Day at a Time, Life

This Chair

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This chair has been my spot in the last few weeks, when I’m not in classes. I’ve stared out that window in between hours of projects, watching the snow fall, and people walking down the street – planning my day and recovering from intense workouts. The week is finally coming to a close with one essay to write and plans to make for the weekend and it’s happening in this chair.

I think it’s important to have an area in your home especially to work, relax and unwind. What spot is your favorite when you’re working or at home recovering from a long day?

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Celebrate Good Times, Life

We’re Expecting Something Furry!

Remember the little hints I dropped in the first post of 2014? Well, we got an email this morning letting us know our sweet new addition, a little Yorkie will be arriving mid-March! I’ve tried to hold our little secret in for a while, but I couldn’t resist any longer! This will be my first puppy and I couldn’t be more giddy! I’ve wanted a dog to love since I was a little girl! So, in honor of the big news, I put together a Puppy List of the darling things I’ve found for our pup so far!

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I’d love to hear any recommendations on your favorite puppy products! We have so much to learn before we bring the pup home in June! Feel free to give us any tips and information you have on having a dog and even bringing it home as a puppy!

You & Me & the Dog PrintFur Rug BedLove at First Bark BookPure Joy BookHeart ToyMackenzie-Childs Bed Gnome Treat ContainerHoundstooth JacketWooden CratePet Head Deodorizing SprayPet Head Puppy Tearless ShampooNature’s Miracle Stain & Odor RemoverA Letter to My Dog BookLamb Chew SqueakerMackenzie-Childs Water Bowl

We’re so excited!!! Happy Thursday, Friends!

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Inpsiration, Style, What to Wear

Inspire Me | Lauren with Pearls Poppies Pinkies Up

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I’ve been inspired by so many bloggers, friends and creatives all around me. Denver is filled with some downright geniuses in the creative world. I’m always discovering new and exciting artists as I slowly dip my foot into this pool of Denver Creatives.

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All Photos by Lauren Tien

But there’s a special creative I’d like to introduce you to, Lauren. Lauren is the writer behind Pearls Poppies Pinkies Up, several blogs and articles in Darling Magazine and her newest venture, Nellie Magazine. We met through blogging, in particular, the day it snowed on May 1st  here in Denver. We both posted pictures on Instagram – soon finding out we lived just blocks from each other at the time! That turned into a coffee date I won’t soon forget.

After reading her blog and articles on Darling, I built up this image in my head of who this amazing Lauren would be! She was that and so much more. I felt an instant connection to her in that little coffee shop. She is one of the kindest people I know. She’s a lady in every sense of the word, but with a bohemian twist. She is an incredible listener, friend and I never cease to feel completely encouraged after time spent with this precious gal. So, today I wanted to share her, her blog in hopes that her beautiful writing and ability to share in a raw, selfless way will encourage you as much as it has me.

Happy Tuesday, Friends!

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Life

Now is the time.

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Now is your time. Become, believe, try. Walk closely with people you love and other people who believe that God is very good and life is a grand adventure. Don’t spend time with people who make you feel like less than you are. Don’t get stuck in the past and don’t try to fast-forward yourself into a future you haven’t earned. Give today all the love and intensity and courage you can and keep traveling honestly along life’s path. –Shauna Niequist

The quote above comes from my latest read, Bittersweet. It’s at the end of my very favorite chapter so far, Twenty-Five. This chapter spoke to my heart last night. After a prayerful time before bed, I opened up my Kindle app and decided to read a bit before going to sleep. I was flooded by so many life-defining thoughts and questions to truthfully answer. Am I proud of the life I’m living? What have I tried this month? What have I learned about God this year? What parts of my childhood faith am I leaving behind, and what parts am I choosing to keep with me for this leg of the journey? Do the people I’m spending time with give me life or make me feel small? These questions Shauna poses in this chapter, and as I asked myself these very questions, I found I wanted to give myself very truthful answers.

What have I learned about God this year?

This year, I have learned that God will never leave me or forsake me. As a Twenty-Fiveish (23) year old, I have given myself space – space to define my faith on my own and with my husband. And what I’ve learned is that no matter what comes my way, I have a God that is all powerful. He gives me strength to press on. When I’m struggling, He is always there – He puts people in my life to encourage me in this journey and to actively be the person He wants me to be. I’m thankful and blessed beyond anything I could ever have imagine.

There are a few more questions I want to answer and maybe I’ll share them with you, but until then – will you answer them yourself, just to yourself and be truthful. Challenge yourself. It’s an incredible thing to sit down and really think, “Am I proud of the life I’m living?”

Happy Monday, Friends!

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Design

Taking on New Design Challenges

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This year brings with it many new challenges. One I’m most ecstatic about is the design side of things.

Firstly, I’m excited to announce my freelance design business is now official. I’m officially the owner of Aubrey Hubbell Design, LLC. With this brings the excitement of new clients and opportunities to build my student portfolio. I’ve been so blessed to work with so many great businesses so far.

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And in building my portfolio, the second challenge is researching potential internships and jobs here in Denver. I have my eye on a few studios and firms, but in the mean time, I am having fun attending networking events for creatives and the like. I’ve truly met some incredible people and enjoyed getting to know like-minded individuals.

In building my freelance business and portfolio, I’ve really found my passion – graphic design. With my college program, we study digital design in every facet. It’s been a delight to dive into so many different fields of design, 3D animation, video editing as well as graphic design and branding. But through that exploration, I’ve discovered how much graphic design intrigues me. Being a major element in a business’ branding is a wonderful thing to be apart of.

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Finally, everyone knows I love a good challenge, but this one – this is a whole new ball game. It’s a little scary to take this next step. Excited as I might be, having my designs viewed by potential employers is a bit daunting. Still new to the field, I’m working on not comparing and being confident in my work. It’s a hard thing to do.

Have any of you experienced this similar time of change? – the process of going from college student to being thrown in the professional world? Working in high school and college is one thing, but the real world – I’m a little scared. Any tips for finding internships, jobs or overall opportunities to meet young professionals? It’s a new year and I’m ready to take the challenge.

I’d love to hear about your experience transitioning into the real world?

Happy Friday, Friends! Can’t wait to hear your advice!

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A New Year it is!

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Welcome to 2014, Friends! I hope the last month brought so much happiness, many memories and new goals and aspirations for the new year! Matt and I couldn’t be more excited for this year! We have so many goals and plans that I just can’t wait to experience. I can’t wait to share every little detail with you throughout this new year! And until we start talking details, here are the holiday details from the last month of celebrations! You may even see a notice a few hints into the special plans coming in 2014!

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And that’s a wrap! How was your holiday? Did you spend it in town or did you travel out of state or maybe out of the country? I’d love to hear about how you spent the past few weeks! Happy New Year, Friends!

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