Get the Look | Artist Miju Lee

February 27, 2015

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I often see a piece of art and think how fun it would be to bring it to life. Here I've selected a few kitchen accessories inspired by the colors and shapes and playfulness of artist Miju Lee's Kitchen. Totally eclectic, but I like it!

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Gratitude Lately

February 24, 2015

austin texas downtown sunset

This beautiful place I call home.
Here's to gratitude and how it turns everything into enough.
What have you been thankful for lately?


February 23, 2015

podcast collage

I am so happy that podcasts are growing in popularity and quality. These are a few of my current favorites.

Gratitude Lately

February 18, 2015

friends in blue ridge mountains
Time with friends who fill my cup

Enjoying my formerly least favorite month

Building physical endurance


Clean water


Here's to gratitude and how it turns everything into enough.
What have you been thankful for lately?

Art | Rothko, No. 37, 1956

February 12, 2015

Rothko No. 37
Mark Rothko, "No. 37, 1956"

Happy Valentine's Day! xxooo

Gratitude Lately

February 10, 2015

magnolia blossom
This magnolia (a spring 2014 bloom), which reminds me of a lotus.

The lotus opens
Only one petal at a time
Try to force it open
It will shrivel, maybe even die
So people awaken 
Sometimes slowly
Do not worry in your mind
Just watch for the rhythm and listen for the rhyme.

{a favorite poem/song, source unknown}

Chill Run | A Playlist

February 9, 2015

outdoor voices
photo by Bryan Derballa for J.Crew and Outdoor Voices activewear

I have never been a runner. Though I've gone through phases of running throughout my life, it has never been a sustainable part of my lifestyle. Barre, yoga, pilates, and controlled toning are my jam. Endurance sports, not so much. However! I finally realized one reason I feel so exerted and am quick to give up running is that my pace is too fast right out of the gate. I need to slow it down and even out my speed.

As I commit to more cardio work, and I tread the pavement toward my February 2015 goal of running 2 miles every other day, I've discovered a trick: rather than listening to upbeat pop playlists that encourage a fast pace and fluster my heartrate, I am listening to smooth music like Reggae jams and the Grateful Dead. These songs are uplifting, and they help keep my mind relaxed.

I've created this Chill Run playlist for my new running mindset. To others, these songs might sound better for cooling down or stretching. They're simply happy, relaxing tunes that I hope you'll enjoy too.

Happy Weekend

February 6, 2015

sally ross painting green pines
Painting by artist Sally Ross

Happy weekend. It looks like it's going to be sunny and warm here in Austin! I am looking forward to a visit to the salon for a cut and color, and plenty of time outdoors—perhaps exploring Lady Bird Lake's boardwalk.


Reading this.

Planning a quick trip here.

Thankful for my best friend.

Knotty Pine

February 5, 2015

knotty pine home accent
I'm currently digging well designed wood paneling. Often associated with cabins and timber-framed lodges (and dark, outdated homes), this affordable building material can also look modern and fresh.

bathroom | ceiling | mantle | living room

Gratitude Lately

February 3, 2015

prayer flags
Moments for reflection | meditation | prayer
Hard work M-F, making weekends so rewarding
A car
My girlfriends
Sunny Austin

Here's to gratitude and how it turns everything into enough.
What have you been thankful for lately?

February 2015

February 2, 2015

Goal Recap for January

1. Service camera and take intro photography course online - I serviced my camera, and took one online lesson on aperture. This will be a carryover goal for February—so much to learn.

2. Complete Barre3 Challenge - This challenge kicked off my year in a strong way. My mom and I enjoyed a class together during her January visit (along with a spinning class, a run, and many walks around town!). I will continue to aim for 4 studio classes each week in February.

3. Cook 3 yummy meals each week, using new recipes - This was harder than I expected, but I did it. The effort of meal planning helped stock our home with healthy basics that I will use in the coming months. I'm also equipped with some new favorite recipes, including turkey, kale, and brown rice soupwhite fish with orange cucumber mint relish, and lettuce wraps from Gwyneth Paltrow's book It's All Good.

4. Travel - Barely made this goal with a day trip to Bastrop, just 45 minutes outside of Austin. I can't wait to return to Neighbor's for  live music by the river.

schumacher opera print
February 2015

1. Run 2 miles every other day -  Slow, steady, and routine-forming is the goal here. I'll share more on my running aspirations and progress later this month.

2. Take intro photography course and practice - I have signed up for an introductory class at my amazing local camera store. Online tutorials are helpful, but I would like some interaction with a professional and fellow beginners.

3. Write more notes (thank you's, letters, postcards)  - I usually send Valentine's to my girlfriends and the women in my family. I'd like to add to this tradition with even more snail mail this month.

4. Read at night - My hope is for tech-free relaxation. Nighttime anxiety be damned! On my list are The Boys in the Boat and Being Mortal.



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