Inspiration

52 Quotes For Your 2017 Bullet Journal

The new year has just started and maybe you're starting to organize  your new bullet journal. OR you're like me and have been getting your bullet journal ready for a few weeks now. Either way. I like to have quotes in my BuJo to look at every week and so I've compiled 52 of them so you could put into your own BuJo if that's something that you also like to do. Let's go! 

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  1. Happiness itself is a kind of gratitude. -Joseph Wood Krutch
  2. Some pursue happiness - others create it. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  3. Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you have. -Dale Carnegie
  4. Happiness is a vine that takes root and grows within the heart, never outside of it. -Paulo Coelho
  5. Remember that happiness is a way of travel-not a destination. -Roy M. Goodman
  6. In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart. -Anne Frank
  7. When eating a fruit, think of the person who planted the tree. -Vietnamese Saying
  8. No wind favors he who has no destined port. -Michel de Montaigne
  9. True goodness springs from a man's own heart. All mean are born good. -Confucius
  10. A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. -Mark Twain
  11. Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace. -Buddha
  12. Be patient and calm for no one can catch fish in anger. -Herbert Hoover
  13. Action is the foundational key to all success. -Pablo Picasso
  14. I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies. -Aristotle
  15. Manifest plainness; Embrace simplicity; Reduce selfishness; Have few desires. -Lao Tzu
  16. All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; Then success is sure. -Mark Twain
  17. Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful or happy. -Norman Vincent Peale
  18. If I have lost confidence in myself, I have the universe against me. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  19. Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings. -Samuel Johnson
  20. I am not a has-been. I am a will-be. -Lauren Bacall
  21. Put your future in good hands- your own. -Unknown
  22. Energy and persistence conquer all things. -Benjamin Franklin
  23. Remember that the man at the top of a mountain didn't just fall there. -Unknown
  24. Never let your head hang down. Never give up or sit down and grieve. Find another way. -Satchel Paige
  25. You just can't beat the person who won't give up. -Babe Ruth
  26. Winners never quit; Quitters never win. -Vince Lombardi
  27. Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. -Sir Winston Churchill
  28. It's not what happens to you that determines how far you will go in life; It is how you handle what happens to  you. -Zig Ziglar
  29. It doesn't matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you, always. -Oprah Winfrey
  30. I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it. -Thomas Jefferson
  31. Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. -Aristotle
  32. You do your best work if you do a job that makes you happy. -Bob Ross
  33. Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do. -Von Goethe
  34. The man who has no imagination has no wings. -Muhammad Ali
  35. You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do. -Henry Ford
  36. Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. -Tony Robbins
  37. If you can dream it, you can do it. -Walt Disney
  38. One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals. -Michael Korda
  39. Honesty is not a policy, it is a state of mind. -Eugene L. Hote
  40. It takes less time to do a thing right than to explain why you did it wrong. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  41. I have found that if you love life, life will love you back. -Arthur Rubenstein
  42. Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks about changing himself. -Leo Tolstoy
  43. Character is what you are in the dark. -Unknown
  44. One minute of patience can result in ten years of peace. -Italian Proverb
  45. You are responsible for you. -English Proverb
  46. Love all, trust few, do wrong to none. -William Shakespeare
  47. It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself. -Eleanor Roosevelt
  48. A bad workman blames his tools. -Chinese Proverb
  49. We learn by watching and listening. -Japanese Proverb
  50. Win or lose, do it fairly. -Knute Rockne
  51. The time is always right to do what is right. -Martin Luther King, Jr. 
  52. Imagination was given to us to compensate for what we are not, and a sense of humor was provided to console us for what we are. -Francis Bacon

And there you have it! Go ahead and write them down in your bullet journal or stick them in a place to give yourself some motivation/inspiration! 

 

Amanda ❤

What Does 'Shameless' Mean To Me?

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I'm here today because on Sunday October 25th, I decided to take on the Shameless Maya challenge. If you don't know who that is, I don't blame you. I didn't know either until about three months ago when my friend Alina invited me to her Facebook group, Do You Boo. I didn't pay very much attention to it at first, until about a month ago when I realized that I have a problem with promoting myself, with getting the word out there about my blog, etc. Then I started watching Maya's videos on Youtube, and I've also decided that I'm going to try this #shameless thing for a year. 

As it is, I'm already pretty shameless, and that's where the problem lies. I simultaneously don't care what people think of me. Take for instance the fact that I'm drafting up this post while I'm at school with a kitten sitting in my lap. Do I care that people probably think that I'm a crazy cat lady for bringing a cat to school? (Side note: I totally am a crazy cat lady, but I know my limits) Do I care that I have a pretty perverted mind and that i can turn practically anything into sexual innuendo? Do I care that people are probably laughing at me when I purposely dance as if I had no rhythm for the sole purpose of trying to embarrass my friends? Nope. I don't. But at the same time, let me just be honest, I do.

And sometimes I don't know when it will be. Do I care what people think if I leave the house wearing sweatpants? Even though they probably don't even care, HELL YES I DO! Do I care what friends and family think of my outrageous decisions, like suddenly quitting one job without even having another lined up? Yes. But I know that they know that I have my reasons. I also know that they will support me in whatever decisions and endeavors that I choose to embark on. 

But I guess it's more nervousness and hesitation about sharing my world with the world world. I'm a private person and there are definitely certain things that I like to keep that way. But by the same token, I'm typically one of those people who, if you just ask, I'll probably tell you. I'm both an open and closed book if you will. 

So what does shameless mean to me? Shameless by definition is characterized by showing a lack of shame. To me, it's being flagrant, overt, brazen, transparent, unashamed. These are all things that I am in my personal life. These are also all things that I need to be when it comes to promoting myself and this place.

To be honest, one of the things that I feel ashamed about is not having an obvious/marketable talent or skill. My friends are talented artists, designers, photographers, musicians, etc. Meanwhile, I feel like I'm just here for the sake of being here, sort of. Like, just living life, marking items off my bucket list and going to school, and hoping that I can get some sort of recognition/endorsement for that alone. Honestly, sometimes I feel like the Kim Kardashian of the blogging world almost, but I know that's not necessarily true. I have my strengths. 

I just need to focus and accept those strengths and somehow learn how to market them. 

Okay, this post is getting a little too wordy and I sort of feel like I'm talking my way in a circle so I'll leave it at that for now. (But not for long) 

What does 'Shameless' mean to you? Let me know in the comments! 

 

Amanda ❤

What I Learned at Agenda Emerge July 2015

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Last Thursday I had the chance to attend Agenda Emerge and it was chock full of great information. 

If you didn't know, Agenda is a Street, Surf, and Skate fashion tradeshow that I've been DYING to get into for the last two years. A couple of years back they introduced Agenda Emerge where industry leaders share their stories and information with people. From the website, 

"Agenda Emerge now exists as a public portal into the creative process. We have created Emerge to inspire the next generation of innovators and to reignite the passion of the veterans. We believe that brands, artists and designers are storytellers and we are captivated by their stories. Emerge is our way of telling these storyteller’s stories. Through unprecedented access and insightful narratives, we will explore how these mavericks of industry have adapted to, overcome, conquered, disrupted and influenced their fields of work."

The speakers included people from Paypal, Stance Socks, ReadyPulse, NuOrder, Merchant Factors, CIT Group, Shopify, and Trendalytics. I left the conference SUPER inspired to keep doing what I'm doing. To keep working on my dream of building my own company. I honestly left with like, 8 pages of notes, so I thought I'd share a few tidbits that I learned. 

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Do you know what the largest selling day in commerce is? Think it's Black Friday or Cyber Monday? Nope. Guess again. Still no idea? Well, there is a Chinese holiday called 'Single's Day', a sort of anti-valentine's day, celebrated on November 11th. 11/11. All the one's because you're single. Get it? Yeah. Well apparently, last year, revenue from single's day alone surpassed $9 billion dollars. What did Black Friday bring in? $2+ billion dollars. 

*So if you plan on selling internationally, you're definitely going to want to have some sort of deal or acknowledgement of the holiday. I know I will. I also learned that cross-border shoppers spend 2x as much as domestic shoppers do. Take that into consideration. 

From Stance Socks and ReadyPulse, I learned that brands LOVE influencers and that great storytelling is critical in order to advance your brand. You need to understand your demographic, content/ analytics, and engagement. 

*ROI or Return on Investment doesn't always have to be about money. 

*Having the right people as brand ambassadors/ Influencers will make the brand standout, and to let your customers tell your story. 

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*Raise enough money to get out of "hobby level" of what you're trying to establish. With that being said, look into your resources. 

*Be deliberate when raising capital. 

*Get a lawyer. It doesn't matter how big or little a contract may seem. Get a lawyer to look over it anyway. 

* Continue to plan and project for the next level of success despite growth. 

* and finally from them, DO THINGS. FIGHT FOR YOUR DREAM

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*Don't buy 'likes'. 'Likes' don't make money. 

* You have a better chance at hitting long-tailed keywords than you do for short-tailed ones. What's a long-tailed keyword, you ask? Here's an example for you: Black mid-calf crocodile boots, versus: black boots. 

* Facebook ads actually have a better ROI

 

Anywho, those are just some of the bigger pieces of knowledge that I left the conference with, but I know I'll definitely be implementing most of them within the next couple of months. 

 

Amanda ❤

What is an Emotional Guinea Pig?

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It's Monday and I'm here to talk about emotional guinea pigs. I know it sounds a little ludicrous but I have an emotional guinea pig and I'm so grateful for it. 

So what exactly is an emotional guinea pig, you ask? We've all had previous relationships where things turn out not so well and when everything is said and done, you've been left with battle scars, right? 

Scars like fear and unworthiness. We question some aspects of ourselves and vow to not be hurt the same way again. You've put your hand too close to the stove and you've been burned. You've learned your lesson. But the question is, what's so wrong with getting burned? 

We give of ourselves but we hold back ten or twenty percent of what we have to give or feel to ensure that the person that we trust our hearts to doesn't hurt us completely. 

What's wrong with being completely foolish and letting yourself feel? 

Now back to the emotional guinea pig part. 

An emotional guinea pig is someone with whom you are willing to let yourself open up completely to. Despite the fears that have grown in you. Despite the hurt you've felt before. It's the person who you trust to still like and love you when the emotionally ugly side rears it's head when you decide to confront it. It's the person that you say, "I wouldn't normally do this" to. 

When I was seeing a therapist, it was suggested that I should let people know my emotions. 

CHPG is my emotional guinea pig. I've revealed so many things to him. Things I would have just let fester inside myself. I've allowed myself to feel 100% again with him. It's scary because I'm letting myself be so vulnerable, and being on the Cancer/Leo cusp, vulnerable is not something I'm not very comfortable allowing myself to be. It's not something very many people are comfortable allowing themselves to be but it's oh so essential. 

Why do kids always find the smallest things extraordinary? Because they're experiencing them for the first time. Why is it that things that you experience for the first time are so exhilarating? Because you've decided to do it, and when you do it, you're letting yourself feel 100% for a short period of time. 

So confront your fears. Be vulnerable. Let yourself feel. Put your heart on your sleeve. Find your emotional guinea pig. 

XO Amanda

Photo Credit: Paige'X

Amanda ❤

12 Ways to Have Fun

The other day I talked about how I simply wanted to be more active this year. That there was no special number that I was trying to reach. Well that got me thinking. The reason everyone completely loves Beyonce's video for '7/11' is because she's having fun in the video. She's being silly and I think as adults a lot of us have forgotten how to do that. So I'm here to suggest a handful of ways to have fun as an adult that we may have loved to do as a kid.  

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1. Climb the jungle gym at the park with a kid you know. 

2. Go play on the swings. Get as high as you can!

3. Next time you're out running with a friend, have a small race. 

4. Play jump rope with your niece. 

5. Next time you're cleaning your house, put on some Bruno Mars then quickly forget about cleaning your house. 

6. Get some friends together and go play some volleyball. Even better if you can find a sand-filled court. 

7. Play a card game. Cards against Humanity will DEFINITELY bring out some laughs while UNO can get pretty competitive with just enough people. 

8. Next time you see musicians busking on the street, instead of stopping and staring at them, dance if the music is upbeat. 

9. Nothing is better and more calming than grabbing some crayons and a coloring book on a rainy day. Don't follow convention when picking your colors. 

10. Always an after-school favorite, Mancala!! 

11. When's the last time you climbed a tree or walked barefoot through the grass? Throw on some ratty jeans and head to the park. 

12. So you're at the park and there's a tetherball court? Get in line! If you don't know how to play ask the kids to teach you. They'll be more than happy, plus they'll think you're cool. Not many adults play tetherball anymore.

I hoped this helped a bit and inspired you to come up with a few ways to incorporate more fun into your life. I'd love to hear some of your ideas. Leave them in the comments! 

Amanda

Amanda ❤

Style Icon: Sincerely, Jules

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 Photos: Sincerely Jules Instagram

 

    Being a California girl, as soon as Spring hits, I pretty much like to live in cutoff shorts, but cutoffs can be so, laid-back. I never thought that cutoffs could have a pulled together or chic look about them until I came across Julie's instagram. She pulls off California casual so effortlessly and when she dresses up, it still manages to look casual and relaxed. She's my style icon for sure. I've been dissecting her look for about a month now and I've come to the conclusion that we kind of have similar tastes in that she likes simplicity. Nothing really too extravagant or in your face. A mix between simple, minimalist and classic cuts and that's exactly how I like my clothes. I was perusing through Clinton Kelly's book at the library, Freakin Fabulous on a Budget, when I read a little tidbit about finding a style icon and emulating what they would wear until you feel comfortable enough to be able to do it alone without thinking if said style icon would wear a piece you're considering. So that's what I'm doing. Lately when I'm clothes shopping I've been thinking if the piece I'm thinking about picking up would be something that she'd wear. She's got my heart for sure. Awesome style and a to die for tan. 

 

Amanda ❤

10 Motivational Fitness Quotes

Honestly, I've been lagging on the fitness aspect of life since this semester started. I've already signed up for a conditioning class for the Summer II semester but that starts in July and I want to get a headstart on looking and feeling better for Summer. Currently, NONE of my shorts fit me and I'm determined to change that (again). I've been meal/snack prepping these last two weeks and on top of saving myself some money, I feel better when I know I'm eating cleaner. But at the same time, I also need motivation to keep going. I'm one of those people who likes a hard ass on my case so some of these are the perfect motivational quotes for me.

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Amanda ❤

Saturday Tunes: Kermit the Frog "Rainbow Connection"

I spent 2 hours and 20 minutes last night watching the Jim Henson Memorial Service on YouTube and it was well worth it. I learned last night that he had a major impact on my life without me even realizing it. He had an impact on all of our lives. You better believe that after last night, the one thing I was greatful for was that he even existed and that he followed his heart and passion. Puppeteering was something he loved so much that despite how creepy it may seem, it has affected millions of people worldwide, and I believe, affected us for the better. Not only was he there to teach us learning fundamentals such as our ABCs, numbers, and words on Sesame Street. Through characters such as Elmo and Big Bird, he helped kids deal with themes such as death, divorce and diversity. On that same show, he taught us love, tolerance, compassion, and friendship. He taught about life, and that's something that I'll always be thankful to him for. After watching that video last night, I don't think there will ever come a time where I don't cry when I hear this song. Jim Henson died in 1990, but the great legacy he left has, through his passion, has kept teaching millions more. I know I learned something 13 years later and if you find yourself bored or have time to spare, I suggest you watch his memorial. It's heart touching but please have a box of tissue beside you. 

 

Amanda ❤

Panda Escapes To: Exposition Park Rose Garden

I learned about this place sometime ago when I went to the LA Times Festival of Books last month. I didn't visit it that day, but I knew I had to come back, and soon. 

I went back one morning when I completely forgot that my morning class wasn't going to be meeting that day, so I thought it would be the perfect time to visit and kill some time until my next class. *UGH* Delight! There are approximately 15,000 rose bushes with about 145 different varieties of roses, and you better believe I tried to smell all of them! Some roses aren't fragrant but some roses are, and for those that were, let's just say, I was having nosegasms. They ALL smelled so good! 

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 My favorite out of all of them though, were the 'unforgettable' roses, which I believe is the second picture. For a Monday, I definitely couldn't complain about spending the morning there. 

Have you ever visited the Exposition Park Rose Garden in LA? Did you have a favorite variety? If you're ever in LA I definitely recommend having a small picnic there and taking pictures. I know I can see myself doing a shoot there! 

Amanda ❤

April Inspiration - Red

The last week of April I decided I wanted to create a new monthly series where I focus on one theme or color and photograph everything that I find inspiration in, in that color. My favorite color is red so last week I decided to photograph some red things. Not very many pictures but this month I hope to change that. I can't believe it May already! Crazy! Where has this year gone? By the way, I'm totally going to hate this month because the Sir heads out again, but that's a whole slew of emotions that I've been trying to avoid recently so no need to bring that up right now. 

Here's a couple of pictures: 

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Amanda ❤