I’m headed off on an adventure today. For the next two months I will be living quite a different life than I am used to, and what says ciao better than a styled outfit post…(side-eye). But really, I am quite looking forward to stepping away from my iMac, CS6, and get my mind focused on other things for a few weeks.
I will be posting here occasionally, as well as the OYOD Journal, so be sure to check in once in a while!
I am so excited to announce the launch of a project I have been working on- an organization that exists to inspire people to pursue their dreams, with a higher calling in mind. We believe that the same passion that fuels our dreams can be used to help those in need.
My whole heart is wrapped up in this. Not in an unhealthy way, but starting an organization was not my intent when I came up with the idea. In an opening letter on the One Year One Dream Journal, I talk about how OYOD kind of happened to me. The more I talked about wanting to live an inspired life, the more I realized that people wanted to be inspired.
I hope you will be encouraged by our vision, and our video. I have struggled for years to believe that my callings and my passions are of any use, and I’m here to tell you that they are, and they are essential to who you are.
Design is such a fun thing. I still consider myself a design baby- learning the ropes and wobbling real awkwardly along the way, but I have had a lot of fun working on this new project.
I’ve been making some virtual “posters” (not sure if that is an actual thing) and it has been great fun. You guys, do you realize that we can actually make the things we come up with in our heads real?
I came up with a pretty crazy idea in November, and it is becoming a reality. (The above posters are a little hint to that very idea.)
I decided last summer that I wanted to go to India, and my flight leaves in 1 week. ONE.
I’ve wanted to make music since I was a wee babe. I did a lot of talking about it, and I’m finally getting around to doing it.
The time is now friends. Our dreams are in our hearts for a reason.
Worry is something that I know I’m not alone in. The funny thing is though, I don’t consider myself a worrier. But, after the to-do list is written and I’ve planned the day out in hourly blocks, I begin to feel the pressure of “there isn’t enough time in a day”. I usually take it as a challenge to see how much I can actually get done, how much of the list I can actually conquer. The truth is though, as creatives, there is always more to do. More things to practice, more design trends to try, more emails to send, more mediums to explore- the sky is the limit and it can be a huge benefit to our work. If not utilized healthily however, it can become a black hole for our joy and peace.
We have to be careful not to fall into the trap of unhealthy overachievement. We need to be able to graciously and realistically accept our limits. This is coming from my own experience as I look to expand my portfolio, potential business, and (so so soon!!) new organization. I hope that you will be able to enjoy your work, but know when to put the pen down, camera away, and computer to sleep.
Slow mornings are the best. One of my dearest friends, and former roommate, was really good at them. She would make eggs with spinach and have a French press going when the rest of Washington Street was still sleepy and foggy. Luckily, she and I are both morning people, so we got to spend a lot of Saturdays sitting around the kitchen table, drinking our fresh pressed goodness and talking about life.
My Nana is the same way. She and I have our best conversations over a glass of wine or a cup of coffee. There is something so special about coming together to commune over food that I will always treasure. These past few weeks in Pennsylvania have had a good amount of that, with the people that I love so dearly.
I’m actually headed out to get a coffee with my sister right now.
I guess all that, and those pretty photos (and homemade granola teaser!) are just to encourage you to enjoy those kinds of moments. Slow mornings give way to a more gentle day. I know that I need more of those.
Friends, my heart is so full and excited and I don’t think that I have ever worked harder in my life. (I’m not sure if that’s good or bad…)
This is a sneak peak at a project that I am working on, and you’ll find out all about it in a matter of days! I really hope that it resonates with you.
Until then, I want to ask you this: What are some things that you have been putting off? Start thinking about those dreams that you’ve had for a long time- making a record, writing a book, running a triathlon- start being real with yourself and allow yourself to meditate on them for the next week or so.
Be honest and don’t hold back. I can’t wait to hear about them. :)
Well, this is what I would wear if it actually felt spring-like outside, but alas, I will keep on dreaming. I’m headed up to NYC on Friday, and then to Boston for the rest of the weekend to spend some time with friends and work on a really fun new project that I’m excited to share with you! It involves styling, organic things, pretty photos, and a lot of bright light.
What’s not to love, right? Also, those shorts, though…
(now playing: When You’ve Got Trouble, Liz Longley)
This line always resonates with me. Life within the next few months holds a lot of new things. I’ve been thinking real hard about where I want to plant my feet when I get back to the states- the kinds of jobs I want to be looking for, the kind of work I want to do, the kind of music I want to make… This little mind of mind doesn’t stop going.
Then, once I feel like I’m going in one direction, I find these strings of my past that still stay connected wherever I go. No matter how much I want to cut ties with people or relationships or hurts I have from the past, I feel like they follow me. I guess that is part of growing up, though. Realizing that you can let go and move on, but then you need to handle things with grace when those strings do come along and trip up your little feet.