be kind

Always Practice Reckless Optimism and Kindness

One of the best things you can do for yourself is be kind to others. Today and every day, let’s transform negativity and bad vibes with goodness and positivity. I know things can seem dark, discouraging and cynical. There’s so much happening that feels beyond our control. But I want to challenge you to put something beautiful out in the world today and just see what happens. It can be as small as a smile or word. It can also be a phone call, a pay it forward at your coffee shop, or sending a pretty card in the mail. Will you pay it forward?

Make Something Everyday

Make Something Everyday

I truly believe that one of the best ways to craft a life you love is to do something creative everyday. I'm passionate about infusing creativity into our lives and inspiring Jack to express himself through art. Hoping this 15 minutes of fun on the sidewalk brightens someone's day. Hoping to do more of these shoefies around town. What are you making today?

My boots (under $80!) can be found here and Jack's awesome loafers (in Cognac) can be found here.

Just be

Be all these things

I have been having a bit of a love/hate relationship with Instagram recently for several reasons. Do you watch my InstaStories? Apparently they can only be viewed on mobile. I love sharing all kinds of snippets there. They expire after 24 hours, and I did a little poll and got some good responses. I want to gather my thoughts a little more on the subject and then I will update you on any conclusions I've drawn. 

After I wrote this and posted it to Instagram I realized there are so many other P words I could use to add to it. Be proactive, present and polite would definitely be on the list. Can you think of others?

Do all the good you can.

A couple weeks ago, my friend Carrie, who lives in Houston, reached out to me about a series idea for her blog, WEAR+WHERE+WELL. I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed with some really cool opportunities and projects lately (as you probably have figured out by my lack of posts) but I had to say yes to her for a number of reasons. First, she is doing amazing things for her hometown of Houston after the devastating hurricane. She has this great post about how you can continue to help. Second, even though I have loved my Motivational Monday series, I think it's time to move onto something else. Sometimes giving up on something doesn't make it a failure (I used to think this), but instead I now believe that giving up allows you ample room to recharge, grow and evolve. Love the twist she is putting on this and since she is serious about her blog and content and has similar values that resonate, I thought it would be a great opportunity to letter whatever quotes her team sent over. Here's the first in the series, and if you read nothing else today, I think Julie's words on WEAR+WHERE+WELL are incredibly moving and true. As is this quote:

Amy Tangerine for Wear Where Well

Live the adventure | Just go for it

Biggest adventure | Amy Tangerine

There's a lot going on behind the scenes over here and a lot of adventures I've shared on Instagram as of late. I've been really trying hard to focus on the things that are most important to me, but sometimes I feel completely overwhelmed. Part of me knows that I have a tendency to take on too much, but the other part of me can't help it! I'm trying my best to balance a lot of things (most of them very exciting and very good) but some things that are unexpected and have knocked me off of my feet a bit. Please know that I would love to update this blog more often than I do and have written many a blog posts in my head while stuck in traffic or on an airplane or even in the shower.

Part of living the life of my dreams is being able to share what I love. I'm dreaming about BIG things coming up. I may need some help and I may need to expand Team Tangerine. So while this isn't exactly a job posting, I wanted to just throw it out into the Universe that if the right person (possibly people) came my way, we may have some work for them to do. Maybe the kind of work that will be someone's dream job and perhaps posting this tiny request on my blog will be just the way to do it.

Lettering on my iPad Pro using the Procreate app. You can see a bit more in this YouTube video.