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For the last two weeks I have not written a single thing. I didn’t write a blog post or journal entry, nor an Instagram or Facebook status….NOTHING. Why you ask? Because absolutely nothing was inspiring me. Below is a list of (excuses) reasons why I have not put pen to paper…

  1. I am tired-seriously I am though?
  2. I am not inspired by anything-now I am whining…
  3. I don’t have time-ah yes, don’t you love this one?
  4. I went on vacation to unplug-yes, I did do that but I brought my notebook and still didn’t write a darn thing.
  5. It’s so cold and gross out who could be inspired it’s so dreary?! Truth.

Now that you know my lame excuses for not writing, I can tell you that it was more of a STRUGGLE thinking about sitting at my desk today than it was to actually just do it! When your days start to blend together it feels impossible to get motivated to do anything. Here is exactly how I got moving today.

  1. The two older kids were at school and so I had some free time between 9 and 12:15. I got the baby on the afternoon nap schedule but she still wants to cat nap in the morning and I usually keep her up but today I let her sleep from 10:30-11:30.
  2. I then promptly made a cup of tea and sat on my back steps and listened to nature for 2-3 minutes. The outdoors can be really grounding and conjure up deep thoughts and inspiration.
  3.  Next, I went inside and pulled out my all time favorite book off the bookshelf. Even though I have already read it 15 times, I skipped right to my favorite chapter and just read a few pages. A few ideas started flowing so I held my pen and notebook between my hands.
  4. After I put the book back, I grabbed my notebook and wrote down 3 places that I really want to travel to and specific reasons why. Once I started thinking about all these dreamy locations it sparked something in me, and I ran into my office, cleared the desk and started typing.

After about 30 minutes of writing I had typed up almost 2 pages, and started this blog post. All it took was one hour of my time. When the baby started to cry I left my desk as is, and rocked her while she wiped the sleep from her eyes.  I was already day dreaming about returning back to my work which is my tell tale sign that creativity is back. I think the last few weeks I have been too much pressure on myself to get some writing down during the 2 hour break I have in the afternoon while the girls sleep. It was stifling my creative juices. After getting two pages out in just an hour I feel amazingly accomplished.

I would love to know how you get motivated and find inspiration. If you would let me know either in the comment section below or over on Instagram that would be lovely.

Here are some of my favorite things this month as well. I hope you enjoy!

 

Josefina: Josefina Black Large Baby Bag, Cape Cod Soy Candle: No. 019 Namaste, Jacquie Aiche: Trio Beaded Anklet, ASOS: Chunky Sweater, Christian Louboutin: Pigalle Follies’ Pointy Toe Pump, NYX: Jumbo Eye Pencil, IT Cosmetics: Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer, Warby Parker: Jennings Glasses, Mario Badescu: Super Collagen Mask, and Suite One Studio: Mimira Mug

Dapper & Darling: Silhouettes, Stella Maria Baer: Moon Paintings, Serena & Lily: Capiz Scalloped Chandelier, Anthropologie: Scalloped Shelf, Land of Art: Raccoon Family Wall Art, Serena & Lily: Henley Wool Throw, Serena & Lily: Solid La Jolla Baskets, Pottery Barn: Carolyn Tufted Upholstered Slipper Chair, Serena & Lily: Cooper Leather Stool, and Anthropologie: Rinzai Rug

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Since becoming a mother, being able to work from home has been a dream for me. It’s not without its battles, in fact letting go of achieving the perfect balance has been a relief for me. In the early years, I wasn’t great at the juggle, and never felt like I could accomplish anything. However  in the last two years, I have learned a thing or two about how to better time manage while working for myself.

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I started freelance writing right out of college. It went from being a hobby, to a side hustle, and now to something that brings me joy and a little money that I feel pretty great about. More recently I have been writing as a way to stay creative while being a mom. It’s something that I do more for me than anything else, and so I had to come up with some new rules to stay focused at home…

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How to Successfully Work From Home

1. Dress the Part: Get out of those Pj’s and into anything but. Truth: I don’t always have time to hit the showers every day, but I do get dressed. Even if I change back into yoga pants by the time I head out to the pick up line, I get dressed while I am working. Studies show that you are much more focused and productive but also I feel like my best self and more professional when I dress the part.

2. Have a Designated Work Space: A few years ago we took an unused space in our house and converted it to my home office. There is no need to start construction to have your own work space, just set up shop where you can keep all your work supplies, and keep it consistent. All you need is a small desk and a few outlets for a computer and lamp.

3. Set Clear Work/Life Boundaries: Be clear on the times you are working and the time reserved for family interactions. Don’t work on the fly while hustling kids and cooking dinner, you won’t be on your “A” game. I work while the kids sleep, period. While they are awake I am away from my computer. On occasion I will work on the weekends but I schedule it in advance so that my husband can spend some time with the kids.

4. Have a Schedule: Occasionally I work in the mornings before everyone gets up, however, nap time is my designated “work/me time”. This schedule allows me to work without interruptions and then I know if I need to schedule extra time. I can work at night when the kids go to bed if I absolutely need to, but that time is really reserved for relaxing and connecting with family or friends.

5. Keep Distractions Out: If you need to turn your phone to silent in order to stay focused, please do it! Social media apps, and text messages are the going to be the distractions that will keep you from getting your work done in your designated time frame. I keep my phone on silent and turn off all social notifications. I can work them back on when I finish, but while I work I can’t look at my phone.

I hope these help you! Do you have any tips on working from home? Head over to Instagram and share, I would love to hear them!

 

Other Resources: Design Sponge Biz Ladies, Career Profiles on the Everygirl, Work from Home Success, Tips from the Career Girl, and How to Focus When Working from Home.

Photo’s by Brookelyn Photography

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Finding Inspiration

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As promised yesterday in the kick off to the Mindful Morning’s series, here is a list of my must haves! I love the second portion of the series because it’s not items that I love or want right now, it’s a little insight into who I am!

My closest friends know that I can’t go too long without mac and cheese- or that I look completely ridiculous in the morning when I write in 600 layers/messy hair at my perfectly organized desk. It’s these little things that make up who we are and I am excited to share that with this second part of the Mindful Mornings series.

Thank you as always for reading, it means more than you will ever know!

 

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