Inspired & Inspiring


Photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt


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MAKING baked Japanese sweet potatoes with cinnamon every day.

RE-READING The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy because I remember it touched me but I have no recollection of what it is about.

AWAITING our mom’s arrival! She will be here in less than 24 hours.


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TRYING to keep in mind that just because things aren’t where you want them to be today doesn’t mean they won’t get there.

THINKING about so many friends and wondering how they’re doing, even though I’m not always so good at keeping in touch.

DRINKING too much coffee, all day every day.

So far 2015 has been nutso. It has had some extreme highs and extreme lows for me. But today I can’t help but think of all the lessons I have learned in just the past 3 months. I realized how much I have already learned when I was looking at all of the pictures I have taken in just 2015. There are not that many, but here are some of my favorites and what they remind me of.


The beach always slows me down.


Finding the moon everywhere makes me feel loved.


Reppin’ Valley Cruise Press however and whenever I can is awesome.


I am not afraid to looking inside (or outside) of myself for answers.


My home really is where my heart is.


It is important to stop and pay attention to what is right in front of you


It’s a marathon, not a sprint.


And it is really important to have fun and laugh a lot.


And remind yourself how small you are and that you can’t even comprehend the other influences at play.

[posted by Farrell]



1.) How Tim Gunn of ‘Project Runway’ Spends His Sunday (via NYTimes)  My friend spent me this article earlier in the week.  What a classy guy Tim Gunn is!  I always liked him but gained a new appreciation for Gunn after listening to this Fresh Air interview he did last year.  -Lauren

2.)  The Personal Message blog is exactly the type of thing I needed to read this week. I love the little poems and thoughts. They really touched me. -Farrell

3.)  Love, Sex and Attachment (via On Being podcast) As a single person in her mid-30s, I found this conversation about modern love in America to be fascinating.  Though I think anyone, no matter their relationship status, would find it a worthwhile listen.  -Lauren

4.) How to Become Gluten Intolerant (via Devour) is hilarious! It is a great reminder that it’s always good to laugh and yourself and not take things too seriously.  -Farrell

5.)  What Is a Field (via Scientific American’s YouTube) arrived from our mom in my inbox yesterday with the simple message, “What I’m into lately.  Fascinating.”  -Lauren

6.) Built to Spill’s Living Zoo video (via Noisey by Vice) brings me back to my teenage years, when I was young and free and liked to tap my feet when I danced.  -Farrell


Last week I mentioned how uninspired and stuck in the mud I have been. Since then I have been trying to boost my mood and focus on the good stuff. I have also been feeling a little bit more inspired lately and it has mostly been driven by music. For a while, I kind of backed off on listening to a lot of music because it really shaped my moods. It is so easy to be swayed by music so I have to be careful that it doesn’t pull me in the wrong direction.

I saw Sia on Saturday Night Live this weekend and was mesmerized by her. She keeps her faced covered in all of her live performances and has another performer interpret her songs. I can’t get enough and had to share my two favorite videos of hers with you.

Sia – Chandelier

Sia – Elastic Heart

I have also been on a Beatles streak. Who doesn’t love being in a Beatles phase?! My favorite album has always been Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.They are just so good and have SO many good hits. I had to share some of these fun videos I found too:

The Beatles – Come Together

The Beatles – I am the Walrus

In conclusion, funks really do come and go. Hang in there.

[posted by Farrell]




(image via here)


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WEARING my Mexican house dress most days of the week.

ENJOYING taking morning and evening walks with Oscar the dog.

REMEMBERING very random snippets of my dreams as I go about my day.  Does this ever happen to you?


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LISTENING to Sia on repeat and I just can’t get enough. Her voice is amazing!

FINISHING our last season of Parenthood and I have to tell you, it is feeling like an end of an era. I love those Bravermans.

GEARING up for my birthday month. Here’s to 30 years old!


(Peony, paint, collage on panel via Flickr)

I overheard my mom talking on the phone once when I was little.  “She lost her mother this year,” my mother said.  I didn’t know who she was talking about but the statement had a profound impact on me.  It was the first time I ever considered that someone – an adult, no less – could be affected by something for a whole year.  And I understood that my mother was trying to encourage the person on the other end of the phone to be a little softer and a little more forgiving of the other person’s behavior.

I started writing this post last October but never published it.  Then last week I remembered it and thought it worth coming back to.  It reminds me to try to be a little less judgmental of and a lot more compassionate to myself and to others.  Time moves so fast sometimes, it’s hard to keep in mind that we’re all constantly working through past sadness, suffering, grief, loss and challenge.  Healing is a process; it doesn’t happen overnight and I guess it isn’t supposed to.

[posted by Lauren]



1.) Plant Care: Spring Repotting (via The Sill) “cause it’s getting to be that time of year!  -LF

2.) Too Hard to Keep (via Vice) is the best idea for a photo series. You know those photos that you just can’t stand look at anymore? Well sumbit them to this photographer to be part of his series. -FF

3.) Why Domestic Violence Victims Don’t Leave (via TED)  Someone shared this talk on my Facebook feed this week.  It’s an important topic and worthwhile watch for all of us.  -LF

4.) Artist Caves of New Mexico (via SF Globe)  This artist has dedicated over 25 years of his life creating works of art in caves. Watch this video and be blown away by this man’s life’s work.  -FF

5.) susan miller, astrology queen, answers all our questions (via NYLON)  For you other readers out there.  -LF

6.) Little Girl Dancing (via Youtube)  Guess what!?  Tomorrow is Friday and we should all learn how to dance to this song like this little girl.  -FF


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