Day at a Time, Life

Plans for this busy life.

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This afternoon finally gave me a pause in what seems to have been a non-stop, whirlwind of early morning classes, deadlines and gym sessions with my trainer. The husband has been traveling a lot so the weekends have been precious time to spend together in between all of our normal weekend duties. But within this crazy time, I can’t but dwell all how absolutely blessed I truly am.

Over the past few months, the husband and I have had the best chats about our goals and dreams. We’ve made plans to make those goals and dreams a reality and gotten giddy at the prospect of it all happening. There are just so so many things to look forward to.

In the next few days, our long-awaited puppy will be born and in six weeks we will get to meet him or her. A dream I’ve had since I was a little girl will be coming true (the puppy is one this is the other one) and today marked a very real step in the right direction – we bought the tickets and I’ll be spending a month in Europe this summer exploring France and studying abroad in Denmark and Sweden. It will be a trip of a lifetime! And if that’s not exciting enough as soon as I get back, we’ll be picking up our little 12 week old puppy and bringing it home for the first time!

There are a few other trips that’ll be sprinkled in and I just couldn’t be more excited. This year has brought so many amazing opportunities for new experiences and travel. It’s already March, but I feel like it’s just beginning!

Thanks for understanding as I sporadically post in between all this craziness. So many things are being accomplished during this time – the blog just hasn’t been one of them, but that doesn’t mean I have forgotten. This is just a period of constant work and focus, but when things settle down – you can bet I’ll be back here weekly, sharing the latest on my life, style and design.

Happy Tuesday, Friends!

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Day at a Time

A little bit of it all.

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These days have been filled with numerous things. Four deadlines for projects and an exam all in a matter of three days. It all may have been pulled off, we’ll see when the grades come back. Then came a recovery day that was filled with Netflix and lots and lots of brainstorming, rearranging and planning. I brainstormed for my final projects, all of which excite me to no end. I’ll be sure and share once they’re finished in a month. Then rearranging happened. I planned on just moving the couch back after needing to set up a makeshift tripod close to the window for a time lapse video project (Check it out HERE – but no judging, this was the first time I’ve ever done one), but as I was putting the living room back together, I got the urge to rearrange. Then after a lot of moving around, I didn’t like the new set up. Well, I liked half of it. So that led me to Pinterest searching for living room arrangements in various forms. Finally the hubby and I ended with a jam sesh of planning for our Blues [birthday] Party. Thank God, for Amazon Prime – they helped us out a lot last night with the little details – can’t wait to show ya’ll the final product!! And that was just a bit of the last four days, crazy right?! But now, I’m back and I’m excited for all the planning that’s going into our party next weekend and in 6 days I’ll be turning 23… forget that, Matt will be turning 29. Wow, that’s just weird. He’s almost 30. I’m scared of 30, but he’s taking being 29 like a champ – especially with all of my teasing. I can’t resist. It’s just the craziest thing to know that I’ve known him since I was 4 and he was 10 – now we’re adults and MARRIED. It’s just crazy. Well, anyway I hope you enjoy the little time lapse from earlier this week and while you’re over there, check out my experimental project with match moving. Both were first times using the new tools – so bare with me and try to enjoy and have an incredible weekend!

Happy Friday, Friends!

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Not Sinking

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It’s a chilly night here in Denver and I’m feeling very sleepy and far behind on the to do list. Anyone else feeling it this week? This week has been a little crazy and filled with due dates, but I’m not sinking – I’m swimming as fast as I can! There was a nice little ray of sunshine earlier this afternoon. A dear, sweet friend came over for lunch and good conversation. It’s amazing how much an hour with a friend can truly lift the spirit, encourage your mind and touch your heart. This special lady has a way of always leaving me with a sense of passion and drive. She gives me a refocus on what’s important and how to use my daily struggles as a lifeline. She inspires me to continue on and tonight, I’m doing just that. So, here’s to giving it our best and not sinking.
Happy Tuesday, Friends!

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Love Yourself Link Up: It Doesn’t Get Easier

Today I am writing as part of the Love Yourself Linkup – an ongoing blog series that focuses on topics like self image and body image. A community of women post their thoughts on these topics and tell stories of personal experiences.We’ll share what inspired us, challenged us and more! Learn more about the Love Yourself Linkup at Anne the Adventurer. If you have a story to share too, join the conversation by writing and clicking to enter below!

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Sometimes life takes over and leaves you without a minute to spare, but like everything, we evolve and learn to work with the seconds we are left with during the day. We get better at taking advantage of the quiet moments of the early morning to do a little clean up or stay up a little later to read a page of your newest read. Lately, I’ve been going to bed later and waking up earlier. I’m slowly transitioning into the morning person that existed before the snooze button was discovered sometime in my middle school years. It feels good to be able to figure out how to use these 24 hours in a less stressful way. I may have a million things to do and some may get done late, but I bring myself to awareness and realize, it’s not going to completely change my life for the worse if it’s a few minutes late or I have to finish it in the morning. When there are so many things going on, it’s easy to get caught up in them, feel stressed and feel as if nothing is getting done, but perspective is a wonderful thing and planning is even better. I wake up in the morning, write  a list of things I have to do and then separate those things into parts of the day. Sitting here in this moment, I make myself focus and get at least one thing from my list done. Once it’s done, I take a break, grab a cup of tea, put a pretty dress on and sit right back down to work on another project. It works! I feel less stressed, more productive and Miss Visual over here sees items disappear from the to do lists before my very eyes. Do you ever feel completely overwhelmed by life and all of the projects going on? How do you cope? Do you like lists? How do handle it? I’m trying over here and feeling better and better everyday, but I always love to hear more ideas on coping with a busy schedule!

I hope today encourages you in showing that you are not alone with your overwhelming schedule and ever expanding to do lists. It’s a struggle, but just remember, it doesn’t get easier, you just get better. We all have to learn to manage our time and do our very best at everything we can!

Happy Tuesday, Friends!

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Stress. It’s a six letter word.

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Stressed. It’s that feeling when you have a million things to do, you’re constantly busy and never feel caught up. Ever felt like that?

I’m laying in bed thinking about all of it. The projects to do, the events to plan and the things to get done for the holidays. Classes and homework. Work and cleaning the home. Sometimes it all needs to get done. Now. But how? It’s impossible. I should not be laying in bed awake right now. I should be fast asleep, ready to wake up in six hours. I should be.

Instead, I want a brownie bite. I WILL NOT EAT A BROWNIE BITE. I will write down absolutely everything I have to so, think about and/or whatever else is on my mind. Then, maybe. Just maybe. I can fall asleep for a few hours and dream. Dream of a world. Without stress.

Anyone been here? It’s a little overwhelming, right?!

Well, wish me luck as I say a prayer, write my to do’s and nod off to dreamland.

Goodnight, friends.

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Essentially Afraid

 

Busy busy busy. But in the back of mind I have this in there. When I’m creating, designing or planning – I try to push myself to do something different. After all, that’s what the key is, right? People like different and unexpected. So in order to do that, I have to put aside my fear of failure and be as creative as my mind will allow. It’s that simple, yet that hard.

Be creative. Don’t be afraid.

What are your thoughts? Are you like me? Do you often feel too afraid to create the unexpected? Sometimes I just don’t let my mind out of the box. I love classic, yet I love bold and funky too. I want to mix them and create something crazy!

I will not be afraid to fail. Creativity without fear.

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