Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Well today was one of those days. It's been SO nice having my mom here to help get things done. We started the day with a walk along the river; she helped me put a box of things together for Goodwill and hang things on the walls; we visited Heather, Cooper & Colbie; and we got pedicures.
So... ah. It feels good.
It's amazing what dropping things off at Goodwill and hanging things on the wall can do for your "house esteem."
Every day, I feel more ready to throw the big party. You know, that party.
A housewarming party!
Which takes me to resolution #12 in my "15 days of resolutions" series. (See my previous posts for the scoop- but to sum it up: 15 days, 15 blog posts, 15 New Year's resolutions that culminate with resolution #15 this Saturday, January 1st, 2011.)
So, here we go, resolution #12:
Host a brunch, a dinner, a cocktail party, a desert party and a housewarming party in the new house.
Ok, so realistically I may only host a couple of those parties- but you get the idea. I would love to host a brunch for some of my closest friends; a cocktail party for my coworkers. A housewarming party for everyone I love.
That's one of my favorite things about owning a home- inviting people over. When I had an apartment, it was so hard to have company. From getting through the security gate to walking up a flight of stairs to cramming everyone in, it was always a... hastle. To say the least.
At the house, I can say "come over." And people can walk here (hi, Leah!) or drive a short distance. Park in the driveway. Make themselves comfortable in the living room, or the kitchen. Spend the night in the guest room.
It's wonderful! So I plan to take full advantage of it this year. No stressing about things being perfect, either. If the bathroom isn't perfectly clean, or things aren't hanging on every wall- it's ok. I just want to fill this house with people, and love and laughter.
Speaking of housewarming parties- check out the VIP Lounge for all things celebration-related. It's getting a big "re-sprucing" in 2011!
12 resolutions down... 3 to go!
By the way- anyone have fun NYE plans? It's shaping up to be a low-key NYE with friends for me- dinner on the town, then games & fun at Leah's house. A perfect way to wrap up 2010, in my opinion! :)
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Make time with my family & friends a bigger priority.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
I hope you are spending the day with family, close friends, or even just alone, reflecting on all of the blessings in your life, the joy of Christmas.
It's rainy and cold here in Dallas- a perfect Christmas Eve, in my opinion. I'm cooped up indoors with the entire family, and loving every second of it. We've been cooking, wrapping presents, and in just a few hours we're heading to church for the Christmas Eve service.
As you know, I've been posting my resolutions for 2011. I started last Saturday, and my goal has been to post a new resolution every day so that I have 15 in total come January 1st, 2011.
I wasn't able to post yesterday- I was driving to Dallas all morning, and then my siblings and I went to Six Flags last night.
A bit of a Christmas tradition.
Sooo... here we go! Resolutions 6 & 7.
Buy a Nikon D90 and take a SnapShop by one of my favorite bloggers, Ashley Ann Photography.
I have been wanting to buy a better camera forever now- a "real" camera- the kind with an adjustable lens and that you have to take really good care of. I've always enjoyed taking pictures, and with my desire to travel more in 2011 (see resolution #2) I would just love to have a nice camera to take great photos with. In fact, I'd rather have photographs hanging on my walls than anything else.
And I'd love to take a SnapShop by Ashley. She is only offering two next year- one in the Spring, one in the Fall- so I'm crossing my fingers I get in! She does a beginner course on how to take great photos.
And while we're talking about great photos, I might as well let that be a lead in to resolution #7:
Continue to invest in "Lindsay's Lounge".
I started this blog in January of last year, and I am so glad I did. I went back and forth about it for months and finally decided... what the heck?
This has been such an amazing creative outlet for me. A few months ago, I kicked off the VIP button feature and I already have tons of ideas for how to spruce it up a bit next year.
With a new camera, I hope to include more photos- better photos .
And in August of next year, I'm already signed up to attend my first BlogHer convention in San Diego, California.
I would love for blogging to be more of a priority in 2011, simply because I enjoy it so much. I've written about everything from faith, family and friends to grief and heartache to celebrations. And it's been such an amazing (and therapeautic!) part of my life.
Thank you to EVERY single one of you who keep reading!
So, there you go- resolutions 6 & 7. I'm planning on posting resolutions 8 & 9 on Sunday, post-Christmas. Tomorrow is a day of rejoicing in the birth of our savior, in celebrating with family. My Christmas wish is that you do just that!
Much love to you all, and Merry Christmas!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Anyone else resolving to travel more in 2011?
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Seasons of Love. I think that totally sums up 2010.
Just a few days ago, my best friend had a beautiful baby girl. I remember the day two years ago she had her first baby, her son, and the look that was on her face. She had the same look on Monday, of just pure, unfiltered love.
I have known Heather for 8 years now, and I have only seen that look twice, ever. One for each baby. It literally makes my chest hurt, it's such a magical thing.
It's such a huge joy for me to watch people in my life in various seasons of love. I watched another best friend of mine get married this summer, and I get the same feeling thinking of how honored I was to watch her dreams come true as she married the man of her dreams.
Seasons of Love. I have learned so, so much about love this year. Watching Heather as a mom, Leah as a bride. Watching dreams come true.
And watching some dreams fall apart. Even through grief and heartache, I learned what love is, what love should be.
Someday, I'll be the bride saying my vows. I'll be the new mom, with that magic glow.
Today, I'm ok seeing what my next season of love will bring.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Nearly three months of working what seemed like two jobs, all paid off!
Now, I am so ready for a week of slowing down, of giving thanks. My family comes Wednesday to celebrate Thanksgiving in my new house, and I am so excited to fill this cozy home with the people I love most on this Earth.
The older I get- and maybe this year, more than ever- I appreciate Thanksgiving. A day to reflect on blessings. Technically, it should be Thanksgiving every day- (cue the cheesy music) but sometimes it takes a special day, a holiday, to put things in perspective, to remind you in the hustle and bustle of life what giving thanks really means.
I am so thankful right now, I could cry. 2010 has not been a good year for me on paper. And sometimes I look back at August, and I tear up, thinking of the girl who lived in an apartment and watched her life change faster than she wanted it to.
I can't even believe that girl was me.
So, this Thanksgiving, I am thankful- maybe more than ever.
I am thankful for a broken heart, because every day I feel stronger and more certain of what I want and need.
I am thankful for death of a sweet pet, because it made me remember that life is fragile, and worth living to the fullest.
I am thankful for family who surrounds me with love and laughter.
I am thankful for friends who stand up for me and give me support.
I am thankful for a job that lets me be me, every day.
I am thankful for a new house, that I will fill with memories for many years to come.
I am thankful for a Savior, who keeps me holding on... no matter what.
2010 has not been a good year on paper. But if I had to judge this year on lessons learned, on hope restored, on thanks to be given- this has been my best year yet.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Anything and everything from The Vintage Pearl. I LOVE their stuff, and these leather cuffs are so perfect.
I'm a tad obsessed right now with all things travel-related. My guest room/office is more commonly referred to as "the travel room"... and since New York City is one of my favorite destinations, I believe this map via Made By Girl would be perfect on my wall.
I also love this print with "hello" in a bunch of different languages, also found at Made By Girl.
I have been looking for the perfect vintage globe for my guest room, too. I came across this designer that takes old, vintage globes and puts a new design on them. This Bon Voyage globe is my favorite.
Ok, ok... this is DEFINITELY not going to be waiting under the tree this year... but a girl can dream! :) I have debated the ipad for months now, and my conclusion... I love it. I want it.
What's on your Christmas wish list?
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Mom & I. You can read my recap of the social (and see a few wish list items/do some Christmas shopping) here!
Friday night, we all went to my brother's last high school football game to watch him perform in the band.
My brother played the drums in the middle of the performance and rocked it. You can see the video here.
And Saturday morning, we went to Mikey's last drumline show. They did a great job- I love listening to the drumline.
The rest of the weekend was spent laying on the couch, eating good food, and- unfortunately- watching the Sooners lose. Badly.
I love weekends in Plano. I'm trying to take more time to go "home" for rest weekends like these, where I can just enjoy my family.
But the weekend of rest is over! This week is busy, busy, busy. Parties, cocktails with new friends, blogger meet-up... it's a glamorous life, people! :) AND... have you bought your ticket yet for the variety show? It's next weekend! Click here to get your ticket... they're selling fast!
Here's to hoping everyone has a smooth Monday!
Friday, November 5, 2010
Last night, Fab K and Hello, Splendor hosted the POST Blog Social at The Nest Boutique in Dallas! I drove in from Tulsa, where my Volvo was promptly whisked away and I entered a world of gorgeous home decorations, cupcakes and champagne.
Heaven, you may ask? Pretty close!
First of all, the lovely ladies behind Fab K and Hello, Splendor were such a pleasure to meet! Check out their blogs... wow. What amazing talent these ladies have, and an eye for beautiful home decor!
Second, I walked around the store with my mom and sister in awe of the beautiful treaures- from coffee table books to candles, stationary to sparkling bling.
Here are a few of my favorites from the night...
I have it under good authority these bird salt & pepper shakers might show up under the Christmas tree this year. Just sayin'.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Work has been brutal lately- long hours, late nights. But I'm surrounded by some of my favorite people. People I can depend on in any situation. People who know me inside out. Who can tell by a look when I'm sad or happy, who know my insecurities, who could order my favorite meal (or drink!) on the spot. Who gets that lucky with their co-workers?
I have met some fabulous people through the variety show. By the way- get your ticket now! The show airs Thursday, November 18th and Friday, November 19th, so take your pick. :) Over the past month and a half, I have gone to new coffee houses and bars, brainstormed with some of the most artistic and creative people I've ever met, and really opened myself up to a new world. Every long meeting, I'm thankful for.
And this house- it takes a lot to own a house. Not just from a financial standpoint, but responsibility-wise as well. Whether it's the cable or the dryer, hanging things on the walls or watering the lawn, it all takes work. But I can tell it's making me grow up, too.
Coming out of a rough few months, I now feel like I'm growing more than ever. The people who have been by my side through the rough parts are still right there by my side. And new people are coming into my life, continuing to shape me. I'm so blessed by each person I'm getting to know for the first time, who reaffirm the girl I am and the girl I want to be. And I'm so blessed by the people who have known me for years, who continue to amaze me with their strength and support.
Life is good. New dreams are good. Could I finally be accepting change as a good thing? :)
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
I am a stick-it-out kind of girl. I put everything I have into my work, my relationships. That was probably ingrained in me at an early age, when I wanted to quit piano lessons or girl scouts, and I wasn't allowed to. Even though I did eventually quit- it taught me that quitting shouldn't ever be easy.
I think that's why I have felt stretched so thin lately. I have a lot of things pulling me in different directions, and if I'm not careful- I start to lose a little bit of "me." I get tired and weepy and whiny. Because quitting isn't an option, but draining myself dry... is.
But, in the past 24 hours, I've felt the sting of heartache all over again. I've taken a long walk with my co-workers and laughed a lot, and I cried over dinner with one of my best friends.
These are the moments that remind me who I am. What I stand for. These moments of testing and truth remind me what's important no matter how many directions I'm pulled in.
These moments rejuvinate me and remind me that many of the things that are stretching me thin are things I care about, things that are worth my time, things that make me happy, things that fill me up. Things I should make a priority, not just another item on my to-do list.
And these moments also remind me of the things- and yes, even people- I need to let go of. The things that hurt and dissapoint, the things that drain me dry. I find myself wanting to write a disclaimer to this statement- because, after all, i'm the stick it out girl- but sometimes, the best favor you do for yourself is forgiving and letting go.
I think it's a very good thing.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
My fair city. Remember that project I'm working on? It's all taking place at the VFW in downtown Tulsa. This is the view from the building. Love it.
Amy Grant concert! Sister & I got mom tickets for her birthday. We had a great girls night- dinner at Wolfgang Puck's Bistro to start, then the concert at the Broken Arrow PAC. Very beautiful building, even better concert!
Mom & Pookie.
And here's my sister wife, Leah. I just moved down the street from Leah & her husband, so we now share him. :) We watched the Sooner game Saturday night, which you all know was brutal, so of course beer and rice krispy treats were necessary.
So, that's that! House pictures soon. :)
Have a great week!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
This inspiration wall can be found over at Ashley Ann Photography. I loved how she grouped together pictures, prints, mirrors, etc. for her daughter's nursery.
I also love this inspiration wall found via Made By Girl. Again, a mix of prints and pictures, and of course the monogram. I'm a sucker for monograms.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Hello, Canada! You like me! You really like me!
Something about my blog resonates with you. So, thanks for reading. And Happy Thanksgiving!
To me, “emo” is… emotional. A bit dark, intense, or slightly uncomfortable/awkward/unsettling.
Let me say that this definition of emo is NOT Webster approved. In fact, the “Lindsay” definition of emo is somewhat broad. Example: I consider heavy metal and non-Starbucks coffee emo.
Anyway, the point of this post is… something clicks for you all when I write from my heart. Real, meaty topics that might be a bit uncomfortable or intense.
Fluff… a “Lindsay” definition for another day.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
I close on the house tomorrow! :) From Saturday afternoon on, I will be in pack-ville. So much to do, so little time. SO worth it. My dad will be here for the closing, and thank goodness my mom will be here to help me pack. She is an organizational PRO. (Hey, I got my skills from someone!)
On Saturday morning, I will be in Norman for Brittany's baby shower! I can't wait to celebrate Baby Girl Lee!
Tonight, I attended my first Tulsa blogger meet-up. So much fun! I hope to find some time this weekend (in between packing boxes) to read some new blogs!
And in the coming weeks, look for...
*a look inside my Toby photo album (it turned out amazing!)
*pictures and fun details from Brittany's baby shower (click the VIP Lounge button!)
*an announcement about a big project I'm working on here in Tulsa!
WHEW. October... off to a crazy start!
Monday, October 4, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Obviously, since I love all things bird-related and have a couple of bird cages... I adore this branch side table.
I love these gray-striped sheets. And how cute would they look with a solid purple duvet cover in my bedroom?
... and, yes it's not gray, but I adore this little bar cart for my backyard.
Friday, October 1, 2010
I moved here four years ago last month. I remember the day I moved in so well. I accepted a job I wasn't sure I'd like just two weeks before. I came down with my mom, decided to live in the third apartment I looked at, and before I knew it, we were loading up a Uhaul and making the Highway 75 trek from Plano to Tulsa.
This has been a good home for me. I know the trail nearby like the back of my hand. I fall asleep to the sounds of busy sirens on Memorial. My cabinets are "baby-proofed" due to an overly curious cat who once lived here. I said "I love you" here to someone really special for the first time.
I've had parties, game nights, celebrations and lots of laughter here. And I've had heartache and tears and sleepless nights here, too.
I'm trying not to tie up all of those memories to this place. I can take them with me, after all. They don't have to be packed up with the pictures and candles and books.
But some of those memories are being put away, whether I like it or not. Some things will be left here, in this apartment, the day I turn in my key.
Change is hard. But the unpacking in a new home, the new memories to be made... that makes it all worth it.