Third Story Apartment

A Reminder for Self

Saturday afternoon I went on a little afternoon outing with my pops. After our coffee date I convinced him that we ought to stop by one of my favorite places: the bookstore. Without much thought, I headed straight to the “Self-Help” section of the store where I always find a treasure. This day was no exception. After browsing the shelves for something that stuck out, I found a little black book entitled “Steal Like An Artist” by Austin Kleon. As I was flipping through the black and white pages I was certain that this book had to become a part of my personal library.

Whether you are an artist, a student, a business person, or a stay at home parent– do yourself a favor and go buy this book. It’s a book about creativity that will inspire and challenge you to take life to the next level.

In his book, Kleon writes: “Take time to mess around. Get Lost. Wander. You never know where it might lead you.” I fell in love with this quote. It’s something that I need to remind myself of every now and then. I am a lover of creativity and thrive off it, however, at the same time I am the queen of to-do-lists. It’s easy to get caught up crossing things off the lists. Every couple of months I get in this place I like to call “The Funk”, where I feel completely uninspired and drained from work. When I take time to actually look up from my little computer screen and little black book of to-do-lists I realize that I’ve given myself no room to be inspired because I’ve been working to cross things off list and not allowing myself to get lost and explore. It’s all about balance. Structure is good and it’s needed to get things accomplished. However, I’m noticing that if I wanna stay out of getting in “funks” then I better be taking time to get lost along the way of my structured schedule.

I’ve always been taught to write things down and put them where you can see them to remind you of things. So, I decided that this quote ought to be no exception. I created a little poster to hang in my room to remind myself to allow exploring to become a priority in life.

So here it is.

Let it serve as a challenge to you as well.

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The Sale

So in case you’ve missed the memo… the girl from the Third Story Apartment is re-locating. Shocking, but true. I’ll be head leaving the middle of somewhere Oklahoma and heading back to the coast. The west coast that is. Details and explanation on the move will be coming soon.

In the meantime, I’m selling some items from the Third Story Apartment.

Here are some snapshots of what’s on the list to go…

Vintage Fan

Lace Frame

Black Birdcage

Vintage Gold Frame

Teale Chalkboard Drawer

Book Page Lamp

Below are items that have sold– but If you want something similar I may just have the thing for you!

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If interested in any of these pieces – please feel free to send me a quick email at: lindseyerynclark@gmail.com

[More to come]

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Roman Holiday: Kansas City

Roman Holiday.

As a child I grew up on black and white films. Mickey Rooney, Jimmy Steward, Katherine Hepburn, Clark Gable, and Doris Day were all my favorites movie stars. I absolutely loved the comedy, the romance, and the stories. Out of all the stars of that era though, my absolute favorite was of course Audrey Hepburn. I suppose one could say she is a role model.

Summer Twenty Ten I was spending a couple weeks at the Shenandoah Estate (my home in San Diego) and of course made sure I had time to catch up on some of my Audrey films. I remember it like it was yesterday, I was watching “Roman Holiday” and was completely inspired by Audrey’s role. In the film Audrey plays a princess whose time is managed by every but her. One night she comes to the conclusion that she will not allow for this to happen any longer. In the middle of the night Audrey sneaks out of the palace and wanders around a new city. Over the course of the next 24 hours Audrey goes on an adventure of a lifetime as she meets a stranger and tries things she’s done before. She throws caution to the wind and leaves the responsibilities of the day behind.

Naturally, I decided that I too ought to have Roman Holidays. So, every year I take random trips and adventure in a new city.

This April to celebrate my twenty-fifth birthday I took off on my Roman Holiday and went to the beautiful Kansas City.

Here’s a peek of my Holiday.

We arrived in the city at the perfect time. Like Audrey, my girls and I adventured into the heart of the city. We found the Power and Lights district with the most amazing Piano Bars. Of course, being a lover of all things music I was in LOVE.

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The next morning we dined at McCoy’s a lovely little restaurant right outside of the Plaza.

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We were told by the locals to try the best coffee in town from the Broadway Cafe. After strolling around for awhile we finally found it. The locals told no lies when they said it was the best coffee.

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And of course we stopped for a mini photoshoot…

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It’s impossible to take a road trip to Kansas City with out taking a drive down the Plaza and stopping at some of the best shops! Hello Hello H&M, Anthro, and Urban!!

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So there it is. My Roman Holiday. My challenge to you– is to take a break from the day to day. Go on an adventure, try something new, take time to be inspired. We have our wholes lives to work and let our time be managed by other people… so make sure to take some time for yourself and ENJOY your life.

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HR-ologie

One of the most frequently asked questions in the life of Lindsey Eryn is: “Are you still in college?” I always chuckle to myself when I get asked this question– cause the response that follows is this: “No, I actually work at a college.”

As a college graduate I was very ambitious– I had a whole plan of what was going to happen. That plan included moving across the world to the nation of Zambia with my dear friend Erica. While it may seem completely random to some- it made complete sense to my 22 year old self. I was determined to start a rescue home for girls who were enslaved. However, as it tends to happen in life, my plans got switched up. I somehow found myself moving from Tulsa to San Diego and then back to Tulsa. To be honest, I was somewhat disappointed in myself for not making it very far from my “launching pad”. However, I was determined to make the most of life. In 2009 I teamed up with Go International as a Public Relations intern. The plan was to intern in Tulsa for one year then high tail it out of here to the east coast, Boston to be exact. Yet once again, my grand plan got delayed.

So there I was. One year out of college, still in my college town in the middle of somewhere Oklahoma, and working at a non-profit. Well at this point in the story, Mother and Father Clark decided that it was time for me to start “riding the bike of life by myself”. Translation: To be become financially independent. Mind you, they decided this without me. So with no desire to join the corporate world, I thought I’d get a head start preparing for motherhood and become a nanny. The plan was genius. I nannied in the morning, worked for the non profit in the afternoons, the nannied til the wee hours of the night. I was living the life- the dream.

Two years later, I realized that my nanny salary was not funding my “extravagant” life style of traveling the world and the outdoor malls of California. Not to mention, that I started feeling like a part-time mother at the age of 24 with no benefits (aka social life or husband). My realization pushed me out of my comfort zone and on a trek to find “the perfect job”. The search was on and quiet frankly it was difficult. Why? Typical Lindsey: I had strict standards of what kind of job I wanted. After countless job interviews and several trips to Sephora (Sidenote: I purchase make up when I’m having a “tough” day), I finally found a company or rather a college that I fell in love with.

I woke up a few days later and found myself with a stack of business cards and a doorplate that read: “Lindsey Clark, BS Human Resources Assistant”. (Sidenote: BS stands for Bachelors of Science– however- I’m not gonna lie, when I ordered my transcript from my Alma Mater, I discovered that I have a Bachelors of Arts. Who would have thought! Minor details, right?) I was in the cooperate world and in love.

So here I am. Eight months later. I’m a Human Resources Assistant (among many other titles) at a college in Tulsa the middle of somewhere Oklahoma. (This wasn’t the “vision”, but all good stories have a few unexpected twists and turns.) With a newfound love for all things HR-I’ve come to the conclusion to start a little blog as my “corporate outlet”. The title: HR-ologie.

I’ve been working on a couple design pieces for the blog and I thought that it was only fitting to share with none other than you.

I have another new theory: I think that Human Resources is more than just for the corporate world. I think that we ought to implement Human Resources into our daily lives.

Don’t worry, I’ll expand on that thought later.

For now,

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Come Alive

Ready for a question: One. Two. Three.

What makes you come alive?

Quick.

What’s your answer?

I was sifting through old photos a couple days ago, and came across this one from my travels in Cambodia Summer 2011. My heart races when I look at this photo. Why? Because nothing makes me feel more alive than traveling and working with villagers, orphans, and victims of sex trafficking. I know, not your typical answer from an 20 something HR girl, but that’s my answer.

Before the sun even rises, I’m at work. Around dinner time, I leave the office, only to do more work at home. The result: I work probably 50+ hours a week. Yet all the while, I feel so alive. I know that working in the corporate world is making it possible for me to live out my dream to travel and help the oppressed, the down-and-outters.

My day job as an HR girl allows me to see and hear a lot. Over the past couple months I’ve notice that people in our world are seemingly “burnt-out” they lack that passion in their eyes. They’ve worked so hard for the American Dream, they go to their 8-5 job, go home to wine and dine, then catch a few hours of beauty sleep only to do it all over again. It’s a cycle. In the process of trying to achieve their American Dream, they’ve lost it all. They’ve lost the purpose and meaning of life.

I have a new theory (as always). We have to have a passion, something that makes us come alive, if we want to live life to the fullest. We all need something that makes us come alive. The American Dream isn’t going to be our answer.

Why? If we don’t, we’ll go through the routine of life mundanely, bored, and on the verge of being burnt out. And let’s be honest, that’s no way to live.

So again – here’s my question: What makes you come alive?

Go after it.

Find your passion and purpose and move with courage.

Kampong Thom, Cambodia // Summer 2011

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Johannesburg

There are certain moments in life that I miss.
This is one of them: Traveling across the world with some of my dearest friends &
playing games in abandoned fields with village kids.

Take me back to South Africa.
My feet are longing to be on foreign soil.

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Small Beginnings

Take me to Barnes & Noble and beyond a shadow of a doubt you can guarantee that within seconds I’ll be in my favorite section: The Self -Help section. That’s right. Don’t ask me why, my only guess is that it’s due to the fact that my degree is a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. My last trip to B&N I stumbled upon a book full of wisdom. I read that successful people write down their accomplishments and put them where they can see them.

My thought: Brilliant.

Naturally, I decided that I too must write down my accomplishments.

Weeks ago I had bought a huge piece of plywood with no rhyme or reason for it. Luckily for the plywood it finally found purpose: It’d be my board of accomplishments. A couple of coats of chalk paint later and it was transformed into a blank canvas waiting to hold the things that I was proud of.

As I started sifting through my memories trying to think of my accomplishments throughout life I realized why people who write down their accomplishments are successful. They are motivated by the fact that they have already have accomplishments on their record to be proud of, knowing that there is still a whole life in front of them waiting for them to accomplish things far greater than what they’ve already done.

On the verge of turning twenty-five I have a whole to do list for my life of things that I want to accomplish. I’ll be honest, some days it’s a little overwhelming and the thought crosses through my head “Am I really ever going do this?”

I mean my list has some pretty big things on it including:
Start a magazine.
Own a coffee shop.
Write a book (or two).
Throw a benefit concert in the middle of Central Park.
Host a national conference.
Start a non-profit that rescues women out of sex trafficking.

The list continues.

After filling my blank canvas with some of my accomplishments, I suddenly felt empowered. I’ve lived a quarter of life and I have quite a few things I can say I’m proud of.

I’ve learned to play the piano. I got my real estate license. I threw my first benefit concert in college and raised $500 for the She Rescue Home. I learned Photoshop. I planned Orphan for a Night a nation wide event that raised thousands of dollars for orphan projects. I’ve graduated from college with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. The list goes on.

My mother always says, “The best is yet to come.” So, with that said, the things on our list of accomplishments is only the beginning. The best is still on its ways because we are constantly growing and changing. As we get older: we obtain more wisdom, add and sharpen our skill sets, fail a time or two and learn from our mistakes, overcome obstacles and gain strength, and gain experience.

Whoever you are: you’re human. [Genius statement: I know.] Which means this: You have dreams, goals, and visions. And if you are normal, you have a desire to be successful.

So let me break down my new theory for you:
Instead of getting overwhelmed by the vagueness of the future, find confidence in the fact that you’ve already accomplished great things [whether big or small].

Life, take it one day at time, one step at a time. You still have your whole life a head of you to cross things off your life to do list.

My dad always tells me: “Lindsey, don’t despise small beginnings.” Small beginnings is how we get to greatness.

I leave you with this: Take time to recognize your accomplishments. Write them down. Be motivated and encourage by what you’ve done, knowing that those accomplishments are the ones that are going to propel you to do bigger and greater things in the future.

Believe in yourself. Remember your accomplishments. [And] Dream on.

Be confident in this: That he who began a good work in you will carry it on to the completion. [Philippians 1.6]

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Stripes & Spectacles

My two latest obsessions: Stripes & Spectacles.

In fact, I’m currently adorned in my stripes and spectacles sipping on my creme soda. I don’t know what it is about stripes that fascinate me– but they do. And spectacles, well those are just a way of life for me… at least since the 4th grade when I realized I couldn’t see the chalkboard.

I thought I’d share my latest obsession with you? Are you ready?

Let’s start with stripes for your wardrobe. 

Via Vogue & Coffee

This would be the perfect traveling outfit! I imagine myself on a train getting ready to head off on a Roman Holiday in this. Sidenote: You should always look your best while traveling. You never know who you are gonna meet!

This dress is so primavera (that’s Italian for Spring!) And come Spring, you can find me roaming the streets of the middle of somewhere in a dress like this!!

Via Say Yes to Hoboken

The perfect combination of stripes and spectacles- don’t you think? Simple, sophisticated, lovely. What else could you want?

ViaPixie Market

Two words: IN LOVE. It’s old school yet something new. It’s definitely not the “norm”, but it’s too cute to deny!

This is perfection! For work! For Date Night! For a night out with your girls!

I’m loving stripes right now– and also colored pants! This is a lovely combination, agreed? So chic.

Next up: Stripes for your estate (or your apartment). 

Via Apartment Therapy 

I adore this. Black and White. Simple and Chick. Thick and Thin.

Via Design Your Walls

Please tell me that you are falling in love with stripes on the walls too? I think this is so classy. I can envision it in my third story apartment already!

So while this may be a children’s room- I wouldn’t hesitate for a second to do this in my room! 1) It’s stripes! 2) A chalkboard wall– it’s like heaven!

Ready to take your estate to the next level? Get rid of the blaze’ (pronounced: blah-ze) chair coverings you got- and refurbish them with stripes!

This couch: It’s to die for! It’s beautiful and such a great statement piece! Mark my words, I’ll be finding a couch like this for my future estate.

Now that I’ve planted ideas of stripes for your home- it’s time to move on to:

Stripes and Beauty Products 

Oh hello,  nautical nails!

Via Polyvore

If you aren’t feeling brave enough to do all your nails in stripes- try doing accent nails. Translation: Pick one nail on each hand to paint in stripes. I promise, you’ll love it.

Via Polyvore

I love this combination. Little Nail Tip: You can get nail pens almost anywhere so if you don’t feel confident in your nail painting skills- fret not, you can “draw” the stripes on.

So stripes and spectacles- What do you think? In love?

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