SO FRESH AND SO CLEAN SLATE FOR 2014

December 30, 2013

So Fresh and So Clean for 2014 | House of Harvey

Well well well, we’ve come upon the end of 2013 and are finally going to get to say hello to the lovely 2014.

This past year has been one of the most amazing/stressful/invigorating/mind-blowing/educational years of my life. Indeed.

So Fresh and So Clean for 2014 | House of Harvey

Not only did I celebrate my first official full year of business-owning (two businesses at that!), but I was also able to fit in some epic travel (here and here and here), wonderful family moments (my sister got hitched and both of my parents retired!), project launches (we had our first Pup-Up event in LA – plenty more to come in 2014!), and of course, 365 days of pure bliss with my main man, Mr. Harvey.

So Fresh and So Clean for 2014 | House of Harvey

Yes, 2013 was a good one. But 2014 has some exciting ventures on the horizon already.

When it comes to this here blog, I am planning some really fun improvements and changes (it’s an ever-evolving process…isn’t it?) and definitely more photos – everything from pups to people to places. What once was merely a place for my dog obsession, has slowly transformed into a love of capturing moments of everything that goes on in my life, canine and other, so I hope you’ll tag along for the ride as I continue to share my crazy journey.

So Fresh and So Clean for 2014 | House of Harvey

And as for New Year’s resolutions, I don’t actually plan to make any this year. I think I’m simply going to try my darndest to live in every moment as it happens and focus on each passing day rather than future-plan my life away. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got some big aspirations and goals for this here 2014, but isn’t life just one giant resolution to do the best you can anyway?

So Fresh and So Clean for 2014 | House of Harvey

I’m ready to start anew, with a clean perspective on life and I think Mr. Harvey is ready for a fresh start too!┬áIt’s gonna be an amazing 2014 y’all…hold on to your hats and enjoy the ride!

Adventure awaits!

Cheers,

Steph

MERRY CHRISTMAS

December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas | House of Harvey

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and delightful new year!

xoxo,

Steph + Harvey

THOUGHT FULL FRIDAY 30// SUCCESS METER

December 20, 2013

Measure of Success | House of Harvey

It’s coming upon that natural time of year where we all stop for a moment and reflect on all that we have accomplished over the past year. As I’ve commenced my own personal sitting and reflecting mode, I got to thinking, “what does success truly mean to me?”

Over the past year I’ve detailed some personal struggles when it comes to time management, life balance, impatience, jealously, commitment issues, career goals, ambition, routines, organization….you get the point…I’m a hot mess. So as I take this moment to ponder all that has occurred over this past year (and more naturally let my thoughts shift to all that I had actually planned on having occur but never followed through on this year), I think about the true meaning of success and if any of the things I’ve done this year can fall into that “successful” category.

We all have our definitions of what personal achievement looks like, feels like and maybe even tastes like. And because we are all as unique as can be, that means that true success can never be dictated by anyone other than yourself. You may be able to toss in some tangible facts like a huge amount of sales or a big ol’ monetary bonus (usually signs of “success”), but even with those traditional measures you are the one and only person to decide whether you feel successful or not.

So as I sit and spin on the happenings of 2013, from incredible travels and momentous family occasions, to launches of new, creative ventures and survival through a full year of business owning, I think….”by golly, I am successful!”

No, I don’t have Benjamins hanging out of my pockets (I did, in fact, say Benjamins). And yes, there are a lot of things still unchecked on my to do list. And no, I haven’t figured out how to effectively balance my life and my work. And yes, there is still a major pile of laundry in my closet. And yes, all of these things make me upset/disappointed/anxious on the daily, but boy did I experience a lot this year…

…and yes, “experience” is my personal definition of success.

So however you choose to define it, I challenge you to think back on your year (or many years if you like) and determine what your measure of success truly is. Is it love? Is it passion? Is it knowledge? You get to decide how successful you are in life, so go out there and make it happen.

I hope it’s a thought full and extremely joyous holiday for you all!

Cheers,

Steph

 

STROLLING THE VENICE CANALS

December 16, 2013

Strolling the Venice Canals | House of Harvey

It’s like they were something out of a legend. I heard about the Venice Canals (west coast version, not sinking Italian version) for so many years…maybe even a decade…but never once did I attempt to visit. Until this past weekend.

On a gorgeous Saturday afternoon, I packed the pup, my NEW camera (can’t even tell you how amazing this camera is!), a coffee and some positive vibes and headed down to the beach. The sun was brilliantly shining and the temperature could not have been more perfect for a leisure stroll through the amazing canals of Venice Beach, CA.

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SIDE NOTE: Sometimes I joke with Harv to give me the “over the shoulder smolder” camera pose, and by golly, he did just that for this snapshot. He amazes me on the daily.

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We saw countless dogs, ducks afloat the water, festive holiday decor and neighbors sitting out on their porch or canoeing long the channels hollering out friendly “hellos” to everyone who passed. It was The Truman Show come to life in the So Cal setting with all of the charms of a throwback era. Simply captivating.

Strolling the Venice Canals | House of Harvey

For those who live in the So Cal area or are looking to pay a visit, I cannot recommend it enough.

THOUGHT FULL FRIDAY 29 // PUP-UP HOLIDAY

December 13, 2013

I thought that for this Thought Full Friday we could take a break from the introspective and just celebrate….with these festive friends!

At the first-ever Pup-Up event last month, I had the opportunity to take some festive photos with a couple of the dogs in attendance. The results were very merry and spirited, indeed. Here are a few from the day that I just had to share.

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This last one is not so much “holiday” but just utterly adorable.

Happy Howl-idays everyone!

Cheers,

Steph

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