Monday, February 24, 2014

slow your day

slow your day
Life has transitioned into a crazy whirlwind lately. I quit my job because of stress and a lack of personal growth within it and have been perusing multiple dreams of mine. Within the past few weeks I have learned to become increasingly self-motivated and efficient but sometimes I feel like I am running full steam and some nights I hit the hay and feel over exhausted. 
I keep reminding myself to SLOW DOWN. I don't mean to do things slow but yet to savor the little moments of stillness. Really take in the precious time with my dogs, the people I am working with, the quiet moments with a good book. Sometimes its really hard to live in the moment but the more I make an effort the longer (in a good way) and more fulfilling my days seem. 
This day I enjoyed a cup of tea and the last of a great series (Matched by Ally Condie) and some time with my pets while avoiding the frigid and windy weather outdoors. I am trying to savor more moments like this within the chaos. 
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So in your busy hectic schedule this week try and savor a few moments, maybe its a warm shower, taking your dog out for a walk or quality time with family and friends. Try to redirect your thoughts not to what you are doing in the rest of your day/week/life but on the exact moment that is happening now. Something magical happens when you stop and take it in, time seems to slow down and these quiet moments don't seem so short. Slow Your Day! :) 
~Outfit Details~
Cardigan: Thrifted Lacoste | Hope's Outlet
Tshirt: TICKLD
Jeans: Old
Boots: House Shoes/ Thrifted | Shelby's Place (i never wear these out...well sometimes when im lazy)
Lena B, Actually


Friday, February 7, 2014

happy birthday kristin!

Happy birthday to my favorite fellow blogger Kristin!!!! Hoping she has the most wonderful birthday doing whatever she is up to :D I recently have been going through old photos trying to par down the amount I have on my laptop and found this photo of her. It made me start thinking of all the fun times we have had like this fun blogger date with photoshoot and cupcakes!
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happy bday kristin
happy bday kristin
She moved to Grand Rapids a while ago and I find myself missing our closeness! It was so fun to take a lunch break and go snap shots with her and chat over foods at City Vu in Holland. Blogging together is always a good time.
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happy bday kristin
Kristin has such a wonderful spirit. She exudes positivity and always makes you think! Her blog - everythings always sunny really is all about positivity and her attitude toward life.
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happy bday kristin
She is so much fun to be around. We can goof around, laugh and just be ourselves. happy bday kristin
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happy bday kristin
She is so willing to help me out. Like when I asked her to do a high-fashion shoot with me to help me practice my photography
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 Her smile is infectious and she is also a fantastic model. I miss having her to easily put on my vintage clothes for me to quick snap shots. She makes everything look good. happy bday kristin happy bday kristin happy bday kristin
How could you not just love her? I know I do. This is just a shout out to my girl :D hope you have a fantastic next year of life!!
   happy bday kristin
 (she looks very Alice in Wonderland in this photo...the lighting was interesting thats for sure!)
(Check out Kristin's blog if you have not already HERE ) 


Thursday, February 6, 2014

instagram: November, December and January (wow)

Wow. It is very clear that I have not been myself since I have not been updating even the easy stuff! Putting together an instagram roundup is really fun and really easy. My life became very stressfull after October and many changes have happened since then! My instagram and these posts are a little window into my daily life. The roundups give me a chance to vent, enjoy the memories and dream for the future. The fact that I haven't done one since October upsets me but also is very telling to all the crap that's happened since. Here is my little blast from the not so distant past. 

November In Instagram:

1. I drove down this little stretch of road everyday but finally started really looking at it. As things warm up one of my goals is to take this photo everday. 
2. Caught Lily and Troy sleeping close together. This NEVER happens. 
3. Cone of shame. I loved playing around with all the fun stuff at work
4. First wedding photo shoot! Very tough because it was a night time event, indoors so I had to be very clever about how to shoot. It taught me SO MUCH!
5. The World of Warcraft convention was streamed live online and we had a ticket. I was watching people play WoW while playing nerdy I know. But this was a great memory of spending days in PJ's with my mom and dad. I loved it. 
6. Trip to Nashville! Many drinks were consumed :D bloodys and peach mimosas! uhh YES
7. I took out all my frustration on this little piece of paper at the interactive part of the art museum in Nashville. Too fun.
8. I used to smoke occasionally and now I vaporize. I have amassed a serious collection. Happy I quit smoking my voice is better and since I was overall very health conscious it seemed rather stupid to be smoking...
9. Hedwig and his selfies.....

December In Instagram: 

1. I love these dogs. I have been soaking up as much time with them as possible. 
2. Serious cat bites/scratches from the worm outbreak at try deworming 12 cats....yah 
3. Anissa is one of those friends who is always there. We don't live as close as we used to but anytime I can get together with this girl is amazing. She is extremely creative and we tend to be big time dreamers together.
4. Heck yah gay pride Michigan Christmas cookies?? Don't mind if i do!
5. More bloody marys with my girls. I am sorry but it is not a good bloody w/ out a pickle. 
6. Lexi, my former co-workers dog chillin by the heather. It was always cold at work
7. My sisters fiance wrote a guide to provenance (aka: all the stuff in books that wasn't originally printed). He is studying it for school and working at the MSU library. I find it fascinating. Anyway he wrote a guide to the terminology of books and I was GEEKING out. 
8. Bokeh from the car window
9. All clothing should tell you how awesome you are (label reads: I am Strong and Capable)

January In Instagram: 

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1&2. I went to the winter classic. An outdoor hockey game at UofM's big house between the Red Wings and the Maple Leafs. It was so fracking cold I can't even tell you.....
3. Rue yawning. She has the skinniest tongue!
4. BEETS!!!!! I love love beets. My mom made roasted golden and red beets and this is by far my favorite way to consume beets
5. Cats all in their new cat beds. I think they just like the hottub because it keeps them warm!
6. Troll doll from work :) too funny. 
7. Day one of the RENT SHOE CHALLENGE (wear a different pair of shoes to each rehearsal) I will eventually do a post just about this :) when it is over!
8. The greatest sweatshirt I had ever found in my time at Shelby's Place. (I left during January because of a multitude of reasons, but stress and unhappiness being the major one. Life is TOO FUCKING SHORT!)
9. Brussel sprouts are probably the greatest green vegetable ever created. NOM NOM

These past few months have held a lot of changes and its all a little scary. But exciting. I have no idea where things are headed and I am becoming OK with it. All I know is that I am going too BE HAPPY and only do things that add to my happiness and are my TRUE passions. 


Monday, February 3, 2014

short scottie

Today I decided to opt for another major change and had my hair cut pixie style. With all the changes happening lately in my control it seemed right to go for this one too. I also took an adventure to the beach and snapped a few shots of the frozen lake tides. Change is a good thing! 

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~Outfit Details~
Sweatshirt: Thrifted | Shelby's Place
Jeans: Thrifted | Hope's Outlet
Scarf: DIY 
Boots: Younkers right before the year challenge