Thursday, November 3, 2011

31 Days To Reset Your Life Challenge- Day One

I'm participating in the Happy Black Woman life challenge. This could not have come at a better time-as I am once again in a place of self-reflection and resetting. I'm grateful that this opportunity has aligned almost perfectly with other "evaluation" and "resetting" options that I'm currently participating in. This blog is my personal outlet, but if you're reading this, please feel free to join the conversation.

Twitter: #31dayreset

Day One Challenge-Part I
Choose A Personal Mantra
I chose "Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful"

This motto was from my Young Women's class when I was a teen and is adopted from Matthew 5:16. Throughout the past few years, my theme was "Be the change you wish to see in the world". However, I don't think that this applies quite yet. Its important to find yourself and your own light before introducing it to the world. I understand this is an on-going process, but its important to have an anchor, a guide and a firm belief in yourself before setting out to change the world. Its impossible to continue positive growth without knowing who you are. Knowing who you are and what you believe takes courage and is very individual. When we are not "our own kind of beautiful", we can get easily get lost in a false sense of self based on outside opinions and influences.

Day One Challenge-Part II

Choose A Theme Song
I chose "I Choose" by India Arie
I had a few choices for my song, including LDS primary songs, a couple of closeted hip hop songs, and my one of my all-time favoriate Prince songs, but this one describes my current place and mind frame. The past six months of my life have been a combination of extreme pain, joy, frustration, and gratitude. But I'm thankful for the mixed bag of blessings-for it has afforded me the oppurtunity to concentrate on my path and what I need (and want) to do. 

"And I choose to be the best that I can be.
I choose to be authentic in everything
I do.
My past don't dictate who I am.
I choose."

 I may fall a couple of days behind but I look forward to participating in all of the daily challenges and sharing (most) of what I learn about myself.


Saturday, December 18, 2010

3 Things You Must Do Before You Decorate

I will starting a project in my parents basement on Monday...the author of this post must have read my mind!

3 Things You Must Do Before You Decorate

Monday, December 6, 2010

Local Places I Love- Careful Peach Boutique- Oak Park, IL

Whenever I'm in need of chic inspiration or exploring, I drop into Careful Peach Boutique-a wonderful shop in Oak Park that specializes in selling Euro-inspired home decor. The store is fascinating, elegant, and full of lovely, yet inexpensive treats.  (It's also right around the corner from my office, and I walk past it everyday to and from work.) I have yet to introduce myself- though I gawk at everything when I stop in to browse. I always leave feeling 200% better and smelling like their lavender cream.

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I can't wait to start my wishlist!(Here's a sample: handmade soaps, handpoured candles, table and bed linens, china, utensils)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Great Inspiration Ideas: Fabulous Designer Foyers from House Beautiful

I love House Beautiful- I've been a subscriber since 2000 (while I was still in high school). I first used the magazine as inspiration ideas for decorating my dorm rooms, college apartments, and summer bedrooms at my parents house.

I've been looking for ideas for my foyer and I came across this article and slideshow.

Take A Look!