Yea for LOOONNNG weekends! #TheUnofficialStartToSummer. Technically the weekend isn’t over yet. We are having friends over for a BBQ today. We just finished marinating some chicken and reviewing tomorrows menu. Our group of friends (and their kiddos) are full of variety: vegetarians, vegans, carnivores, food allergies etc. It’s actually kind of fun to be creative and think of menu items to cater to such a group. I hope I remember to take lots of pictures :)
We also hosted my in laws for a belated Mother’s Day celebration. The Mister and I enjoyed curating the menu and then actually making it happen. We used to do a lot of side-by-side cooking / working in the kitchen. But for a few years, MBAs and kids kind of took over so… really loving that we are getting to do this again!
Okay on to a review of last weeks goals:
Finish reading my book(made some progress but still not done)
Gather ingredients for this bread recipe (I didn’t realize how much research is required to make bread – this needs its own post)
Next week I plan on taking it easy, relax and just generally getting “caught up” rather than go-go-go.
Finish reading my book
Continue research/gathering ingredients for the bread recipe
Take more photography ex: OOTD, family photos, sisters snapshots
Get my 10K steps 5/7 days next week & Work out 4/7 times
Get a grip with my laundry piles
Update my Etsy shop
Water colour painting an a new canvas part print
Do 10 sun salutations
List out monthly goals for June
Start working on some photos books
I’ve dropped the meditation and journaling items on my list for now.
I am torn between working out and sitting still.
I am torn between blogging and journaling.
Because these activities are one in the same to me. Running clears my mind and I truly believe has a meditative effect on me. And although I am a firm believe of putting pen to paper, when I can’t (read: not making it a priority in my morning) I’ll take regular blogging and painting over it any day.
Honestly I started the post almost 4 days ago and never got around to finishing it. Between being there with my kids, cooking, laundry, getting back into fitness/fitbit, running errands, trying my very hardest to spend time with my hubby (while trying my hardest not to pass out on the couch at 8:30) my 5am scheduled posts have taken a back seat. I let one slide (ok Monday’s post also didn’t almost happen on time) but definitely going to put in the work to get Friday’s post in on time. Why the pressure on myself? Well first off its not pressuring myself, writing, taking beautiful photos, editing, thinking, setting deadlines, dressing up for an OOTD – makes me feel good about myself. Plus I LOVE the feeling of accomplishment and staying motivated is a huge goal for me over the next year. Okay now that THATS out of the way…. :)
Mother’s Day 2017 was ahhh-mazzzing! I got the sweetest potted seedling from Miss S (c/o her preschool class) and a gorgeous pendent necklace (similar to what I posted here). Plus I got treated to alone time in the bathroom (I know such a luxury), Breakfast in bed with the cutest homemade gift from the Mister and Miss S (and of course Miss El).
I listened to the most refreshing podcast episode this morning about parenting your little ones at typical summer events (such as weddings and grad ceremonies – both of which we will be attending in the coming months). I would love if my kids could take every nap in the own bed/crib and don’t have to nag them to eat their meal – but having friends/family and the related events doesn’t always lend itself to the perfect parenting situations :) Plus the mister and I are on the go ourselves (between corporate careers, working out, schooling, night outs etc) so I am glad that I stumbled upon the episode to remind me to keep perspective and plan!
The 3 important things to remember:
know you child’s tolerance level (a kid will only act in a way she is programmed for their age and it’s on me as a parent to adjust to that thinking)
come prepared with loose parts that allow for quiet yet active place (lol sounds scary but each parent knows their child’s safety level so some items that were suggested are feathers, scarves etc)
don’t apologize for your kids behaviour (somewhat related to 1 above)
Hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend!
Well today marks 30 days of #The100DayProject. I am still pretty pumped about the project even though 1) I find that I am already running out of ideas of what to paint and 2) I’ve missed two days so technically I’ve only done 28 days of the 100 days.
Since my last status post, I’ve gone on to paint a little over a dozen more paintings. I’ve turned to Pinterest when I “painters block”. Some days, I end up painting something random and abstract (see the odd yellow sun / fireball above). I had a rough list of painting projects – but I stopped around #26 so I’ll need to put some effort into thinking up some new ideas.
Outside of all the creative process stuff – I am still in love with this project. I love the idea of doing something for 100 days but I don’t think I would’ve kept it up this long if it weren’t for the community. Although some days I look at what I’ve drawn and cringe at the idea of actually having to post it on instagram – I appreciate the fact that this project has allowed me to learn something new.
I am still undecided on what to do with the paintings. Any ideas – leave them in the comments below!
I am probably most creatively inclined these days when it comes to designing new scrabble prints. I find myself typing quote ideas into the notes app on my phone or into my mini moleskin so I won’t forget. I wasn’t to happy with some of the backgrounds I had on hand so a few weeks ago the Hubz and I were running some errands and we were close to the Michael’s in our area and decided that I’d run in and get some craft paper/scrapbooking sheets.
In the past I have used images printed off my home printer and just laid the scrabble tiles on top, but I wanted something more crafty. And so these 2 new prints were born.
This one is me in a nutshell. I can see this print for a creator/maker/etsy store owner who is constantly dreaming up new ideas. Or even someone who is ambitious and goal oriented. I love the background and happy with how the post processing turned out.
Just a cute 143 :) When I picked up this sheet at the store I had so many ideas pop into my head but I love you seems like a good place to start.
I plan to add these prints to my Etsy Shop within the next 2 weeks (along with the one in this post). Hopefully you can check it out and if you like them you can make a purchase.
I also have these prints available on the shop and I am always open to doing custom scrabble prints – just make a note of it in the easy “note to seller” :)
I am pretty happy I joined this challenge. It only takes me a few minutes to paint a mini master piece and it’s really relaxing. Plus it makes me smile. Just doing something artistic makes me smile – and I love that. There have been times where I realize my day is almost over (and by that I mean the Hubz and Miss S are going to be home soon) but as soon as I start painting a wave of calm comes over me.
I try to paint while Miss El is napping but that doesn’t always happen :) I currently just have a pile of my paintings sitting on the bookshelf. I don’t know what I plan to do with them afterwards but definitely photograph each one for keepsakes.
Earlier this week I mentioned that staying productive during my maternity leave was a big goal for me this time around. To me productivity means having focus, being creativity, making progress and being joyful.
Although I know from experience, some days will be spent home bound, showerless and completely focused on our new babe – I want to make a conscious effort to do things for me.
So here is a list of things I plan to do while I am on Maternity Leave:
– BBG & Get back into Running
– Get back into my yoga practice (sun salutations)
– 100day project
– Family Dinners & Family Walks
– Library/Mommy Groups
– Set my Brand Strategy into motion
– Gravitate towards music, podcasts, Ted Talks & Books
– Brainstorming Product Ideas
– Dating my Hubz (sounds odd, but something I/we really want to do)
– Taking more Etsy photography prints
– Taking tons of family pics
– Daily goals (anything from brush my teeth to take the Go train to the city)
– Garden goals
– 2017-2018 family travel plans
– Monthly goals (accountability and breaking down resolutions and Mat Leave goals)
– Email/visit my Mentor
– Lunch dates with people who are working (hubs, parents, co-workers etc)
– Meet other mat leave moms for lunch
– Keeping up with 3 house hold tasks (dinner, laundry, dishes)
**everything else to be contracted out
– Set up and Organize up home office/work space
– Set up and Organize basement entertaining space
I set these goals as intentions. Intentions for me and the next 11 months. It’s me sending out a message to the universe and my future self to focus, be alert and practice mindfulness. And overall being able to reflect on the things I wan to accomplish and how small life changes really add up to big life changes :)