Yesterday was the birthday of one of my most favorite people in the whole world – my little sister! Gosh, she’s several years into college but I still think of her as my forever 16 year old baby sis! I’m sure those of you with younger siblings know what I mean! Anyway, I took this as the perfect opportunity to test out these new pens I received from Jet Pens…by creating her birthday card! As most of you know, I always hand make birthday cards for loved ones and friends – something just as simple as that always shows how much you care!
I just had to rave about these Kuretake Zig CocoIro letter pens – they are seriously fantastic! They immediately caught my eye when I saw them online and once I tested them out, they immediately stole my heart (and ranking amongst my favorite pens!) How fun is this – the pen body (which comes in lots of super cute colors) comes separately from the pen refill so you can super easily mix and match and/or swap out refills while using the same body! I got the Kuretake Tegami Brush Tip refill which is a great “brush” texture pen, the Kuretake Tegami Super Fine Lettering Tip refill, and the Kuretake Zig Super Fine Lettering refill. What I love most about the super fine lettering refills are that they are perfect for details without being too delicate, and all while having great, steady ink flow. Not to mention, they are perfect for my style of hand lettering. I created all the hand lettering in these photos using mostly the super fine lettering pens.
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Also, shout out to my sweet friends Becka and Nathan over at the wonderful Yeobo blog who are totally on the same inspirational wavelength as I this week! We were all feeling this same motivational quote this past weekend! It is also the quote/card which I ended up sending to my sis as her birthday card. ♥
“There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” C.S. Lewis
Happy March, friends! With all the craziness that’s been going on, I’ve nearly forgotten that it’s the beginning of March already! Doesn’t it seem like 2014 just started? At this rate, I feel like the year is going to fly by! Temperatures have dropped again and we’re expecting snow…again, so it’s hard to imagine that Spring is just around the corner…
Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! It’s no secret that my favorite space in a home is the kitchen. I came across this photo of my dream kitchen (or at least, one of them) – a bright, sunlight filled room with big windows looking out to the garden, white walls, light marble counter tops, a big, wood top center island with cute bar stools, high ceilings, and lots of space to well, bake cakes, of course.
Hi friends! I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather lately – hence my absence lately – but today I’m really excited to be guest posting over at my dear friend, Nikkol’s beautiful and inspiring blog, Peter Loves Jane! She’s hosting a “Creative Process” series and I’m thrilled to be sharing my own personal creative process when it comes to inspiration board-making, start to finish.
P.S. Thank you all so much for your thoughtful and wonderful comments on my last post about being mindful and present. It feels amazing to know that I’m surrounded by friends who feel the same way! I think it’s so important to incorporate mindfulness into our everyday lives and I hope we can all continue to encourage each other in the process! ♥
I’m a firm believer that “what will be, will be”, and it’s a daily mantra for me. Reason being, as calm and zen-like as I may come across (*wink*), I’m still kind of a control freak. How many of you have resolutions of becoming more “present” and “mindful” in your daily lives?
Becoming more aware (i.e. “present”, “mindful”) is something that I work on everyday. Let me tell you, it’s not easy. To grasp control of your mind and snap it back to focus on the present, rather than, let me see…what you’re going to be doing this upcoming weekend, or that phone call you need to make in an hour, the post you need to create for tomorrow, or the lingering feelings about that work presentation you did yesterday…it’s never ending, really!
However, it is during those stressful times that I’m worrying about the future is when I know I need to stop and make it a point to re-focus my mind. Instead of trying to “control” my future (or so I think I can) based on my actions, I center myself – and instead of focusing on (and stressing about) the future, I bring myself back to what is happening here, now, present. This usually involves me running to the bathroom in the middle of work (yes, I admit it’s my quiet space…thank goodness my work has a pretty nice and clean bathroom), where I’ll sit there with my eyes closed, taking meditative breaths, and whispering to myself “what will be, will be” (of course, this is all pending if there’s no one else there to ruin my moment). And you know what? I emerge feeling refreshed, more focused, present, and mindful.
What are some steps you take to become more mindful and present in your everyday routine?