Monthly Archives: February 2012

Happy Birthday Mommy | Every Day Life

So this afternoon Mia, Erin and I got to work on OPERATION: CREATE A REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER LOOKING CAKE…..and well, things didn’t all go as planned. Erin told me to stop being negative while I criticized everything about the cake and Mia continued to laugh through this whole charade. Although it’s not exactly how it was supposed to look, you get the point : )

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY WONDERFUL MOMMY! You’re the best. I love you!

March Goals | Every Day Life

Although I have made progress in the first two months of the year, I thought it would be a good idea to break some of my goals down and aim to get a few of them done in March…

1. Read 2 Books

2. Sketch new website


4. Make it to the gym at least 7 times this month

5. Drink at least 1 bottle of water a day

Tips to Start the Year Right | Every Day Life

Be warned this is a VERY VERY long post. It is also very late since we are two months in to 2012. However, I have not had the time myself to sit down and read this email from my aunt until yesterday morning and I absolutely LOVED it. Although it is a lot of the things I’m sure we hear on a regular basis sometimes we need to be reminded and sometimes we need to actually LISTEN. So if you get to the bottom of this post, good for you because this has already helped me significantly!!

Tips to Start the Year Right!

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Nothing could be closer to the truth. But before you can begin this process of transformation you have to stop doing the things that have been holding you back.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

1. Stop spending time with the wrong people. – Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you. If someone wants you in their life, they’ll make room for you. You shouldn’t have to fight for a spot. Never, ever insist yourself to someone who continuously overlooks your worth. And remember, it’s not the people that stand by your side when you’re at your best, but the ones who stand beside you when you’re at your worst that are your true friends.

2. Stop running from your problems. – Face them head on. No, it won’t be easy. There is no person in the world capable of flawlessly handling every punch thrown at them. We aren’t supposed to be able to instantly solve problems. That’s not how we’re made. In fact, we’re made to get upset, sad, hurt, stumble and fall. Because that’s the whole purpose of living – to face problems, learn, adapt, and solve them over the course of time. This is what ultimately molds us into the person we become.

3. Stop lying to yourself. – You can lie to anyone else in the world, but you can’t lie to yourself. Our lives improve only when we take chances, and the first and most difficult chance we can take is to be honest with ourselves. Read the Road Less Traveled.

 4. Stop putting your own needs on the back burner. – The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too. Yes, help others; but help yourself too. If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now.

 5. Stop trying to be someone you’re not. – One of the greatest challenges in life is being yourself in a world that’s trying to make you like everyone else. Someone will always be prettier, someone will always be smarter, someone will always be younger, but they will never be you. Don’t change so people will like you. Be yourself and the right people will love the real you.

6. Stop trying to hold onto the past. – You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading your last one.

7. Stop being scared to make a mistake. – Doing something and getting it wrong is at least ten times more productive than doing nothing. Every success has a trail of failures behind it, and every failure is leading towards success. You end up regretting the things you did NOT do far more than the things you did.

8. Stop berating yourself for old mistakes. – We may love the wrong person and cry about the wrong things, but no matter how things go wrong, one thing is for sure, mistakes help us find the person and things that are right for us. We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future. Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come.

 9. Stop trying to buy happiness. – Many of the things we desire are expensive. But the truth is, the things that really satisfy us are totally free – love, laughter and working on our passions.

10. Stop exclusively looking to others for happiness. – If you’re not happy with who you are on the inside, you won’t be happy in a long-term relationship with anyone else either. You have to create stability in your own life first before you can share it with someone else. Read Stumbling on Happiness.

11. Stop being idle. – Don’t think too much or you’ll create a problem that wasn’t even there in the first place. Evaluate situations and take decisive action. You cannot change what you refuse to confront. Making progress involves risk. Period! You can’t make it to second base with your foot on first.

 12. Stop thinking you’re not ready. – Nobody ever feels 100% ready when an opportunity arises. Because most great opportunities in life force us to grow beyond our comfort zones, which means we won’t feel totally comfortable at first.

13. Stop getting involved in relationships for the wrong reasons. – Relationships must be chosen wisely. It’s better to be alone than to be in bad company. There’s no need to rush. If something is meant to be, it will happen – in the right time, with the right person, and for the best reason. Fall in love when you’re ready, not when you’re lonely.

 14. Stop rejecting new relationships just because old ones didn’t work. – In life you’ll realize that there is a purpose for everyone you meet. Some will test you, some will use you and some will teach you. But most importantly, some will bring out the best in you.

15. Stop trying to compete against everyone else. – Don’t worry about what others doing better than you. Concentrate on beating your own records every day. Success is a battle between YOU and YOURSELF only.

 16. Stop being jealous of others. – Jealousy is the art of counting someone else’s blessings instead of your own. Ask yourself this: “What’s something I have that everyone wants?”

 17. Stop complaining and feeling sorry for yourself. – Life’s curveballs are thrown for a reason – to shift your path in a direction that is meant for you. You may not see or understand everything the moment it happens, and it may be tough. But reflect back on those negative curveballs thrown at you in the past. You’ll often see that eventually they led you to a better place, person, state of mind, or situation. So smile! Let everyone know that today you are a lot stronger than you were yesterday, and you will be.

 18. Stop holding grudges. – Don’t live your life with hate in your heart. You will end up hurting yourself more than the people you hate. Forgiveness is not saying, “What you did to me is okay.” It is saying, “I’m not going to let what you did to me ruin my happiness forever.” Forgiveness is the answer… let go, find peace, liberate you! And remember, forgiveness is not just for other people, it’s for you too. If you must, forgive yourself, move on and try to do better next time.

 19. Stop letting others bring you down to their level. – Refuse to lower your standards to accommodate those who refuse to raise theirs.

 20. Stop wasting time explaining yourself to others. – Your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe it anyway. Just do what you know in your heart is right.

 21. Stop doing the same things over and over without taking a break. – The time to take a deep breath is when you don’t have time for it. If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting. Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly.

 22. Stop overlooking the beauty of small moments. – Enjoy the little things, because one day you may look back and discover they were the big things. The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.

 23. Stop trying to make things perfect. – The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists; it rewards people who get things done. Read Getting Things Done.

 24. Stop following the path of least resistance. – Life is not easy, especially when you plan on achieving something worthwhile. Don’t take the easy way out. Do something extraordinary.

 25. Stop acting like everything is fine if it isn’t. – It’s okay to fall apart for a little while. You don’t always have to pretend to be strong, and there is no need to constantly prove that everything is going well. You shouldn’t be concerned with what other people are thinking either – cry if you need to – it’s healthy to shed your tears. The sooner you do, the sooner you will be able to smile again.

 26. Stop blaming others for your troubles. – The extent to which you can achieve your dreams depends on the extent to which you take responsibility for your life. When you blame others for what you’re going through, you denyresponsibility – you give others power over that part of your life.

 27. Stop trying to be everything to everyone. – Doing so is impossible, and trying will only burn you out. But making one person smile CAN change the world. Maybe not the whole world, but their world. So narrow your focus.

 28. Stop worrying so much. – Worry will not strip tomorrow of its burdens, it will strip today of its joy. One way to check if something is worth mulling over is to ask yourself this question: “Will this matter in one year’s time? Three years? Five years?” If not, then it’s not worth worrying about.

 29. Stop focusing on what you don’t want to happen. – Focus on what you do want to happen. Positive thinking is at the forefront of every great success story. If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, and you pay close attention, you’ll often find that you’re right.

 30. Stop being ungrateful. – No matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for your life. Someone somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs. Instead of thinking about what you’re missing, try thinking about what you have that everyone else is missing

“people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people
will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou


Nice People and (fake) Monday Mornings!

Love running into nice people in the morning! It makes for such a great day! And considering today is Monday for most of the world it makes it that much better. So let’s hope for a great day to go along with a great morning….because isn’t that what life is about? Having great days and meeting great people and making the most of it? Isn’t life about writing our story and doing the best we can and helping strangers in need? That’s what I want my life to be about. Cherishing the moments and making great memories with great friends and learning how to love. Overcoming our struggles is only half he battle, the other half is finding ourselves and trusting in it. So have a great (fake) Monday, live a little, laugh for a lifetime and love like you’ll never find it again…….and if your lucky maybe grab a cup of Starbucks ; )


Happy Friday | Every Day Life

Yippie!!!!! Yahoooo!! Happy FRIDAY! SO SO excited to have movie night with my mommy and big sis tonight!! We have been looking forward to this for a few weeks and it is finally here! Up on the big screen will be:

I Don’t Know How She Does It

(story of my mom and sis’s life 😉


Along with some BEN AND JERRY’S S’mores! Cause you can’t have a movie night with out a little ice cream ; )




What’s on your agenda for FRIDAY night?!?

Marisa | Branding Session

Love the smirk in the second one 🙂



Keep Your Head Up | Every Day Life

I used to listen to this song on the way to work every day. Then I found new songs and I forgot this was even on my ipod. I came across this last night and had the urge to turn it on in the car this morning, on the way to work. It’s SUCH a great song to listen to in the morning when you’re starting your day. Below is my favorite part in the song…

“The glow that the sun gives right around sunset helps me realize this is just a journey drop your worries you are gonna turn out fine. Oh, you’ll turn out fine. Fine, oh, you’ll turn out fine. But you gotta keep your head up, oh, and you can let your hair down, eh. You gotta keep your head up, oh, and you can let your hair down, eh. ”

Teaser | Branding

I’ve been DYING to update the website and I just haven’t had the time. I never got around the adding a photo to the page about Marisa in 2011. So we headed out on a FABULOUS day in January to shoot a few photos….here’s a little teaser!!

Spring Must-Haves | Every Day Life

1. NAUTICAL shoes! I. Am. In. Love. with these shoes. (Hence, why they are the number ONE item on this list)

2. These purple jeggings are a bit BOLD for me but hey, with the right top I may find these in my closet this spring.

3. Navy and white stripe dress. Who doesn’t love a clean line dress??

4. Ok, so I came across this mug on Pinterest and I am dying to get one just to see “eyes” wake up! Yes, they really do…there’s a heat sensor in the mug that turns it white when coffee in poured in!

5. White Cotton Dress paired with a tan leather jacket. Adorable.

6. This bag could really be used in the fall but dressed with the right outfit and it could pass for the Spring season.

7. Another nautical item. This cosmetic bag is all girl and little fun. Aren’t you loving the pink with the anchors??

8. This adorable little ring quotes Audrey Hepburn, “I believe happy girls are the prettiest & I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong”

9.This is a MUST have. Classic navy blazer, perfect for work or fun!

What are your must haves for Spring??

A Field Guide to Getting Lost

At some point we all lose our way. We lose the person we thought we were, or the person we had always been, and we’re just…there. Frozen. Unable to move forward, to scared to go back. So we wait, and then we wait some more. We wait for someone or something to come and wave their hands in our face, while telling us: The train is leaving, either get on or get out!!! What do you pick? Are you shoved onto the train because you’re in everyone’s way and you’re getting trampled? Or do you leave the train station all together because you’re alone after the train has left? I’m the by-stander. I stand off to the side watching all of these people moving by. I help where needed and answer when spoken to, but I never make my own move. I stay put, off to the side. Watching. I stand there like everyone else waiting for someone to yell MOVE ON in my ear. I stand there waiting to see where I’m going to be TOLD to go next. When do I get to choose? Well, the answer is I don’t get to choose. Not until I MOVE ON. Out of the way of being trampled. Away from the motion to leave just because I’ve been left there alone.

THEN I get to decide. THEN I get to make my choice. Until then, I don’t get the choice. And as I’ve stood here frozen at the train station, a million trains have come and gone. All going to different places and carrying the same people. Some I’ve helped and others I’ve watched. In the end I get to CHOOSE which way I’m going to go and with me I will take change.

Just because we get lost, doesn’t mean we can’t find our way back.