flowers for your wednesday

May 18, 2011 |  Category:   friends life

My friend Jen Altman stayed with us last weekend and these flowers were leftover from a shoot she was doing where my girls were used as models. Peonies…my absolute favorite, and I’m not such a huge rose fan, but I do love this variety which remind me of ranunculuses.

I just can’t say enough how important it is to have a few good girl friends in your life, who really get you, you know? We talked at length about the power of positive thinking over the course of her visit. I think I’ve been headed this way, but things sort of clicked for me this weekend. It’s sort of a big commitment to remove all negativity from your life (that includes negative thoughts and negative people) and in essence change the way you live. It’s a huge amount of work and one that gets tested, I’m sure. It’s just easier to complain and get pissed off about what life dishes you, am I right? But I’m going to give it a try. I actually feel better already.

And don’t worry, I’m not going to turn into a Pollyanna or anything; I don’t think that’s in my nature. I’m so much more natural at snark than I am about being a bubbly happy-go-lucky person, which isn’t my personality at all. I remember saying this very thing, actually, to my old creative director who I worked really closely with in my beauty industry days. She’s very “New York” with her sharp sense of humor, Chanel bags, black suits and the most chic, silver, short cropped do you’ve ever seen on an “older” woman. I once told her that I was going to try and be more “bubbly”. She slowly turned to me with that dead pan piercing stare that she was so good at and replied to me, “Don’t you dare.”

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  • wishful nals May 18, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    these flowers are gorgeous! and what an empowering chat. i’ve been feeling quite heavy & overwhelmed by negativity myself. we can get so caught up in mean thoughts and loose sight of what’s really important. i’m trying to get back on track myself & am really hopeful about it.

  • sally May 18, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    LOVE the flowers and love this post.

    I completely agree how important it is to have a few good friends! And I think it is awesome that you are being proactive about removing the negativity from your life. I started doing this about six years ago and I can honestly say it has changed my life for the better. You don’t realize how much negativity can bring you down and affect your outlook on life.

    Thanks for your honesty, Jenna. I always appreciate + admire it.


  • linda May 18, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    the weather also adds to that negativity. i know that’s a big part of what makes seattle one of the more emo cities to live in.

    and the flowers are lovely!

  • Susan May 18, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    I am also trying to remove negativity from my life (which is always easy when it is people), but it feels really right to do so. I want to focus on positivity & hope!

  • Em May 18, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Gorgeous flowers. And I’m with you in that I’m more snark than bubbly! Feels good to be positive though…

  • alice May 18, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    such a stunning bouquet. i am the same way about roses, but i like the ones that are fuller/rounder and resemble ranunculuses.

    love this last sentence here.

  • Emma May 19, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Yes, it’s good to rid yourself of toxic people, I’ve been choosier about who I spend time with as I get older, not in a snobbish way by any means, more in a way of spending time with people who are positive influences and, well, nice to be around! It’s quite simple really.

    Re: jolly -v- more serious personality types – well we can all only be ourselves! I prefer people who are open and honest; people you know where you stand with, I think that’s the most important thing.

  • Jacqueline May 19, 2011 at 1:32 am

    Lovely picture. And I completely agree about girl friends. And being more positive, too! I’m the same — I can’t change my sarcasm and snark, but at least I can not be as much of a negative nelly all the time…

  • La Modelo Perfecta May 19, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I live in flowerless city… Miami.

    poor meeee

  • jen a May 21, 2011 at 10:59 am

    miss you lady – i keep thinking about our chat too – i keep coming back to it and actually reflecting on your enthusiasm about what we watched – it’s been fueling me since i got home and helping me stayed focus – thank you friend. give your girls a squeeze for me.


    p.s. when i told adie that mia was ready harry potter she insisted she start the series as well 😉 she’s loving it.

  • wendy June 14, 2011 at 2:59 am

    i really like that you’re not bubbly, i think it’s what makes you more real.. not that bubbly people are fake or anything 😉