I'm On Day 9 Of The Challenge & Thinking About What I Want Right Now

So here it is, today's one-liner that will hopefully inspire me to write something:

I do this all the time.

Can I be honest again with everyone? I really don't feel like I have much in me to write with today.

So, I committed to fifteen minutes and I'm going to go all stream of consciousness on you.



There are going to be those days when you just want to throw in the towel or the days when you just get hit a little too hard to even imagine trying to get back up. 

Those are the days you put your left foot in front of your right. Or at least, I do. This is me putting my left foot out:

As far as today's food for thought goes, I think you can still want things for yourself AND be present enough to appreciate what you have. It isn't one or the other, which is initially what I was thinking when I read it. 

I love goals and big scary dreams. I would never be where I am today without them.

But I've run into several pitfalls. 

It is at that time when looking ahead is exchanged for looking into the present moment.

When I get knocked down, it is super easy to slip into pity party mode. There are two things that can pull me out of an impending moment of internal doom: one is going outside for a walk (I fall in love with San Francisco more every time I do this, even the shady Tenderloin parts) and two is writing down what I'm grateful for or what I think is going 'right' in my life. 

It doesn't always work and I don't always naturally transition into this line of thinking. It takes discipline for me to stick with it. The kind of self-discipline it takes to write every day for 21 days. 

So for today, since I am pulling myself back out of a mood, I'm going to do this:

  • I have eyes that work. Um, yay.
  • I sat down with two amazing friends this morning over coffee and insanely delicious cinnamon toast. Does it get better?
  • I'm about to move into an apartment that I completely lucked out on thanks to someone I am so lucky to have as a friend for many more reasons than real estate. Timing is everything.
  • I got to hug my best friends kids a few weeks ago. They're too cute. I also get to watch my friend be a mother. And not just any mother, she is an award-winning mommy. I'm not surprised, but I am taking notes. 
  • I have a laptop that works, so that's good.
  • I know how to type. Also good since I have a laptop and all.
  • I'm reading the most insanely enlightening book ever and I wouldn't have ever had the time to do that a month ago. It's a life-changer for sure.
  • My brother survived the blizzard like a champ. I like to know my people are safe and sound. 
  • I found movers for next week. This is a big deal and a nice little item to cross off my list.
  • I tried an acai bowl for the first time and although I still don't understand how that sucker could have cost $11 (rip, off, SF-style), I wouldn't have changed a thing because I got to hug close friends I hadn't seen in way too long. 
  • Simone, the cat. She's just cool and I miss her, but I love her.
  • The view from Alamo Square Park this afternoon. 
  • Running into people in this city. Makes it feel more like home, a lil bit at least.

Right now I feel totally different than how I felt when I started this post.

What people say about gratitude lists is true. It is impossible for me to be finding fault with life or myself when I focus on the little things (or big) that I am very grateful for in my crazy life whether it's cinnamon toast or getting a feature in the January 2016 issue of Real Simple. It's all good. 


If you don't like anything in your closet and you want something totally different, try bringing in someone who has a fresh set of eyes. You've been staring at the same wardrobe for awhile now and maybe, just maybe, you can't see the forest through the trees. 

Also, there has to be at least ONE item in there that you like. Focus on that. Start  there. See if you can work with your friend/stylist/Pinterest to come up with new ways to wear it. Branch out and start looking outside of what's familiar.

This is probably one of my most favorite things to do with a client. I go into a closet, get rid of the clutter, and then with less, EVERY TIME, I create at least twenty new outfits the client can wear. I don't do this to show off, even though I still get a thrill when someone says, "oh I never would have thought of that!" 

I do this because it is the literal representation of what is most important when it comes to changing up your closet (and life for that matter): you may not be able to see what you have. You may be working with so much more than you know, and you may not be able to figure that out unless you a. can declutter a bit and b. get some fresh insight that will help redirect your focus from looking at what you don't have/wish you had to looking at what you do have right now. Ohhhhhhhhhhh...



Ok so the stream of consciousness is over and I'm thinking I may add these gratitude bullets to the end of the rest of my #ss21daychallenge posts. Or not. TBD. Only time will tell.

For now, have a good night, and go figure out five things your grateful for.

It's fun, I swear to you.

Ok, gotta go.