A little spontaneity to cure the heart.

Happy Monday everyone!

I’m happy to say that this Monday I’m feeling refreshed, physically & more importantly- mentally.

Last week was a tough week for me. Every day started clumsily; I was knocking my coffee over, or running late, chasing the dogs because they decided to be more adventurous than usual and run off, you name it. I was waking up exhausted (I’m pretty sure I wake up during my deep sleep cycle and need to do something about that) and annoyed before I’d even started my day really.

I was also feeling disconnected, from everyone and everything meanwhile stressing some upcoming obligations and financial things. Not the best mix.

On Friday afternoon I was just trying to get myself psyched up for my last work shift Friday night & I was talking to Josh about my crappy mood and lack of excitement. I don’t know how many times I’ve mentioned needing a little getaway over the past 2-3 weeks but I must have said it again Friday.

I’ll be the first to tell you what I think I need, but the last to take a break or spend on something fun when there are other obligations.

Josh said: Let’s go to Daytona this weekend. Book a hotel. I’ll cover everything. We’ll go tomorrow morning after my class.

And so I did.

We had a lovely little beach side weekend drinking cocktails on the hotel balcony overlooking the beach and spent Sunday playing in the water and lounging on the beach.

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daytona 1 It was a short trip, only an hour or so away from home. Sometimes though, I think we just need a change of scenery and some time to be unavailable to our to-do lists.

Cheers to feeling refreshed & reconnected!

Checkin off those goals.

Another goal checked off the list. This one was less focused on a better physical or financial well being and more on self expression and experimentation.

We celebrated a lovely lady’s birthday this weekend and I broke out the red lipstick to go with my party dress.

Firecracker red.

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Crossing off completed goals feels great (even if it is something a little more trivial like wearing red lipstick) & makes the year feel progressive.

I think it’s good to challenge yourself to step outside of your comfort zone in lots of ways and this was my perfect example.

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We had a lovely time and we got some great photos.

Hope you had a happy weekend!

In case you were wondering- the lipstick? It’s Mary Kay. The dress? It’s Forever 21. 🙂

Project Life: Week 2

So, week 2 of Project Life is complete and recorded. Sometimes I do feel a little cheesy and very aware of myself when I’m taking my phone out to take photos of seemingly insignificant things.. especially when people are looking at me wondering what I’m doing. But part of the beauty of this project is that instead of just reviewing digital images on my phone and on my MacBook, I’m also getting to go pick up PRINTS once a week and get back in my car and rifle through the stack. I used to print photos all the time and I have boxes upon boxes of printed photos and the past few years.. most of them don’t make it past the laptop. I’m glad I’m getting back in the habit of printing photos out. While I’m printing for the album, if I love a photo or two – I print an extra copy and it goes on the fridge or gets framed. 🙂

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I’m a mess of a million things that I’m trying to do all at once. Most of my days are spent at home and although I’m busy working on things (most days), I don’t get out of the house to go do things outside of my clock-in job and therefore don’t have many photos outside of the house during the week. I’m learning though, that doesn’t matter. I spend all day with my puppies and working at my Mary Kay business some days and cooking and meal planning other days, to name a few. There are still moments worth capturing, like the two sleepy babies showcased very prominently on this page.

This week I was also missing time spent in Paris last year and indulged in French coffee and drank it out of my Parisian mug. I also experimented with printing on non-traditional mediums, in this case the little insert cards that come in the Project Life Kit. I chose the quote, I chose the font, and I chose the card. I printed it at home on my printer and I LOVE how it turned out! For a little tutorial on how to print on items besides computer paper, click here.

FxCam_1358194351031I bought different types of dividers last week so I experimented with layouts and photo sizes this week. Some of our 2013 goals (see all 13 2013 goals here) are to eat healthier and in a more balanced way and much of my focus has been to find meals for us that are different (so we don’t get bored) but that are healthier and less processed and still fit in our budget. Another is to get out of debt this year. In order to this, I’ve put myself on a cash only budget. I’m struggling. We also decided that we’re going to save all of our change this year and see how much we can get and [hopefully] go on a vacation with it. The photo of the change is significant for me because I hate dealing with cash and change and would much prefer to swipe my card.. but I’m trying diligently to keep on the cash-only system. Besides progress with our goals, we celebrated Mom’s birthday, I FINALLY took down our Christmas tree, and I got a lesson on how to start a fire properly, by means of a blow torch. 🙂

It’s the little things that matter, people. This project is all about highlighting the little things.

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Darling Little Things: Curls Abound

I have the kind of naturally straight hair that most people pay for. I do love it, but it doesn’t hold curl for anything.

Enter the Revlon Ceramic Styling Wand [that I got for Christmas.]

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I cranked that baby up for our New Years Eve plans, and while it took a little getting used to because it has curves on the barrel (it’s different than a regular curling iron.. but WON’T crimp your hair!), I was VERY pleased with the results.

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I’m in love. For all of you fine haired ladies out there lusting after curls, this just might be your new best friend!

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