We’re celebrating my birthday weekend (only one more shopping day everybody!) in Palm Springs with some of my pals. For my birthday dinner I asked my friends to bring a talent to perform for a talent show. People are either super into it or a little terrified. I’ve never done tap dancing before but I decided to take tap dance lessons for my performance. I’ve been practicing like crazy and getting my costume ready. See a peek at my costume below. I found it at a vintage store, it wasn’t for sale but I begged the owner to sell it to me and he did. I’ll report back later how it goes. Have you ever had your friends perform at a party? One of my friends is going to recite Cowboy Poetry he has memorized.
This week, we’ve been working on a bunch of fun projects around the studio and it drives me crazy not to share everything instantly. (I have no filter!) Here are a couple shots from a pretty cake and one that got smashed onto my face and ended up on the ground! I’m so happy it’s Friday, I’m spending the next two days packing before I leave to France on Sunday! I’m so excited. Have a great weekend!
photos from my Instagram
We made this fun little video with Staples that shows a peek into our routine at Oh Happy Day (though we did leave out the part where I answer 1 billion boring emails, ha!) As a small business owner, I wear lots of hats and I really love that Staples sells so much more than office supplies so I can buy everything in one place. I really do use it all the time (and they aren’t paying me to say that!)
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When I was 18 I trained and ran two marathons. Since then I’ve signed up for six different marathons but have not run any of them. Paul says I’m really good at signing up for marathons but less good at training for them. I start out with good intentions but then real life competes with the discipline and time it takes to train for a marathon and real life always wins. If you saw my New Year Resolutions this year I decided to train for the Big Sur marathon. 26.2 Miles! I’m about halfway through my training and some mornings it has taken every bit of willpower to get out of bed and train but I’ve actually been doing it. This last weekend I ran 16 miles and felt really great. I would say my biggest motivator and the key to my success this time around is I am running for charity. I’m raising $2500 for Doctors Without Borders. I feel so accountable to this commitment I’ve made and with the support of my family and friends I know I can’t let people down. It is the thing that gets me out of bed early in the morning. I’ve raised 60% of my goal but still have a ways to go. If you are able, please consider making a donation to my marathon training. I will be forever indebted. All proceeds go directly to Doctors without Borders and will help me accomplish my goal.
photo from one of my training runs.
I love nothing more than a fresh beginning and clean slate. We had a last minute party at a friend’s house for New Year’s Eve. About a half hour before midnight we all wrote down things we wanted to let go of in the new year and burned them. It was a just a little game but it was a beautiful little tradition. They also set up a balloon drop with fortunes inside and after they fell we all took turns popping them and reading our fortunes for 2014. I’ve been working on my goals and resolutions the last few weeks and I am so excited about this new year. I really love goals and I realized it is because it doesn’t stress me out if I fail at them. I have friends who hate setting goals because they feel awful if they don’t succeed. I know they aren’t for everyone but they make me happy and excited about the future. Here are a few of mine for 2014:
•Get Craft Night Events and Classes Going Again at the new Studio.
•Eat a Salad Everyday (anyone have good recipes, especially for dressing?)
•Write a Book I’ve been talking about doing this for a few years, and I think this year is gonna be the year.
•Run a Marathon It’s an ongoing joke in our house that I am really good at signing up for marathons but less good at actually running them. I ran a few marathons before I had kids but would love to run another one just to check it off my list.
•Decorate the Studio I got 80% of the new studio set up but I need to finish the last 20%. (Anyone designers want to help me on this?)
•Take a Girls Trip somewhere International I’ve been wanting to take a bigger trip with just friends. I love the idea of being able to travel internationally but it is more cost efficient than traveling with my family.
•Get our Books and Finances Organized I’ve been disorganized with my finances and budget and this year I want to get everything nice and organized (pay those quarterly taxes on time!).
•Plan My Outfits I love getting dressed when I have spent some time trying on clothes. Usually I just throw on whatever because I’m in a rush. I want to spend a little more time in advance planning things to wear so I don’t default to the same three outfits.
Are you setting any goals for the New Year? Bring it on 2014!