The art of love

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“Whatever God or whatever higher power you believe in, they brought us to this earth in a perfect way, and you have to learn to love yourself. Otherwise, it’s an exhausting way to be.” -Callie Thorne

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” I have an everyday religion that works for me. Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line.”- Lucille Ball

Artist Henn Kim is amazing.

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And Sara Herranz. See for yourself how amazing her work is!

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Also meet Sveta Dorosheva, who completed the pieces below as well as the first piece of this blog post, which I just think is stunning.

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Catch a boat to England, baby,
Maybe to Spain
Wherever I have gone,
Wherever I’ve been and gone
Wherever I have gone
The blues run the game

Send out for whiskey, baby,
Send out for gin
Me and room service, honey
Me and room service, babe
Me and room service, whoa
We’re livin’ a life of sin

When I ain’t drinkin’, baby
You are on my mind
When I ain’t sleepin’, honey
When I ain’t sleepin’, momma
When I ain’t sleepin’, well
You know you’ll find me crying

Catch a boat to England, baby,
Maybe to Spain
Wherever I have gone,
Wherever I’ve been and gone
Wherever I have gone
The blues run the game

Livin’ is a gamble, baby
Lovin’s much the same
Wherever I have played
Wherever I throw those dice
Wherever I have played
The blues run the game

Maybe when I’m older, baby
Someplace down the line
I’ll wake up older
So much older, momma
Wake up older
And I’ll just stop all my tryin’

Catch a boat to England, baby,
Maybe to Spain
Wherever I have gone,
Wherever I’ve been and gone
Wherever I have gone
The blues are all the same

-Blues run the game by Jackson C. Frank

A Sim Story…

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Meet Sergio and Luna Roman.

They live in Oasis Springs, where summer never ends. Ahhhhhh. Oh wait, summer never ends in Sims anyway, does it?

I digress….

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Widowed dad, Sergio struggles to maintain the balance between his Detective life and his dad life. But those hugs when he gets home will always be worth it. 

Especially when your job can be this tough…

He does love interrogating Sims though and bribing them with candy bars until they confess. He gets no better joy in life… besides spending time with his daughter.

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Being a single dad can definitely be hard. And put you in a bad mood at times…

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But time spent together is just priceless.

 

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It was just Sergio and Luna for  a long time… Sergio was still healing from the death of his wife and mother of Luna. He was afraid to let anyone into his and especially into Luna’s life.

 

That is until Aurora came along…

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They met at the Spice festival. Sergio got a babysitter because he needed a night off and needed to try some new dishes! And Aurora went by herself to get some spicy food to remind her of her home land, India.

He wasn’t expecting to meet his next love…

He was not expecting to fall in love with a Secret agent with the “Villian” life aspiration, either….what kind of detective dates a wannabe villain?! He puts sims like this behind bars daily…

It’s okay, he won’t tell…he couldn’t possible put her away. Away from him- and Luna.

A first date turned into a 2nd and a 3rd and it was…magical.

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She was great with Luna, too.

When they met she had the “hates children” trait, but that’s nothing a little Sims cheat can’t fix to put a happy little family together! Time to play God…

 

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Things were going well. 

 

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So well, in fact, that he had decided to propose! He was ready to make them a family.

They already felt like it!

He was nervous as hell, though.

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She had no idea….

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I get this excited for food and martini, too.

 

He couldn’t wait any longer. Before desert even arrived, he popped the question.

(Thanks for desert waiter, but not so much thanks for photo bombing our engagement picture….)

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Success! 🙂

 

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What will come of Aurora and Sergio’s little family? 

Stay tuned… 🙂

 

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Currently in January

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Currently loving…

I am currently loving quite a few things right now! Yay, life!

The sunrise this morning, I even grabbed my Canon to capture it…stunning. Bitter cold January mornings don’t seem so bad when you look up and see this.

 

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My coloring Happy Planner…!

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Check out these stickers I got that celebrate the fact that you woke up before noon, put on pants, and totally adulted. #YES

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My new office!

 

Working for a nonprofit, I cannot even begin to tell you how bad our old office was…not only that, but a lot of things about it were unsafe.

We have moved offices and I can’t stress how much of an improvement this is…I feel happier and more productive already.

We have bright windows.

We have a clean office with new floors.

We have a safe space for us to work and the youth we work with to come see us now!

I am no longer embarrassed to have friends and family visit me at work. (True story.)

And…we chalkboard painted the crap out of everything.

We also got an office fishy friend named Gill.

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My little office nook area, where fishy friend lives by his plant 🙂

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These pictures. 

 

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Having some photo shoot fun after sissy’s yoga class…

 

 

Currently reading…

 

 

Last Currently post I talked about how I was reading  “Behind closed doors,” which I finished and was amazing! It was a page turner, can’t put down kind of book. Which is really hard to find for me…

Now I am reading “It ends with us” by Colleen Hoover which I honestly just started and have hardly gotten far enough in to comment, but- my mom recommended the last 2 books I read which were amazing and I finished really fast. So I trust her 🙂

 

Currently watching…

 

If you have been reading my blog for a little bit, you might know of my obsession with the show Strange things. 

For Christmas this year, I even strung lights all over my Stranger things pillows to be that much more festive.

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My sister even got this specially made for me for Christmas (A quote from Stranger Things, in case you don’t watch)  #Coffeeforlife

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Anyway….

I found a show to tide me over until the new season starts.

The OA on Netflix.

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This show is really hard to put into words, so I will let Wikipedia explain:

“The series centers on Prairie Johnson, an adopted young woman who resurfaces after having been missing for seven years. Upon her return, Johnson calls herself “The OA”, exhibits scars on her back, and can see, despite having been blind when she disappeared. The OA refuses to tell the FBI and her adoptive parents where she has been and how her eyesight was restored, and instead quickly assembles a team of five locals to whom she reveals that information, also explaining her background story. Finally, she asks for their help to save some other missing people who she claims are currently in the same situation she has described to them.”

All you have to know is that it is binge worthy and you will want to keep going and going to find out what happens…

What are you currently doing this January? Share with me 🙂

2016 triumphs; 2017 goals

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I hope you all had a safe and happy New Years filled with those you love and plenty of goals you promise to keep.  ; )

We started off the holiday with some snow tubing with Frankie’s family and later on that night a lovely evening of a double date complete with snow, pecan pie, and champagne at midnight…

 

 

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I broke out sparkly orange tights for NYE because you can never be sparkly or glittery enough on this night! 

 

So while I think it’s important to create new resolutions or goals for the new year, I almost think it is even more important to ourselves to realize our triumphs of the year behind us.

We are notoriously hard on ourselves as a society and it’s really sad.

We have to acknowledge our triumphs and I wanted to share with you my 2016 triumphs so maybe you will be inspired to pat yourself on the back, too!

 

2016 triumphs:

 

Being healthy!

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I have successfully kept my promise to myself and have gone to the gym consistently for about a year and a half along with yoga once a week, but only recently have actually started seeing real results! I’m really proud of myself for this, for eating healthy, and for trying new classes like piyo and spin. Spin is what I have actually seen results from and have kept up with for quite a few months now- I especially like it because it’s an intense cardio workout that you can sit down the whole time if you wish, LOL. About 5 minutes into the class I am regretting my decision to sign up and dreaming of my wine and the couch, but I push through!

 

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Keeping up with this blog. 

This past August was my 1 year blogiversary and the victory of also actually keeping up with something consistently! I get distracted a lot and tend to want to try so many things, that often they fall to the wayside. But this blog has become a lot more to me than I imagined and inspired me to be more positive, do more, etc! It has become a journal for me, even writing about my triumphs right now is giving me perspective for all that I have done this past year- let’s face it, writing things down and seeing it in front of you makes it real. And is really therapeutic!

 

 

 

 My first sponsored blog post! 

 

I basically love Oriental Trading and they gave me my first sponsored post-on one of my favorite things ever, Halloween decor. 

They even sent me a Christmas card thanking me for being a brand ambassador and saying they enjoyed working with me- simply a pleasure to work with and I feel honored! It also inspired me to reach out to more brands in the future.

 

 

Making steps towards my dreams. 

I continued volunteering for the SPCA, (although in 2017 I want to walk way more doggies) explored schooling, and completed an internship at the animal sanctuary of my dreams. I really really want to work in the animal welfare field and a sanctuary would be perfect. I explored and took classes in the Vet Tech program, went back and forth and still do, but I think I want to focus on the animal welfare and nonprofit side of things. I also realized I think I want a job where I can be a bit creative. I currently work for a nonprofit and it is so flexible, rewarding, and I have never been treated better in a job before. Right now I am exploring a graduate non profit administration program and will probably try a class to see if I like it…. to be continued! I know what I want, the getting there is a bit confusing…but all in all, proud of myself for making the steps.

Remember my 17 quotes for 2017 post? Well, I am tired….but this quote holds so much truth. Remember to rest.

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Without goals, we would not have triumphs? Am I right? Alas…. goals for 2017.

 

2017 goals:

 

Be more consistent with my blog…

 

While it’s great that I have kept up with my blog so well (triumph!), my consistency is lacking. I am not going to lie, the holidays had me slacking quite a bit, but there were times when I was in school and I will be in school again this coming semester, and it’s all about balance, right? I want to always improve my ability to balance everything and in turn, better this blog.

The thing is, I know this blog could be more amazing if I kept up on it and did more bloggy outreach kind of things. This is a goal! I want to maintain my blog connections better and keep up on everyone else’s blogging life, as well. Bloggers write about their lives but cannot be self absorbed to succeed in this world of blog…isn’t it ironic?

 

 

Continue trying new things…

 

This year I really was proud of myself for getting out of my comfort zone and trying new things- 2017 has goals for me to try silks, pole dancing classes, and hip hop classes. To name a few!  Along with this, I want to hike more unknown terrain, literally. Last summer any time off I spent at the lake, my favorite place in the world. But because of this, I also didn’t venture out as much to new areas to explore…this spring/summer I want to find new places to explore!

 

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Save, save, save…

 

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This goal is kind of 4 goals wrapped in 1-

This year I really want to travel, move out on my own, and take classes for school… These things require a lot of money! So it’s time to save.

If I take a graduate class it is over 1k plus books. It’s insane. Thank God for payment plans is all I can say…

I am really good at selling things I no longer wear on Ebay. I fell off of it for a bit but I think it is time to jump back on that! You can make such good money while clearing out your clutter  and if you have enough of an Ebay following and good rating, people trust to buy from you and are more likely to do so. And now that I have my Canon Rebel, it’s easier to take good shots.

Be happy, healthy, and more present.

 

More meditation, more tea, less anxiety. Please, 2017?

I have some smaller goals too like read more books and to learn the ukelele (finally) but I’m trying to focus on the big picture here….

 

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