Take a Break & Live…

The other night,  my yogi friends had a belated birthday party for me after class.  As I was walking back to my car with my best yogi friend, she decided to give me some advice (she is older and wiser than me by 15 years).  She said, “Don’t be so serious – be irresponsible and go do something crazy.  It is far easier to go now at your age than it is at mine – so go and live where you want!”  We then dialogued back in forth about this, as it is not every day as a 26 year old you are told to be irresponsible.  So, what exactly does that look like for a gal who has a great job, yet at the same time has wanted to get out of MN, well pretty much her whole life?!  It does not mean I pack everything up tomorrow and move to Bali (though, I would be lying if I said the thought had never crossed my mind).  I think it means – I need to take risks.  I do need to move (again, not tomorrow, but come up with a real plan and move forward with it).  I need to pursue my dreams.  Money is great, but it does not equate happiness.  And why not try to get a job in a city I love and have wanted to be in for so long?!  Worst case scenario – I hate it and move back, or try out a different city.  The point is – I am young, unattached and love fashion – so why not go to the place that brings all those things together in one – NYC.  Am I any different than any other young person that moves to the city, not really – but who really cares – it would at least be doing something a little risky and living.

Now, the real question I have to address is the when (because again, I am not making a rash decision right now to walk away from everything in MN – don’t want any crazy rumors to start…).  So…still working on that, but if you have any advice or ideas for me – I welcome them, greatly.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to share this, but I think it is good to let you all get to see a deeper side of me from time to time.  Plus, when I read this quote by Casey Wiegand, of The Wiegands, I was so moved to write, I figured – why not put it on the blog!  “So maybe the trick is to let ourselves have a break…then in a moment we don’t expect it, we will be re.inspired. A fresh tube of paint, feet hitting the pavement on an evening run, the first snow of winter, a great song on the radio with the windows down, a late night sitting on the kitchen floor talking with your husband [or for me roommate] about dreams.”

So, maybe I need to take a break or maybe I need to really figure out a practical plan (and at the same time be open to that plan getting changed, because let’s be honest – it will, and I may even like the unexpected more…) to not play it so safe anymore.  I do not need to go be completely irresponsible, but I do not have to stay so serious at the same time.  Let’s call it the unconventional approach to living life with passion.

How about you, do you play it safe?  Or do you take the risks and do the more unconventional thing? 

Much love,

B

Beautiful Mess…

2010 is coming to a close soon.  What a year it has been.  I don’t think anyone could have convinced me a year ago where 2010 would bring me.  Change of job (and a completely drastic change at that), change of house and neighborhood (I hadn’t moved for four years), life context change, people close to me dying (sorry, I know that is depressing, but it is reality), almost moved out of state (still unsettled about that…2011…could it be my year), and that is just the tip of the iceberg.  It has not all been easy and it has not all been bad.  I have made mistakes.  I have learned.  I have grown.  It has been a beautiful mess.  I rarely share pictures from my own life, but please, take a trip down memory lane with me…

A trip to Paris…and a little ladies family reunion since we were all there.  This was a great way to start off my year.  Though, I left Paris thinking my life was going one way and boy oh boy was I wrong.  Seems nothing ever really goes according to plan…but that is not always a bad thing.

My old job.  Yes, I was paid to hang out with these amazing women.  I loved it and miss them dearly.  This is from our last official group – and we went to my favorite little spot in Minneapolis.  Spyhouse. Love it and love them.

Summers in South Carolina.  On the beach.  I will miss those.  This is from the last few days of being on staff with Campus Outreach.  Such a sweet blessing in my life.  Such a great season of life.  It was heartbreaking to leave, but so right at the same time.

2010 was filled with weddings, as were the years in past, and many more to come in the upcoming years – but this was a year filled with some of my best friends getting married…in fact, two of my best friends married each other.  Love them.  Love weddings.  Love love (I mean Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday…).

My new roommates.  Love them dearly.  So thankful to have these two amazing women with me as I venture into this new season of life and we try to figure out where to go from here.  2010 has brought us all to an interesting place.  The fashionista meets the foodie meets the climber.  We together make a beautiful mess as we figure out our lives, which are a beautiful mess in and of themselves.

Where has 2010 brought you, loves?  Learned anything that has changed your view on life? 2010 has been a good year, but I am so excited to see where 2011 will bring me.  Thankful to have you all along for the ride!

Much love,

B

All Things Inspiring…

Monday mornings are hard.  Especially when they are extra early (the next two weeks have me waking up at 4:45am at the latest to get to the office on time for this part of my project).  So, we need inspiration.  For me, because it is hard for me to think that early in the morning, I need to use my ears and my eyes to soak in the beauty and let it inspire me as I being my day.  So, I wanted to share with you what is inspiring me today…

Love me some sequins...

I still cannot get enough of sequins, and I am sure this will not be the last you hear of them from me – but I just love them.  They are perfect for the holiday season to be worn out at night, or great for the office, too.  I mean everyone needs a little sparkle in their life…trust me, you will be inspired to at least smile…and that can go a long way on a Monday.

This girl’s name is Sarah Winters and she is from Minneapolis, MN.  I love her as an artist – and this may be one of the best covers I have heard in a really long time.  I have listened to it over and over again.  So good.  I can’t wait until I can go see her live.  If you follow me on Facebook you may have already seen this, but either way you should listen.  Needless to say, this is inspiring on this bitter cold Monday morning.

Mesmerizing...

The artist is Andy Denzler.  I think his work is amazing.  He makes me want to pick my paintbrush back up.  In fact, I think I am going to and I even have space in my basement to turn in to my very own studio.  This painting is from a post called, “People remain who they are even if their faces fall apart.”  So well put.  I could go on and on about my thoughts on this painting and the emotions it stirs, but we will save that for another day.  With his art and great talent he takes my breath away and leaves me inspired.

So, what’s inspiring you this Monday morning?

Much love,

B