Cheers to 2018!

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I don’t know about you but the stillness of winter, the holidays and the start of a new year make me super nostalgic and contemplative. In light of everything that’s happened this year in the United States I realized, that I’m just grateful. Grateful that my family, friends and I didn’t have to live through a major natural disaster or endure a terrorist attack etc… I’m grateful that as a woman I’m able to speak my mind, be educated and hold a job of my choosing. As a result, my resolutions, goals, dreams whatever you want to call them have become simplified. As far as I’m concerned, as long as my family and friends are healthy and happy everything else is just icing on the cake. I hope and pray this coming year is a year of good health, blessings and happiness for you and yours. I’m genuinely thankful for each and every one of you. Cheers to 2018!

– Nicole

New Year! New Inspiration!

Gifts for
Minimalists

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite creative people I follow. If you want to jump-start your creativity for the coming year definitely check out each and every one of these people!

Designers

Emily Henderson

Joy Cho – Oh Joy!

Joanna Gaines – Magnolia

Tiffany Pratt

DIYers 

A Beautiful Mess – Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman

Aww Sam – Sam Ushiro

Studio DIY – Kelly Mindell

Oh! I also follow her hubby who’s a photographer Jeff Mindell @jeffmindell

Fashion                                                                                                                                                     

The Miller Affect – Amanda Miller

Gal Meets Glam – Julia Engel

cupcakes and cashmere – Emily Schuman

Authors/Books – Creative Community

Moorea Seal @mooreaseal

52 Lists; Make Yourself at Home

Grace Bonney – Design Sponge

In The Company of Woman

 

 

April’s Mantra – Enjoy the Ride

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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.

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Looking Forward to 2017

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I always get excited about the start of a new year. The air is full of new opportunities just waiting to be taken. This year I’m going to continue to pursue new hobbies, go new places, experience new cultures/things while taking better care of myself and document it here. I welcome you to join me on a journey of positive progression. I’m a major planner so I always get a stylish big planner before the end of the year to keep me on track with my new plans for the upcoming year. I also like to make a list of my goals. For me visually seeing and writing down my goals helps remind me of what they are so my focus on how to accomplish them is that much greater. In addition, to planning out things and making lists I like to surround myself with things that inspire me whether that be music, books, podcasts, art etc.. I always encourage people to listen to or read biographies on people that they are inspired by. I also suggest seeing an art exhibition or listening to music that moves you. I know achieving my goals becomes easier for me when I’m passionate about them so I challenge you to find what you’re passionate about. Come the end of next year I might not accomplish everything I’ve set out to do and that’s fine but, as long as I’ve grown in a positive way that’s a win for me.

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