It’s funny how when I was younger I felt somewhat invincible when it came to traveling and new adventures and then sometime between the age of twenty and twenty-six I’ve all of the sudden become such an anxious traveler. I started noticing it just with flying more often than I used to for work and then it became more often even just with trips that were too spontaneous or unplanned that I usually would’ve been thrilled about all of the sudden made me uneasy at first. Maybe it’s just a side effect of my getting older or trying to be in control of something I can’t change, but it’s a bad habit I’m still hoping to break. I think part of me is so worried that something bad or frightening will happen that I end up fearing fear itself, if that makes any sense at all.
We got presented the opportunity last week to go on a very spontaneous (i.e.- last minute) cruise to the Caribbean with Princess Cruises and it seriously put my travel anxiety to the test considering all of the above feelings mixed with my first time ever going on a cruise. I think Jared spent a solid 24 hours cumulatively consoling me that everything would be fine before we left. Usually everything works out pretty seamlessly, and alas we’re on our cruise now and having a great time, but it’s funny how your mind has a tendency to play with your emotions even when everything else can tell you otherwise.
I’ve come to find a few things that really help calm me when traveling like the Rescue pastilles some of you recommended to me a while back, saying quick prayers, and reminding myself and I can’t control everything around me. Did any of you ever experience a switch over from being a fearless adventure to more of an anxious traveler? I’d love to hear your thoughts or tips and tricks on the whole thing!
I accidentally stumbled on this Chiquita Banana inspired fruit headband idea when I was trying to come up with an easy craft idea for a Halloween party last month, and I kind of loved the way it turned out in practice runs so I decided to share it with you! And in case you’re the kind of gal that plans her Halloween costume the day something calls for one (like myself), this is the perfect last-minute costume idea for you! That is if you have small honeycomb tissue balls lying around your house anyways..
Also, I wish I could tell you this was not a natural pose for me to make while modeling my crafts, but I actually felt really at home with myself. I’m not sure what that says about me as a person, but mostly I’m just happy to have justified this unnecessary Anthropologie polka dot shirt purchase yet again.
photos by Kimberly Chau
When the studio tour came out I got a TON of reader questions about where the watercolor wall art above the couch was from. I definitely did not see that one coming seeing as how I seriously made that thing in 10 minutes flat as Kimberly was walking in to take photos of the space. Originally we had this DIY paper wall art on the wall there instead, but I decided it was a little too punchy and wanted a more muted focal point so I switched it out at the last second.
I’ve finally gotten around to fulfilling your requests for a how-to with this DIY watercolor wall art tutorial, and you might actually laugh at how easy this is to make, not even joking!
I never thought my dead plant skills were ever going to treat me this well, but I have to say I’ve never felt so proud of dead persimmons and brown flowers before. I couldn’t resist buying some of these crazy looking stems when we were at the market a few weeks ago and I liked the idea of tying in a white pumpkin to keep it a little bright and (sort of) cheery, but with just the right touch of eery for the perfect DIY Halloween floral centerpiece.
Plus I can almost guarantee you this will be one of the few times that you’ll feel honored when guests compliment you on a dead greenery..