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Something New is coming…

08.29.2012

It’s been a soul searching process, but I’m so excited to say that I’m rebranding! It’s been going on behind the scenes and it’s the reason my blogging has become a little more infrequent. I’m super excited for the big reveal coming up soon.

Until then, a few images that have inspired me and the direction of the new brand.

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(Photo found here.)

(Photo from 7th House on the Left)

(Photo by Elizabeth Messina)

(Photo by Hayley Johnson Photography)

(Photo from Uncovet)

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Remembering Lola

08.23.2012

One of the memories that stands out in my mind was getting cozy on the sofa bed in the living room and watching Golden Girls.

When my sister was a baby, my dad’s parents, my grandparents, Lolo and Lola, would come over for the weekend. And every Saturday, back when there was still good TV programming on Saturdays, we would watch the line up. I remember watching Golden Girls.

This morning I found out that my Lola passed away last night. She had just turned 84 last week. She lived in the Philippines with my aunt. Thankfully, she passed peacefully in her sleep, joining my Lolo in heaven.

It wasn’t quite the piece of news I expected to receive today.

I kind of feel how Kevin looks in this photo.

black and tan dachshund

The news of today just reminds me that life is finite. Hug your loved ones tighter and tell them you love them.

I haven’t seen my Lola since she moved back to the Philippines years ago. I had seen photos, I had wished her birthday greetings, but knowing I won’t see her again, makes it all very real. Be sure to tell the important people in your life just how much they mean to you.

 

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Little Victories

08.17.2012

I was talking to a dear friend yesterday about celebrating small victories. Even when we are bogged down with work, life, family, and the list can go on and on, it’s easy to overlook the small victories.

But in this fast paced life that is 2012, it’s important to celebrate accomplishments big and small. I wrote this post at the beginning of 2011, and yes, it’s a year and a half later, and I think back to where I was then. I wrote this post earlier this year and declared that I wanted to lose weight. Again. Why is that always on the goal list?

A few months ago, after a visit to the doctor’s office, I got really serious about my health and my weight, and making a dent in the goal I placed in front of myself.

Well, after stepping on the scale, I was pleasantly surprised to see the number. And pleased! (if you’re a woman, I’m sure you know the dilemma…)

Small victory! I’ve lost 10lbs since my doctor’s appointment, and 20lbs total since that first blog post.

And, when it’s yourself, it’s sometimes hard to see. But photos, they don’t lie.

I found this photo from last year on Facebook. And I remember the day I saw it posted. I was appalled at my face (we’re our own worst critics!)

Then, this photo was posted from a party last week. 20lbs lighter!

I couldn’t really see the difference until I saw it. With my own eyes.

I’ve always been self conscious about my weight. It’s always been a touchy subject. I’ve done P90X, I’ve done Weight Watchers, I’ve counted calories, and countless sessions at the gym. It’s always been frustrating, whether it’s shopping, eating, going to events, or whatever.

But I’m happy. I’m celebrating this small victory. I have a ways to go, but I’m proud I’ve made it this far.

What small victories can you celebrate today?

(Top photo: November Lily | Bottom photo: Sara & Rocky)

PERSONAL, PRESS

Featured: Hostess with the Mostess Blog

08.07.2012

Kelly of Sweet Pea Events was the first industry friend I made after moving to Texas. She shared my plight of being a Texas transplant from MUCH cooler weather (she’s from Seattle) as well as adjusting to all things Dallas. A few months ago, she celebrated her little man’s third birthday and asked if I would take some photos. Carson is the cutest 3-year-old and he had an awesome airplane themed birthday party at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison!

Last week his birthday party was featured on the Hostess with the Mostess blog!

Be sure to check out the whole post featuring this beautiful and delicious cake from Layered Bake Shop.

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Olympic Mania

08.02.2012

I love the Olympics!

It’s hard to believe that the last time the Summer Olympics were on, I was still living in California, I wasn’t married yet, and still working at my job in publishing. My how things change in just a few short years.

My favorite events so far have been gymnastics and swimming. Although, it’s a total letdown that the games aren’t being broadcast live (except by jumping through several hoops to see them online), and it’s even more frustrating to stumble upon social media and see the results. It sucks some of the excitement out of watching, even if it is a rebroadcast.

I did my best to stay off social media and not spoil the results of the Women’s Gymnastics Team Final. I was so excited that they won! I remember when the “Magnificent Seven” won in 1996. Hard to believe that was 16 years ago! And then, in the post-final interview, hearing that most of the team had barely been born in 1996…whoa, I felt old.

And the Women’s Swim Team is amazing! I watched their relay final last night and it looked really close there for a second, and Allison Schmitt closed it out to win gold!

I’m looking forward to more of the Olympics, especially Synchronized Swimming (yes, really!), Track & Field events, and other random Olympic sports. Also, if you don’t want the results spoiled, stay off social media! Someone on Facebook ruined the results of the Women’s All-Around Final for me…but I’m trying to block it out so that when I watch later, I can act surprised. Ha.

What is your favorite Olympic event?

Photos via UsWeekly

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