Say What?

Vivienne Westwood quote

I know that I’ve been pretty much all over the board with the Say What posts, but I think it is best to start the week them.  So from now on, Mondays are the new home for these words.  This one in particular can be interpreted so many different ways.  I choose to take it as living simply.  I mentioned before that I used to value materialistic things more than I’d like to admit.  But as I grow and learn more, I realize things are not matter most in life.  I have been hearing and reading quite a bit about capsule wardrobes, and it may be something to showcase here soon!  Vivienne Westwood’s words pretty much endorse this idea in my eyes, and as  spring is quickly approaching here in in Chile, our apartment is due for a thorough spring cleaning.  I like the idea of narrowing down the items in my closet.  This allows more room for new pieces as the seasons change.  Think of it as a cycle.  Out with the old, and in with the new.

What do you think of capsule wardrobes?  How do you try to simplify life?

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Say What?

rumi-quoteRumi and his poems have always been a huge source of inspiration for me.  He is so spiritual, and his words truly make you want to do better and be better.  I chose these specific words, because they are so perfect for things going on around here lately.  Sometimes we feel we are too busy to do the things we truly love.  While I love teaching, I also have a strong passion for the arts and different cultures.  Lately, I have been taking more time to make, to dream, to write, and to access my creative side.  It is so important to fulfill all areas of your life, and these words aptly exemplify that.  If something is exciting, we should just go for it.  If a project speaks to you, find the time to pursue it!  What excites your soul?

XOXO,

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saywhatquoteI loved this quote for so many reasons.   First, I also tend to find myself drawn to things that are not overtly beautiful.  If you’ve seen his collections and advertisements, you definitely see the truth in these words.  If not, I suggest checking them out here.  He, along with many other designers, recently styled their own versions of the classic Wizard of Oz, which is Derek’s favorite movie, so I had to check it out.  Pretty cool!

This quote also stood out because it can interpreted so many different ways.  In my case, I think it is such an important message for all people.  There really is no perfect look, perfect style, or perfect way of thinking.  Our unique minds, thoughts, and styles are what make us beautiful.  Those that see the world differently are those that have the power to change it, so I say embrace your quirks!  Enjoy being odd, different, unique, weird, etc.  What do you find beautiful?

XOXO,

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detailsThis is not as much a quote, as it is a simple mantra to remember each day.  I have always been a big picture person, but I stress over the smallest details to pull together that picture I have in my mind.  With the opening of our shop drawing nearer each day, my sister and I have been brainstorming more about the look of the “brand”.  I have probably sent her at least 100 different logo ideas, played with colors, and narrowed a down to a few that I shared here not too long ago.  The overall concept is there, but it is important to also take a step back and focus on the small details that can make it possible.

This made me start thinking about the day to day grind.  Sometimes we just flit through life following our routines and miss so much of the beauty that surrounds us.   A lot of times, I’ve noticed, the most beautiful parts of a day are in the smallest details.  What have you noticed in the small details that fill your life?  Any plans for the weekend?  I will be launching my first blog series next week with a keen attention to detail, so stay tuned!

Bonus:  My friends and I have been nominated for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  So, check for our (eco-friendly) version coming this weekend!

XOXO,

maria

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First of all, happy Friday!  This Say What is aimed towards anyone, anywhere, who feels the need to dumb themselves down.  Stop!  Be an intellectual.  Question things.  Pursue what interests you, and continue to learn new information about it.  Engage your brain.  Feel free to have an opinion that differs from your friend’s, and back up that opinion.  Read a new book that isn’t on someone’s must-read list.  Know what is happening in countries outside of only your own.  Enroll in an online class about a topic you’ve always been curious to learn (Education can be expensive, but that shouldn’t stop you.  I have taken some free classes online, and I loved it!)  Basically, what I am trying to say is please, please don’t ever dumb yourself down.  Accept that your brain is what makes you beautiful and interesting.  Now, have a fantastic weekend!

XOXO,

maria

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This week’s Say What is actually a song lyric from Johnny Mercer.  While it may be one of the most simple mantras, it’s one we should keep in mind daily.  Whether you sing it or say it is of no matter, however. (I’m for singing it!)

I, personally, am putting an effort into accentuating the positives in my life, and eliminating worry is first on the list.  If you know me, you probably know that I’m a huge hypochondriac and WebMD aficionado.  But I notice that I also worry about plenty of other things that take away from the happiness of the present moment.  So my goal for this month is to simply eliminate those negative thoughts and start emphasizing the wonderful things that surround me on a daily basis.

Yesterday’s post was about ways to celebrate August.  Let’s take it a step further and choose to celebrate life!  There are several fun challenges out there aimed at viewing our lives in a positive light (100 Happy Days, PT’s 5 Positive Days, etc.).  I am going to keep to this month’s theme, and celebrate the every day.  Let me know how you plan to accentuate the many positives in your life!

XOXO,

maria

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Day dreaming is my thing.  I know the psychology world has mixed views on this topic (detachment from reality vs. creative outlet).  But alas, many times a day, I find myself lost in thought.  My favorite part about this is I usually doodle as I drift, so I have a visual of my mind’s workings.  Then I came across these words,  and something struck me.  It was a metaphorical slap in the face.  A wake up call.  A huge, “HELLO!”

I have been researching psychology graduate programs and taking psychology classes online, but it all seemed to be forced.  I would make myself sit and listen to the lectures, but these 17 words from the voice behind The Color Purple made me stop listening mid-lecture and take a look at my “notes”.  While I was interested in the topic, I had been drawing almost the entire time.  I represented the things the professor was explaining in doodles.

What was I doing?

Then it hit me.  I really can’t see myself sitting in a lab recording results from my latest research.  I am a creator.  I need to make things. As you may know, I am an educator to young people.  I absolutely love children.  I also absolutely love art…and the human brain…and helping young people discover their inner potentials.   So, I am back to the drawing board (no pun intended–hehe) for graduate programs that combine all my passions.  I want to construct a present full of designing, imagining, doing, and–hopefully–inspiring.

What or who inspires you?

XOXO, 

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+P.S.  This week was a little hectic, but I will usually be posting Say What? posts on Thursdays!

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