Monthly Archives: April 2014

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how is it almost may?

i CANNOT believe we are over 1/3 of the way through 2014. i know i sound like everyone else when i say this, but i feel like this year is flying by! i found this “2014: this is your year” print on Pinterest and thought it was an awesome refresh button to re-evaluate and re-think some of my goals and inspiration for the year. i love some of these quotes, especially the helen keller quote about adventure.

i’ve marked 2014 as my year of possibility – being open to whatever comes next. it’s also a year to try new things, to go outside of my comfort zone, to be intentional about loving well, eating healthy and treating myself with respect. what do you want to do this year?

xo!

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here is today.

having a bad day? here’s a little perspective on a single day for when you just don’t think you’ll make it through.

http://hereistoday.com

ps, you CAN make it through. xo!

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flower crowns are my fave.

i went to an event last week where i discovered an amazing bay area-based company called the petal company. the company is a floral and events studio and i had so much fun learning about what they do! during the event, we learned to make our own real flower crowns and i was so obsessed with mine {see photo above!}. thought i would share a few more crown-related links and how-tos to get inspired and make your own!

my diy flower crown how-to

diy birthday crown project {via designlovefest}

diy flower crown {via bleubird}

4-step flower crown diy and video! {via style caster}

annnnnd 100+ crown inspirations on this pinterest board, including some awesome floral crowns!

enjoy today and happy monday, queens! xo

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Thursday Thankful List

Happy Thursday! On days and weeks where it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, I find a lot of comfort in taking time to simply write down what I’m thankful for. Some days I can write and write and write what I’m thankful for and other days coming up with three or four seems like a lot. It doesn’t matter whether my list is 3,857 things or just a couple, it’s just important to recognize and take the time to be thankful for the big and small in my life. This thankfulness has transformed into a joy for life that is top of my thankful list week-over-week. I highly recommend writing down what you’re thankful for right now – you won’t regret it. XO

Meeting inspiring, awesome people
Saying I’m sorry
Vacation planning
People surrounding me who love and accept me for who I am
A fully charged cell phone
That the ‘resurrection means everything sad come undone.’
Wearing a new dress for the first time
Falling asleep on freshly cleaned sheets
Thin red Sharpie markers
Afternoon green juice
Cozy flannel
Breaks from work to laugh a lot
Days that start with almond croissants
My real-life, non-iPhone calendar/agenda
Pilates
Talking on the phone with Hope
Living in San Francisco {if you’re looking for things to do in the city, here’s my recommendations}
Taking time to myself

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san francisco adventures map

i often get asked where my favorite places to eat and explore san francisco are. out-of-town visitors seem to email when they are in town and friends who live here also ask me for tips. i love love love being able to give them recommendations on things to do, places to visit and of course, coffee and food spots to hit up. i decided to make a ‘san francisco adventures’ pinterest map to easily show some of my favorite spots. right now, i have about 50 places on there! on the map, you can see a larger map of san francisco with different icons for each spot. when you click on an individual icon, the map zooms in to that location and you can easily see a photo, my description and {most important!} the address and neighborhood so you can get a general sense of where in the city it’s located.

here’s a sneak peek at some of the spots on the map, but check out the full san francisco adventures map here! i’ll be adding more spots to the board as i keep discovering new ones. xo!

coffee shops: mission public, coffee cultures, trouble coffee,

breakfast/brunch: sweet maple, plow, jane

dinner: pizzeria delfina, starbelly, burma superstar

awesome views: alamo square/painted ladies, twin peaks, corona heights

cool spots: the ferry building, mission bowling club, the exploratorium

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fridays and possibilities

i’ve marked 2014 was the year of possibility. to me, possibility means: being open to whatever comes next. it means being okay with the potential of what might happen. it’s anticipating, it’s being hopeful. it’s not being being obsessed with guarantees or plans for the future, and instead taking it all as it comes. and then being okay with that. it’s embracing that i don’t know what’s going to happent tomorrow or the next day or the next day, but i can be ready and welcome each moment with open arms.

with that, comes embracing the possibility that comes with every single morning we get to wake up to. the sun shining through the windows, the first cup of coffee or tea we get to enjoy, the people we interact with, whatever is to come that given day. mornings always remind me of how much possibility i have with that day, but also with my life in general as a whole. i hope your friday – and weekend – and every day – is full of possibility at what’s to come.

happy friday and enjoy your weekend, friends!

image found here.

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thursday thankful list

happy thursday friends!

after a couple of crazy back-to-back weeks in march and early april, i’m happy to be settling back into a normal routine. in a six week period, i traveled to austin, phoenix, denver, new york city and had my sister kerry visit for a week. all good things, but i’m definitely thankful to have down time to enjoy life back in san francisco.

here’s a few other things i’m thankful for this week:
jj heller music
rooftop views {anywhere, but this one is from The JIMMY in NYC}
wedding planning with erin!
hilarious phone calls with katie
waking up and seeing sun pouring through the window
reading through old journals
peonies!
proverbs 4:23
enjoying a meal by myself
re-reading the great gatsby
vacation days
finding an outfit i love
wearing a pair of new heels for the first time
sunburn
and therefore, aloe vera
feeling known and accepted
helpful strangers
green juice
that tomorrow is friday!
THE BIGGEST: that my grandpa’s stroke last week was only mild, and he was out of the hospital after three days.

what are you thankful for?

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a metaphor on growth and slowness

I discovered Sarah’s Yes and Yes blog through Clare’s blog recently and loved, loved, LOVED this post about growth and change and why slowness is a good thing. She wrote this beautiful metaphor and I wanted to re-share with you today. Read her original post here and definitely check out her blog!

“Rather bizarrely, I spent a large portion of my childhood thinking about wood.

By the age of 12, I knew how to start a fire in the furnace or fire pit. I knew which wood you used to get the fire going (birch), which wood burned fast (pine), and which wood burned hot and slow, keeping your house warm so you don’t have to get up in the middle of Family Matters and throw another log on (ash, oak, hickory.)

Why did those specific types of wood create more heat? Why did they make a better fire? Because they’re hardwood; they grow slowly.

Now here’s where that heavy-handed metaphor comes in: The good things in life
a career you really love
a loving, supportive relationship
emotional security + stability
are often the direct result of very slow, deeply unglamorous work.

There aren’t really any shortcuts to getting the good stuff. Discovering your talents, polishing them till they shine, and finding out how to make a living from them? That takes years (or 10,000 hours.) Trying things, failing, trying again, learning to cope with tough stuff, and emerging a smarter + better person? That takes years, too.

So you haven’t landed your dream job yet.
Or you haven’t amassed that 401k.
Or your writing skills aren’t where you’d like them to be.

Be patient. Be gentle with yourself. It takes an oak tree 20 years to produce its first acorn.

You’ll get there, slowly but surely.”

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launch i love: speakable jewelry

good morning and happy monday queens!

i’m excited to continue my launch i love series by featuring speakable jewelry today! speakable was launched by my blogging-turned-real-life-friend gracie.

the brand is based on the reminder that words have POWER. words challenge, inspire, humor. they impact the way we think, feel and act. according to rudyard kipling, “words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” and according to proverbs 16:24, “pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.” i’m super inspired by gracie’s new passion project and think it’s awesome that she not only designed these dainty, brass necklaces {i’m all about simple jewelry these days!}, but that the words are inspired by words/phrases that resonate with her and others.

she recently sent me this awesome choose joy necklace that i’ve been wearing all the time! for me, this necklace is a reminder that no matter what is happening that day or what comes my way, i have the option and CHOICE, to choose joy. joy is not the same as happiness. to me, happiness is a feeling or state of mind in a given situation or on a given moment. joy is true, internal contentment that comes to life outside of external factors {like bad days!}.  i love how danielle leporte compares joy and happiness: “happiness is like rising bubbles – delightful and inevitably fleeting. joy is the oxygen – ever present.”

you can shop the full collection here – a few of my favorite ‘words to wear’ are peace, hope and dreamer. you can also follow along and learn more about speakable on twitter, facebook and instagram! xo

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lovely links and happy almost weekend!

happy almost weekend! this week has been a whirlwind. i went to yosemite last weekend, took monday off for eric’s birthday and then flew to nyc for work tuesday through this morning. i love exploring and traveling, but also looking forward to some old fashioned lounge time this weekend. hope you have a great one!

here’s a few things i enjoyed reading on my cross-country flights this week!

pretty flower arrangements

advice for bad days

on not being defined by an eating disorder {beautiful post clare!}

travel prep tips

i want to host a grilled cheese party!

the one word to not say after ‘i love you’

why you should journal instead of checking your phone obsessively