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February 7th, 2012 by Karen 71 Comments
I don’t understand why you haven’t landed a editorial gig at a major magazine yet, you are a great writer…
Thanks, Girl. 🙂
I love this! It was a very good day-brightener 🙂
Thanks, Chelsea. I’m so happy to hear this brightened your day!
I love these! Thank you for sharing them with us!
Glad you enjoyed this post, Emilee!
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
what a great inspirational post…thanks Karen!
You’re welcome, Kajal Couture! 🙂 Hope you had a nice day.
Love the note on the banana!
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It’s fun to write on them. Try it sometime!
that was awesome! i need to try that too haha
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!
Yay! So happy-making 🙂
🙂 Thanks, Amy!
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!
Note to Self:
Start Writing More Notes to Self!
That’s a good note to self! 🙂
Love right back at ya, Laura!
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. 🙂
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
Thanks Karen! I needed something like this today.
You’re welcome, Rachael.
If I don’t talk to you before then, have fun at your bridal shower!
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.”
That’s a good one, mn. I’ll have to remember it. 🙂
Love these!!! 🙂
Thanks, Tiffany! 🙂
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?
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 🙂
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?
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.
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!
that’s a good point! my hubby thinks I’m kinda nuts. just had to buy a new hard drive lol 🙂
Thank you, Carla!
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!!!
Jennifer, this was so sweet of you. Thank you!
Bun Bun Makeup Tips says
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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You are. My favorite beauty blogger. Ever. 😀
Chris! You are awesome!
agree times a million!
Love it Karen! Once again you’re inspirational 🙂 You’re like my positivity role model!
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!
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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 :(..
Thanks Karen, these are great.
Kate & Zena says
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.”
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… 🙂
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
Awesome blog post. You’re the epitome of ‘optimism’..really 🙂
This is awesome. Thank you. The picture of you and Tabs is beautiful.
Sunny @ Mostly Sunny says
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!
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:)
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!
This was so wonderful! It brightened my day, thank you 🙂
Karen B says
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.
Great post Karen!!
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Lovely photos and inspirational words! This post really lifted my mood and I’m sure it had the same effect on many others! 😀
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!
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! 🙂
Wow… no, seriously. WOW!!!
Thank you! 🙂 I did have to have the inner monologue the whole time, though. “Little steps.. you can do it… smile at the people” 🙂
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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Thanks for sharing that, Karen! Definitely put a smile on my face! <3
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!!
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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