07.03.13

HAPPY 4TH, FRIENDS

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hey you all. do you have fun plans for the weekend? i can say that i have nothing planned so far…usually we have friends over for cocktails and food, but time just slipped away this year and i didn’t put anything together. if i was going to be completely honest with you, i am sort of looking forward to just hanging out alone most of the weekend. i had such a hard week with the death of my stepmom and all the emotions surrounding that and then finding out yesterday about a lump in one of my breasts that i have to get checked out…it’s just been kind of a terrible week. but we all know how this goes, usually bad news all comes at once and then the next week is perfectly fine. so i am going to use this holiday to my advantage and just lay low. (that felt good to get off my chest)

sorry for the deb downer post, guys. i really appreciate all of your sweet notes & comments that you have left during this hard time. i will be back to my normal self in no time, i’m sure. your encouraging words mean so much. have an amazing holiday weekend with family & people you care about. if there’s one thing i learned over the past week with my family it is to CHERISH every moment together…to quit making excuses and to make more time for each other. xo -bri

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  • 1. Dara  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Praying for you! <3

  • 2. Lynzie  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Fret not about the breast lump! I had a scare at the beginning of this year, and learned A LOT about how cysts in breasts are very common, and can be exacerbated by stress and caffeine. Enjoy a quiet and relaxing holiday weekend at home, and know that you are a young and healthy girl with all kinds of fun left to be had. Cheers!

  • 3. gloria waters  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    enjoy the rest bri. keeping you in my thoughts.

  • 4. melissa  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    just a really big huge hug for you.
    happy 4th, from canada
    xoxo

  • 5. erica  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    i remember finding out there was a grapefruit sized growth on my uterus… hang in there!

  • 6. Becky  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Bri,
    You are still in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you have the most relaxing 4th ever. *insert hug here*
    B.

  • 7. Victoria Smith  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    love you, girl. was good to chat today. hang in there. xoxo

  • 8. Justine  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    All the best wishes and fingers crossed for that breast lump. Don’t jump to the worst without evidence. You are an extremely talented and inspiring person, who I wish I can meet one day and whose life I am not ashamed to admit I am regularly jealous of. Sending positive thoughts your way!

  • 9. Luv and Kiwi  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Bri, I’ve had three lumps in my breast that all required surgery. (If the doc can extract fluid out of them then usually they say they’re no big deal, but they throw around that stupid scary “C” word whenever they’re dense.)

    Many women get fibroids. Did the doctor tell you to lay off the caffeine and chocolate for awhile? For some reason it stimulates those bad boys. You’re gonna be okay! I feel it in my bones! (and boobs)

  • 10. bri  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    haha thanks girl. i will be laying off the caffeine for sure. i do have a family that has gotten a lot of lumps, so i am not terribly worried…but my grandma also had breast cancer so it does freak me out a little. ok maybe a lot :)
    hoping it’s nothing. just want to get the ultrasound over with!
    xo
    bri

  • 11. Clarissa  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Hugs and prayers to you. Sometimes it’s OK to be alone. Take some time put for you :)

  • 12. Melody  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 3:40 pm

  • 13. shawna  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Hey Bri,
    I was just told yesterday that I had a melanoma that I have to get removed. Its always scary dealing with health related issues but KNOWING what is going on makes it that much easier to deal with. Knowing and being able to share with good friends just how scary it all is. I will be sending you good thoughts along with every other one of your followers, friends, and family. So sorry for your loss and I hope you have a relaxing and peaceful fourth.
    xx

  • 14. joana | myseastory  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Hey Bri, you have so much positive energy, in you, and around you, I am sure you’ll be back on track very soon!!
    big hug to you xxxx

  • 15. Mandy  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Stay positive as it really does make a difference – a friend of mine from college who has been battling cancer for a few years says it more elogquently than I ever could. http://jenniegrimes.wordpress.com/

  • 16. Joani D  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Hi Bri—Sending good vibes your way this weekend (and always) Keep your head up lady!

  • 17. Emily  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    so sorry to hear about your recent upsets. sending positive and healing energy your way.

  • 18. ms.Q  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Bri so sorry about everything you are going through right now. losing someone close to you is incredibly hard; cherish the times you did get to share with her, and cry it out whenever you need to! (that and hugs are the best medicine) i was at your second LA Blogshop and am so grateful you stayed the entire first day, you are such a strong person and i admire that very much! regarding the lump you found, i’m 27 and went through something similar, it’s most likely it’s nothing but until you have it thoroughly checked out you will most likely be coming up will all sorts of worst case scenarios, the ultrasound will be great for your peace of mind. switching from coffee to green tea and staying away from soy products might help with the lumps too! i wish you luck at your doctors appointments and stay positive! <3

  • 19. Mailinh  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Take it easy and try not to worry too much — sending hugs and happy vibes your way.

  • 20. MrYen  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Enjoy the rest bri and I’m so sorry to hear about what you’re going through.

    Remember, it’s not what happens to you that matters, but how you deal with it…and with your positive attitude, things will be fine in no time.

  • 21. Eleanor  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Thank you for being brave enough to share what you’ve been going through. Keep positive, you’re not alone – life can deal us pretty crappy cards sometimes. But it will only make you stronger when you come through the other side. I hope you have a peaceful weekend and good luck with your checkup.

  • 22. August  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Ahh…I just made the erase-the-comment-several-times move. My heart pounds a little just writing this. Life is truly a roller-coaster. I’m glad you’re getting checked out ASAP, and I hope you keep up on it over the next long while. Last summer I was diagnosed with a dangerous type of cervical cancer. I was disconnected to how scary it was until I had three major surgeries and knowing there’s a chance it can come back. I’m glad you are getting this checked out, and I’m even happier you’re brave enough to post it to your blog. You can influence other ladies to do the same. These challenges really do make us stronger. And strong women are the most beautiful kind.

  • 23. laura  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    sending love & prayers your way! praying that the lump will be 100% cancer free!! have an amazing restful weekend :) xoxo

  • 24. Stacy  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Praying for you! My heart dropped as I read this, sending love to you & your family!

  • 25. Halley  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Stay Strong, Bri. Breathe. You are amazing.

  • 26. Kati  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    i can’t imagine how much strength it is requiring just to keep things together. stay strong (or as strong as you can – we’re only human) & enjoy your time to yourself.

  • 27. ckron  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Just a lurker but wanted to send you positive thoughts… <3

  • 28. Sarah  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Bri, your candor is inspiring. An incredible person like you is here for a reason, and the tough stuff right now is hard. It’s overwhelming. But you are a person that does great things. You light people up, and you’re light is formidable! Try to stay positive! Sending you bountiful good JuJu!

  • 29. Mary Hayes  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Praying for you! I had a breast lump a couple years ago, it turned out to be nothing but required SO much testing to find that out, and it was crazy stressful. Enjoy your calm weekend and try not to think bad thoughts : )

  • 30. Meredith  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Sending you lots of positive, happy, healing thoughts, Bri!

  • 31. Theresa  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    It sounds like a quiet weekend with Arian is exactly what you need. Enjoy the relaxing and we are all going to be waiting to hear that that lump is nothing but a lump. We all love you so much! (Like, really, I think we all have obsessive crushes on your life! lol)

  • 32. rachael  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    thinking of you bri. keep your chin up :)

  • 33. Sarah | The Sugar Hit  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    I’m sorry to hear you’re going through a tough time in your life. I know you can pull through this, though. Your work is a testament to your perseverance, and determination, and your spirit. We’re all thinking of you, and we’re all with you.

  • 34. Catherine  |  July 3rd, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Wow! It really is all going on for you this year! Funny how life always dumps all these things on to you all at once. But don’t let it get you down – let it help you become a stronger person! Last year I had my check up and they also found a rather large lump in my breast and asked me if I knew it was there, which I did because I’ve had it since I was a teen. It turned out to be a fibroadenoma which was just a lump of hard tissue. I had it removed a few months later, but only because it was too big and because of my family history with Breast Cancer, but otherwise they are just one of the many lumps your breast makes throughout your life.
    Fingers crossed that its nothing scary!!

  • 35. Dana  |  July 4th, 2013 at 12:37 am

    Oh, Bri.
    At first I wish you the Best.
    And i hope everything is getting better soon.
    But don´t care so much about your “deb downer post”. Every person have this. Someone oftener then other. Cry, when you need to cry. Smile when you feel you have to smile. Act like a little girl when you need it.
    What i want to say is: be you and thats good. Go through your bad time and anytime the sun will shine again.

    I wrote this from a blogger: “because without the bitter baby the sweet ain´t as sweet.

    I wish you the best!

    xo Dana from Germany (sorry for the crazy english)

  • 36. Second Floor Flat  |  July 4th, 2013 at 2:18 am

    We all wish you the best. Just try to keep your energy positive and things will work themselves out – they always do. Plus, you’ve always got us!

    Have a great holiday.

  • 37. Andrea  |  July 4th, 2013 at 6:37 am

    Take the weekend to take care of yourself. We will all be here when you get back. :)

  • 38. Nicole  |  July 4th, 2013 at 7:06 am

    So sorry to hear that things have been rough for you this past week! Hope things turn around for you soon, and I hope you take the holiday to relax, refresh, and recharge. Wishing you all the best!

  • 39. Shelley  |  July 4th, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Praying for you during this time. I hope that things turn around for you and that the lump is nothing major. Hugs.

  • 40. Carrie  |  July 4th, 2013 at 8:21 am

    So sorry to hear you’ve had such a tough week. I’ll keep you in my thoughts and keep my fingers crossed this is the last of the bad news, and that the lump turns out to be nothing. Hang in there, babe!

  • 41. Melissa  |  July 4th, 2013 at 10:12 am

    I’m so very sorry about the loss of your stepmother. I’m also sending tons of good and healthy thoughts your way about the lump. I hope turns on to be nothing to worry about. ♥

  • 42. Mrs. ShuGar  |  July 4th, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I’m so sorry about all of this. Life is like this. Filled with moments that hurt you, followed by moments of sheer bliss. Take your time to heal. I hope everything is ok with your health. My heart goes out to you <3 Many hugs.

  • 43. Chelsea  |  July 4th, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    I’ll be praying for you this weekend Bri. I’m sorry your week has been such a tough one but you’re handling it with grace and I’m so impressed by you keeping it all together! Sometimes stepping away from the computer is the best medicine so try and work in a little downtime this weekend. Independence Day isn’t about the fireworks or pool parties… it’s about remembering how blessed we are to live in such an amazing country. Take heart that whatever comes your way you will have the freedom to deal with it as you choose!

    xoxo,
    Chelsea & The City

  • 44. Natalie  |  July 4th, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Sending good vibes your way! Try to rest this weekend and watch a good movie or two. xo

  • 45. lb  |  July 4th, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    good luck with everything, bri. the thing you said about having a bunch of bad stuff happen all in one week then the next week being fine really resonated with me. i hope it turns out okay.

  • 46. Elly  |  July 5th, 2013 at 4:40 am

    Sending a lot of good vibes your way from germany! I had a rough few weeks and the one thing that alway makes me feel better is music. This song made me smile even when I wasn´t feeling like it.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MpuSR28tFqQ

  • 47. molly alone  |  July 5th, 2013 at 6:41 am

    be good to yourself! we’ll all still be here when your up and running again :)

  • 48. Ash  |  July 5th, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Sending lots of positive energy your way – take care of yourself. We’re all thinking of you! xoxo Ash

  • 49. Caitlin  |  July 5th, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Hi Bri,

    I’m sorry you’ve had such a hard week, and I am so sorry for the loss of your stepmom. I hope you and your family find peace again soon.

    You seem to have gotten alot better at recognizing when you need to slow down and do some self-care though, that’s a positive thing!

    I’ll be sending happy healthy boobie thoughts your way!

  • 50. Christina  |  July 5th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Bri, the lump in a breast thing JUST happened to me a couple weeks ago. I too couldn’t help but freak out a little even though I am 26 years young and have no history of breast cancer in my family at all. I was assured it was probably just cysts (which I hear are largely harmless and quite common). It felt very weird being the youngest woman by far in the room waiting for my ultrasound. It turned out I don’t even have cysts. Just a naturally lumpy boob! I literally started laughing in the doctor’s face. All that worry for nothing. I really, sincerely hope you get similarly good news. <3

  • 51. marissa  |  July 5th, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    I’m so sorry about the loss of your stepmom, Bri. Feel however you need to feel, grief is especially hard at those raw and early stages. Sending a hug your way.

  • 52. Rebecca  |  July 5th, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Wishing you the best, take time to relax this weekend.

  • 53. Ali Mackin  |  July 5th, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Oh my gosh Bri, you are having rough time. You are in my prayers.

    Ali of

    Dressing Ken

  • 54. NicoleH  |  July 5th, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Sending you love and healthy wishes! nicole

  • 55. Yuan  |  July 6th, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Wishing you the best, bri
    From Malaysia

  • 56. Megan  |  July 8th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    thinking of you! hope everything gets better.

    xoxo.

  • 57. Stacey Webbsmith  |  July 8th, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    hey bri!

    i just got the results phone call about my own breast lump scare and it’s a benign cyst!! holla woot! it sure is scary & it’s near impossible to shut off the brain & stop thinking the worst, but i bet you’re going to get the good news, too, and very soon. hang in there, inspiring one!

    much love,
    stacey

  • 58. Tobe | Because It's Awesome  |  July 9th, 2013 at 8:52 am

    ox

  • 59. Erin  |  July 10th, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Just went through the lump scare, too– it is horrible. Hang in there. Most of the time it turns out to be nothing. Thinking of you.

  • 60. anabolic cooking&hellip  |  August 28th, 2013 at 6:15 am

    anabolic cooking…

    Gin | D E S I G N L O V E F E S T…

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