Good morning everyone!

I figured everyone could use some motivation this Monday! I can’t believe it’s almost August already! If that’s not enough motivation to get up and take charge of your life and summer I’m not sure what is! I accomplished a few things this summer. I started running (mainly to keep up with my beer habit) and I made it out on a boat! I had my first and last vacation for a while this weekend. Becoming a small business owner and practically doing it all yourself means vacation time isn’t really a thing. Any day the shop is closed is a lost opportunity. I hope to really take off and get this show on the road starting this Wednesday in hopes that I could be the next Jimmy Beans Wool, make my first million and take another vacation. We dream big here, okay? Haha, I digress. But really, with my passport expiring relatively soon, and little money in savings I’m gearing up to hopefully go on a nice trip. Putting aside something easy like $20 per paycheck should get me somewhere. Maybe not far at first but if nothing else to at least have a little cushion if sh*t hits the fan. As much as I would like to go to Europe I’m almost contemplating saving that for my honeymoon. Maybe my best bet is to do a cruise. It seems like a great way to get out there and see multiple places at once and spend a lot of time on a boat. Which sounds like a dream for me in my little fish sign.

Motivation I feel like is something that is as much from yourself as it is inspiration from your surroundings and the people you keep. My house burned in October 2015 and ever since then I’ve had a real hard time calling any place home. Being violently ripped from your comfort zone like that can be traumatizing. If not in big ways but really subtle ways that most people don’t notice as well. I put a lot of energy into my bedroom set before the fire. I spent the summer refinishing the hand-me-down dresser and night stand set that were my godparents’ kid’s set. I even got a bed frame for graduation from my mom to refinish and make match. I had inherited a really nice brand new mattress as well to go with. My best friend from college lopped off a chunk of her family’s 100-year-old cactus and I had a piece that was really happy and growing new sections! I have also always been an art snob. I love original works and had quite a few nice ones in my room. I rarely will buy a print of a piece. As of late I have been hard pressed to go out and collect the things that really make a place home. Small knickknacks, wall art/hangings and anything of that sort that makes a place more than a home I really haven’t put any effort into getting. Recently I house sat for a friend and co-worker and let me tell you her house was amazing; even for someone who just had a baby! Everything had its place and purpose. There were plenty of fun little antiques like a small stool with crow and glass ball feet! Everything looked so amazing that it inspired me to really step up my game and make my apartment a home. At the Allentown Art Festival I invested in a few items: a hanging planter (that just fell off the wall this week :[) and a print of a Catusa, or cat with snakes on its head. I was pretty stoked to put it up but what really put the icing on the cake was my new Gus poster. I enjoy entering Instagram contests (I’ve won quite a few) and I entered and won a contest for a huge poster by Gus from Ro Homeshop. Previously I only had one thing on the wall in my bedroom. I added this large, hand printed poster right above my bed and it’s amazing! Way better than any headboard. But I do believe if I hadn’t spent a week in my friends space, taking care of her plants and cat, I probably would have taken much longer to step up my game.

I hope everyone else out there has things that keep them going when the day-to-day struggles really weigh you down. Without motivation and goals, why are we even here?!

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