Monday, February 18, 2013

Moving Time

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Morning, Plummies. We are moving into a new place this Friday, so this past weekend was spent going through every cabinet and drawer of our apartment in an effort to either donate, toss, or keep things.  We have already made about four trips to our local Goodwill to donate previously loved belongings. Talk about some major Pre-Spring Cleaning!

Our new place will definitely be an upgrade in terms of appliances and amenities, yet it will be about the same square footage will less storage space. So, we need to be very wise about what we truly need to take along with us. I can honestly say that rummaging through and getting rid of things this weekend  has been rather liberating!

What things can you do without?

PS. Check out a helpful Move Planner here.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Guess what my brother did yesterday...

Yuuuuuppppp...My brother got hitched yesterday! Laura is such an amazing person and we could not be happier to welcome her into our family. Their nuptials took place at the Beverly Hills Court House yesterday at 2pm (Yes, Valentines Day!). 

It was crazy to not only be a part of their big day, but also witness so many couples filter into one building with jitters, love, and close family and friends by their side. It seemed as though the entire building was buzzing with excitement. If you have ever attended a courthouse wedding, you will know exactly what I mean. 

There was a lovely intimacy about not having to worry about the elaborateness and hoop-la of it all. At the end of the day its not about the extravagant venue, fruity cocktails, and unique favors; it's about celebrating love and being surrounded by those who want the best for you. 

Favorite moments of the night: 

  • All of us humming the traditional wedding tune as Laura walked down the isle with her dad.  
  • Shurl and I throwing imaginary rice and flower petals at Sean and Laura after they were hitched.
  • Enjoying dinner together as a large family.

Congrats to my big brother and new sister!  

(More pics to come from my dslr camera)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Light & Airy

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Top of the Monday morning to you! Today I woke up refreshed and ready to roll out my yoga mat for a quick workout. Somewhere in between drinking my latte and making a smoothie, I got distracted. The mat remained in the closet and I spent time sipping my tea while daydreaming of what our new living room will look like. 

Our new space will still be relatively cozy, so strategizing how to utilize every inch of precious space is in the forefront of my mind. I plan on using a light and neutral color palette because I want to assure that the space feels open and bright in an effort to maximize sunlight and thus aim for it to feel much larger than it actually is. 

A few design details that I would like to include in our living room:
  • tufted couches and chairs 
  • coffee table ottomans
  • a pair of chairs instead of a love seat
  • indoor fig trees
  • colorful vases
  • statement lamps/ candeliers
Have a gorgeous beginning of your week, Plummies!

Friday, February 8, 2013

The Hunt is Over!

Ahhhh, so many wonderful things are happening this month, it's unreal. 

The never-ending job hunt ENDED yesterday! Praise the Lord! I still have to sign the contract and go through weeks of training, but man does it feel good to have all of the countless weeks spent applying and interviewing pay off (literally)! 

I will be honest here, the past few months have been extremely difficult at times. Finances were stretched, wedding expenses were piling up, I was not getting the jobs I thought I deserved. My confidence began dwindling. I thought, "What the heck! Is this suppose to be this difficult?" But you know what, I just had to keep reminding myself that things will happen, and they will turn out the way they are meant to turn out. I had to let go of trying to control the situation, because otherwise, I would be grumpy and bitter...and who wants that? The past few months tested my patience and allowed me to intentionally focus on the things that I was grateful for in my life. For that, I am a stronger, more patient, and an even more optimistic person. I am thankful for this waiting game, because it has humbled me. 

In addition to beginning this new position, I will continue to steadily growing my therapy practice, AND Karl and I will be hitting another milestone. We will be saying good bye to our little ol' beach bungalow and hello to a new, swanky one about 15 mins inland. We've decided that we want a fresh new spot to begin our soon-to-be married lives...and the luxury of an on-site gym, pool, and personal washer and dryer doesn't hurt either. Yay, no more scrambling for quarters!

For all of you who are striving for something great. Keep at it. Be patient. And most importantly, focus on practicing gratitude for the things that you already have. 

Cheers to life (and all of it's adversities)!


Friday, February 1, 2013

Love(ly) Month

Oh, Hello February, how nice of you to arrive. I know that you will have plenty of fruitful moments in store for myself and my loved ones. 

Tis the month of "love", which is kinda silly, bc every month should be focused on that very sentiment. In my mind, it's just another great excuse to wear bright pink lipstick, eat chocolate (yes, I am still on my fast, but I will make an exception for the 14th), and fill the house with pale pink flowers. 

Valentines day will be HUGE this year...there is a special moment that I am looking forward to, yet cannot quite reveal just yet. I'll give you more details once it happens, promise.

Oh, here is an update on the never ending job hunt: I am getting extremely close to finding an amazing gig, I can feel it! I am certain things will pan out in the next week or so, and when it does I will let ya'll in on it. In the mean time, I will be hustlin' like a mo'fo with my practice, babysitting gigs, mentoring students, volunteering, and attending local therapy workshops. I have realized that I know how to keep myself quite busy...Ahhhhh, life, it never gets dull.


Have a stunning first day of February, Plummies! AND, let's go Niners!!!

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