For us, 'what matters' falls into three categories: family and friends, work, and personal peace. That pretty much covers it as far as we're concerned. These three factors are in a constant ebb and flow. Sometime's we're killing it at work, but missing time with our family. More often than not, 'personal peace' falls by the wayside in favor of relationships and work. Below, are a few ways we're finding balance this week. We hope you find some too.
I’m looking forward to taking some time to center myself. A few quiet mornings, a good book, some sunshine. That’s really what I’m looking for. Packed in my vacation bag is the first in the series from Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels. I am so ready to get lost in the small town drama of two best friends growing up in the Italian countryside.
I often struggle when it comes to shopping: What to buy? When to buy? Do I need it? Can I really justify it? This spring, I allowed myself to indulge in a pair of Marais USA’s Classic Mules in Blue Suede. I am so excited to slip my feet into these beauties and let them elevate any and every outfit. They are bringing me untold joy. And isn’t that the point of fashion after all?
I’ve been fighting off a cold for the last week. Spending my nights tucked up in bed binge-watching Netflix and blowing my nose has me feeling all kinds of disconnected from my creativity. I’ll be working on that this weekend by revisitingthis podcast from Elizabeth Gilbert. That girl knows a thing or two about connecting to your art.
A few months ago, Oliver started hitting other kids... a lot. I was at a total loss of what to do. I knew that telling him "no, we don't hit" was missing the mark. This almost-two-year-old was clearly experiencing some very large feelings and telling him not to express them without offering an alternative was not useful at all. I am his touchstone and his protecter. But, I was falling short. Thankfully, I came across the RIE philosophy. Specifically Janet Lansbury's website and podcast. It has helped me to honor and navigate this time in Oliver's life and teach him in the process. HUGE game changer.
I am undergoing a true growth spurt when it comes to my career aspirations. Since having Oliver, I have struggled to connect with the joy and inspirations behind what I do. But now, thanks to Oliver, I am being forced to find ways to be more strategic and disciplined with the time that I have to devote to my work. This podcast episode, led me to this book, who's advice helped me find this (it was all very serendipitous) and I have been soaking up wisdom while working on my art commissions ever since.
I'll be honest, all this growth makes me very anxious. So, this has been in my pocket all day everyday. And it works. It really, really works.
Have a beautiful short week !