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Today I Am Thankful For

5 Nov

I noticed on various social media sites that people are listing what they are thankful for each day in November. I try to regularly write a post of things I am thankful for throughout the year to remind myself of the wonderful things I have in my life. I’ve decided for the month of November to post a few days at a time…so, without further adieu….

I’m thankful for…
1. The fact that I wake up every morning (sometimes in the afternoon, and especially thankful that I get to sleep in!).

2. My Parents. They are such a shining light for me. I’ve watched them tough it out, and I’ve watched them prosper, and through every step I’ve watched them show true, unconditional LOVE for one another. They have given me, and still do, so very very much. I cannot thank them enough for everything.

2a. My Daddy-O. He’s the best for telling me to chin-up and keep on. He will not stand for me giving less than what he knows I can. An entrepreneur himself, he’s great for giving advice and encouragement when I need it, even when I don’t realize I do. He’s a wonderful teacher, has great stories, and is a blast to sit back and have a drink with. His laugh is one of my favorite things ever, and I really miss hearing it since I moved away from home.

2b. My Momma. She is such a beautiful person through and through. I couldn’t possibly ask for a better person to show me how to overcome my fear, find my inner “happy place” (woosaaahhhh), teach me to be curious and show me through example how to be a true lady. My love of art most definitely comes from my mother’s passion and encouraging me to create and be expressive, that’s such an big part of who I am, and I have her to thank.

3. My brother going to school at my Alma Mater. I’ve got several years on him, so it’s almost like we are only children sometimes. By the time he was big enough to hang out (and didn’t interfere with my curfew) I had moved off. I still live near my college and we try to hang on the reg. He’s a pretty cool guy…but awesomeness is a family trait.

4. Thomas. My absolute best friend. My adventure partner. He is amazing. I’m so thankful for the friendship that we had for years prior to us dating, the prodding from friends who “just knew”, and his persistence. I am so blessed to call him family and cannot wait to be his bride. My everyday is made better by his presence in my life. ❤

5. My privilege as an American citizen to vote. I early voted, but if you have yet to hit the polls, I encourage you to cast an educated ballot tomorrow for the candidate of your choice and take the time to realize what a GREAT BIG DEAL that is!

I hope you take the time to remember things you are thankful for every day, not just in the month of November. I'm looking forward to sharing more with you as the month progresses!

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Today I am Thankful For

18 Sep

Its “early” and there’s still quite a lot of day left to find more things.

Today I am Thankful for

•Rain – It’s been raining for what feels like 2 days, but I know we need it. (Related: I need a pair of Wellingtons.)

•New Friends- Carrie, I hope we grow closer and our friendship stronger. I look forward to us becoming lifelong friends.

•My wonderful Fiancé- It’s the little things you do that make my day shine and my heart happy. I can’t wait to embark upon new adventures with you. You are my true love and best friend.

•My Friend Sunny- We’ve toughed it out, been side kicks and accomplices, shoulders on which to cry and personal cheerleaders for quite sometime. I look forward to the future journal entries I can’t show to my kids.

•The Dishwasher- Enough said.

Exclusive Sales? Yes please!

20 Apr

Dear Readers,

This Spring has been most productive in the vintage world for me and to celebrate I’m adding some features to the blog and to Candii Hearts Vintage. I’ve been polishing some instructionals to share with you on living the vintage life and I’ve acquired some fun pieces for the shop.

If you are interested in being the 1st to know about sales and receiving exclusive discount codes to my etsy shop, send me a message including the email address you’d like to receive notification at and you’ll be added to our mailing list. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose by me besides bringing you great deals, because I HATE SPAM too.

You can check out what’s currently available now at Candii Hearts Vintage and recieve 30% off through April 22nd with code SPRINGFEVER30.

As always, I hope you are having a wonderful day and I always love hearing from you!

Lace’em up

2 Feb

I love to run.

Most people don’t know that about me. (well, except for all of you, but you just found out.) I forget how much I truly enjoy it until I take off, usually for no reason at all. My mind says “Crazy girl! What are you doing?!?” but my legs go, and I feel alive. I feel in tune and peaceful as I make each stride. Like my next connection to the pavement is the only thing that matters in the world. (Honestly one foot in front of the other is probably the best way to do everything anyway.) So, I go. I go until my legs can no longer carry me. Filled with endorphins, I can ride the high of that one run all week. Then it fades, and the memory of how I felt becomes fuzzy. I forget altogether how much I gained, how clear my mind became, how centered I was. I may even forget the fact that I went running, or the amazing feeling I was left with, all together.

For weeks I’ll watch those crazy people, up at 0500, running downtown. Thinking all the while, “Why on earth would someone torture themselves like that? Don’t you people have lives?”. I do this, until one day, I get that urge from seemingly nowhere, and take off. Going where ever my body takes me before it asks my brain permission. (Because, as we all know, it’s better to “do now, apologize later” than be denied permission and have to make amends.) I experience that thrill that comes with knowing that I AM ALIVE. That it is my heart beating inside MY chest, MY lungs are filled to the brim. These feelings leave me hungry to go again, to gain complete clarity, even if only fleetingly. Alas, my cycle repeats and my fuzziness returns, leaving only the faintest memory. I’m hoping 2012 comes with more opportunity, more of that urge, to just take off, run, and rejuvenate my spirit.

Follies & Romance

24 Jan

Myrna Loy and William Powell are one of the greatest on screen couples of all time. So great, in fact, they were partnered in fourteen films! I fell for their chemistry in The Thin Man movies. Their romances feel so believable and effortless, so attainable. Recently, I grabbed up The Great Zeigfeld (1936) from a bargain bin. This film has zest, glitter, great music, humor, and a beautiful story all lead by Powell as Florenz Ziegfeld and accompanied by Mrs. Loy as Billie Burke.
The Great Zeigfeld is now one of my favorite movies, if for no reason other than, the scene where Flo and Billie are sitting by the river. It makes my heart flutter as this is how I see love. My love. It’s everything I want.

“… there’s little I can offer you. There’s nothing I can give you except my love.”

“That isn’t enough….I’d expect one-third of your ambition, half of your trouble, two-thirds of your worries, and all of your respect.”

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So with that dear friends, I’m off to bed! I’ll be dreaming in show tunes and of romantic moonlit walks with my dearest Thomas. ❤

A new year, a new beginning

13 Jan

We are half way into January and many people I know are fumbling through their resolutions. This is why I don’t usually commit myself to such things. However, this year, I have decided to make a few. They are more of a lifestyle change as opposed to a resolution to be broken.

• Find a true focus for my blog.
-I dabble in a bit of this and a bit of that. I’ve not quite nailed down “my place” in the blogosphere. I love the vintage life, but I’m always excited to share my knowledge on many topics. Either way, I would like to blog on a schedule. We’ll see.

• Create.
– I am an artist at heart. My interests in art are quite varied and constantly changing. Vintage is an art, and one of my passions, but I paint, sew, craft, write, cook & bake, take photos….and I’m sure a few other things. I seem, however, to neglect actually finishing most projects I begin, leaving a trail behind me as something new catches my eye. I want to complete something and feel the thrill of that accomplishment.

• Be healthy.
– Yes, this hopefully will result in weight loss, as my weight is currently unhealthy for my height. (According to IBW scale I should be around 98-112lbs…I laugh) But essentially, it’s just go to the gym, have a set sleeping schedule & watching my portions. I have a bodymedia armband, and when I was using it I LOVED it. I’ll try to get a post out this weekend on that.

• Take more photo & get prints.
– I thoroughly enjoy photography, yet I neglect to frame any, they just live as memories on my computer. I want to surround myself with images of the people and life I love.

I think those are all reasonable and attainable. In the coming months, I’ll update as to my progress.

Dear Friends, …

9 Nov

Dear Friends,

The most wonderful and exciting thing happened yesterday. My dearest Thomas asked me to be his wife! He got down on one knee, gave me a shinie and all!! So anyway, more to come about that later. Just wanted to share the news!
LailaAnn