weekend warrior

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hi gang, hope you’re in the throes of a great saturday. i’m starting to remember why weekeknds were invented and have spent a peaceful few hours absolutely no agenda. that said, i’m ready to rock and roll after a bit of a respite. i’ve been trying to refine what i can control and actually noticed changes right away in all areas. what surprised me was that i was in a rut and had no idea.  it wasn’t till my friends rearranged the apartment last night that i realized that i have a tendency to keep things status quo. once something was in place i was hesitant to change it around. i’ve been moving things around since i could slide an armoire so it was a bit of a shock. the decor is not perfect but i’m inspired with my bed now facing east and my head is not against windows (mom’s pet peve) which now can open!

 

now that the chi is flowing, i’m noticing what’s been blocked. the first is that i miss ye ol’ pen and paper. have you stopped writing as much since we got smart phones? it’s rare to even find a pen half the time. with pen and pad i’ll make and take notes, jot down phrases, ideas, designs and great things people say. in my quest for refinement in things i have control over, i’m boycotting the multi-task feature in my brain. focusing on one thing and doing it well has been an interesting struggle but it’s paying off  by forcing me to double check my work and stop rushing (what is all the rushing about anyway)?, work with precision and be more conscientious on all levels. everything can be done if we make time for it. i just came across this from  live and love richly:


    1. Write out a weekly list.
       We overestimate what we can accomplish in a day and understimate what we can accomplish in a week. However, for me I still overestimate what I can accomplish in a week. Now when I write out my weekly to do list I identify the top three most important things that I want to accomplish at work that week. Before I would list 9 or 10. I wasn’t completing tasks. Then I identify things that need to get done that week, or projects that I want to work on. Keep it simple. Just six major things in your business. Some of these tasks may take time each day and may have several mini action steps in them.
    2. Integrate work-life balance into your weekly list. Include the rest of your life in your to do list. The reason many of us never get to the rest of our life is because we give priority to planning our work lives.We have to bring the same discipline into planning our fun time and free time. If we don’t I guarantee it will be taken up by something else.Often because we haven’t decided what we want to do, and because we tend to value our work more than we do our free time. Include household projects. Make a list of the important areas in your life. Health, Finances, Spiritual, Friends Family, community
    3. Include lifestyle prosperity in your list. Now think about what would really make your heart sing this week. What would be fun? Maybe you need to relax, maybe you don’t need any more fun and stimulation. Would fun involve getting together with friends, or having an evening out with your spouse? Or would it involve having some alone time and just being quite, sipping tea, journaling, watching a movie. Give this some thought when you write out your weekly to do list and decide when you will do it and what you want to do.
    4. Transfer your weekly list to your daily list. Don’t feel like you have to accomplish all your personal goals that are listed on your weekly list, maybe it will take you two weeks. It doesn’t mean that every week you have to accomplish something regarding heath, spiritual, fun or relationships. The important thing is that there is balance overall, not perfection.
    5. Be willing to be flexible and give yourself breathing room. Give yourself permission to be inspired. To take breaks. Go for a walk, take a nap. Make the process more important than the end result. Make it your goal to end up with energy by the end of the day. Our goal is to check off a certain amount on the list. Make it a goal to choose the things on your list that you feel pulled toward doing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

well i’m going to make time while the sky is blue to conquer this weekend by doing all of the above, mostly number 5…enjoy whatever you’re working on!

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May 17, 2014. Life, Living. 11 comments.

in with the old

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hello and happy monday! is the summer in full swing for you? i love the middle of august, it feels like we still have lots of time for friends and barbecues and all the good things that summertime brings.

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i don’t feel quite ready to blog about my place yet but mom and dad want to see it and if i wait for perfection the day may never come.

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so i’ll show it little by little, flaws and all.  there’s a lot to do but it will be a work in progress.

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overall it’s been pretty hectic making the move to transfer the office and apartment all at once.

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no matter how much stuff i got rid of it seemed to be an endless process.

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now that i’m out of the old and into the new it was worth the work. the old grand dame is somewhere right between ghetto and glamour.

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an actress lived here for many years before me and it has that faded glory kind of vibe. it’s totally old school with great accents like the diamonds on the doors, a tiny knocker, and jalousie windows with cranks.

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it’s all i could do to clean and get the place in working order, i haven’t touched the office or even my clothes but just being here feels like home. my friends are coming by and they say it feels like home, like we’ve always been here. they brought flowers and have been helping to make it cozy.

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not that it’s set up quite right but having the tv and internet working is making it feel like home. when will we have a wireless world?!

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i’m taking down the blinds to put up curtains, changing little things like the faucets and sprucing up the grout.

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it’s more of a restoration than a renovation but if i’m going to stay here awhile i’d like to make a place my own even if i do it myself. in fact i’m going to attempt one DIY project a week.

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the kitchen is pretty much hopeless but at least the doors leading in have potential!

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of course it’s been fun to hit home depot, i wanted to rescue all the topiaries they had!

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for now it’s cleaning the windows, attempting the bathroom grout and see what i can accomplish today. i do have to get something on the windows right away. that should probably be my first DIY. i’ll let you know how it goes. till then have a great august monday!

August 19, 2013. Decorating, Interiors, Life, Living. 36 comments.

the maximum minimum

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good morning darling friends! i hope your morning is already off to a beautiful, brand new start. it’s pretty quiet around here. the day is still full of potential and nothing has turned it into a good or bad day yet.

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just like the water can be so different, tranquil or violent, maybe it’s our own energy that makes a good or bad day. i’m going to try to harness and direct mine today. yesterday i was kind of clumsy, today i’m determined to be more mindful.

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i’ve been feeling the need to hit the reset button and i thought it would be a good idea to start fresh this week with a post about the simplicity of white.

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it’s official, my building’s been sold so i’m out at the end of august. i’ve been working pretty hard to scale down and just can’t believe how much stuff one person can accumulate. it’s truly staggering. there are papers and tear sheets from before the days of pinterest that are close to a decade old!

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it got to the point where i had to ask: am i a hoarder?

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i never would have dreamed it. in fact i thought i was a minimilist.

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now with the move, i’ve had to really look at where i’m heading and what’s worth schlepping…

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my usual reaction would have been to start looking for a new apartment.

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but i have a friend who always challenges me to look at things in a different way.

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since i’m heading to paris at the end of august and into september, she suggested i just get something when i get back.a7ccfc9ddc6aa09c6d116ebcbf7846d4

interesting concept, but where would i put all my STUFF?

sell it, she said.

and suddenly it was so simple.

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so basic and yet a new and slightly uncomfortable idea. i sell all day long, but i’ve had a place of my own since i was 18 years old!798ac7ae317d12d7906c03c4036431e9

then again, what was i holding on to?

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so i took it and ran with it, i’ve been liquidating like a maniac, selling everywhere from craiglist to ebay, realizing that it’s only stuff and i was somehow getting emotionally attached to things that were unimportant.

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now i’m honing my collections, books, favorite paintings, linens, trays and special letters. those irreplaceables will always be with me. and now everything is out of the drawers, closets and file folders.

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i know what every scrap of paper is and where to put the very last paperclip. what a relief! it’s still not finished but i’m enjoying the process watching something that was daunting reach the final stages.

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i’ll continue to refine the stacks of papers but they are now a lot less scary. welcoming almost, cause they’re organized and that’s something i can control in an uncontrollable world.

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so i guess there’s a little comfort in all this, getting back to basics, simplifying life to the max and clearing the way to be unburdened for adventures to come!

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so with that will you join me for a faux house tour of what a white world of infinite potential might look like?

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uncluttered

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delicious

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mismatched

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scented

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airy

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comforting

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organized

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edited

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luxe

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natural

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a place to reflect…we really all need the same few things whether in the tropics

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in paris

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or the garden

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simplicity

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quality

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softness

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and love

sending good vibes your way for a white hot great day!

all images via pinterest.com/parisapartment/white

July 10, 2013. Interiors, Life, Living, White. 28 comments.

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