Thursday, June 28, 2012

Operation: Hot Arms

You heard me!

I will not lie and tell you that I love to exercise.
But it has come to the point where I'm willing to work hard to change what I don't love.
You see, no matter how skinny I get, my arms will always be bigger than I want because that's how the Smithson body rolls, people. And that's okay. Change what you can and accept what you can't.

But I feel they could still improve, and I'm going to at least see how much they can.
I'm probably going to wonder why I wrote this in 30 minutes hahaha.
This is all because I'm supposed to be writing a paper and I did push-ups instead...

Wow. Push ups? Just because?  
Sadie's post has never been more true!!!!!!!!!

Anyway... we'll see what I can accomplish this summer with this. Don't get your hopes up and I won't either. ;) But hopefully I can report back some positive things. BRING IT BABY.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

I love weddings

they're just so happy.

except for the fact that I always feel so fat at them. hahaha.
I know that's so random but seriously every wedding I leave I get this resolve to get in shape..


ILOVEWEDDINGS. I love love. I hope to party it up at my wedding someday. it's gunna be a mean party.

disneyland tomorrow. :)

sleep.. now. <3

Friday, June 15, 2012

One thing I will admit to hating about cats.

wet. noses.

those who know me well know that I love cats, and I HATE cat hate.
by cat hate, I mean the tendency of everyone in the universe to hate cats because it's cool to hate cats.

grow up.
cats are awesome.
you are not if you hate them for no reason.
and if you hate them because they're "no fun" and "mean" then you're judging them based on the movies and you've obviously never known more than one cat in your life!!!

back to the subject.

wet noses.

see, kitties get cuddly sometimes. actually a lot of the time. and when they're cuddly, all they want to do is rub their head all over you really hard. and they love it when you push back even harder. it's weird. it's love.

but at the point of that head is a wet nose. and with every rub from that cat comes a rub from their wet nose. and I really hate it. because let's face it, that's gross. and why are their noses ALWAYS wet?? all I know is that if their nose is dry, the cat is sick. weirdness.


Nothing is funnier right now.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Why I am taking a break from Pinterest

Ahh. So many thoughts.

I’m sitting in Sadie’s basement, and told her a few moments ago about how I’ve had this certain blog post in my mind forever… about how I feel I’ve lost my sense of creativity in the last year or so. And how it’s annoying me so much!!

I have always been a super creative person. Always have decorated every inch of my room, always have gone above and beyond on school projects, always have bought viewfinder binders so that I could make cute personalized covers for my different classes, always have personalized anything I owned. I prided myself on my creativity. Everyone complimented me on it. It was something completely natural to me and that defined me and that I LOVED and that encompassed my entire life!

It was a big part of me loving photography too. I’ve always loved taking pictures, but getting a professional camera made it SO much more exciting and I wanted to do so many cool creative things! I could picture everything – the poses I wanted to try, the locations, how I wanted my photography blog to look, how I was lucky enough to have Photoshop skills and web coding skills so that I could make my blog header and background look exactly how I wanted. I seriously felt so blessed all the time that I loved and was good at something that I could earn money doing. Like, perfect, right?!

Well recently… I’ve been feeling creatively dead. Like…I don’t get excited about making my blog cute anymore. Rather, I get anxious. Because I won’t be able to decide how I want it to look, and I know that no matter what I do someone else's will look better. And especially when it comes to the pictures themselves…I have been feeling dead. Lately when people e-mail me about wanting pictures, I get anxious and almost go “Dang it!” How sad is that?! And it’s just because I’m scared every time I take pictures now that I’m just getting worse, or that my pictures just won’t be good or I won’t enjoy it. It’s so annoying not loving it like I used to. Granted, I end up enjoying every photo shoot I go on, but I hate that I’m not excited about going into it like I used to be. I’m not as driven. I don’t even want to promote my business because I know that means I’ll have to do this way more often and I’m not feeling creative at ALL lately so that would just be horrible! Alright, another person asking for engagements. Where do I take them? Same place as last time? Do I feel like scoping out a new place? Didn’t I used to LOVE driving around looking for new places? Where has my zeal gone? Why isn’t this fun anymore?

Another part of the problem is that not only am I not feeling creative, I’m forgetting what I LIKE! I have always had SUCH a distinct style. I like colorful, bright, happy, flowery, cheerful things. But I’ve forgotten that somehow. I think it’s because, quite frankly, ugly is in style right now (there, I said it), and I feel like I have to like that. Okay, I realize it might not be ugly to you, but to me…all these blah hues and boyish styles are not pretty. I appreciate vintage as much as the next girl but come on… where’s the color?! And why do we all think it’s cute to wear huge ugly glasses?? Haha sorry. I guess I just feel like we’re in a fad that we’re going to say “uhhh… what?” to later on.

Sometimes I wonder if I’m not feeling creative anymore because I don’t have time to… but that’s definitely not it. I have a ton of time while I’m not in school, but I waste all that time looking at other people’s blogs and websites and seeing what awesome creative things they’re up to and realizing that I’m currently not doing the awesome things they're doing. It’s like this sick addiction…checking other people’s blogs. And then feeling like crap. Haha. Why do we do this to ourselves?!

This got me thinking about Pinterest. I have a definite love/hate relationship with Pinterest. You see, it’s awesome because you get to see so many beautiful things all the time!! And then it’s awful because you get to see so many beautiful things all the time. When is the last time you actually created something you found on Pinterest? I know that for me, all I do is look at things and pin them and get off. Awesome. (…No friends, not awesome.) Not only is Pinterest a problem for me because I’m wasting so much time dreaming about stuff I’ll never actually do, but it’s a problem because I’m constantly seeing the best of the best. Oh, Jennie, you take pictures? Okay, well look at these 5 bajillion other ones that are better than yours, and try not to get sad about it. You have awesome ideas of ways to decorate your home one day? Well don’t bother, because everything you’re about to see will blow your ideas out of the water and you can bet your home will NEVER look that good. Welcome to feeling average! Haha. Ahhhh… I just…I used to be proud of my taste and my ability to find beautiful things and create beautiful things and know what my style is. It was my strength. And now the most beautiful things in every category imaginable are already found and at our fingertips. So we can either copy them, or feel lame about not being as good as them.

This particular blog post is what solidified my feelings about all of this. I remember finding that picture and thinking, “Holy crap, that’s the cutest, prettiest thing of my life! I love this, and it’s so me! How special!” And I’m so sad because looking at it now… it barely catches my attention. I probably wouldn’t repin it. Because I’ve seen better on Pinterest. And it’s just mediocre.

Do you get what I’m saying?

I love Pinterest and I’m not saying it’s bad at all. I really do think it's awesome and I'm excited about all the cute things I've found on it. I’m just saying that, lately, for ME, it’s been more of a foe than a friend. It’s made me lose my desire and even ability to be as creative as I used to be. My ideas don’t seem good enough anymore and I don’t feel blessed with a creative spirit anymore, since I’m constantly seeing the work of more creative spirits than my own. That’s why, for a little while, I’m not going to let myself get on Pinterest, or certain other blogs that make me feel mediocre too. I need to regain my sense of creativity. I need to remember what MY style is, and I need to take pride in my creativity again. I also need to actually DO creative things instead of staring at them all day. I will never get anywhere if I’m constantly comparing myself to others. It’s a definite weakness of mine, and Pinterest is making it even harder for me. I applaud those who pin things and then actually do them or make them, but since I know myself all too well, I’m not going to let myself on unless I’m actually searching for a specific thing to do. Until then, I’m leaving the creating up to me, and I’m going to get excited about being creative again. If this experiment works, I'll be able to get back on Pinterest someday soon and feel happy and inspired by all the things I see, rather than feeling mediocre and overwhelmed. 

Here's to being creative Jennie again. :)

how to avoid FB status regret

I cannot tell you how many times I sit and think for like 20 minutes about how to word my FB status, only to end up writing it in a blog post because I know I won't feel hardly as much regret writing it here and then I can elaborate.

the jist of it is...


doing nothing with friiiiends.. is great!
but doing nothing alone? BITES.

obviously it is necessary from time to time.
but when it becomes your daily routine... it's no bueno.

I can't wait for summer semester to start in a week and a half so I can feel like I'm doing something with my life!


nothing makes me feel as worthless as sitting around doing nothing all day for several days in a row.

I'm getting in the shower. and then I'm going somewhere.

ugh, it's already 6 pm..
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