Wednesday, June 13, 2012

~ING + An Impressionist

In LA {February 2012}. It's the little things in life that make me smile.

{Going} I really, really can't wait to take a trip to the East Coast. Travelling is my favorite thing to do. I want to see every inch of the world that I can. It runs in my family, we all have an urge to see new places, and different cultures.

{Making} Right now, I'm working on the "DIY String Map Art". The primer is dry, and now it's time for a coat of paint. It will probably be all done in the next couple days.

{Doing} Rearranging things around in our living room is fun to me. Even when I was a kid, I would be laying in bed in the middle of the night, and suddenly get up and move a bookcase, or my dresser just to make the room feel fresh.

{Thinking} I went to college right after high school, for two years. Those two years were pretty tough for me, because I had a slew of misfortune. My mom had a ruptured brain aneurysm, I got scarlet fever and mono, worked full-time, and went to school full-time. It wasn't just those misfortunes, because I also focused way too much on my social life. After those two years, I enrolled in Arizona School of Massage Therapy. I received my license to practice massage therapy, but it never really made me happy. Yesterday I went back to the community college I left a couple years ago. I've been thinking about how a lot of the people I know are finished, or are close to finishing college, and now I want to go back and basically start over. I talked to an advisor about becoming an Elementary School Teacher. That's basically what I've been thinking about lately, and I'm really excited to get started.

{Wanting} I believe it's good to keep a little wish list. If I could magically possess something of my fancy, it would be a sewing machine. I've had my eye on a Hello Kitty one from Target for over a year now.

{Laughing} While making Jason laugh by doing a funny dance during a commercial break {why does Hulu Plus have commercials anyway?} I started to laugh. We love being goofy.

{Absorbing} For my birthday {in April} Jason took me to the Arizona Science Center to see a moving Vincent van Gogh exhibit. He got me a little book that talked about the works shown, and the history of his life at any given point in time. He was brilliant, and as an artist {I paint, as well} I try to absorb all his wisdom.

{Gazing} It's about time to break out the comfy blanket, telescope, and star chart. There is a really great park not too far from us, and I want to brush up on my Astronomy.

{Daring} I'm daring myself to get up at 4 am someday this month and hike Camelback Mountain. It's way too hot to hike much later than that, because of Arizona's crazy summers. It's a really beautiful mountain. I've done it before, but it's been years.

{Influencing} I try to live a life that I'm proud of. I eat healthy, and try to exercise everyday. I almost always say 'please' and 'thank you'. I hold the door open for people, give compliments every chance I get, and simply smile. I hope that next time I go out of my way for someone, they will go out of their way for someone else.

{Additional Craft Love}

With this idea, you could make a cork board
into anything! I like this for places you've

I want to do a "G" and put it in our garden.

This is the Alice in Wonderland
of pots!

An old trash can spray painted and flipped over! I love repurposing things :)

Toilet Paper


  1. Hi there ;) Thanks for your sweet comment :D I have fallen in love with 500 Days of Summer too, it's a great movie!
    And I love your blog, it's so inspirational, I love the decorating ideas you post! After watching the film I so want to have a chalkboard in my room!
    Plus I love this kind of post where you write about what you have been doing/thinking/wishing etc ;)
    So you've just gained another follower, sweetheart ;)

    xoxo Jenni

  2. Aw, I'm so glad you like it :) Now if I could only do the awesome drawing he does of the buildings with chalk, like he does in the movie. Thank you for following me!

  3. Ah, your East Coast trip sounds wonderful! I want to travel too!! I stopped going to undergrad after about 2.5 years and I eventually went back and finished. What really helped me get through school was deciding on a major and feeling like I had a purpose. It's hard though and I still have no idea what I want to do...oh life!

    I love your idea of living a life you're proud of...hmm. Love this post!

  4. Thank you for telling me a little bit about your story :) I do feel a little better having an idea of what I want to do. I know it's going to be tough, but it will be worth it in the end. I'm happy you liked the post!

  5. love the map DIY!

    1. Thank you for stopping by! I'll check out your blog :)

  6. I am actually leaving to go the East Coast tomorrow!! I am originally from there so I am super exited you should definitely go sometime! About the school thing, you and I had a similar journey I went to school and got my associate's after high school but a bunch of stuff happened with my family and I ended up taking a loooong break, finally started nursing school realized that was not for me, and now am in a Fashion Design program and I love it and am so excited about it! I totally understand how intimidating it can be and feeling like you are behind the curve, but I see the break I took as a blessing, it really made me think about what it is I wanted to do and not what I thought I should do or what my parents wanted me to do :)


    1. I see now that I needed the break, just as you did. In that time I learned to appreciate education more, and now I'm at a point where I actually want to learn and find something that makes me happy. Thank you for telling my about your journey. I feel less behind, and more like this is what was supposed to happen all along. I'm going to check out your blog right now :)