Life Lately (and an apology)

Hey, there, and happy April! First things first, I want to honestly apologize for my lack of presence here on the blog the last couple of months. I’ve been trying to survive at work, and in the last couple of weeks I’ve realized I haven’t been taking good care of myself. So I may not be posting too much in the next couple of months, while I try to get myself back on track! I think, sometimes you just have to take some time off and get a breath of fresh air.

Anyway, this weekend I headed over to a local park for a short hike, and I snapped a couple photos. The pictures just don’t do this view justice, I swear it is even prettier in person. California sure is nice!

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Just look at these wildflowers, I mean!!!

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I always feel like getting out in the fresh air recharges me, it really refreshes my soul. It sounds weird but I always feel so much better when I get out.

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Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

xo

 

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Life Update: Spring Fever

I’ve had a looooott of people ask me how I’m liking California so far. And to be honest, I’m really liking it! But I’ve had some bouts of grouchiness with all the rain we’ve been having here…I mean, I know it’s a good thing. But also, I’m a sun baby. I love my sunshine, and just getting outdoors, and when I can’t do that I start to get a little antsy. Anyway, overall I’d have to say that California has been treating me well so far! I’m dreaming of Spring, and am already more than ready to break out my shorts and start shopping for swimsuits for the Summer…yeah, I get a little excited about warm weather.

Here are some snapshots from life lately:

I just bought this cute little lens for your iPhone, it slips right over the camera slot. I’ve been playing with it a bit, here are a couple of the wide angle shots:

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Been feeling a bit under the weather the last couple weeks, so I’ve been upping my Vitamin C intake, which looks like this for me (I’m not big on taking medicine):

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Lately I’ve had the creative itch…I’ve been doing a lot of painting and sewing! I made some adorable pillowcases with the cutest prints. Popsicles!?! I mean!!?

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And this work-in-progress little painting:

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So that’s a little bit of what I’ve been up to! Hope you have a wonderful week. Holy cow, we’re welcoming March this week! :0

xo

 

2017 Goals

I’m not one for making New Year’s resolutions. The word “resolution” just has this negative connotation to it, don’t you think? Maybe it’s just me… So, I don’t make resolutions. BUT as you all probably know, I do love to make goals, and there’s something refreshing and inspiring about a brand new year. Starting another year always pushes me to reflect on how my life is going on a day-to-day basis, and I like to make little goals for myself. I’m always pushing myself towards positivity and finding happiness in every day, and I’m ready for the new opportunities and challenges 2017 has to offer.

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Here are my goals for this fresh new year:

  1. Send more birthday cards: I always love receiving mail, and I know how special it makes me feel when I get a birthday card from a friend or family member. I really want to send my friends lovely little handmade birthday notes this year! It’s a simple but very meaningful way to tell the people I love how special they are!
  2. Spend more free time “hobbying:” with grad school taking up most of my time for the last couple of years, I really want to make my hobbies more of a priority again. I’ve missed sewing and painting, I love letting my creative energy just flow.
  3. Travel to Europe: more specifically, Paris, France. I’ve never been to Europe before, but my wanderlust is so real. One of the most important things in my life is traveling, and I’m so excited to visit Paris with my family next fall. I’m trying my best to learn French!
  4. Meet friends in my new city: having just moved to the SF bay area, I don’t have any friends yet here (other than the amazing people I work with!). I really want to meet some new friends here this year, to really establish my life here.
  5. Eat at a new restaurant at least once a month: I’ve just moved to the area, and it’s got some really great restaurants. It’s such a diverse community with an amazing variety of eateries, and I’m slowly building a list of my favorites! But it’s easy for me to fall into a comfy pattern of eating at just a couple places over and over. So I want to keep myself trying new restaurants as much as possible!

So there you go, a few goals I’ve made for myself for 2017! Do you have any goals?

*Side note: I just checked my inbox and have finally sorted through all of the messages! Sorry for the long wait on those responses. I am going to get better at checking them on a regular basis, I promise!*

xo

Thrift Store Finds

I’m a thrift store addict. Seriously, there’s very few things I enjoy more than scouring the shelves for unique pieces. Since I’ve been looking for work, I’ve gotten really into thrifting (I have a lot more free time right now than I’m used to). I have several regular haunts, and I’ve found a ton of great stuff this year! Here’s some of the treasures I’ve found:

This awesome end table was the perfect fit in our family room. Plus, I think it looks adorable with books stacked in the open shelves. My mom and I also picked this lamp (and it’s twin, not pictured) and rewired them. We fell in love with the gray ceramic, and knew we had to have them.

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I just found this great swan purse yesterday, and I am in love! It’s the sweetest handbag. And yes, I have plenty of purses. But I couldn’t leave this beauty behind.

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I shared my DIY makeover of this little end-table earlier this year, you can read about it here.

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These crazy patterned pants were love at first sight, and I’ve worn them so many times already this season. Something about patterned pants just gets me every time.

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My owl obsession has been fierce since I was a kid, and this little owl picture made me swoon. It’s new home is on a picture wall in our family room.

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Keep an eye out for more of my thrift store finds! It’s a habit I’m not likely to kick soon (:

xo

 

Back ‘en pointe’

If you know me really well, you know that I’m a dancer. Well, a ballerina, more specifically…Anyway, I danced my whole life, and in high school I was in the company at my studio, which meant I danced 6 days a week (and loved it, by the way). I chose not to major in dance in college, though I took a class with dance majors at my university. It was a really bad experience, and it’s much too long to go into in this little post. But that class was enough to send me running from ballet for a while, and I actually took a 3 year hiatus from it altogether. It was a lot of learning about who I was without dance, but it definitely got old.

Last summer when I was on break from school, I decided to go take the adult ballet class at my old studio, and from the first moment I stepped into the building I felt that electricity running through me that I used to get in ballet. And I haven’t looked back! I will never, ever, take a long break from ballet again. It fills my heart and feeds my soul in a way that nothing else can. And now that I’m an “adult” in the ballet world, the competitive aspect of ballet is gone. It’s just about enjoying myself, challenging myself, and laughing the whole way. One of those lofty goals I always had in my head was getting back to pointe work, and this summer one of my friends started up with her pointe shoes again and it really pushed me and inspired me to just do it! Yes, it would be hard and painful, but why not just do it?

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I’m really happy to say I’ve started doing pointe again, although just at barre (and with a firm grip on the barre, I’m a total fraidy-cat)…but it’s so fun! Just to do something because I want to do it, not because I have to do it. Just to do it for myself. It’s really refreshing and special. And it also hurts. But the feeling I get from ballet, the electricity I’m getting from doing pointe work again…it’s worth it, it really is. I love ballet, and I’ve gone on way too long gushing about it, but I’m going to share a couple pictures of my pointe shoes because, you know, they’re beautiful and I love them so. And yes, I did take dorky pictures of myself in my pointe shoes wearing jeans, because I’m just that cool.

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I guess I’m just so thankful every day that I’m getting to live this life, that I’m able to still dance and that it still fills me up with love and light and joy. I cherish it. AND I’m so thankful that my old studio has such an incredible adult ballet program, and that the instructors are the most inspiring and wonderful, caring people.

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Thanks for letting me gush about this, it just feels like such a big deal to me and I wanted to share something positive among all this negativity that’s out there right now. Find what makes you happy, and do it! Always.

xo

Giving Back

Something I try to do in my life is give as much as I can. I believe that serving the community, trying to do good in this world, is so, so important. I feel like if you do good, you live good. So I’m always looking for ways I can volunteer or give back. Today I’m sharing a story about something I did recently that I feel really good about, as well as some ideas for any of you out there that want to give back, too!

When I got home from school this summer, I decided I wanted to donate blood. It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was in high school, but I always had an excuse not to do it. So this summer, I decided I was committed. Finally, this September, I talked my mom into registering for a mobile blood drive with me. I was so nervous, you guys! Needles don’t bother me, but being in that little cramped bus and not knowing how giving blood would affect me…I was anxious! But I really didn’t have anything to worry about. It was so easy and the workers were so nice, and I felt so happy after I did it! Only 30 minutes out of my life, and knowing my donation could help somebody who really needs a transfusion…that’s amazing.

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Ideas for how you can give back:

  1. Donate blood. Not everybody can or will want to do this, but if you can, I would definitely try it at least once! You could help someone who desperately needs a transfusion to live! When I did, I got this awesome pink bandage: Giving Back via Imperfect Chevron
  2. Round up at the cash register. I try to do this as much as possible, especially if it’s a cause that I really believe in. First of all, I think even the littlest amount adds up and makes some sort of difference. Secondly, I hate having coins rolling around in my wallet! So it’s a win-win.
  3. Volunteer. Maybe you love walking dogs at your local shelter, serving meals at a soup kitchen, or even helping out at a local event. There are always opportunities to volunteer if you look for them. Check in your local area to see if there are any upcoming events for more ideas (helping neighbors clean their yards for fall, event staff at a 5k, etc.)
  4. Donate old glasses. I use my glasses for a very long time (at least 3 years per prescription!), but when I’m able to get a new pair, I always try to donate the oldest pairs. Most optometry offices or places where you can buy glasses have a little donation box inside, so it’s pretty easy to just drop your old pairs in there and help somebody who really needs glasses.
  5. Participate in food drives. This time of year, it seems like there are a TON of food drives to choose from! Whichever one you choose, you’re doing a good thing. Right now, the ladies over at A Beautiful Mess are actually doing a virtual food drive which is both creative and wonderful. I’m definitely going to participate in that one. Last month, I participated in Naked Juice’s Drink Good Do Good campaign, which donates up to 500,000lbs of fruits and veggies to Americans in need! Here’s my dorky fruit/veggie selfie (appropriately captioned “Helloooooo….It’s me”:                      Giving Back via Imperfect Chevron
  6. Take a service trip. I’ve never been on a service/mission trip (mostly because I’m not religious, so I haven’t been involved in anything like that), but it’s something that I’d really like to do someday. I have this idea that maybe someday, I’ll have the opportunity to take my skills as an Occupational Therapist to another country for a service trip, offering pro bono OT services for people who don’t have access or can’t afford the services. It’s good to have dreams, and this is one I really hope I can reach someday!

These are just a few simple ideas of easy ways to give back, there are TONS out there and this list is by no means exhaustive! I truly believe that being involved in the community and giving back is so important. Get yourself, your families and loved ones, involved. Get out there, do what you can, put as much good out into the world as you can! If you put all that positive energy into the world, only good things can come from it.

Okay, thanks for letting me geek out about volunteering and giving back today. Happy weekend, everyone, and GO BRONCOS!

xo