Category Archives: life+such

Dreaming of Fall

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I always enjoy summer and all the fun it brings (ie, beach days, margaritas made with fresh grapefruit juice, and falling asleep to the sound of Sea World fireworks to name a few). But hands down, fall is my favorite time of year. For several weeks I’ve been itching for cooler weather, cozy fall clothes, and that sweet crispness in the air (of which we get very little here in San Diego).

Here are a few things I’ve found that are getting me even more excited for the next season… 

Above: white pumpkins are one of my favorite ways to decorate for fall (image via).

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A warm cable knit headband for warm ears and easy hair days.pumpkin-whoopie-pies

Pumpkin whoopie pies with chai-spiked ice cream filling (or let’s face it, anything pumpkin will do).

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Apple cider caramels (these sound like HEAVEN).

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An oversized sweater is a must to make every day cozy.

What are you looking forward to this fall?

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Guest Post: Helpful Thoughts from Emma

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Today’s post is by a dear friend and fellow blogger, Emma, was kind enough to share some words of wisdom for service members transitioning to civilian life. Thank you Emma!

If you are on the verge of retiring from the military and are beginning the process to transition back into civilian life, there should be no worries about the prospects of getting a decent job. Although at first it might seem challenging trying to get back into the swing of things, there are plenty of ways to go about finding the right job after leaving the armed forces. Many myths surround the employment prospects for servicemen and women but I’m here to help bust some of them so you can start focusing on a successful job search.

Myth #1: There are no resources for former military personnel to transition back into civilian life

This is perhaps the biggest myth of all. There are tons of resources out there geared towards helping military veterans and their families transition back into civilian life. There are many nonprofit organizations today working exclusively with the military to help returning veterans find jobs, housing, schools for their children, etc. Hire Heroes USA provides workshops to help veterans with job skills training. They even hold job fairs to connect veterans with prospective employers.

Myth #2: Companies are not hiring

Although the recession has had a major impact on various industries, things are surely beginning to recover. Nonetheless, job prospects do depend on the industry and position in which you are going after. Even in the midst of layoffs, companies are still hiring to find the best talent. Even if the situation seems bleak, eventually things will get better and before you know it, your phone will be ringing off the hook with prospective employers looking to interview you.

Myth #3: Resources are only geared towards military veterans

While there are a wide variety of resources specifically designed for families of active servicemen, there is also a lot of assistance targeted towards families of veterans. The Military Spouse Employment Partnership allows the spouses of veterans to search for jobs, get career advice and job skills training, like writing resumes and cover letters.

Myth #4: Companies don’t care about applicants

While this may have been true years ago, the recession has forced companies to look very hard and screen all potential applicants. The pool of talent has gotten larger and more companies are realizing that there is a lot of competition for very limited job opportunities. Because of this, they are making the job application process easier with mobile recruiting solutions from companies like JIBE, and offering benefits such as telecommuting, free day care, on-site fitness facilities, etc.

Emma is a mid 20-something with a passion for life, love, fitness, and helping others. She loves to be active and get involved in as many sport and community activities as possible. Emma is currently studying to become a Career & Life Coach, and loves to network with people from around the world. You can check out Emma’s blog here.

Photo courtesy of Heather Roth Photography.

Summer

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Even though it’s been a busy season for me at work, summer manages to live on without me. I’ve still been blessed with a few bits of the season these last few weeks. Here’s a peek…

Above: birthday flowers from dear friends.

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Farmer’s market finds (Little Italy’s is the best in San Diego).

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The perfect hat for lazy summer days.

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First round of peaches picked right off our own tree in the back yard.

Thanks for stopping by, and for being patient with me while I’m posting less frequently! I’ll be back soon.  Happy summer! :)

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Work / Life Balance

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I have always believed strongly in finding balance between work and life outside of work. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned that I am a much more creative, efficient person when I take the time to rest my mind and body and spend time with those I love.

Especially now since the Mr’s schedule requires us to make the most of our time together, balancing life and work has never been more important. I feel very blessed that I can, for the most part, leave work at work and be present when I’m at home or doing other things I love (like spending time with you here!).

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That being said, there are those brief seasons that work takes priority over everything else, especially when there is an important goal or deadline on the horizon. Things are currently super busy at my day job, so my posts will be a little less frequent for the next three weeks. It’s all part of the balance. But don’t worry, I’ll still be around! xo

What are your thoughts? Do you have trouble leaving work at work? Have you found a good work / life balance? I’d love to hear!

Photos courtesy of Chadwick.

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Just Saying

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If you’re so inclined, hop over to facebook and take a look (and maybe like)! xo

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Going Away

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It was just over a year ago that the Mr and I began our journey into Navy life. I’ve been thinking lately how thankful I am that his training so far has been a success, and how far along we’ve come. It’s been quite an adventure so far!

Before he left for basic training in Chicago for five months last spring, some family and my closest friends and I threw a going away party for him. I stumbled across these photos from that special day and thought I would share them, if you’d like to see…

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We used red and blue glass, rope and burlap accents, and vintage photos and Navy prints to give it a festive maritime feel.

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Some of the Mr’s favorite foods (Mexican market tacos, spiced rosemary cashews, and a special whiskey cocktail) made him feel extra loved.

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Everyone signed a beautiful print I had found and framed (which is hanging in our bedroom), wishing him well.

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One of the highlights was (of course) a fantastic photo booth by our dear friends. They even made the flag for the background by hand.

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It was such a precious and memorable day. But I am so thankful that this year of separations and tough training has flown by so quickly!

Thanks for taking a look! Happy Monday. :)

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Happy Fourth

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I am so grateful for all those who have served to protect the freedom we have.

I’m looking forward to a lovely long weekend spent with family and friends, eating good food, lounging on a boat, and ooing and ahhing over fireworks.

Happy Fourth!

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Morning Rituals

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I mentioned recently that I love my mornings.

There is such a calming joy of having nothing to do when that alarm goes off, except get up and pour a cup of precious coffee. Sit down on the porch. Wake up. Be still. Pray. Read.

Birds come alive and the sun begins to peek through the marine layer. In the stillness of this time, I become rooted in who I am and what I was made for… truths that, with the everydayness of life, I inevitably forget.

Some mornings, other things may creep their way in: a hot yoga class (the only thing that relieves my computer hunchback syndrome). Or extra sleep, or work. But there is always resistance, a hesitation in my heart, because the morning quiet has become more and more precious to me.

This stillness has not come easy. Years of busyness and connectedness (thanks to my iPhone) have taken their toll, and have rewired my brain for constant activity. There is an unspoken dismissal of stillness around us, everyday. And even though I’ve been enjoying my morning ritual for over a year now, there are still days that my mind runs a mile a minute with the to-dos and musts of the day, unable to let my heart settle down and focus.

But the longer I’ve taken the time to find this stillness every day, the more natural the stillness becomes. And I’ve come to find I cannot do without it.

I believe in finding stillness and quiet mornings. Or afternoons. Or evenings, if that’s your style. Do you have daily rituals or a special time of day that restore you?

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Java Tea Launch

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This past weekend, we were invited to celebrate the launch of Java Tea, a brilliant tea company a few dear friends have been working tirelessly on for years. We were so honored to be invited to the launch party, which was almost single-handedly pulled off by my one of my besties, and filled to the brim with good friends, food, and fun. Here’s a peek!

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Highlights: a to-die-for table of cheeses…

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amazing tea-infused beer and cocktails…

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some of my favorite people all in one room…

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…and of course, a crazy-fun photo booth (c/o amigobooth).amigo-booth

We even got to take a bag of tea tins to enjoy at home.

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Thank you for the good times Java Tea peeps! Be sure to check them out and buy some tea.

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Convos With My Two Year Old

Have you seen this brilliant YouTube series? I wanted to share it with you to kickstart your weekend (this one is amazing too). :)

Happy Friday!

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