My New Happy

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

What I'd Wear To The Gym

Happy Wednesday and welcome to TBB Style with The Blended Blog.  Our fabulous hostess this week is Shelly, so be sure to pay her a visit and add your post to the link up!

Today we're sharing our workout clothes.  Which, in my case, are not fit to be seen on the blog.  99 percent of the time I work out at home, and I've got a few pair of tattered shorts and t-shirts that I rotate through.  They're old and full of holes and never make it outside the house.

But if I were to actually go to a gym, this is probably what I'd wear.

I'm not one to spend a ton of money on active wear (obviously, refer to ratty workout clothes above).  Mostly because it just gets all sweaty.  Also, I like variety.  Which is why I love Old Navy.  Their active wear is cute and inexpensive, and honestly holds up pretty well.  And who doesn't want to wear pretty pink flowers to yoga class?
The top is from Collette at Brand Squawk, a boss babe I wrote about on Monday.  This shirt is so soft and cozy, and pretty much sums up every day of my life.  And yes, I'd wear long sleeves to the gym because I'm cold even there.

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Boss Babes You Should Know

Happy Monday!  Hope you had a great weekend.  It was unseasonably warm and sunny here, so we took advantage and got outside.  Even my daffodils are about to bloom...which isn't going to end well for them when things come crashing back to winter in a few days.

Today I'm linking up with The Blended Blog to share a few Boss Babes you should know about.  This is an exciting topic, because I love the act of supporting each other, any way we can.  I can't wait to meet all the Boss Babes!

↣ Let's start with Collette, founder and owner of Brand Squawk.  This Canadian boss babe started her clothing company two years ago.  She designs positive vibe t-shirts and sweatshirts for the jeans and tee girl.  All of her apparel pieces are hand screened and created in limited numbers, and they're high quality and FUN!  Collette also donates a portion of every piece sold to World Bicycle Relief Organization, which builds and distributes rugged bicycles for women in rural areas of Africa.  This amazing woman has built a fantastic company, so go check her out!

↣ I've written about Mary from Evolve With Mary before, because she's one of those people that just makes you smile.  She's happy, inspiring and uplifting - and she's also a fabulous boss babe artist.  Go here to check out a few of her art pieces.

↣ Recently, a sweet lady contacted me on IG and asked if she could send a few of her necklaces.  I looked through Catherine's boss babe Etsy shop and was immediately taken with her beautiful, handmade jewelry.  Her designs are unique, well made, and full of positivity and meaning.  If you're looking for a very special gift for someone in your life, head to Katia Designs.

↣ My friend Catherine is a boss babe among boss babes.  Founder of the Forever Fierce Revolution, she has created a community for women to help change the perception of midlife and beyond.  Through podcasts, newsletters, weekend experiences and the Facebook group, she's working to show the world that women at midlife are vital, strong, and influential.  Catherine is also one of the kindest, most supportive women you will ever meet.

↣ And finally, some brand new boss babes.  Deena, Abbie, and their friend Rachel are just launching Salt and Light Lifestyle and I have a feeling it's going to be amazing.  They'll be writing a blog, doing a podcast, and selling curated apparel pieces.  It's fun to witness the beginning of their journey.  You'll want to follow them!

Be sure to hop over to The Blended Blog to link up your posts and share your boss babes!  Have a great week!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Grab The Happy

Hello, I'm Lana... and I'm anxious.  I've been this way for as long as I can remember.  As a child, I worried that something bad would happen to my mom and dad when they went out at night.  I was afraid every time I visited my grandparents that it would be the last time I'd see them.  In high school and college I fretted over every grade, every friendship, every event.  I don't think I was even aware that I was anxious all the time.  It's just who I was.

With age I've gotten better at managing my anxiety, and I use lots of different techniques to keep it under control.  Exercise, vitamins, good sleep, getting outside.  I wish I wasn't an anxious person.  But worrying about that just causes more anxiety, so I've learned to accept and manage it and move on.

Sometimes, though, it gets the best of me.  All the losses and changes come rolling in at once, out of nowhere.  December was tough.  It's no surprise that things can be hard during the holidays, but usually it's a time that I love.  This year, as I sat with my anxiety (and I'll admit, even a little panic some days), I got angry with myself.  Generally, I'm a happy person (and yes, you can be anxious AND happy).  Life is better than good.   Sure, crappy stuff has happened.  But nothing devastating, nothing life ruining, nothing worth being so damn anxious about.

My happiness is there, waiting to take the lead, but many days I let it get smothered by the anxiety.  Why?  Why do I choose to let negative thoughts take over and push everything else away?  I truly believe, in my particular case, that I am in charge of my own happiness.  Nobody else.  I can decide to be happy, or I can decide to be an anxious mess.  And I'm so tired of being anxious.  It's exhausting. 

So, to quote Whitesnake, "Here I go, again on my own."  I don't think they were  talking about anxiety per se, but I'm going with it.  I've got big plans for this year, things I want to do and become.  Places I want to go, literally and figuratively.  My word for the year is POSSIBILITY and anxiety is not going to hold me back.

On New Year's Eve I decided to write a list of all the things that aren't serving me, that are holding me back, that are adding to my anxiety.  Hurts, sorrows, problems, people, and situations.  All of it.  It was a LONG list.  Then I went outside, said a prayer or two or three, and burned that list up.  I don't need those things anymore.

The next day I got back into my morning routine.  Meditation, journaling, reading inspirational books, and praying.  I got outside and went snowshoeing with my family.  Fresh air and exercise can fix just about anything.  I ate well.  I took deep breaths.  And after one day I could feel the heaviness starting to lift.  Such simple things that make such a difference.  Why do I always forget about them?

And then I saw a FB post from my friend Rosie Dalton.  She is a beautiful, kind, inspirational woman that I had the pleasure of meeting at FierceCon in October.  She's been to hell and back, but when you meet her, the light just shines out of her heart and soul.  In her post, she wrote about 'grabbing the happy'.  "Happy is not necessarily going to come looking for you.  Sometimes it pops in as opportunity whizzing by gleefully, hoping that you will grab it by the hand".  As I read her words, I felt such a sense of peace wash over me.  And a direction.  A light at the end of the anxiety tunnel.  

I will always be anxious.  It's part of who I am.  But it doesn't get to take over anymore.  I won't let it be in charge.  I'm going to grab the happy and hang on for the ride.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

TBB Style: A Tale Of Two Pink Coats

Happy Wednesday and welcome to our fashion link up with The Blended Blog.  I'm hosting today, so hop over there to see my new leopard coat (spoiler alert - it's only $28), and be sure to add your link!

There's a saying in Seattle - "if you don't like the weather, wait a minute".  That's especially true in the winter.  Yesterday we woke up to snow, then the sun came out for a bit, and by evening it was windy and pouring rain.  Which means a girl needs lots of options for outerwear, right?

Might be time for a coat closet purge...

I've got trench coats, puffy coats with and without hoods, fleece coats, rain coats, long and short wool coats, and ski coats.  What I didn't have was a pink fuzzy coat.  Random?  Yes, until I walked into the Coach store while shopping with my mom and sisters in December, and saw the most beautiful coat ever.  It was pink sherpa with leather pockets, and reversed to pink leather with a sherpa collar.  It was love at first sight, and I quickly tried it on before looking at the price. fit like a glove, but the price tag was almost $3,000.  Way more than I want to spend on a coat - I'd rather go on a trip somewhere!

Ahh...there she is.  At least we'll always have this picture together.

Fast forward to Christmas morning, opening presents with family.  My sweet sister in law had searched high and low to find me a fuzzy pink coat that everyone's budget could live with.  And I think she nailed it!  My son says I'm balling like Drake in this coat - which I think is a compliment?

It's completely impractical for Seattle's climate, and it's a little big. But nothing a few resewn buttons won't fix.  And there's money left over for some travel!

Be sure to link up with us below, and come back next week when we'll be sharing our favorite workout looks.

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Monday, January 7, 2019

TBB Asks: Keep Me Entertained

Hello everyone...and happy 2019!  I had a wonderful, long break, but I'm excited to be back to blogging.  I've got lots of new ideas swirling in my head.  Let's see if any of them make it to the page...fingers crossed.

There are some big changes coming to The Blended Blog, so stay tuned for those.  Today we're back with TBB Asks, and in honor of the Golden Globes (which I quit watching after the red carpet since I only care about the gowns), let's talk about all things entertainment!  

1/ I had to give this one a lot of thought.  Reading has always been one of my favorites, but once I'm done, I'm done.  Which is strange, because I also keep every book that I enjoy.  Now I'm wondering, why?  I'd like to read the Harry Potter series again, but my stack of new books is so high, I don't know when that will happen.

2/ Elizabeth George is my favorite author.  I love, love, love her and wait impatiently for each new book in her Lynley series to be released.  She also lives near me, and I'm hoping I run into her someday.  I was reading one of her books in a waiting room recently, and a woman told me that she had eaten next to her at a local restaurant the week before.  Lucky!

3/ Netflix has made it so easy to binge watch.  A recent favorite was The Haunting of Hill House (soooooo scary but amazing) and we love Ozark (because hello Jason least for me).

4/ Not brand new, new, but The Goldberg's is such a great show.  Consistently funny, great acting, and it totally reminds me of my 80's childhood.

5/ It's a tie between The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins.  Clearly Julie Andrews is my idol.  I'm afraid to go see the new Mary Poppins movie, but everyone has been raving about it, so we'll see.

6/ There are so many great movies coming out in 2019.  I'm looking forward to Shazam (Zachary Levi is adorable), Rocketman (Elton John biopic), and Toy Story 4 (Conner loved Toy Story as a little guy).

7/ I think it was "America" when I was 9 or 10.  My grandma lived near an amphitheater and took us to concerts all the time.  It also might have been Barry Manilow, in the same place.  Side note:  after the Barry Manilow concert, we waited in the car and followed his limousine to a hotel.  Except it wasn't actually him inside.  My grandma was so much fun and I miss her everyday.

8/ Michael Jackson.  Not seeing him in concert is a big regret for me. 

9/ I love music, and I love going to concerts.  Pink is one of my favorites, along with the Foo Fighters, Fleetwood Mac, Queen and Stevie Wonder.

10/ I should be streaming more.  My younger son is a huge music fan and has almost 10,000 songs on his Spotify playlist, so I need to steal from him.  Most of my music listening comes in the car.

Be sure to hop over to The Blended Blog to link up your posts.  Come back on Wednesday for Winter Outerwear, and all month long for our Monday prompts.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The Night Before Christmas

Well, the week before.  But we'll blink, and it will be Christmas Eve.  Happy Wednesday and welcome to Holiday Style with The Blended Blog. Go there to link up with us, and then head to hostess Christy's blog to see what she's up to!

Today we're sharing our favorite pj's.  Full disclosure:  I don't own cute pajamas.  Most of the time you'll find me in mis-matched fleece type tops and bottoms, often with socks and another sweatshirt on top.  Because I'm always cold, even at night.

But I'm always up for a challenge, so I went in search of pj's that would keep me warm AND be kinda cute.  Success!  

I found these at Macy's, but can't seem to locate them online.  Bah humbug!  I threw on my favorite Blardigan from Nordstrom, because there's nothing cozier than that.  I'm excited to have matching pajama's for Christmas Day!

I'm taking a little blogging break until the first of the year.  Thank you so much for spending the past twelve months with me.  Wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 17, 2018

Jingle All The Way: The Christmas Things

Happy Monday!  Hope it was a great weekend.  I had big plans to bake and wrap...but college boy came home, and Conner and his girlfriend were here, so I enjoyed their company instead.  The rest will get done eventually, right?

And yes, our poor tree has been tied up this year, because we've got a little Mt. Crumpet thing going on and I'm afraid it might tip over.  This one is almost 15 years old, and I think it's time for something new.  Best place to buy an artificial tree?

Today I'm linking up with The Blended Blog to share favorite Christmas movies, music, and decor.  Be sure to head over and link up your favorites too!

You've seen my Christmas decor many times on the blog, so I thought I'd highlight a few different pieces, starting with this cross-stitch Santa and Mrs. Claus that I made in high school.

My mom taught me to cross-stitch when I was 7 or 8, and I loved it.  Although it looks simple, this one took hours and hours to complete and I remember being so proud of myself when it was done.

I found this cute snowman at Big Lots after Thanksgiving, and he's the perfect centerpiece for our kitchen table.  I kind of want his whole outfit.

I shared this ornament on IG last week.  We bought it at the Louvre when we were in Paris, and it brings back great memories from our trip.  Do you buy ornaments when you travel?

I love all the Christmas music, and as soon as Thanksgiving is over, I tune every channel on my car radio to Christmas stations.  This year we discovered Gwen Stefani's album "You Make It Feel Like Christmas".  It's a good one!

There's only one Christmas movie that I watch every year, no matter what...Elf.  Other favorites are Serendipity (not exactly a Christmas movie, but a lot of it takes place during Christmas), and Miracle on 34th Street (which I saw for the first time last year.  Clearly I was deprived as a child).  Also A Christmas Story, Holiday Inn, and Meet Me In St. Louis (Judy Garland sings the original Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, and it makes me cry every time).

Have a wonderful week, and be sure to come back on Wednesday for some Christmas PJ's.   I'm off to wrap presents!

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