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February 7th, 2012 by Karen 71 Comments
February 7th, 2012 at 4:07 pm
I don’t understand why you haven’t landed a editorial gig at a major magazine yet, you are a great writer…
February 7th, 2012 at 7:33 pm
Thanks, Girl. 🙂
I love this! It was a very good day-brightener 🙂
Thanks, Chelsea. I’m so happy to hear this brightened your day!
February 7th, 2012 at 4:09 pm
I love these! Thank you for sharing them with us!
February 7th, 2012 at 7:32 pm
Glad you enjoyed this post, Emilee!
February 7th, 2012 at 4:10 pm
Super agree on the shoe philosophy!
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Yes! I have too many pairs that I can only sit in, LOL!
Kajal Couture says
February 7th, 2012 at 4:14 pm
what a great inspirational post…thanks Karen!
You’re welcome, Kajal Couture! 🙂 Hope you had a nice day.
February 7th, 2012 at 4:23 pm
Love the note on the banana!
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February 7th, 2012 at 7:31 pm
It’s fun to write on them. Try it sometime!
February 8th, 2012 at 9:53 am
that was awesome! i need to try that too haha
February 7th, 2012 at 4:27 pm
Love these, especially the one with you and Tabs!
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That’s my fave pic of Tabs. 🙂
Have a great night, eight!
February 7th, 2012 at 4:46 pm
Yay! So happy-making 🙂
February 7th, 2012 at 7:30 pm
🙂 Thanks, Amy!
February 7th, 2012 at 5:04 pm
Awesome notes! Cute calendar!
That’s my new desk calendar! Just picked it up on Sunday.
Hope you’re having a great week so far!
February 7th, 2012 at 5:08 pm
Note to Self:
Start Writing More Notes to Self!
That’s a good note to self! 🙂
February 7th, 2012 at 6:13 pm
February 7th, 2012 at 7:29 pm
Love right back at ya, Laura!
February 7th, 2012 at 6:23 pm
thanks, Karen! i <3 this post! youre awesome!
No, Nina. YOU are awesome! You’re my Texas partner-in-crime! I’m convinced that if we didn’t have states separating us we’d totally hang out. 🙂
February 8th, 2012 at 7:50 am
omg … that would be so great! id text you and Tabs and drag Linus or LOL along to hang out … we could have froyo in the great big outdoors. :-d
February 7th, 2012 at 6:26 pm
Thanks Karen! I needed something like this today.
February 7th, 2012 at 7:28 pm
You’re welcome, Rachael.
If I don’t talk to you before then, have fun at your bridal shower!
February 7th, 2012 at 6:44 pm
I’ve been keeping a list of quotes that resonate with me since I was a kid. If I am particularly stressed I add it to my laptop as a screensaver. Sometimes it’s good to remember: “Donâ€™t waste your precious time, energy, or thoughts on something that is beyond your control. Let it go.”
February 7th, 2012 at 7:26 pm
That’s a good one, mn. I’ll have to remember it. 🙂
February 7th, 2012 at 6:53 pm
Love these!!! 🙂
February 7th, 2012 at 7:25 pm
Thanks, Tiffany! 🙂
February 7th, 2012 at 6:54 pm
My hubby just asked what I was grinning at, haha!
Aww! How’s your photo of the day challenge going? Have you taken any pics you’re really proud of?
February 7th, 2012 at 7:43 pm
It’s going well – I’m proud of myself for making it this far and feel like its a habit now. I like the bud/thorns pic because it was the first day I had my macro lens and I couldn’t believe I could capture something so small. But my fave is the one of Abbie outside in her pj’s. It’s not a particularly strong image, but I managed to hold her on my hip while also taking the pic, and got it on the second shot 🙂 that was her first time seeing snow flurries and I loved that I was able to capture that moment 🙂
February 7th, 2012 at 7:54 pm
I love that picture of Abbie! I think that’s my fave in the series so far.
Isn’t it interesting how many shots it takes to get “THE” shot? And how when you actually get it, a sixth sense sort of thing kicks in, and you just know?
February 7th, 2012 at 8:37 pm
Yeah I think I’m just starting to get that. I have a bad habit, from taking Abbie pics, of taking like 100 so that one is bound to be in focus and her eyes are open, etc. so I have to remind myself that I don’t need a dozen shots of the same rose. I’m getting better, lol.
February 7th, 2012 at 8:40 pm
I tend to overshoot too. I’d rather take too many pictures than too little and risk not getting exactly what I want. Lighting conditions can change so rapidly, especially if you’re shooting outdoors. It’s not a bad habit!
February 8th, 2012 at 8:24 am
that’s a good point! my hubby thinks I’m kinda nuts. just had to buy a new hard drive lol 🙂
February 7th, 2012 at 6:57 pm
February 7th, 2012 at 7:21 pm
Thank you, Carla!
February 7th, 2012 at 7:24 pm
I LOVE your writing, Karen! Your little letters already show so much personality. You must truly be an amazing person in real life! Your friends are lucky to have you!!!
February 7th, 2012 at 7:35 pm
Jennifer, this was so sweet of you. Thank you!
Bun Bun Makeup Tips says
February 7th, 2012 at 8:23 pm
I love these notes! I love the banana one the best! It resonates with how I’m feeling right now. Thanks so much for these!
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February 7th, 2012 at 8:41 pm
You are. My favorite beauty blogger. Ever. 😀
February 7th, 2012 at 8:42 pm
Chris! You are awesome!
February 8th, 2012 at 9:54 am
agree times a million!
Love it Karen! Once again you’re inspirational 🙂 You’re like my positivity role model!
February 7th, 2012 at 8:54 pm
I try to make my writing look like yours because its so pretty…lol Love you Karen. I want to read that book of “notes to self”…I think it would really help give me encouragement too!
February 7th, 2012 at 8:58 pm
first time commenter..
loved loveedd d post..how do you manage to be so creative??…i wish i cud be one tenth as you are..i am an indian and my names means ‘inspiration’ :p..but you are truly an inspiration..really.
and your photos..god..cant praise them enough!..so luvly..how talented are you man..and oo im a shoe lover..those heels <3..hahha..buy only wat you can walk in..so agree with you..i keep tellin that to myslef but stil end up buyin those uncomfortabl long heels :(..
February 7th, 2012 at 9:22 pm
Thanks Karen, these are great.
Kate & Zena says
February 8th, 2012 at 12:09 am
Ha ha, I love “When all else fails, hug your cat.” That’s mine, except mine is, “When all else fails, hug your puppy.” Well, I don’t technically hug her; I pull her onto my lap and proceed to pet her in all of her “I immediately melt under your love” spots like right behind her ears.
My other one is, “Inspiration is all around you. You just have to look.”
February 8th, 2012 at 12:25 am
Love your notes. I completely agree with your shoe vow and kitty hugging. Wish I could share a pic I took recently of one of my cats “helping” me shop online for lower heels. Great minds… 🙂
February 8th, 2012 at 2:24 am
KAREN ! This post is beyond amazing ! I love it that apart from beauty on the outside, you write about every small thing that makes us the people we are, and the person you are ! You are truly so incredible ! I always use a lot of exclamation marks when ever I am commenting here coz obviously, all the posts especially ones like this are so wonderful ! You care about each reader that comments which is even more awesome !
I wish every one in this whole wide universe was as positive and happy as you are ! Worls would be so much better then ! <3
February 8th, 2012 at 5:20 am
Awesome blog post. You’re the epitome of ‘optimism’..really 🙂
February 8th, 2012 at 6:55 am
This is awesome. Thank you. The picture of you and Tabs is beautiful.
Sunny @ Mostly Sunny says
February 8th, 2012 at 7:25 am
I adore these photos, especially the one that says when all else fails, hug your cat! TOOOO adorable!!! Thanks for sharing Karen 🙂 I need to start putting motivation notes around my desk so I can finish my project on time!
February 8th, 2012 at 7:45 am
This is just what I needed to see (hear) today in this grey cold English weather
Thank you 🙂
(PS: I think next time i have a banana for snack I will write me something nice too:)
February 8th, 2012 at 9:47 am
Karen – you are absolutely amazing! WOW!
your posts usually make my day better but this one is just amazing. your pictures and notes are so thoughtful so creative and so inspiring!
you are just awesome! thanks!
p.s. did u catch downton abbey this sunday? i’m hooked!
February 8th, 2012 at 11:37 am
This was so wonderful! It brightened my day, thank you 🙂
Karen B says
February 8th, 2012 at 12:49 pm
Hehe. You know what my problem with nÂ°5 is? I’m pretty good at walking in high (really high) heels. It drives my mum insane. Hahaha.
February 8th, 2012 at 2:26 pm
Great post Karen!!
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February 8th, 2012 at 10:30 pm
Lovely photos and inspirational words! This post really lifted my mood and I’m sure it had the same effect on many others! 😀
February 9th, 2012 at 6:22 am
Your shoe quote made me laugh. I can’t tell you how many shoes I bought because they looked great, but sit in the box unworn because I can’t actually walk in them!
February 9th, 2012 at 10:53 am
Love it! I actually thought of you when I had to buy some new black heels a couple of weeks ago. They have a 3″ heel (not stiletto, but not chunky) and I walked in those darn things all week without falling once. Quite an accomplishment for me! 🙂
February 9th, 2012 at 11:12 am
Wow… no, seriously. WOW!!!
February 10th, 2012 at 8:15 am
Thank you! 🙂 I did have to have the inner monologue the whole time, though. “Little steps.. you can do it… smile at the people” 🙂
February 9th, 2012 at 11:30 am
I totally agree on the shoe philosophy! I only buy shoes I can walk in. I always say I suck at that aspect of being a girl. I don’t walk well in skinny, stiletto heels. I stopped feeling bad about it though, after I read an article that discussed the damage done to a woman’s feet and legs after wearing heels 40 hours a week for years.
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February 9th, 2012 at 1:23 pm
Thanks for sharing that, Karen! Definitely put a smile on my face! <3
February 9th, 2012 at 4:16 pm
Thanks for the uplifting notes! I am the epitome of a crazy cat lady! I <3 your desk calendar!! Might I ask where you got it? Thank you!!
February 9th, 2012 at 8:04 pm
i love the notes, the way you compose and photograph them. and i adore your handwriting; it’s very beautiful. thank you for this <3
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