Don't Forget!

I'm not sure who said this quote but its one of my favorites as of late! I am the worst at letting things stick with me. I also hold a grudge like no other! Its quite embarrassing, but I like to think I'm working on it. This is a very good reminder for me lately! Especially with work. Somedays it takes everything I've got to drag myself into work. I plop down at my desk and just stare at a monitor thats reminding me of all my failures from the week. So I just need to stop and think to myself that everyday is a new day. Everyday I get a fresh chance to make it a GOOD DAY! Reminders like this are changing my attitude towards the world, hopefully it can help you too! 

We survived another week! Woo hoo! I hope you all have a relaxing, love filled weekend! 

Desk Findings: Little Bits!

I haven't done one of these posts in a while, but I was cleaning off my desk and unearthed these little bits! Its amazing how fast little bits like this can accumulate.
1- Various needles! I use these for book binding, stitching up envelopes and adding little embellishments to notebooks and cards!
2- Fortune from a fortune cookie! "You will make many changes before settling satisfactorily"
3- Brass brads. I got these for a project but I'm not sure why I got such a big box cause now I've got left overs. I'm sure I can find a use for them!
4- Pesos from the Philippines! My sister brought these back for me cause I just love looking at other countries currency! Its so interesting how its all different but similar.
5- Sharpeners! Sturdy standard pencil sharpener and an itty bitty mechanical pencil sharpener.
6- Paper clips! I got these triangle ones from a pen pal and I've been waiting to use them on something special. I've never seen triangle ones before now!
7- Little kitty! I got a few of these from a pen pal also. I'm sure it'll end up in my art journal somewhere!

Outgoing Mail!

Got some mail done this weekend! Now I'll admit I kinda went overboard with the doodling. This is mostly because I told myself that I had to get house chores done. So I was stalling quite a bit to say that least! I mean doodling on an envelope for an hour or cleaning out the fridge? Seemed like an easy choice to me! Plus the good thing about chores is that they always wait for you, even if you don't want them too!

Lovely Things: Lovely Florals!

This weekend was so cold! I'm sure I don't have any where to complain since some states had feet of snow! BUT none the less, my toesies are quite cold. Can't help but daydream about sunshine kisses, warm evenings and spring flowers! So today's list of lovelies are floral goodies that I can stare at until the snow melts! 

On A Day Like Today

(winter 2013)
I've been staring at my computer for quite a while now, thoughts running around all wild like. I really wanted to post something today, but I'm having troubles finding the words. I thought about just passing and not doing a post, but then upon remembering thats how I get into bad habits of not posting for weeks at a time I think I must writing something. SO I'm writing a nonsensical post anyways! I was hoping to have something special, inspiring or at the very least thought provoking to say and write about! On a day like today I think I'm out of steam. Most of my energy today went into staying positive. Not just for myself but for everyone around me. For the most part I think I did a hell of a job! I've a slight headache and can't wrangle in my thoughts, but here I am anyways- breathing, hoping, wishing. I love this blog. I love what it does for me. I love the people who read it. I love that I have so much to love in my life. Yep. I think that is all for now.

Have a lovely, restful, inspiring weekend!

Song and Doodle #55

This weeks song and doodle come from a band called FOUR EYES. Being an avid glasses wearer I had a bit of a bias upon my first listen, just cause of the name. As a whole this band took me a minute to grow on me, but I'm glad I let it! I was drawn to one specific track pretty quickly which helped me hold onto this little gem! The song Help Me Hate You is spiritually captivating, well at least for me! Right from the beginning she slowly scoops you up and starts to tell you a story that feels all too familiar. As the song progresses it builds and strings you along. Back up vocals carry the uniqueness of her voice to a new level. By the end of the song you feel like she's taken a page out of your sob story and made it less ridiculous and turned into something beautiful. She transforms a story we've all been in and have felt childish in our reactions, but this song says f*ck what everyone says I'm gonna feel how I feel even if I know better. Am I thinking too much into this song? Possibly. Is that what I love about music? Absolutely!

"Maybe in another life we could have tried and made it right, 
and I know no one's to blame, but I blame you anyway. "

Making. Listening. Eating.

Making. Breaking in my new 2016 planner.
Listening. Daydreaming about being in a girl band while listening to the Blue Aces on repeat. 
Eating. Doing my best to eat breakfast every day. Blueberries make everything taste better.

Lovely Things: Winter Blues

I've been staring at my computer for 2 hours trying to decide what kinda lovely things I'd like to share with you. If I'm being honest the TV keeps distracting me and I probably should turn it off. BUT as I was getting sucked into the TV I realized my toes were really cold AND in fact I am fed up with the cold! Theres always a moment near the end of January where I just get tired of the winter and the un-rational part of my brain thinks the winter will never end! So I decided to share with you some cozy winter finds! Let's cross our fingers that spring visits soon!
There is something about the winter that makes me want to eat ALL the comfort foods! I've been saving this No Knead Challah Cinnamon Roll recipe by Apt. 2B Baking Co. for a snowy day when I'm feeling lazy yet wanting to eat something amazing!  
For chilly days you need to a good mug for tea and many warm liquids to warm the insides! This wonderful CAT MUG by Beard Bangs Ceramics is just the one I want to cozy on up with. 
Speaking of TEA! This is a post I have had saved for a while, but its super handy none the less! How to Make Your Own Custom Tea Blends! 
Hot baths are prefect in the winter! Here is a wonderful Lavender Bath Soak to make sure you don't get all dry and itchy! Its amazing what adding simple stuff to your bath can do for your skin.
The only thing better than tea in the winter is soup in the winter! We eat a lot of asian food at our house so I'm totally drawn to this amazing recipe for Tonkotsu Ramen by Curious Nut.
What a better way to stay warm then a super chunky knit blanket! They are super trendy and super expensive, but I'm totally saving my pennies to get myself on of these. I adore the edging on this blanket made by Wool Couture Company. Ultimate coziness!
Last but not least! 10 must haves for your winter medicine cabinet. Its an incredibly comprehensive post that is full of information, one to book mark for sure!

I hope winter is being kind to you!

December Art Journal

I've been meaning to take photos of my art journal for a couple weeks now. The moment I'd crawl into bed and open my computer I would realize that I forgot to take them! So after I pulled myself from bed today I snapped a few photos! This last months art journal was very wordy but I've noticed more and more I've thoughts that I like to keep track of. I was reading my art journal from last December and it was so fun to see how much I changed in just a year, but also how I'm still me at the root of it! I'm so happy this is one hobby I've stuck with! 

My Late Resolutions Post!

Its that time again where we make New Years resolutions and all get fresh starts! I'll admit this post is a wee bit late, but thats been the pattern of my life lately. Always a little bit late! The past week or so I keep reading things on how you shouldn't make resolutions and how people give up on them in February anyways, so why bother. But I've never really let myself get too discouraged about not meeting my goals and honestly I love going back and reading though my goals! Each year when I set my goals I'm in a hopeful state of mind and in that moment of the fresh year waiting in front of me, so I love reading a year ago what I had hoped and dreamed for! The whole reason why I started this blog 3 years ago was as a part of my new years resolutions!

Review of last years goals!
1- Be kind to myself! I must say I've been doing really good at this one and my self esteem is on the rise! This past year I've really grown to enjoy myself, flaws and all! 
2- Be Adventurous! I did well on this one too! I tried a bunch of new restaurants and took a few vacations. I can probably still work on this one, but I'd call it a success! 
3- Start a portfolio! Yeah...didn't do so great at this one. I've realized its quite a daunting task and I've no idea where to start. Maybe one day I'll figure it out! 
4-Write more! I'd say this on was medium successful. I did write a lot of zines! Which have poems and little blurbs in them. I was moderately consistent but probably could kick it up a few notches! 

Phew! 2015 was a challenging year full of ups and downs. The best moments in life are frequently the unpredictable ones! 

2016! I'm keeping this list pretty short and broad, I don't want to put too much pressure on myself.
1- Cut down on using disposable products! This mostly means things like plastic utensils, napkins, paper plates and things of the sort. I realized at work I really go though napkins and forks like crazy! Once you start thinking about it a plastic fork a day really starts to add up! My goal now is to change this habit slowly but surly! I've already bought some cloth napkins and some un-paper towels to get me off on the right foot! 
2- Respond to letters quicker! Right now I'm super slow and responding, mostly cause I get lazy. But I really want to get my turn around time to a week and under. Seems do able, right?
3- Work on building up my relationships! I am terrible at relating to people. I let 90% of my friendships and romantic relationships just dwindle away until they disappear. I've a bad reputation as as a loner and I really want to turn that around! 
4- Home lunches! Lunch is one of the harder meals to plan cause you really have to think ahead. Its often hard to me to think in the morning what I want to eat later in the day. Then usually someone goes out and buys fries and my home lunch looks really depressing comparatively!  I just need to get better and planning and sticking to it! 
5- Be HAPPY! Every day I try to write down 3 things that made me happy that day. I've only been doing it for a week and its amazing how much better it makes me feel! It causes me to be actively looking for happiness in the everyday. If I can keep up with it I think it can really boost the amount of HAPPY in my life! 

This post is a teeeeny bit longer then usual. I'm feeling hopeful and excited for the new-newness that the start of a year always brings! I hope you all embrace the fresh path that is laid before you and make the most of your year! Best wishes and keep on keeping on!