today, 15 june.

June 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

some words on my mind:

aesthetic —  a branch of philosophy dealing with the nature of beauty, art, and taste and with the creation and appreciation of beauty.

zen — a Japanese school of Mahayana Buddhism emphasizing the value of meditation and intuition.

simplicity — the quality or condition of being plain or natural.

feeling limited. or… stifled.
can’t really figure out why.

i feel challenged.
and annoyed, a little.

i should write this down for real, though.
no use in putting it on the internet.

pictures soon. i really hope. or, something. i want to paint, read, and take photos today but am just not feeling it at the same time.
i don’t know where this blog is at right now.
i feel like i’m gravitating more and more for just being a place for my photos… and less about me.
i don’t know. i need to think about it.

getting organized.

– d.

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hello, summer.

June 10, 2011 § Leave a comment


oh, heeey, summer. nice to see you :)

i’ve realized lately that my life is essentially comprised of:

  • making coffee for folks.
  • baking.
  • drinking tea.
  • taking photos of flowers and plants.

i can’t really complain.

this is my second summer with my camera… excited, hopeful and optimistic about creating some wonderful things.

– danielle.

day one… i guess.

June 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

started running and/or working out this evening.

it was pathetic… like, i embarrass myself with how out of shape i am!

… but… i guess that’s just more motivation right?

where’s my inhaler?

ps: … i haven’t looked up verses in a while… but i need rest tonight.

philippians 4:6 — do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
matthew 6:34 —  therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. each day has enough trouble of its own. 

i’m trying.

g’night.

1 june.

June 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

another rainy day.
but it was a good day!

i meant to take lots of pictures while out and about today… but my camera died after leaving the house.

the fact that it’s june is just amazing to me. we’re halfway through 2011… it doesn’t seem right.

the last week and a half has felt like an eternity: i’ve been post-op from wisdom teeth surgery. honestly, it’s been really awful. i’ve never taken so much medication in my life! not a fan. but, the pain is (very) slowly but surely going away :)

in other news… i’m making peace with uncertainty. striving for contentment. really being present.
it’s day to day… but… i think it’s going well.

i wore heels today.
i think it was a good choice.

so much on my mind.

“island in the sun” came on the radio today…
i always forget how lovely it is.

we’ll never feel bad anymore.

– d.

with your hands on my shoulders.

May 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

we braved the wind. the rain. the shivers. and it was worth it.
yesterday, i got to see jenny & jonny, bright eyes, and death cab for cutie.

seeing bands perform songs in front of you… ones that are so incredibly close to your heart is a really beautiful and exhilarating experience.

i named this blog after my favorite death cab song, “a movie script ending.”
they performed it :)

their finale was \”transatlanticism\”

music is love. it’s everything.

– danielle.

cultivating a simple(r) life.

May 18, 2011 § 1 Comment

transcend:

a: to rise above or go beyond the limits.
b: to triumph over the negative or restrictive aspects; to overcome.

our world is so busy. my senses are so easily overwhelmed sometimes… i get anxious. i get restless. worried. discouraged.

and that’s where transcendence comes in.
how does one transcend the detrimental but also very “normal” aspects of our modern existence… while still very much living in the middle of it all?

well…

i’m starting with the basics:

sleep.
food.
breath.

– routine.
– not treating my body like a wastebasket. (tea… lots of tea. been cutting caffeine [for the most part… i DO work in a coffee-house, you know!] focusing on fresh. water is my new best friend.)
– recognizing my breathing. not taking it for granted. remembering to take deep breaths when i need to.

challenging and changing the longtime habits of my body hasn’t been easy. it’s actually been really difficult and frustrating! but a few nights ago, i came across a quote that said, “don’t give up what you want most for what you want at the moment.”
… that has helped me, a lot :)

here’s where it gets a bit less cut and dry… but, at the same time, not:

life is complicated, isn’t it?
but i’ve learned that it’s really all about how you choose to handle what life throws at you that makes all the difference in the world.

i’m learning how to let things be.
learning how to be present…
and how to take life one thing at a time.

a simpler life:
living without getting overwhelmed or overcome by my surroundings. with my wants. my needs. my goals.
at ease.

a quieter life.
one without unnecessary stimulation from technology i don’t need.
one that grows: in learning. in spirit. in love. in passion.
one that is sustained by simple blessings.

a responsible life.
one that is hardworking.
goal-oriented.
knowledge driven.
a life in which i am doing my part.

it’s a work in progress… always. but i feel as though only good things could come of this process. and i am so enjoying making this life happen.

all in all… i am just a simple girl :) with the simplest of pleasures.

pretty pictures.
flowers that smell good.
a sunset.
a laugh with a friend.
long walks.
a good book.

take some time out of each day to sit quietly.
escape for a little bit and do something you love.
embrace peaceful moments.
stop to admire what’s around you. who is around you.

some of the truest blessings of life are composed of the little moments.

take them in :)

– d.

12 may.

May 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

there’s nothing quite like a grueling hike to the top of the world to put me back in my place.
it sometimes feels good to feel so small… to take some deep breaths and just quietly admire what is around me.
i’ve missed it here.
i’m so blessed to call this amazing place my home.

– tomorrow: a much-anticipated day off. & beautiful weather is afoot.
– i’m also working on getting a diana +. so excited… so so excited.
– i suck at making muffins… but i’m working on it. work has definitely challenged my baking skills :) but i learn something new with each recipe. it’s fantastic.
– my name is danielle. and i’m addicted to house plants.
i haven’t purchased any… yet. but… i can just feel a “house plant field day” coming on… i cannot wait.

well, it’s closing time at the shop. gotta run. happy almost weekend, friends :)

– d.