
  • Getting letters in the mail
  • Learning, growing, evolving, refining.
  • Valuing relationships over material possessions
  • Speaking the truth in LOVE.
  • People and experiences that remind you just how short life is, just how sweet life is and just how valuable life is.

>>>Happy positive Thursday! Isn’t today just great? This is the second “official” Thursday Thankful List – you can view all lists here or on the right hand side of my blog under “Categories” This week has been hard for me because I’m coming to terms with the fact that a lot of things are changing – but with those changes come big opportunities. And with every opportunity and experience, I know I have strong and supportive people there for me through each twist and turn; each up and down. And that my friends, is something I  SO thankful for. I hope your day is full of flowers, cheerfulness, appreciation and joy. What are you thankful for?


Lavish LOVE on all you do!

>>>Happy happy HAPPY Wednesday! I’m feeling nostalgic today mostly because I’m moving one week from today! I’m reminding myself rather than be anxious about the move, I need to be excited and recognize just how blessed I am. I’ve always described myself as pretty fearless and adventurous and I’ve been questioning if that’s how I feel about the upcoming transition in my life. This encouraging T. Swift quote stuck out to me: To me, fearless is not the absence of fear. It’s not being completely unafraid. Fearless is having fears. Fearless is having doubts; Lots of them. To me, fearless is living in spite of those things that scare you to death. Such a refreshing reminder. It’s okay to be nervous, doubtful and a little scared; what’s important that we LIVE through these fears.

>>>Hope you enjoyed the motivating, inspiring and encouraging words and images above. I liked the Tupac quote: No matter how hard it gets, stick your chest out, keep your head up and HANDLE IT. Beyond truth. Also, this past week I’ve been organizing all my old blog posts. On the right hand side of the blog homepage, you can access posts based on categories. To read more Words for Wednesday posts, click here! Thanks for reading! You guys are the best, xoxo!

Blossoming flowers

Blossoming flowers look great before they’re cut or picked, but without soil or water they wither more quickly than grass. That’s what happens to all who forget God— all their hopes come to nothing.

Job 8: 11-13 (The Message) 

In all honesty, I am tempted to try and write something hugely prolific to highlight the reality of this verse. But all I can summon up is the word… “Yup!”

And I think that this verse is one of those you either get on a very deep level with a sigh of agreement or you gloss over and think it’s just stupid and frilly.

Later on in life, I assume I’ll look back at this time as a blessing. The time when so much was stripped away.  The time when I felt like there wasn’t much circumstantially that pointed to hope.

It hurts a lot, but the gift is in the deep and thorough understanding of what the hamster wheel of life looks like. Chasing the wind.  Trying to validate yourself through work, status, an stuff is fruitless.  There is no pot of gold at the end of those alleged rainbows.  They are empty promises.

I know for absolute certain that God demotes and promotes as He sees fit. Some question that.  Some feel responsible for it.  Some deny it.  Some think they are above it. They don’t see that you cannot “make it happen”… (fill in the blank for it with your own hopes and dreams for accomplishment and accolade).

Even now as I look at my flowers in a vase that were once so beautiful withering away, I am reminded again that to be validated, loved, and lavishly adored by the Creator is the only brand of affirmation worth   seeking. 

>>>The above excerpt is a post Lauren Taylor Baker recently wrote “When All Your Hopes Fall to Nothing” on her blog and I could not be more inspired by her honest words. So many of us get too caught up in reaching a specific status point, getting a certain job, dating a certain person, fill-in-the-blank…WHY? For what? For approval? For satisfaction? Lauren articulated this so clearly – hitting these “plateaus” will not automatically lead to satisfaction and happiness. We are accepted by God right where we are RIGHT now (read more about this here)

>>>Lauren’s post reminded me of a previous post I wrote sharing the song Daughter of Grace. In the post, I explained:

This song encompasses the journey I’ve been on lately; reminding me that my past and future do not define me, my accomplishments and failures do not define me, my ups and downs do not define me. I’ve been given grace; undeserved love, blessing and acceptance.The love God has given me is completely undeserved and unmerited. In fact, I deserve quite the opposite. This song reminded me that it’s not too late to change, it’s not too late to take another path, it’s not too late to wholeheartedly accept grace.


>>>Have an inspired week friends! Thanks for reading! xo

Mood board VI

>>>Craving spring in today’s moodboard. We can have the best of both worlds this season. Spring fashion is showcases minimalism at its’ finest with white on white ensembles and soft, flowy pieces. In contrast, bright and bold colors in punchy patterns are also on trend. Either way, I’m ready to trade my bulky winter coat for a light jacket and embrace layering different fabrics. And as always, I’ll be wearing a big flower in my hair.

>>>For more moodboards, click here, here and here! Enjoy your Monday – I’m off to spend a few last hours at Kent State with my sister Kerry & best friend Kristen. I am going to miss the non-stop laughter and bond I have with both of them but have been cheerfully reminded true friendship knows NO distance. Such wise words. Thanks for reading, xo!

Thursday Thankful List

  • Cuddling
  • Unconditional love
  • Puppies
  • Loving and accepting yourself right where you are at
  • Sex & the City reruns
  • Texts from my grandpa at 12:15 am…What?!
  • Naps during rainy days
  • Coffee with flavored creamer
  • Collages and vision boards
  • The beach: sand between your toes, sun glowing, endless ocean in front of you
  • Cheering someone else up
  • Making food and taste-testing as you go
  • When other families treat you like a member
  • Seeking inspiration daily
  • Getting my hair shampooed and colored at a salon
  • Sleeping in
  • Stacks of bangles and bracelets
  • Seeing miracles happen in real life
  • Taking a time-out from the world from the while to just lounge at home
  • Friends who you can just catch up right where you left off
  • Overcoming adversity and finding peace through struggles and hardships
  • Uncontrollable laughter
  • Inspirational and uplifting quotes
  • Finally zipping up a packed suitcase
  • Friendships that know no distance
  • Doing backflips on a trampoline
  • Realizing worry and stress will get you no where
  • Hummus with…anything
  • Mumford and Sons Pandora station
  • Friends that turn into family
  • Bubble baths
  • Green grass, tall mountains, rolling hills
  • Focusing on the beautiful and abundant things in life
  • Sunrise and sunsets
  • My new white lace tunic
  • Celebrations
  • Curly Girl Design artwork
  • A perfect cup of coffee
  • San Fran bloggers: Atlantic-Pacific & SF Girl by Bay
  • Answered prayers
  • Parents  who support me through thick and thin
  • Learning from past mistakes
  • Photobooth pictures…absolutely hilarious!
  • Surrounding yourself with positive, intelligent and inspiring people
  • Heated blankets
  • Making plans for the future
  • Memorizing the words to a song
  • Breakfast in bed
  • Resilience
  • People who read my blog!
  • All the things I’m learning and all the ways I’m growing every single day

>>>I’ve decided to start a new section of my blog called Thursday Thankful List. Thursdays are my absolute favorite day of the week and I’ve coined them “Positive Thursday” to remind myself to be extra optimistic on this day of the week. Right now, I have weekly Words for Wednesday posts where I share inspirational quotes, lyrics and images. Now, on Thursdays, I will compile a list of little (and some big!) things I’m thankful for, little things that make me smile, little things that make life so much better and so much sweeter. Life is too short and too fabulous to not take time to appreciate just how blessed I am! Hope you enjoyed my first Thursday Thankful List and stay tuned for next week’s list. What are you thankful for today?

Celebration – that’s the word.

>>>What do you think of Michael Kors F/W 2011 RTW collection? I’m loving the color tones and obviously the long fur coats. “This season there is the sexiness of the seventies, the athleticism of the eighties, the spareness of the nineties,” says Kors. “Celebration—that’s the word. A celebration of everything I love: glamour, skin tones and makeup colors, and the body.” – VOGUE.

>>>Images via Because Im Addicted, view the full collection here.

Spell & the Gypsy

>>>GIVE ME ALL THIS JEWELRY. Eeek! I’m daydreaming of stacked bangles and eclectic rings to fill my fingers. Hopefully the morning trip to the flea market tomorrow will suffice. Photos from: Spell & the Gypsy. Enjoy! xo