Monday, December 30, 2013

Out with the OLD, In with the NEW

Good bye 2013... HELLO 2014!!

I love the new year.  The promises it brings.  The habits we all promise to break or to form...and struggle to do so.  I guess I love the chaos that goes on in trying to better ourselves all at once rather than little by little on any random day of the year.

So yes, I go along with the cliche of it all and say I'm going to do a big change at the beginning of every year.  But I will be the first to admit that I'm not the best at keeping these optimistic-go storing for one week-promises.  So maybe my New year resolution should be to actually keep whatever it is I propose throughout the year.

I found this nifty little list on one of the Pinterest boards of a friend of mine... needless to say, I think this can definately help me make a list of things I'd like to do throughout the year. However, with the reasonable timeline of an entire year rather than the first week of it.

I'll admit that I don't have an answer for all of these.  There are some that are easy for me to answer, but some will take some pondering.  But like I said, my resolution is to actually follow through with the things I propose to do.  And the list of things I want to do, well, I want to make it good... real good.  I want to use this as a guide to better myself.  So that throughout the year I can little by little become an improved version of me!  Andrea 2.014! (hahaha I crack myself up...get it? did you catch that?)

Either way I want to propose that all of you join me in this journey to the 2.014 version of ourselves.  Let's all break bad habits, learn new skills, aspire to be more like something or someone, be better people, travel more, continue to educate ourselves, lose ourselves in great stories and books, eat new foods, and become a better "me".

Happy New Year everyone! 2014, may it be amazing!


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Collect Moments, Not Things

My two "happy places", one is the happiest place on earth... Disneyland of course, and the second is San Diego, CA.  Getting a chance to go to both, one after another made me one happy girl!

Now, who isn't happy walking down the streets of Disneyland with holly hanging across main street.  A giant Christmas tree.  A castle covered in lights (every girl's dream!).  And Small World decorated in the most adorable Christmas setup I've ever seen! Your heart and eyes just light up with excitement as you skip down Main Street with the people you love.  It's just an amazing feeling.  Like being a kid again and forever.

Then I got to spend an entire week in my favorite place in the whole world right now... San Diego.  Literally the one place that helps me escape any stress I may be going through.  My favorite place to be is on those cliffs and looking out at the sunset with sea mist kissing my skin and looking out into the vast horizon of an infinite ocean.  It puts life into a whole new perspective.  As the sun goes down, so do my problems, stresses, and everything that might be on my mind.  As I stare out into the horizon I feel like my options in life are infinite.  I can do whatever I decide to do from that point on.

This week a few things were taken from me.  Things I have considered essential to my every day routine, essential to me feeling pretty, essential to me feeling a spark of joy as I purchased or used each item. Yes... if you know me... you know I'm talking about my makeup! (moment of silence here in remembrance of those beauties) I also happened to lose a few other things that I had either purchased on my blissful Disneyland hauls with annual pass holder discounts (sigh... that coffee mug was just a "belle") or had packed into that bag out of convenience.

It does feel horrible to not have your things anymore.  And trust me adding up how much money I had spent on all of it was not exactly consoling.  But I began to realize (barefaced and in my favorite city) I'm enjoying all the natural things in my life that bring me joy.  I didn't come here to look like a Barbie doll walking down the street.  I came to spend time with my girls.  To be in my "happy place".   To escape the things in life that complicate it.  Get this, to my I actually was walking down the street, barefaced and inhaling the ocean air, a complete stranger stopped me just to say "I have to let you know, you look really cute today." And let me tell you, that smile could not have been smacked off my face for some time afterwards.

Everything that was taken are things that do bring me happiness in the sense that I enjoy getting dolled up and doing make up.  But, it's accepting your natural beauty that brings that happiness to you.  Created in His image, it's this face that is perfect.  Not the one I layer makeup on.  It's little things like being able to step on the beach under the warm sun in the winter.  Watching the sun set and feeling free.   Inhaling the smell of the ocean and embracing the vastness of that horizon.

It's all about collecting those small moments that make you happy. Not the things that may bring you contemporary satisfaction.  Its the smiles a simple comment can bring.  The moments of clarity in your head that come from the sunset.  Cooking dinner with and for your friends as you chat and sip on a glass of wine.  The skipping through Main Street linking arms and belting out Christmas songs with not a care of who sees or hears you because you are wearing your magical Mickey ears and that's how we role through Disneyland. It's that moment when you look at someone who knows you, who you know, in which you just fully accept all of each other and for no reason what so ever, you just burst out laughing.

It's those moments worth collecting.  It's those moments that keep us truly happy.


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Let's Journey Through

Journey Through...

A blog not about fashion. Not about cheaper ways to eat, exercise, travel, what have you, but rather a blog about me.  A journey through me.  An inside view of all the things I love and want to share with the world.

Who knows, this possibly could be a way for myself to really find who I am.  To weave through all the obstacles in life, pick up on the important things and pull through the difficult things, and somehow become the me I was created to be.

Something we all struggle with is finding our "real" selves.  Finding that identity that fits with who we want to be and what's expected of us.  Who we are... in general, towards others, within ourselves.  Who we like. What we like. What we believe (now that's a tough one). For many people this isn't a dificult thing to do or figure out.  For others there is a bit more to it.

All in all we go through life questioning everything we do or that others do.  We question the things that happen to us and to others.  We are curious creatures and there is no denying it.  Our curious minds take us through winding roads, dark paths, sun filled meadows, fish filled seas (wow, look at me trying to be poetic). In one way or another we all have our own story.

Well let me propose this... Let's "journey through".

"Through" what? Well, EVERYTHING! LIFE!

And thats just it.  That's exactly what this is about. The journey through LIFE.  My life.  My adventures, struggles, random thoughts, and everything inbetween.  But in the end I hope that it somehow relates to you.  In whatever it may be that you need it for.

Being a lover of the written word, and quite honestly being ready to embark on a new journey (see what I did there) in something I've always wanted to just do, well I guess here I am actually doing it! Can you believe it?! I can't... but I'm excited!

So raise that glass up high, here's to LIFE full of adventures, Cheers!