Thursday, June 7, 2012

Time Capsule

Favorite recent eateries in SL:
  • Stoneground
  • Atlantic Cafe
  • The Park Cafe
  • Red Rock
  • Flemings
  • Settebello
  • Red Iguana
  • Bruges Waffles and Frites
  • Cheesecake Factory @ City Creek
  • Blue Lemon
  • Cafe Trio 

Movies watched recently:
  • Moneyball
  • Avengers
  • Hunger Games
  • Baby Mama
  • Cast Away
  • The Vow
  • This Means War
  • We Bought a Zoo
  • Like Crazy
  • Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
  • Forks over Knives (Documentary)
  • Documentary on North Korea

TV shows on my DVR recently:
  • Revenge
  • Modern Family
  • Shark Tank
  • American Idol
  • 20/20
  • The Ellen Show
  • Smash
  • NBA Playoffs

Books I've read recently:
  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  • Heaven is Here by Stephanie Nielson
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 
  • The Culprit and the Cure

Relaxed songs I've listened to recently:
  • Colbie Caillat {I Do, Favorite Song, Brighter Than The Sun}
  • Lenka {Show}
  • The Band Perry {If I Die Young}
  • Jason Mraz {I Won't Give Up}
  • Blake Shelton {God Gave Me You}
  • Cider Sky {Northern Lights}
  • Eli Young Band {Crazy Girl}
  • Adele {Set Fire To The Rain}
  • Jake Owen {Barefoot Blue Jean Night}
  • Band of Horses {Life On Earth}
  • Jason Aldean {Tattoos On This Town}
  • Lady Antebellum {We Owned The Night}
  • Flo Rida {Wild Ones}
  • Miranda Lambert {Over You}
  • Phillip Phillips {Home}
  • Florence and the Machine {Cosmic Love, Dog Days Are Over}
  • Fun. {Some Nights, Carry On, Why Am I The One}
  • He is We {All About Us}
  • Ingrid Michaelson {Turn To Stone}
  • K'Naan {Is Anybody Out There?}
  • Maxwell {This Woman's Work}
  • Neon Trees {Everybody Talks}
  • One Republic {Good Life}
  • Rachael Yamagata {Be Be Your Love}
  • Sara Bareilles {Gravity}
  • Sara Evans {A Little Bit Stronger}
  • Stars {Dead Hearts}
  • Taylor Swift {Eyes Open}
  • The Temper Trap {Sweet Disposition}
  • Train {Marry Me}
  • Tyrone Wells {Running Around In My Dreams}
  • Dean Martin {Ain't That A Kick In The Head}

Favorite class over the past month:
  • Detox Yoga

Favorite project of the year so far:
  • Decorating our apt. and finding new furniture

Decorating can be tough on a budget so I usually find a couple of splurges that I absolutely love and think I can't live without then find patience to wait on other items to find good deals. Sometimes it drives me nuts leaving things unfinished in the apt. but then again I know if I buy something on impulse I'll end up not liking it later...and that's why I don't have any pictures up in the family room yet. I'm waiting to find just the right frames and find a picture wall arrangement that I like. 

Most recent purchase was a rug from Pottery Barn on KSL. I waited for about 5 months to come across the one I wanted and of course it was a fraction of the price from what you'd buy retail at PB. It was in mint condition and a cute couple had only owned it for a couple of years and then moved and it didn't match their new color scheme. Little treasures found on KSL can be worth the wait.

Here are some pics of the humble abode. I have added some things since I've taken these's still a work in progress, but here's a little tour. Spare bedroom has officially turned into a dump everything and anything into this room so no pics of that. It's my next project to attack!

stained cement floors. hard to keep clean ay yi, but still a fun change

before lamp shapes and bedding were bought

Idea found on Pinterest
I love jute rugs
apocathery jars found on Amazon 
The ribbon and berries were on a previous wreath that I had for a long time.
I took it apart and super glued the berries to the ribbon and then tied around the towels!

 idea found on Pinterest

 trying out different knobs from Anthropologie

new bedding. Finally feels cozy to get into!

It's almost the weekend....yay!!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

I'm still alive!

I know I need to play some catch up with this poor neglected blog of mine. I love looking back and smiling from the good times and learning from the hard times. So much has happened since the last time I blogged. For starters -- moved to SL, Allen started at Goldman Sachs, my time at Qualtrics ended as I found a new job that applied more to my major, we walked for spring graduation at BYU in April, bought new furniture for the apartment, and the list goes on...but those are some of the big moments of the year so far! Life has thrown some unexpected curve balls my way as well, but the beauty of it is realizing that life keeps moving on. It always has and it always will. We can take from our trials what we want and choose to look for the rainbows after the storms. I think it's therapeutic sharing life experiences with each other knowing that we all are in this roller coaster life together and it's not going to be a continual high. We have to experience the low points as well and we all will have those times in life so we might as well help each other through it. Whether it's the loss of a loved one or wishing for something that means a lot to you in life that you can't have -- I really believe it makes you a better and stronger person in the end even if you don't realize it in the moment. Sometimes it can be hard to live in the moment. We are creatures of habit where naturally we tend to dwell on the past too much and try to live in future too early. What about right now? We'll miss those moments in the now if we don't stop and relish it all in. I'm not trying to turn this post into a trial post, but I do think it's important that we share the good things in life with each other as well as the hard things, because they do and will occur at some time or another. It's times like that in life when you really realize what's most, friends, and people in your life that you are truly connected to. The ones that would do anything for you and you would do anything for them. I consider myself a pretty private person with my deeper more personal feelings, or at least getting into details about them, and don't really open up about things unless I am extremely close with a person. However, I think the mere fact of admitting that life may not always go the way as you had hoped for and that yes, it can be hard, is enough to let somebody else know going through something hard that they are not alone. There is something about finding strength in numbers! Here's a quote I like:

"Self-acceptance comes from meeting life's challenges vigorously. Don't numb yourself to your trials and difficulties, nor build mental walls to exclude pain from you life. You will find peace not by trying to escape your problems, but by confronting them courageously. You will find peace not in denial, but in victory."
-- Donald Walters

Now moving on to a lighter note.I had one of those awkward moments today that was great. I love awkward moments. Is that strange? I only wish I could have a record (as in REE-cord) button on my body so anytime one of those "moments" triggered I'd be ready on command. Well, today I was coaching out at Ancestry in Provo and one of my clients said something that embarrassed him quite a bit. At the end of our meeting he stood up and said, "love you." He turned bright red and when I say red I really mean BRIGHT red and he quickly says, "I am so sorry! I just talked to my wife on the phone so it's a habit to say that at the end of a conversation." Hahaha I tried my best to laugh and not make it TOO awkward for him! He was already somewhat of a shy guy to begin with so he didn't really know what to say or how to handle the situation after it happened. I think that was the quickest I've seen a client try and slip out the door. Poor guy. That's ok, I had one of those awkward moments with one of my jobs in college when I worked at Agemni. It had been a long day and I was really tired and the "greeting" on the phone became so routine I wouldn't even think about what I was saying since it became second nature. Instead of saying Hi, Candace at Agemni how can I help you? I said Hi, Candace at Agemni how can I hold you? Wow. Really? How can I hold you? If it was a girl on the phone I guess that would have been less awkward...or maybe that could have been more awkward? Hahaha. The guy responded back, "what?" I totally know he heard what I said, but I think he wanted me to confirm what I said so I'd feel even more awkward. :) I'm one of those people where I can laugh at things like that so I just started laughing and apologized to him for non-intentionally trying to hit on him.We had a quote board at Agemni where we'd write awkward/weird things that people would say (including ourselves) so you bet that went up on the board. I'm thinking we need to do the same thing at my current job, because we definitely get some very interesting/weird comments from clients. I do have to admit, however, if I trip on my own shoe or have a little fall or close to a fall I will totally look around and make sure no one was watching. Let's face it -- when we see someone else do that we naturally want to laugh, after we know their okay that is, or on the contrary some people laugh no matter what so I know some strangers are bound to laugh over the fact that my flip-flop tripped me. Classic.

Things with my new job so far (as in new, the past three months) have been going great! It's wonderful finding a job that applies to your major and something you have a passion for. I'm a wellness coach for several different companies and it's amazing to see the change in other peoples lives and watch them transform into new people. Not only does it motivate them, but it motivates me as well to live a healthier life! I have thought several times I should do wellness posts on my blog and write down the things I have learned, it's just for times sake that I haven't done so. My intentions are good, but I find myself wanting to get out and run around with my free time since I sit down a lot during the day. I always find myself blogging more in the winter time. I just enjoy the sunshine too much to not be out enjoying it! Update with Allen's job as well. He started in February at Goldman Sachs in the GIR (Global Investment Research) department and was assigned to the team of internet research, which he was ecstatic about! He is a true business man at heart and is really good at what he does. People don't realize what a hard position it is to get into GIR and that's why I've got to put the spotlight on him for a minute because he has worked so hard to get where he's at and I'm happy he has a job he loves so much! I've always admired his dedication to work hard; he is a great example of that to those around him. Well, I better wrap it up, this has turned into a longer post than expected -- so if you're still reading then happy soon-to-be weekend! How I love the weekends! And long weekends at that. Happy memorial day weekend!

Here are some pics that the amazing Ciara Richardson took for my grad photos. She's got mad skills and never disappoints. I really love all of her work!

Friday, January 27, 2012

I'm brunette!!

And thinking about cutting bangs again.....
People have asked to see the new do so here 'tis!

I've been MIA in the blog world lately,
and the good part about it is that I have really enjoyed it!
Lots of changes lately and a move (Salt Lake woot woot!)
Life has been busy busy.
I guess I'm saying two of each word now yeah yeah?
I'm still debating to make my blog private or not ay yi yi....
I know I'm a little late, but HAPPY 2012!!!

Saturday, December 24, 2011