End of the intermission

After 3 years, the intermission is nearing it's conclusion. Princessly Living will be returning soon. I cannot believe it has been this long! So much as happened during my hiatus. I've purchased a house and became the mother to two wonderful little boys.

The plan is to update this blog twice a week. I've also stated a Facebook group @princesslyliving for more frequent updates.

Talk to you later.

Left, but not forgotten


I have been a horrible blogger. For the past month and 2 weeks I have abandoned the internet. I felt that my life had gone on autopilot. I needed a break from the monotony and lethargy of coming home from work and getting straight on the computer. I needed to step away from everything and to collect my thoughts.

There were no challenges from May or June. I've noticed that most of my challenges have only centered on achieving goals. I want to do more with my monthly ambitions than just that. I will use the month of June to reassess my challenges and post ideas. There needs to be more purpose and diversity. Please excuse my absence. I have momentarily left, but shall return rejuvenated and better than before.


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April Challenge

"You cannot dream yourself into a character: you must hammer and forge yourself into one."
--Henry D. Thoreau

The tools have been gathered. Preparations have been made. And the past was been cleared away for the future. I am ready to be the person I have been working toward and am meant to be. This month will be dedicated to eliminating the 'when I' phrases in my life. I will post more when I do more exciting things. I will take pictures when I buy new make-up. I will go to events when I buy new clothes. I will buy more clothes when I lose weight.

Enough! Nothing gets done when you wait for the right time. Plus I no longer have the patience to wait. I know what I have been working toward these last several months. While there are still things that need to be worked on, I am tired of only focusing on one aspect at a time. It is time I put the pieces together and gain the courage to be the person I want to be.

April is the month I plan to compile and complete the puzzle of the last months' goals. It's time to stop procrastinating and step into the new "character" I have been gradually working toward. I hope April will be a productive month for everyone else as well.


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Pretty in blue

One of my life goals I have always wanted to accomplish is to be a break from the pink princesses. To me most cute/hime-kei/girly items and clothes are just awash in a sea of pink. And I understand that pink symbolizes femininity, purity, and romance. But I am tired of feeling obligated to buy everything in that color. While there is nothing wrong with the color pink, it is just not for me. I prefer blue. I see certain blue tints as calming, airy, free, and girly colors. Now do not misunderstand, I would never turn down a bouquet of pink roses. But nothing would be more prefect than white or blue roses.

With my departure from lolita fashion, I did not give myself much direction for future clothing purchasing. If it was cute/feminine/girly I bought it. This left me with a kaleidoscope of colors in my wardrobe. Coordinating outfits became quite a task. There were adorable pieces that did not match anything and were neglected. So I decided to clean out my wardrobe once again. My new rule has become if it is not pastel, easily coordinated, or blue I do not want it. I know there is no way to completely rid my closet of pink. But blue will be the central color. (My make up items will end up staying pink. Sadly those companies have yet to make multiple colors of their containers.)

So I thought what better way to start my blue revolution than with purses? Purses are sometimes a huge coordination point. And I hardly ever leave my house without my purse. My black guess bag is wonderful, but I want some color. So for my birthday I bought 2 new totes.

The first is a bright blue Juicy Couture tote. With spring and summer coming, I thought a bright color would a best. The second is a blueberry Guess tote. Much subtler than the Juicy bag. I foresee using this one more often. I am ecstatic to finally be working on my Pretty in Blue goals. I think one more baby blue purse would be perfect.

March challenge

"If what you are doing is not moving you towards your goals, then it’s moving you away from your goals,"
--Brian Tracy

There are a few tasks and goals I have ignored over the years. I have kept a tally of them, but procrastinated working on any. I have learned to work around these tasks, but I am disappointed that I have left them go for this long. I earnestly try to achieve my goals, but find with these missing parts I am going nowhere. I cannot improve if I am neglecting even the small tasks. I thought this quote suited my feelings rather well. I cannot complete a puzzle without all the pieces. And I cannot move forward if I am at a stand still or going in reverse.

So for March, I plan to find the little missing pieces of my goals and focus on them. I mostly know what needs to be done to help obtain my goals. I just need to make sure all the smaller pieces are accounted for.

Like most women, one of my main goals is to lose weight. While I had lost some weight in December and January nothing dramatic had happened. I tried eating healthier, but felt that I needed to start counting calories. I finally joined an app called 'Lose it'. It has helped immensely. In 2½ weeks, I have happily lost 12 lbs.

Another goal of mine is to improve my make-up skills. That will never happen with old make-up and brushes. Overlooking the need for updated and more make-up is definitely keeping me from this goal. I'm rectifying this by starting with my lip glosses. No more Bath & Beauty lip glosses or cutesy cupcake/ice cream container glosses. I've order Dior Addict Lip Glow. Besides that I love how feminine and classy the contain looks, I have heard rave reviews about this product.

I hope that those working on their goals recognize any small steps that need to be taken and target those weak points.

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Booshie

Yesterday a new word was added to the many that people use for my description. Booshie. I have been called a princess, preppy, and spoiled. But rarely something as bold as booshie. I actually had to look it up because I have never heard this word before.

The group did not lower their voices or try to hide that fact that I could hear them. They were just holding a normal conversation and decided to add me to the list of people too conceited to attend a party. While this makes me sound like an arrogant adolescent, it was not just a normal party. It was a "slumber"/toy party. While I have been to one of those before hosted by very good friend. I would not go to one hosted by someone I barely know. There are just certain things I do not care to know about extended acquaintances. Plus the shock and awe of attending the first was not overly impressive.

I always find it amusing how people get offended whenever others do not share the same interests as them. I would not be offended if I wanted to start a book club and certain people did not want to attend. If I happen to turn down a request, it is not because I think I am better than others. I just do not want to participate or already have other plans. As an almost 29 year old woman, I do not try to appease everyone.

Since I have ignored their snide remarks they seem validated in their opinion of me. Whatever. The woman and her group can try to chide me into lashing out, but I am not that type of people. I have other interests that I would rather focus on than their childish mind games. As you see no names or connections were mention. If she were to happen upon this entry she has nothing to be upset about. I just thought this would be an interesting diary entry.

A friend of mine said I have always been kind of stuck up and found an old picture as "proof".
This picture is from 2008! Stalking my Facebook much?



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February Challenge

"Is life not a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves?"
--Friedrich Nietzsche

How is everyone doing with to their New Years goals?

I am felling very accomplished with last month's progress. So far I have completed 19 of the current 100 goals I set out for myself. Plus I already have more objectives I want to add to the list. I want to continue this productiveness all throughout 2014! I have the bad habit of slowing down and becoming bored after having accomplishing a few goals, but I am determined to keep the motivation going. Life is too short for me to do nothing with myself. I have ended my relationship with boredom and I never want to go back.


One of my next big missions is to type out all my notes and half written post ideas to create a digital database/post bank. I know that with at least a portion of the writing done I will want to finish each post. Then I will have a selections of posts to pick from if I do not have a specific topics I want to talk about one day.

My other current mission is setting up and organizing a daily planner for scheduling posts, events, and important dates. Most of my procrastination issues stem from that fact that I do not monitor how many days are left in a month. I always say that I will type out a post tomorrow or take pictures another day. Then before I notice it is time for next month's challenge. This negligence needs to stop. It is frustrating that I waste so much time doing nothing. I never look at the calendar on my phone, so I feel a planner would be a good idea.

I am keeping my eyes open for any cute, pastel, or quilted daily planners. If you happen to notice one please do share. Some ideas:




Or I might construct my only daily planner like on A Bowl Full Of Lemons.

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