Monday, July 20, 2009

My Birthday

Well after a long hiatus, I'm going to attempt to actually keep up with this little blog...even if I am the only one who reads it ;). Tomorrow happens to be my 25th Birthday. Quarter of a century here. So I basically know everything now..... :P. HA! Here is a list of some things that I have learned (or rather am still learning) this past year:
  • Life is not fair. As much as I would like to think it should just isn't. 
  • Saying No is OK. Saying no to people, to situations, to yourself. And to that last cookie...Still working on this one. But be true to yourself. Don't be afraid of outcomes that you cannot control.
  • There is beauty all around us, stop and smell the roses :)
  • Trust your instincts - take risks - most often you will look back at what you wished you had done...
  • Families are not perfect, but they are yours. Cherish those relationships.
  • In hard times, true colors shine the brightest.
  • Work isnt really work when you truly enjoy what you do. I am lucky to have found something that I look forward to doing every(most of the time)day :)
Thats good enough for now. I am so lucky to have been so blessed in this life. Hope everyone has a great week!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I am an Audrey

You are an Audrey -- "I am at peace"

Audreys are receptive, good-natured, and supportive. They seek union with others and the world around them.

How to Get Along with Me
* If you want me to do something, how you ask is important. I especially don't like expectations or pressure
* I like to listen and to be of service, but don't take advantage of this
* Listen until I finish speaking, even though I meander a bit
* Give me time to finish things and make decisions. It's OK to nudge me gently and nonjudgmentally
* Ask me questions to help me get clear
* Tell me when you like how I look. I'm not averse to flattery
* Hug me, show physical affection. It opens me up to my feelings
* I like a good discussion but not a confrontation
* Let me know you like what I've done or said
* Laugh with me and share in my enjoyment of life

What I Like About Being an Audrey
* being nonjudgmental and accepting
* caring for and being concerned about others
* being able to relax and have a good time
* knowing that most people enjoy my company; I'm easy to be around
* my ability to see many different sides of an issue and to be a good mediator and facilitator
* my heightened awareness of sensations, aesthetics, and the here and now
* being able to go with the flow and feel one with the universe

What's Hard About Being an Audrey
* being judged and misunderstood for being placid and/or indecisive
* being critical of myself for lacking initiative and discipline
* being too sensitive to criticism; taking every raised eyebrow and twitch of the mouth personally
* being confused about what I really want
* caring too much about what others will think of me
* not being listened to or taken seriously

Audreys as Children Often
* feel ignored and that their wants, opinions, and feelings are unimportant
* tune out a lot, especially when others argue
* are "good" children: deny anger or keep it to themselves

Audreys as Parents
* are supportive, kind, and warm


Just some images I love...
&(one of my graphics for JCP Girls) :)

Friday, February 6, 2009



Some random thigs:
  • I love all animals, but Pandas are my ultimate favorite!I still have my favorite stuffed animal panda, Ling-ling. He lost his eyes and nose a while ago due to encounter with my parent's dog, but he is the perfect shape to cuddle up to :).

  • I am diggin the snuggie. *Score! a free book lamp!*

  • I am getting my 2nd ever professional massage tomorrow!! This time with hot and cold stones :)

  • My puppy Boomer went to the groomers yesterday and because his tail was matted, they had to trim it really short at the base...and I cannot stop looks like a Dr. Seuss tree! Poor baby!
  • Working for JCPenney Corporate, I open up the internet this morning to our home page and see our latest marketing campaign. The message is about a man beng put in the doghouse by his wife or gf and in order to redeem himself he should buy her jewelry from JCP. I saw an article about it a while back and the feedback seemed to be split down the middle- some thought it was funny, while others thought it was degrading. For the most part I think its funny and clever, check it out
  • Did I mention its friday??! Woop Woop!

Monday, February 2, 2009

First Mondays

This weekend I finally made my first trip out to Canton, TX for the
first monday trade days. I really thought I knew how big this thing was, but people were right when they said it is impossible to cover the entire grounds in one day. It is the biggest and best flea-market-funnel-cake-people-watching-extravaganza you could ever imagine!! There were hardcore regulars, people with carts (or scooters) filled to the brim and entire family in tow... including thier dogs. The food was amazingly bad= sooo good; I think we did pretty good with our choices of homemade lemonade, loaded baked potatoes and a chocolate shake :). We did our best to take it all in and explore the unending-ness in a total of 6 hours.

Funny thing is, we started out at what actually ended up being my favorite section of the place: the antique, trash to treasure, garage sale area. I made some very exciting finds! Got an old camera for my mom's "travel" themed room, vintage scarfs, a shelf, some old paint chipped windows, a piece of rusty tin, and some other various items. AND i *love* them all! Not only was my body aching by afternoon, but my mind was exhausted from all of the sensory overload! I can't wait to go back :)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


I know everyone has posted this picture, but I just had to do it! Yesterday was amazing. What a day to be alive ... I have never been so proud to be an American!

"Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

"It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get to where we are today, but we have just begun. Today we begin in earnest the work of making sure that the world we leave our children is just a little bit better than the one we inhabit today." - Barack Obama

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." - Barack Obama

"Hope – Hope in the face of difficulty. Hope in the face of uncertainty. The audacity of hope! In the end, that is God’s greatest gift to us, the bedrock of this nation. A belief in things not seen. A belief that there are better days ahead." - Barack Obama


Saturday, January 17, 2009

A brief synopsis of the past few days:
  • Wednesday I was at Northpark Mall for the day... one of the horrible perks of working in the fashion industry ;). My coworkers and I go to scope out our competition and buy "inspiration". My piggy bank was looking pretty sad this week, so I was restrained from doing any personal shopping. That was probably a good thing actually. We went to all of my favvvvorite stores and I was practically drooling over Anthropologie's home decor. It is just a great mix of colorful, happy, retro-inspired things. 
  • I have now reached a place in my life where I almost love buying things for my home over new
  • On Friday I was lucky enough to leave work at 9:00 am because it was moving day. I have only worked for JCP for about 8 months, and this is the 2nd time my team and I are being shuffled around. This time we are moving to the opposite end of the building, but our new desks are much bigger so that is nice. It is refreshing to clean out your desk and be in a new environment every once in a while. I want to put some effort into decorating my new space ... I'm thinking maybe i will go with a theme... a collection of gnome figurines would be a nice touch ... dontcha think?! :P
  • Friday I did some running around and also did some fantastic frugal shopping! Finally replenished my apt. with groceries, got some things for my desk at work, some new shoes at Marshall's, AND bought some clothes at Old Navy. They were having a crazy sale on their clearance things - half off the already reduced prices! Gotta love that...
  • Strolled through JCP and found out that my work was out in stores finally!!! :) Girls Arizona 7-16 clothing with my graphics and prints! I almost tinkled my pants.
  • Today I got a library card and checked out my first book! yay!