28 BEFORE 29

Okay, so I mentioned before that I wanted to make a life list.  Today is my 28th birthday and I’m writing this from Alt Summit in Salt Lake City feeling overwhelmingly inspired for my new life and what I can do to fill it with happiness.  Quitting my job last week was a huge first step in order to find more joy in life and in an effort to really put this pivotal year to good use, I’ve decided to start my life list now.

I remember exactly where I was when I read Amanda’s list last year – I was at my parent’s beach house for the weekend during a hard time at work and I looked around and noticed I wasn’t appreciating this life enough.  I had just married the man of my dreams, I was vacationing at this beautiful house, I was healthy and yet life was passing me by.  28 wonderful things to do before turning 29 sounded like such a great idea.  Not an intimidating big 100 things Bucket List, just 28 small, lovely things in one year.  And no chores or obligations allowed either – just fun stuff!


1.) Learn to ski or snowboard

2.) Grow an herb garden

3.) Eat a cupcake from Enjoy Cupcakes

4.) Print an instagram book (including honeymoon pics!)

5.) Practice hand lettering – more specifically, calligraphy

6.) Read 12 books

  1. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  2. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  3. Drinking and Tweeting by Brandi Glanville (Hey!  Don’t judge me, it was actually a really good read albiet a guilty pleasure.)

7.) Go to 12 new places in my own city (including, but not limited to: restaurants, antique stores, hipster shops, farmer’s markets, maybe a hookah bar?!)

  1. Einstein’s 

8.) Photograph for pure pleasure again

9.) Learn how to can fruits and veggies

10.) Make a gallery wall of framed pitures somewhere in our house

11.) Run across the Golden Gate bridge

12.)  Have anniversary pictures taken in the hills of California

13.) Visit a lavender field

14.) Bake the perfect meringue

15.) Make a painting

16.) Pick seasonal fruit – apples in the fall, strawberries and blackberries in the summer

17.) Make fresh pumpkin butter

18.) Go Stand Up Paddle Boarding

19.) Hike a mountain with Parker

20.) Sew an apron

21.) Make a set of tea towels

22.) Pick wildflowers on the side of the road

23.) Make a necklace

24.) Visit Red Rocks Ampitheater

25.) Have a picnic at the top of Stone Mountain at sunset in summer, watch the firworks and hike down with headlamps and flashlights

26.) Learn to play tennis with Parker

27.) Makeover our bedroom

28.) Make a gingerbread house – from scratch – complete with sugar glass windows


What about you?  Do you think you would ever make a list like this?  Go check out Wit & Whistle to see Amanda’s list and by the way, while you’re there just look around at her beautiful blog.  It’s one of my favorites and she’s so talented.



What a whirlwind!  Parker and I left cold New York, flew home for a total of 18 hours (just long enough to do a load of laundry and re-pack) and flew right back out to even colder Salt Lake City.  No, this cold is stupid.  Parker and I decided to walk to dinner last night, which was one mile away and about 3/4 of the way there I had to stop, duck inside a convenience store and buy crap we didn’t need just to buy some time inside.  But the place we went to dinner was so amazing – if you ever visit SLC, you have to go to Pallet.  The atmosphere and the interior design is that “rustic industrial with some hints of vintage” that is so hot right now and the food is unreal.  The gnoccci pillows are the best thing I’ve ever tasted.  Omg.

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And this hotel we’re staying at is so rad.  I had a mini heart attack when we checked in and they lost our reservation, but they found us a room.  And a sweet room it is too!  afterglow (1)5fa953c064e511e2a2e222000a9e48a3_7

At night you go to dinner and maids sneak in to turn down your bed, fill the ice buckets, turn on soothing music and leave you fuzzy slippers to wear.  Phat!  I could get used to this.


I feel like such a celeb while walking around this hotel room in my fancy hotel bathrobe and fuzzy slippers.  Clearly I’m not used to the star treatment as I act like this when I’m alone:55f2be7264f211e299e522000a9e28c4_7

Alt Summit starts today (eeek!) but not until this afternoon with the Hello Social being held at West Elm and hosted by Lexy Ward from The Proper Pinwheel so until then Parker and I are going to keep ourselves busy by renting a car and driving out to Park City where Sundance is being held and try to brush elbows with real celebs.  Or just sight-see (more likely).  Then dinner being sponsored by MailChimp at some other amazing SLC restaurant I’m sure.  So excited!  Tomorrow the learning begins though which is what I’m most looking forward to.  That and meeting all the other bloggers that inspire me every day and make me crazy jealous of their creativity :)  This new life is starting out pretty great and I can’t wait to see what’s ahead.

Oh also – follow me on Instagram for more pics from the trip!





Parker and I have spent the weekend in (a very cold) New York City, walking everywhere, eating everything and enjoying each other’s company as we celebrate starting a new chapter in life.  It hasn’t quite sunk in yet what my new life will look like, but I am so looking forward to figuring it out.  Right now I sit in this gorgeous hotel room writing this, about to pack up and head home, only to repack to head to Alt Summit tomorrow.  How exciting!  I can’t wait to meet so many other bloggers and soak up all there is to learn.  But for now I must go!  Check in again soon.


il_570xN.239598805No, I’m not moving to New York (but how romantic would that be?) but I am leaving my job today with mixed emotions, a little bit of sadness and whole lot of excited, nervous energy for my new life ahead.  Today is my very last day…half day even since I leave right after lunch for the airport.  All my work has been delegated, there’s really not much left for me to do and so I’m passing time by writing this blog and thinking about what this job has meant to me.  I have worked the past three and a half years with my mom, helping her to run her company, an audiology practice she’s had almost my entire life, but one we’ve grown together to new heights in my time here.  It’s been a good ride and I have learned so much about business and about being a boss (and a lot of what not to do if we’re being honest), but it’s time for me to get back to my creative roots and take on a new chapter in life.

Hands down, leaving my mom was one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make – how many people are blessed enough to get to work alongside their mother (and quite honestly, their best friend) almost every single day for three years?  I do not take my time here for granted and it makes me a little emotional to think about not seeing her every day anymore, but it’s time.  Being that she’s the best mom ever, she is 100% supportive, as she always has been of every decision I’ve made and she is genuinely happy for me, though sad to lose me at the same time.  When I leave today, I will have emotions ranging from excitement to meet my husband in New York to extreme sadness to leave my mother behind.  It’s not like I won’t be seeing her on a regular basis, but still.  It’s the end of an era and sometimes that’s just sad. tumblr_ljoitcufNk1qab193o1_500     I totally stole this from my mom’s Pinterest page because she has taught me this my whole life and she believes it with her whole heart.  So today and in the days and weeks coming, in starting this new life of mine, I will remember what she taught me as I leave the security of a steady job and seek out something more fulfilling, but I will always be grateful for her and this time we had together.  Love you mom!

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I’m seeing a flurry of activity in blog land right from attendees of the Altitude Design Summit getting ready for next week.  I myself have been putting off getting ready since I am 1.) a die-hard procrastinator and 2.) still at my job – TOMORROW is my last day though!  EEE!

Parker and I are going to New York for a quick weekend trip tomorrow ( I leave my job after lunch and head straight to the airport screaming “FREEDOM!!” the entire way) then from New York head to Salt Lake City, Utah for Alt.  One thing that’s on my shopping list for NYC is a great notebook to take notes on during the conference.  This is a design bloggers conference, people – I cannot show up with a yellow notepad.  The pressure!  These are a few giving me some inspiration for what I would happily carry around during Alt.

Anyone else going to Alt?  Let’s meet up!