Friday, June 29, 2012

My Wickey

This little guy has a special place in my heart. 
He's a big sweetie.
He's very sensitive, and often has anxiety, but it's nothing some love won't fix. 

I'm just in love with this little guy.
I can't help but miss him when I'm gone.
I love waking up to him snuggling in my arms.
And I love the way his tail waggles when he sees me.
Sometimes when he lays down, he waves his tail in front of his face like a little fan.
Sometimes when he sees me, he gets so extremely excited, he leaks just a bit. 

But, I can't help it.
I'm in love.

Wicket is an extremely fast learner. In his entire time with me, he's made maybe 4 potty mistakes. He's picked up on tricks really well too!
Here is his newest trick..
Straight from my phone.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thursday Threads - The Part Of A Teacher

Due to a complication with my contacts,
and the fact that my last one tore right in half while it was still in my eye, 
I've been wearing my glasses lately.

I  just got these new ones, and I'm delighted to inform you,
that I can see quite well in them.
They are a new pair, so the prescription is brand new too.
When I first started wearing them, the new perfect vision almost made me sick to my stomach.
It was quite hard to get used to.
But now I actually look the part of someone who should be grading papers,
teaching color theory and showing kids how to draw straight lines.

Life is good.

Bowtie Blouse- Oliviea 
Green Sweater- Thrifted
Black and Grey Oxfords- Forever21
Computer Chip Necklace- Recomputing 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Sneak Peak

I may have seemed a bit distant lately, 
And, I kind of have been! 
I've been working real real hard, 
and getting lots of little projects started.
Talk2thetrees is teaming up with someone really great! 
And I can't wait to announce some special news and photos.
It's been fun, and it's going to be really awesome! 
Here are some sneak peak shots of the photoshoot yesterday.
Looks like I need to find some time to clean my poor computer huh?!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


 I have been so extremely busy.. I haven't had time to blog... So, I'm going to let words who have inspired me write this post.  So many people have said so many things so much better than I will ever be able to.  Here are some of my favorites..  I hope you find at least a few that speak to you.

If you want to be happy, be.   – Leo Tolstoy

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.   – Mark Twain

Happiness is excitement that has found a settling down place.  But there is always a little corner that keeps flapping around.   – E.L. Konigsburg

Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys.  If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.   – Fyodor Dostoevsky

You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.   – Margaret Young

Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.   – Eleanor Roosevelt

Jumping for joy is good exercise.

One joy scatters a hundred griefs.   – Chinese proverb

My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it’s on your plate.   – Thornton Wilder

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.   – Robert Brault

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.   – Walt Disney

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.   – Eleanor Roosevelt

Every now and then go away and have a little relaxation.  To remain constantly at work will diminish your judgment.  Go some distance away, because work will be in perspective and a lack of harmony is more readily seen.   – Leonardo DaVinci

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.   – Mahatma Gandhi

The path involves respect for all small and subtle things.  Learn to recognize the right moment to strike the necessary attitudes.   – Manual of the Warrior of Light

I say “Out” to every negative thought that comes to my mind.  No person, place, or thing has any power over me, for I am the only thinker in my mind.  I create my own reality and everyone in it.   – Louise Hay

If you’re going through hell, keep going.   – Winston Churchill

Your problem is you’re too busy holding onto your unworthiness.   – Ram Dass

Trust your gut.   – Barbara Walters

Action is the antidote to despair.   – Joan Baez

She took the leap and built her wings on the way down.

The thing that is really hard and really amazing is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.    – Anna Quindlen

You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  You’re on your own and you know what you know.  And you are the one who’ll decide where to go.   – Dr. Seuss

You had the power all along my dear.   – Glinda the Good Witch.

Today is a new day.   – Chicken Little

What the caterpillar calls a tragedy, the Master calls a butterfly.   – Richard Bach

Earth’s crammed with heaven.   – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself.   – Michel de Montaigne

She decided to enjoy more and endure less.

When you reach for the stars you may not quite get one, but you won’t come up with a handful of mud either.   – Leo Burnett

I am unfolding in fulfilling ways.  Only good can come to me.  I now express health, happiness, prosperity, and peace of mind.

Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all.  Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach.  Check your road and the nature of your battle.  The world you desire can be won.  It exists.  It is real.  It is possible.  It is yours.   – Ayn Rand

There is a connection between self-nurturing and self-respect.   – Julia Cameron

Know that joy is rarer, more difficult, and more beautiful than sadness.  Once you make this all-important discovery, you must embrace joy as a moral obligation.   – Andre Gide

Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions all life is an experience.   – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Breath in experience.   – Muriel Rukeyser

If the future road loom ominous or unpromising, and the road back uninviting, then we need to gather our resolve and, carrying only the necessary baggage, step off that road into another direction.   – Maya Angelou

Speak your mind even if your voice shakes.

I rejoice in what I have and I know that fresh new experiences are always ahead.  I greet the new with open arms.  I trust life to be wonderful.   – Louise Hay

Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.   – Mae West

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.   – Eleanor Roosevelt

Sprinkle joy.   – Ralph Waldo Emerson

He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.   – Johann von Goethe

She realized that she was missing a great deal by being sensible.

She was kind and loving and patient…with herself.

You’ll never be sad if you remember all the good things that have happened to you.  Karolina Grekov

What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I’ve ended up where I needed to be.   – Douglas Adams

Conquering any difficulty always gives on a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary line and adding to one’s liberty.   – Henri Frederic Amiel

When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.

People are crying up the rich and variegated plumage of the peacock, and he is himself blushing at the sight of his ugly feet.   – Sa’Di

When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they take better care of it there.   – Cecil Selig

A strong woman understands that the gifts such as logic, decisiveness, and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection.  She values and uses all of her gifts.   – Nancy Rathburn

Never grow a wishbone where your backbone ought to be.   – Dorothy Parker

Everything you do prepares you for the next thing.   – John Abel

It’s hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.   – Sally Kempton

There are times to stay put, and what you want will come to you, and there are times to go out into the world and find such a thing for yourself.   – Lemony Snicket

A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at her.   – David Brinkley

I begin now, today, to open myself to ever-increasing prosperity.   – Louise Hay

Seize the moment.  Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert.   – Erma Bombeck

Dwell in possibility.   – Emily Dickinson

The only way to save our dreams is by being generous with ourselves.   – The Pilgramage

Never miss an opportunity to see anything that is beautiful.   – Janet Hobson

There is plenty for everyone, including me.   – Louise Hay

Anything you are good at contributes to happiness.  – Bertrand Russell

I focus my energy on my true intentions.  I will not be distracted by noise, chatter, or setbacks.  Patience, commitment, grace, and purpose will guide me.   – Louise Hay

A strong woman understands the importance of creating space for personal well-being, spiritual nourishment, and regeneration in order to maintain her authenticity, especially when the universe whacks her with its two-by-four and hands her days when it takes a great deal of courage just to show up.   – Laura Folse

Strength means recognizing that it is impossible to be strong all the time.   – Sally Franser

Just go out there and do what you’ve got to do.   – Martina Navratilova

You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.   – Mary Tyler Moore

I breathe in the fullness and richness of life.  I observe with joy as life abundantly supports me and supplies me with more good than I can imagine.   – Louise Hay

Women really do rule the world.  They just haven’t figured it out yet.  When they do, and they will, we’re all in big trouble.   – Dr. Leon

Improve your spare moments and they will become the brightest gems in your life.   – Ralph Waldo Emerson

While you are upon the earth, enjoy the good things that are here.   – John Selden

It’s okay to be fat.  So you’re fat.  Just be fat and shut up about it.   – Roseanne

I accept myself and create peace in my mind and heart.  I now choose to free myself from all destructive fears and doubts.  I am loved and I am safe.   – Louise Hay

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.   – Will Rogers

She went out on a limb, had it break off behind her, and discovered she could fly.

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined.   – Henry David Thoreau

As soon as people decide to confront a problem, they realize that they are far more capable than they thought they were.   – The Zahir

Nothing we learn in this world is ever wasted.   – Eleanor Roosevelt

It doesn’t happen all at once.  You become.  It takes a long time.   – Margery Williams

Nearly every glamorous, wealthy, successful career woman you might envy now started out as some kind of schlep.   – Helen Gurley Brown

The future is here.  It’s just not evenly distributed.   – William Gibson

She discovered that she was the one she’d been waiting for.

Being strong means rejoicing in who you are, complete with imperfections.   – Margaret Woodhouse

Happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.   – Roy Goodman

Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box.

Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.   – John Lennon

The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow but the rainbow won’t wait while you do the work.

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.   – Hans Hofmann

One of the greatest weaknesses in most of us is our lack of faith in ourselves.   – L. Tom Perry

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.

Success is a lousy teacher.  It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.   – Bill Gates

Joy is what happens when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.   – Marianne Williamson

Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path to joy.   – Sarah Ban Breathnach

There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.   – Christopher Morley

The joy of a spirit is the measure of its power.   – Ninon de l’Enclos

Friday, June 22, 2012

Lucky Me!

To my delight, I am part of the Lucky Style Collective!
I feel quite honored, and well, lucky! 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Thursday Threads - Serenity

From last week's shoot, we found a beautiful and serene location.
We took photos for quite sometime, I just couldn't get enough of the sweet river behind me. 

Blue Dress - Mi Menchi 
Faux Suede Heels - Thrifted

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

To Be Bold

"Go at it boldly, and you'll find unexpected forces closing round you and coming to your aid."

Also known as  

 "Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid."
-Basil King

For those of you who have been reading this blog for a while, you probably remember the shy me.
I used to have a very hard time being bold. I used to be afraid to shine. I used to be quite the hermit, afraid of nearly everything and everyone. Life was hard for me. I had a hard time talking to people. I had a hard time leaving the house. I had a hard time with life. I was depressed, and had terrible anxiety. And one day, I woke up and realized, I didn't need to live like that. I didn't need to stay unhappy.. I realized I had more worth than to stay at home, hidden. 

I had an awakening.

I truly believe everyone has an awakening moment like that at some point in their lives.
Sometimes a few awakening moments.

It was like one day, I woke up and realized, 
"I am wasting myself. I am wasting my shine."

And since then, 
I've been as bold as possible. 

It was a bit of hard work, at first,
a lot of uncomfortable moments, 
a lot of uncertainty,
but I've been incredibly happy ever since. 

When I meet new people, I give them my all.
When I start something new, I give it my all.
I am authentic and real.
I believe in magic and truth, and I believe is with all of my being.
I believe in being honest, and open.
Even if means looking like a fool.
I believe in following my heart,
and trusting my instincts.
 I go about things boldly.

Because if you can't be bold, then why be anything?

My Tips to Living a Bold Life

  • Live in Possibility, not Fear. When we live in fear, we dwell and have anxiety. When we live in possibility we are curious, and excited, in a state of wonder. Change your fear and anxiety into excitement and curiosity.
  • Know yourself, find yourself. You are great. Realize this, and share it with others. 
  • Let go of the things that are not directly affecting you.
  • Stay in the Here and Now. Dwelling too far in the past causes depression, thinking too far in the future causes anxiety. Find a good balance and stay there.
  • Enjoy the little things. 
  • Don't make life harder than it needs to be. Not every little problem needs to be dealt with at that exact moment, and sometimes they just can be tossed away.
  • Get excited. About the big things, and the little things. Take a drive through the canyons and marvel at the pretty trees, the happy butterflies, and the whispering river. Be excited about the wind, and the squirrels. 
  • Let life be good. We determine how well our day will go. We decide if it's a good day or a bad day. Let it be good.
  • Count your blessings. This will help you see more of them, and it plays into the Get Excited part. 
  • Smile Smile Smile This makes you happy, and those around will feel it.
  • Make people remember you. Bring that excited and authentic energy with you when you meet people. Smile and shine. Walk with your chin up, and shoulders back. Be unforgettable. 
  • Be Authentic. There is nothing more beautiful than someone who is real. Speak the truth, follow your instincts. Follow your heart. Be yourself, for yourself. 
  • Help Others. There is such thing as Selfless-Selfishness. This means, the act of being selfless will make you feel good. Making someone happy will make YOU happy. Helping someone will help you. 

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste and experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

To Listen

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.”
― Ram Dass

Exploring the beauty of nature is a favorite of mine.
Sitting in serenity, listening to the trees, the wind and the birds.
Dipping my toes in the cool water.
Walking barefoot.
Connecting with the Earth
A sacred work of art.

We are so lucky to be here. 

Friday, June 15, 2012

Be Daring

Late last night I decided to make a quick status update to facebook.
The first thing that came to my mind.

We are who we choose to be.
Sometimes you have to be a bit daring.

These words just flowed out..
because it's true.
Sometimes it takes bravery to be yourself
To find yourself.

We are so pressured to be like everyone else, to fit in, to be perfect,
 we loose our true selves.
And sometimes, it takes actual courage to be different.
It takes courage to say, "I love myself."
It takes bravery to remove the masks and walls we put up, and say,
"This is me."

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." -- Steve Jobs 

We don't take much from this world when we leave, 
and all we leave is who we were. 
A story.
And we all know, the best stories are the originals.

Search for yourself, by yourself. Do not allow others
to make your path for you. It is your road, and
yours alone. Others may walk it with you,
but no one can walk it for you.

Being yourself is a very enlightening experience. 
You become independent, and less needy.
You give more, without expectation for anything in return.
You become happy.
To find yourself, is to think for yourself.
When it's put that way, we realize how much other people's thoughts control our thoughts.
How much their views on us dictate our lives.
When we are controlled, we are not free. 
When we are not free we are not happy.

There is nothing happier than just being yourself.
Creating yourself. 
Thinking for yourself.
Standing up for yourself. 
Loving yourself.

You know yourself better than anyone else in this world.
This means, that no one will be as sorry as you if you give yourself up.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Thursday Threads - Wild Flowers

I'm trying to get back into my weekly outfit posts.
It's going to be fun and difficult because nearly all of my outfits must be teacherish.
So, there will be a lot of nice blouses and cardigans.
We'll see just how creative I can be.
Blue Cardigan- Forever21
Floral Print Shirt- Gioia Fashions
Grey Oxfords- Forever21