August 31st - finding peace

August 31, 2012

relaxing view from a cabin - a place to get away

So August hasn't exactly gone as planned... has been challenging, exhausting, exciting, enlightening, pressing, rejuvenating, and fun. I can't believe it all happened in 31 days.

I started out this month optimistic and ready to take August Break by storm, and soak up the rest of summer, but The Universe had other plans.

Warning: This is going to be a long and likely rambling post as I find my blog-legs again.

Shortly after the beginning of the month I went through a very trying experience at work. I can't go into specifics of the event, but I will say that I am very thankful everything is turning out well in the end. While the first few days of the month were more stressful than normal, one particular day sent everyone at our office into a high-speed tailspin. We were in shock. We were unsure where to place our next step. We were broken. But it is absolutely amazing to think back to what happened next. Everyone pulled together, covered the bases, asked for help, and pushed toward becoming a healthier company. Each person determined their role and ran with it. We became a stronger team than we could have ever hoped to be.

It has taken a while to get back into the groove of things. My routines were off from working late nights. A few more curve balls were thrown our way. But all in all the world is setting itself right again. I'm finally at a point where I felt I could come and put a few things out into the blogosphere.

I've learned a lot about myself in the past 31 days. For one, I always knew that I was relatively calm in a crisis, which came in handy on that infamous day, but I also know that I am not calm when the crisis is ME. When a lot of tasks or demands are put on my plate and I can't process them as fast as I want I simply freak out. (College've seen this first hand.) However, when the crisis is outside of ME and my little brain bubble I can hold it together better than I ought. It's amazing to know how different kinds of pressure affect me. I think I've secretly known this for a while, but never could really categorize it in this way. Internal Crisis = Freak Out, but External Crisis = Cool as a Cucumber.

Side note: Speaking of Cucumbers! The garden continues to amaze me. We are harvesting left and right and gearing up for an end of summer feast. Nature is amazing!

So...mixing together doctor visits & healing from a fender bender back in June, working overtime and learning more than I would ever like to know about workplace safety (Ignorance is bliss, right? Well I suppose it is until something happens), and a house in disarray it has been quite the trying month. But, on the bright side, I also got to experience a wine country ladies road trip, a relaxing overnight at a cozy cabin on the river, a lot of meditation time in the garden, and finally some quality time with close friends, in the end it has turned into a balanced (albeit roller coaster) month.'s time to turn my sights toward September, my birthday month. (The joyfullifeshop's birthday on etsy as well! Keep your eye out for new items and an anniversary sale!) It's time to start anew with another year under my belt. Let's hope the ride continues to improve. I am pushing myself to stay positive and keep moving forward. It will get better. I will find my groove again. Besides, it's time to celebrate!

Are you going through anything trying lately? Feel free to add a comment or email me if you would like to simply share an experience or put out positive vibes into The Universe. My ears and little corner of the blogosphere are always open.

august 3

August 3, 2012

He's a big boy now. Just over a year old. But he still plays like a kitten. Sneak attacks from under the chair. Unexpecting prey receives a quick swat with a paw that swiftly tucks away again undetected. Oh, to see the world through the eyes of a cat. Pouncing. Purring. Loving us so much. Our little kitten all grown up. 

august 2

August 2, 2012

My name lies at the heart of the city. Where thousands of people every day taste new flavors, find new treasures, and feel the buzz of the energy around them. Where fresh baked breads, catch of the day, sun ripened fruit, and colorful blossoms fragrant the air. People from around the world flock here. Talented artists of music, art, and handmade start their journeys here. My family brought me here. My family placed me here among the beats. My little corner of Pike Place Market. One of the most important corners to me. My heart lies in this city. In this place. My city. My home. Seattle.

*My big sister has her own little corner too. Her name is in the bottom right corner of this shot. Hey sis!

monthly music & august breaking

August 1, 2012

Happy Adventuresome August 1st! Today I have a double dose of August for you. First, we are kicking off the month with a new set of tunes. This month I included a special song by Grace Potter that was one of my favorite parts seeing her live a few weeks ago (She is BY FAR one of my favorite artists!) and another from ZZ Ward who opened up for Grace and hails from nearby Portland, Oregon. She was fantastic to watch and I recommend seeing either of them live if you ever have the chance. These playlists can't compare to seeing these talented individuals in person. There's just something about live music, dancing in a crowd, the moments with the artist between songs, and taking home a piece of their energy with you. Not to mention tucking away a memory that will come out and join you every time you hear your favorite song.

Second, is the first photo post for August Break. The above album cover was created from a recent Instagram post about those hot pink heels. They are just one of the many personalities that I tried on at the thrift store in late July. It's funny (or weird) and ties in a little bit with this month's theme of Adventure. Sometimes when I am perusing the racks I get the urge to try on items I would never buy or normally wear...well...because you never know what you might find out about yourself when you walk in someone else's shoes or tip another person's hat. These lovelies let me dabble for a bit in the girlie-girl world, ooooh and ahhh over my favorite shade of pink and exaggerated bows, pretend that I wouldn't twist an ankle during high pressure days trotting around in trendy platforms, and then slide back down to earth before I literally fall down. It's nice to test the waters, to push my style boundaries, and wonder how I would carry myself in these items. Part of my self exploration I guess. 

So, until tomorrow. Enjoy some new music and think about new ways to step just outside your comfort zone. Sometimes even a quick baby step can bring a world of adventure. 

1. Nothing But the Water - Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
2. It's All Okay - Julia Stone
3. All Through August - Death and a Cure
4. The Walls Are Coming Down - Fanfarlo
5. Hammer - Dry the River
6. Fast Fast - Let's Buy Happiness
7. Might Find It Cheap - Blitzen Trapper
8. Put the Gun Down - ZZ Ward
9. 99 Problems - Hugo
10. Hold On - Alabama Shakes
11. Skinny Love - Birdy