Up And Down

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NK4A1580We are slowly coming into spring and somehow I find myself more impatient about this seasonal change than ever. One slightly warm day and I’m hooked. And when it dips down below 20 in the mornings I’m devastated. Spring, please, please, stop playing with my emotions. I need open windows. I need flowers blooming. I need the SUN.

A few weeks ago one of my dear friends sent me a handmade card in the mail. Is there anything sweeter? Such a small and simple gesture made me feel so loved and cared for. She quoted Nelson Mandela on the front saying, “There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” It made me think a lot about the kind of life I’d like to live and whether or not I’m actually pursuing that. And within the card she offered words of friendship and encouragement.

I am so grateful for those reminders in life to keep moving in a positive direction and keep pursuing what you know is good. And each day forward is such an accomplishment.

And so I’ll take this weather each day at a time. I check the forecast and its cold and snowy one day and warm and sunny another, but then I check the sunrise and sunset times…and the amount of daylight increases every day. Without fail. And it brings me so much hope. And I think its the same in life. Some things are up and down and theres no telling what will happen. But other things are predictable and concrete. Its in accepting both as true that allows you to have the right perspective.

 

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For The Home

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Here are a few things I think would make the home feeling nice and “spring-y”. Doing a little spring cleaning always feels so good. The other day I swept out our back porch and even ‘swifter-ed’ it. I can’t wait to sit outside in the mornings and drink my tea. What about you? What do you do to get your home ready for spring?

List of items in order of appearance// 1. Sky Map Napkins 2. Gold Flatware 3.Bone Mugs  4. Floral Print by Britt Hermann 5. Vintage Kantha Quilt 6. Color Spectrum Candle Set 7. Brass Planters 8. Flower Child by Clare Elsaesser
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Opening Up

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A lot of my life is characterized by fear. Sometimes I have a hard time sleeping because my mind can creatively  wander through the most horrible “what if” scenarios. Do you know what I mean? It starts out perhaps as even a good thought, “I love my husband,” a happy thought. Then, “I’m so glad we have each other,” still happy. “What would I do without him?” Uh oh. “What if he died??” here we go. Then here’s where it gets really out of control…”What if his plane crashes next week but they can’t identify the bodies so they call me into a morgue and…” You see? Bad. Creatively bad. Continue reading

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Spring!

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Now, I’m not so naive to think that we are done with snow. I’ve been around the block a few times and have learned to stop expecting snow in May. Sad, but very true. BUT! We have had a few days above 60 degrees and darn it if I’m not allowed to start hoping for spring. I can hardly wait to break out the sandals and short sleeve shirts! I have my eye on some Birkenstocks (left over christmas gift cards for the win) and have already snagged that JCrew ball cap when it was on major sale. I’m trying to work more color into my wardrobe but old habits die hard…I just can’t get away from the grayscale. At least I managed to get some blues into this roundup. Moving into spring is always awkward though…one day its 40 and the next its 75. It feels strange to go from extra thick socks to flip flops. Do you have any tricks for making the transition easier?

//1. Haven Sandals 2. Sunglasses 3. Birkenstocks 4. Chambray Button Down 5. Steven Alan Blouse 6. JCrew Colorblock Baseball Cap 7. Zara Ballet Flats 8. La Garconne Top
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Etcetera Etcetera

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Sorry for the blatant self portrait here. Some posts just don’t have corresponding images and so you use leftovers from your updated profile image. So, there you have it.

This week I got to work on a commercial shoot with my husband. I was in charge of wardrobe which meant that I got to shop at the Gap and not care how much the total was (and let me just tell you, it was $$$). So we loaded up the car with camera equipment and my giant bag of Gap goodies and one ironing board and headed to Cleveland. Continue reading

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