These past few weeks have been a total blur of CHA preparations + madness, but now? A much needed moment to breathe. I had such a great time in Vegas working with the BasicGrey team, hanging out with good friends, creating mini Capture albums at our always-hoppin’ make and take table, and indulging in so much food that I may swear off eating forever.
But like all business trips, coming home and sleeping in my own bed is easily the greatest reward of all.
I have so many fun things in store for this blog now that I have time to catch up a little bit! Have a great weekend!
My brand new planner from Target! Nothing quite like a colorful, empty agenda book…
My workspace is currently drowning in CHA projects at the moment (I’ll spare you the photos), but my mind is 100% engrossed in trying to find a way to freeze time. I’ve got three months to pull this wedding together and time is a-slippin.’ The truth is, planning and I have a tumultuous relationship. You need DIY details and all that fun stuff? I am your GIRL. I can do that all day, everyday! With my eyes closed, even! Contacting vendors, working out prices, organizing who goes where at what point? I am SO not your girl. (Insert procrastination tactics here.)
I know that everything will come together in the end, but oh man, I can feel the stress getting more + more tangible as the days go on. I kind of just want to linger in the “dreaming + scheming” phase of throwing a wedding for bit longer. Not forever. Just long enough to have a moment to gather all my ideas, streamline my vision, and get down to business! #aypapi
Calling for back-up! ;)
This past week has been nothing short of crazy, nonstop, and life-affirming.
Last Tuesday, my dad had open heart surgery. Even though it was a preventative measure to repair a faulty valve, it was terrifying for my whole family and rocked our world pretty hard. (There’s nothing that makes you want to take care of yourself more than spending countless hours in a cold + scary hospital.) THANKFULLY everything went well and he is now resting at home. Huge shout out to my amazing mom who is not only the heart + soul of our family, but a natural caretaker who will nurse my dad back to health in no time at all. Also! Major props to Jim Gaffigan for being a welcome distraction as he had me laughing until I was crying every night with his insanely funny book, Dad is Fat.
On Friday, I spent all day + night helping to photograph a beautiful wedding in Camarillo. Not only did it remind me how much I LOVE to take photos, but it was a great practice run for my own wedding! Thank you Jeff + Jess for letting me be a part of your special day!
And of course, throughout the whole week, I’ve been working like a mad woman trying to finish up a myriad of CHA projects. Yesterday was a DOOZY of a work day (sprinkled with a healthy dose of expletives) that started at 10am and didn’t end until 4am! I still have a long way to go before I can cross everything off my list, but I am finally starting to see the light at the end of the (effing) tunnel (;
All I can say is that I am SO looking forward to this upcoming holiday weekend. John has four days off and I am already dreaming of big things for us to do. And by big things, I mean a trip to Lemonade and a long visit to B+N for wedding and crafting inspiration. Living the dream!
This photo coupled with the fact that I am squeezing in this Workspace Wednesday post with seconds to spare before Thursday is a pretty clear indication of my life right now. CUH-RAZY TOWN. Let the IV drip of coffee commence!
This past weekend my brother graduated from college with a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering, so we spent the better part of Saturday exploring the Cal Poly Pomona campus (beautiful!), taking tons of photos (740 to be exact…lord help my hard drive!), and celebrating Andy’s hard-earned accomplishment (heyyyy, brother). It was a reminder of the good things in my life: lots of walking under the California sunshine, big camera + empty SD card in hand, quality family time, an opportunity to wear a new dress + a giant hat, lots of laughter, exploring a new-to-me place, and a chocolate chip Pizookie for good measure.
Not only is my brother a whip smart, hilarious, human calculator, but he is also one of my best friends. Cheers to all your successes, Andy!
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Happy Memorial Day! Today I will be working, working, working SLASH bingeing on Arrested Development. Last night my brother and I powered through nearly eight episodes of the new season until my eyeballs absolutely positively needed to be shut (ah yes, the 3am magic hour). But now I am rested and ready to MARATHON. Bring it on, Bluths.
This week, you guys. HOLY COW. It nearly sent me back to the 8-5 world with paid health insurance + guaranteed weekends. It was a doozy.
But as I sit here in my sweats + no makeup on a beautiful Friday afternoon, I am just so happy to be self-employed. My to-do list is still four miles long, but for the time being, I am pinning + catching up on blogs + gathering ideas for our Save the Dates that should go out two months ago. My head is spinning with DIY ideas that are, surprisingly enough, based around fabric (Ann-Marie Loves Fabric??). I am dreaming of revamping this blog in every way imaginable + creating a solid editorial calendar week after week. And of course, I am still reeling from The Office finale last night (it was perfection). So all in all, a good day to stick out this self-employment thing a little bit longer (or forever).
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
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If there’s one bit of wisdom I can impart on all you work-from-homers, it’s this: leave the house.
I don’t know why it’s taken me this long to figure out the beauty of a change of workspace scenery, but boy, does it ever make a difference. By going to a coffee shop for a few hours, I get so much work done, I get my caffeine fix, and did I mention that I leave the freaking house? Yes. It’s amazing. Coffee shops are amazing. Checking things off my list in an awesome atmosphere is – you guessed it – amazing. Better late than never, right?
Which coffee shop is your favorite? I need something other than the old standby! (;
Last week I felt completely overwhelmed trying to get past the learning curve of my new gig while tending to a bunch of other projects with fast-approaching deadlines. After a fourteen hour workday on Sunday, I was positive I would never get on top anything ever again.
Well, I was wrong.
Come Tuesday, I felt a shift in perspective. Maybe it was the perfect Spring weather or the brainstorming session about a fun new business venture. Maybe it was the combination of a good workout and enough sleep. Or maybe the stars finally aligned? Whatever it was, it led me to the realization that although my workload will always be heavy, it’s work that I love. It’s the kind of work that allows me to be creative and stay at home and listen to reality TV in the background. So yeah. Life is good. Busy, but good.
A few other things making me happy these days:
- A new stack of library books, including one of my all-time faves: Poser: My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses.
- Hilarious marathon group texts with Jaymee and Janelle that LITERALLY make me laugh out loud. None of that “LOL” business.
- Daffodils from Trader Joe’s (or anything from TJ’s, really).
- Justina Blakeney’s course on Interior Styling.
- Planning a fun + much-needed weekend getaway up the coast with John.
- Thrifting, thrifting, and more thrifting. Seriously, you guys. I’m in deep.