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This week’s joy

This past week flew by. Especially with it being my last week at work. Plus my allergies and a sinus infection have been bringing down my levels of joy. However I still found some in these below:

Our new rental in Santa Cruz. We officially have a new home in Aptos, California. Yay!

Making my Valentine’s Day treats for my co-workers. I dare say they were a hit!

Valentine’s Day with Rob. He made my favorite (spaghetti) and bought me a sweet arrangement of roses and lilies.

Watching Rob open his Valentine’s Day gift. Carrying 10 heart-shaped balloons around town was a lot of fun!

Cup of Jo posted about these firefly pics and I loved them, too.

A good post on comparing yourself to others. We’re all guilty of it, but how freeing would it be NOT to?!

New York fashion week, via The Beauty Mark.

Taylor Swift’s Safe & Sound video. Love how it incorporates Katniss’ pin. Very eerie, but I think it ties into The Hunger Games perfectly:) 1 more month to the movie!

OPI’s new Holland Collection. Perfect for Spring.

An adorable onesie via Bobo Choses.

S@#t Your Girlfriend Says. This is HA-LARIOUS. I’ve totally said some of these.

This gets me in the mood for Spring. *sigh*

Sweet Salvage with my Grandma and watching her find the best buys!

The basket of gifts my boss gave me on my last day. I’m still thinking about how amazing it was.

A night with all of our friends to say farewell (more on that to come). Our families gave very kind speeches… which made our move a little more real.  

Cupcakes and Cashmere’s interview with the WSJ. She is fabulous.

Promise Tangement Hair Guide. I would love to fluff my hair like this.

Have you heard Katie Perry’s new song? Rob has been humming the chorus all week, ha.


This week’s joy

What brought me joy this week? Lots, but as always, here were the highlights:

Charlie has his own Facebook page now!

Smash started.

I would totally wear a top like this for Valentine’s Day.

Collide by Leona Lewis and Avicii. We warm up to this song at Ballet Fusion and I’m obsessed with it!

These cute ideas for Valentine’s Day gifts: Smores, Oranges and a scrabble game.

This adorable pirate-themed little boy’s birthday party. Definitely tucking this away for the future.

Reading about the Krispy Kreme Challenge. Running and eating donuts at the same time? Sign me up!

A nice devotion.

Scheduled a night of BAD Bingo with my work peeps. Excited to play!

My obaz emails definitely bring me joy. I haven’t bought anything yet but the items are very unique.

Maybe I should make breakfast in bed for Rob on Valentine’s Day?

Our weekend trip to Santa Cruz to look for places to live. More on that later!

Mrs. Meyer’s Basil line. It smells SOOOOO good. I’ll be buying a lot of this.

When we came home from California, we found our floors sparkly clean and dinner on the table (thanks Mom!).

Adele’s performance at the Grammy’s. She is amazing.

Spending some quality time with Heather finally! It’s still surreal to me that I’ll be working with and living near her in less than 3 weeks!

My new Tom’s. Thanks, Olive!


This week’s joy

We made a BIG decision this week. I mean BIG (stay tuned).

Still looking for a Valentine’s Day craft. Try this.

These free downloads are great, too. I might use one for my Valentine’s Day treats. 

Tulips and a love letter from my husband.

Thinking of doing these Valentine’s Day nails.
This video. Why are puppies so dang cute?!

These would have been brilliant to make for Super Bowl.

Need stamps for your Valentines? Try one of these.

Some cool ladies (whom I don’t know) started the Phoenix Style Collective. If you’re in Phoenix, you should join!

My new mint-colored top from Francesca’s, inspired by The Beauty Mark girls.

The Coyotes game with some great people (who I get to see every day at work).

All of Daniella Marie’s posts are enjoyable.

This beautiful wedding at home. The dog throughout is so cute.

What brought you joy this past week???

Joy, Life

Waiting for someday

I receive DailyOM emails and if you don’t receive anything like this, I highly recommend it. I look forward to these daily emails and feel so happy after reading them. Yesterday’s DailyOM particularly hit close to home, as we have some exciting things going on around here.

I wanted to share the message with you in hopes you may be able to apply it to your own life. I love how they wrap ‘joy’ into it, too.

Waiting for Someday 
Why Not Now? 

All the joy and passion you can envision can be yours right now, rather than in a future point in time. 

The time we are blessed with is limited and tends to be used up all too quickly. How we utilize that time is consequently one of the most important decisions we make. Yet it is far too easy to put off until tomorrow what we are dreaming of today. The hectic pace of modern existence affords us an easy out; we shelve our aspirations so we can cope more effectively with the challenges of the present, ostensibly to have more time and leisure to realize our purpose in the future. Or we tell ourselves that we will chase our dreams someday once we have accomplished other lesser goals. In truth, it is our fear that keeps us from seeking fulfillment in the here and now—because we view failure as a possibility, our reasons for delaying our inevitable success seem sound and rational. If we ask ourselves what we are really waiting for, however, we discover that there is no truly compelling reason why we should put off the pursuit of the dreams that sustain us.

When regarded as a question, “Why not now?” drains us of our power to realize our ambitions. We are so concerned with the notion that we are somehow undeserving of happiness that we cannot see that there is much we can do in the present to begin courting it. Yet when we look decisively at our existence and state, “Why not now, indeed!” we are empowered to begin changing our lives this very moment. We procrastinate for many reasons, from a perceived lack of time to a legitimate lack of self-belief, but the truth of the matter is that there is no time like the present and no time but the present. Whatever we aim to accomplish, we will achieve it more quickly and with a greater degree of efficiency when we seize the day and make the most of the resources we have at our disposal presently.

All the joy, passion, and contentment you can envision can be yours right now, rather than in some far-flung point in time. You need only remind yourself that there is nothing standing between you and fulfillment. If you decide that today is the day you will take your destiny into your hands, you will soon discover that you hold the keys of fate.


Joy moments

Bought two tickets to One for the Money for $12!

The first issue of Capitol Couture came out.

Red nails.

This story of brotherly love.

Glee’s cover of Usher’s “Without You”. Can’t stop listening to it.

This Bear Naked website. Web design like this reminds me why I want to get into design one day!

My autographed ‘Charlie the Ranch Dog’ book.

Think I decided on my Valentine’s Day sweet treat I’ll be making.

Lunch dates with my Mom & Dad, each on a different day.

Yellow carnations. I’m so ready for Spring!

Gus visited again.

The Littlest (again). She brought me joy with a post about her grandmother. So sweet.

Watching my long time friend, Jen, coach. Go Mustangs!

Rediscovered Instagram.

This necklace is back in-stock! Also like this and this. Plus, you can’t beat free shipping.

Blogging party with Kristin. Pics to come!

I really need to take more pics of our dogs. Like this.