Mastering CALM

January 31, 2015

So a girlfriend of mine asked me in December what my goals were for 2015, project wise. She asked if there was any big home project that we wanted to finish at Casa M by the end of 2015. Well I thought to myself, what is it that we have been putting off and wanting to do around here,  nothing too major or time consuming. I truly am amazed how people with kids get stuff done. SERIOUSLY how do you do it?

So I came up with 2 projects that we will be finishing by the end of 2015

The first one is our "College Dorm" master bedroom! I am not kidding people, we are talking: a 42 inch flat screen on top of a highboy dresser with the cords streaming down the side of it, two cheap laundry baskets that my high school self would be proud of, over-flowing clutter, and clothes everywhere.

This is not my idea of a "Master Suite"  The pros of the room are: we finally obtained the Hemnes bedframe we have had on our MUST get list for the last 2 years... Thank you Bidding Wars!! The second is Mr. M was able to paint the room in "Decorators White" by Benjamin Moore.

The goal is to create a space that when entered, you immediately feel calm and relaxed.

Here are some pics of our Master bedroom inspiration!!! 
I am so excited to be working on this room FINALLY!!

These "Driftwood" colours are so soothing to me. I just wish the ocean came with them too. Oh to wake up to the sounds of the ocean hitting the shore.... but for now I will have to live with Miss E's sound lamby to create that ambiance.


The colour combo in this room is perfect- the white of the dresser combined with the rustic flooring and the sand walls with the stone coloured curtains is a perfect west coast colour palette!!

  

This bed makes me want to curl up inside it and have the best nap EVER!!!




For our room I will need to:  
  • source out a large mirror for above my dresser, 
  • sand my bedside table and decide if I should leave it neutral or paint it. 
  • remove the 42 inch TV 
  • create a focal point on the wall, possible family photos 
  • find a rug to ground the entire space
  • remove one of our dressers 
  • organize our closet creating the best storage solution

And their you have it loves our first Project at Casa M for 2015!!

I am excited to share our progress with you. What about you? What is it about your Master Bedroom that makes you feel at peace?

Happy weekend Loves!!

XOXO
A


Good Bye Wallflower, Hello HAPPY

January 26, 2015



You know that saying... "Put out to the universe what you would like and the universe will answer"?

Well right now the universe is being awesome!!!!  I am not sure if you know this but I am a shy gal. I am one of those people who is fabulous one on one, but get me in a group and I do an excellent job of blending into the background. It used to really bother me that I couldn't just walk up to someone and say hi and start a conversation.

So you can imagine how  easy it is for me to do new things with people I don't know...

Well guess what? This is the year of YES and I am going to believe in myself, live in the moment, and not wait for the "RIGHT" moment. After two years I finally attended a mommy-group meet-up that I have been wanting to join... and I loved it!!! The kids loved it too and I am so excited to finally be a part of the FLOURISH moms group. 

These women were friendly and so welcoming. There is even a drop off area with supervision for the big kids!!!! Lil' J had a blast and Miss E even made a little friend as did her mommy.  

I can't believe I was too scared and shy to join this group, but I am so proud and happy with myself that I finally did.  We are only in January and I have attended and hosted more events and outings than I did in all of 2014 and I love not over thinking them and stressing myself out. Now don't get me wrong- I still run around like a bull in a china shop tidying up, BUT it only lasts for 10mins max now. 

I am even hosting "THE BACHELOR" night at our house every Monday!!! Can you believe it? So the moral of this post is that if you too are waiting for the perfect moment to start something or join something... STOP and just do it!  Join me in the year of YES!! I promise you will be 10x happier if you do.  

Happy Monday LOVES!!
XOXO
A

The Year of YES

January 15, 2015

Hi Loves,

Happy 2015!!

I love the fresh start of the New Year, there is truly something so motivating about it. This year is my YES year!  MY BELLA YEAR!!

SO here is what I have planned for this shiny brand new year!!

My resolutions for 2015 are to say "yes!" to my ideas... Like wanting to have people over but not over-planning it in my head, and then becoming overwhelmed and not inviting people over. Or waiting to have the perfect photos of my aprons before I list them in my ETSY shop and of course actually sharing with others that I have an ETSY shop. I guess my resolution is to trust myself and believe I can instead of can't.



 This past July I had an A-HA moment, you know OPRAH style.

I had this moment...I can no longer wait until:
  • my body is skinnier = so I can start a class
  • the sewing project, blog post, (...insert project here...) I am working on is perfect to share
  • we have some extra money = so I can properly organize/setup/ style my sewing room so I can sew
  • wait to have a gathering with ALL our friends... seriously I will be waiting forever for the date where everyone can make it.


You are catching my drift, right?

I am tired of waiting for the PERFECT moment to start or do something!

Life is moving too quickly my dears and it is freaking me out. I feel like I am just making it through days waiting for my "Perfect Life" but I realized that my absolutely amazing life, filled with love and adventure, is going on right now and I need to take advantage of it.

Now this is where I get all 'life really is short and I want to live my best' version on you but I digress.

I have been listening to podcasts lately and I am really connecting with Jess Lively's podcast "The Lively Show". If you haven't heard them, you must go to iTunes this very moment and start downloading them.

Anyhoo, I was listening to her podcast on Achieving full life integration with Kristoffer Carter:

In this podcast Kristoffer shares a quote by Brene Brown...this lady is seriously the bombdiggity.
Ok back to the quote, it goes something like this:

"Perfectionism is a ten tonne shield we think is protecting us, when really it just keeps us from being seen".

A-HA moment right there, did you feel it?

Such a simple observation but it hit home for me.

HASHTAG nomoreexcuses HASHTAG mybellalife HASHTAG dontforgettoliveinthemoment


2015 is ours LOVES!

XOXO
A



 

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