Here’s to Happiness: May 2011 Edition

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a HTH list (ala Rockstar Diaries) and since there are so many things in life to be happy about… I thought I’d share with you.

Here are 15 things that make me terribly happy

1. Sundays

2. Drinking Shirley Temples

3. Catching up with friends over lunch

4. Tap dancing

5. Discovering a new restaurant I love

6. The soreness I feel after a yoga workout

7. Cheese Pizza

8. Spring in New York

9. Wearing Lipstick and Heels

10. Popcorn with Reece’s Pieces

11. Jumping up and down alone in your apartment after getting a call that you booked a job

12. Looking through old photos

13. Being filled with pride for friends

14. Slideshows

15. Happy/Nervous Butterflies


It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas

Christmastime in New York has more holiday spirit than I’ve ever had back in Houston. I absolutely love it. It’s the beautifully decorated store windows, the tree at Rockefeller Center, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular… This city is just made for the holidays!

I’ve pretty much got all the gifts I’m giving this year minus a few more I still need to round up. I love the challenge of giving the perfect gift and seeing their face when they get it. (There will be a post about “present face” somewhere in the near future!)

My favorite Rockstar, Naomi, recently put up a blog post of 25 christmas challenges that her mom gave her and invited anyone to do it with her. I decided to take the challenge and invite you to as well. All you have to do is fulfill one challenge for each day up to Christmas. Here are the challenges:

  • go out of your way– befriend someone today that needs a friend and follow through to christmas
  • tell someone you love them
  • make a tree decoration that will remind you of Christ
  • in your prayers today, give thanks for every blessing without asking for anything
  • try to be as kind as possible to others today
  • try not to quarrel with family members today
  • do a good deed anonymously
  • make goals for yourself– seal a copy in an envelope to be opened in a year
  • visit someone sick or lonely or sad
  • do volunteer work for some worthy cause
  • do something fun for a child or younger sibling
  • try to forgive someone who has wronged you, be reconciled
  • make a “give list” instead of a list of gifts you’d like
  • improve yourself in some way to please the Savior
  • quietly reflect and choose uplifting activities vs shopping
  • phone or send a card to an old friend or family member
  • listen to Handel’s Messiah
  • make a christmas treat for someone else
  • be a calming influence today and control your temper
  • accept the gift of forgiveness– pray for some weakness and ask for help in repenting of it
  • look at christmas lights… where does all light come from?
  • sing carols
  • do something nice for someone without their knowing it was you
  • be the first to say hello to people all day
  • ask someone to tell you about a past christmas

I’m doing them in the order they’re written. So yesterday I did go out of my way for someone and plan on doing till at least Christmas! Today I said I love you to my mom, my wife, my sister, my nieces, and a few friends. Tomorrow’s challenge is to make a christmas decoration reminding me of Christ. This one should be interesting as I 1)am not a very crafty person and 2)i don’t have a Hobby Lobby anywhere close! I’ll make sure to keep you updated on what I come up with.

As I go throughout this holiday season, even though it’ll be very easy to get swamped in the gifts, (hopefully) snow, and high kicks, I’m really going to focus on the birth of my Savior, Jesus Christ. What an amazing time of year it is and I hope that through all the hectic holiday hubbub, I might be able to keep the spirit of Christ in my heart.

I love you guys!

Happy December!


New Favorite Photos

I’ve recently become obsessed with a photographer named, Nicole Hill. I’ve been browsing through her blog lately and can’t get over how much I love her work. She is in France right now with fellow Rockstar, Taza, taking lots of lovely pictures! I can’t wait to see the rest of them. Here are three of my favorite little kid pictures of hers.

Make sure to check out her website,, and her blog,!


101 Things that make me happy

Since it was on my 101 things to do in 1001 days list, i thought I’d knock this one out:

  1. love
  2. my family
  3. reading the scriptures
  4. taking photos
  5. giftcards
  6. giving the perfect gift
  7. cheese
  8. blogging
  9. temple trips
  10. picking out which headband to wear with a current outfit
  11. arm scratches
  12. finding new photographers i like
  13. everything and everyone in new york city
  14. chocolate bar
  15. anthropologie sales
  16. Rockstar Diaries
  17. when my silly niece, Avery, says “I love you Aunt Cia!”
  18. back scratches
  19. hearing makenzie’s voice
  20. seth rudetsky’s deconstructions (this one‘s my favorite)
  21. laducas
  22. singing in the car
  23. anything ever uttered out of elaine stritch‘s mouth
  24. old school theatre tap dancing
  25. a new richard calmes album
  26. my scotties, Bobby and BJ
  27. comments on my photos
  28. fresh flowers on the kitchen table
  29. the nervous, excited energy i get before a photoshoot
  30. when my doctors are happy
  31. skyping with my nieces and ashlyn
  32. fierce moments (i’ll have to blog about this sometime…)
  33. doris day movies
  34. fred and ginger movies
  35. hugs and kisses
  36. reunions with friends i havent seen in forever
  37. making slideshows
  38. dressing up all fancy
  39. sleeping in my bed on cold mornings
  40. cloudy days
  41. cute umbrellas
  42. ghost lights
  43. iyogurt, red mango, and pinkberry
  44. when he says he loves me
  45. finding old journals and reading them
  46. reading snapple caps
  47. waking up to a working alarm clock
  48. my photo chandelier
  49. putting on a new pair of earings
  50. watching a really good movie you haven’t seen in a long time
  51. downstage center
  52. taking a theatre dance class
  53. charleston chews
  54. anything black with white polka dots
  55. good news
  56. getting a letter or package in the mail
  57. counting down the days till summer new york trips
  58. looking at my yellow tulip painting from king aaron
  59. quoting scrubs
  60. watching bloopers on dvds
  61. General Conference
  62. regina spektor and ben rector music
  63. making lists
  64. lunch dates with my favorite people
  65. a massage
  66. holga photos
  67. hot chocolate on a cold day
  68. family dinners
  69. when people tell me they’re looking for my cheshire cat laplander! so sweet.
  70. Kevin Cahoon in the same building :))))
  71. disco dancing
  72. nailing an audition
  73. stepping off the plane at La Guardia
  74. little letters
  75. Junior’s Cheesecake
  76. “(This will be) an Everlasting Love”
  77. finding a new artist i like
  78. trying new sushi
  79. a good Sunday at Church
  80. engagement stories
  81. a jazz class on an emotional day
  82. “You Turned my Mourning into Dancing” music
  83. singing primary songs
  84. comforting hugs from my mommy
  85. puppies
  86. red lipstick with a cute black and white outfit
  87. star sightings in NYC
  88. licking icing off of a cupcake
  89. singing in the shower
  90. shopping trips with my sisters
  91. pumpkin pie with whipped creme
  92. sunrise on the beach
  93. a warm blanket right out of the dryer
  94. speaking “broadway” with someone who understands what the heck i’m saying
  95. yellow tulips
  96. white rose petals in my banb hoodie pockets
  97. makenzie memories
  98. thinking about the future
  99. accepting the past
  100. living fully through every minute
  101. this list

here’s to happiness, life, love, and makenzie.


Smoothies with G

Met up with G the other day for smoothies at Bubble Island.

This girl rocks my socks.

She could be the next woman president if she wanted to.

But she’ll settle for being a fantastic Harvard graduate architect.

note: g and i were being headband models together. i was wearing olga by lovetaza and gina was wearing kelly-white by kedesigns. both stores are highly recommendable!

love always!


Little Letters

dear mommy, thank you for being so patient with me.

dear humidifier, you are a life saver!

dear luis, you’re the best for giving us the day off today. my body much appreciates it!

dear pointe shoes, you know i’ve worn you too much when you’re more comfortable to wear than regular ballet shoes.

dear iphone, thank you for recording my voice lessons so i can go back and listen to how i “actually” sound and not how i think i sound.

dear sisters,  you’re little c squared is turning 18 soon. weird, right?

dear 500 days of summer, i think you’re one of my new favorite movies.

dear zooey deshannel, can i have your closet?

dear weather, see what you can do about getting me some nice cloudy skies and slightly warmer temperatures so i can do a dance photoshoot. its been a month since i’ve shot outside.

dear itunes, why are some of your songs starting to cost $1.29? rip off!

dear seminary, i’ll be back soon. miss you.

dear glee, i strongly dislike that i have to wait till APRIL to see you again.

dear me, be nice to yourself. Remember, that was a goal for this year.

dear you, hope i haven’t bored you.



(little leters was inspired by rockstar naomi)