Ideas & Insights to Inspire YOUR Beautiful, Messy, Meaningful Life
This is the space where I'll share all the things that enrich my life, many of which I've learned from clients . . . things that don't necessarily fit into any particular box or category. From the silly to the life-altering, these are the things that make the journey interesting.
Stop scrolling & start creating . . .
You know that time you're spending on Pinterest or Instagram, saying, "Maybe one day?" Today is that day. Create a space for yourself. Roll up your sleeves and get dirty today.
I am a recovering perfectionist. I have been in recovery for approximately 50 years. Just when I think I've got it kicked, even after years, it will rear its ugly head again. You'd think certain things would kill perfectionism permanently . . . children, cancer, loss, a global pandemic . . . that something would occur, and you'd suddenly develop perspectacles and not mind if there's mud on the floor. But old habits die hard (thank goodness, or I'd be unemployed). But I read something helpful the other day. Only buy what you need or use, and make sure it's something you like looking at. So when there are dishes all over the kitchen, they're pretty. When there are toys and sports equipment everywhere, they can be thrown in a rustic basket by the sofa or back door. All the blankets someone threw on the floor are soft and pretty, or made by the hands of someone who loves you. Your unmade bed doesn't need a thousand decorative pillows. You get the idea.
This cutting board is one of my favorite things in the kitchen. Inexplicably. It's bamboo and it was free from Grove Collaborative, where I order all my cleaning products. I don't mind when someone has left it out or abandoned it mid-chop. Embrace the sanctuary of your home rather than its "magazine" appearance. Comfort and beauty can co-exist.
THINGS worth having . . .
A few years ago, I decided to pay more attention to what I'm bringing into the house. I'm as capable as the next person of filling that Target cart up with a bunch of stuff I just "have to have." I thought I was doing a pretty good job of it . . . until we moved last summer. Cleaning out our townhouse and packing up what really mattered was eye-opening. I had wasted a LOT of money on things we never even used. So I'm trying to be even more mindful of what I buy. Can I borrow something instead? Trade? And if I buy it, will we really use it? Those questions have different answers for you. But here I'll share a few things I love (many of which were gifts from friends and clients). Enjoy!
Healthier Happy Hours Recently I've been adding flavored apple cider vinegar to sparkling water for a fun little "mocktail." ACV has been associated with a host of health benefits, including weight loss, stabilized blood sugar and improved heart health. Add just a splash to a nice glass of sparkling water, and add a garnish of fresh fruit. I like Twisted Shrub.
FOOD HUGGERS! No explanation needed . . . a gift from a client that I loved so much, I bought a second set!
Flowers are not frivolous. They are a wonderful reminder of change, presence, beauty and the importance of seasons in our lives. Consider not just cut flowers, but also blooms, herbs or branches snipped from outside.
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