At this time last year I was busy packing up our home in Austin and getting the family ready to move to the Pacific Northwest, Washington specifically. If you were inquiring about calligraphy work, you probably received my auto reply with this news. Well, now we're back in Texas and I'm back on my lettering game.
Before heading to Washington, we would enjoy a not-so-restful family vacation (more on that later) for a couple of weeks in Colorado before heading into the biggest family adventure of our lives. Actually, the hubs and I have dubbed it our "10-month long vacation" in Washington because let me tell you, if you ever get the chance to head to Portland, OR or the Washington area, DO IT! It's absolutely breathtaking. Even the grey and rainy days were appreciated because they gave us a reason to do a little happy dance each time the sun made an appearance. Oh and when the sun shines there, it's like walking around inside of a big, beautiful Bob Ross painting surrounded by happy trees.
This Texas girl...more
Hello?! Is anybody out there? It's been nearly a year since my first blog entry here and I'd say the time is now for a fresh post! Here's why...
I took some precious time this past weekend to attend a workshop called, "Best Year Yet." Now 2013 was pretty darn amazing but I just know in my heart and feel it in my soul that there is more. More love, more gratitude, more success, more CHEER!
We started out the morning at this exciting event by reflecting on what we felt good about and what we accomplished in 2013. We had 5 minutes. Here is what I jotted down:
1. Launched The Pink Pen!
2. I completed 40 client orders in 9.5 short months.
3. Completed a sugar detox, twice.
4. Shared before & after pictures of my nutritional journey.
5. Adjusted my parenting approach & felt the difference!
6. Became more conscious.
7. Became more thoughtful & grateful.
8. Encouraged my little people to be grateful as well with (almost) daily, individual gratitude lists we put on a small whiteboard.
9. Donated all kid's items...more
by :: Monica Alas
There will be yet another candle on my birthday fruit salad? bagel? dinner roll? (Can you guess what I gave up for Lent?) this year. Unlike previous years I'm not the least bit sad for turning another year older. Instead, I'm celebrating entering my late thirties by starting my own business! I've always loved writing, doodling, calligraphy, colorful pens, pretty paper and being creative. Now I look forward to sharing these talents with the world.
While working for several years at lululemon athletica we were constantly goal setting and coaching one another on tapping into our inner greatness. It's taken me a while to realize that one of the things I am 'best in the world at' is hand lettering and making the written word look really pretty. It's tough to say that ("I'm best in the world at") but some things are right under your nose, or in my case my pen. Let me tell you, I make a mean poster for cheering my husband on at bike races, I often make birthday cards for friends and family and I've even had one of my...more
by :: Monica Alas
As you might have read on my About page, I love love! The hubs and I were married on Valentine's Day in Austin, TX. If you're from the area you may even remember my wedding day because it snowed a crazy amount that day. It rarely snows here and it's even more rare for it to actually stick to the ground much less be able to build a snowman. But there there were several of them staring at me with scarves around their roly poly necks as we drove slowly through the white stuff to the church.
So in keeping with my love theme, here are the goodies we hope will fill some hearts with warmth:more