Friday, January 25, 2013

bits & pieces.

happy friday! hope you've managed to stay warm this week. my blogger friend from canada said it was -30 degrees! YIKES!

here are a few of the bits & pieces of my life from the past seven days...

one // my new feather earrings (from this shop) came in the mail. i feel fully {me} and wonderfully {free} when i wear them. 

two // the most breathtaking sky on saturday. #thisisart

three // my sweet friend bought these fringe boots for me. total surprise. so grateful.

four // showered with more gifts this weekend! cowboy boots (the ones that will be boho-fied soon) and the most thoughtful gift from sweet shawnacy.

five // every tribe & nation represented at the night of worship last friday.

i'd love for you to link up your own {bits & pieces} posts! simply use the tool below!

have a wonderful weekend!
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

accepting & emerging.

You better know that in the end 
It's better to say too much 
Than to never to say what you need to say again
Even if your hands are shakin' 
And your faith is broken 
Even as the eyes are closin' 
Do it with a heart wide open

Say what you need to say
{john mayer} 

and in these declarations of what we really want to say, we free ourselves 

free ourselves from being "stuck"

...stuck in rewind

or in hopes for fast forward...

the best way is not to fight it , just go. don't be trying all the time to fix things. 
what you run from only stays with you longer. when you fight something, you only make it stronger. 
-chuck palahniuk

there is unmatched strength in this #acceptance

we are pushed forward by the wind of our release

i'm emerging into new life-giving patterns
of bravery
and honesty
with myself
and with others

...and it's cozy here
as i settle into my own skin.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

DIY boho boots.

my mom just snagged these boots for me.

that only means one thing.

this DIY will be happening ASAP:

{pictures to follow!}

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

bits & pieces

this week's bits & pieces are a combination of fashion + art journaling. {two of my favorite things.}

one // the caption on this self portrait {taken on my lunch break} on IG said "i love having hair that looks like i feel on the inside." the red came at the perfect time. still loving it! 
two // wearing my "create" locket from her beautiful etsy shop (and my favorite flowy top). 
three // i never want to take these leggings off. 
four // i'm so glad she found a place in my art journal. i like her, with arms wide open. 
five // leaving my mark on one of my sweet artist friend's {traveling} journal. 

please feel free to share your link to your own bits & pieces post. and spread the word! <3

If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.
-Martin Luther King Jr. 
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Monday, January 14, 2013

letting myself off the hook.

i shared earlier in the month that i (along with other bravehearts) am choosing acceptance over resolutions this january. acceptance as a safe place to land. acceptance as a means to emerge into new patterns clothed in grace and rest rather than performing or striving. 

you find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, 
but by realizing who you are at the deepest level. 
-eckhart tolley
(thanks to hannah for sharing this quote.)

i accept 

it takes as long as it takes 

a break, a pause

an earlier bed time.

i accept 

that all of it counts, nothing is wasted

the flow

letting myself off the hook.

i accept




so although yes, i am going to the gym more regularly, yes, i am setting new goals and exploring expanded possibilities and opportunities (even for my little corner of the internet), i am taking off the hat of my own worst critic and picking up the hat of patience and compassion (which we so often pour out to others with no hesitation).  

you see, acceptance starts with us.
who we are.
not what we do.
or fail to do.

goodbye ---> more. improve. don't. stop. fix. hurry. guilt. deadlines. run faster.

i accept...
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Thursday, January 10, 2013

bits & pieces.

new, wonderful experiences enter my life. 

i am safe. 

-louise liltay

the beautiful {bits & pieces} from my week...

one // words etched onto the pages of my art journal & my heart. 
two // same colors. different seasons. winter's "leaves" from my poinsettia. 
three // my brother & my babe. we had such wonderful adventures together this past weekend. <3
four // the manhattan skyline, from a distance. 
five // another precious feather appeared before me on the streets of NYC. 

i'd love for you to share your {bits & pieces} posts, too. link up below! 

happy weekend! 

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

links to love.


it's been a while since i've shared some of my favorite, especially insightful, beautiful and/or helpful posts from other brave and beautiful bloggers. but my *star-ed* posts on google reader is pretty full so i thought i'd share some of the links i've been loving lately. enJOY! <3 

i love when creative people share their planning and goal setting methods. 

feather stamps. drool. 

my friend's metamorphosis. so brave. so beautiful. 

her blog. all of it. 

because that which taunts us only remains in the expectation we will respond to it, or change our intention...but we know better. yes.

speaking of creative planning.   

i think this is so gorgeous. 

feather in a bottle. perfect.

did you choose a word for 2013? these hand stamped bracelets would be a great way to keep your word close. 

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Sunday, January 6, 2013


weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them. 
-a.a. milne

this week...
i accept blessings in disguise 
and beauty in unlikely places.

the cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek. 
-joseph campbell 

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

bits & pieces

we can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
-thornton wilde

please enjoy some of the treasures from my week. <3

one // proudly wearing my chickadee road "i am beauty" tattoo. falling in love with this placement for the real one... ;)
two // spent many hours in my studio prepping art mail for some of my creative kindred sisters. love how they turned out!
three // had the priveledge to MEET one of my creative kindred sisters as she passed through CT. love to you, christine!
four // sometimes an art journal page means more a few weeks after it's created...
five // this feels sacred. :: edit from sweet alisha --> every moment is sacred.

do you have a post you'd like to share? (or maybe you can whip one up now that you have some inspiration?!) feel free to link up below:

have a wonderful weekend! 
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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

i accept.

as the first day of this New Year comes to a close, i am feeling full and grateful. instead of rushing to make a list of ways i failed in 2012, and could dramatically improve in these next 364 days, i am choosing to accept...

acceptance feels so much more tender than "resolution." 

acceptance is softening and grace. 

it's bravery and vulnerability.

{acceptance doesn't necessarily mean approval.} but is often vital for moving on & starting a new chapter. 

to look at my current situation: with joys and triumphs, annoyances, and fears, unknowns and disappointments, and to boldly say, i accept you. powerful

to look back at last year, the last five years, and see my choices through the lens of acceptance and not guilt or regret. powerful

to look in the mirror, at my often glaring imperfections, a few more rolls than last year, fully exposed, and to genuinely say...i accept you. powerful.  

to accept that i am not behind, or too late, or too much, or too little. powerful

acceptance is the theme for January in the creative tribe i belong to...The Art Journaler Community:

we would love to have you join us

stay tuned here for more updates on how one little word will impact the coming days for me. 

{i accept.} 

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