Category Archives: The Life of Lauren

Dealing With Setbacks: Homeownership

How do you cope when a situation in your life just keeps going wrong, seemingly no matter what you do?

Admittedly, I am not the best at dealing with setbacks. I’ve always been a very emotional person, and I have occasional bouts of unhealthy (and unaddressed) anxiety and depression.

Buying a house has proven to be a giant roller coaster of emotion. This week I was so sure we were through the worst of it, but we’ve hit a new, and really massive, roadblock. It’s been so incredibly frustrating to climb over obstacles, and then have our good vibes killed by another obstruction. We can see the finish line of closing ahead, but we’re trapped again by more bullshit.

And it’s exhausting. It’s really tough to imagine your life in this new house– start planning out your furniture, paint colors, and layout (not to mention dreaming of Christmas decorations, dinner parties, and raising a family there)– only to see that dream dangling precariously by a thread.

My Creative Month: December 2014

Visiting The Clark in Williamstown, MA

Every month there are many small projects and events in my life that don’t make it on to the blog. My Creative Month shares some interesting tutorials I’ve tried, as well as a little peek into my life.

Visiting The Clark in Williamstown, MA

The holidays are a whirlwind for other people, too, right? Even though we decided to forgo hosting a holiday party (see below for why), December was crazy in all of the best ways.

New House(!)
So we are still in the whole process, but George and I are buying our first house!

Yikes! It is really exciting and scary all at the same time. We’ve been coordinating the sale for quite some time now, and these last details are getting a little annoying to sort out. I don’t want to share too much, for fear of cursing the closing, but the house has some amazing details like ceiling medallions. Here’s a little taste:

My Paper Planner

Sugar paper planner from Target -- pink

I can’t be the only one who still uses a physical, printed planner… right?

Sugar paper planner from Target -- pink

Last year I found an awesome pink planner as part of the sugar paper for Target collection. I have absolutely loved it because it has a spot for each day, but also a lined notes page for each week. I went to Target recently to purchase the 2015 version, but they changed the layout. It was terrible. I kept flipping through different sizes and colors of planners, hoping my beloved layout would appear. But it did not.

My disappointment drove me on a planner search that dragged across multiple evenings. I was looking to find another weekly planner with a notes page. I love that type of design because I can put my specific daily items under their day, and make lists of ongoing projects on the facing page. Especially since I have a few clients, all with different tasks, I find it easiest to list to-dos by group, not by day. For anyone looking for the same thing, I highly suggest going to this page on European Paper.

My Christmas Wish List

My 2014 Holiday Wish List

This is such a weird time of year for purchases. I spend so much time focusing on saving money and selecting perfect gifts for all my loved ones, I don’t even think about my own wish list. But after you get me thinking about my dream presents, oh, I could go on for days.

Here are a few things I asked for this year, along with other goodies I’d love to get. You know, just in case you were wondering 😉

My 2014 Holiday Wish List

  1. Fujifilm Instant Camera – What’s more fun than instant film?
  2. 85mm Camera lens – As I use my camera more and more, I’d love to start experimenting with some more lenses. Right now I just use the kit one!
  3. Stainless steel water bottle by Swell – I’m all about drinking tap water on the go, but I’d love to have my own bottle. For now I just use George’s, but it can’t always hold enough water for both of us.
  4. Beanie by Free People – Right now I don’t have any winter hats that I actually like. I’m hoping to get a slouchy beanie for those cold winter days.
  5. Passport cover by Kate Spade – Since we hop on so many adventures, I’d love to travel in style with this passport cover by Kate Spade. It says “happily ever after” on it, and is the perfect pink hue!
  6. Burberry Trench – Obviously I don’t expect to be gifted a $1,000+ jacket, but I consider this a dream item to have in my closet some day. We’ll see!
  7. Compact photo printer – I’ve been wanting to get back in scrapbooking and journaling. Right now most of my photos stay stored on my phone or computer, never to see the physical world. I’d love to have a little printer that can quickly spit out images that work for my personal use.
  8. Suede Wedges by Sperry – I’ve been eyeing these shoes all season, but there’s no real reason that I *need* them. But don’t those kinds of things make the best presents?

Now that I’m mostly done with my Christmas shopping, I can’t help but wonder what’s under the tree for me. I know gifts aren’t the primary focus of the holiday, but I just can’t help but be excited to give presents and receive a few treats!

My Creative Month: November 2014

Picking out live Christmas tree

Every month there are many small projects and events in my life that don’t make it on to the blog. My Creative Month shares some interesting tutorials I’ve tried, as well as a little peek into my life.

Picking out live Christmas tree

November was one of those whirlwind months that raced right on by me. I was perpetually busy, even though I feel guilty that I don’t have more to show for myself. Here are some of those highlights:

Visiting family — everywhere
In November, I visited both of my brothers, as well as my parents for Thanksgiving. I don’t know why I decided to pack it all in there, but I ended up traveling 3 weekends this month.