“I do feel that as my children grow [they’ll] be able to join in the problem solving side of things, but for now I feel mostly like a cruise director, keeping everyone blissfully occupied while constantly on the look-out for icebergs.” – C. Jane Kendrick
Another #GIRLBOSS nugget of wisdom for you today!
As I lay in bed last night dying from the summer heat (a portable A/C unit in our bedroom can’t come fast enough!), I powered through more of this awesome book and found myself making mental notes of all the little gems that are sprinkled throughout each chapter. SO MANY GEMS. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to do, who I want to be, and where I want to take my career post-baby and this particular quote totally struck a chord with me.
P.S. It may seem as though all I do these days is read. Not so! I spend plenty of time on Instagram too ;)
Every now and then I’ll come across something that speaks to me on such a deep level, it stops me dead in my tracks. This quote from Pinterest was one of those gems. It’s like someone read my internal dialogue and took the time to turn it into an adorable print. So of course, I had to color it up a little bit and print it out as a daily reminder.
P.S. I shared a DIY postcard tutorial on Ali Edwards’ blog yesterday! Enjoy!
I’ve been reading Danielle LaPorte’s The Fire Starter Sessions on my Kindle every night and it is jam-packed with so many amazing passages that I really just need to memorize. And because I am the least patient person on the planet (i.e. I grabbed my iPad to check my e-mail + Instagram while I waited for the photo above to load…!), this quote is really speaking to me:
Within the constraints of morality and maturity, you should do whatever you need to do to feel gratified in the moment. It may be as subtle as choosing a more positive thought or reminding yourself to smile. Maybe it’s taking two minutes in your car or at your desk to do nothing but just feel into the day. Maybe instant gratification is fifty sit-ups for an adrenaline rush, ordering dessert first, giving an unexpected hug, signing the lease, or telling your boss to shove it. You can be responsible to those around you while creating immediate pleasure for yourself.
This afternoon was spent printing photos outside of LACMA on the Miracle Mile with Amy. The views were fantastic, the overcast weather and cool breeze felt fantastic (patting myself on the back for remembering to wear sunscreen this morning), and the work environment was just fantastic. I love these random work excursions that make me rethink my workspace and treasure my Southern California locale (even if it did take me two hours to get home).
I came across this phrase the other day:
“Be open to whatever comes next.” – John Cage
and now it’s the wallpaper on my phone. Definitely a good reminder and a fitting theme for today’s work vibe.
Where’s your favorite place to work?
Ever since watching Tori and Dean the other night, I have had the biggest urge to chop my hair again. I mean, how could these oh-so-high-quality images not sway you to lop off your locks at this very moment???
Okay, so maybe I just swiped every photo from the Oxygen photo gallery, but what can I say – I love a good reverse bob! (And I think I am on the fast track to becoming a Tori Spelling hairstyle stalker!) This reminds me of when Jessica Simpson was in her Newlyweds heyday and I was obsessed with her hair as well:
And while we are on a celebrity kick, yesterday I did the Kim Kardashian workout from this month’s issue of Shape, and oh dear lord…
…my rear has officially been kicked in gear! Yeesh! I guess I should have known better, given that KK is famous for her generous backside (among other things). Which reminds me of my most favorite line from last night’s epic finale on Glee:
“Kiss my ASS, Josh Groban!”
5 words I bet you never thought you would hear in the same sentence.
P.S. Notice anything different about the bloggity blog? A summer-inspired face-lift was just what the doctor ordered…
“Sometimes you get a glimpse into a life that you never thought of before. There are hidden trap doors all over the place, and suddenly you see one, and the next thing you know you’re flogging grateful businessmen or chopping lobsters in half, and the world is just so much bigger than you thought it was. So that night I made my New Year’s resolution, better late than never: To Get Over My Damned Self. If I was going to follow Julia down this rabbit hole, I was going to enjoy it, by God – exhaustion, crustacean murder, and all. Because not everybody gets a rabbit hole. I was one lucky basard, when you came down to it.”
–Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously
“Go be that starving artist you’re afraid to be. Open up that journal and get poetic finally. Volunteer. Suck it up and travel. You were not born here to work and pay taxes. You were put here to be a part of a vast organism to explore and create. Stop putting it off. The world has much more to offer than what’s on 15 televisions at TGI Fridays. Take pictures. Scare people. Shake up the scene. Be the change you want to see in the world. You’ll thank yourself for it.”