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4th & Sparkles

Have a sparkling Fourth of July!

My stepsister is moving to Nashville, TN tomorrow. Today we’re going to celebrate the 4th while sending her off with love. I hope everyone has an amazing holiday! Until next time!

The Color of Memory

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I was surfing Pinterest today and I saw this picture from the blog A Beautiful Mess. It made me smile. You see, I wanted to be an artist when I was young. I took took art classes and spent my pocket change on sketchbooks and art supplies.

After I had used a few different kinds of mediums, I fell madly in love with oil pastels. They were easy to use and so much fun to work with. I loved the colors! But the best part was how tactile it was. Using pastels is like fingerpainting. I would have pigment all over me, not just on my paper! I didn’t care though. I thought the mess was as cool as the rest of it.

I think reason why I enjoy interiors so much is because it reminds me quite a bit of using pastels. It can be vibrant or muted, tactile, and messy… But the end result? Yeah, that makes me smile.

Please Stand By

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There will be a slight break in our regularly scheduled programming. I Just got hit with a whammy and Now find myself back home in Seattle, WA. I’m going to try really hard to keep up with my posting in the next week or two but… I don’t want to make promises.

I hope this new year finds you doing well and setting the stage for a great year for yourself. I’ll have a totally inspiring room tomorrow. Until then…

A New Year!

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I’m not a New Year’s resolution maker. I find that typically they don’t work. People rarely want to to do the day to day work required to make lasting change in their own lives. We all pretty much default to the path of least resistance. I’m guilty of it as well. So, I just tend to do what I’m doing and make changes as life comes at me.

This year I’m doing something different. Let me preface this by saying that I’m a late bloomer. I’m not twenty anymore and I’m just getting my confidence, my sea legs, for this adventure called life. It has been been scary, exhilarating, dangerous, painful, joyous, and fulfilling. And I’m not done yet…

In 2012 I’m going to take the time to cultivate my life. Make it as healthy as humanly possible. Weeding out the choking weeds, fertilizing my favorite hopes and dreams, planting new passions, nurturing maturing visions, and harvesting accomplished goals.

That’s my resolution for this year. I think with some hard work 2012 will be all anyone I can hope for in this new year.

Wish I Was Here…

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One of the best things about life is that no trouble lasts forever. At some point even the worst things come to an end. The past few months have been a real trial for me, personally and spiritually. My solace and consolation has been my sister, Jada, my friend and DIY partner, Dawn, and writing this blog.

Lately my interactions with readers and fellow bloggers has started to increase dramatically. It’s been such a balm to my spirit. Thank you all for stopping by, commenting, sharing your suggestions, and your own creativity with me. I really appreciate it. I think it’s probably what is keeping me sane.

Hopefully, the new year will bring some peaceful changes onto the scene. In the meantime, I’m dreaming of time with family and friends, a walk on a sunny dune like this one, maybe a bonfire, and lots if awesome music and conversation. My idea of a perfect day.

Happy Wednesday, everyone. Until tomorrow!

An Unexpected Post

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Vintage Royal Futura 800 in pink @ Rare Vintage Treasures on Etsy.

I’ve been sick since last Monday with the kind of cold that I would not wish on an enemy. Seriously, that bad… I’m starting to turn the corner into recovery, however, and I’m more glad to be able to say that than I can express!

My motivation to write on ye olde blog, as a result of all that, has been lower than low. So, and I’m sure you’ve noticed, my posting has been even more sporadic than usual.

I have ideas that I spend hours gathering links and images for, checking over my text for typos (only moderately successful with that part), and generally agonizing over posts, though sometimes it may not seem like it. I write this blog, edit pictures, gather links, and post all from my smartphone. I don’t have a computer. I know, amazing in this day and age… but true! Blogging from my phone full time isn’t an easy prospect even when I’m 100% on my game. But I keep going because I’m trying to find my voice for a subject I love. Because I’d rather do it than not. Because I know that I have something inside me that has to come out even if I occasionally (or, rather frequently) trip over my own feet.

I’m growing and learning through this process. Even when I fall (and believe me I have) I make myself get up and keep going on… even with the limits on my tools and my time. And usually, not always but usually, something good happens that feels like a little reward for my perseverance.

Thank you, for reading along, whether you’re stopping by for a particular post or a regular reader. I appreciate you, your support and your patience while I go through my growing pains.

~Jo

NaNoWriMo

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That title kinda looks like gibberish, doesn’t it? I promise it’s not! For the uninitiated that impossible looking acronym is shorthand for National Novel Writing Month. Every year from November 1-30, people all over the world write a whole novel in one month. A first draft of a novel but a novel, nevertheless.

I’ve participated since 2006 or so. I wasn’t going to do it this year but last night, two days and roughly 3600 words behind schedule, I decided to jump in anyway. One, it didn’t feel right not to. Two, seeing many of my friends posting their word counts spurred me on. So, I decided that I should just go ahead and do it. I signed up and started writing last night.

I’m not going to hedge: I’ve never finished. For various reasons. Some years I gave up after my idea fizzled out. Other years I was in target and some extreme life circumstances intervene. This year, I’m not making myself any crazy promises. I also have the added challenge of attempting to write my minimum 50,000 words on my smartphone (the only word processor/computer I have) while also keeping up with this blog…

Still, I’m going to try. I’d rather fail, than not put myself out there. And who knows? Maybe this year I’ll finish when my own expectations are lowest. (That sounded bad, didn’t it? LOL! I just mean not pressuring myself so much that I crack.)

Happy Thursday, all. All my finds for the week tomorrow (including the promised DwellStudio bling). Until then… 🙂