Tuesday, August 31, 2010

poppies

love, love, love this beautiful poppy illustrations from agence eureka:



my next tattoo is going to be poppies, & it's between this & the lovely jill bliss:



tough call. can't i just get both?

Monday, August 23, 2010

(FINANCIAL) GOALS /// BIRTHDAY WISHLIST

#1: save for a new macbook.





i definitely would not turn down this 24k gold & diamonds macbook but i think the standard pro, or even basic white will do.

#2: amazing new chanel sunglasses.



not sure why these bow glasses are listed at $105, unless they're knock-offs. can't find them on the nordstrom site, but unfortunately at the store, they're $350. & they will be MINE.

#3: save for a winter vacation.



right now, a week-long cruise to the bahamas is looking like the most afforable option, but mexico or the mediterranean would be great as well. only request: sunshine.


definitely to be continued. ♥

Monday, August 16, 2010

4 REALLY SIMPLE GOALS

so, after re-reading my previous post, i realized that my goals are not so simple. i thought it would be a good idea to set some simpler simple goals. here goes...


{image compliments of elsie}

simple goal #1: clean out my car once a week. make two baskets: one for the front seat, for things i want to be able to easily access, & one for the backseat, which i will bring inside at the end of the week. i want to maintain the "new car" feel for as long as possible!

simple goal #2: make time to create something every week. pretty self-explanatory. writing in my journal, making home/style/craft inspiration files to contribute to daily, buy a cute 4-track & start recording guitar.

simple goal #3: work on simplifying & re-creating my wardrobe. eliminate clutter, only buy clothes that are versatile & can be worn to work. no more impulse purchases!

simple goal #4: list & sell items in my etsy shop! ease the pain of getting rid of 3/4 of my closet by making some money!

{simple goal #4.5: save the money made on etsy, don't spend all the money on other etsy shops!}

4 SIMPLE GOALS


so, i started a real-life, pen & paper journal again. it's been a few years since i've done this, & so far, this journal is much more optimistic & inspiring than journals past. in keeping with this new, positive attitude, i decided to play along with elsie's four simple goals blog post.


{thanks elsie for the banner!}


goal # 1: be more organized!
first & foremost, this will require some serious downsizing, namely excess clutter in my bedroom. also, this means trips to goodwill to drop off donations, NOT taking more home with me! thankfully, i have a boatload of DIY projects to help me group & contain different items.

(note to self: tackle ikea bookshelf, closet, craft supplies, & accessories first!)

goal # 2: do what i love!
i've recently realized that i don't have time to waste on things that i don't enjoy. lucky for me, i am working pretty much my dream job, & i like the people i work with. outside of work, i only want to spend time with people whose company i enjoy, doing things that i love to do. this means more creating: finishing my patchwork quilt, altering & embellishing clothing that otherwise won't be worn, decorating my home, playing music, traveling, keeping my journal, baking, & finding new hobbies!

goal #3: focus more on my health.
i've never felt better than last summer when i was on a raw foods diet. while i don't expect to immediately go back to that lifestyle, i want to think about the foods i'm eating, & try to eat more fresh fruits & vegetables, & homemade foods that are delicious & make me feel better about myself. also, i want to take at least one yoga class a week, in the morning before work, & bikram on tuesday nights in baltimore with sara! also, i need to fix my bike & enjoy at least one ride on the c&o canal to harper's ferry while the weather is still nice.

goal #4: be happy!
keep a positive attitude & an open mind, & keep negativity in check. challenge pessimism, in myself & others, & re-think keeping sources of negative energy in my life. stay eager to learn new things, & improve my life, & be willing to put forth the energy required to be happy. it's easier to be lazy & cynical, but no more taking the easy way out!

i want to create a life for myself that i can be proud of, & feel good about, & following these goals will help me get there. also, i've created a few mini-goals, such as keeping my new car clean, being more choosy about who i spend my time with, being more financially responsible, & about a million other things, but i don't want to get ahead of myself.


Monday, August 2, 2010

wow, wow, wow, wow, unbelievable!

i have been so busy the past few weeks, after starting a new job assistant-managing a great aveda salon. this job has made me realize how miserable i've been at all of my other jobs, & helped me see that being disrespected & unappreciated is not okay. i am ecstatic & since i've started, my whole attitude about life in general has shifted in a much more positive way. i am over the moon!

anyways... just quickly needed to stop by & share my current obsession:






club soda + monin's rose, jasmine, lavender or lemongrass = perfectly simple, refreshing, delicious summer drink. seriously, seriously obsessed.
i haven't tried other flavors, but i thought these sounded delicious...






hibiscus, violet, desert pear & cucumber, yum!

i highly recommend trying this on your own, its quick & easy-peasy. yum, yum, yum!