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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 + 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!)



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.


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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The Big Move + Link Love

Lately Around here

Well, well, well.  I moved into our new house! I can’t tell you how happy I am to be on the other side of this weekend, because although it was an exciting time,  it was also a trying one.  The waves of emotions were overwhelming at times (still are) but I know it’s just part of the process when you move.

It was really cool though, too.  We’ve been pouring our hearts into getting the house ready to live in ( it’s not a fixer upper, thank GOD) and it’s nice to actually be in the space, even though it’s not completely done.  I can feel the shift of energy,  from living in one place compared to another–it’s like shedding an old coat and putting on a new one.  I’m really, really excited for my new coat.

If there’s one thing I realized throughout this process, is that it’s important to recognize change as you go through it.  The transitions are such an important part of who we are, why are we always rushing through them?  Probably because it can be scary and overwhelming and no one likes to feel those things.  But change can also be fun and hopeful.  And recognizing your own growth, your own expansion, can be so liberating and strengthening!  So I’m going to try to look at any kind of transition through that lens from  now on–it makes getting to the other side much easier.

Here are a few snaps of the weekend:

One last shot in my old apartment–It was bittersweet to leave but I’m excited for what’s next.

moving selfie

Here’s a peek at the garage after moving to the new house (and some of the mountains of boxes).

garage mess

We got the couch set up in the den, but yep, the kitchen is still a disaster.


The Living Room is coming together.  We still need a rug and some other accents…

Living Room

And after the long day of moving, Chris’s expression says it all.

chris on couch

 I know once we’re unpacked and settled in, it’s going to be great.

Link Love

Some of my favorite links around the web this week:

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Link Love + Spring

Lately Around here

The beauty of this weekend’s weather snuck into my heart and exploded.  It was a tad bit windy yesterday but WOW, the sunshine and all of the beautiful blooming happening?  Held me captive everywhere I went.  Here are some of the views:

city view

Deal Lake

sky view(HDR)

cherry blossoms

cherry tree

I couldn’t resist a hug from my favorite tree. They only bloom for 2 weeks or so!

me and the cherries

And just for fun, a shot of my ‘studio’ also known as my living room.

studio view

How was your weekend?

Link Love

Some of my favorite links around the web this week:

How to be an artist.  Because you can!

Kindness can be as light as speech or as invisible as inaction.  Your kindness is good for you.

Humans of New York: If you’ve never seen this blog, you MUST check it out now.  And here’s some background on the guy who runs it: Brandon Stanton.

The inspiration of Fingal’s Cave.

If you didn’t think animals can smile, check this out: A man and his pigs.  


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Link Love + Orchids

Lately Around here

I’m chomping at the bit to feel the full warmth of Spring, but man!  It is taking forever for it to arrive!  This weekend was a tease with that beautiful sun, and then…. the cold temperatures tricked us all.   Total weather fail.

But that didn’t stop C and I from going for a romantic drink at a spot that overlooks the ocean.  How lucky are we?  I live at the shore and see this view a lot, but I try not to take it for granted…

Me + C

On another note,  orchids.  You GUYS!  I was so floored with the colors of the orchid C gave me for Easter last week that I’ve been totally obsessing about it.  The varying degrees of pinks and purple make my heart race; I can’t stop staring at it.  The colors send me into overdrive every morning when I look at it.

THEN.  He came home Sunday with 2 more orchids, sending me into another a tailspin.  The obsession continues!  How cool are they?!

Tigerlily orchid

There’s something very soft about the colors –they’re very specific, yet blended together…

Yellow Orchid

So pretty–right?  Here’s my whole family of orchids:

Orchid Family

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. -Marcel Proust

That quote is so, so true.  It’s quite magical how not only people, but nature makes me feel like I’m blooming.  You too?

Link Love

Some of my favorite links around the web this week:

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