How are you faring through this last week of February?
You may recall that I mentioned a couple weeks back that I recently started learning Adobe Illustrator and I’m currently taking the Illustrator 101 class offered via Nicole’s Classes (I’m loving it, by the way). I’ve been enjoying creating lots of fun inspirational prints and thought I’d share one with you today. It’s one of my favorite quotes spoken by one of my favorite poets, Walt Whitman.
Download it, frame it, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. 🙂
Happy Presidents’ Day to you! I’ve been making use of this lovely day off by painting the kitchen with my husband and making a number of other tweaks here and there to the house…we’ve owned it for nearly 3 years now and little by little our house is becoming more of a home.
I find it immensely gratifying when I complete a house project large or small, don’t you? It’s such a satisfying feeling of accomplishment. My home is my sanctuary and I’m slowly but surely making the adjustments and updates to make it more of that peaceful oasis I envision in my head.
While on this quest of mine, I’ve realized that sprinkling cheery items throughout the house to motivate and inspire me really does wonders for my peace of mind. Below are 7 little household items to give you a dose of daily inspiration.
Hope you all enjoyed your weekend…sure flew by, didn’t it?
Last week I started taking a course on using Adobe Illustrator and this is one of my first attempts at using it. 🙂
Take this to heart…letting your creative juices flow can do wonders to increase your happiness, energy, and outlook on life. Creativity can mean so many different things and can be as simple as writing in your journal or trying out a new recipe. What’s your favorite way to be creative? For me, writing (on this blog, writing articles, etc) is always my favorite way to express myself, but I also love to craft, cook, come up with creative storage solutions, scrapbook, and so much more.
Though this post is short and sweet, it’s something I really feel compelled to share. This former English major (yup, me) read quite a bit of Emerson in college, and I am a huge proponent of his insights and musings. I came across this long forgotten quote (above) and it gave me some renewed resolve to end each day with a clean slate and begin anew the next day. It does us no good to hold onto the challenges, tribulations, hurts, and “absurdities” of today. The best thing we can do for ourselves is acknowledge, move on, and begin tomorrow serenely and in high spirit.
I’ll leave you with that thought tonight. 🙂
Oh, and Happy Birthday, Mom–I love you, and this quote seems like something that would come from your lips.
It’s less than a week away! That’s right–30 is right around the corner. Happily, I feel this real sense of serenity as it approaches. But I’ve also been thinking a lot about what I want to accomplish during the next decade, both big and small. Here are my 30 goals for my 30’s in no particular order. Did you make a similar list when you turned 30? Do any of these goals resonate with you?
Learn Adobe Illustrator.
Attend church on a regular basis.
Make more of my own cleaning products.
Buy mostly (if not only) natural skincare products.
Take a cooking class.
Travel abroad for pleasure, not work.
Take a photography class.
Start a family.
Volunteer for a cause at least once a year.
Focus more on the upkeep of my friendships (more regular phone calls, FaceTime chats, and snail mail).
Live with less.
Redo the kitchen.
Write more poetry (and try to get published).
Keep better abreast of political issues and other news.
Put more away in my 401k.
Publish more articles.
Take a solo trip with my best friend (last time was in 2005, too long ago!!).
Read 30 classics (and lots of other books, but 30 classics at a minimum!).
Host at least one fun party a year.
Take more pictures and create an annual photobook to capture memories.
Take a trip to Cape Cod…I live within 2 and a half hours and have never been. Ridiculous!
Flesh out my work wardrobe with more sophisticated, age appropriate pieces.
Explore more music—music has always been one of the most important things in my life and somehow I’ve let it fall by the wayside.
Sometimes I come across something during my web searches that I like so much I feel compelled to share it with you. Today is one of those days, and I feel that it’s especially timely since it’s the beginning of the week.
I came across this wonderful free printable from Positively Present. Blogger Dani Dipirro had the brilliant idea to create bright little aphorisms of positivity, and she was kind enough to share them with anyone who might have use for them.
If you’re seeking a little bit of extra inspiration, positivity or want to leave a few subtle love notes to yourself around the house, download these! Click on the image below to be taken directly to her post where you can download the printable and fill your home, office, wherever with these vibrant and empowering reminders.
I hope you’re all enjoying this holiday weekend however you’re spending it. I’ve unfortunately had an unremitting headache since last Tuesday, but I’ve still managed to have a wonderful weekend. I spent yesterday picking out a design for my mom’s dress for the upcoming wedding, then today celebrating the baptism of a good friends’ baby, and some social time at a Memorial Day party this evening.
I had to share this framed quote that I found on Etsy with all of you because it’s so apropos right now. In fact, yesterday my mom and I were talking together over lunch about this very thing….
e.e. cummings happens to be a favorite poet of mine, who I studied quite extensively in my college poetry classes–however, I somehow never knew this quote before today.
I’ve been wrestling with this very situation in my life right now of trying to figure out who I am meant to become, what my purpose is, and how I can achieve it. I have so many interests in my life–so many passions–and I’ve felt that so many of them were just pipe dreams that I could never make a reality. My amazing mom talked some sense into me yesterday and made me realize that I’m made to do some great things, and I just need to have a little faith, courage, and perseverance. It was a real eye-opener and really inspired me to rethink my goals in life. Aren’t moms the best?