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? :)