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life lately

[watching this || PLL SERIES FINALE #HalebForever]

[rocking out to this || silversun pickups + third eye blind on a super fun wednesday night]

[dying over this || a ROOFTOP bar in little ol’ bentonville!]

[loving this || a beautiful saturday with beautiful people]

[eating this || the best tacos ever]

[celebrating/crying over this || our best friends moving to Kansas City this weekend. we are so sad, yet so happy for their new adventures … and of course, we will visit all the time!! #Hotarmans4Ever]

xo xo


This Thing We Call Life

My blog has been suffering because of two reasons – I’m busy, and I’m exhausted.
But you know what, it’s great.

And for all y’all with kids reading this I know you’re thinking I don’t even know the meaning of the words busy and exhausted yet, and you’re more than welcome to go ahead and think that. But for the life stage I’m in – I’m busy, and I’m exhausted.

A few things to note:

  1. Work is crazy busy. Crazy, crazy busy. Non-stop when I’m at the office, and partial-stop when I’m at home. I struggle with trying not to think about (or dream about!) work after I’ve left the building, but it is so hard. If anyone has tips to share, please do.
  2. I’ve started working out in the mornings, and I’ve been doing it consistently for a month now. I’m waking up an hour earlier than usual – something I never, ever thought possible. But hey, “It always seems impossible until it’s done” right? This deserves another blog post entirely on it’s own and will happen at some point, but for now, just another thing to note.
  3. Husband and I have started cooking together more. Instead of basic, easy, sometimes healthy/sometimes not dinners, we’ve been getting HelloFresh weekly and cooking together. This certainly takes more time in the schedule, but it is precious time together, and I’m loving it.

All that to say, my blog has been suffering for good reason. With the time I do have, I’m trying to be more intentional and do things that bring me joy. If I want to spend an entire Sunday afternoon reading a book, why shouldn’t I? If I want to spend the extra hours of sunlight throwing the ball with our dog in the backyard, why shouldn’t I?

It seems to be getting harder and harder to force myself to open up the computer after work and blog. I still enjoy it, and I still love hearing from you that you read my blog and appreciate it, but sometimes I just have to take a break and enjoy what is around me – no screens, no pressure to post.

So, if you don’t hear from me as often for a while, now you know. I’m starting to travel again for work the next few weeks, then we leave for Italy in 6 WEEKS.

It’s a busy and exhausting time, but it is also a glorious time.

xo xo

 


life lately

{enjoying this || time at HOME after a lot of traveling}

{loving this || Husband’s first pedicure!}

{eating this || delicious Italian night at a friend’s house – complete with lots of wine + lots of laughs}

{celebrating this || girl’s birthday at bentonville’s very own speakeasy}

{traveling to this || an AMAZING radiohead concert in Kansas City – with a side of BBQ}

and not pictured: a wonderful few days with my aunt + friend catching up on life, eating great food, drinking cheap wine and seeing a thought-provoking play

xo xo


life lately

[Other than my recent trips to Chicago + Austin]

[being fashionistas at this || nwa fashion week]

[cheers-ing this || a new opportunity + great evening with friends]

[waking up to this || minneapolis x2]

[celebrating this || st. patrick’s day in downtown rogers]

[eating this || the best filet and sautéed mushrooms ever at mister b’s for a special date night with husband]

[loving this || sunday morning porch time]

xo xo


life lately

screen-shot-2017-02-19-at-6-40-07-pm[loving this || gorgeous february weather + a walk around lake atalanta]

screen-shot-2017-02-19-at-6-40-24-pm[eating this || the best fries ever. go to saiwok NOW.]

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img_2486[celebrating this || valentine’s day with wine, chocolate tastings + photobooths]

img_2583-1[playing with this || adorable little boy for an afternoon]

img_2482[swooning over this || beautiful flowers from husband!]

xo xo


life lately

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screen-shot-2017-02-05-at-12-05-12-pm{loving this || BEST TRIP EVER to Vegas with an amazing group of people #WhatHappensInVegasStaysInVegas}

10477e60-4e05-4a95-b159-d071b99aadf8{learning this || nude figure drawing class with mom… let’s just say I decided I’d rather be the model, ha!}

ee5997eb-cb00-426e-9d49-c627d6d5baa1-2{celebrating this || my birthday in style! thanks, work family!}

2b96fb81-b8e8-4e7c-a747-0a6136c2fe2c{planning this || summer trip to Italy!}

{enjoying this || lady gaga concert aka super bowl 51}

xo xo


birthday week reflection

What a week it’s been.

[a Vegas recovery week. a birthday week. a tough work week. a tough political week. an emotional week. a party week.]

How has it been all those things in just a simple week? As I type this, the ability to describe this week is honestly beyond my words. The rollercoaster of coming off of a Vegas high, down with layoffs at work, back up to an amazing birthday high and down and around again as our new President continues to shock us all.

This world and these lives of ours are very volatile. We have no idea what tomorrow brings. It is even more important now than ever to be thankful for today and all that we have.

As I was driving to work Wednesday morning, head still spinning from the day before, I turned off the radio and started listing all the things I was thankful for right now.

Just to name a few –

A roof over my head. Food on the table. Clean water to drink. A husband who loves and cares for me. A family who is always there for me. Friends who make me laugh and are there when I cry. And an incredible job that does more than just pay the bills.

What an incredible 28 years I’ve had thus far.

It’s as simple as that. If I have those things, I’d say I’m pretty lucky. I gained some needed perspective just by taking those 10 minutes to think about everything God has graciously given me.

The world is not okay, and there are a lot of horrible things happening right now. I have a lot, and I never want to take that for granted, but I also need to work harder for those who don’t have these same freedoms and luxuries as I do.

All of you reading this are amazing people and I love you and I’m so thankful to have you in my life. My hope is you will do the same – take a few minutes before you go to bed tonight or on your way to work in the morning and truly think about what you have and how you can give back to others.

“It is not happy people who are thankful, it is thankful people who are happy.”

xo xo