2014, what the hell just happened? I swear I was just in 2011.

Check out my 2012 and my one and for 2013, I remember writing this: I have one main goal for 2013. It is to stay as present as I can. I want to really enjoy every moment that I have here and notice how from that place, the possibilities of manifesting are endless.

I have to stay that I’ve done a pretty good job. Of course I didn’t get a lot done. I never learned to knit, I didn’t start rock-climbing, I didn’t get to ski.. blah blah blah. I don’t really care because what I did accomplish was amazing. I moved into an incredible house, I was successful at patch working jobs together that I was passionate about, I attracted incredible and solid people in my life, I landed the most kick ass job (which starts Monday), I took myself to Hawaii, I took myself to NY to see friends I haven’t seen in a long time, and I was more than ever aware of being as present and content as possible.

So 2014, I’m so ready to charge and love every minute of it. Here are a few things I’d like to tackle this year:

1. Rock climbing. No ifs, ands or butts. I’m going tomorrow or the next to the climbing gym. Boom. Done. Set. Next!


2. As I step into this new and incredible job on Monday, I have so many goals but my main one is to be able to prove myself and exceed not only my expectations but the expectations of my boss, my peers, my friends. I hope I am able to find that perfect balance between work and play and continue to stay inspired creatively and professionally.

3. Get in the water more. I can’t pretend to like squeezing into a wetsuit when it’s cold outside and jumping into the frigid pacific ocean BUT it’s so cleansing and I always feel amazing whenever I do. I stripped down to my skivvies on Jan 1st this year and jumped in. It was cleansing, cold and highly recommended.


4. I want to cook as many meals as possible for myself. Farmers markets, seasonal fruits and veggies, juicing, soups. All of the above.

5. I want to be able to accept challenges with ease and grace and let go of needing to control situations. This is a big one for me. I tend to have a busy mind as a lot of other artists do but I have the tools to find more peace and balance. I’m looking forward to meditating more, doing more yoga of my own (not necessarily teaching) and just finding my own peace in whatever I do. Walking along the beach. Breathing in that fresh air. Enjoy more of these moments:


6. Stay as creative as possible. Don’t be afraid to look like a nut sometimes. Rock out as many pieces of jewelry as possible, paint to my hearts desire, sew until my fingers burn, and drape as much as possible.


7. Stay active. Switch it up. Climbing, swimming, surfing, walking, yogaing… I don’t care. When I don’t move my body I feel like crap. When I move my body I feel great so that’s my scientific evidence that exercise is good for ya. It’s not about how I look but about how I feel. And a little about how I look.


8. I want to stop putting these ridiculous timelines on myself or intense goals. I want to blog but I’m not going to make myself crazy if I don’t blog for a few weeks. I want to tackle all these fun projects at home but I don’t want to be disappointed if it takes me a while to get them done. I am such an impatient fool sometimes and I want to learn how to just take my time with things and stop putting pressure on myself. Enjoy the moment. Stay present. Carry on

9. Have fun. Ya, lots of fun. I accept that I am a social butterfly. I have the serious case of FOMO sometimes. I don’t like to stay in that much. It bores me. It gives my brain time to make myself crazy. More weekend road trips and random adventures. And yes, of course, enjoy my moments to myself when I have them.


10. Laugh, be silly, don’t take myself too seriously. So far, I’ve spent every day this year laughing until I cried. You are correct, it’s only day 3 but I wouldn’t mind doing that every day.


11. Snuggle more.



Applique Onesies

Happy Holidays!!! I am currently thawing out inside my brothers home in Chicago. Yup, it’s about 5 degrees outside. This Cali girl will be staying indoors.

The best part is that I get to snuggle with my new little baby niece. She’s delicious and scrumptious and cuter than I could imagine.

Of course I had to make sure she got some of her Auntie’s appliquéd onesies:

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Here’s the breakdown:

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John + Lisa = meeeeeee

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Put a bird on it.

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If she’s got her daddy’s genes, she will definitely make use of these spectacles.

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But in the meantime she can just look like a hipster baby.

Ok back to snuggle-time!!

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A Short Message

My blog family: Sorry for being so M.I.A. Life has been changing before my eyes and I’m overwhelmed in the best way possible with all the transition. I will be back soon to keep you all inspired and up-to-date with all the goodness coming my way.


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Client Update: Hotel Lobby

Hi hi hi… So today was a very special day. Besides the fact that I am finally able to move around so much easier and without much pain, I have a very fun day of design. My morning started off with a very exciting new potential residential client. I will wait to share the goods once we start moving along but this as a designer is always the “butterflies in the belly” stage. It’s like meeting someone for a blind date. You know very little about the person and slightly about their intentions but the real deal comes when you first meet. We then decide if the relationship will progress after some deep thought (and a proposal or two ;) …) Wow, I didn’t realize how much of a relationship expert I was! In the meantime, I am getting excited about the potential to collaborate with another amazing interior designer here in Santa Cruz. I will keep you posted on those events. ALSO, I had a super productive day with my hotel client. I can’t believe how much I have gotten done in the last year with him. We started with his own personal space, then into the lobby and now I am moving into all the rooms by custom designing furniture and getting the design dialed in. You can see the progress here and here and here and here.

Here are some updates on the lobby today:

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I am pretty in love with these prints that we ordered from this Etsy shop (source).

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I can’t believe how far we’ve come with this lobby. What’s left in this view is:

-metal lettering for “The Bay Front Inn” on the plank reception desk with potential for strip lighting under the concrete countertop

-Filling in the built ins with more accessories


Ya, I had to instagram the action today ;)

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These are some of the materials we are planning for the hotel rooms.

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And this is a super sneak peak of my design scheme for the rooms.

Yay for productive Wednesdays! How obsessed can someone be with design?! I’m pretty obsessed.

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