Career Dreams.....

....are slowly showing themselves in the light of today. If I had my way, meaning not to work a nine-fiver at an office where I work on spreadsheets all day, I would do what I'm doing today.

Case and point.

In a few hours I am going to decorate for a wedding. I love decor. I love the thrill of all of the details swiftly coming together into something that speaks true to the people the details are for. This wedding is very organic and whimsical. So beautiful.

Shortly after that, I am putting on my shoes as the wedding photographer for the day. Not only do I get to put together all of the details of our friends big day, I get to capture the memories through photograph. My favorite.

Can this be my everyday? Pretty please. I think that would be purely wonderful. I would wake everyday with a new found passion for these things. All of those design blogs I pour over daily could finally be used towards something. All of the money spend pouring into these hobbies would finally be worth something.

When I work on the details and have a camera in my hand is when I am most happy. I think that amount of happiness sits even above playing music in my book. Music is a close second surely, but over the last few years, decor and design have been some of my secret loves. I dream of them in the late hours of the night or as I'm sitting in my office at work balancing monies and dealing with giving people vacations off.
Someday, I will do this full time. I'm determined. It makes me feel so alive.

So here's to an awesome day. Here's to Steve and Maggie spending the rest of their lives together and getting to enjoy their big day.

We love you guys.

You've Got Mail

Just ordered this on a whim...... I saw an article on the Design*Sponge blog regarding the authors and knew I wouldn't be able to resist.....

I'll be running to my mail box after work each day until it arrives. I love books like this, ones that help keep me sane as of now in the fact that I work a 8-5 office job all day, but still gives me hope for the creative lifestyle that I hope to live out fully in the next few years.

DIY Envy

I have kitchen cabinets on the brain. Life is slowing down a tad for a while. We have only one or two music gigs set up for the next few months. I welcome the down time. I have a house that still isn't quite yet a home.

First project to focus on....our kitchen cabinets. I love the gallery kitchen we have. My goal is for my color scheme to be aqua and red.

Current cupboards...

I want bold cupboards. I don't want to play it safe. I think we have the balls to pull that off. Some ideas.....

Or even something as crazy as this....fabric cabinets! I don't know if I'm that daring...

I'm going to dream of aqua and painting tonight!

Should I go bold or subtle?

Birthday BBQs

This past weekend was marvelous. Good friends, good food, good times. Ryan and I celebrated our birthdays together since we're only 27 days apart. (For the record, I'm the older and more wiser one....)

The day began with breakfast at a restaurant downtown, called Snooze, that is beyond amazing. The decor inside is somewhere between the 50's and 60's. The food was incredible. My husband also discovered a Beermosa, which is made of orange juice and New Belgium's Triple Beer. We even bought OJ and Triple for our BBQ later and introduced the goodness to our friends.

I've also come to find how much I love farmer's markets. They are wonderful. I could spend all of my money on glorious fruits, delectable veggies, and the asiago basil bread we found was to die for!

We are blessed with amazing friends. I'm so glad we have a house that fits all of these wonderful people.

Four Simple GOals

I felt a tinge of excitement when I saw this post over on Elsie's blog. Goals are my things. Lists are a favorite, yet oddly justifying past time of mine. Notebooks have been filled with said goals and poured over in the years to come to see if I've ever really accomplished them. Some are left to die on those pages, some have found new life in the everyday.

I like to have something to work for. Without a goal in mind, my busyness seems utterly pointless.

My Four Simple Goals......

1. Take the time to take care of myself. Visit farmers markets on the weekend. Make those good salads that I actually end up enjoying. Eat more of the fruit that makes my mouth water. Get some sleep. Actually exercise by doing an activity I enjoy.

2. Grow out my hair. I generally have no patience in this category, but will not cut any length off my hair, other than a nice trim until December. Luckily, my sister is my hair stylist and won't let me!
3. Make our house a home. Paint some walls a crazy color. Seek out those crazy flea market and craigslist finds. Hang some personal artwork on the walls.

4. Create a space for me to live creatively. Stop avoiding the one bedroom I have yet to unpack our house. Take the sewing machine out of the box. Place all of my art journaling supplies where I can actually find them. Use my camera for more than just business. Make time to live creatively. Busyness shouldn't be a downfall.

Let's see how I do! Many of these are goals, within goals, within goals. But, I like to see the big picture.

Breakfast downtown, farmers market, grocery shopping, music playing, and birthday BBQing today.

Should be a wonderful, beautiful Saturday.