I’m spending time this week making eye contact with my son + making plans for 2019, cuddling my girls in bed for just a bit longer + staying up just a bit longer to work on the coffee shop design. And although I often feel like there are 10 million more things I’d like to take on creatively, I do believe I’m learning to be more conscious of how I spend my time. . When I first started working through my @paceandpattern planner, it almost felt indulgent to spend so much time on myself - crafting out my vision and the small steps to take me there, but I quickly came to the conclusion that being intentional about my time is of value and worth. For those of you who don’t know me well (yet 🙂), I need to be making - something - anything - to be my most content. . Now tell me one thing, you’ve been doing this week. #calmlychaoticmotherhood
When we bought this house, we kept this corner empty for at least a year. Then I stopped waiting to be able to afford the perfect piece and hauled this IKEA number up from the basement. Since then it’s also housed our vintage chair and a plant, an art table, a play kitchen, several weaving looms, and even a birth pool 💫. . It’s so interesting how this one spot in our home has been so many different things... and it’s about to change again! Today we got the call that we will soon be the proud inheritors of a walnut credenza from Andrew’s grandmother. I am already imagining all the styling possibilities and loving the idea of having a treasured family piece in our home. . Side note: anyone else still have Christmas wreaths hanging outside?
In 2018, I read a lot of books, huddled under the cover of sheets praying that my little book light wouldn’t wake a sleeping Benjamin. Some were good (The Plastic Magician + The Fates Divide), some were helpful (Freeing Your Child from Anxiety), and some I couldn’t finish (Educated 🤷♀️)... but most were pure fluff and exactly what my sleep deprived and highly emotional self required. But right now, I’m kind of over the fluff and searching for something with just a bit more substance. So tell me, what was your favourite book of 2018 and what are you reading now?
Hashtag rosy cheeks 😊 . Anyone else finding the house a little too quiet today? I definitely considered throwing in the public school towel and homeschooling for a hot minute this morning and then came to my senses (I know my limits + applaud those who homeschool) . This guy is definitely doing his best to keep me distracted with his 1 second attention span but we did find time to record Day 1 of the #calmdwelling challenge (in IGTV format - my first one guys!!) . What about you? Are you team yay or nay for back to routine? #calmlychaoticmotherhood
Just casually excited(ish) over here for #calmdwelling . I asked you guys whether you’d like to join me in a low pressure January challenge and so many of you said yes and requested we do a de-clutter challenge together ⁓ . I didn’t want to do a challenge aiming for perfection, because right now my life is far from perfect. I am in the thick of chaos as a mom of three juggling home, my design business and sometimes even my sanity and I know many of you have similar balancing acts. So this challenge is going to go beyond the purge. . These next 12 days will not be filled with one million complicated organizing how-tos, but instead we will focus on things like defining a room's purpose, honing in on the ways that space could better support you in your daily life, making meaningful decisions about the things you chose to keep in your space, low / no waste ways to let go of clutter without the guilt and finally, simple ways to love the space you call home. . I created a list of 12 prompts that you can find linked above and also posted daily in my stories. . Are you going to join in? Comment below with the room in your house that you’re most wanting to calm 🌟 #calmdwelling #calmlychaoticmotherhood
“God intended us to travel through life as a community. Think bus, not unicycle.” @bobgoff If you know me well, you probably don’t think me a religious person - and you’re right, I haven’t quite figured out where I stand - but these words sunk deep when I read them yesterday. I have the worst tendency to feel like I have to do most things alone - maybe it’s a product of the isolation of being a stay at home mom for so long - maybe it’s just me, but one thing I’m learning is that I shouldn’t feel so alone, because I’m not. One of the big things I want to do more of is connect with people not just on here (although I love this community and you are really my people 💛) but also in real life, face to face rather than phone to phone. So I’m challenging myself (in a very no pressure way of course) to make actual plans with people when I think of them. 🌟 So tell me, do you miss connecting too? #calmlychaoticmotherhood
Oh hi 2019 🌟 Things making me happy right now include cleanish countertops + closet purging, fiddle leaf figs that sprout new leaves + the fact that it’s still daylight at 4:30pm, family kundalini yoga sessions + writing weekly essays, opening a fresh planner + the hopeful possibility that only a new year can bring . What 2️⃣ things are making you happy💫? #calmlychaoticmotherhood (ps linked to my latest essay above)
Some years, I pack away all the Christmas decorations on Boxing Day, like a sly little elf... other years I lean into that festive feeling just a little bit longer. This is one of those other years. Yes, I took down the snowflake garland in here today, but as for the rest of it, it can wait. I’m trying to be a little bit intentional about taking things in a little bit more these days + so far, I can’t complain, especially when I have this guy at home, on vacation for two whole weeks. What about you? Have you taken down the Christmas stuff yet? 💔 If you have and you’re a little sad, I highly recommend buying more houseplants - a quick way to liven up your space 🌱. #calmlychaoticmotherhood
The best way to spread Christmas CHEER is slinging loud for all to..... 🤷♀️🤶🏻🎅🏻 ⠀⠀ Merry Christmas from our family to yours! Whether you’re staying close to home with your immediate family, or heading out of town to see everyone under the sun, I hope your day is full of light, hope, joy & hopefully a Christmas morning cocktail (shared the recipe to my favourite one up in the link). ⠀⠀ 🎄🤶🏻🎅🏻
“I planned out our whole first day: First we’ll make snow angels for two hours, and then we’ll go ice skating, and then we’ll eat a whole roll of Toll-House cookie dough as fast as we can, and then to finish, we’ll snuggle.” 🎄🎅🏻🤶🏻 Who else is excited to get Christmas break going?! 🙌 (Full disclosure - I haven’t wrapped a thing yet & this is last year’s tree) #candycanecheers