Picking Your Dapper Day Outfit

Picking a Dapper Day OutfitDapper Day at the Disneyland Resort is just a few days away! For those of you who don’t know about Dapper Day, it is the day that you can get really dressed up (usually in vintage style clothing) and go to Disneyland in style! It is amazingly fun to watch what everyone else comes up with for their outfit, and to dress up for a day of fun.

If you’d like to participate in Dapper Day events, you can get complete details here.

For this post, I’ll be breaking down some of my favorite outfits from past Dapper Days, and giving some recommendations on where to start for creating a Dapper Day outfit of your very own! Continue reading

Creative New Year’s Resolutions for 2017

New Year's Resolutions

It’s been a productive 2016. I’ve been published in 18 magazines this year! Plus, I’ve been promoted at work and this blog is slowly (and I mean really slowly) picking up steam. I’d call that a good year.

For 2017, I decided that my two words for the year would be Create + Discover. I want 2017 to be the year that I am creative, embrace new opportunities, and find exciting ways to live life to the fullest. With that in mind, here are my New Year’s Resolutions: Continue reading

Tonight… I took a Bath

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Image by Amy Humphries

My thoughts this holiday weekend were swirling with the need to relax. To unwind. To find a way to be less stressed, all in the course of a three-day weekend. As I was making mental lists of all the things that needed to be done, I was also listing out ways that I could consciously take a break from the hustle and bustle of life.

So… I took a bath.

I dumped an entire carton of bath salts into the hot water, lit a few candles, and got in. I sat there a few minutes with calming music playing, swishing my fingers in the water to make little waves and ripples.

And I hated it.

Not just a general dislike. No, I really, really could not stand to be there. The candles made the air thick and everything reeked of vanilla. The water was waist deep and tepid after just a few minutes.

With my wildly unsuccessful bath, I realized that I am not going to relax like everyone else. It’s a cliche and I didn’t enjoy it at all. Friends of mine are all glorifying the idea of the simple life and finding magic in ordinary moments. I get it — I just don’t want to embrace the simplicity. Because as much as a warm bath is a comfort, there is a wild and surging energy when I accomplish something. I’m addicted to the thrill. I want to grab life with both hands and become a someone. You know that person — the person who has seized their goals and grasped at them and held them tight for a brilliant flash of beautiful success. Those are the people who have seen all that life offers and have truly lived.

I don’t know if I’ll take another bath anytime soon, but I am already looking for that next thing, that piece of life that is worth the effort and the work, and the blood, and the sweat, and the tears. I am looking for a little thing in life to capture and call my own.

And the only way to find that is to get to work.