A new sunday feature where we ramble, talk about life, coffee, lazy breakfasts and all the things we are loving each week.
It’s a funny thing, this process we call life.
My 28th birthday is coming up in a few weeks. We celebrated our 8 year anniversary last month (how did that happen?). My first baby will be 5 this month and both of them start preschool this week full time.
I’m 10 years past the young 18 year old I was when I thought I was oh so grown up and wise. This morning my hair dresser tenderly covered up the grays in my hair. As the warm water pounded as she rinsed out the highlights I pondered the two little toddlers running around my house responsible for those grays.
Ten years later and I can’t really imagine the person I thought I would be at this age. Married yes, I always knew I would marry young. Children? No my plan never included these little ones. A list of 1000 reasons why I would never have kids was in it’s place.
Work? No idea. I was the ultimate try everything kind of kid and never had a “calling”.
And yet I do.
Scribbled on a piece of paper that was pushed into my hand at a church retreat was a note from a dear mentor. “You are a writer. Know it. Own it. Go.”
I didn’t keep the paper. The words were engrained in my memory long enough that I wouldn’t need to carry it with me. And yet I have struggled.
Struggled with the reality that most days. When I am tired most especially and I have seen little other than the routine life tasks, there feels to be very little that anyone cares to listen to.
I am surrounded by an industry dominated by imagery…photos paint a thousand words. And video? Well they say 1 minute of video is worth a million words (I don’t believe them for the record.). We have risen to the challenge for sure yet sometimes I wonder…what about the writing? What have we lost along the way by tossing aside these longer ramblings?
Not that I always have the words to ramble. There is a file of 30 recipes on my computer right now that I haven’t shared because I haven’t known what to say other than “eat this, it’s soooo good”. And I’ve fought with it. Wrestled with too much to say and nothing to say. Today I’ve decided that the secret is not to struggle, but to accept. To hit publish and write again.
Today let’s welcome to new season. Posts with deep thoughts and posts with nothing more than “I love you, make this for your family soon” are coming. Boots and scarves and warm drinks. Carrot cakes and hearty winter stews and easy breakfasts and all the lazy meals I can throw in the slow cooker to survive keeping up with my little ones. I can’t hardly wait.
Here are a few things that I have been loving this week.
This Salty Melon Slush from my doll of a friend Christina. Gorgeous. End of summer goodness.
These s’more bars from Foodness Gracious because….it’s the end of summer and I don’t want it to be 100%.
These Shot Glass Desserts I put together for The Inspired Home this past month (they are all sooo good).
Books: This month I have been focusing in heavily on business and money issues. I recognized that I was in need of some new tools in this area so I’ve been doing a deep dive into it.
The Art of Closing The Sale by Brian Tracy— A great read or listen if you struggle with selling (guilty!). I loved the audio version for listening to in the car to get motivated.
Girl Boss– Easy read of the backstory of the founder of Nasty Gal a hugely successful online clothing company. Inspirational!
The Art of Money: A Life-Changing Guide to Financial Happiness– A refreshingly different take on managing money. Dealing with core issues and mindset and making it a joy instead of a beating yourself up burden. LOVE.
The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace– Nerd alert! If you geek out on designing your space for productivity and so much more to create a thriving workplace for yourself and/or your employees this book is a goldmine. Packed with actual studies but easily readable. Perfect for a flight or car ride reading.
Food Swap– Written by a darling friend of mine this book is AMAZING! Food swaps are becoming all the rage and Emily has been at the forefront of this movement. So many great recipes in here for DIY presents (Christmas gifts hint hint).
Not Your Mama’s Canning Book: Modern Canned Goods and What to Make with Them– My friends are seriously so talented. Rebecca knocked this one out of the park
The Resurgence of the Slow Blogging Movement– An awesome reminder that slowing down is often the best thing we can do.
The Real Bob Ross: Meet The Meticulous Artist Behind Those Happy Trees– I loved watching Bob Ross as a kid painting those “happy little trees”.
Have a great week!