Seven Years

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Moon Cycle Geode // Los Vallejos BlogThis week will be bittersweet.

While I will still continue to work with children for a little while, this is my last full time week at the place to which I have referred to as my second home for quite some time. I have learned an invaluable amount of knowledge during my stay and I am eternally grateful for the opportunities I have received simply because my boss decided to, “take a chance” on me.

I served as a great many things. Friendly face, confidant, manager and friend, saleswoman, role model and even the punch line of a few jokes. But, nothing has become more real or evident to me than my love for making those around me as happy as they can possibly be.

Hellen Keller said, “True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”

A worthy purpose. Serving my community through the enrichment and support of our children is, indeed, a worthy purpose. But I am reminded of those that carry out the teaching to our younger generation and I smile as I remember the support I was able to offer them as well.

During this journey I met some incredible people. Educators that exude compassion and love for their craft, business owners that keep full speed ahead and encouraged me to keep moving and keep creating, students that astounded me with their wisdom and love…I am truly humbled by each and every person I met.

My dad has always said, “You change every seven years.”

When you’re born, you are completely helpless, you need assistance and caring every moment of the day. Then, when you’re seven, you can dress yourself and feed yourself. You have a sense of responsibility for your actions and you are beginning to understand there are benefits and consequences. Your moral compass is developing. Before you know it, you’re 14. You’re coming into that awkward phase of puberty and adolescence. Life is confusing, and you start to feel and control your emotions for the first time. After junior high and high school, you legally become an adult at 21 years young. You are walking around in this big world trying to find your place. By 28, you may have a family or career, or you may still be looking for yourself. Hopefully, you continue on for another 10 sets of seven years, continually growing and evolving, adapting to your surroundings and learning each step of the way.

If we’re using my dad’s theory, then I’m currently in my third set of seven year phases. I’m striving to make choices that I will later appreciate in cycles 4 and 5.

It was difficult to take a step down. It was difficult to make a life change. But, I am walking away with a new sense of self.

I have found renewal in the end of something great and I am taking away many friends, mentors and wonderful memories.

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A lot like the phases of the moon, you have different sides and they can appear changed to different people and different places. You stay the same being, but your perception is changing every day. Remember to exude positivity and shine bright, even in the darkness.


Wife C

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CV + CV :: Inquiring Minds // Why us?

Bonjour beautiful people!

Recently, we have had some questions as to why we started our blog. Right now it is evident, blogs are booming in the universe. Most can be considered Lifestyle Blogs. These are sites that dive into a wide variety of topics. DIY, fashion, recipes, photography, etc… Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess do a fabulous job at giving their followers a peak into their lives. You feel like you know them. One of my dearest friends, Brittany, has started That’s Pretty Ace. A blog full of clean lines and pictures perfect.

The goal of our little bloghome is to inspire you. Inspire you to create with your hands, travel the world, love freely and give often. We have a passion for living and making our universe a happier place to live.

Selfishly, this is a creative outlet. Most of our days we aren’t living up to our full creative potential but with this blog we get a little closer to reaching a happy medium between reality and dreams.

 If you have comments or questions, please feel free to ask. If something we post speaks to you and encourages you to get out and do something, share it with the world! These words on the screen are meant to move you. May our travels be guides to your own adventures and our style beckon at your own.




CV + CV :: Inspo // Beholding Eyes

As we endure life, we encounter endless opportunities to be inspired.

The sheer fact that the sun shines could be enough inspiring energy to fuel you for a lifetime.

Life happens everyday, whether we want to go on or not. We keep breathing, we keep thinking and we can only hope to keep loving.
Why not find the beauty and genuine happiness with each breath. Use the world and everything in it to fuel your flame.

Enjoy being alive and well, even in the worst of moments.


I found inspiration this week from Caitlin at The Roost Blog
Her words are kind and her images are soft. She speaks to the bohemian soul in all of us.


There is always more to come

Wife C

CV + CV :: Carah Paisley // Wife C

A few moons ago, we were wed. Man and wife, the whole nine yards. It was almost as special as the first day we met, that day will be a hard one to surpass. But we’ll get to that later.

Life as a Vallejo has already been out of this world. Don’t get me wrong, life as a Light was outrageously amazing but being married is surreal.

So far, we have been to Antigua, West Indies for our honeymoon, Seaside, Florida for a sweet friend’s wedding (check out her fabulous blog y’all, Thats Pretty Ace) and then to Nashville, Tennessee to celebrate some good news from our corporate world. We like to think of ourselves as world travelers. See you soon, Spain!

Enough about us, let’s talk about me. I’m Carah Paisley. You can call me CP.
I am a multitude of things. Personal assistant to pregnant women, target of jokes to children much younger than me and just your all around southern scatterbrained sweetheart.

Image via Letter A Photography

Image via Letter A Photography

You’ll meet my husband soon. He’s got cool glasses and Buddy Holly hair…what’s not to love?

For our families near and far, we hope you enjoy the stories and pictures from our adventures and day to day experiences.
For our friends, sorry if we are too cute to handle. There are trash receptacles at the exit for your convenience. If you feel like you’re going to be sick, please make your way to one of the receptacles by the door.

Thanks for visiting. There is always more to come.

Wife C