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Next week will mark our third international move and when I stop to think of what the universe has given us in the past three years, I still can’t believe that it’s all happened. Moving to London, South East Asia, and all the travels in between – it all began by getting out of my comfort zone.

Leaving that comfort zone of my hometown was the best thing I could have ever done. No matter how hard I may cry at times because I miss my family, or how many things get lost in translation when trying to live in a new environment, every day and moment has absolutely been worth it.

Leaving my comfort zone repeatedly has led to feeling more open and confident to taking news risks and seeking new experiences. Open to making life happen rather than waiting for it to show itself. For example, if you had told me three years ago that I’d be living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia I would have said “Kuala wha???” – I had no idea that the city even existed! But once you start opening doors more and more tend to appear. At that point the decision is between turning the doorknob to see what’s on the other side or choosing to ignore it and stay in the same hallway you’re standing in.

I’ve been stretched so far out of my comfort zone that it’s hard to imagine going back to my original shape. I like the new irregular shape that’s been molded by everything I’ve seen and experienced, both the good and the not-so-great. There’s a lot of life to be lived so whenever I start to feel anxious or worried about what’s next I remember this: the rewards for letting yourself feel uncomfortable, awkward, or scared are worth gold. Just step out and keep going.

When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone? Took a new job, started a new business or hobby, moved homes, or traveled somewhere unfamiliar?

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How often do we worry about the littlest things when in the grand scheme of the world they hardly matter? I can’t remember what I fretted over a year ago but I do remember that our KL must-see/do list looked pretty much the same. It’s the experiences we have that create the memories we keep, not the spilled milk.

Keeping that in mind, we’re squeezing in something not so local just before we leave this part of the world – we’re going to Japan!!!

Are we crazy for taking a holiday just two weeks before we pack up our lives for the third time? Maybe. Did Christmas come early? Absolutely. I’m beyond excited but also a little worried. Japan has been top on my list for as long as I can remember and I wonder if I’ve over-hyped it in my mind. If all else fails (this is what I’m telling myself) there will be plenty of sushi and sake to be had. Can’t go wrong with that.

If you’ve been to Tokyo or Takayama (or live there) I’d love to hear your suggestions for design spots (shops, architecture, etc) and cultural gems. I’ll be on Instagram so come along!

 

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It’s been a while since I last shared words worth repeating but this quote has been very present in my thoughts lately.

The Kickstarter project for Ring Cozy didn’t make it so I’ve had to slightly re-strategize my plan of action. Everything from production, sales, orders … I’ve had to re-think it all but I’m perfectly at peace with it. Just because something didn’t work out it doesn’t mean that it wasn’t a success in its own way. I learned a lot from the experience and it gave me even more amo to make my product and business happen.

The support I got from you guys, friends and family, and people who were new to Ring Cozy, was awesome (THANK YOU!). In doing Kickstarter I got the word out, made new connections, and set the wheels in motion for a great next couple of months – definitely not a failure in my book!

So now that the pressure of reaching a giant funding goal is off, I can focus on the work to be done while I’m in LA this summer. My to-do list is already a mile long but I like it that way. It means action, progress, trying, failing, trying again, dealing, and DOING. That’s the key here, just keep on DOING and eventually something will stick.

Have you ever gone through something that took a few (or a lot of) times to get it right? Personally or professionally?

 

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The holiday season has a way of making me feel lazy. All I want to do is cuddle up in a blanket, watch movies, and do anything but work. For those of you who might be falling into the holiday work slump with me, let’s remember how good it feels to cross off the day’s action items one at a time. A productive today will make the actual holiday tomorrow feel that much sweeter.

Cheers to a good Hump Day!

for more quotes visit Howdy Day!, a daily dose of inspiration + motivation via your browser’s homepage, email or rss.

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Last week I mentioned that I’m working on launching a print shop (woo hoo!). I also mentioned that I’ve been thinking/waiting to do it for nearly one year. What have I been waiting for? I don’t know but I sure do love this quote for kicking my butt into action. Let’s do this thang!

for more quotes visit Howdy Day!, a daily dose of inspiration + motivation via your browser’s homepage, email or rss.

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Hello! I hope you’ve had a good start to the week. I spent mine traveling across too many timezones and it is so nice to finally be home. I already miss my family and friends but there’s nothing like the butterflies I felt last night when Joe got home from work. All I could think was “reunited and it feels so goooood”…. those hugs will go down in history fo sho.

Today is back to reality with unpacking and re-settling in. I realized that I have a laundry list of projects to catch up with (and kick start) so I’m going to take this week off from the blog.  The plan is to be back on Monday feeling fully refreshed because really, there’s only so much a girl can do while jet lagged ;)

See ya next week, have a good one!

 

for more quotes visit Howdy Day!, a daily dose of inspiration + motivation via your browser’s homepage, email or rss.

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Quote 19

I’ve been quietly nurturing a little invention of mine and while it may or may not ultimately become something, I will be doing my best to live this quote until I know either way. These words are great for everyday dreaming and doing… you simply can’t accomplish anything without the two working hand-in-hand.

 

more quotes visit Howdy Day!, a daily dose of inspiration + motivation via your browser’s homepage, email or rss. 

(design by Ana Maria Muñoz)

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Thank you to all who left comments on yesterday’s post (and to those who took the time to read it, too, ’twas lengthy). Just writing it all out made me feel better and got me back to focusing on what is good about life right now. Thankfully, there’s lots. Here’s to enjoying the ride.

 

Do you have any quotes that help you get going in the morning? You’re invited to submit them on Howdy Day! – I’d love to share them! Howdy Day!, a daily dose of inspiration + motivation via your browser’s homepage, email or rss. 

(design by Ana Maria Muñoz)

 

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Quote 15

Happy hump day everyone. May our bouquets always be full and blossoming!

 

Do you have any quotes that help you get going in the morning? You’re invited to submit them on Howdy Day! – I’d love to share them! Howdy Day!, a daily dose of inspiration + motivation via your browser’s homepage, email or rss. 

(design by Ana Maria Muñoz)

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Quote 10

This one goes out to my beautiful family who has always shown me that it’s never too early or too late to try something new. We’re each going through our own unique “re-births”, if you will, and I’m so proud to watch them go for new experiments and incredibly thankful for the support they send back my way.

If you’re currently experimenting with any new ideas, ventures, or just toying with the possibilities, keep at it because honestly – who ever really knows what they’re doing? It’s all trial and error so you might as well push through until something clicks.

 

For more quotes or to submit your favorite visit Howdy Day!. Howdy Day! is a daily dose of inspiration + motivation via your browser’s homepage, email or rss. Learn more here.

(design by Ana Maria Muñoz)

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Quote 8

Taking a style cue from this weekend’s movie Helvetica, today’s quote is from good ol’ Abe. I love this one because it’s so easy to measure everything (happiness, success, failures, relationships, wisdom, etc) by the number of years we’ve been at it. When really, life is so much more than counting numbers. If anything should be counted it’s the lessons learned, time spent with loved ones, struggles that made you grow and moments that made you smile. So on that note, cheers to living in London for one year!

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(design by me)

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Do you geek out over a cool shaped leaf you find on the ground or admire each sunset as if it were your first? Yeah, me too. There’s so much beauty and awe in even the smallest or most ordinary of things so I love that this quote reminds me to live with enchantment. Are there any everyday miracles that you celebrate?

for more quotes or to submit your own visit Howdy Day!

(design by me)

 

words worth repeating

quote 1 On Monday I mentioned the launch of my new blog project, Howdy Day!, so today I thought I’d give it a proper introduction via a new weekly post, words worth repeating.

I love inspirational and motivational quotes, I think many people do. So one day when I got really tired of my web browser opening up to the latest (and saddest) news of the day I thought man, I just really want to see something positive first thing in the morning. I searched for sites that focused on positive news but only found wonky pages with even wonkier stories (local firemen saving a cat can only be so interesting). I then turned my attention to inspirational quote sites and ugh…there are so many with too too much clutter. Design-wise, most of them seem to be stuck in the eras of many of the quotes they reference. I wanted to be inspired by words, not be turned off by bad websites at 7am. I wanted something simple, clean, and to the point.

Howdy Day! is just that: one daily quote on a page, quick and simple. I have it set as my browser’s homepage and it makes a world of difference to see something positive or personally thought provoking as soon as I get online. I eventually read the news but it no longer sets the tone for my morning and I’ve said goodbye to the default Google homepage. Google always wanted something from me right away (search me! click today’s theme logo for a video!). A simple daily quote just says “welcome to your day, make it a good one”… at least it does for me and I hope it does the same for you. I will bring some of the wise words shared on Howdy Day! to this blog once per week in a designed format. This post and design has been very popular so I’m thinking you may not hate seeing a bit more of its kind around here :)

I’d love for Howdy Day! to be a collaborative blog so if you have any favorite quotes that you’d like to share, you can submit them here. To get your daily dose you can subscribe via email, RSS, or do as I do and set Howdy Day! as your default homepage. Okay, now go get inspired and motivated for a great day…

(design: by me)

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