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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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Instead of blogging over here the past few weeks I have been working on some writing projects that have been super meaningful to me. I have soul searched about the direction of this blog, and although I don’t know exactly where it will go yet, I feel pretty o.k. with the direction for now. In the mean time I wanted to change it up a little. Here is what I wrote last week to my two little ladies on a regular day at home…

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April 18, 2016

It’s been so cold and windy out lately that we haven’t been outside as much as I would have liked to. Today I got up early, didn’t shower or eat breakfast, but was feeling determined to get you all outside and enjoying the sunshine. Pulling the stroller out of the car and putting you both in, we walked down Parker Road and into town.  It was so sunny and beautiful. I felt happy to finally see the sun on your little white faces after such a long winter.

We quickly ran into our favorite lunch spot and I grabbed a coffee, water, and something to eat for lunch at home. Wesleigh wanted a smoothie and so we got one of those too. We walked the long way home and by the school. They are putting in the new playground so everything was dug up and chaotic. I am so excited that you will have a new space to play and be free.

The ocean sparkled like stars and we could see it from almost a mile down the road. When we got closer it was too tempting to just walk by, and so we stopped to take a closer look from the edge of the road. The sky was the bluest blue, and the water even more so. You whined a little when it was time to leave so I took your picture by the stairs. You both sat quietly the rest of the way home, and I know it was the waves crashing on the shore that lulled you to sleep.

Photos by Brookelyn Photography

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TGIF! This month on the January round up, I have compiled my favorite business resources into one short list. These are brands, companies and services that I have used and are using. I hope you enjoy!

1. The Quiet Power Strategy with Tara Gentile.

2. The Being Boss podcast. It’s all about creative entrepreneurs owning what they do and blending work/life. I love listening to these ladies while I am in the car or out for a walk.

3. In the process of creating a business plan? Or maybe you never made one for your business? You should! Here are all the essentials.

4. My favorite business guru Marie Forleo had David Bach on MarieTV, and it’s so worth watching. Check it out here.

5. I stumbled upon the Rising Tide Society this fall. A fabulous group for creative entrepreneurs.

6. How to write for dream clients, hosted by my new favorite biz lady Jen Carrington.

7. If you haven’t heard of Holly Becker from Decor8, then climb out from under the rock ASAP! Check out her amazing workshops and courses on Blogging Your Way.

8. Last year I did the Blogcademy, and I cannot recommend it enough. Such a great learning experience. You can take the courses online or in-person.

9. Awesome resources over on Xo Sarah, like how to grow your business and more.

10. One of my favorite sites is Design Sponge. More than the home makeovers, I love the stories about how business started and stay afloat in the Life & Business section.

11. If you have a WordPress website, aren’t the most tech savvy (ahem me) and can’t afford an IT employee (me again), then you need Chloe Digital ASAP.  For just 99$ a month I have all my minor tech needs met. I can’t tell you how much I depend on this!

12. Are you a digital publisher who needs help with content? Then you must have Erica Midkiff in your life! I worked with Erica on the guest post series I launched so I could take a proper maternity leave.

13. I know I have boasted before about how amazing Braid Creative is. They helped me develop my brand, find my voice and perfected my brand language. Not to mention boosted my confidence when speaking about my work!

14. If your a blog reader but don’t want your inbox blowing up with emails every day, sign up for Bloglovin’. You can follow your favorite blogs and then receive weekly emails with the posts by those bloggers all in one email.

15. I have been sweating Alt Summit since the first year it started. Someday I will make it there!