Pushing the Reset Button

Friday, March 27, 2015

Happy Friday! You know what is really hard for me? Pulling away. I crave the weekends and time to rest, but as soon as this day rolls around I find myself really struggling to turn off because just.one.more.thing.needs.to.get.finished. This goes for work and the normal home/personal life tasks, too.

Weekends and breaks are essential, but I struggle with putting that fact into action. It sounds simple, but I am a go-getter and I want to have everything completed 15 minutes ago. Some would say this habit is positive, but really it's unhealthy, obsessive, and draining. There's a time and place for everything and rest and relaxation are two of those things.

I've established some new personal rules for myself to help in this area. Last weekend, I woke up early on Saturday morning, did a little work, put a load of clothes in the wash, and went back to bed. We then slept in until NOON! which I do not remember ever happening and it was one of the best things that has happened to me in a long time. I felt like a million bucks after so much sleep. We then went for a hike and a long drive through Shenandoah National Park. I kept telling M.V. what a great day it was. I truly felt relaxed and so calm.

I am really making it a point to work on pulling away to rest and enjoy the weekends. It was such a nice feeling to prioritize the necessary things, but enjoy the rest of my time, without worry. And, to accept that everything doesn't have to be attended to ASAP even though this face-paced world tells me otherwise.

Weekends are for pushing the reset button and starting with a clean slate on Monday. Moving forward, that's how I will be using mine.


Spring Out Of Winter

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

spring out of winter

I don't know about you all, but I am beyond excited about this warmer weather. I was beginning to think I would be wearing Bean Boots for the rest of my life.

I love the simple sandals that seem to be trending this spring and summer. They're perfect for my casual style. I cannot wait to get a pair (or two) of these on my feet!

What are your favorite warm-weather finds this year?

Charleston, South Carolina | Homes and Gardens

Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring break closer to 30 is very different from spring break as an undergrad. We spent four days in Charleston, South Carolina during M.V.'s spring break from law school. This was only my second time in Charleston, and M.V.'s first visit. We loved it so much that I just finally unpacked our suitcase last night because I kept thinking maybe we could escape and go back. 

Charleston is so dreamy -  full of beautiful homes and gardens, rich in history, and there's no shortage of delicious food. We jokingly referred to our trip as a food tour. Thankfully, according to my FitBit we walked over 20,000 steps every day between walking-tours and our own self-guided walks around the homes and their beautiful gardens.

I am planning a few more Charleston posts to cover all of our favorite restaurants and cites we visited, but wanted to start out with some of my favorite shots of the lovely homes and gardens we strolled by. I could have spent four more days viewing homes in the sunshine. 

It's so nice to get away from the busyness and enjoy life and the company of one another. Charleston was the perfect place for us!

Do You Print Photos?

Monday, March 9, 2015

A few weeks ago I watched a video that automatically triggered a lot of thoughts spiraling around in my head. Let's start by watching that video now.

Hilarious? But sadly, it's a stark reminder that how we store photos has changed  since the boom of social media sites. I am afraid the day of digging through old photos found at your grandparents' home are a thing of the past if photos continue to be stored only digitally or even worse saved on Facebook or in our phones.

As embarrassing as it may be to tell you this, we had stock photos in frames throughout our home for over a year. Our frames have real photos in them now, but a year is a long time to go with random people all over your home. And, the worst part - we have a photo printer so there was really no excuse... except, you know, they were all on Facebook.

I am making it a goal to print more photos and create albums. If I have kids and grandchildren some day, I want them to be able to come over to our home and go through the old photos and laugh about how funny we used to look or how awful my style and hair was.

What about you, do you print photos?