Does this quote scare anyone else?! I’ve had more days and weeks than I care to count where I get to the end and feel like I made zero progress, even though I was “busy.” I can tell I’m not choosing what’s truly essential, just saying yes to what comes along, instead of only saying yes to what comes along that fits my priority. . I’m three chapters into the book “Essentialism” and I’m already re-evaluating my to-do list for this week!
Our selfie game is strong 😂 Happy Friday! It’s time for a #fridayintroductions 👋🏻 I’m Emily - and these are my people, plus another little man on the way, due in September. 🧔🏻👩🏼🧑🏼👶🏼 I’m a freelance marketing writer for nonprofits, and I love being a part of so many missions to accomplish positive things in the world 🌎 I want to live a life of more joy, beauty, and purpose, and that’s what I love blogging about. . I believe in pursuing simplicity, conscious consuming, natural and generous living as the path to more joy. I believe in having confidence and pride in your home and style. I believe in embracing imperfection and vulnerability for connecting and community. . And good books, sparking water, naps, nice pens, filling notebooks, ice cream before bed, and the power of a good nail polish color. . I’m starting our summer bucket list and need ideas - what are your favorite things to do to keep sane and enjoy the season? 😅☀️
She rubbed her Barbie arms and patted her flat stomach fretfully. “Well, at least I don’t have a gross post-pregnancy body,” she said, with a significant sniff in my direction. That was my first official Mother’s Day. I’d left my baby at home to go on a girls weekend on a beach in San Diego, in an attempt to reconnect to a friend who’d told me that after I had a baby, I was “too sad” for her to be friends with me ... along with a handful of her friends, some lacking in filters more than others. Although we were all about the same age, I’d been married six years and had a baby a few months prior, while they were all either just married, engaged, or soon to be engaged. I felt like I should try to fit in, and felt the pressure to vy for the attention of the queen bee like the rest, but it all just felt so junior high. The jab about my body hurt, but at the same time, I pitied her. She had a perfect body, and felt insecure to the point of tearing down others. My body had sustained a human for nine months and then pushed it out of a very small hole - and then endured months of bruises and bleeding and infections and stress hives through the breastfeeding process. And here I was, standing on a beach wearing a swimsuit! I’d never been prouder of my body. . But I regret giving up what should have been a day of celebration surrounded by people who loved me - postpartum depression, stretch marks, and all - to spend it with some who didn’t value the experience of motherhood, who weren’t right for me, and didn’t belong in my life anymore. . I made the wrong choice then, but it served as a wake up call. Who am I trying to impress with the things I say yes too? Am I saying yes to hours of social media to get perfect pictures and more likes from strangers, instead of spending that time fully present and engaged with the people who matter most? That’s a cheap trade. . A few days before this Mother’s Day, I stood on a beach again, but on a different coast, in my non-sexy swimsuit and my scarred and swollen and stretched body sustaining another human, and with my family, feeling imperfect and loved.
I’m thrilled to have crossed a few things off my bucket list in the last couple weeks! Number one - I made my first micro loan to a fellow female entrepreneur named Sarah. Sarah is a Kenyan farmer, and with the loan, she can buy different varieties of cereals such as maize, cow peas, lentils, and rice to sell in the local market so that she can enroll her children in school. 📚 . I’ve wanted to micro loan for forever - it’s such an empowering way to alleviate poverty and transform lives. When I started my freelance business in March, I decided to invest a portion of my income each month into empowering other women. . My freelance writing has given me so much freedom - spending time with Edison, resting when I need to during this pregnancy, and if you saw my Instagram stories lately, tagging along while Brian went to Florida on a business trip and going to the beach and Disney World! 🏖🎠🏰 . I’m honored to be part of the success of the nonprofits that I’m freelancing for, and be able to give back to other mompreneurs around the world. It’s a win-win! 😊 . My other bucket list item was going to the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom! Despite Edison and Brian getting strep, we STILL had tons of fun, as you can see from my Florida stories in my highlights!
Wooah-oh! Living on a prayer... 🎶 I ran out of “w”s, but that song is what I was going for with my letterboard because #20weeks!!!! . I’ve had multiple people tell me in the last week that they didn’t know I was pregnant - which I took as a compliment to my hard work of healthy eating and exercise, until Brian said “They must have just thought you were getting fat.” 🙄 . I think it’s mostly that I carry my babies more “inner tube” style than “basketball” - which does make for less dramatic #babybump photos 😂 . Everyone is different, so I don’t worry too much about my bump size. 😉 . Now the long half of pregnancy begins!
The thing I love about abstract painting is getting to create my own rules. And it’s just fun! On the blog today I posted my favorite things for April, including abstract painting, actually cute maternity swimsuits, Disney World trip planning blogs (😃) etc., etc. . What’s made your life better lately? Share your favorites below 👇 . PS, I call the one on the left “cherry tree reflection” and the one on the right, “Balance: The illusion.” #imighthavejustmadethatup
Oh boy! 💙 . Side note: Edison loved taking pictures outside with the balloons - he kept saying “Take another one ... take one like this!” And look at that blue steel face in the last one 😂
It felt great this week to actually work on a project again! I surprised Brian by painting our front door this “peach mimosa” color that I’m in love with 😍 We (Brian) have mostly been working on outdoor projects, like painting our house and fixing our broken pool. Maybe our nursery will be in for a bit of a refresher in decor soon 😉 Today’s project is making a piñata cake for the gender reveal of baby #2! 🎉
Sometimes I’m afraid that I want this baby to be a girl too much ... but then I look at these pictures of Edison giddy about the digger we saw in a parking lot, playing in the dirt with his cars, stripped down washing his car in the backyard, sharing with Sirius, and putting air in my car tires, and I know I won’t mind more boys 💙