We received the most exciting package in the mail last week with beautiful toques and sweaters from Camp! They are so cozy and soft. We have been following this brand over the last few months and have been so inspired by the couple who started this business and their style. They have inspired our next "month of," and if you haven't heard of them, check out their site and instagram, and prepare to be inspired to go on an adventure.
Life these days seem to be incredibly busy. Do you ever feel like all of your time seems to be taken up by doing things you NEED to do, so that you're left with no time to do the things you love? But yet, when you finish all the busy errands of life, and you finally have time to be with your friends and the people you love, you just don't feel like yourself? This has been my struggle all month! I have been realizing how important it is to really spend time alone. For me, I know that I need to spend time with God daily, just take time to talk with my heavenly Father without any distractions. He gives me strength and joy, which leads to a boatload of happiness. If I don't, I often feel overwhelmed, and I lose direction. Lately I haven't made time on my own to do things that I love, whether it's little projects around the house, working on music, just simply creating. It is so important to do things that inspire you, to be around people that inspire you who add to your life. I am so lucky to have so many people around me who are both of these things and more than I could ever ask for. But because this last month I wasn't taking the time to sloooowwwwwww down, I didn't feel like myself and I sure wasn't inspiring them. With all that being said, once I realized this, I have been able to make more time to do things that I love, and to focus on the more simple things in life that bring major bursts of happiness. Life is too short to constantly be living life in a whirlwind. You will miss things. You will miss moments. Most importantly you might be the person that someone is looking to for inspiration, joy, and laughter, and you might be too drained to be a light to them. Keep your chin up and make time for yourself and do things that you love.
This week life has started to slow down, just a tad, but it's been so, so good! Dan has officially finished building his studio and he's starting to work now, which is amazing, he's been busy recording with a lovely local band all week, and once that is finished, we may get to spend an entire day together (for the first time since last summer. crazy)! I've been working 7 days a week since the fall and I'm quite over it. I remember coming into last fall, after having such a weird year of job hunting and life being pretty slow paced. I was so ready to start working and being busy, I love being busy. I guess I got what I asked for, but now I'm ready to take it a little bit slower and enjoy the beautiful weather that is starting to show up. The days are getting longer and there just seems to be a little bit more time to relax when that happens. Oh and I just booked my flights for Palm Springs in June, so I have a vacation to look forward to. Counting down the days for a much needed lazy holiday with my family, I can't wait!! I just read what Lindsay wrote and it's funny, I think we've both had quite a busy few months taking on extra work and side jobs, and it's starting to, or has already caught up with us. I love the quote I tend to see floating around pinterest about the "glorification of "busy." It can be hard to find the balance between rest and work, but there definitely is a rhythm that is so important to find. I hate when people ask what I've been up to lately, the answer always seems to be "busy, working, lots." The days sort of all mesh together into one long busy mush. Anyway, I think I'm rambling, but I just need to remind myself to slow down a little, be inspired more, and find my own rhythm of rest.
I have loved spending the last two months just settling in with Poppy, and there really is nothing else I would rather be doing. I can tell already that this whole mama thing is definitely for me! I've been spending a lot of time just taking care of Poppy, it's funny how all she really does right now is eat, sleep, and poop but somehow it can take up my entire day. Also, cooking (I've gone back to vegan now so lots of recipes to experiment with again!), seeing friends and family, and slowly getting back in to blogging. Thankfully Tegan and Lindsay (as you can see) have been doing so much work taking over the blog the past couple months and letting me just take it easy.
It's been a time where I have been able to focus on what matters most to me, I feel very thankful for this time and I'm content in it but I'm also excited to start getting my blog on again ;) my mind is constantly running with new ideas.