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Fresh.

Where do you even begin to write when it’s been over 8 months since your last post, and almost a year since you’ve written consistently?

Do I begin by saying I’m sorry to my readers?

I don’t think I can, because I’m not sorry. I’m human. In fact, we’re all human and understand that life can be consuming. Living is a full time job and those of you who can live life AND manage time to blog, BRAVO! I’m not sure that I’m one of them. I used to be. I wish I could still be, but the best that I can do is try right?

Do I just jump in and leave you hanging on where I’ve been and what I’ve been up too?

I don’t think I can do this either, but I don’t have the time to do my year justice. (It was pretty fab).

Do I delete my blog and start over?

Nope. I don’t think I’ll do this either.

 

But I think I’ll give this little bloggie a fresh start.

It’s a new year. I’ve taken a new job. In a new town. I’m starting the new year fresh. So should my blog. No apologies. No wasting time jabbing about the past. There’s too much of a future to look forward to and write about!

I’ve missed a lot of you. And I’ve missed writing, more for me than for anyone else and I can’t wait to share 2010 with you!

 

x

Confessions

What do you even begin to open back up to the interwebs when it’s literally been almost months since you’ve let them in? I guess the only fair thing to do is to lay it all on the line. Because I know you won’t judge…

I confess…

  • Last week my reader had almost 1000 unread blog posts…I “marked all as read”.  This doesn’t mean that I don’t love and miss you.
  • I’ve been reading the same book since December…everyone else seems to have loved it, and I just can’t get into it.  Regardless of this, I still have 4 other books sitting on my nightstand uncracked. This is so embarrassing.
  • Some days I want to be Taylor Swift. For serious. She’s so adorable and well dressed and smart and happy.
  • I follow Miley Cyrus on Twitter.
  • Two years ago, I thought I knew what I wanted in life. It’s amazing how life can change in such a small amount of time.
  • I am attracted to all the wrong men.
  • The happiest hour of my day is when I’m dancing.
  • I buy far too many dancing clothes.
  • I own a too many unworn shoes, clothing with tags attached, books unread…but I don’t own a vacuum. The idea of purchasing one makes me a bit ill.
  • I think I missed my calling as a ballroom dancer. I love the drama of it all.
  • I’ve been keeping super busy so that I don’t remember that I’m super lonley.
  • I will try my best to start to write more again, but I can’t make any promises!

Anything you want to tell me?

xo

Baby Bump!

Bremer Baby Bump Alert!

And NO…it’s not me…

Prego Amy

I can’t believe it’s been a year since my little bro tied the knot. He’s growing up so fast. In early May he graduated from college, and now him and his wifey are expecting a little girl,  in September!

I’m so excited to be an aunt. But I feel so young to be called Aunt Sara! Craziness.

You better believe I am ready to do some serious shopping for this baby. Have you seen what I do to my dog? Here are a few things that Savannah will have to have from her Auntie SJ…

Heelarious Heels

Heelarious Heels

Baby Head Bands and Bows

Flower and Bow Headbands

 

This is just the beginning, so if you know of any cute baby stuff that I just have to get for my brother and sister in law, let me know!

A few extra hours would be nice

Do you remember when you were little and it seemed like the days creeped by? When they said there were 100 days of school left it seemed like and eternity and 3 months of summer seemed like forever?

I want that back. 

Seriously. I never understood when adults said that time just flies by, but now I do. Does this make me old?

I can’t believe how the days seem like minutes and that I need 12 more hours a day to get things together. My life is changing, my day job is expanding and so is my passion for Zumba.  I wish I just had a week to breath and catch up on life, but then I would have so much catching up to do that I don’t know that it would be worth it!

I have so many things to share with you, but not enough time to write them in a way to do them justice.  I’m sorry that I haven’t had the chance to keep you up to date. Promise to try to be much better!

xxxo.

SJ

Busy as a Bee

I seriously can’t believe that May has come and almost gone. My month has been a whirlwind  so far and I still have so many exciting things coming up! Sadly, this is leaving me very little time to catch up with my blog life (and my home life for that matter).

I promise to come back very soon and share loads of cool things with you…please don’t break up with me! I still love you!

xxxo,

SJ

Bead Up: Contest Winner

When Christyn sent me an email with a link to her Esty shop, I was blown away by her creativity and talent. She truly has a gift for jewelry making and I was so excited when she agreed to donate a piece to my readers.

Bead up drop

 My favorites from Bead Up are the Dewdrop Rose Quartz and Amethyst Earrings pictured above and the Green with Envy Bracelet, that I can’t seem to find in the shop anymore!

Thank you so much to all of you that picked your favorite Bead Up item and entered, and a huge hug and kiss to all of you who went to her shop and made a purchase. Your support for her means so much to me!

After a Random selection, the winner of My Favorite Things: Bead Up is Tiffany! Thanks again my lovely readers for your support for Christyn. Now go…SHOP!

Inspiration – it’s all around you!

I grew up in a small Ohio city. To be frank, I never cared for the rural, farm-like, grey town. Though I always knew I wanted to get away from the Midwest, never in my life did I imagine that I would be living in California. Not only that, but I never really realized the vastness of natural beauty until I moved to California. It’s easy to find inspiration here. When I lived in San Francisco my dorm overlooked the Golden Gate bridge and the San Francisco sky-line. Now, living in Los Angeles, I drive through mountains and cities on a daily basis and am confronted with cultural and geographical differences everywhere I look. When I to other countries my camera never stops taking pictures of what I see as exotic and majestic, fascinated that the natives find it all commonplace.

After seeing such inspiring places, I wasn’t looking forward to going back to Ohio or Kentucky, my alma matter, for the first time after leaving. But instead of seeing the grey, boring landscape of my childhood, my eyes suddenly had a new appreciate for an equivalent, albeit different, beauty of what I always saw as normal.

Here are some examples of photos I have taken of the beauty I have found in both the “grey” and also the glamorous, and how I have transformed their inspirations into jewelry:

Berkeley, CA

Berkeley, CA

Purple Haze Necklace

Purple Haze Necklace

SaN Francisco, CA

SaN Francisco, CA

Asymetrical Purple Beaded Gemstone Necklace

Asymetrical Purple Beaded Gemstone Necklace

Chengde, China

Chengde, China

Zhong Necklace

Zhong Necklace

Chinese Countryside

Chinese Countryside

Mosaic Teardrop Earrings

Mosaic Teardrop Earrings

Berkeley, CA

Berkeley, CA

Black Eye Glasses Lanyard

Black Eye Glasses Lanyard

It doesn’t matter where we are or what resources we do or do not have around us. What matters, and what makes a difference, is the lenses of the eyes of which we look at the world around us.

Where do you find your inspiration? Look around! It’s everywhere!

Thanks for letting me be part of your day 🙂

~Christyn of Bead Up

I have a blog now, too 🙂 Check it out at beadup.blogspot.com