Monthly Archives: March 2012

Happy Friday!

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Very inspired by the lovely Hello Hello Design blog and absolutely had to share this 2012 resolutions list. As you probably know, I’ve shared my monthly goals/resolutions on this blog the past seven months {Sept., Oct., Nov., Dec., Feb., March} and love how fun and colorful this resolution list is. Hope you have a colorful and relaxing weekend! xx

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Thursday Thankful List

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Here’s a few simple things I’m thankful for this week {photo version}: lazy Saturdays in cozy spots, learning to value/do what makes me happy, lots and lots of books, granola in the mornings, floral pants, dancing {and lots of it!}, new business cards, living life actively and purposefully, wearing a new shade of lipstick every day, silliness/honesty/kindness, rainy days, perfecting a perfect arm party, adorable workstations, mimosas at brunch!

Let me know what you’re thankful for via Twitter {@luckyandi and @PositiveThurs} and don’t forget to enter this lovely contest I’m hosting with artist Bianca Green! xo
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I hope you live a life you're proud of

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Happy Wednesday — I hope you’re having a great week! Mine has been a bit busy and rainy, but nonetheless good. I was very sad to see Kerry and Ali head back to Ohio but very thankful for a wonderful week spent with both of them! Today’s Words for Wednesday post highlights a few of my favorite quotes found on the awesome Type Written Word blog. I absolutely love finding a new blog that shares insightful quotes, lyrics and book excerpts and this one is no exception. While all the quotes in this post inspire me, I really like the last one from F. Scott Fitzgerald.

“I hope you live a life you’re proud of.”

What does a life that you are proud of look like for you? Are you actively living that life out right this moment? I like the quote because it focuses on the present tense: “I hope you live….” not “I hope you lived….” F. Scott Fitzgerald is referencing the here and now,  today in fact. Live today in a way that you can say at any point, “I am proud of who I am and what I’m doing right now.”

Also, don’t forget to tell me where YOU find your inspiration and enter to win this lovely queen-y print! xo
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queen giveaway!

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Today, I have a very special giveaway for you lovely queens! Many of you commented on this post asking about a certain print and now, you can win your own! The lovely Bianca Green is the artist who created the “Queen of Effing Everything” print and she’s offering one lucky Polish My Crown reader the mini print, as well as the stationery card set! I am someone who is inspired constantly by art, and Bianca’s work is no exception.

It’s super easy to enter the giveaway! Here’s the two simple steps:

  1. “Like” Bianca Green Art on Facebook
  2. Comment on this post telling me where you go for inspiration – it can be a person, a song lyric, a place, a piece of art, whatever!
The winner will be selected on Saturday, March 31st! Good luck!

*Her Daily Motivation mini print (8″ x 9″) valued at $16, Her Daily Motivation set of three stationary cards (5″ x 7″) valued at $12. Find Bianca’s work on Society6, Twitter and her own site here.

*The contest is now closed. Congratulations to Kayla Stevens, our winner for the queen giveaway!

Why Being in Your 20s is Awesome

Happy Monday! I absolutely loved this article on Thought Catalog about why being a 20-something is great. I loved it mainly because I often catch myself thinking about the future and forgetting to enjoy the exact moment I’m in. I feel like I’m constantly looking forward to the next stages of life and what is coming next, when I really need to be embracing, enjoying and loving my 20s. Question: What do you like {or did you like} about being in your 20s?

 

 

“I know I talk crap on being a twentysomething but I’m only half-kidding. In actuality, there’s no age I’d rather be. (Besides maybe seven years old because they don’t do anything besides eat ice cream and poop themselves. That sounds like an ideal life to be completely honest.)

Being in your twenties is all about discovering which things hurt you and what makes you feel good. You go in blindly, practically pricking yourself with a dull blade, and then you walk out with tougher skin. One day you’ll stop pricking yourself altogether. Maybe. I don’t know. How would I? I’m just a twentysomething, remember?

This is what your twenties are for — to feel and see as much as you can, to take advantage of not being tied down to anything and anyone and to go balls to the wall with everything that you do. You’re a raw nerve. You hate getting upset over little things, about being constantly unraveled by ignored text messages, parents, grades, and friends, but you have to remember something: you don’t know yourself entirely yet. Before the age of 20, you were mostly under your parents care, a reflection of what was going on around you. You didn’t have the option to make your own choices. You were merely living the life someone set out for you.  Being in your twenties allows you to start carving out the life you want for yourself. Everything is on your terms now which seems daunting but is actually liberating. For the first time in your life you’re the boss.

It’s important to talk about why your twenties are great because it seems like we spend so much of our time wanting to be somewhere else other than where we are. Think about it. Why the hell are we in such a hurry to live some boring grown up adult life that we saw at a Crate & Barrel? Because once we do get there, we’re stuck for a long time. The novelty’s going to wear off, we’re going to get married and have babies, and everything will be amazing but don’t think for a second that you won’t be nostalgic for this time. Don’t think for a second that you’re not going to miss those nights you spent putting on your make up, changing five million times, drinking wine, smoking cigarettes out your apartment window, and going to some silly party, a party that feels like all the others you’ve been to but still has the right to feel special. You will miss all of this. This is a luxury. It’s going to leave us eventually so you better freaking enjoy it. You better enjoy every lame ass party, every awkward kiss, every 5 AM hangover, every drug experience, every crappy apartment, because one day it will all be gone and you’ll just be left with the pictures and the bruises and nothing else. Youth is fu**ing magic. Don’t you get it? Look at your skin! Touch it. Look at your smooth legs and stomach. Grab it. When you’re older, you’ll want all of this again so bad. You’ll possibly spend so much money to get some semblance of it back. Now it’s yours for free.

We’re not stuck. Even if it feels like we are, it’s not true. We’re the opposite of stuck. As twentysomethings, we’re constantly moving — apartments, relationship, cities, jobs. Anything is possible. People are ready for you. They want to hear what you have to say. They look at you and are curious about what words are going to come out of your mouth. You’re the new generation. What do you have to say? Don’t bite your tongue. One day you’ll be pushed aside for a younger “fresher” perspective so you better get it out now. Make a mark. Make a stain. Make something.

I want to remember the fear, I want to remember the promise, I want to remember the nights I wanted to curl up in a ball, I want to remember the people I’m not supposed to remember, I want to remember not knowing myself, I want to remember the moment I started to feel safe and like this life I’m leading is really mine. I’m going to be scared, I’m going to bruise my knees and not know how they got there, I’m going to try to fruitlessly forge a connection with someone who won’t ever get it, I’m going to lose the person that means the most to me and find my way back to them. I’m going to be a twentysomething because that’s what I am and all I know how to be.  And you should too. You should love every single moment of this hot mess of a decade. Chances are you’ll miss it before you even get to say “I’m 30.”

 

dose of joy {by sam}

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meet my friend sam, who is quite possibly the most adorable person I know. she also enjoys huge flowers in her hair, random acts of kindness and a healthy coffee addiction as much as I do, which makes me love her even more! here’s a few lovely things that bring her joy:

  1. Spontaneous hikes to watch the sunset- I’m lucky to live in a place surrounded by mountains. Once in a while, I have to take advantage of that by pulling over on my way home from work and hiking to watch the sunset. Always keep a pair of spare tennies in your car!
  2. Kate Spade’s Spring 2012 Collection- I try not to take fashion too seriously, and I feel like Kate Spade depicts that perfectly in their spring line.
  3. Girl Scout Cookies- A simple pleasure that I’ve enjoyed my whole life! Thin mints are the best, of course.
  4. right and bold being in for spring fashion!- Just what everyone needs after a long winter.
  5. Trying new restaurants- I love any excuse not to cook or clean, plus it’s a perfect excuse to catch up with a friend!
  6. Treats from the Farmer’s Market- Eat local and fresh! Also, the best people watching.
  7. Ohio pride- Nothing makes me happier than meeting a fellow Ohioan.
  8. Arizona sunshine- A healthy does of Vitamin D all year long!
  9. Doing nice things for the people I love- Actions really do speak louder than words!
  10. Writing and living by my own manifesto!- I read my “manifesto” daily. It helps remind me of what I want in life and what I need to do to get there.

I want to hear what brings YOU joy – click that “email me” button to the right and let me know! Find more Dose of Joy posts/inspiration here. xx!

OU Oh Yeah

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I am the biggest fan of Ohio University. I was absolutely obsessed with my college experience and everything about the Athens and OU community makes me feel so happy. While I’m not a huge sports fan {other than Pittsburgh Penguins hockey}, I’ll be cheering on my OU Bobcats tonight as they play against UNC in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. Oh yeah, and reading this USA Today article gave me goosebumps. Cheers and good luck to the underdog, my alma mater!

Photo taken by Britton Spark using a fisheye lens with a 5 second exposure.