currently craving: arrows

Cupid's Arrows II --  Original Acrylic Painting on 6x12 Canvas
aisle to aloha
ARROW RING - Copper and dipped rubber - SEAFOAM
miju and you

Arrow Necklace -  Collection of Arrows Hand Painted Necklace, Tribal Art Pendant
heather kent

Mini Arrows Sea Green, Red and Yellow
native shop

custom arrow tea cup - valentine or anti-valentine's day - black and white hand drawn illustration
wander sketch
Champagne Arrow Cocktail Ring
with care goods

Silver bow and arrow necklace

Three Arrows - 5x7 Print
heather future

Arrow to Love MMMug

Arrow Sign Wooden Pointing the Way Direction
slippin southern

Taking Aim - arrows earrings in sterling silver
melanie favreau
Be on the lookout for arrows when the shop reopens on February! I'll be back later with insta-friday.


48 Questions & Ask Me Anything

Good morning! I want to thank all of you who filled out my reader survey. There is still time if you haven't ;) What I've learned is that The Blue Eyed Owl community if VERY diverse. You all come to this blog for different reasons. I had originally developed the survey to help streamline content.  Well, if anything, it made it harder to determine what is the best/worst things about this blog. 

Then I realized, I LIKE MY BLOG the way it is! It's a little all over the place, because I'm a little all over the place. It's constantly changing and growing, because I am. I like a lot of different things, my tastes are very eclectic and always evolving. So, instead of catering to the needs of all my readers (which would be impossible), I'm just going to be true to myself and post what I love.  Hopefully you will all stick around. 

Choose Your Own Path Print

My friend Gina wrote a wonderful post on struggling to stand out when there are "too many cooks in the kitchen" and please others in her business and blog.  She too came to the conclusion that she just needs to be herself. Very inspiring!

Another very helpful thing that came out of my survey were the questions that people asked. I plan on doing a full Q&A post in about a week to address those. I'm asking you to PLEASE add to that. Ask me ANYTHING in the comments or shoot me an email. 

My friend Mindy did a fun little post where she answered 48 questions about herself. I'm snagging them because I thought it was so fun. Hopefully this will help you get to know me a bit more, and help you come up with some more questions for me ;)

1. What time did you get up this morning?

2. How do you like your steak? Medium rare...nice and juicy. Do you still love me Diana!

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

4. What is your favorite TV show? I watch a ton of TV so this is hard. Probably Breaking Bad or Mad Men. All time favorite is probably The Wire though.

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? New Orleans (hub's hometown)

6. What did you have for breakfast? Smoothie & oatmeal from the Love Food: Lose Weight E-book

7. What is your favorite food? Rich comfort food; think Lobster Mac, Steak & Pototoes, Greasy Pizza. Oh, and sushi, lots of sushi.

8. Foods you dislike? Peas & lima beans. It's the texture.

9. Favorite place to eat? In the world...Bayona in NOLA : Local...D'vine (wine bar)

10. Favorite dressing? Ranch or fancy vinaigrettes 

11. What kind of vehicle do you drive? Nissan Rogue & Chevy Silverado

12. What are your favorite clothes? Anything from Anthropologie

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? NYC (how have I never been there?)

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? 1/2 full always

15. Where would you want to retire? Wherever my kids/grandkids are

16. Favorite time of day? Evening

17. Where were you born? Suburbs of Chicago

18. What is your favorite sport to watch? Football!

19. What is your favorite fragrance? Whatever is gifted to me. I have NEVER bought perfume and I always have it. Maybe my friends and family are trying to tell me something...

20. What is your favorite face cream? Rose Hip Whip from a local spa

21. Favorite baby/kids products? Books!

22. People watcher? Yep, and I love it. I make up stories about peoples lives.

23. Are you a morning or night person? Depends on the day

24. Do you have any pets? Macy Moo the Rescue Mutt- love of our lives

25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? Always...Shop launch, Junk Restore Market, Creative Estates, 30 Day Shred, New eating plan, etc. I could go on :)

26. What did you want to be when you were little? It changed daily. The best was a sanitation worker.

27. What is your favorite memory? All of Bailey's milestones

28. Are you a cat or dog person? NOT a fan of cats. I wish I was, can't do it.

29. Are you married? Yep. 3 years next month.

30. Always wear your seat belt? Yes, always.

31. Been in a car accident? Lots actually.

32. Any pet peeves? Too many. Trying not to focus on negativity.

33. Favorite pizza toppings? Mushroom & bacon. Try it.

34. Favorite flower? Calla Lilly

35. Favorite ice cream? Anything with caramel & chocolate

36. Favorite fast food restaurant? Taco Bell or In & Out

37. How many times did you fail your driver's test? None. My dad made me study like it was the SAT's!

38. From whom did you get your last email? Bailey's online reading program. 100% on her test :)

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Etsy

40. Do anything spontaneous lately? Errrr...I've been boring lately. 

41. Like your job? Love it!

42. Broccoli? Yes! Even better with cheese.

43. What was your favorite vacation? Honeymoon and both trips to New Orleans

44. Last person you went out to dinner with? Hubs

45. What are you listening to right now? My chewing. Gross.

46. What is your favorite color? Aqua

47. How many tattoos do you have? 3 & more to come

48. Coffee drinker? Yep, with vanilla almond milk & stevia 

Are you bored yet? Ha! Okay ask away, what do you want to know...


5 Tips for Achieving Your Goals

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Remember my 12 goals for 2012? Well, writing them is easy. Achieving them is another story. Here are my 5 tips to keep you on track.

1. Write them down.

Everybody talks about their grand plans. Writing them down, on your blog, in your journal or on your fridge, makes them real.
Free PDF  from Julie Ann Art

2. Keep them visible.

Don't just write them down and shove them in the bottom of a pile. Display them is a creative way so that you have a daily reminder. You can type them up in a cute font and frame them in your home, keep them listed on a cute handmade chalkboard, or create an art piece like my girl Diana to keep them visible.

DIY from Dianapantz

3. Revise them.

Don't consider it a failure if you need to tweak and adjust your goals as you go. Once you dive into something new, you will find ways to fine tune your goals, and make them more realistic or more challenging.

Here is how my 12 in 2012 have already changed...

1. Get back to my pre-sickness weight- I've added a specific number to this...130.

2. Learn to Knit- This is not as enjoyable as I imagined. I WILL be taking a class, but for now I've changed this to cross stitch/embroidery.

3. Re-learn how to sew- same

4. Read 50 books- I'm reading faster than planned and loving it so I'm adjusting this to 60 to challenge myself.

5. Get dressed- same, although failing miserably because of #1 (more on that later)

6. Go to the Grand Canyon- same

7. Finish decorating my home- same

8. Take a photography class- same

9. Hit 200 Etsy sales- same

10. Find & cook 10 new slow cooker recipes- Bleh, not a lot of healthy slow cooker recipes. This has been changed to try one new healthy recipe a week. I've found that when I'm eating healthy, I have the energy to cook in the evenings anyway!

11. Do at least 3 tutorials a month on the blog- same

12. Journal- adjusted this to art journal (see post one & two)

Notice that most have stayed the same, but some have added improvements.

I will achieve my goals - Clipboard
Goal Clip Board by Decoy Lab

4. Revisit them.

Every once and awhile you need to self check and make sure you are on track. Analyze what steps you've taken and what steps you still need to make. You need to have a plan. 

Here are a couple of examples:

#5: Get dressed - I am failing mostly because I don't have a ton of clothes that fit me. I decided that I need to set weight loss milestones and award myself by adding a piece to my wardrobe as a reward for reaching them. This will then get me excited about getting dressed again. I realize this goal will be more long term. 

#3: Re-learn to sew: I borrowed my mom's "easy" sewing machine, purchased a book, and have a plan for a first project.

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”

5. Share your progress.

Not only is it important for your to check in, but you need to share your progress to hold yourself accountable. I plan on doing this in two ways. 

I will share my progress with all of you on my blog at the beginning of every month. I will be a lot more likely to stick with my goals if I know I have to post my successes and failures for the world to see. Also, Matt & I regularly discuss our goals and plans. It helps to have somebody to bounce ideas off of and to cheer you on.

It's Going to Be Worth It print (blue)
print via the spotted fox

What are your tips for sticking with your goals?


Start Something That Matters Review

If you read one "business" book this year, that book should be, Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie. Inspirational doesn't even begin to cover how I feel about this book. I devoured it in two nights, and my husband snagged my copy and started reading before I was even finished!

our movement

Blake is the founder of TOMS shoes and begins the book with the TOMS story. This story alone is enough to make you want to jump right in and chase your dreams. He also includes snippets of info and stories about other successful businesses, from small start ups to big corporations. The "One for One" concept is explained in detail. The first thing people probably wonder then they hear about this simple formula is "what's the catch?" or "how can you make a profit that way?" It's all explained in the book.

The main point of Start Something That Matters is this: Find your story and jump right in. Be fearless, and follow your heart. No matter how small your bank account or how few your resources, you can build something great. The key is, make sure it matters. Incorporating giving into your business model enables you to contribute to social change, make a positive impact AND make a profit.