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25 September 2010

glimpse of recent custom work



since i've disappeared from blogging, i'm giving you a quick glimpse from a recent custom order. 
hooray for heart piercing cards---
gives me an avenue for my creativity (and incentive!) even during the busiest of times.

be back with more soon! 
love love
stephanie

08 September 2010

pre-birthday thoughts

it is my natural reaction to suppress any excitement i might feel around the time of my birthday. i get a little bit excited, and make excuses here and there, saying: "it's my birthday week," like the frivolous little mess that i am.

but truly, deeply, in some odd, strange way, i have always had a tendency to want to tear up around this time. like i'm undeserving of the attention and celebration. clearly, this is not true, as my life is remarkable and there is MUCH to celebrate. i truly believe every life, every person, every moment, there is ALWAYS something to celebrate. but the genuine celebration of ME always has a tendency to make me feel the same way. i guess you could call it discomfort, out of a place of shame (i say this in a very brene brown kind of way).  that is, my own inability to be so grateful for all that i have been blessed with.

if my life abounds with all this goodness, friendship, adventure, opportunity, peace, and sparkle, why does that little voice inside me say: "who am I to be so celebrated?"

do other people feel this way on their birthday? what do you do when you feel this way?

during these times, as with most moments of reflection, i tend to go back to my sources of inspiration. i make list of things i appreciate and fess up to the things i life i consider odd but delightful (examples: rainbow sprinkles, handwritten letters, my favorite pens, balloons). i use these inspirations to run away with my own inspiration. I fill my mind up with the exhilerating moments when life feels so meaningful and so abundant.  certainly, there are times of lack, but at the end of the day, there are 1,000+ reasons to be grateful.


i'll certainly spend my 26th birthday filling my mind with those things.
happy colorful, abundant, inspiring birthday to me!

02 September 2010

goodness abounds

august has ended. and we bought a car, hooray!
 we're pretty cute, if i do say so myself.
in other news:
1. i get to meet baby ella tomorrow (!)
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{photo by my favorite: kristen gardner}

anddd....
I get to spend a few sweet days with my mom and my favorite: gram 9a

along with the rest of my family: daddy dave, mason, tanner, and even my kentucky brother, emile, maria and baby sofia! what a weekend ahead!

highlights from this week include:
a productive, intentional week at work,
making birthday plans,
and
a lovely post run dinner with paul on wednesday night.
i came home and he had cooked a beautiful meal,
set the table,
poured the wine,
and still had a smile on.


i am one lucky girl.
off i go on my next adventure.

have a lovely weekend!
be back with more goodness & thoughts next week!
xo
Stephanie