girl loves friday.

4321398660_c810bcb62a_b    (self portrait, Canon XTi 50mm 1.4, Mayflower Hotel, Seattle)

It's funny how a simple vacation away from normalcy turns a girl into a lighter brighter human being.
Things tend to roll off my back a little easier. Things that would normally make steam shoot out of my ears. Maybe I'll turn back into a grumpy office worker again in a few weeks but I never liked that person so my only solution is to take more mini-breaks.

In efforts to save for said mini trips, I have cut down my Starbucks spending spree to once a week and even then I don't get the $5 latte. I opt for the less expensive brewed coffee which I actually enjoy more. I'm also tired of spending $10 a day for lunch. Seriously, $10 for a freakin salad?! Why it's taken me this long to realize that is a ridiculous amount for lettuce is beyond me but I'm starting to see the light. Ultimately I chalk it up to laziness. 

My use to be once a week retail therapy sessions had turned into a daily occurrence. I really don't even need to do it once a week. I'm cured! The only kind of therapy that guarantees to work are mini breaks away. Shopping is only a temporary fix and I'm so tired of having all this stuff in my house. I remember when we first moved in, it was so bare and empty. Now it's filled with odds and ends that we do not need. I'm sure this stuff will find a better home. That is what I will be doing this weekend. Purging like there's no tomorrow.

Traveling with one suitcase and camera made me incredibly happy. It made me realize I didn't need all those materialistic things. Doesn't mean I will completely give up shopping. I'm just done with impulse shopping.

So what does this girl love today?
Simplicity.
My new Canon 5D Mark II. Yes, this guy was delivered to my doorstop yesterday and man, is he a handsome fella. Those of you who are waiting for their freebie photo shoot will hear from me soon.
Dare 157
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many bobo's(kisses) from my niece and nephew after being away from them for a few weeks. 
Crunch roll from Dish. I should have ordered 2.
teeny tiny banners.
4321400598_5a49030a48_b  (American Craft Dear Lizzy booth)
 Haribo gummy bears. 
 Photographers who share their secrets.
Coolest business card ever.
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Many more loves but the most is just being clear minded and in the present.
Happy Weekend everyone!
Tina

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Tamara Nicole - Yup Seattle will do that to you:-)
I am proud of you for cutting down your coffee! I’m bad and go like once a day . . . but I negate that by bringing my lunch every day. You can do it!!!

lisa truesdell - aaaaaaaaah, vacation. =) it does wonders for clarity, doesn’t it?
love the page!

charlane - congrats for cutting way back. it’s a good feeling isn’t it? congrats on the new baby – can’t wait to see what all you do with it.

Michele H. - i’m all about purging lately too and I totally know what you mean about lunches costing so much $$. Trying to curb my spending too.
btw…i saw your loveliness in artful blogging…so excited when i saw it:) Congrats!!
Have a great weekend!

Melissa Mann - have a great weekend! love the list…

Sasha Farina - way to go!! i don’t go to Starbucks everyday.. but um, no, I can’t make it once a week either. LOL.

vee - i don’t go to starbucks often either and pack my lunch everyday. it does help! :) xo have a great weekend girl!!

Genevieve - Ah man, I can’t wait to see what you start shooting with that new fella of yours…best of luck with your photo shoots and with with cutting back! It’ll be worth it for sure :)

katrina - i enjoyed reading this post immensely — thanks for sharing your issues with impulsive shopping. i had undergone a similar transformation and i tell ya, i feel free and i only desire one thing: simplicity and a fuji instax mini camera. :)
what is the freebie photo shoot about? i’m intrigued.

Lara - Ah, simplicity – what we all strive for! I too am purging – ebay here I come ;)

beth - simplicity really is a good thing….
and those salads are so much cheaper if you buy them at the salad bar of whole foods or some other {nice} grocery store :)

Mindy Wilson - Yep bring your lunch…;) I work at a dental office and only head out to lunch on occasion. Oh, but twice a month we go to the elementary to have lunch with little ones! We love chili day and cheesy potato too!
Great blog of bliss you have,
http://mindywilson.scentsy.us (I’m an artist, but do this too! Fab Scents!)

Cassie - I find myself doing that right now also… getting rid of things and making room for more.. is more like it though! :-D
I found your blog through http://www.stampington.com/html/artful_blogging.html and I’ll tell you.. I cannot get enough. I am looking forward to seeing more!

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