Who am I anymore? I feel like a mystery even to myself. I haven’t been able to have personal time in ages. And even now, I should be doing something else. But ya know what, once in awhile I am allowed a few minutes right? Right.
I have always considered my time management skills advanced. I was able to get my work done in school and still have time to work a couple part time jobs. I thought I had this balance thing down pat. But recently I realized, I am very good at managing deadlines and work, but personal time is almost nonexistent. Lately, I rarely spend time doing anything alone: painting, blogging, designing, fitness or decorating.
I spend most of my time at work; I love my full time job. I juggle the delicate balance between sleep and seeing Jas. At the end of every month I piece together the next issue of Speaking of Everything mag. And on the weekends I sometimes see friends. All these things are important and I love them. But I haven’t read a book in… well a long time. And I haven’t taken out my watercolors in… I really can’t remember. I seem to have become dependent on other people to find happiness; I always need to be with another person. And I seem to have forgotten what it is like to expand my interests and discover who I am. When did I morph from someone who was completely independent, blissfully unaware of how precious personal time could be to a girl who never stops to smell the roses?
Have you ever felt like this before? If you realized you were missing something a while ago, what made you become aware? What helped impact your change?
If you are just realizing it now, here is what I am going to do and I am encouraging you to do the same. From today forward, I am going to spend 90 minutes every day taking time for myself. This time might be to paint, workout, learn a new language or even read. I want those precious minutes to be about improving myself. Don’t get caught up in the constant rush of life; take those few minutes a day to breathe, relax, unwind or even challenge yourself. What will you do?
Lately, I have been writing snail mail for all of my friends because we all know how wonderful it is to receive real letters! Now, on my list of things to buy is a stamp for my return address. There are a few Etsy shops with only the cutest stamps! Here are a few of my favorites.
It’s another Pink Monday in the Basically Bubbly studio! I can’t help but be happy. I just found the cutest 5×7 photo and I can’t wait to find a place to hang it! I’m about to push the order button on Etsy as soon as I finish this post.
Taryn St. Michele has captured the cutest photo of this perfectly pink car in front of a gorg London building. This piece could hang simply anywhere; a bedroom, hallway, or even a kitchen! Where would you hang yours? – Ciao
After day two of my new job I decided to kick back and spend some down time watching some TV and pinning. I always seem to find some really great board every time I get on, but tonight I spent almost my entire time on one pinner’s account specifically, Cristina Peralta . Everything she picked was fantastic! Her sense of style is sophisticated, chic, ultra feminine. If you haven’t seen of her boards you need to! Here are some of my faves -
I’m so proud of this issue, maybe it’s because it’s the first one or maybe because it is start of something amazing. Inside this issue you will find witty articles written by brilliant up-and-comers and illustrations meant to beautify the world around. We hope you enjoy this issue and look forward to February’s release.
As for 2014; happy new year! A little late. Between today and tomorrow I will be working on my new year’s resolutions, or should I say lifestyle changes. According to last year, I planned to do three things:
- Photograph everything (& be in some of them): I did begin taking more pictures. Thank you Instagram for allowing me to document my life as a digital story. I look forward to using you again for 2014.
- Do 100% every time: I did. I graduated from college with a GPA I’m proud of; I obtained a killer internship where I busted my tail; I began to make a dream of working on a magazine a reality; I obtained a new job that starts very soon with the killer company I interned with; and I worked the hardest to continue to develop a wonderful relationship with my best friend and beau.
- Set aside 10 minutes for myself every day: I can easily say I focused on myself a lot this year and hopefully not in a selfish sense.
I can happily say that I feel good about what I accomplished in 2013.I was able to spend the last hours with some of the best friends anyone could ask for, some from college and some from high school. We had a blast at Atlanta’s biggest balloon drop in the Hyatt Regency. After the large cocktail/formal fun I think we all agreed to come back to that party next year.
Now it’s time to kick off 2014 the right way and get back to working on Speaking of Everything. Please, don’t forget to go check out Cocktails and Confetti; make sure to ‘like’ the Facebook page and leave any feedback you have for our next issue. Happy Thursday!
I hope everyone’s week has been going well! I have been doing a little better on balancing life’s schedule so I thought I would reward myself with some blog time. From post conception to deployment I have 15 minutes… sheesh. Okay here we go.
Speaking of Everything Update – I have designed almost all of the pages (so exciting!) The content is brilliant and vivid so when you start turning the pages everything should come to life – try to contain your excitement. Danae and I are working on adding our web content at the moment. I honestly think once January rolls around we wont remember what the real world even looks like because we have been staring at our computers for so long.
Life Update – Early this week I accepted an offer to work with an amazing advertising agency and I cannot tell you how thrilled I am! I don’t actually begin until January, but this position is going to allow me to flex and grow to new heights. I am looking forward to all the challenges that lay ahead and the high speed work environment. I’ve missed agency life!
Oh! I am also interning as a graphic designer for a wonderful TV personality. It has been really fun thus far and holidays are always the busiest so it was the perfect time to dive 100% into this internship.
Because of these new job positions I asked Kettelhut Photography to take a couple head shots for me. Of course we took a ton of photos! She is such a fun photographer to work with and if you are ever in the Atlanta area looking for someone to snap the right angle, she’s your girl.
Okay, I have to wrap up soon, 3 minutes left!
New Favorites – During my design breaks I have been exploring the app world and I found EyeEm. Has anyone else used it before? EyeEm is similar to Instagram. It is a photo sharing social space. The best part, it isn’t apart of Facebook! Which means you own all the rights to your images. The interface is easy to navigate and I really like how the images are categorized. You can find images by their location, choose between numerous filters, and even enter ‘missions’ (aka contests).
So far so good with this app. I would love to hear your thoughts about it! I hope the rest of your week goes great! And look for the final installation of Perfect Gifts For Your Perfect Guy. (Yes, I know. I forgot last week). Anyways – Ciao
A little late… but with my crazy schedule I am just proud of myself that I remembered to post! My Friday Obsesh, but really for more than a month, is the sexy faux fur vest! Talk about a splash of luxe in your wardrobe! C.Wonder has a sleek simple black and a collared buckled brown one that are tre chic!