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November 4, 2015

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I had a wonderful weekend, which included fun times with my bestie, a smashing success of a Halloween costume, brunch with the boo la las, a brisk but beautiful lakeside stroll, local-made ice cream sandwiches, reminiscing about my younger days, great conversation, fake marshmallows and a construction-paper campfire, bad horror movies of the ’80s and ’00s, oodles of laughs and lots of reminders that I am loved, among other things. But me being my typical sensitive Cancer self, I always get sad when it’s time for the fun to end. Can you relate? I was at the Oakland Airport on the verge of tears (which wouldn’t be the first time because goodbyes are the worst) and dreading the week ahead. As cliché as it is, I have to tell myself, “don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened.” That Dr. Seuss, getting it right every single time. In the midst of my pity party, something major dawned on me. The best is yet to come! And I don’t mean the fact that I’ll be in Las Vegas this weekend. Think about it, I have so much to look forward to: even more memories to be made with my friends and family, marriage, motherhood, career advancements, the books I have developing in my head, becoming a homeowner, growing old with my guy and so much more. My glory days are still to come, and that makes me very happy and confident about what the future holds. May this Wednesday Word No. 39, courtesy of the darling doodler Eugenia Clara, remind you that even greater things are in store.

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Wednesday Word

October 28, 2015

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I have a confession to make, friends. I’ve been working on a few things I don’t like about myself, as of late. One of them is the desire to get even when I feel I’ve been wronged. It rears its hideous head at random times, but more often than not it makes a bold appearance on the 405 Freeway. Road rage much? Yes. You cut me off, and you’ve got more of the same coming right back at ya. Tit. For. Tat. Not proud of it — just keeping it one hundo. So when I saw this image, courtesy of LovelyDayFleur‘s Etsy shop, it was right on time. May this Wednesday Word No. 38 remind you to never let the essence of who you are become tainted by the actions of another person or adverse situation. I know, they deserve to get a piece of what they dealt to you. I know, revenge would make you feel better. But what better revenge is there than to show that person that you’re going to keep on shining regardless, and that they’re a non-factor? It reminds me of the concept of killing someone with kindness. Don’t let yourself stoop to an ungodly level because another person decides to be ugly toward you. Not today! Let your sweet fragrance be answer enough.

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Wednesday Word

October 21, 2015

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If you can’t tell by these Wednesday Word posts, I’m a HUGE fan of hand lettering. I just love how each artist’s personality shines through with every pen stroke. This Wednesday Word, courtesy of the amazing Dwellephant, is a wonderful example of the new, dynamic and creative life that words can take on once written. Here, the artist takes a quote from late actor-comedian (and wife of Gene Wilder–who knew?!) Gilda Radner, which reminds us to live in the moment. Things aren’t always handed to you wrapped in a pristine package with a behemoth bow. No, life is full of mistakes and missteps. It’s full of disappointment and discomfort. Life is, essentially, that sweet spot where you color outside of the lines but marvel at the masterpiece that such unrestraint creates. It’s OK that things don’t go according to plan; it’s all about how you handle situations that don’t go your way. Admittedly, I’ve fallen into the trap of feeling like I’ve lost because something took a different turn. However, I’m working on learning the lesson from a perceived failure. I’m telling myself not to be so hard on myself, and am striving to find peace in not having all the answers. I’m working on my outlook, y’all. Can you relate? Let me know in the comments section below!

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Wednesday Word

October 14, 2015

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I recently was asked to make a wish for the unborn daughter of my expectant co-worker at her makeshift baby shower. What immediately came to mind was the times spent with my nephew and how creative and whimsical his thought pattern is. Oh how I wish I’d never lost that carefree mentality because now it’s so hard to get back. In short, my wish was that her little one has a wild imagination and that she never second-guesses the validity of her ideas. This Wednesday Word No. 36, courtesy of hand-lettering guru extraordinaire Maiko Nagao, is a reminder to never stop (day)dreaming. There’s power in getting lost in a thought and finding your way back with a brilliant idea. It’s the best, guys. Also, if you can’t be free to think freely, then you may as well be captive. Unhindered visioning, planning, creating and exploring to me means freedom. Daydreams may seem like a waste to some, but I believe it’s healthy to imagine yourself living at an elevated state. Who knows? Maybe those daydreams will one day become a reality.

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Wednesday Word

August 26, 2015

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These days I’ve been getting my fitness on. Yep, I finally decided to make more of an effort when it comes to exercising and my health. Waking up at 5 a.m. to leave the house by 6 a.m., brave the highways and byways to arrive at the gym at my job by 7 a.m. sounds like a lot. And the first week I started this regimen, it was. When I began, I felt so out of shape. Twenty-five minutes on the elliptical had me feeling like I got hit by a bus. However, day by day, little by little, I felt my body becoming stronger. I had to push myself mentally (funny how that was more of a factor, at times, than the physical aspect) to do more than I did the day prior. I will continue to tune out that voice in the back of my head telling me to take shortcuts. I encourage you to do the same, friends! May this Wednesday Word No. 29, courtesy of Design Different, remind you that you will never fully realize what you’re made of if you quit when your situation gets rough, be it something physically challenging like running a marathon or something mentally challenging like studying to get your Ph.D. (looking at you, Zita!). William James, the creator of this wonderful quote, was an American philosopher and psychologist who was also trained as a physician. Take courage in knowing that the man who became known as the “Father of American psychology” had to devote great time, effort and energy to earn such an accolade. What you’re working for is worth fighting for.

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DIY Time: Bridal Shower Sign

April 7, 2015

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It’s an exciting time for my family, as my youngest brother will be getting married next month. My mom, sister and I will be throwing my future sister-in-law a bridal shower this weekend, and have been charged with taking care of the desserts, favors and decorations. One nice craft that my mom found on Pinterest was a darling sign for the event venue that greets the bride-to-be and attendees, and announces how many days away the wedding is.

To make this super cute sign, you’ll need a white 20 x 30 x 3/16-inch foam board, a small bottle of acrylic paint (the color choice is yours), a paintbrush, a ruler, painter’s tape, a black permanent marker, some newspaper to protect the area while you paint, good penmanship and a smidge of creativity.

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Find out how these items came together to make something lovely after the jump!

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Wednesday Word

March 25, 2015

I’m a firm believer that when one door closes, another one more fitting opens. This Wednesday Word No. 7, presented ever so nicely by the insanely talented Maiko Nagao, reminds me not to take it too hard when things don’t go my way, because something much better is on its way. So, if you’re reading this and you’re feeling disappointed about a derailed plan, be encouraged. It’s not over! And, hey, that closed door very well could be a blessing in disguise.

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Wednesday Word

March 4, 2015

For this Wednesday Word No. 4, I went with a quote from French Enlightenment writer and philosopher Voltaire. My hope is that it motivates you to get out there and enjoy life, and to do the things that will ultimately make this world a better place. This quote was hand lettered by the amazingly creative Lisa Congdon, by the way.

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Wednesday Word

February 25, 2015

As we draw close to the end of Black History Month, this Wednesday Word No. 3 comes from Harriet Tubman, a pioneering abolitionist, civil rights activist and Underground Railroad “conductor.” May this beautifully hand-lettered image, courtesy of the Cardstore Studio, inspire you to keep dreaming big. You never know who your vision will touch or how much of an impact your ideas can make.

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Wednesday Word

February 18, 2015

This Wednesday Word No. 2 is a quote from the late great Maya Angelou, who reminds us that nothing can stop the greatness that’s inside of you. And it’s presented beautifully by Marilyn Nimz of Brewed Together. Now go forth and let your let shine!

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