November 21, 2016 § Leave a comment
What would you do if you woke up and only had the things you were thankful for the day before?
This past Sunday I visited my sister's church with her and the pastor asked that question, and it really hit me. I usually think of myself as pretty thankful person, and am usually conscious that I am fortunate in a lot of ways, but if I stop and image myself only having what I've taken time to be specifically thankful for, well, I wouldn't have much. It may be cheesy and cliche this time of year to talk about being thankful, but I do think it's an important tradition. Things get crazy, and it's easy for even good things to feel like burdens sometimes, but maybe if we stop to take the time to be thankful for them, even when they do feel heavy, it will make them feel just a little bit lighter.
Free People Shirt // Vintage Skirt (thrifted) // Old Navy Shoes // DIY Necklace
I'm especially thankful for puppies, even when they insist on being in all of your photos.
November 8, 2016 § 2 Comments
F21 Sweater / Vintage Gap Denim Jacket / Nine West Boots / Free People Socks / UO Necklace / Thrifted Bag
Isn't it funny how fall has a way of making you slow down and think about things. I find myself thinking more even about silly little things, like what to wear. Summer is all about throwing on cut offs and a tank and getting to work (or fun!), but come fall I take the time to consider what I'm wearing. Will I be warm enough? Will I be happy in what I'm wearing?
In a lot of ways it feels good to refocus my brain and think a lot of things over more in-depthly. Blogging has been this faint whisper in the back of my brain most of the summer. Maybe I'll come back to it, maybe not. Then it became more distinct. A conversation I had with myself, saying it may be time.
October 6, 2015 § 7 Comments
Free People Sweater + Hat // Levi's Jeans // Old Navy Boots
It's, what feels like, everyone's favorite time of year. Especially here in the northeast. We love a good autumn. This past weekend was the first real cold snap so far. Even though I'm always torn, and so sad to see summer leave, I still am determined to focus on all the good. The comfy sweaters, the pretty leaves, and cozying up to a roaring fire at night. I am also exstatic to be finishing up redoing my craft room (which has been my summer-long project). Fall always has me craving to get my hands dirty, do some sewing, and make something just for fun, so I can't wait to have everything set up again.
July 21, 2015 § Leave a comment
Free People Overalls + Hat // UO Shirt // Old Navy Boots // Vintage Scarf
Lately I've been thinking a lot about focus. I recently read an article that talked to wealthy men who had built amazing businesses and they had discovered that what all of these men felt was most important, was focus. I'm a natural multitasker, constantly trying to do ten things at once. In the end, getting very little done, and almost nothing done well. I even try to multitask with silly things, like blogging and keeping the TV on in the background. It means I'm not fully watching what's on TV, and not fully attentive to blogging.
I've found that even when I try to relax it's nearly impossible because my brain is so trained to do ten things at once, I'm constantly looking around to see what else I should be doing while "relaxing". So I'm trying to slow down and focus myself on doing one thing at a time, and doing it well, even with things as insignificant as maybe doing the dishes or cleaning the house. Full attention.
July 10, 2015 § 3 Comments
Free People Shirt + Jeans // Target Hat // Old Navy Boots
Last year I allowed myself to get caught up in the craziness that tends to ensue during the summer, running from work to appointments, and stuffing as much house work in as I could. Before I knew it, it was all over and I had only been to the beach twice. For someone whose lived most of her life about a half hour from the shore, that's simply a crime. This year I'm making myself slow down, and take the time to stick my toes in the sand and appreciate a few moments of the sunshine whenever I can.
I work with Kristin, and when she went down to Sea Isle on vacation, and invited me to come down one morning and hang out and take some photos together, I couldn't say no. Honestly, there's nothing like being at the shore first thing in the morning. An empty stretch of sandy beaches, all silent and still before the tourists arrive with carts full of umbrellas, chairs, and toys. There's still a little bit of chill in the air before the sun breaks through in full force for the day. It's my favorite time of day. You can sit quietly with a cup of coffee in hand, and breathe in the salt air. More mornings should be spent that way.