tag: inspiration

my future self

January 16, 2015

do something today your future self will thank you for

this quote from natural life really resonated with me, plus the design is beautiful, don’t you think? it goes along with another favorite philosophy of mine: if it won’t matter in a year from now, it doesn’t really matter. thinking this way helps me focus on the most important things and helps me let the small things go. in the moment, it’s easy for me to get distressed about a little lost sleep, a disgruntled email or a missed blog post – but in a year from now – those things probably won’t really matter!

doing something each day with things that my future self will thank me for, means that each day, i’ll accomplish something with real meaning. that i’ll be working towards important goals and getting things done. that i’ll be making a difference in my life and the lives around me, and work towards perhaps even leaving a small legacy behind me.

i want to be remembered for the important things in life. for doing things with meaning and for making a difference. for always putting my family first and raising my children with integrity, strength and a heart for the Lord.

for instance, taking an extra 15 minutes of snuggle time with bear each day is something that i will always thank myself for. reading books to him, teaching him how to be creative and exploring the outdoors with him. soaking up these sweet moments with him is the most important thing in my life right now and i’ll cherish them forever!

i will also always thank myself for pouring extra energy into my art and business. for working really hard to to be the best artist that i can be and pushing myself to try new things and explore different ways of doing things. i am constantly learning new ways to design, and i love the ever-evolving nature of this industry. it allows me to follow my whims and try new things all the time!

i will always thank myself for being intentional in my marriage and putting my husband first. this is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of love and i will never take it for granted. letting him know just how much i love him and appreciate him will help me always keep our marriage on a pedestal.

TODAY, i will hold bear a little closer, start working on a new portfolio and send david an out-of-the-blue thank you text. it’s the small things, right?!

what will YOU do today that you’re future self will thank you for?

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thought provoking

April 9, 2014

Posted by in handmade

jennet hand lettering (3) i fell in love with jennet liaw’s work for several reasons this week. most obviously, her hand lettering is stellar and seems to be an endless source of inspiration. i also absolutely love how much thought has gone in to each one of her illustrations. they are clever, witty and thought provoking. some are funny and cute while others are motivating and encouraging.

i especially love the one above. many of you know my story, but for those of you who don’t i’ll tell you one of my secrets to living my dream (hint: it’s illustrated above!). several years ago i decided that i wanted to be a surface pattern designer. about 6 months went by and i still had the same dream, but i was still sitting at my same job doing the same thing every day. it wasn’t until i realized that someday had to be TODAY that i began making progress. i decided to start doing just one thing every single day in the direction of my dreams. some days it was simply writing an email, other days it was learning a new skill. i did this every single day and after 18 months landed my first job as a surface pattern designer. oh my goodness, it worked! i still use the same philosophy today (in fact, i just started towards another goal yesterday with this same concept). dreams just don’t come true unless you start making things happen. they’re big and scary when you look at the big picture, but if you break them down into daily bite sized chunks you’ll accomplish so much. call one person, write one email, sketch one drawing, look at one video lesson, do one page in your portfolio. how many ever months or years it takes you doesn’t matter, the point is that you’ll accomplish BIG things if you start doing small things!

so that’s why jennet’s illustration meant so much to me when i saw it. be sure to follow her on instagram for more goodness as well!

jennet hand lettering (1) jennet hand lettering (2)   jennet hand lettering (4) jennet hand lettering (5)

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to the sea

April 9, 2014

Posted by in handmade

to the sea

shown above clockwise: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

a good book recommendation and a the slightest of warmer days and my bones are aching to visit the sea.

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14 goals for 2014

January 21, 2014

Posted by in lifestyle

14 goals for 2014

today i want to talk about goals. i’m actually not a huge fan of ‘new year’s resolutions’, but there is something about the start of a new year that makes me reflect and inspires me to plan. it’s like having a new start, and placing a timeline on goals and dreams that i have can really be motivating.

i believe there’s something special about proclaiming your goals. putting them on paper and saying them out loud suddenly makes me feel more accountable to them. so above is my own list of goals for 2014 (you can see last year’s here). in case they’re hard to read, i’ll list them below as well. here’s to accomplishing LOTS in the new year!

focus on design | submit my work portfolio more frequently | read through the bible | start writing a book with my mom | redesign going home to roost | finish decorating my home room by room | garden | learn to sew garments | teach a skillshare class | do a little yoga every day | be the best mom/wife i can be | run a little. hike a little | stargaze | learn photoshop

if you feel comfortable sharing some of your own goals, we would love to here them! proclaim your goals publicly and watch them get accomplished- we can all help hold each other accountable! i’ll meet you in the comments area.

p.s. this goal worksheet is a little printable i made for the roost tribe. come join the fun!

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the winter issue of darling

November 27, 2013

Posted by in holidays

winter issue of darling magazine

if you haven’t experienced the breathtaking beauty of darling magazine yet, i hope today will prompt you to explore it. their winter issue is now available and celebrates the beauty of simplicity through 168 pages of heartfelt articles and stunning photography perfect for this cozy season. each issue is truly a work of art and would be beautiful displayed on a coffee table or bookshelf year round (see mine here).

each issue celebrates the art of being a women by encouraging us to be the healthiest version of ourselves, to live in more respect with our soul and body and to live a life connected to God. if you’re looking for a gift to inspire the women in your life, i believe darling’s winter issue would be perfect (but better hurry, their issues tend to sell out quickly!).

iceberg photograph: ben sasso // bensasso.com //@bensasso

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a colorful workspace

July 23, 2013

Posted by in home decor

a colorful workspace (1)

a colorful workspace (2)

as i’ve been working on setting up my office/sewing/craft room this week (pictures coming soon!) i’ve been drooling over the images from this colorful workspace from lundia finnland (a custom shelving company in finnland). they’re exactly my style. i find that having a blank white canvas refreshes me and adding pops of color inspires me. i love the open shelves, organized folders, comfy sitting areas and beautiful artwork.

well that’s it for me, i’m off to finish organizing my own colorful workspace!

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beautiful balloon

May 15, 2013

Posted by in color story

beautiful balloon

just a little something to make your eyes oooooh and ahhhhh.

photo: the kandall family

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Posted by in baby & children

baby roost's nursery inspiration

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i haven’t talked much about baby roost around here yet, partly because i don’t want to change the dynamic of going home to roost and partly because we haven’t moved into our new home yet. the truth is though that i’m so excited, so obsessed and so in love! i know once we get moved into our new place (hopefully next month), i’ll be sharing more with you but for now we feel like we’re kind of stuck in a state of limbo. one thing i’ve had time to do though is start dreaming up a nursery for our little man. above is a sneak peek at the direction we’ll be taking. what do you think? if you like, you can also follow the baby roost pinterest board for more inspiration along the way. xo

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