Author: Stella

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We are at the close of another year. It seems like no matter what I do, time just seems to go by faster and faster as I get older. I finally get what every adult was trying to tell me when I was a kid. Where’s the pause button?

I started off the beginning of the year with the same resolution that almost everyone else tries to adopt, a blank slate. Let’s just face it, this is unrealistic. I think the most important lesson I learned this past year is that life is really messy, but the shit you go through makes you who you are. Sometimes, it is just that, shit. It’s mind boggling, enraging and downright devastating. But we are resilient.

We pick up whatever pieces we can. We mend the broken seams. And then we grow. It is super easy to look back at the nice, rose colored memories and think of those things as our only defining moments. All the while, the lumps in our rugs are mountainous with the flaws we sweep under it. But it’s all of it, the good and the bad, that collectively make up our lives.

Let me predict a couple of things for 2018. There will be successes. There will be failures. The only new year’s resolution I am making is this: be comfortable and embrace who I am, lumps and all.

Oh, and stop eating so much candy.

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Thank you, President Obama

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“Yes We Can. Yes We Did. Yes We Can.” – President Barack Obama

This past weekend, I began an attempt to organize my office. I began recycling junk mail and creating a pile of papers I wanted to keep. But like all my other “attempts” tend to go, I got distracted when I found one of my old journals in the desk drawer.

I gladly picked it up and began to skim the pages. A bright red sticker with the words “I Voted” jumped out at me. There was a piece of blue construction paper glued onto the page with a folded up newspaper article tucked underneath. I slid out the article before I began reading the words I had written in 2008.  (more…)

Blank Walls

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The room that I spent most my childhood was a little girl’s dream. The walls were artistically covered in soft pink and rose colored paint strokes. It was whimsical. Pretty little white frames held sweet images of flowers and Precious Moments characters. When I was an obnoxious pre-teen that thought she knew every thing about this world, I had the faces of boy bands plastered over the little girl pink walls. But even at that age, I was careful only to collect and display the best posters.

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Quiet

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Quiet can be a reprieve from the crazy world. It can provide solace and comfort. Between words said, it can say the things that cannot be spoken. It is sometimes heavy and laced with dread, panic. It can be the answer and the unfulfilled question.
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29 & Holding

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A happy birthday is in order for the youngest member of the Pen & Paper Society, Kendall.

She may be the youngest, but this girl is wise beyond her years as well as a kid at heart. She gets off easy this year by not turning 30 quite yet.

So, Allie and Stella challenge her to make a list of 30 new things to try before she’s 30 to the blog.

We wish you an amazing year full of wonderful surprises, new adventures and great friends and family.

Love, Allie & Stella

30 Things About Allie

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Every once in a while the perfect moment arrives to rain pleasantries on ones friends. This is one of those moments.

To our dearest friend Allie,

30 just allowed us another year of discovering what is so great about you!

Laughter

Fashion

Beauty

Intellect

Literature

Quotes

Journaling

Debate

Music

Determination

Openness

Deep conversations

Light conversations

Forgiving

Ally

Dimples

Talent

Adventure

Romantic

Flowers

Imagination

Classic

Words

Aware

Alive

Generous

Support

Humor

Quality

Magic

In this year may you be,

Completely and perfectly and incandescently happy.

 – Stella & Kendall

Friday Favorites

“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” (9)

This American Life // Stella: Stories are part of every day life. They remind us of the past. They help us imagine the future. But what about the present? I think that stories help us understand each other and builds compassion. It is what makes us human. They enrich our lives with different circumstances and situations we may never encounter and widens our perspectives. I’ve pushed podcasts before, but This American Life is one to add to your rotation. It is usually broken into different acts so all the stories are pretty short and digestible. But I promise you, as you listen to these stories, you won’t want to get out of your car when you get where you’re going until the episode is over (I obviously listen to podcasts while driving).

Family // Kendall: It’s been about seven years now since I lived in the same state as my best friend. She was in Denver for three years and just as she moved back home to Minnesota, I headed off to the west coast. I find it amazing how the mind is able to convince oneself that it doesn’t miss someone TOO much. My sister, the previously mentioned best friend, recently came for a long weekend and my god do I love that girl. So many perfect discussions were had while hiking Lake Tahoe’s various summits and making our way to its multitude of alpine lakes. Not only did I get to experience the perfect staycation, but I got to laugh face to face with my sister over nothing particularly important, stay up late(ish) drinking too much wine and observe her photography talent in action. FAMILY. Every girl needs a sister. Well… I do.

#FromWhereIStand // Allie: I’m currently developing a marketing campaign for work inspired by the Instagram trend, #FromWhereIstand, and I can’t stop browsing the feed! Have you ever looked at it in detail? I’m amazed at the level of creativity and inspiration Instagram users have packed into the simple concept of taking a picture of one’s feet. I may just have to pull out the chalk, put on my favorite shoes and create a masterpiece of my own!