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How Will You Wrap Up Your Year? {Some Tips To Make It Through The Holidays.}

Christmas Tree

There’s so much hustle + bustle out there, this time of year. Can you feel it?  I know I can.

Worrying about getting the right present or the perfect outfit to wear doesn’t interest me. Inviting in more peace + joy does.  I want to feel the wonder of a year coming to an end, and reflect on how amazing it has been! And this takes some serious intentional action.

The pressure of the holidays is real, friends, so I’m giving you a few tips on how to handle it.  We can all use some encouragement, yes? These are some of my favorite blog posts from the archives, to help you deal with this high-paced season without losing your cool:

I have to say, I’m looking forward to the clean slate a new year brings–the opportunities are endless. (Not to mention, I’m getting married!) But in the meantime, I’m going to focus on having fun + being dazzled by the excitement of the season, I hope you can too.

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Lately Around Here: Staycation

Lately Around here

Have you ever been on a staycation?  I took one recently and I’m now a convert.  I never saw the attraction because I felt like I would just get caught up in everyday life and not give myself a chance to unwind.  But I set an intention to just relax for five days and boy, did I…

beach with hat

beach chair

An early morning selfie in total relaxation mode.

couple selfie

One of the many feasts on the staycation.  What’s better than homemade food and a little wine?

Antipasto

olives

I caught some of the big sky at a local fair and felt like a kid again–I rode my bike there, got a slice of pizza and caught some high schoolers making out on a bench.  Total surburban living (and loving it).

Big Sky

This buddha in our backyard was my birthday present from Chris and it took my breath away.  The flower garland around the neck is my favorite part–I love, love, love the calmness of the whole scene.

Buddha

We had a family pizzafest on the beach to ring in my next year. (Hi, Liv!)

Sister Selfie

And I (almost) mastered the SUP Board.

Sup Board

Life is so very sweet.

Link Love

Some of my favorite links around the web this week:

I’m in love with the commentary on an article about how we make it seem like our lives take no effort–the “I woke up like this” effect.  Because we all know you have a personal chef and trainer, Gwyneth.

Kindness is not a joke.

Are you tired of dating?  You’re not alone.  And there’s hope!

For all of you fellow bloggers out there, here are 100 blog topics for your business.  You’re welcome.

Be a better artist by being an interested artist.

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Food Feast + Link Love

Lately Around here

This weekend felt like a week.  You know those kind?  They feel so loooonnnngggg and relaxing?  I don’t know if it was because of the rainy weather on Friday that set the stage to just chill out or if it was because I had 3 days off in a row with some of my favorite people, but it was an awesome time of rest and relaxation.

See those big smiles?  That’s me and my sister Liv, and we’re smiling because we know what’s ahead of us for the holiday weekend–lots of hanging out, laughing and eating delicious food.

Me + Liv

To start us off, Chris cooked an amazing Paiea feast.  This prep area was pretty impressive in my book–I wouldn’t even know where to begin to know how to do this.

The Paiea Feast

The next day for round two, we had lobsters at Chris’s parent’s house.  I want to be a lobster person, really I do.  I want to be someone that squeals with happiness when it’s on the menu, but…. I’m not.  Even still, it was pretty great to watch everyone go to town on them and enjoy every buttery-dripped moment.

Lobster Fest

Chris + I among the eating frenzy.

Me + Chris

My dad looking dapper…

Me + Dad

Sunday, I took a break from the eating marathon and sat down to paint for the first time in the new house.  I missed it so much and it felt so good to get back in the groove–I love, love, love my new studio (aka the back bedroom).  It’s a dream come true to have the space to explore and get lost in colors again.

studio shot

Link Love

Some of my favorite links around the web this week:

Here are some great tips on how to be the boss of your inbox.  I’m totally guilty of number 1.

Busy vs. productive.  Which one are you?

Here’s an interesting concept for Spotify users: The Long Tail creates play lists of the least played songs of your favorite artists.  It’s a great way to mix up your play list.

I am so fascinated by tiny houses and now I can see them all over the country!

An ode to you, the artist who dances on the edge.

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Lately Around Here + Link Love

Lately Around here

This week really felt like it was the first week of summer to me.  The hazy, hot weather came around but the cool nights that came with it, made it more bearable.  Things are moving along with the house and starting to feel more familiar, more like home.  I think that any big move requires time to settle in so that you don’t feel like you’re living in someone else’s house.  (Which I feel like I’m doing a little of right now.)  The personal touches really help to make it more homey so I’m working on more of that these days.  I know it’s all a process and unfolding like it should.

My niece graduated from 8th grade!  I can remember the day she was born–so pink and pretty, I feel so lucky to watch her grow up into such an amazing, kind and spunky young girl.  And Grace isn’t far behind!  Both of my nieces are such a treasure to me.

The Girls

The babies finally flew the coop from the nest on our deck–mama bird kept careful watch over them for weeks, I can’t believe how fast they grew!  I was really sad to see them go, but I’m happy they are healthy and moving on.  Chris said he saw one fly off from the nest–poor little guy actually flew into the glass door, but he recovered quickly 🙂

Family of birds

Sunday Chris and I pretended we were on vacation–some good food and a beer overlooking the beach?  Yes, please.

Pop's Garage

A picture we took that day reminded me of this quote: “And maybe it is only by finding yourself that you can feel the true intensity of becoming close to another person.” (David Levithan)  There’s lots of learning and growing going on over here…

me and Chris

And how lucky are we?  A magnolia tree in bloom!  It’s actually our neighbor’s tree but it’s right on our driveway.  Still.  The smell of it is divine, and the sight of the blooms takes my breath away every time.  (Just to give some perspective–this bloom is as big as my open hand. It’s THAT big!)

Magnolia

 

Link Love

Some of my favorite links around the web this week:

I love this instagram challenge–who doesn’t need some radical self love?  

Judy Blume is writing another adult novel.  I was obsessed with her in the 80’s!

At what moment do you finally become yourself? 

This lady has a beautiful way of creating art: Alana Hennessy.

Easing up on righteousness: may we all leave space to wonder.

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Life Changes + Link Love

Lately Around here

This week was full of a lot of growth moments for me.  I’m making a lot of adjustments in my life, trusting the timing and letting things happen the way they should.  Sounds easy, but man it can be hard at times.

Patience is a tough pill to swallow when I want what I want, when I want it–but the truth is that we must trust the process.  I’m seeing that all of the moving, unpacking + getting used to living with someone, brings my fears and anxieties blooming to the surface; these little vulnerabilities are the ones that impact me the most–not big enough to cause major issues, but small enough to be annoying, like sand in the shoe.  Hello life lessons!  

But I am always reminded to have faith in myself + the world around me, and know that I am moving in the right direction (even if it’s not always a straight line).  I’m learning these lessons over + over lately and I’m being gently reminded that everything works out in the end.

I saw the gentleness of the world as Chris and I walked on the boardwalk this weekend.  There was a whole group of lovely people practicing yoga on the beach.  It was only about 8 am and it looked like a marvelous way to start the day: stretching your mind and body with the ocean as a backdrop.

Beach yoga

This weekend was also the Jersey Shore Triathlon and WOW were these people inspiring!  Men + women of all shapes, sizes and ages, came in droves to compete.  The sheer will to finish was breathtaking and I felt like I was witnessing some other people’s personal milestones.  This guy below was playing his trumpet to inspire the runners as they came into the home stretch–he got some laughs with his song choices.

Trumpet Dude

On Saturday, Lauren and I gave a workshop on how to heal your thyroid naturally.  It was such a lovely group of women that came to be healed–something we were stressing in the workshop is that when you care for yourself, you’re already on the path to healing.  Self-care is the vital to health and happiness in life, no matter what you’re working towards.

Workshop

Sunday I finally dove into setting up my studio.  I have missed painting so much these last couple of weeks but I know I’m almost back in the groove.  Granted the set up is pretty basic–a folding table from Target and a dropcloth on the floor–but I find once I start moving things in the right direction, it’s easy for me to keep the momentum going.  My next micro-movement is to find a chair to use so I can just sit and paint and stop thinking about making it perfect.

studio space

This sign at Whole Foods reminded me to keep on keepin’ on.

Do small things

 

Link Love

Some of my favorite links around the web this week:

I love these minimalist tips–I really want to put #7 into practice.

Our whole lives are relationships, love accordingly.

How to find your creative passion–and don’t worry, it changes as you grow.

Faced with a big decision?  Use the 10-10-10 rule.

Looking for love?  Prepare yourself first.

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Cruise Around Manhattan + Link Love

Lately Around here

I went on a concert cruise around Manhattan this weekend, on a yacht.  Not like Beyonce and Jay Z’s yacht, but still, it was pretty cool.  Chris’s favorite band is The Chris Robinson Brotherhood and we went with his friends John and Kelly to check them out.  The traffic getting into the city was horrendous (I thought everyone went south on Fridays?)  But the view once we arrived was amazing.

boat

hornblower

The Manhattan skyline

skyline

Oh, hello Mr. Robinson.

Chris Robinson

Bird's eye view

Our selfie at the end of the night:

selfie

Link Love

Some of my favorite links around the web this week:

Want to try something new?  Don’t wait to be asked, just start somewhere.

Anything is possible!  What creativity can do.

Talk about committment–check out these face tattoos.

I’m dying to check out this new book: #Girlboss

I love this Story People print.

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