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Lake Merced | tatianajimenez.com

Photo taken during a run around Lake Merced

At the beginning of each yoga class the instructor will ask everyone to set an intention for their practice that day. My intentions usually range from releasing stress, to striving for some kind of deep focus without letting distracting thoughts enter my practice during those 90 minutes.

As 2014 came to an end and we moved into 2015, I tried to think about everything I accomplished. I was the Project Leader and Art Director on my very first big project at work, which was to redesign our credit union’s website. I designed a website for a financial literacy non-profit I’m a big fan of – MyPath – that launched in November. I juggled a couple volunteer commitments as well as a huge project for a management program that I’ll graduate from this year, freelance design work, and numerous knit and crochet projects.

I feel very proud of everything I achieved in 2014. I want to continue to grow, and in order to do that I felt that 2015 needed to be a year where I learn to focus on one thing at a time, and so far I think I’ve been doing just that (for the most part!). I decided not to talk about it much for fear of being obnoxious, and I feel like what we eat is pretty personal, but I decided to join my sisters and coworker in doing the 21 Day Sugar Detox in January. I normally am not a “dieter” but the science behind this detox sounded logical to me. At the end of the detox, I felt energized, healthier and ready to tackle my next goal, which was to run a 5 mile race!

I trained for about 8 weeks and ran the SacTown 10 in April. I ran all 5 miles without stopping! I’d never done anything like that before, and it was a really incredible feeling. One of my favorite things about running is talking about running with other runners. (Also, just being able to call myself a “runner” seems really amazing and frankly, unbelievable.) Over those 8 weeks I learned a lot about myself, which sounds cheesy, but it’s pretty fascinating to learn what you’re capable of doing if you just keep going. So many times during my longer runs, I’d reach the 2 mile point and want to take a break to walk because I thought I was tired, but I would talk myself out of it, kept running, and surprised myself every single time by what I was able to accomplish. Even though that race is over, I’m still running every week and will start training for this half marathon in August. I’m really excited for the challenge.

The last few months have also been full of fun trips to wine country, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and my beloved hometown, many “kitchen adventures,” and the completion of exciting design projects (which I’ll share more about here soon). I’ve been away from this space for a while, so I’m antsy to be back.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

by tatiana on August 18, 2013

Golf ladies

Today I stumbled upon this post, by a fellow designer/blogger gal whose blog I enjoy, and I thought I’d join in on the fun. Also because this type of post totally takes me back to my Livejournal days. (You know you miss Livejournal too!) (And I’m obviously looking at you, Cathy.)

Anyway, here we go!

1.) I started watching Friends for the first time.

We weren’t really allowed to watch it when it first aired (I think I was about 9 at the time), and as I got older I never really felt a need to watch it since I had no clue what the big deal was about Ross and Rachel. I caught a re-run here and there, but never really watched the show from start to finish. So last year, after not getting many a Friends reference and being generally curious, I decided to marathon it, thanks to my friend Jenna and her DVDs. I’m currently on Season 6. AND I AM SUCKED IN.

2.) I am a Green.

This year I was given the opportunity to attend Western CUNA Management School, and while I was there I learned A LOT. One of the most fun and introspective things I learned was that, according to the Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI) tool I am a Green. This basically means that I thrive when I’m working in situations where I don’t have to rely too heavily on others, and am very data and deadline driven. I’m also slightly Blue, which means that I combine feelings with reason (kind of how graphic design works, actually). Sounds about right!

3.) I played on my high school’s golf team.

Whenever I share this fact with people, they usually look pretty surprised. I’m not sure why. I played tennis in high school was well, so it’s not like I’m totally un-athletic, but maybe it just doesn’t seem like something I would do. I do miss golf and sort of want to start playing again. [Enter statement about whacking balls here.]

4.) Orange is the New Black gave me stress dreams.

Season 1 of OITNB was amazing. I’d watch it again from start to finish. But it unfortunately freaked my brain out and I had stress dreams the first 3 nights I watched the show. My dreams basically consisted of me being in prison and wanting not to be.

5.) I played a Facebook game and got stuff for free.

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For the last 4 months, while watching TV or movies, I’ve passively played this Facebook game called myVEGAS. In anticipation of my friend’s wedding in Vegas (which is next week), I accumulated a bunch of points and was able to redeem them for 2-nights of hotel accommodations, a ticket to The Beatles LOVE Cirque du Soleil show and I’m currently working on getting a free buffet. Before myVEGAS, I’d never played a Facebook game, and had judged those who played them. So, if you’re judging me, I totally understand, but I also don’t care! [Laughs all the way to the casino.] [Probably ends up spending too much money at said casino.]

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Photo credit: awesomepeoplereading.tumblr.com

As Google announced back in March, Google Reader will cease to exist as of July 1st, 2013. Feedly keeps getting suggested as a good Google Reader alternative, but reading through the viewing options and preferences on their site is making me twitch a little. Most importantly, I don’t like that Feedly isn’t web-based (I’m too lazy to download something on 3 computers), so Bloglovin is looking like the best alternative for me.

Having said that, I wonder if I’ll be able to consume the large amount of content on all of the sites I subscribe to (89 to be exact) as quickly with Bloglovin. My guess is that I won’t, but I will try!

Here are some of my favorite blog feeds in my Reader at the moment:

Freunde von Freunden
Category: Interior Design
Favorite Post: Nir Stern – Interface Designer and Architect, Apartment, Noe Valley, San Francisco

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As they explain on their website, “FvF is an international interview magazine that portrays people of diverse creative and cultural backgrounds in their homes and within their daily working environments.” I found this website when I was getting ready to move into my studio apartment back in April. I was looking for interior decor inspiration and found this site to be rich with beautiful photography and really interesting living and work spaces.

DesignLoveFest
Category: Graphic Design and Style
Favorite Post: Benefit Cosmetics/Dream Job 2: The Detective

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I stumbled upon DesignLoveFest about a year ago through one of the many other style blogs I read and this one quickly became a “must read” for me. Bri Emery is not only a talented graphic designer, but her style posts are really terrific. She doesn’t do the typical outfit posts that you see on a lot of fashion blogs. She is great at utilizing fashion (that is often vintage) and creating wonderful concept-driven posts. My favorite is linked above and is a part of a series she did for Benefit Cosmetics where she explores different “dream jobs”. The video is a lot of fun, and her site is incredibly inspiring.

Kitty’s Drawings (and Sewn Creations)
Category: Sewing and Vintage Fashion
Favorite Post: Butterick 6740 – Best Shirt Ever!

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My good friend and fellow lover of vintage sewing, Kendra, alerted me to this really fun blog about sewing with vintage patterns. Lately it’s been motivating me to get back into sewing – I miss it!

Umami Mart
Category: Food
Favorite Post: Postcard from Hoi An: Cao Lầu on a Lonely Night

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I can’t remember when I started reading Umami Mart’s blog. It was probably some time either before or after my trip to Japan last year. I was most likely scouring the web for travel blogs that talked about Japan because I was looking forward to going/missed it. Umami Mart is a food and culture blog with a large emphasis on Japanese culture, and they also have a shop in Downtown Oakland, which I have actually never been to, but walked by once!

How Do I Put This Gently?
Category: Just for Fun
Favorite Post: Too many good posts to pick one.

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I don’t think there’s a whole lot to explain here. Also, I’m not sure if browsing through animated gifs counts as reading, but I highly recommend it. It may or may not improve your quality of life at any moment.

What are some of your daily reads?

Also, if you follow my blog already on Google Reader, don’t forget to import your subscriptions to Bloglovin (if you think Bloglovin may be your jam)! It’s really easy to do. (Instructions here.) And, if you’d like to follow me, click here! Easy peasy. Happy reading!

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Where have March and April gone?

by tatiana on May 10, 2013

Radio Silence | tatianajimenez.com

Sorry for my radio silence the last two months. I was doing so well with blogging in February and I totally dropped the ball… and for very good reasons!

1.) March was my birthday month, so I was a very busy gal… you know, celebrating life and whatnot. And making my friends (I wish my SoCal friends could have teleported to celebrate as well!) watch my favorite movies from childhood at my themed slumber party, “Welcome to 1993.” We watched Free Willy (well, it was on in the background whilst Jello shots were being consumed), The Babysitter’s Club, Moonwalker, and Jurassic Park. I also made goodie bags, which was probably my favorite part of my birthday slumber party.

Goodie Bags | 1993 Themed Birthday Party | tatianajimenez.com

2.) I moved! My beloved roommate and I parted ways after 3.5 fun years of sharing living quarters (and 2 years prior to that back in college). Needless to say, I miss my roomie, but I am loving living alone, and my new neighborhood. While I don’t have any blog-ready interior photos quite yet, I will share one of the chairs I have my eye on from EQ3 in Oakland. I LOVE EQ3!

Wide Chair | EQ3 | tatianajimenez.com

So now that I am comfortably settled into my new age (29) and my new place, I will be updating more regularly. Or, one would hope. I hope everyone is having a lovely spring, wherever you may be.

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Feliz Navidad!

by tatiana on December 25, 2012

Let's Get Ratchety - Custom Cross Stitch

I’m sitting here at Ontario International Airport waiting to board my flight back to the Bay Area and wanted to take a moment to wish everyone who reads this little blog of mine a very Merry Christmas. Most of my family’s traditions take place on Christmas Eve, so I decided that paying a lot less to fly on Christmas night was not a shabby deal. I’m heading to Oakland to enjoy Christmas dinner and feel like a very lucky gal.

Spending almost a week at home has been very rejuvenating and I feel energized and inspired to work hard to make the most out of the remainder of 2012, and 2013. I still have 2 handmade gifts to finish, but I was happy to have finished the above cross stitch piece just an hour or so before my annual Christmas party with my high school pals. Sometimes, it’s important to remind yourself to get a little ratchety. Happy holidays, guys!

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Djuna: The Most Dramatic Cat You May Ever Meet

by tatiana on November 29, 2011

A few weeks ago, my roommate informed me that we had a new roomie… a cat named Djuna. Growing up in a family where practically everyone is allergic to cats, I’ve never lived with a cat before – but I did house-sit for two weeks once and got along quite well with the two cats who lived there, so I was pretty excited at the prospect of living with a feisty feline. [click to continue…]

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The A-Z of Me

by tatiana on September 15, 2011

Hello, kids! I thought, in light of the upcoming weekend (and one of my favorite people coming to SF to visit, pictured above!) I’d do a fun blog post… reminiscent of my Livejournalin’ days. Remember those days? Yeah you do! So here we go! Taken from Miss Liz’s blog, here is the A-Z of Me. [click to continue…]

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Links of the Week – March 18 & 25, 2011

by tatiana on March 25, 2011

NSYNC in their memorable Disney Channel concert performance. Check out the pants. Whatever happened to JNCO jeans?

Happy Friday, folks. I hope you’re not like me and have that horrid song by Rebecca Black stuck in your head. I’m sure you know the one. I’m sad that it’s the song I now associate with Friday instead of NSYNC’s “Just Got Paid” (Friday ni-eet). Oh well.

Moving along, I didn’t get to posting my links from last week, so this week is a double-decker-dose of linky goodness. Hope you’re hungry for some KNOWLEDGE (and a little nonsense):

That’s all folks. Have a lovely weekend, and don’t forget that tomorrow is Saturday. We so excited. (I promise, that’ll be my last reference to that song, ever).

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Links of the Week – March 11, 2011

by tatiana on March 11, 2011

First of all, HAPPY 311 DAY!!! Second of all, we’re getting closer to my birthday! It’s on Tuesday but I’m celebrating on Saturday. So. Excited. I feel like my 27th year will be the best yet. Moving right along, here are some articles I read this week that I wanted to share.

  • I’ve been thinking about Social Media a lot as a way to engage with customers, and I was happy to stumble upon this quick post by Jacob Cass where he talks about his experience with Vegas hotels in the Twitterverse.
  • Alex Smith discusses the impact of social media on search results. Businesses and brands need to be prepared!
  • I love most girl bands, especially rock and roll girl bands. It was cool to learn about a new one this week. Thanks, Electric Ant Zine for sharing info and a few songs by The Welders on their blog.
  • My sister is getting married in November and I’m her Maid of Honor, so I totally have wedding stuff on the brain. I loveeee this Video Save-the-Date that Christina posted on her super cute blog. So original.
  • I love these What We Wore posts by James (of Bleubird Vintage) and her family. Such a hip bunch! Totally shows that you don’t have to lose your funky style when you “grow up” and have kiddos.

That’s all for now! I’m so excited to see The Craft at the Castro theater tonight with my buddies and relive my teenage years of being totally obsessed with everything witch-related… as I’m sure millions of other girls were in the late 90s. Anyway, have a safe and relaxing weekend!

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Links of the Week – March 4, 2011

by tatiana on March 3, 2011

Poster by Barbara Kruger, 1989 (scanned from Suffragettes to She Devils by Liz McQuiston)

Hey, all. So I’ve decided that Tweeting my favorite links is just not enough. I want to document them here in my blog as well. Why? Why not! [click to continue…]

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