I was talking to a friend the other day about the holiday season, specifically what we did for the new year in celebration of the clock striking 12 on the first day of a brand new number.
I can’t believe we are one day away from 2016! It seems like every year we always say the same thing about the previous year, that it went by so fast. And this one was no different. My mom recently had her second hip-replacement surgery which reminded me that I began this year at her home in Colorado, playing nurse (being really happy that’s not the career path I chose while admiring all those amazing nurses and just WOW; you all are angels, no really, you are.) By the end of last January, I felt like I had a solid direction for my life path, little did I know, I had no idea. However, I returned to California with a plan. I was going to shoot my own stuff, be my own artist and refuse to slow down… Until we went to Paris. And thus, the humble brag begins:
I just wanted to take a moment and wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas! This year has FLOWN by and I can’t believe all of the incredible places we got to go, the things we got to do, and the people we were lucky enough to spend time with. It’s been a wonderful year!
So again, Merry Christmas.
This is the time of the year where we really value “giving.” Mostly in the form of gifts to our family and friends. It can be very stressful first finding the right gifts then spending all that cash. Wouldn’t you feel better if you got something that you know is giving back at the same time? Like a two-for-one!
I made a Holiday gift-giving guide full of gifts that give back with each purchase, plus, they are the kind of thing that anyone would be super happy to receive.
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It’s a beautiful tribute to our own lives where we come together with family and friends to celebrate the small things, the everyday things, and each other. It’s really just magical.
So I thought it would be fun to share some of the stuff that my friends (A few that I really love and adore) are thankful for in different parts of the country. Here’s what they said:
‘Inspiration’ is one of those things you don’t really know is gone until it’s gone. Working in the creative field with photography, writing, blogging, etc. You go through extremes. For a while, it seems like you have one good idea after another and the hits just keep on comin’! Then you go through a dry spell where you can’t even think about what you like, much less what you could create.
I feel like creative block is a real thing that a lot of us in the creative field (Or any field) face regularly. But how do you overcome it?
This month (Starting in September) has had it’s fair share of ups and downs (It’s the kind that comes with moving, the inevitable ones with settling and nesting) It’s been hard and FANTASTIC at the same time. Fortunately, the good definitely out weighs the bad, and every day I wake up loving Austin, our apartment and our family more and more! I think the bottom line is that this was a heart move. One that is healing all the emotional turmoil that LA created and allowing Drew and I an opportunity to fall in love all over again. (*Swoon*)
Last week, Drew and I watched The Royal Tenenbaums, a Wes Anderson classic. It was fantastic.
Last night, we watched Moonrise Kingdom, which I also loved. And I was thinking about how all Wes Anderson movies are remarkably cinematic. His style, his story, his color palette, how he uses interesting symbols and themes… It’s like he actually uses all the literary things we learned in College English 101. He’s bringing good, well created stories to the silver screen. Which is wonderful and it totally works! At least, for me.
It’s official. We are moved in to our sweet little apartment in Central Austin = It. Is. Wonderful.
I don’t know if either of us have ever been more happy about moving. Despite all the car/financial trouble that we faced, we’re here! And It is sort of like we moved in for the first time together, even though we’ve been living together for almost 2 years! The last time, as Drew pointed out, he moved into “my” apartment. I did the decorating before he got there, and even though I was totally open to hanging his stuff or moving things around, he always felt like it was a girl’s apartment. Which I suppose it was.