Thanks mom for always believing in me.

This a sweet Proctor & Gamble commercial for the 2010 Winter Olympic sponsors. I wanted to dedicate it to my mom for always being there for me. Thanks Mom- I appreciate you so much!

Have a great weekend everyone!


It has arrived!

Well. It happened...

And, let me tell you... it happened fast!

Opportunity came--a knockin' and I couldn't be happier!

After two weeks, three nervous interviews, reference checks and days that seemed like years...

This afternoon I accepted a J-O-B offer with Waggener Edstrom Worldwide public relations agency! In two weeks, I will be graduating from College, Moving to Portland and meeting the rest of the Operations team at WE. It was a fantastic feeling and I can't wait for what's to come next!

I told you. BIG things have been happening in my life lately.

Thank you sincerely to everyone in my life who has supported and helped me in the past few months, I owe a lot of my success to you!

Fabulous & Fascinating & Female

This one fills my heart today...

The fabulous female whom I've been thinking of lately is my amazing friend Kelly.

Kelly is a very good friend and sorority sister, who received some terrible news earlier this week.

Here's is what I know so far, in the short life i've lived... I have learned there is nothing more important than family. I have learned that the power of belief and hope and support from those we love are the only things that get us through our toughest times. I have learned that as much as I want to change the world for one person, all i can do is love and support them.

We are all standing by you Kelly, and we will hold your hand as long as you need us to.

To my dear, sweet friend Kelly,

You were the first thing on my mind this morning. Your strength, compassion and wisdom are truly admired by all who know you. You are such an incredible and beautiful woman inside and out. Your love and integrity inspire the women that get to share their lives with you. Although you and your family have a long, tough road ahead, always remember that none of your are alone. The love and laughter your family shares with each other, and the world, is amazing and truly defines the happiness of life. I, for one...am confident and excited to see the amazing things that the Ford family is about to experience. Life will be hard for awhile, but you are all amazing people and deserve the best things that life has come!

So...to all of you out there who sincerely believe in the power of hope, love, and prayers please send them to my sweet friend and her wonderful family because they deserve it more than anyone I know!

"Fight hard. Especially if you have a lot to fight for."


something to think about...

10 years ago today I would have been:

:: still obsessing over the 7th grade Valentine's Day social
:: best friends with Andrea Perez (RIP Andrea, I still always think about you up in heaven)
:: keeping stats for the boy's basketball team

5 years ago today i would have been:

:: receiving my acceptance letter to OSU
:: working at the wedding boutique for my senior project
:: a brunette
:: single!

1 year ago today I would have been:

:: hung over from a wonderful weekend in Whistler
:: taking a real estate exam
:: praying for the health of my mom
:: making new friends with the girls in my design cohert

This year I am:

:: graduating
:: healthy
:: in love
:: optimistic about my future

Today I:

:: interviewed for a job I really, really want
:: learned a secret
:: finished my senior thesis
:: enjoyed the beautiful Oregon sunshine

Next year I hope to:

:: be working in public relations
:: move to the west side of Portland
:: buy a new car
:: travel to southeast asia

In 5 years I hope to:

:: still have my grandma
:: be married to my best friend
:: own a home
:: be this happy


Hello DS readers!

I know I have been away for a few days and I apologize! I have been doing some big things with my life lately, which I will share more about soon!

I hope everything is going great with all of you! For those of you that received my "secrets" letter, I hope are will still participate in the project. I have received a couple so far and they are fabulous! So, keep up the good work!

I have been thinking a lot about success and failures, lately. WHY certain things happen to our lives, what they teach us and the experiences that we gain from them. Do you believe things happen for a reason? I like to think they do....

This came from casey's facebook page this week and I really like it. I thought I'd share.

Hope you all had a great Monday!

"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."
- Michael Jordan


"What is Love?"

"Love is what makes you smile when you're tired"

V A L E N T I N E 'S
D A Y ! !


is yellow the new black?

For Spring 2010...

I can't tell yet--but i certainly LOVE it!

{images via: nordstrom}


one for the record...

I'm not sure what it is, but something is definitely in the air...

My anxiety has taken a not-so-welcomed stay lately and I have a feeling it wont be leaving anytime soon...

I'm not sure if it's the Haiti tragedy, the failed American health-care system, President Obama's slipping popularity, or my personal issues with the unemployment status in the state of Oregon. But, I think we all, myself especially, could use a dose of encouragement--and soon.

These past few weeks have been a true test of my character--and patience... I might add. I have felt many emotions: excited, ambitious, positive, disappointed, confused, regretful, TIRED, and overwhelmed with anxiety about the fate of my professional future.

where are you, opportunity? i'm ready...

Did you lose my address?


Do you believe in signs? As in good-luck signs?

Last Friday night, while I was sitting at home, marinating in my anxiety and disappointing disposition, I tuned in to the final 'Tonight Show' with Conan O'Brien on NBC. It was funny, as usual, but the best part was the comedian's profound, heart-felt words to his viewers and NBC at the conclusion of his show. The politics involving late-night talk shows, lately, has been quite controversial--so, as you can imagine, a message of this kind, spoke volumes of his character.

Last week, O'Brien (who recently admitted having 'the best job in the world') allegedly walked away from the network after they reportedly cut his job out from under him. But, in the final moments of his show, he said something that I believe is worth repeating.
After genuinely thanking NBC for the past 20 years of opportunity, O'Brien reached out to his viewers with a special piece of advice...

"And finally, I have to say something to our fans. The massive outpouring of support and passion from so many people has been overwhelming. The rallies, the signs, all the goofy, outrageous creativity on the internet, and the fact that people have traveled long distances and camped out all night in the pouring rain to be in our audience, made a sad situation joyous and inspirational.

To all the young people watching, I can never thank you enough for your kindness to me and I'll think about it for the rest of my life. All I ask of you is one thing: please don't be cynical. I hate cynicism -- it's my least favorite quality and it doesn't lead anywhere.

Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen, I promise you."

And so--have you ever experienced anything like this?

When you feel like someone is speaking directly to you?

I mean...It very well may have been my silly imagination, because it has certainly misled me before...

But I like to think that last Friday night, when I was at home in my flannel pajamas, searching Craigslist and internet job postings for some more opportunity-- Conan O'Brien spoke to me. His works gave me some peace and sense of encouragement, when I needed it the most.

I woke up Saturday morning feeling like maybe, if I keep thinking positively and working hard for what I want, maybe...good things will happen to me too.

Maybe opportunity could finally come knocking at my door...?



Lately, my biggest struggle is the lack of job insurence.


The main concern is that, in five weeks, I will have a degree for an industry in which, currently has no growing demand. At least not in Portland... or the entire Pacific Northwest, really.

I've been thinking a lot about the fate of my professional future.

I am having to consider a lot of alternatives. Each day I continue to positively talk my way through this agonizing process. I am trying to wrap my mind around other possibilities.

Above all, I am a creator. I am a thinker and a problem solver and I believe in inspiring innovation.

Maybe, I am not meant to design now...? Maybe I need to consider my other strengths and skills...? Maybe it's not my time?

I can do this. I can do this...


.::Beautiful Bedrooms::.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

{images via: weheartit}

current inspirations.

Lately, I've been inspired by...

curiosity + creation

happiness + positive thought

new relationships + personal connections

light + space

ideas + sharing

knowledge + art + design

new beginnings + possibility


what's in a name?

Here's what Urban Dictionary says about "Holly"...

A word used to describe a beautiful and bright being.

Usually linked to a girl of average height with blonde hair and brown eyes.

Symptoms of being a Holly:

Excessive loudness (no volume control)

Sometimes lives in a fantasy world- believes herself to be a princess

Tendency to dress in a lot of pastel colored pink

Likes to be liked & loves the people closest to her dearly

Other attributes of hollys:

Hardworking, motivated and ambitious

Creative, artistic and emotive

Romantic, confident and passionate

Most importantly; Holly is another way to explain a 'blonde moment'

Scenario- someone looses their mobile, cannot remember where they left it, moments later, and find it in their fridge. " Oh my god! That was so holly of me!"

Pretty Audrey.

Some Audrey Hepburn inspiration for the day...


80 mastered skills.

This is a list of 80 things I believe everyone should know, and know well. Learning these things have sure positively contributed to my life throughout the years. Feel free to suggest more for the list! Hope you are all enjoying your Tuesday.

1. Set goals

2. Keep a plant alive

3. Interview for a job

4. Bake a birthday cake

5. Use a fire extinguisher
6. Express condolences

7. Tell a joke

8. Remember names

9. Dump a poisonous friend

10. Check your oil and tires

11. Relax/Meditate

12. Apologize

13. Be polite

14. Get a good night’s sleep

25. Dress appropriately for the situation

26. Type

27. Read

28. Ask for exactly what you want

29. Shine your shoes

30. Tie a scarf or tie (bowtie too)
31. Jump a car

32. Mix a signature drink

33. Delegate

34. Make a simple meal for company

35. Drive a stick

36. Swim

37. Use chopsticks

38. Make a new friend

39. Build something simple (ie: shelf, desk, treehouse)

40. Change a tire and put on snow chains
41. Give a toast

42. Improve your mood

53. Travel light
54. Steam vegetables

55. Negotiate

56. Be a good listener

57. Be alone comfortably

58. Select good produce
59. Maintain your weight
60. Build savings
61. Use a drill

62. Make small talk

63. Dance socially

64. Win the affection of a dog or cat
65. Eat healthy
66. Create a budget
67. Order the wine

68. Know what makes you happy

69. Flirt

70. Make a good first impression

71. Write a thank you note
72. Arrive on time

73. Make a little kid laugh

74. Change the subject

75. Treat a hangover
76. Be a good judge of character

77. Season a cast-iron skillet

78. Give and accept compliments

79. Contribute in a group situation

80. Ask for a raise

{list via: here}


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