"Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I’ve ever known."

Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters (via psych-facts)

I actually really love this quote. While everyone prides themselves of saying they’re “original” from everyone else, I think it’s a great thing to think of yourself as a combined effort of those you’ve encountered throughout your life. The people you meet, the events you encounter, and so on, are a part of making you who you are. I am proud to say that I am very much like my family and friends in many ways. I try to emulate the actions of positive people in my life and the role models I have chosen for myself. I also learn by the negative actions I see from others how I don’t want to act or be. Without these experiences, who would I be? Where would I have learned my morals and values? With that being said…if being “original” is considered the “thing to be”, then consider me “unoriginal” and extremely proud.

do you ever just crave someone’s presence? like you would literally be happy just sitting next to them. it could be completely silent and it would just be magical to be there with them.

(Source: suppdel, via maythisjourneyhelpyoufly)

How precious is our wood-burned portrait that my friend Courtney made us for our anniversary? She is so sweet and talented and I appreciate the time and effort she put in to make this special gift. Can’t wait to put it somewhere very special:)

How precious is our wood-burned portrait that my friend Courtney made us for our anniversary? She is so sweet and talented and I appreciate the time and effort she put in to make this special gift. Can’t wait to put it somewhere very special:)

The Life List

I just finished reading a great book by Lori Nelson Spielman called The Life List. Briefly, it is about a 34 year old girl named Brett who just lost her mother to cancer. When her family goes to their attorney to claim their inheritance their mother left, Brett discovers that her mother saved a “life list” of goals that Brett created when she was 14 years old. To Brett, this list has nothing to due with her present life, yet in order for Brett to claim her inheritance (which is like, MILLIONS!), Brett must complete the list. The story continues with Brett going on this journey of finding herself and becoming a beautiful, thoughtful woman. Such a great story!

This book has inspired me to think about the things that I want for my future and the goals I hope to achieve in my lifetime. Though I have never thought of myself as someone with one certain passion or one certain thing I HAVE to do before I die, here is a list of some things I would like to accomplish (we’ll see if I still want these goals when I’m 34 yrs. old, like Brett haha). To some, they may not be a lot. I don’t want to be a millionaire, or travel the world, or have fancy cars. I really just want to be happy. And if I don’t obtain these goals, that’s okay. As long as I am happy with the life I lead, I will be perfectly content. :)

Lindsey’s Life List

1. Get married

2. Have a family

3. Have a cottage-style house that is really cozy and “home-y”

4. Be great friends with my neighbors

5. Take my Mom to Italy like she’s always wanted.

6. Adopt a cute little dog from a shelter

7. Have a job/career that I really love

8. Visit Alaska!

9. Have quality, life-long friends that live close by

10. Own a boutique, or have something I create be sold in a boutique

11. Ride horses again, at least a few times

12. Visit Seattle and Rattlesnake Ledge (take a gorgeous, romantic photo!)

13. Learn how to cook, and not just crockpot :)

14. Give a substantial amount of money or time to someone in need

15. Take a dance class!

16. Visit the set of Friends

17. Love and appreciate the life I have, even if my list isn’t fulfilled or things change along the way.

While only taking about a half hour to write this post and think about my life list, this is what I came up with. Who knows what I’ll think of within the next hour, day, week, month, year… But as of right now, these are the thoughts that came to my head. The most important things I have always wanted are there. Now, let’s see how my journey plays out. :)

"I firmly believe in small gestures: pay for their coffee, hold the door for strangers, over tip, smile or try to be kind even when you don’t feel like it, pay compliments, chase the kid’s runaway ball down the sidewalk and throw it back to him, try to be larger than you are— particularly when it’s difficult. People do notice, people appreciate. I appreciate it when it’s done to (for) me. Small gestures can be an effort, or actually go against our grain (“I’m not a big one for paying compliments…”), but the irony is that almost every time you make them, you feel better about yourself. For a moment life suddenly feels lighter, a bit more Gene Kelly dancing in the rain."

— Jonathan Carroll (via onlinecounsellingcollege)

(via psych-facts)

Excited about my first summer craft, a #diy lace dreamcatcher! 

I will soon be moving into a new place (with a queen bed!!) and decided I wanted to change up the look of my room. I’m looking to go for a more boho/simplistic/rustic feel. Now that I started with the dreamcatcher, I am hoping to create a color scheme to compliment this piece. I am currently in search of new bedding. I’ve already purchased a light navy/gray queen size blanket that matches the flowers. My ultimate goal is to purchase an oatmeal cable knit blanket, but they are so expensive! I’m very excited to shop and create something I am going to love to live in. 

If anyone has any ideas, websites, etc. that you think would help me in this process, please let me know!

Excited about my first summer craft, a #diy lace dreamcatcher!

I will soon be moving into a new place (with a queen bed!!) and decided I wanted to change up the look of my room. I’m looking to go for a more boho/simplistic/rustic feel. Now that I started with the dreamcatcher, I am hoping to create a color scheme to compliment this piece. I am currently in search of new bedding. I’ve already purchased a light navy/gray queen size blanket that matches the flowers. My ultimate goal is to purchase an oatmeal cable knit blanket, but they are so expensive! I’m very excited to shop and create something I am going to love to live in.

If anyone has any ideas, websites, etc. that you think would help me in this process, please let me know!

Can’t even begin to describe how beautiful Bodega Bay was today.

Can’t even begin to describe how beautiful Bodega Bay was today.

"It is at moments like these that I know what my purpose is in life. I am here to love you, to hold you in my arms, to protect you. I am here to learn from you and to receive your love in return. I am here because there is no other place to be.”
Nicholas Sparks, Message in a Bottle "

"May the way I look at you, the way I speak with you, and the way I treat you, reflect the truth that… I have loved you since forever."

5 years flew by so fast. I feel like a very lucky lady to have this guy by my side. For our anniversary, we took a day trip to Stinson Beach, where we drove through beautiful Mt. Tamalpais and then relaxed on the beach. We ate yummy chili cheese fries and polish dogs from the nearby shack and just enjoyed each other’s company. After Stinson, we drove to Sausalito, where we drove through town and ate at Avators, a real yummy mixture of Thai and Mediterranean food. I really enjoyed just having the day to ourselves and getting to talk and laugh about anything and everything.

Instead of going on and being all “mushy” about how much I love him, I think to sum up my thoughts and feelings would be to simply say I didn’t want the day to end. It was a perfect day with my perfect guy.

Stinson Beach, Ca.

Stinson Beach, Ca.

"Love is truly terrifying, it is allowing someone to hold your time and effort, as well as your future, all within their hands. All they would have to do is let go."

— Anonymous (via psych-facts)