I was recently inspired by my friend Mervyn to start filming more “everyday moments” and figured that our vacation would be a perfect time to do so. Michael and I had the best time last week hanging out in California. It was relaxing and perfect. We drank a lot of great coffee, ate incredible food, and spent time doing a whole lot of nothing in the sun…a perfect vacation.
The other night my husband Michael and I decided to open up a classic book and do some reading together. Now before you go jumping to conclusions about how sophisticated and sharp we are, keep in mind that this is not a typical evening activity for us; we usually watch one of our favorite television shows or play Words With Friends on our phones before heading to sleep. I’m grateful that we decided to switch it up on this particular evening, however-because the content left a deep impression on us both.
We picked a fairytale in George MacDonald’s The Gifts of the Child Christ, and took turns reading out loud. The story is based around a girl named Little Daylight (also the name of a cool band) born to a king and queen. When the princess is just a baby, a bunch of fairies come to her christening to give her blessings and “remarkable gifts.” Trouble quickly assumes the christening when an evil fairy shows up and ruins the party by bestowing upon Little Daylight a gift (or curse) of a type of insomnia. As you can expect, the king was kind of freaking out at this “gift” from the evil fairy, and he started to grieve. The final fairy is able to give a gift with hopes that the curse will one day be lifted, but it has certain limits and sounds a bit complicated. The flustered king asks the final fairy, “I don’t know what that means…” She replies with something profound and it was a single statement that brought Michael and I to a complete pause and state of awe as he read the words aloud…
“Don’t be afraid. The meaning will come with the thing itself,” said she.
What a timely word, for anyone, at any stage in life, I would so boldly claim.
Why is it in life that we always complicate our thoughts with the unknowns? Why is it that we so easily jump to the worst-case-scenario as we analyze our plans and circumstances? Or maybe it’s the best-case-scenario that we jump to. Either way, we are “jumping” ahead to the unknown when we react out of fear or anxiety. I can be the worst at this. My personality type is ENFP, which for me means that I feel deeply, dream wildly, and easily get bored. I like to run at a thousand miles an hour, working on twenty different projects at the same time, all the while always thinking ahead to what my next project will be before I finish the last twenty. This is why I do yoga.
I’m (obviously) all about dreaming and thinking about the future and the unknown. I think it can be very healthy. But when we start to fret and over-analyze like the king was in our story, this is where things can become toxic to our minds.
*And then I must add, in addition to the normal and more typical stresses about the unknowns, that sometimes in life, really hard stuff happens that we cannot even wrap our heads around. We humbly come before God in brokenness and ask him, “why?!” I believe that it’s okay to be honest with God, and to share our thoughts and emotions with him, without a plastic filter. I believe God wants this for us. And yet, in my own personal deepest seasons of suffering, I’ve found that is when I seek him the most and thus, feel most connected to him…(more on suffering in a later post).
Although I’ve only lived a short time, I’ve come to find that things have a way of working themselves out in life. Or, put more poetically as our fairy reminds us, “meaning will come with the thing itself.” I’m not sure where you are at in life, but hearing that, my friends, is a fresh of breath air.
Life is hard. It is messy. But do not be afraid. Love you, friends.
Photo by Robert Hamilton
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
For me, the most difficult part of working out is actually getting out the door and committing to it. I’m the queen of excuses all throughout the day as to why I don’t have time. However, I do have one trick that is tried and true, at least for me, and it all starts with fashion.
My workout of choice is Barre3, which I absolutely love and would go as far as saying that it’s completely changed my life-but I’ll elaborate on that another day. One of the greatest things about a Barre3 class is that you can wear comfy workout clothes and you don’t have to wear shoes or socks. This makes it really easy for me to transform my everyday outfits into workout outfits. For example, if I am out and about running errands all afternoon, I’ll slip on exactly what I’m going to wear to my Barre3 class (leggings, tank), but then cover up with a cool jacket and some cute booties-no one knows that I’m actually rocking my workout gear! This simple trick is one that I can really stick with, even if it just means wearing one of the items that I’m going to wear in class. I’ve found ways to get really creative with it. When I’m already wearing some or all of my workout gear, it just seems lame to cancel a workout on yourself, so it’s a really great accountability tool.
At the very least, if I am at the office or somewhere where no single item of workout clothing is appropriate, I’ll pack a bag full of workout clothes in my car…that way when I’m driving home, tired from a long day…my workout bag will be right there, staring me in the face.
What is your go-to accountability tool for committing to your workout? I would love to hear!
Jacket: Andrew Marc
Tank/Sports Bra/Leggings: lululemon
Shoes: Sam Edelman
Sunglasses: Marc By Marc Jacobs
Going on an outdoor hike or walk this time of year tends to call for thick jackets and a fast pace to keep warm. I’ve come to appreciate the changing seasons and what they have to offer. It’s refreshing to get outside even when the weather isn’t ideal, and it makes you savor the warm fireplace and hot tea when you return. Below are some shots from recent hikes and walks; one with my husband Michael along the river trail behind our home, and the other on a trail in Bend with my little brother Philip and his dog Pete.
Oh, December, you are finally here!
Here are a few things I am loving this month:
This room spray smells absolutely fantastic, kind of what I like to call a “woodsy-pretty” smell. The best part is, a few sprays will last all day-unlike scents that fade within a few minutes. The candles are also absolutely divine and are offered in a variety of scents. Both of these products are designed elegantly and simple, but they pack a big punch when it comes to quality.
I just began using this line a few weeks ago, and I am in love! I started seeing a new esthetician who introduced me to their products, and I have seen incredible results. I feel that this line deserves a review all on its own…perhaps at a later date?
Did you just gag a little? It’s okay, most people do when I tell them that I take this. But before you judge me too hard, I dare you to google the plethora of health benefits in this high quality supplement. There are too many perks to count in this paragraph (which I’m trying to keep short), but let’s just say-I don’t like to mess around with getting sick in the winter months, and this is one of my non-negotiable daily supplements.
4. My Barre3 Water Bottle
Barre3 has completely changed my life, so I have no problem sporting their flair, especially when it’s designed so clean and modern. This water bottle inspires me to drink more water throughout the day. I usually pop a lemon in it and try to drink at least 2 bottles of water per day.
How about you? What are you loving lately? Cheers to December!
As much as I love to look to the future, sometimes it’s fun to look back, especially when it brings sweet memories. As the holidays are approaching and I’m taking some time to relax, I’ve had some time to look back through all the amazing projects from this year. Here is some work from my favorite projects and clients in 2014. Huge thanks to my agency, clients, and collaborators in 2014! So much love in my heart for you all!
Okay. Time to get real.
I don’t have anything close to naturally long eyelashes. Sometimes when I am on a job, they’ll put false lashes on me and it’s like a dream come true…for a few hours. Then my dreams die when I wash my face and they come off.
However, I recently found the most amazing product that has redeemed my lash dreams! When I first tried this product, I’m pretty sure I almost fainted from the results, not even believing that I was looking at my own lashes in the mirror. In the photos below, I only put on only one coat of the duo, what I would consider a minimal “day look.” However, this is a product you can really build upon itself, which makes it easy to pump it up the drama even more for a night out or special occasion. Here’s how it works:
-You apply the transplanting gel which looks like normal mascara.
-While the gel is still wet, you apply the transplanting fibers which is where you start to see major length and volume.
-Finish by sealing the transplanting fibers with another layer of the transplanting gel. You can continue to add more layers for a bolder look-up to 300x the length and volume of your normal lashes.
The best part about this product is that it’s completely natural-no cheap fillers or harsh chemicals! You can purchase your own Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes set here.
Every time I sit down to craft, I wonder to myself, “why don’t I take time to do this more often?” It’s soothing and rewarding all at the same time. This past weekend was no exception. My friend Lisa and I felt adventurous and decided we were going to make wreaths. After we made a game plan, we got dressed and headed out to my “backyard” which is a river trail plush with typical Oregon greenery. We must have looked ridiculous in our city jackets and trendy shoes, looking for loose branches, leaves, and anything else that we thought would be a good addition to our wreaths.
After we had gathered the goods and made a quick stop to the craft store, we got to work! Our friend Kiera joined us while drank tea, listened to music, laughed…all the while carefully creating our masterpieces. I knew that I wanted more of a “minimalist wreath,” whatever that means (I’m just trying to be cool). What I love about crafting is that you can have an idea in your head, but you never quite know how it’s going to turn out until it starts to come together.
Lisa’s wreath is still in progress, but I can assure you that it was looking beautiful. Here’s Kiera’s:
Do you want to make your own wreath? It’s really easy! All you need is some creative inspiration, wire, wire cutters, and the supplies that you want to use to make it. Truly, all three of our wreaths were entirely different. Kiera and I both used a gold ring to help guide us along, but Lisa tied all of her greenery together simply with the wire, and she was able to get a bigger shape this way. I recommend looking on Pinterest and heading to your local craft store for inspiration. I would love to see what you make, so feel free to send photos or tag me in them on Instagram. Have fun!