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This week has marked the first time in months that I’ve been able to glue my ass to a chair and just work work work. You should have seen how giddy I was on Sunday night, sitting at a desk, organizing my to-do’s for the week/end of year and scheduling them into my calendar. For the first time in a long time I was able to schedule 100% time for work – not packing, not canceling utilities, not apartment viewings or anything else that’s consumed us for the past two months – just good ol’ work. I’ve already booked a few freelance gigs and I’m prepping Ring Cozy for the holiday season and 2014 (check out a few of the site updates!).

I was getting so anxious not having my dedicated time and space but now in our new apartment with a desk, organized supplies, and a kitchen with snacks, I am one happy worker bee.

Have a productive Hump Day!

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words worth repeating 42 by ana maria munoz--anamu

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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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!

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Happy Hump Day, guys! Whether you’re feeling on top of the world or feeling down with a cold like I am, there’s nothing like being thankful for the present.

 

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Hi guys, we’re back from Vietnam! What an incredible four days of rest, relaxation and eating well. We both returned with painful sunburns but it’s a small price to pay for a weekend in paradise … consider our honeymoon done and done! I’ve got a ton of work to get back to so a full recap with photos will have to wait until next week. Until then here are some teaser snaps from my phone using vsco cam and instagram. Paradise, right?

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Though I had a really short notice to enter Minted’s holiday design challenge, I took a chance and put a few designs together while we were in Bangkok. I have yet to formally launch my graphic design services but after doing this invite and working on a few other recent projects I figured that it was time to get out of my comfort zone, aka this blog.

In case you’re not familiar with Minted, it’s an online destination for fresh, modern stationery and photo cards. They hold monthly design challenges and voters rate the best designs in a highly competitive process. The winning designs are produced and sold, and the designers earn cash prizes, a place in the Minted collection, and commissions on all sales. Cool, right?!?

For my submissions I let the photos be the stars and kept the text simple. Click here or the photobox in the sidebar for my designs and here for the general challenge page – lots of great stuff!

I think today is the last day for first round voting so if you can spare a few minutes to vote all you need to do is submit your email and create a password (i know, annoying but they have to monitor suspicious voting behaviors).

I had so much fun doing this that it might become a monthly design addiction! Many thanks in advance for checking it out!

 

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Quote 15

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

 

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Quote 13 by Ana Maria Munoz

May we always do our best to wake up on the right side of the bed :)

Do you have any quotes that help you get going the morning? Remember, you’re invited to submit them here – I’d love to share them!

 

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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?

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