Come-on Get Happy

IMG_9156

Recently I’ve been seeing and meeting a lot of people who are truly discouraged and just down in the dumps. In our current world ūüĆ鬆there are a lot of tragic, devastating things happening¬†but there¬†is also, a lot of good taking place. For some, the onset of bad news leads to an instant funk that’s hard to shake. I personally have a lot of experience dealing with discouragement living with a chronic illness (Crohn’s). I’ve had many¬†set backs and my share of disappointments and I’ve learned one very important thing – it comes down to making a choice/a mentality change to focus on the positive and believe there is hope and a good future. Over the years I’ve learned to strengthen/encourage myself by thinking this way paired with various¬†actions. I by no means am an expert but here are a couple of my “go to” strategies for dealing with the blues, a funk, depression etc..

1)Realize you’re not alone and it’s ok to be ūüė≠¬†sad or discouraged it happens to everyone. You’re allowed to feel sad just don’t dwell there. Limited time only!

2) Take care of yourself. Get enough R & R. Drink water, eat well and exercise. The better you feel physically the easier it will be to think positively.

3) Use your hands!Plant something.Paint something.Bake something.The act of creating something positive is healing. It allows you to feel useful by putting something positive back into the universe. As a result, sadness gets replaced by the energy and the joy of creating.

IMG_9157

4) Help someone else!¬†Volunteer.Help someone you encounter on a daily basis. This stops the navel gazing and allows you to focus¬†on someone else’s needs. In the end, this¬†brings things back into perspective.

5) Surround yourself with positive vibes!!!Positive decor sayings.Positive people.Positive music/podcasts. If ain’t positive toss it or shut it off!!!

IMG_9158

I would love to hear how you strengthen/encourage yourself when you feel low. Feel free to write in the comments below.

A Summer of Firsts

woods

This summer has been very memorable full of a lot of firsts for me. I made it through my first¬†busy season in the real estate business and survived. I¬†worked harder than I’ve ever worked and feel a great sense of accomplishment. As¬†a result,¬†I haven’t been able to post as frequently as I would have¬†liked to.¬†So, I wanted to¬†in a sense catch up and share some highlights of my wonderful¬†summer.

I was blessed enough to purchase my first new, new car! Beep! Beep! I got to see one of my childhood heroes Edgar Martinez receive the highest honor a club can give a baseball player (retirement of his number). It was super cool!

sky

I got to see one of my favorite artists Bruno Mars perform live.¬†He’s¬†amazing!!I totally recommend seeing him anytime you can.

bruno

I went to Emerald Downs racetrack for the first time and bet on some horses. It was super fun!

edowns

Amongst the hustle and bustle of work and¬†the inviting playful days of summer I’ve become somewhat of a procrastinator! I always feel with the ending of summer and the beginning of fall things just fall back in line! Speaking of fall, it’s¬†my favorite season! I’m super excited especially¬†for this fall. I have¬†lots of changes and new things planned for the blog so stay tuned. I hope¬†you, your family and friends¬†have a blast this Labor Day weekend! Remember to keep those affected by Hurricane Harvey in prayer.

 

Feelin’ It – Summertime

Here in the Northwest the dog days of summer are really heating up! This week we’ll be hitting the 90’s and might even surpass 100 degrees which is, super hot for us! The following are a couple of things I’ve been feelin’ this summer. Try them out and let me know what you think.

Emeril Lagasse – Chocolate Mousse

choc

Here’s a quick, easy, delicious tasting summer dessert that’s wonderful¬†for the summer because you don’t have to use your oven.¬†Personally I don’t¬†really care for milk or dark chocolate but when I tried this I fell in love. Emeril Lagasse the BAM!!! man himself has a boxed chocolate mousse that is to die for!!!! All you need to whip up this quick and easy mousse is milk! I suggest chilling it in beautiful glasses. An easy, elegant delicious tasting dessert for the win!!!!! They carry it at Fred Meyer in the baking aisle or on Amazon in 6 packs!

Emerila

Refreshing Summer Beverage

Lavender Lemonade

finallemonade

I remember very clearly the first time I had this drink it was at local coffee shop and I can recall it being so refreshing and delicious. After that experience I was curious to find out how to make it myself. After inquiring I found out that its super simple to make. It’s simply just two ingredients lemonade and lavender syrup. You can use either frozen concentrate or premade lemonade and¬†Monin¬†brand lavender syrup. Once your lemonade is¬†made/ready just sweeten with a 1/4 cup of lavender syrup or¬†¬†to taste and stir well. Serve cold. The colder the better. I also suggest using edible lavender sprigs as a garnish or stripping the sprigs and mixing the actual little lavender pieces into the lemonade¬†as a final touch. Enjoy!Bottoms up!

Mulitlemonade

 

The lavender syrup can be found online @ the Monin site below or at Cash&Carry stores.

https://www.monin.com/m/catalogsearch/result/?q=lavender&category=15

Book – Journal

52 list of happiness

https://www.mooreaseal.com/collections/everything/products/52-lists-for-happiness

On Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Lists-Happiness-Journaling-Inspiration-Positivity/dp/1632170965/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1493610857&sr=8-1&keywords=52+lists+for+happiness

I loved the 52 Lists Project¬†and I absolutely¬†love the 52 Lists¬†for Happiness Project just as much.¬†This is ¬†my “go to” gift this year. I gave out the 52 Lists Project last year and this year I’m handing¬†out the 52 Lists¬†for Happiness Project. These books prompt quick short personal journaling¬†sessions that are encouraging and release positive vibes!!!! I’ve really enjoyed soaking up the sun this summer and going through this. Also, Moorea Seal will be releasing a new book this fall called Make Yourself At Home it just went on presale. It looks fabulous! If you’re interested take a look!

https://www.mooreaseal.com/products/make-yourself-at-home

Accessory – Temporary Tattoos from Tattly

Tatme

The design I’m wearing is part of the Bloom set by Helen Dealtry.

https://tattly.com/

I can’t say enough about this amazing temporary tattoo company based in Brooklyn, NY. The temporary tattoos Tattly¬†creates are not only made in the U.S.A. they are¬†non-toxic (vegetable based ink)¬†and super cool. Created by¬†professional¬†artists the variety of styles/designs they carry is¬†endless. There literally is something for everyone of every age.¬†Summer weather is perfect for showing a little skin and highlighting the brilliance of these tattoos. Sold online and at selected retailers (Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, Powell’s’ City of¬†Books etc..).

tats

 

 

 

 

April’s Mantra – Enjoy the Ride

Easter

It’s true what they say the older you get the faster time goes by. Over Easter weekend when my nephews and niece were¬†hunting for eggs¬†I thought to myself, I’m glad that I’m present and I need to cherish this. I’m a big planner and I don’t really make room to be spontaneous and because of that sometimes I lose out. I have to say that being a planner has a lot of benefits of its own. Then this past weekend I had a medical scare with one of my parents. Everything in the end turned out to be fine but again, I thought to myself I need to savor my relationships by being in the moment and just going with the flow. I don’t want to look back on life and say that I was too busy working or¬†planning this or that. I want to be a person who sees people for who they truly are and is able to embrace/celebrate them in the moment. I’m choosing to focus on this now more than ever so, I’ve decided that this month’s mantra should be “enjoy the ride.” I’m personally practicing not taking everything so seriously! I’m changing my perspective because things could be a lot worse . I’m blessed and my family is here and I’m choosing to enjoy life¬†now, not¬†whenever its most convenient. I’m the driver of my own destiny and I¬† choose to enjoy the ride. I hope that you will do the same for yourself with the people you cherish.

Enjoy.png

Feelin’ It

The Crafted Life – Peace Gun Enamel Pin for Charity

pin

http://thecraftedlife.com/charity-flair-new-pin-in-the-shop/#more-14092

I follow a wonderful blog called The Crafted Life and the author Rachel Smith is selling these beautiful pins in her Etsy shop to raise money for charity. You can buy these stylish pins for $12.00 each and all the proceeds will go to DAV.org a non-profit that helps homeless and disabled veterans. Buy a crazy cool pin and help contributed to this great cause! They look great with anything jean!

Lauren Conrad’s bird earrings

birds

https://www.kohls.com/product/prd-2454996/lc-lauren-conrad-bird-stud-earrings.jsp?prdPV=1

https://www.kohls.com/product/prd-2148127/lc-lauren-conrad-bird-stud-earrings.jsp?prdPV=2

One of the many things I associate with spring is the sound of birds chirping. This spring I purchased these¬†super cute bird earrings from Lauren Conrad’s jewelry collection from Kohls. Everyone knows if you’re from the Northwest everything is better when you put a bird on it! They are my favorite earrings at the moment and on sale right now for only¬†$5.99!

Book – Chasing Slowly

bookcs

http://designformankind.com/chasingslow/

For about half of the month of¬†March I was sick and during that time I was able to read this delightful book called Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner.¬†She addresses the¬†American cultures¬†obsession¬†with equating success with mass¬†consumerism,¬†accomplishments and money.¬†Erin shares¬†her own personal¬†successes and failures.¬†¬†It’s insanely relatable and Erin’s transparency¬†is refreshing and encouraging.

Puyallup Farmers Market

marketberriesmarket

http://www.puyallupmainstreet.com/events/puyallup-farmers-market/

This is one of my favorite local markets which features a wide variety of vendors. You can find everything from art, produce, plants/flowers and honey from local farmers. Located in the beautiful family friendly Pioneer Park. The market will be opening on April 15th and it runs through October 14th on Saturdays from 9am-2pm.