Words for 2013

I am not usually the type to hold onto motivational quotes, however, today I read the below quote on Design Sponge’s interview with Victoria Smith from sfgirlbybay, a quote she mentioned that had first been shared with her by Jordan Ferney from Oh Happy Day! Design Spongesfgirlbybay, and Oh Happy Day! all have been blogs I have cherished now for quite some time, and the ladies behind them remain constant inspirations to me. After the last couple days, as I explained in yesterdays post, I was really needing some words like this and I plan to take this one with me to help keep me going this week and throughout all of 2013.

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The universe (and Twitter) didn’t only assist me today in stumbling upon the above quote, but also the video below. It really is worth sharing and watching. Not only is it adorable, but simple and true, and something I plan to come back to from time to time when I am needing a bit of a pep talk.

This video is by Soul Pancake, an amazing organization headed up by Rainn Wilson and friends (the one celebrity that used to come into the Starbucks I worked at that through college, that I was always simply too nervous to say anything to.) Anyway, I could spend hours on here watching non-stop beautiful and moving videos about art, compassion, and basically anything/everything hilarious.

I needed these today. If you know someone who might need these too, please forward along.

And with that, goodnight, Poopsikins.

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Miscellaneous Things I Wished I Owned, Volume 1

Am I the only one who would like to hit the reset button on 2013?

January 1 came this year and with it was a sourpuss attitude and zero motivation. Then depression set in. Why was I not being like the rest of the world and resolving to make some changes? Where was that new year energy and confidence that I was going to kick 2013’s tail-feather? Not sure. So far in January I have just felt defeated. It hasn’t helped that my life has just been totally crazy. Lots of changes, random/unexpected/unexciting busy-ness, and lots of stress. So earlier this week I started trying to take a step back. Figure my shiz out. I decided to let myself be excused of January. I know this is exactly what one isn’t supposed to do with the new year, but it’s what is happening. I am going to use the next two weeks to plan out my 2013 and celebrate my own fake new year February 1.

So what does that mean for the blog? Well, I don’t know all the details yet. I do know that I want 2013 to be the ‘Year of the Blog,’ make a logo, redo the website, all that badass-ness, but in the immediate future I am just going to be taking baby steps. First baby step – develop a reoccurring posting theme. Now this isn’t incredibly unique, of course, but I figured why not take advantage of the lists I am making daily.. meaning the lists of things I want to buy with all my imaginary lotto money..

Welcome to this weeks post. A few things for my home, something for my person, and even something for my doggie.

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Olive – Go! Pet Design Field Tent: 

Sadly Jenny wouldn’t fit in this, but my goodness it is cute. Maybe, if/when we get another dog/cat/stuffed chicken, if it’s a small enough dog/cat/stuffed chicken we might/probably won’t get this (but I will wish we had.)

You He She – Gylda Jewellery:

This Danish site has a lot of really nice pieces. I don’t own a ton of jewelry, mostly because my money has found other priorities, but I still like to look and plan to maybe one day buy.

Present & Correct – Cut Out Number Calendar 2013:

Since I am giving myself a pass on January, that means I still have a couple weeks to finally get a calendar, right? Well, there are about a thousand beautiful ones that I can’t seem to decide between. Yesterday I was really loving something different, tomorrow it will be another polar opposite option, but today, this is my favorite.

All Organic Textiles Etsy Store – Handwoven Turkish Bath Towel:

I have been really thinking about replacing our boring bath towels over the last few months. These pretty little coffee colored numbers are certainly top contenders.

Torre & Tagus (Amazon) – Retro Flip Clock:

Don’t buy this clock. I was on the fence on including this at all, because it has horrible Amazon reviews, but I just love how it looks! So I am simply  filing it away as a style of bedside clock I want to keep an eye out for. You would think there would be a ton of these, but I haven’t found much that is similar. I want the look, but with five stars. If anyone knows where I can get something like this, stop keeping it a secret and let me know. 

 

In other exciting news, Alex said today that he has been thinking of “maybe starting a blog.” This of course could mean nothing, or it could mean that we could be totally cute blogging nerds together. Naturally his blog would be nothing like this one and have zero of the same readership, but I am still pretty excited about the possibilities. Keep your fingers, legs, and t’s crossed.

DIY Bucket List

There are approximately one million things going on right now, which has unfortunately meant that my little apartment has been getting no love. So this year instead of resolutions, I am making a list of home projects and DIYs that I want, must, NEED to get done as soon as Santa puts some free time in my stocking.

1. Finish painting the living room, the half-primed look is SO last year.

2. Finish painting the fireplace – and stop hiding it behind the pile of to-be-sold Craigslist items.

3. Sell all to-be-sold Craigslist items.

4. Maybe, possibly, hopefully make any progress at all on the bathroom and/or the kitchen (too many items to list)

5. Start/finish painting for my awesome and beautiful friend’s classroom.

6. Now the fun stuff – DIY gotta-dos:

     A. Finally copy-cat the shit out of The-Brick-House’s stuffed headboard, as I previously have posted, and drooled all over. (Am I crazy for liking version 1.0 better than 2.0?)

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via The Brick House

     B. Ferm Living inspired laundry basket. I want to add a lid and to make it a rectangular basket. I WILL rock this.

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via Ferm Living   

  C. At least 800 (or at least five) of these lovely hanging succulents for the “patio”/”dining room.”

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via Design Sponge

There is much more to add, but let’s be honest, for me to even finish all the above in a year it would be impressive. I’m a lazy, disappointment of a person. But aren’t we all? Whatever.

In other news I will be in the 509 (basically the most [read least] happening place in all of WA) tomorrow and I am more than a little gitty with excitement. Seriously, being out of the office and up north kicking it with pretty much the best family on the planet is going to be totally awesome-sauce.

But let’s catch up some more soon. Like really. 

Hugs and heart shaped kisses. Love, your best friend.

P.S. I almost forgot! I joined twitter. It’s a travasty, I know, but please feel welcome to follow the crap out of me. @RyannMMoore

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