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Like most parts of the country, it was a snowy February in Colorado Springs. We got about half a foot here, and it stuck around for quite a while. Austin had a big ice storm, and I heard that some areas in Dallas got up to 6 inches of snow. I won’t even get started on how crazy the snow was in the northeast (I feel for you guys!). During one snowy Saturday here in Colorado Springs, my mother-in-law treated… Read more »

This is the first time I’ve posted on my blog since July of last year. It pains me to write that, because when I first created Ideas of Emily, I had every intention of posting consistently (something I’m sure every blogger can relate to from time to time). For a while last year I was doing pretty well with posting often, but then things started to get crazy busy with work (and life) and I decided to take a break… Read more »

One of my new favorite link-ups is EmberGrey’s Grateful Heart Monday, which is about starting each week with a grateful heart. I’m going to try to do this type of post every Monday, because I think it’s a super smart way to get your head on straight for the upcoming week. So, here’s a few things that I’m thankful for this week: { I’m thankful that I have some creative freedom at my new job. Last week I had the opportunity to… Read more »

  Last Saturday I got one of those phone calls that we all dread. On Saturday, things changed. I found out that my grandfather’s health had started to quickly spiral downwards. It was one of those moments where as soon as your phone lights up, you get that feeling in the pit of your stomach that something is wrong. I have pretty good intuition with things like that. And unfortunately, I was right. The call was my mom letting me… Read more »

  It’s been exactly 2 months since I last updated this blog. And in all honesty, the reason I haven’t posted is because I’ve been overwhelmed. Over the past month, we’ve moved to a new apartment, John’s grandfather passed away, we travelled to Colorado to go to the funeral (and also the wedding of our good friends), I resigned from my job to accept another job, I started my new job, and my grandfather had some serious health concerns. Just… Read more »

Today’s post is about pet peeves. Everyone has them and these are a few of mine (the questions are from a link up I’m participating in called Sunday Social). Ok, so here we go: 1. What is your biggest driving pet peeve? I hate when I’m in the parking lot and I catch random people taking pictures of my Ferrari. Just kidding. I don’t have a Ferrari. : ] I’m gonna get serious for 2 seconds: I have issues with people who… Read more »

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, I went on InDesign and created the graphic above (I had been wanting to try my hand at a chalkboard design for a while!). I have some Irish heritage in my family, so I’ve always been extra interested in Irish sayings. This Irish proverb is one of my favorite quotes because it really is so true. Laughter can be very healing. I’m not talking about a small chuckle, but the kind of laughing where you can’t stop… Read more »

I live in Austin, so basically all I’ve been hearing about lately is SXSW. Tons of celebrities have been spotted in town over the past couple of days. But humans aren’t the only kind of celebrities that are in Austin right now because famous cats have been making appearances too. Two internet sensations, Lil Bub and Grumpy Cat, have been making the rounds in Austin. To put into perspective the popularity of these cats, Grumpy Cat has a video with over… Read more »

I have a friend who is in the Williamson Country Symphony Orchestra and John and I went to see him perform last night. The Williamson Co. Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit group of mostly non-professional musicians who perform for free because they are passionate about music. I find this group inspiring because most of these people take time out of their day to be involved simply because they love it and want to keep playing and improving. While I was listening last… Read more »

Now that the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi have come to a close, I’m going to pause for some reflection. As I watched the Olympics over the past 3 weeks, I couldn’t help but feel incredibly inspired by the athletes. The thing that impresses me the most is the amount of dedication athletes must have to get to this level. Many of them wake up before the crack of dawn each day to train. I’ve heard stories of some olympians… Read more »