A Frosty Morning Walk

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_MG_0511Recently I got up with the sun and headed out into the day for a morning walk.  I am not, by nature, a morning person so I don’t have many chances to see the world in its early morning cloak.  That being said, once I’m up I love early mornings.  The light is so soft and it feels like you’re getting away with something, stealing these extra hours in the day.  This particular morning was bone cold and gilded with frost.  I brought my camera along and everywhere I turned there was something beautiful, calling out to me to have its photo taken.  I even ran into my friend Thomas on his way to work in town and snapped a few frames of him. Enjoy the images, and happy Wednesday!

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Lila Blog Feature/Collaboration!

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Picture 15One of my favorite blogs to follow these days is that of my dear friend Frances.  Frances is a friend from my college days in Colorado and she’s one of those interesting, talented, beautiful people who are so fun to be around.  These days Frances is making her stand in Colorado with her husband Thad.  Her blog Lila beautifully chronicles her struggles and successes in a life centered around her yoga practice, delicious healthy food, creativity, and wellness.   I have learned so much from her, and admire her discipline and joy.

Why am I telling you all of this you ask?  Well, recently Frances and I teamed up and Roots & Wings Jewelry is now sponsoring Lilablog!  She wrote a beautiful post introducing me to her readers, which made my week.  Check it out here, and be sure to check out the rest of her posts and follow her!  You won’t be dissapointed.

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A Few Beautiful Little Moments

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_MG_0014Things have been quiet around here lately, yet full of beautiful little moments.  Beach walks with friends,  frigid steel head fishing adventures, a snow day, and cozy time inside.  Work is slower for me this time of year, and I am trying to find a balance, to be ok with not “doing” as much.  To just be.  I’m learning, I think,  and that’s all that I can ask for sometimes.

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Girls Weekend

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_MG_9597This weekend I got out of town for a night to spend some time with a few dear girl friends.   It was, as always with this crew, a ton of fun.  Apples to apples, wine, a feast of a breakfast and a lovely afternoon hike were a few of the highlights, not to mention tons of laughter and catching up.

Enjoy the photos, and happy Monday everyone!

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Friday Evening Musings

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_MG_9352As the new year begins I’ve slowly been getting back into the swing of things with work.  To be entirely honest, it hasn’t been an easy transition.  The time I took off after the holiday rush was much needed, and in retrospect was some of the first “time off” I’ve given myself since I quit my day job and took up working for myself full time.

Balance is something that has long been important to (and often eluded) me and the more I connect with other creative-self-employed-types, the more I see that finding balance is one of the biggest challenges of this lifestyle.  I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist workaholic (something I didn’t know about myself until recently-it’s crazy the things we keep from even ourselves) and I have struggled to create a sense of healthy structure and balance between my work and every day life.

Living and working in the same space, not to mention having a partner who is also self-employed, makes this extra challenging.  There’s just no clear line between “work time” and “non work time” and I struggle to find a sense of having done “enough” each day, and to create a sense of accomplishment for myself.  Unlike most jobs and school there isn’t someone else to give me a pat on the back, to hand out a grade, a raise, or a “job well done.”  It’s just me, and it turns out I’m a pretty demanding boss most of the time.

So, all of this is to say, when I found myself a bit resistant to jumping headlong back into work this week I decided, in the name of balance, to try to be ok with that.  To allow it to be what it is, and not be so hard on myself.  I am trying to see it all as a process, something I will likely continue to struggle with and learn from for years to come.

How do you create balance in your life?  Especially if you work for yourself, what have you learned while striving to find it?

I will leave you with a few sneak peek photos from our Lake Quinault trip (which was amazing!!) as well as a lovely hike with a friend today.  More photos from our trip to come soon!

Happy friday friends!

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A New Year

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Another year has come to an end, and boy was it a big one!  I can hardly wrap my mind around all that has happened in the past year, and the huge ways in which the shape and direction of my life has changed.  This year I fell madly and deeply in love with a wonderful man who is everything I could want in a partner and friend.  We moved into our wonderful little home together and made a nest in which to create and live.  I jumped head first into my jewelry business and quit my day job, then watched as my business grew and expanded in ways I could only have hoped for.  There were road trips, visits from friends, endless hours at my jewelry desk, potlucks, outdoor adventures, and amazing food.  And of course there were myriad challenges, struggles, growing and learning.

I am eagerly looking forward to all this next year might bring.  There are so many things I am excited about and that I hope to manifest in my life.  But let’s save that for later.  Today I just want to express my gratitude for all that this year has been, and for you dear friends and readers, and your unyielding support, love and enthusiasm; it means the world to me.

I hope that 2012 has been good to you as well, and that even better things are waiting for you in 2013.  Before I go, here are a few photos from our New Years Day ocean swim this morning.  I have been partaking in this tradition since I was a wee one and it remains one of my favorite annual events.  There’s nothing like a dunk in the frigid Pacific to jump start your year.

Happiest of New Years to you!

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Happy Holidays Friends!

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Merry Fishmas 2012024Hi there.  I hope you’re all enjoying a wonderful holiday season full of friends, family and good food.  I for my part enjoyed all of the above and more!  It’s been really nice to take some time off after the madness of the holiday rush and I’ve been making the most of it.  The Photographer returned from his world travels and it’s been so wonderful to have him home.  We’ve spent time with friends and family, attended an End of the World Party, exchanged handmade gifts, eaten delicious food, and spent a lot of cozy time indoors.  We also managed to both get sick, which was a bummer.

This weekend though we’re heading up to  Lake Quinault Lodge in Olympic National Park for a few days to celebrate our one year anniversary, which should be really fun!  I’m looking forward to lots of reading, napping, hikes and sitting in front of a fireplace.  I hope you’re all doing well, and I’ll see you in the new year!

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Etsy Shop Vacation

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I have decided, after much thought, to close my Etsy shop for a few days.  I have been absolutely swamped with orders for the holidays in the last few weeks which has been humbling and exhausting and so so exciting!  By closing my shop I will give myself the time to catch up on holiday orders and take a few much needed days off;)  I will be closed Dec. 16th-19th and re-open on the 20th.  I’m sorry for any inconvenience, and I hope you come back by my shop when I re-open!

I have recently fallen in love with this blog which I found on this blog (oh blogs:).  Most of her photos on rose & crown are film and they are exquisite.  The writing is phenomenal as well.

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Holiday Feature!

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Picture 12Picture 11My earrings were recently featured in a holiday gift guide on the oh-so-lovely Miss Alisa Burke’s beautiful blog!  I am always so honored when someone gives a shout out, and it is this kind of support that is making my little business successful!  Be sure to check out her blog, there’s some really lovely creations and some great DIY craft ideas!  Hope you’re all having a great weekend….it’s wet and cold here and I’m taking a much-needed few days off;)  XO.