Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Blast from the past

How many remember the commencement speech (later put to music): Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen) by Baz Luhrmann? How wonderful and insightful his words were. If everyone was able to adopt just a few of his life lessons/advice to their own life, I think it would have a huge positive effect on your life outlook. Without further adieu:

Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)
by Baz Luhrmann

Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ’99
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be
it. The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by
scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable
than my own meandering
experience…I will dispense this advice now. Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; oh nevermind; you will not
understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded.
But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and
recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before
you and how fabulous you really looked….You’re not as fat as you
imagine. Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as
effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing
bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that
never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm
on some idle Tuesday. Do one thing everyday that scares you Sing Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with
people who are reckless with yours. Floss Don’t waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes
you’re behind…the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with
yourself. Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you
succeed in doing this, tell me how. Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements. Stretch Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your
life…the most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they
wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year
olds I know still don’t. Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone. Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll have children,maybe
you won’t, maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky
chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary…what ever you do, don’t
congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either – your
choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s. Enjoy your body,
use it every way you can…don’t be afraid of it, or what other people
think of it, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever
own.. Dance…even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room. Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them. Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly. Get to know your parents, you never know when they’ll be gone for
good. Be nice to your siblings; they are the best link to your past and the
people most likely to stick with you in the future. Understand that friends come and go,but for the precious few you
should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and
lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you
knew when you were young. Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard; live
in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft. Travel. Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will
philander, you too will get old, and when you do you’ll fantasize
that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were
noble and children respected their elders. Respect your elders. Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund,
maybe you have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one
might run out. Don’t mess too much with your hair, or by the time you're 40, it will
look 85. Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who
supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of
fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the
ugly parts and recycling it for more than
it’s worth. But trust me on the sunscreen…

What are your opinions? Are there things you written here that you can apply to your own life? I would love to hear it!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Find beauty in the ugly

I found this pretty deceased butterfly in a gas station parking lot in Arizona; you can find beauty in the ugliest of places, in the most unexpected of times.

Monday, August 8, 2011

New Treasuries

Today I have been a busy little bee creating a couple new treasuries. I love to explore etsy and find new and amazing artists. I hope you enjoy! Your comments and feedback are much appreciated on these treasuries! Have a great day fantastic people!

Monday, August 1, 2011

A Breath of Fresh Air

Hey everyone,

Its been awhile...incase you were wondering or having any doubts: I think you are a beautiful person inside and out.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

I am pleased to announce that I was featured in a artist interview by the very awesome Chantell Reid! Be sure to check it out!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Pay it Forward

Back in December I ordered a hot chocolate in the drive thru from Starbucks. When I pulled up the batista informed me that the lady in the car in front of me paid for my drink and wished me a Merry Christmas. I know it sounds cliche but it was one of those things that gave you a warm fuzzy feeling, that someone you don't even know can be so kind. So I did what anyone should do, I "payed it forward". I took the money I was going to buy my drink with, and applied it towards the girl behind me, I have since done this numerous times. I posted it on my facebook and lots of my friends did the same thing. When you pay something forward what you really are doing is spreading the kindness in a world that can quite honestly use alot more love. It doesn't even matter what you do: You can by someones meal or drink, compliment someones shirt, be extra friendly to the cashier who is ringing up your recent purchase, volunteer, when a stranger sneezes say "bless you"....there are infinite ways to spread kindness around, you just have to start somewhere. Get started today!
Thanks to goingplaces2 for letting me use her Collie Dog Art Print! Check out her shop at

Monday, March 7, 2011

80's Bash

This past weekend I celebrated my lovely sister in-laws birthday by going out in Newport dressed in our 80's costumes. It was a blast.

One bit of advice that I was reminded of, and would like to share with you is: "ALWAYS find time to embrace your inner child, life gets boring if you don't"

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Advice from friends around the globe...

Today I have asked friends and acquaintances to answer a few questions on lessons learned, hopes for the future and things that will hopefully inspire. I hope you enjoy reading their answers as much as I did! Maybe you will find some advice that you can apply to your life, or just a reminder that you have let slip to the very corners of your mind.

What is your favorite quote?
  1. My grandfather said "If you eat, drink, and do everything they say you should; do you live to be 100, or do you just feel like it?

  2. "A fox is a wolf that brings flowers" -Ruth Weston

  3. "Don't hold Strong opinions about things you don't understand, everyone should embrace the art community even if it kills you"

  4. "Everything happens for a reason"

  5. "Change your thoughts and you change your world"

  6. From Tron"On the other side of the screen it looks so easy"

  7. "Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile"

  8. "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. Your on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where to go"-Dr. Seuss

  9. "Time has little to do with infinity and Jelly Donuts" Thomas S. Magnum

Whats the best advice any ones ever given you?

  1. Follow your dreams

  2. Do whatever makes you happy

  3. Treat others as you would want to be treated

  4. Never be like anyone else-always to be me and love it!

  5. If you don't succeed, try, try again

  6. Remain approachable

  7. Don't wait until tomorrow to tell someone you love them. Tomorrow may never come

  8. Always be true to yourself, its your life no one else's

  9. Don't take yourself so seriously

Whats you opinion on life?

  1. What you think about and what you focus on you attract into your life

  2. Always stay curious

  3. You reap what you sew

  4. You aren't supposed to know what the future holds, only to enjoy life as it makes its way into the future.

  5. Its tough and most of it sucks, but its worth enduring for the parts that are really good.

  6. Life is unpredictable, short and you never know what to expect. Live in the moment.

  7. Things can sometimes be tough, and you may never know what scary things may be around the corner. Be brave, face each day with renewed hope, and know what brighter things are always on the horizon.

  8. Live creatively. Don't get stuck in a rut, change things up once in awhile. Don't worry, it will grow out.

Whats one thing that everyone should do?

  1. Do it, never say what if

  2. Never give up on love

  3. Create something

  4. Love and allow to be loved

  5. Treat others as you want to be treated. So elementary yet many still need to learn this as adults

  6. Pay kindness forward

  7. Be kind, no exceptions

Special thanks to Altered Head, Dana, Finch, Diana P, Sara T, Natanya, Sue, Sharyl and Chantelle