These are the things you will currently find on my desk.
My mom wrote that little note on the envelope she sent with a card from her and my dad when I was having a hard time in college.
This past weekend my boyfriend and I had a successful two-day yard sale in our front yard. It was hot and sweaty and I am still suffering from my grass allergies but I am glad we did it. We had all kinds of help from my parents on the the first day, my mom was recruited and was gently forced to stay and keep me safe. The second day Ben’s Mom and brother came and helped us out all day .
This yard sale was a little bittersweet because I sold/donated ALL of the inventory from my now shuttered online thrift store: Notnu. It was a little sad to see my carefully curated store selection go in a fire sale but it was also nice to move forward and free up all that space.
She’s a terrible negotiator.
All the unsold clothes are being donated to Goodwill, Dress For Success, and My Freind’s Place, check them out to see the good work they are doing. Also, consider doing some research about what kind of donations your local shelters and non-profits need instead of just dumping your good stuff off at a for profit thrift store or one of those Dare bins that usually just send the stuff to rag, the landfill or overseas.
I’ve been having a hard time remembering to carry my real camera with me…but thankfully I always have my phone camera.
These pictures were taken 1 minute apart.
Rain in LA is a HUGE deal…
The current dogs of my life.
I have a small out door space between my door and the neighbors window that I have claimed for my little patio garden/jungle/farm. The space is pretty drab but I am trying my hardest to maintain my little garden.
My gramma gave me a watch-cat the last time I was at her house.
Call me Farmer Whitney.
One of my goals this year was to have an herb garden…I am happy to report that I am succeeding in herb gardening.
My tomato plant has quite an abundant harvest coming in but it’s looking a little leggy and sparse in the leaf department.
I have been using this little beaker set for propagating philodendron, basil, and Lantana.
My little Lantana experiment and my successful Basil propagation [Side Note: I am TERRIBLE at keeping Basil alive so I saved this little guy when his little stem started to rot (does this happen to anyone else?) and look at him now!)
Oh hi there, long time no see, I hope you are well, I bet you’ve been wondering what I’ve been up to right?
Well wouldn’t you know I’m here to tell you all about it.
At the beginning of May, I officially decided to quit my full time sales job where I was selling furniture and generally just losing pieces of my soul every day. I quit in favor of pursuing a job at an LA based non profit, a job I had only gotten an interview for in my last two weeks of work. Conveniently, I was offered a position as a Special Events Coordinator within a couple of days of being done with my full time job with benefits (…farewell sweet benefits). Since taking this position I have felt so much more joy while I work and it doesn’t feel like work at all (which I’m told is a good sign). Along with this non profit job, I have been working alongside my father working to expand his small business which specializes in professional aerial simulator training for general aviation pilots, you can check it out HERE and HERE if you are interested in learning more.
These pictures are from the past six events I have worked on with my new job where I have both coordinated an entire corporate volunteer event at a school as well as project led in mural painting projects at a dance studio, early education center, and the Boys and Girls Club.
As you can see, my life has been full of paint and I get to interact with new people everyday most of whom are excited to give their time to places that would otherwise not have the time, energy, or funding to do what the volunteers do for them.
If you live in the LA area and you want to get involved in your community I highly recommend checking out the volunteer calendar to see where you can give your time.
(22/365) Walked the dog to In-n-Out and ate in the park because #yolo.
(23/365) Celebrated my Dad’s birthday by helping him plan out his new business space.
(24/365) Blue skies for days.
(25/365) My orchid has come out of hibernation.
(26/365) This dog, she is majestic.
(27/365) Mr. Octopus has become a pentapus. (I swear I vacuumed the day before this picture)
(28/365) My neighbors are moving…so of course they give us a going away gift.
In April 2011, I met my friend Kailey in Dublin, Ireland. I had only been at the hostel (after getting lost and taking bad directions from some random guy on the street) for a an hour or so before we (Kailey had some options) started planning out our Ireland adventure. We settled on a bus tour from Dublin to Galway. It was a wonderfully sunny couple of days and all of the pale red headed people were out en masse with ALL of the SPF.
Every mile or so there is an old stone castle circa: a long time ago.
I fed a lamb.
Stone walls everywhere.
Majestic Cliffs of Moher.
A castle and Dublin.
Kailey and I avoided the fee to go inside Christ Church Cathedral by attending Mass.