32 for 32.

Taking the time to write out 32 for 32.
1. You’ve fallen in love with taking care of yourself this year, and it’s changed everything. You will, of course, forget that you ever learnt these lessons and ultimately you’ll gain a few pounds, or won’t work out, or skip eight hours a night, because you couldn’t not. That’s okay. Forgive yourself imperfection and then get back on the bandwagon. That’s what matters, love. NBD.
2. The bad and good rush in together.
3. Boys – men – happen.
4. It’s about respect! The jig is up: you can’t wait for people to treat you how you deserve to be treated. You have to either demonstrate your expectations, or scarier still: verbalize them.
5. Just sleep it off. Most things become clearer in the morning.
6. SPOILER ALERT: It seldom looks how you thought it might. Repeat this to yourself until the end of all time.
7. It’s all in your imagination that you don’t have enemies.
8. Drink water. Everyday.
9. Even if it kills you and even if you feel like you have to text or call after a few drinks. Don’t!! Under no circumstances can you talk to him ever again.
10. When somebody does something that touches you – stranger or friend – say so. Don’t take the kindness of others for granted, and be original with your praise. Everybody deserves that much.
11. You have made the home that you love. Don’t get pissy when things get out of place on a daily basis. The pots will get washed, and you’ll fall back to sleep. Keep your perspective.
12. Not working out feels worse than actually lacing up your sneakers and just going to the gym. Always.
13. Your biggest responsibility is to one person: your son. Prioritize accordingly.
14. The social web, refer to number 6 ALWAYS
15. …but that isn’t what I wanted. You will experience that more often than not. Sort that out, yeah?
16. You need about 67% more
17. Life is short. And life is odd. But hell if it isn’t lovely.
18. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE BROKEN TO BE INTERESTING.
19. Related: when somebody calls you inspiring/beautiful/talented, you can totally just say, “Oh! Thanks!” #noexcuses
20. Declare your intentions. Do it to yourself, and then do it to the people who matter to you.
21. If anyone speaks in black and white, and you talk rainbow. That doesn’t mean you’re off the hook on this one. They’ll push you to be clearer, to simplify and say precisely what you mean, and you should let them. You might learn something.
22. You get mean when you drink gin. Make the connection already.
23. Start your days with what you love, and see how it transforms your relationship with “having enough time.”
24. Saying yes to others more often than you say no could mean that you end up saying yes to a lot of new opportunities with greater ease. You’ve seen glimpses of this already..
25. Every-time you cut out sugar you eventually introduce it again. Just learn to regulate portions and stick with that.
26. You have parents, but you also have a mother, and a father. Keep those relationships separate. When you realized this is was like lightening striking your brain. Even if your dad is gone. Keep it separate from your relationship with your mom.
27. Trust yourself. Especially these past few months you’ve tried so hard to let things unfold naturally, without too much pushing, and it has served you well. You only need ask the question once – if you keep talking, you won’t hear the answer. Ease off the gas.
28. Just show up. Above all, day after day, know that for all things it begins with just showing up. Do that, if you are ever in doubt. Sit at the computer, pull out your running shorts, pick up the phone. It starts with action. Show up.
29. Do not put it on that credit card. Under any circumstance. Put it back and make do with what you have.
30. Some people have their high school crew. Others their university pack. Sometimes it’s a sports club or toddler group, a happy coincidence or deliberate choice, but it’s always a shared experience. And its always OK to have more than one.
31. Nap on Sundays every chance you get.
32. Resole your shoes. Be willing to get things dry-cleaned. Find a good tailor.
October 21 / 2014
Author Ginger
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What I Wore

It’s so nice to see and feel the fall season. I have loved pulling my knits and boots out of my closet.

One new item to add to the fall look is this amazing hat from imogene + willie. It makes an appearance at least every other day in my outfit.

Hope you had a lovely Monday.

sweater: JJ Basics (via Von Maur). black skinnies: Forever 21. booties: Urban Outfitters.

September 15 / 2014
Author Ginger
Category What I Wore
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Self Fulfilled Prophecy

It’s August 2014 and it’s safe to say that I’m on the other side of a heartbreak that took me YEARS to occasionally forget. The body is adaptive in that way—protective. It smooths the edges of what once felt impossible and so piercingly sharp. But every once and again a residual truth will surface and I’ll realize there’s more to go—small mountains still to move and the weight of that can press me for a moment. Sometimes the moments pass quickly and sometimes they linger.

I feel it most acutely in routine grocery store trips. That’s weird, right? By standing in an aisle, sorting through my very short grocery list for my small family, the lighting is always so harsh, and the people around usually seem to have more of a purpose than me.

In the years of smoothing the edges my perception and hopes and what I want for my life shifted. Somewhere from within the tangle of that particular heartbreak I stopped trusting that good things do in fact…occur. To other people, surely. But not to me.

It’s so ridiculous, right? Just saying it out loud, it’s so ridiculous. But it’s also true. And what I’m realizing is that I’ve been toting around this particular truth for far too long, totally unaware. Meaning, I’ve let it be true. A self fulfilled prophecy.

But maybe it’s the last threshold. The last little bit to cross.

Because just to give voice to that truth is to dismantle it. To somehow make it less true or to understand that it’s been only me being ridiculous to myself. Making it less important and more part of the past–and the mountains get smaller and the miles less dense.

So I move quickly through grocery stores because after all it’s just food and I can put just as much effort in a meal for 2 as I could for 3.

August 03 / 2014
Author Ginger
Category LOVE
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On the Road

Jaxson, Newton Neighbor and I are going to hit the road early tomorrow morning for a 7 hour trek to Oklahoma City. Where we will visit my mom (who moved there at the beginning of the summer) and my grandparents.

Nothing beats a little car riding with my boys, a big fat fountain soda, and a little sing-a-long action. (have to practice my next karaoke song for Ellen & Julie).

You can enjoy the playlist I am making as well:

See you next week, Omaha!!

July 31 / 2014
Author Ginger
Category Mixed Tapes
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3 Day Blinds Queen Bee

About 4 months ago, I decided to add to my growing design career by becoming a design consultant for 3 Day Blinds. I knew I wanted keep my designer/project manger position with Birdhouse Interior Design but I also wanted to make sure I didn’t leave an ounce of free time on my schedule.

So when I’m not a mom or shopping to find the perfect vintage piece for a Birdhouse client, I’m traveling across the Omaha area filling homes with any type of window treatment their hearts desire.

Obtaining my knowledge of all things 3 Day came in the form of traveling. Places like the Bay Area in Northern California, Colorado, Vegas and then lastly a short stay in Phoenix. Now that I’m home I am a traveling studio, office and sometimes home. I don’t work under a studio’s roof with 3 Day, I literally have all of my samples neatly packed into my little 2009 Sonata Hyundai. Daily rolling up my sleeves and applied my signature aesthetic to hustling my samples from home to home in a pair of heels. (of course)

Please find out more about my new position and all of my offerings here.

Cheers!!

 

July 24 / 2014
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