Last week was a mad dash to the finish line, but I made it! While I decompress a bit, here is a look at a few notable things from the past week.
1. I mentioned this in my last post, but I've been inspired to start reading The Artist's Way again. I'm not very consistent with my morning pages (they are often evening and just-before-bedtime pages), but I do like the overall concept. Also, writing first thing in the morning is a tip I keep hearing over and over, so ideally I'd at least like to try it. But I already consider it a minor miracle that I've been getting up early to do yoga in the morning, so if I added writing on top of it, I think I would officially cease to recognize myself. What next? I start cooking dinner every night?? Oh wait, that's actually a good idea...
2. I'm a well-established non-fan of winter, but one of the silver linings of the cooler temps is wearing boots again. These are my new favorite boots from Steve Madden. And yes, I totally want a pair in every color.
3. The HandmadeMN Market was last Saturday, and I dare say that the day was a success! It was my first market so I had no idea what to expect, but I met a lot of great people (see #5 for an example), made some sales, and it was just an overall great experience. My mom was an excellent helper, and my youngest niece also stayed with us most of the day. She was ridiculously cute and helpful, and I will glady allow her to be my booth assistant any time.
4. This is the sports nerd in me talking, but I stumbled upon an interesting article about Kansas State's head football coach and his 16 goals for success. I'm already a huge fan of John Wooden's pyramid of success ("Goals achieved with little effort are seldom worthwhile or lasting." - John Wooden). I'm honestly not a huge football fan, but Bill Snyder's goals really struck a chord with me as well. What can I say? I guess I'm a sucker for sports-related motivational materials! The goals that resonate the most with me right now are Commitment, Improve, Self-Discipline (do it right, don't accept less), and No Self-Limitations. (and yes, all of this motivation stuff is great, but I still might have to give the award for best poster to one Ron Swanson.)
5. Ok, back to business! My booth on Saturday was completely tucked away in the corner of the VFW's basement, but luckily I ended up in excellent company. My neighbor at the market was Renee from Nostalgic Summer (isn't that necklace above gorgeous!?). She was extremely nice and great company. Her booth was amazing, as was her vintage inspired jewelry, and she very kindly profiled my shop on her blog this week. Thanks, Renee! Click here to see her profile of my shop, as well as some photos of my booth!
6. Finally, this is surely old news by now, but I discovered The Lumineers on Spotify a few weeks ago and I'm completely addicted. I'm sadly a bit out of touch with new music these days, and nothing has really come along that made me take notice, but I was instantly enamored with this band. Then I went to iTunes and I read this description: "...not too far from Ryan Adams or even Desire-era Bob Dylan." And I thought, oh, so that's why I like them. Makes perfect sense.