Trying

So the theme of June and July (so far) has been – DISTRACTION. I hope I get to tell about why, soon, but for now that is all I can share.

I am kind of a negative, dark and stormy person. This is just a fact, not hot-of-the-press news, but the reason I bring it up is that it is particularly hard to function like a “normy” (that is all of you, sorry) when you are a dark and stormy person that is totally distracted, ALL of the time.

Another thing about dark and stormy persons is that inspirational quotes generally annoy before they inspire. I mean, I want to be the kind of person that is all about ‘Keep calm and carry on’ or whatever the latest fueling motivational is, but I am not, and therefore I am just full of eye rolls and whatever other pretentious, judgemental expressions there are. That being said, every once in a while, every leap year, maybe, I find one that I don’t hate so much and might actually resonate with, a bit.

I’m on Twitter (sorry, my writing skillz aren’t stellar today, I promise this all comes together) and I follow Bob from Biggest Loser. I don’t watch the show, but I used to work at the Starbucks that he frequented and basically he is EVEN MORE fabulous and kind in person than he seems on tv. Also he has great shoes. Anyway, he is the kind of person that loves those sunshine-in-your-coffee kinda quotes. Generally, I am my normal ‘meh’ sorta person about all of that, but today he actually posted one (from @dailytherapy [can I get an eye roll?]) that said the following, and more than making me feel all warm and fuzzy, it was actually something I think I needed to hear and take in:

“No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow your progress, you’re still way ahead of anyone not trying.”

I think I haven’t really been trying.

More than being the kind of person that gets pumped up by some silly words, I want to be the kind of person that tries. So, I am going to get on that.

Hope you all had a wonderful 4th, celebrating ‘Merica, and all that. Turns out the country we live in is getting cooler and cooler every year – I mean DOMA’s dead, and that alone was worth (much more than) this hangover I am rockin’. That, and, my dog somehow didn’t commit doggie suicide due to the fireworks just outside our door which is incredibly awesome. Being a (dog) mom is the most stressful of jobs.

Also, this is pretty great: dog stash!

And now is when I eat all of the quesadillas!

 

*Patience for the randomness of this post is appreciated.

** Picture-less posts feel really weird.

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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.

Miscellaneous Things I Wish I Owned, Volume Two

I spent a couple of days this week in downtown LA, which is a bit out of the ordinary for me, considering us South Bay-folk like to stay in our little bubble. While it was a wonderful experience with a few great friends, I left the city feeling young and re-inspired, yet super old and mundane at the same time. Needless to say, I ended up having a mild mental breakdown upon return to normal daily life, full of “who am I?”s, “what am I doing with my life,” or “how did I get HERE and where am I heading towards?” I don’t think I was able to fully answer any of those questions, after hours of self-pity-partying, but today I finally woke up remembering I don’t need to know or even ever fully figure out the solutions to these life problems. Sure it is great to have a plan and sense of direction, but I won’t get that time back that I spent feeling sorry for myself and overwhelmed. Maybe it is because I am turning 25 this year and it feels like this weird milestone that as kids we only looked to thinking “I wonder what awesome things I will be doing at age 25?,” and I am just not being honest enough with myself over what great things I have ACTUALLY already accomplished and what even more incredible things lie in my future. I am certainly a horrible pessimist most of the time, entirely cynical and self-deprecating, but every once in a while the positive and extremely motivated personality of my husband rubs off on me, bringing light to those gloomy days where I am simply giving in far too much to my negative thoughts. Maybe I am bipolar (probably shouldn’t joke about this sort of thing..) but just yesterday I was feeling terrible/depressed/confused, and suddenly today it clicked and I am feeling loved/grateful/hopeful. I know I am not the first to experience downer days like this, and I know it wont be my last, but I hope that if you ever have a few moments or thoughts of this variety, you do have someone wonderful in your life, like my husband, to help you power through it. And if not, I just want to extend the offer, for now and for always, that you can reach out to me and we can be sad little monkeys together and hopefully get past these sort of unmotivated and defeating moments.

I am not sure what any of this has to do with today’s post – nothing really, so how about we switch gears and put on those materialistic-hats, shall we? Here are five things that are super pretty and I want them. I want them and then I will Vine my doggie on or around or above or below them. And you will be very happy because you have yet another super adorable dog video for your viewing pleasure. Win-win-Jenny-win.

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1. Suck UK, Cloud Key Holder via Emmo home

2. West Elm, White Enamel Teapot

3. Mr. Perswall, White Marble Wall Paper

4. Urban Outfitters, Gold Gumball Desk Lamp

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.

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