Oh What a Month It was…

Adventure, The Outdoors, Travel, Vacation

It’s hard to believe that just 31 days ago we were ringing in the New Year.  Just after the midnight bells rang we all went around the room sharing a challenge we were giving ourselves this year or something we hoped to achieve.  Mine, clichéd as it is, was to get out of my Comfort Zone… and boy has this month taken me up on that challenge.

From realizing that if we go to a Spanish Speaking country I am going to have to do all the talking (all introverts will understand this feeling) – it’s only fair, since I am the Spanish speaker in our marriage; to (un)lucking out with our accommodation on the same trip (turns out pictures don’t always reflect the truth – who would’ve known it!).

All in all, the whole comfort zone thing is about having fun, meeting new people, seeing new places and enjoying life a little more with purpose.  And so far 2014 has provided all of those.  Watching my little sister get married in Costa Rica will be hard to beat, but also going to Miami (post on this coming soon), making new friends and meeting new clients makes for an exciting start to get rid of that comfort thing!

Are sticking to your challenges/goals/dreams?

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Throwback Thursday: San Francisco Twenty Twelve, Film

Adventure, Photography, Travel, Vacation

Photography, traveling and new adventures.  I can’t quite express how much I love these three things.  I love the excitement before a big (or small) trip, especially to somewhere new.  I get there and my eyes have a hard time focusing on one thing, I want to take it all in – so this where my camera comes in, and I can’t help but take thousands of pictures  of little details, different angles and faces, at different times of the day.  Then I get home, put them on my computer and then that’s it.  Or have a roll of film processed and then put it in my filing cabinet.

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I hate bombarding people with pictures on Facebook, and so one of the reasons I started this blog was so I could share more of them without feeling guilty of clogging up people’s newsfeed.

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I realise I have a lot of pictures to share, going way back when… so I thought it only appropriate to name and post these series on “Throwback Thursday”.  Starting small with a just 5 pics from a trip to San Francisco last year, it was the first time my parents came to visit me in the States since I moved here.  We hang out in San Fran and a visit to the Golden Gate was a must, and honestly a bit of a dream come true, because I’d been drooling over that bridge since I can remember!

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I used my Diana F+ lomography camera and it it took me so long to get the film processed, that I had forgotten what as on it, so it was a nice surprise when these guys popped up!

Leaving the city at sun rise

I used the Lomography XPro 200 ISO 35mm film for these pictures.  I love how the day time pictures turned out, and at first I wan’t quite sure if I liked the night time/dawn pictures, but they’re growing on me…

Seth by the Golden Gate

October: Favourite Things

Design, Exhibitions, Favourite Things, Networking, Vacation

This past month has been incredible.  So much has gone on, that it’s almost impossible to sum it up in just one post, nevertheless I thought I’d share a glimpse of what’s been going on…

I’ve been in London for the past few weeks and it has been incredible catching up with friends and family over tea and burgers and milkshakes (apparently this is the thing to do right now).

Since moving away, there’s a been a few things that I realized I’d wished I’d done more of, one of them being going to London’s markets, so a visit to Columbia Road Market (the flower market) with this fashionista was a must!

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Another favourite thing I’ve done this month is going to some amazing art events and exhibitions including the Mira Schendel exhibition at the Tate Modern and the  Club to Catwalk London Fashion in the 1980s exhibition at the V&A

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Left: Mira Schendel Graphic Object 1967 Coleccion Patricia Phelps de Cisneros © Mira Schedel Estate, Right: Courtesy V&A

On things closer to home, last month I shared about meeting the oh so lovely Becky Murphy and her book I’d Rather be Short, well this week it was published by Plume Books (imprint of Penguin Random House) and I couldn’t be more excited about it coming in the mail!  Being 5”4 I’ve been (lovingly) teased about my height ever since I stopped growing (so about 10 years)… I can relate to this book in more ways than I care to admit, which is what makes it so awesome, which obviously makes it a favourite for this month … Also Becky is super awesome in person and you should check out her blog!

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I’d Rather be Short – Images Courtesy Becky Murphy – click to see more pics

Lastly, I got to meet up with the awesome Erin Annacker for Design Week Portland and listen to amazing women speak about our role in the Design industry, why it’s so important to tell a story and not just make things look pretty.  Also got to go Creative Morning PDX and listen to Drew Endy, which completely opened my eyes at how important design and communication is, and how for the past two years I’ve put it in a very small box! Time to change perspectives….

 

Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

On Being Fearless

Design, Vacation

heylenthienes_designervaca1Since I moved to the US and especially since I started working from home, I feel like I’ve become something of a hermit; in the sense that big social events and big groups of people tend to overwhelm me.  But sometimes, this little voice inside me will push me to do something daring and take me out of my comfort zone (like starting a blog).  Last weekend was just like that.  I went to Palm Springs to join 50+ (very talented) creative girls for DesignerVaca organized by Promise Tangeman.

heylenthienes_designervacaMy goal was simple: meet people, don’t get overwhelmed. Well, both happened. And it was amazing!  The wealth of knowledge I took from this event was beyond anything I could have ever imagined, and the people I met were some of the most talented, inspirational and courageous I’ve met.

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I went in feeling shy and small (and exhausted from all the traveling), and left feeling inspired and challenged to push myself, personally and professionally to build my dream career.  My favourite quote on this was from Megan Gilger when she asked us – “What is the life you want to live? Go and create a business that’s going to fit around that and inspire”.  How amazing and challenging is that? That we can actually do that.  That all it takes is a little bit of courage and a fearless attitude  (and of course hard work, and not comparing oneself to others) to carve this out.

Life’s short, so why not live the dream?

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Ps: I only knew one other person on that trip and I hadn’t seen her in over three years!

This is a Video by  Jaymee Zeller Harney, and it pretty much sums up the whole event!

Other favourite things from this trip:

Being told to not be intimidated by others and to go for it by Star

Talking about fears and risk taking with Jessica, Alicia, Shauna, Star, Lindsay, Jeniffer and Kayla – which is why I started this blog.

Sharing a room and late night conversations with Alicia, Kasey & Marlene

Driving in the mom van from San Diego ||—> Palm Springs with Morgan, Erin, Lisa, Erika & Candace

Talking wedding plans and babies with Cassie & Jane

Flipping and drooling through the pages of Knitting by Design by Emma Robertson

Remembering why I’d rather be short (thank you Becky Murphy for writing and illustrating this book – you rock!)

On heritage and living in modern day America with Liz

Talking to and falling in love with Julia’s stationery and Sarah’s home decor ….

Poolside drinks with every single girl on this list