Coming back from being pretty MIA lately. For the past year or so, I've been tracking myself...here's why. A few brief thoughts on lunar/solar cycles, their effect on gender-based work/productivity and then a transition to MBTI, gender stereotypes and a candid reflection on this ENTP discovery. Ending with a response to two pieces of feedback I've recently received. Breakdown below the video.
In December, I like to have a ritual of intentionally opening myself up to the Universe for inspiration about next steps. Part of that inspiration usually takes the form of a video. I don't actively take steps to "find" an inspirational video, but I do click on videos I would typically skip over in hopes of finding "the one."
Some photos from our very merry Christmas glamping experience with Airbnb. It was so wonderful just to get away and reflect on the blessings and challenges of the year and RESET for 2018 (while eating lots of food and watching lots of movies).
Here’s a curation (or “buffet") of not-so-common ideas and information about Christmas for your holiday enjoyment. For each piece of information, I included some links to encourage further research and conversation. Linking a source doesn’t mean I endorse the ideas contained within. Each link is simply something I found through a very basic internet search. Also something to put in the “interesting” stack that may/may not be used later.
The intention of this post was to stretch my imagination about what could possibly be and share my findings with you. This is NOT a post implying that we should get rid of Christmas, Frosty, Santa and replace it with something else (even though I would not be opposed :-)).
Cheers to exposing our awareness to a diet of various perspectives that challenge and encourage growth, including ideas that we may initially disagree with. May we have the strength to look beyond the veil and maintain an open, yet skeptical, mind.
My very first "To: Jackie, From: Jackie" experience. Why I did it, why sacrifice and giving are mutually exclusive and nine self-care gifts recommendations for you, from you to keep your cup full so you can BE love and light this holiday season.
Approximately 4000 years ago, many of the astrological signs and constellations were established, and they have affected our society to the modern day. Our ancestors were intimately connected with the stars, immersed by them at night, and observed them to monitor the rhythms of nature. They created the core of astrological symbolism which has since evolved.
Some thoughts on the history of astrology, how what we believe came to be, and a Rent the Runway outfit with a side of West Elm palms.
The latest episode of the Star Wars saga comes out in theaters this week. I haven't seen anything but the trailer, because I want to go into this episode open-minded. I'm excited (have had my tickets for almost a month) but a little bit apprehensive to what may go down in this LONGEST Star Wars episode EVER. I already have my sense of knowing what I think is going to go down, but I'll keep them to myself for now...but on second thought...
Alex and I have had a pretty busy two weeks with our work, so we decided to really set aside Saturday to do something out of the ordinary. We got in the truck and started driving around some formerly unexplored parts of North Central (ish) Houston. After checking another Whole Foods location off of my list, we randomly stopped into some open houses to check them out.
I really have a thing for wood accessories. I'm constantly psychoanalyzing myself and asking "Why wood?" One of my previous students told me it was because I'm a Capricorn and I'm just "earthy" like that. I also grew up in a very "woodsy" part of Pennsylvania--(you know "Penn's Woods") so that may also have something to do with it. I also love the warmth, character and uniqueness of wood grain. Regardless, I have a lot of wood accessories and I wanted to share my favorites with you!
Thanksgiving keeps creeping up and I still feel like I'm in Summer mode. I haven't had one hot drink all season and being a "Grinch" about all this holiday spirit--partly because Christmas music started in October, and partly because I read too much history. Cheering things up with two takes on these fancy flares.
November is here and that means adjusting and keeping alignment with the flow of the seasons. I think planning the year by quarters is helpful, but I am not down for the traditional January 1st "New Year" date. For the past three years, I've aligned my quarters with the rhythm and cycles of nature instead of our traditional Gregorian (Julian) calendar which commemorates the Gods and Emperors of the Roman empire.
Over the past few years, I've been really down with keeping it simple for Halloween and using what's in my closet with an upgrade. I've been really into masks these past two years and feel like there may be a mask collection in the making...
One of my favorite things about having a more flexible schedule and creating my work versus having work created for me, is that I can have a bit more variety in my daily outfits. Since adding this Reformation mini-skirt to my capsule wardrobe late this summer, looks from my high school days (like this so 90s mini-skirt/blazer combo) have been having a renaissance in my life.
The weather is cooling in Houston and the events calendar is filling up, which means of course I'm going to have to share the "30th" piece in my capsule wardrobe--access to a rotating "dream" closet through Rent the Runway's "Unlimited" program! Capsule wardrobing, (at least the way I do it), doesn't really take into account special events where I may want to have an outfit that I only wear once or purchase a more costly piece. This is where Rent the Runway's Unlimited program comes in.
I'm usually pretty wary of things right next to the register and double-triple ask myself, "Do I really need this?" before I commit to a purchase. However, I'll admit, I fell for the marketing and impulse bought this LanolipsLemonaid Lip Treatment. I just ran out of lip balm when I saw this product and thought "Why not?" I was intrigued by the name--"Lano" lips because I wanted to know what lanolin was and why they chose to use it as the base of their product.
Fall in Texas means you're pretty much still in shorts, and this past Saturday was no exception. The day started out pretty chill with some photographs, writing and errands and ended with an impromptu visit to the Fort Bend County Fair.
I've been looking for the perfect velvet blazer for almost two months now! I went to visit all my regular stores (online of course) and just couldn't find one that resonated with the vibe I was going for. All of the velvet blazers currently in the stores were either poorly constructed, or really pricey (like $400+), which is something I was not about to do. So, I started looking on eBAY and Etsy and BAM! One day, this lovely piece pulled up on the screen.
With each season of my capsule wardrobe, I like choosing an accent color or two to focus on and incorporate into my seasonal wardrobe. Not only does it freshen it up a bit (from all the denim, white and black) it makes all my old things feel new again with brand new options for outfit combinations.
Call me crazy, but I get some of my best work done on Saturday mornings. There's something I love about waking up early on a Saturday and getting some -ish done. The world seems so quiet and at peace. You don't get that "rushed hustle" vibe that permeates the atmosphere of LIFE, (even where we live on the suburban fringes), during the Monday-Friday working days of the week.
So, I wasn't planning on journaling about this outfit because it wasn't "planned," but literally, this was the first available combination I saw in my closet this morning and when I came home, I thought, "Eh...not too bad. Why not show this on the blog?"
At the end of August, I attended Yellow Conference in Los Angeles, and got to meet so many amazing, entrepreneurial women who have a heart for quality, ethical, sustainable design. One of my favorite brands to discover was Genuine + Ginger--a New Mexico based handmade jewelry and woven wall hangings brand with a minimalist and delicate, "refined boho" aesthetic.
Going to Peru really opened my eyes up to all the things and opportunities I take for granted. In America, we have so many high-quality, beautiful things and it has really got me "on-a-kick" to take advantage of getting out of my Yoga pants, doing my makeup, and getting out of the house. When I started my capsule wardrobe experiment (now a lifestyle) a few years back, my attention on my outer appearance was in many ways consuming my life. However, I now find it re-entering my life in a healthier, creative, "choosing-over-chasing," sort of way. Previously, I felt like I HAD to look a certain way to be taken seriously which put a lot of pressure and stress on my life. Now, I feel like I want to look a certain way as an act of gratitude for all of the opportunities that I've been given.
Earlier this month I went for my "official" first job interview in a while. After coming back from Peru and getting out of "summer break" mode, I was suffering from a severe case of cabin fever as I would finish my work in 2-4 hours each day. I was going to the mall EVERY DAY and needed to find something that I could be paid for, do what I love, be around people, learn, yet still keep my "work from home" life.