Happy New Year!



I don’t typically set New Year’s resolutions as I prefer to set goals at my birthday instead; but this year I chose a mantra.

Be Brave.

Quit the job you hate, start a business, write the novel, take the trip, say yes, say no, take the chance, say I love you, believe in yourself, give more, dance more, laugh more, dream more, but in all you do, Be Brave.

It’s disheartening how many things we don’t do because we’re scared…fear of failure, fear of judgment, fear of rejections, etc. Just imagine the amazing things that you could do for yourself…for others…for this world, if you were able to push past the fear.

The fear won’t just magically disappear for me, but this year I’m choosing to be brave in the face of the fear and let those resulting actions help build the life that I have always imagined. For anyone who is on their own journey of challenging the fear, please share. I’d love to hear how others are doing, what goals you have, what challenges you are facing…we can all support each other through this exciting journey!

Happy New Year!

I’m wishing you all an Incredible (and Brave) 2015!

Words of Wisdom – Tips on Staying Inspired

I’ve been really sick lately (pardon my disappearance), and I’ve been doing a whole lot of nothing. Although, I did get the office repainted before this cold kicked my ass to the couch. Luckily I’m FINALLY starting to feel like me again (thank goodness!) so I’ll be back with posts soon. In the meantime I found this infographic of tips to stay inspired. Since I’ve been out of court and back at work for the week, I’ve particularly liked the ‘Plan Your Day’ section.


Stay Inspired!


Let’s Get This Office Started!

Hooray! It’s the weekend!


I’m really excited for this weekend, not only because it’s  a few days off…but I’m hoping to make some progress around the house. If the weather cooperates I’m planning to install the faux grass in the yard and I’d also like to make some progress in the office. The windows need moulding and I think I have finally picked the color. Not sure if I’ll be able to get all the painting done…it’s supposed to be around 100 degrees, so it may just be too uncomfortable, but we’ll see.


The plan is to paint the walls a neutral beige/grey/taupe color, in fact I think I’m going to use the color I used on the potting bench, just color matched for interior. I’ve already swapped out the broken white blinds for bamboo shades, exactly the same as the ones installed in the spare bedroom. I’ll share those once I have the moulding installed.

Here are a few other things I hope to incorporate into the room.



1. Allen & Roth 44-inch Mazon Matte Black Celing Fan

The fan is a must since the summers are very warm and I prefer not to use the AC if I can avoid it. I’ve been searching for the perfect fan, and this is it! It’s modern, clean and has efficient lighting. Plus, it’s not too expensive…something that is rare for a beautiful fan.

2. Ikea KIVIK Chaise

I want to incorporate some comfortable seating in the office, aside from my office chair. I’m in here so often that it would be nice to have a comfy blogging or reading spot. Let’s face it, the pup will probably enjoy sleeping in here with me too.

3. Ikea TORSBY Table

I’d like to install an ‘L’ shaped desk in the office. It’s a bit difficult to describe the vision I have in my head, but I’d like to use this dining table for one side of the ‘L’ and build the other side to look like the below picture (with the shelving as well). I like that the table is high enough to fit my filing cabinet underneath it, and I can use the frosted glass top as a light box for my art.


Here are a few photos that are an inspiration for design and color scheme.











This is purely inspiration for color…I adore this combo. So clean and refreshing.