New Purse, and don’t try and change your car!

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Brown Distressed Pleather Purse by BUENO, $5.99

From the Berry Hill Goodwill in Nashville, TN.

(does anyone know much about this brand?  I have actually never heard of it or know where is is normally sold, but I do love this purse)

It reminds me of a purse I would find at Target by Converse or something.  But it’s not.  It’s by BUENO.

Bueno it is.  For all y’all non-spanish experts out there, that means GOOD.

It is good.  It is perfect.  The perfect size, and color and vibe.  I like that it has two small pockets on the outside, and a divider insdie of the purse, instead of it just being one big pocket.  It’s the little things that make a purse perfect.

PS, I love a company that names their brand “GOOD”.  How smart is that?  It’s like you don’t even need to decide if you like it or not- they’ve already told you- it’s good!  On a similar note, we just got a new somewhat local draft beer in from Alabammy at work called “Good People.”  Same thing! How smart.  People will automatically trust this brand.  Its made by good people!  Why has every company and brand not named their product ‘Good People’?  Luckily, it is actually pretty good beer, so that’s a plus.  At least they’re not lying.  Good people would not make bad beer.  That’s just silly.

Anyway, back to fashion, I may have mentioned I was on the lookout for a new purse.  Or I may not have.  Well I was, for a summer one, and I did find a cool Indian inspired patterned one at Payless about a month ago for $14.99, regularly $24.99, but decided I still wouldn’t mind having a more plain and less busy one.  Enter, this purse.  I had used my last hunter green Goodwill one all throught the winter and most of the spring, and felt it was too dark for the summer months.

As if one needs an excuse to have more than one seasonal purse…especially at prices under or around $10.

Soooo, on a completely different note, I have some more life advice I would like to include.  It is about being yourself, something I have mentioned the importacne of before- even though it seems so obvious!  We are all made so different, yet for some reason I feel we so often try to conform.  To what standards others decide.

So I was driving my car the other day, as one does to get from Point A to Point B, and I drive a manual car.  For about 6 months now.  It drives ALOT different than an automatic, the kind of car I am much more used to driving.  It is not as smooth a start and never takes off as fast as you have to ease on the gas and off the clutch.  But every since I got it I have been trying to make it start and drive in general just like an automatic.  And it’s very stressful, and I don’t do a good job of it.

They are jerky.  By nature.  It will never be as smooth.

finally, I accepted this.

And I felt so free.

My car, and me as the driver, were free to be who we were.

And now I could find out what things my car will do, and let my car do waht an automatic can’t.  and enjoy the change.  but if I had never stopped trying to make it be an automatic, I may never realize what it as a manual has to offer.

Maybe silly, but it hit me as kind of cool, so I thought I’d share it.

Never force something that just doesn’t want to be.

Whatever it is.

Being myself,

-Jaime

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Happy July! Pictureless Post…

Hi!  Happy July!  What is it about a new month that is so exciting?  Especially July…right in the heart of summer, one of the best seasons.  Such a good season, in my opinion, that I just wrote a song about it a week or two ago, and the tag line is “It’s summertime, let life begin again.”  Life is good in the summer.

What I did for July so far is move.  Again.  This time only 20 min. across town instead of 17 hours across the country.  Potato, potato.  K, that saying doesn’t really work quite as well when you are typing it.  But you get my drift.  It was much easier though, and I didn’t have to sell all my furniture.

I moved in with this girl who I work with at the preschool.  So far I’m pretty happy with the new place.  First day here, and I run into Keith Urban at the local Starbucks.  I’ll take it.  Put me into shock for a good half hour, but it was worth it.

My Goodwill futon came with me, it has done a good job for the past 3 months, so I’ll keep it.  Not firing it or reassigning it to couch position just yet.

A house move means a Goodwill move as well.  Luckily, my love, Nashville, has tons of Goodwills, so there really is one for every area.  I have lived close to the Charlotte Pike one and have used that one, I just lived near the East Nashville/Gallatin Goodwill and got to get to know that pretty well, and now I live near the third and final one in Berry Hill.  This location is particularly exciting because it also has a Goodwill outlet attached!  This is where all things to go to die, or to finally be sold.  Half empty or half full?  Anything that doesn’t sell at a regular Goodwill is taken here and put in bins and sold by weight.  My new roommate got her straw purse there that I wrote about it this post.  I have gotten a few things there in the past as well.  And now I will get to go there more often!

This particular Goodwill also has a bountiful furniture section, something the East Nashville location actually didn’t have at all.  Strange really.  Sometimes a piece or two would be thrown in the corner near the childrens’ clothing (makes sense?? they do a lot of furniture buying those kids I have found…).  Hardly constituting a furniture section.

I can’t wait to find out what new things I will need for my new place and see if I can find it at Goodwill.

Also (I think this is my first pictureless post???) I don’t have a picture, but I am wearing out in public for the first time my anna ‘winged’ shirt I like to call it because it is of the style that has the ‘wings’ attached to the sides.  I could add the picture again here, but I’m kind of excited about having a post with no pictures.  For some reason.  Y’all might not be.

Happy July everyone!  Make the most of these Summer days, they’ll be gone before we know it.  Go for a swim, a hike, or have a cookout.  Just a few ideas.  Using stuff from Goodwill whilst, of course:)

Lastly, I want to shout out to urbanwallart.wordpress.com for being my 50th follower:)  Its a special number.  He makes GREAT art and y’all should check him out.  I love and appreciate all of you, so much!, but he was numero 50, so I wanted to give him some props.  Can’t wait to get to 100 and more…

-Jaime

“What fun would it be if we lived forever?  Where is the challenge in that?”

What would you do if you knew you were gonna live forever?

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View from Chimney Rock, near Asheville, NC. 

Ok, you caught me, I couldn’t do it.  I added a picture.

But that quote just really needed this, dontcha think? 😉