How are you?
We’ve made it to Friday so I say that’s an achievement and a blessing in itself.
I hope the weeks been kind to you.
As always friends here a few simple things, fresh and friendly, to get your weekend started on a relaxed note – – – –
A Good Word
Image by Maria at Little Walks Simple Joys
A Good Look
Lets call this one “Lingering”
(To linger is to stay in one place longer than necessary because of a reluctance to leave)
See more of Lore’s gorgeous artworks here
A Good Idea
from Shannan Martin
I took (two) photos (recently) a few days apart. The first was from a walk in my neighborhood. The second was up near Lake Michigan. They’re both beautiful; awe-inspiring for different reasons. The thing is, we have to train our eyes to discover beauty in humbler places and things. If doesn’t always come naturally. Our culture is constantly corrupting us toward bigger, better, flashier. I love watching design shows and drooling over fancy things. But it will begin a slow decay, if we let it. Meanwhile, our neighbors are artists in our midst, using what they have to reflect the sort of beauty that can only come from God.
Here’s our mission: seek the beauty that defies empire. Maybe it’s near you. Or maybe you’ll have to go out of your way to find it. When you do, pay attention. Notice what it does to you, inside. How does it feel?
Here’s how it usually feels for me: a slow exhale. A settling in my soul. A permission to slow down. A well-kept secret. An urge to create. A sense of home.
PS: I’d love to see what you discover.
A Few Good Reads
It seems to me that September has often brought change and transition into my life. Obviously, there’s the years of navigating those first days of school, first as a student and later as a teacher. There was the year in high school when September brought me an unlooked-for breakup, and another year when it saw the same boyfriend (now ex, again) move away, which ended any chance of us ending up together.
September always brought the settling back into routine from the joyful chaos and frivolity of summer, but it often brought pain with that transition. The aforementioned rocky high school romance, sure, but it also brought tension back to our home as my step-sisters returned from summering with their mom, and we had to learn how to function as a family again. It brought the realization that the next time I would see my dad was likely to be months away, because a 6 hour drive was just a little too long for Thanksgiving break.
September makes me nostalgic for high school and college football games, Homecoming parades, and melancholy songs. And while there’s nearly always been joy in September, the melancholy of Fall hits me hard more often than not – – – – – keep reading
The problem with this strategy, of course, is that we don’t start pulling back until after we have too much going on: leading to the 20% overload that’s so consistently observed.
The question left unexamined in my essay is what it would look like if you rejected this rule. What if, for example, you aimed to work 20% less than you had time to reasonably handle? – – – keep reading
(That very nicely translate into life in general)
Few things have flipped my world upside down like parenthood. It’s a responsibility that shakes up everything from day-to-day activities to career goals, and basically everything a person thought they knew about themselves. It can be difficult to accomplish everything I want in the day with a baby in tow, including daily housekeeping tasks and big projects.
I welcomed my first child in mid-January — just a few months after my husband and I moved into our first house. I have always been extremely… let’s just say, particular about my surroundings, and I knew a baby was going to rock my Martha Stewart-loving world. Spoiler alert: he did! Not only did my baby change my relationship with my husband, my body, my self-hood, and my job, he also changed the way I view my house and the way we live in it. I’ve had to let go of some of my treasured routines and learn new ones, as well as re-examine what’s actually important about the function of a house. Here’s what I’ve learned about adjusting to housekeeping as a new mom, including balancing both, and knowing when to let go – – – – keep reading
That’s all for now friends. Enjoy the reads and have a beautiful weekend, rest up, do something you love xx