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Special gift for my Dadda

21 Jun

Yes, that’s what I can my Dad. My Dadda is known for telling my family he doesn’t want anything for his birthday or holidays. I’ve always felt these special days call for a special gift. I just can’t let the day pass without doing something nice for him. Since I knew he’d appreciate my frugalness, I went with a picture frame I had around the house and designed a quote for the picture area. I thought this appropriately showed my gratitude for all he does for our family. What quote would you have used for your Dad?

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy. They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.


A Paco adventure!

12 Jun

Paco and I spent sometime in the photo booth today. Usually it’s very difficult to get him to stay still. Like he knows when I’m taking a picture and moves at the last second. Guess I fooled him this time 🙂

A change on the horizon…

27 Jan

After four years of working for The Dalton Agency, I’ll be making a change on February 1, 2011. The decision to change employers was very difficult as I’m leaving great co-workers who I consider friends and a culture that most designers dream of being a part of in their careers. Before coming to a final conclusion, I think my mind changed on a daily basis (sometimes hourly) for a few weeks. That being said, I’ve received a great opportunity from VyStar Credit Union and I’m incredibly happy to begin a new adventure!

I wanted to have a little fun with this and make a list (cause I heart lists!) of all the things I will/won’t miss about Downtown Jax.

I will definitely miss…
Burrito Gallery!
• walking to lunch
Chamblin’s Uptown
• the Main Library’s inviting atrium
• spending time with my boyfriend at lunch
• Adam’s Street Deli’s amazingly fantastic chicken salad and potato salad
• not having to look for parking for ArtWalk
• feeling like I work in the big city
• lunches by the river
• the gigantic owl statue
• trips to Quizno’s for Mountain Dew and the occasional oatmeal cookie
• spending time with Daltonites
• the great Tweeple I’ve met up with for lunch (Twitter friends who also work downtown)

I most definitely will not miss…
• the smells
• working in a basement (I like seeing outside)
• paying for parking
• one way streets
• being hassled for change

Interesting Buildings from Around the World

23 Jan

I recently received an email with the World’s Most Interesting Buildings attached to it. And I have to say they really are interesting. Enjoy!

A new year…

30 Dec

2011, the Year of the Rabbit! A new beginning is fast approaching and instead of it being just another new year, I’d really like to make something of it. As a list lover, I thought the best way to gauge accomplishments is to make a list! This year, I hope to be a better person than I was last year and to use my talents to their fullest. It may be the year of the rabbit, but I have a feeling it will be a year of hope, joy and wisdom for me.

Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!
-William Arthur Ward

On to my list for 2011:
1. Learn something new every day.
2. Save more.
3. Enjoy the outdoors more often.
4. Blog more. 🙂
5.  Take more photos and actually print them.
6. Accessorize.
7. Take more time for family and friends.
8. Cook healthier.
9. Exercise!
10. Pay off debt.
11. Drink more green tea.

Quick Thoughts…

30 Nov

Turn Signals: Please use them, It’s not crazy drivers cutting me off that upset me! It’s that they could at least have the courtesy to tell me where/when they are going to do so. It helps me to avoid said crazy drivers. Where are your manners?

Patience: Definitely not my virtue, but I still try to wrestle it into submission.

Jack of all trades: Highly underrated and underpaid. If you were to hire someone for every job this person can do, why can’t you pay them the equivalent salary? Just baffles me how logic flies out windows so easily.

Google: If I can do it, so can you!

RSS Feeds: I love these bloodlines of content, but please use them well. If your company has a hand in every Social Media platform out there, please don’t feed all of them to your Facebook page. As a great song once said, “Gotta keep’em separated!”

Early Birds: Don’t know about any worm catching, but I sure do get my work done before the night owls try to eat me.

Happy Thanksgiving!

25 Nov

Today is a day of gratitude, of family time, and thankfulness for the joys in your life. It seems somewhat strange to give thanks on one day, but with all the chaos and busyness in everyday life, Thanksgiving helps us to slow down and focus on the things that matter: The people in your life.

So today and everyday, I’m thankful for my family and friends, the experiences I’ve had, my home, my health, as well as my loved ones’ health. What are you thankful for? Whatever it is, make sure you cherish it everyday, not just on the official holiday.