"And the day came when the risk it took to remain tightly closed in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to BLOOM…This is the Element of Freedom"

-Alicia Keys

27 March 2009

I Better Not Get My A$$ Kicked!

Self-Discipline: You have been ignoring me.
Me: I know.

Self-Discipline: You have hurt my feelings.
Me: I know. I'm sorry!

Self-Discipline: It is really for your own good.
You are absolutely right.

Self-Discipline: It will help make you the person that you want to be.
Me: (Sheepishly): I know...but why is it so hard?

Self-Discipline: Because it is the hard stuff that molds you.
Me: (softly): Ok...

Self-Discipline: When you do what is hard for you to do (because you have the self-discipline to do it anyway), remember that this will help mold you & it will teach you what you need to know in order to become the person that you are not yet, but know that you want to become. Ok?
Me: Ok. Thanks for the inspiration.

Self-Discipline: Now. Go do what you know you need to do or I'll kick your ass.
Me: OK...Damn!

So, there you go, another battle with Self-Discipline. It is crazy how it influences every aspect of my life...especially when I am ignoring it. I think about the impact of Self-Discipline on my life, on events in the past & thinking forward to the future, it really makes me aware of where I lacked it in the past and where I want to apply it in the future. What trips me up is the impact it has on a day-to-day basis on my life. It is almost invisible, unless you are paying attention. When you are paying attention, you see where you have a choice in that instant, to practice Self-Discipline when you are tempted to do what you are trying to stop doing (or start doing!), whatever it is that you want to change in your life.

11 March 2009


Today marks the One Year Anniversary of my engagement to J. He picked out the ring by himself, with no input from me and I LOVE MY RING. It is a princess cut solitaire on a simple white gold band. Now, I have fingers that are a little...well, a good word for them is chubby. I needed a diamond that was in proportion to the chubbiness & that is what he gave to me. I took a great picture of my ring with my mom's camera and I will try & post it sometime soon. In the meantime, I would like to present....

10 Reasons Why I Love My Man (10 reasons of many):

1. He loves me and my daughter. Never puts himself first.
2. He is hilarious and has helped me not to take myself so seriously.
3. He listens to me. Like he really listens.
4. He is a wonderful source of encouragement. He is always telling me that that he believes in me and is encouraging of my talents.
5. He has an incredible work ethic. He consistently goes above & beyond at his job and gives his customers incredible customer service (even when they don't appreciate it or deserve it!)
6. He can build stuff and he is amazing with his hands.
7. When something needs to get done, he just does it. Especially when it involves building something or using tools.
8. When someone needs help with something, he jumps right in and he does it with joy in his heart.
9. Rarely complains about things, even when he has the right to complain.
10. He is HOT. The sexiest man I have ever known.
11. I know, this is number 11 on a list of 10, but it needs to be said. He is My Number One & My Only One. I never thought that I would meet a man like J, someone who is so loving and beautiful (inside & out). We have been blessed!

09 March 2009

A Style Quiz for ya

Happy Monday!
I found this quiz via the
How About Orange blog, from the Sproost website. It is a quiz to help you find your interior design style. You can take it here. You can choose Love it, Like it, Just Ok, Don't Like It, or Hate It (which in our house, the H-word is a word we don't use!). I love design and it came as no surprise that I am:

{Vintage Modern}

38% Vintage Modern: You know I love me some thrift stores & garage sales! Here is the description: "Flea Market, anyone? You know you are drawn to modern furniture and interiors, and yet you don't like a space that feels cold and sterile.And who could blame you? That's why Vintage Modern is so appealing to you. Though the backdrop of the room, the walls and windows, are many times white or monochromatic, the furniture and accessories have the color, shape and texture to bring the warmth into the space.
The great thing about Vintage Modern is ease of mixing different styles in the one space. You can have a new modular sofa mixed with a great pair of chairs that your grandmother purchased in the late 1950's. The new and old work appear as though they were destined for each other. Even if you don't have time for swap meets and garage sales, so many of the mid-century pieces were so great that they have been remade and mimicked year after year."

{Cottage Chic}

38% Cottage Chic: This one surprised me until I read the description: "Who says that cottages can't be modern and chic? Who says that they have to be floral and cheesy? Not you!
You love the carefree spirit that the cottage interior inspires, but you are also serious about your appreciation for modern art and hip treasures. You love old and new alike, and love to highlight them all to expose the uniqueness of each. What better way to show off these treasures than with a light background?"


24% Contemporary: Good thing my soon-to-be-husband works for a Scandinavian furniture company! However, I find it humorous and so remarkably me that I would score high on Vintage Modern, with things that I find at thrift stores and yet this is the description for contemporary: "So fresh and clean! Antiques? No thanks! Vintage collections and clutter of any type? Not for you! You like your space new and sleek. Each piece is chosen carefully as though it were a piece of art, and your love of minimalism is expressed throughout each room. Furniture has clean lines and geometric shapes are preferred.
You're not afraid of color — in fact, bold color options only highlight the minimal items you choose for your home. But the key is clean. To master the minimalist interior you not only have to be selective in the few furniture items you bring into the space, you must also find a way to hide all of the real-life items as well."

Not to mention the "you like your space new & sleek..." Sort of like my desk right?!?

Well, it just goes to show you that when you have a creative right brain, often times you don't play by any one set of rules...now, if I could just have a job that would encourage this. Some day *sigh* right?

08 March 2009

One Week until the Big Day!

Well, the countdown has begun (well, I have been counting down for the last year!) and I offically have 7 days until I turn 30! I am really excited and sort of sad to be saying good bye to my 20's. What a crazy 10 years of my life! I started my 20's in Gunnison, Colorado at Western State College and I will finish them being engaged to the most loving, funny, handsome and wonderful man & the momma to the most beautiful, sweet, fiesty, hilarious, loving, artistic & amazing little 4 year old girl. The beginning was a wild ride and I have had my fair share of heartache and disapointment and regrets, but that it is what has taught me the most. Like Bishop Dennis Leonard at Heritage Christian Center always says (this is not a direct quote, but you get the idea): "God uses heat & pressure to create a diamond. He uses heat & pressure to change you, to mold you into the person that you need to be." The heat & pressure were painful to endure, but they have been worth it. I wouldn't be where I am, if I hadn't had Jesus to help guide me through those painful days. Thank you, Jesus!
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