Saturday, January 28, 2012

bikes & coffee

I like bikes. And I like coffee. But do I like bikes and coffee together? I guess I'll have to stop by this shop when we get back from Phoenix. It's just up the street from us so it might be a new neighborhood favorite. Although there is already another coffee shop right next door and another favorite down the street. But really nothing can beat sipping a cup of coffee in your jammies at home....Now that makes me happy!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

chicago 'hoods

All this history about Chicago's different neighborhoods is just another reason why I love this city.

Monday, January 23, 2012

happy monday!

Nothing makes me happier than knowing that I will feel the warm, desert sun on my skin in a few days. I miss the sun. I miss the warmth. I miss the mountains. But mostly I miss my family.

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via create.your.happy

Sunday, January 22, 2012

winter wonderland

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via create.your.happy

It's officially winter in Chicago. Look at all that snow. I'm still not sure how I feel about it, especially when it took me an hour and a half to get home Friday night when it usually only takes 20 minutes. You'd think Midwesterners would be used to a mere 4 - 6 inches of snow. I mean it does happen every year.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

what if it's already been done?

I apologize for the lack of posts here lately. I have not been creating my happy as much as I would like. This new year has not brought me the blogging inspiration that I was hoping. But now that the first month is almost to an end I realize that I need to be present here as much as possible even if I don't feel inspired to do so. Part of that is because I'm still figuring out what I want my blog's voice to be. What do I want to share with the few people who take the time to visit my blog? I look at other people's blogs and I'm in awe of their creativity and vision. Where do they find the beautiful images that inspire so many of us? How do they find the time to post on a regular basis? I want to know their secret.

As I was oogling over blogs yesterday I came across one that will be added to the list of new favorites. What struck me the most about this blog is the post of then and now photos and what the artist said about his he gave up everything with this project because it had already been done.


via passanti as seen on missmoss

I too have seen this done before, but I still enjoy looking at the images of old and new, side by side, imagining about the lives of people then compared to the lives of people now.

What if it has already been done? I what! It will not have been done before with your vision, your voice, your passion and your heart. I'm saying this directly to myself as well. Hopefully, I will believe it and do what's in my heart to do, even if it's already been done.

Sunday, January 8, 2012


There's been some creating going on this weekend. Ideas are flowing. It's a slow steps. But I feel the momentum. It's thrilling!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

the gaps between

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Truth from Tilda Swinton via snarkmarket

My gaps between what I want to communicate and what I can communicate are enormous, but this is a New Year and with it comes new possibilities, new opportunities, new adventures and this quote has been inspiring me to fill those gaps by creating....if I can only stay focused. Unfortunately, I am easily distracted. I'm not sure if that's because there's so much I want to do and be and say, or if the passion just isn't there. I guess all I can do is just fill in the gaps while I try figure it out.

Monday, January 2, 2012

year three

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)

i fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

~ e.e. cummings

Sunday, January 1, 2012

happy new year!

This is by far the best New Year's photo I've seen. I had to share because this is what I want for all of you...a year of happiness.