Instagram is probably my favorite iPhone app because I love looking through fun pictures. It's like my favorite photographers curate a daily lookbook for me to glance through. However, if you don't have a smart phone, now you can check out Webstagram--the website version of Instagram!
Sometimes I like dreamy photos. And sometimes I like high-contrast. This is a high-contrast day.
Outfit details: Top: Charlotte Russe; Skirt: International Concepts; Heels: Tommy Hilfiger; Bag: Unknown
I've had this top since high school. Yep. High school. I absolutely love it. I love the colors. I love wearing green because I have green eyes. And yet....I can't remember the last time I wore it. But whenever I clean out my closet, I can't bring myself to get rid of it. Do you have an item like that?
It's been a challenging transition, going from a day job to working from home. Sometimes having all the time in the world worked against me; I would put off doing work because I had time to do it later...then I would get nothing accomplished. So I've put together a few tips that help me get work done:
1. Get Dressed for Work. Put on something nice and inspiring, just like you would for a fun day job. Trust me, you'll be more productive if you feel professional. I never get good work done if I'm in my PJs.
3. Have a Designated Workspace. Keep it clean and tidy, put up some inspiring artwork or quotes, and make it a lovely spot that you look forward to working in.
3. Keep a Schedule. Get into a routine so you know when it's time to work and when it's time to play. This will help keep you productive.
4. Take Breaks. Get up and stretch every hour, reward yourself with a snack break, or a tea break in the afternoon. I find this helps break up the hours, leaving me refreshed to keep at it!
5. Finish the Day. If you consistently work late into the night, you could burn out. Make sure you give yourself a closing time so you can relax at home, guilt-free. This is important! Just because you could be doing more work, doesn't mean you should.
Do you work from home? I'd love to hear any other great tips.
Wow! So. I'm buried in boxes. Don't panic--every day there are less and less boxes. And soon we will even have internet! But seriously, moving is kind of a big deal. Don't let anyone tell you that moving isn't a big deal, okay?
I unpacked my clothes first. Yeah. Before silverware. That happened.
Moving out of the woods of Maryland into the city of Los Angeles has been a huge change. I mean, I used to take pictures of my outfits in the forest...now I take them in parking lots.
But more poignantly, it's the first time that Matt and I have been able to pursue creative ventures full time. He's finishing up his first week in film school, and I was just cast in a play here in Hollywood. Thank you to everyone who expressed their interest and support in my new career venture--per your request, I'll keep you updated.
I love to mark the passing of time with goals. I think it's the military girl in me that responds really well to measuring change by looking back at a year and seeing what I've accomplished. That's probably why I keep an ongoing birthday year list, 28 Before 28, and also why I identify Five Things each year to focus on.
They are not exactly resolutions for the new year, but measurable goals I'd like to accomplish this year. Here are my Five Things for 2012:
1. Write my book. I admit that this has been really intimidating me. I worked on this all last year and did everything except actually write the book. It is outlined, the chapter summaries are prepared, and I write it in my brain every night. Time to face my fear and get that baby down on paper!
2. Hanumanasana (otherwise known as the splits). During my yoga retreat in Mexico, Kathryn Budig (yoga goddess!) suggested that we choose two huge poses a year to work on--just two! Last year was a great year for me physically, and I really developed my yoga practice. This year will be about deepening my practice and hopefully repairing some of the damage my body sustained during active duty.
3. Meditate. Every day.
4. Act. Did I tell you that I moved to Hollywood to act? It was such a huge shift for me to go from "I want to be an actor" to "I am an actor". I'm in Hollywood, I'm booking jobs, I'm an actor. I can't wait to make my dreams happen this year.
5. Create. I feel so happy when I'm creating things, whether it is blogging, art journaling, painting--or the endless other artistic callings I have. I want to prioritize this part of my life because it makes me happy.
How do you like to mark the new year? Resolutions? Reflection? I'd love to hear different traditions!