ARTISTS I ADMIRE :: Christopher Boffoli

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i smile so much when i see these little people. 
i'm inspired by people with amazing imaginations, 
and you know that is a seriously prerequisite for doing great work like this!

INSPIRED BY :: Burgundy

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i absolutely LOOOVE this color.
i love fall colors, and burgundy is no exception. 

Hello, September!

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it is officially autumn in my book!
i am super excited for this new season in my life.

this month, (on the 14th!!) i start a new online semester through BYU-Idaho. the program is simply amazing. a big part of the curriculum is studying the scriptures to gain a better understanding and build your testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 
***i am over the moon about this opportunity.***

(fingers crossed!) my husband and i will be closing on our condo on the 25th. (!!!) if the buying process goes well, we will be moving less than 10 miles north of chicago to glenview, illinois! it's the cutest place where you can actually see my husband's job from our 9th floor view! 

this autumn, i'm looking forward for:
messy hair
autumn colors
falling leaves
crisp air
miles davis
family time
pumpkin spice
cozy nights
craft season

what are you looking forward to?!

MUSIC MONDAY :: andrew mcmahon

i LOVE this song.
i have been a HUGE jack's mannequin fan from day one.
i am elated to hear this same vibe and tone on the radio again! 

LIFE LIST #147 :: go on a juice fast

i've always liked the idea of a juice fast and it sounds like a good plan to detox and refresh. since juice cleanses seemed to be at the peak of their popularity, i thought it would be a good time to try it out. i researched quite a few brands, and i think i settled on pressed juicery because they had free shipping and let's be honest, these kits can get a little pricey.

wow. these juices were so hard to choke down. i had to reevaluate my thought process and try to figure out why i thought this would be a good idea. the juices didn't make me sick, like some people reported online, but it was very hard to even get through them. i found myself not eating anything including the drinks, which can't be very helpful.  it was rough.

unless you are accostumed to drinking really nasty fruit and veggie blends, i would never recommend this to anyone. even if the juices were tolerable, i don't think i'd give this another shot. 

and i quote...

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“What you find in your mind is what you put there. 
Put good things in there.
 - Ron Rathbun

LIFE LIST #319 :: have a 'usual' somewhere

this place will always remain one of my very favorites. basil sushi bar in williston, nd.
the oil boomtown doesn't have much in the way of good restaurants, so i was more than excited when this place not only served edible food, the staff and service are amazing. 
in the fall of 2014, i was managing a big hotel up in north dakota and i would visit regularly with my assistant. and my michael, when he was in town!

we always got basically the same thing.
the sesame chicken lunch. it's one of the best best things on the menu. when my then-boyfriend/now-husband and i would visit, he would get the mongolian beef and loved it. we ordered sushi to go occasionally and had lunch in my office. we also regularly ordered just the fried rice, because it's phenomenal. 

the staff here is very professional and friendly. they knew me by name because i paid every time. (they saw my credit card a lot!) after a few trips in, they met us at our table with our memorized drink order. they didn't even give us menus because we stuck to "the usual".

i'm not sure that i recommend eating mass amounts of chinese food regularly. 
i also don't recommend working 14-16 hour days where your only peace and quiet was the inside of this restaurant. but i absolutely recommend building relationships with local businesses. these people are great. i'm very grateful to have had such a positive experience with them. if you are ever in north dakota, it is totally worth stopping by. i'm now living in chicago and i look forward to making these same connections here with the locals. =)

and i quote...

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“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882);
Philosopher, Poet, Author, Essayist

INSPIRED BY :: Texture

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i am MOST inspired by texture. 
i always gravitate to objects and images that have dimension to them.
these photos are everything.

what are you inspired by?