When I picked the theme for this year of Holidays, I did it out of a need for a little more joy and fun after how rough 2020 was. It is funny, this has been a weird year so far in which I am also feeling deeply the need to simplify some of the bigger holidays. Continue reading
Oh man… I have really REALLY felt the weight of the world recently. It is hard to make myself write anything or get through more than basic survival and my mental health has not been at its best. I know one of the best self care things I can do besides moving my body is to cultivate gratitude, even (especially) when I don’t feel like it… so I’ve been brainstorming some more of the good things from our COVID19 lockdown: Continue reading
IN talking about my year of more FUN, I’ve talked a lot about how my kids and husband have helped me focus on this goal and taught me new ways to have fun this year. But I’d be remiss if I didn’t talk a little bit about having more fun in friendships. So I just wanted to write a post celebrating all the shared absurdity that comes with close friendships and some of my favorite ways friends bring more fun into your life: Continue reading
Wow… Summer is now over (summer break at least, the triple digits in Phoenix are rather harshly asserting that the season is not…) and August was a weird month of transitions, but here’s a recap of the work I did towards my goals and a peek at what I’ll be focusing on in September! Continue reading
Today I’m continuing my “Year of Es” wrap up with a post about the “everyday” focus of the blog this year… Continue reading
Happy Easter! I know Easter itself was Sunday, but Easter is actually a whole season that lasts several weeks up through Pentecost. I wanted something cheerful to post today to continue the celebration of the resurrection so today is all about joy. I am thankful for so many things- my family, a roof over my head and food in my house, clean water, but I wanted to make a list that focused more on specific things I am thankful for that are “everyday” and bring me a deeply personal joy, even if they are joys shared by many other people I know and love. So without further ado: Continue reading
I’ve been feeling the call recently to slow down. It’s been the topic at my MOPS group, it’s been something that’s come up in my prayer life, and it’s something that comes to mind when I think of some of my goals this year like celebrating everyday miracles or creating a peaceful home. Continue reading
After a month of no new posts and only checking in more or less once a week on comments and social media sites, I am so excited to get back to blogging and to be more intentional about my time online and on my phone. I have a post I’ve been waiting months to share that will go live later this week, so keep an eye out, but in the meantime I’m ready to recap a bit of last month and talk about some new goals and focuses for this month: Continue reading
It’s been a whole week since my last post and this one is going to be quick and not include any fun pictures…
Basically we are taking the month of January to make some choices about the rest of the year. So a lot of things are up in the air and not really in a place for me to write about them publicly. I’ve been doing some journaling and, as I posted last time, I’ve been doing some catch up on scrapbooking our past year in most of the free time that I would use to write posts.
We’ve also been trying new recipes that aren’t really set recipes or easy to document – the biggest winner by far was a spinach and arugula salad with honey goat cheese, strawberries, and cashews/walnuts. I thought about writing a post but it was so simple and we didn’t even make our own dressing.
I’ve been sewing more but am not ready to post a bout it yet, especially since some of the projects are gifts I don’t want to show before I’ve given them.
And most importantly, I’ve been seizing the opportunity of having a little more time this month to go spend time with people and build up my local community (or catch up on phone dates with my extended community!) I’ve been trying to see shows or trading off on babysitting with my husband so he can see them. I’ve been trying to get to know some other moms more and planning playmates that are so much harder to work out once I’m in show mode. I’ve been taking time for dating my husband again and for taking care of myself a bit more, because we all seem to need a reset on that about this time.
And I’ve been focusing on not judging myself solely on output and achievements. So it hasn’t bothered me to miss a few scheduled posts the way it would have last year.
That being said, I still plan to get back into the swing of 3-ish posts a week. I’m just giving myself time and grace to get there 🙂 Now off to enjoy the weather this AZ weather!