Amazeball furniture refinishing overload!

I never thought I would get to this point, I must admit… I have too many projects! *with gasps in the background*

I have collected 3 furniture pieces that require refinishing. The pieces are beautiful and I have so many ideas for them all but time is my issue right now. I have been taking graduate studies for a few years and right now is the end of the semester. Naturally, the workload is heavy. Did I mention it is the start of my busy time at work too? Too many competing priorities for this girl! OH… did I mention I still have to tackle my painting project list around the house? Good grief!

I am still so excited to refinish each piece to make them modern and fresh! Stay tune, they will all be beautiful soon! 🙂

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Back to Basics| Office Wardrobe Refresh

01d8fd240ff4d5c501df9734c07420c3Spring is a great time of year to look at your wardrobe and do some “spring cleaning”!

Most of my wardrobe is office attire, I work in a traditional office environment that drives home the importance of having the basic staples in your closet.

For the past few years, I have provided career presentations to new and senior university students. Any time I am asked about wardrobe I will tell both men and women to stick to the basics. Investing in quality pieces that are considered classics will make you look “put together” for years to come.

Focusing on traditional colours (black, white, grey, tan, red, etc) as your base and accessorizing with trendy colourful pieces will allow you to get the most value for your money. By using your accessories to change the look of staple pieces in your wardrobe they will become multi-season items.

This year I am in desperate need of a new trench coat, black pumps and a white button down shirt.

What is on your shopping list this spring?

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new year, new ideas & new dreams.

644a82a1268fff66c0b0b0ecf0a494f6Welcome back! It feels good to be back after the holiday break, starting to form some sort of resemblance to a routine again. I took some time off work over the holiday season that truly felt amazing. It was time, I needed a break… a “time-out”. I could feel myself starting to burn out, since November was a blur and December was straight chaos. I am never afraid to say I need a break to recharge and this year I needed it more than ever.

With the holiday season over for another year, we are naturally surrounded by countless New Year’s resolutions, promising hopes and aggressive dreams. The new year allows us to start with a clean slate, a sense of encouragement as we leave the challenges of the previous year behind.

In the past, I have made very specific, measurable goals.  By being specific about what you are trying to achieve creates a sense of obligation and accountability. Generally, I achieve most of the goals I set for myself because I am a perfectionist who hates to fail at anything (I will move mountains to make something happen if I told someone I was going to do it!)

This year is a little different.

I am going to push myself out of my comfort zone because of an important concept I learned in 2014, which was self compassion. I have referred to this concept on my blog before, but wanted to make it my focus this year. Focusing on self compassion will allow me to stress less about my own expectations and treat myself the way I would treat my best friends, with love and understanding. My 2015 resolutions will be significantly more general, an approach that will provide me the ability to shape and form my goals as life happens.

The year of 2015 will be focused on shaping my passion: art, design, decor & creation.

If I took any message from last year it was the overwhelming happiness my passion brings me on a daily basis. I gravitate towards decorating and creating art every chance I have because I love it, at my core. I would like to take this year to put structure to that form of happiness, structure with no expectations. By not forming a “to-do” list to dictate what is considered a successful year, I allow myself to take advantage of any opportunity that may come my way without a preconceived notion. The best things in my life have come at times when I am not planning or forcing them. Keeping that little reinforcement in the back of my mind I will push myself out of my over-planning, super organized and perfectionist comfort zone and live a life in another world for a little while.

Cheers to the butterflies that idea creates! Now, how long will this new approach last??

What is your new years resolution(s)??

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What were you today?

The moment it hit me, I felt overwhelmed. How can I possibly wear so many “hats” in one day in my late 20s? I don’t even have children, yet my day is filled with (what feels like) an endless amount of roles and responsibilities…. it is mindboggling.

fb8b8524b5b1eaea70ac9ef32d65e30aThe sky is still dark, as I walked down the stairs I am greeted by our dog, with so much love and excitement. He saw me a short 7 hours before this but it could have been 7 days by his reaction.

There I sat, in my pajamas in front of the mirror. My steaming hot cup of tea beside me. The person staring back at me in the mirror definitely has changed, my face has already started to age slightly. I start to apply make up to smooth out my fine lines and cover my tired eyes.

I slowly crawl back into bed to wake up my husband who is still asleep, an element of our daily routine I cherish each and every day.

On the side of my desk my mail is piled a few inches high (people still send paper mail?? Apparently.), my inbox has more than a screen full of unopened emails, my phone is ringing as I run out the door to my first of 3 meetings for the day.

How can there be this many people out right now? I am taking a late lunch, I just need to do some banking, pay a few bills and drop off the dry cleaning. People are driving so slowly and standing in the middle of the street. Annoying.

I slowly pull up to where my niece and her mother are waiting, she is bundled up surrounded by a cool breeze. Winter is coming. I am filled with excitement, I get to spend the entire afternoon with her. She is so curious about the world; she is full of happiness and energy.

Need to buy a gift, but what do I buy someone for their 1st birthday. I want my girlfriend to love our gift for her precious little girl, it is so hard. My niece stares at me while I try to accomplish something I have never been particularly good at, gift giving. I am pretty sure she thinks I am losing my mind.

Buzz. Buzz. Buzz. It is time to drop off my niece, wait… what about dinner? I look at my husband, it is Friday after a very long week. I feel terrible for not having something prepared, he has been taking care of dinner most of the week. We decide to grab something on our way home instead of cooking. I try not to feel guilty about taking the lazy, unhealthy option.

I lace up my running shoes and grab my water bottle, I look around to notice that I am the only occupant in the gym change room… perhaps it is because people do other things on a Friday night. The stress of the week begins to fall down my forehead, my legs feel like they are 1000 pounds each. I begin to lose myself in the music blaring through my headphones. I find myself finished an exhausting workout before I know it, realizing at virtually no point was I mentally “present”.

The clock displays 9:13 p.m. My paper is due in two short days, I haven’t really started. The state of procrastination is not somewhere I frequent, nor enjoy. I look around me, there are items from the week thrown everywhere. I need to clean this place. After quickly tidying up, I get started on my paper… unfortunately it isn’t writing itself.

I feel the water pouring down on my head and over my skin, it is hot but the sense of relaxation is a welcomed feeling. As I lean against the side of the shower I reflect on my day.

Today, I was: a wife, fur-momma, professional, banker, aunt, boss, babysitter, customer, student, gym junkie, taxi driver, cleaner, beautician and a friend.

Tomorrow is a new day, a new set of challenges and a new set of tasks.

What will I be tomorrow?

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How Do You Harness Your Dreams?

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There is a lot to be said for living in the moment, appreciating the here-and-now. Personally, setting goals and dreaming big make those here-and-now moments more valuable to me. Working your rear off to accomplish a dream and making sacrifices along the way create a sense of pride that is truly irreplaceable.

There is a popular theory called Law of Attraction, which discusses the idea that if you think about and visualize your dreams, creating positive thoughts, your dreams are more likely to come true. More particularly, the idea of Creative Visualization takes those dreams and puts them in a more realistic and tangible form. Creative Visualization is where the popular idea of a vision board comes from.

Creative visualization helps a person connect the dots between their dreams and reality… how can I make this work?! What goals are most important? What order logically makes sense?

So… enough with the textbook talk!

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