Sensitivity + Gatherings

Sensitivity + Gatherings

Have you ever spent your time doing something that leaves you with this off feeling that you just can’t shake?  Social engagements and interaction often cause this for me.  I am a pretty sensitive person.  Not sensitive as in thin skinned.  Sensitive as in I pick up on everything going on around me and absorb a lot of energy and emotion. Energy and emotion where others are able to be like a rock in water and allow it to flow over, around and off of them, not through them.  I’m more like sand in that analogy. So after social interaction I often feel like I have a lot to process.  I used to mistake this quality in myself as weakness.  Sensitivity is often equated to being weak, the opposite of strength and empowerment.  But things are only weaknesses if you own them as that.  And since sensitivity is not necessarily something I want to change about myself, instead I’ve changed the way I see it in the context of my life.  Being sensitive has now become my superpower that I’ve just started learning how to manage. 

Read More

Cutting Board // Project

Cutting Board // Project

We are CONSTANTLY doing projects and creating things for our home so I thought it was time to share one of those projects!  It's taken me this long because I wanted any home tutorial I shared here not only to be tried, tested, and true but also beautiful, functional, really well thought out and quality made.  I've had this project in mind for quite sometime.  It's pretty simple, and checks all the required boxes.  We ended up with a cutting/serving/charcuterie board that I will proudly use and display in our kitchen.  This would also make for a really beautiful gift if you don't have a need for another cutting board (although I'm honestly not sure who doesn't need another serving board).  

Read More

Roadtrips + Memories

Roadtrips + Memories

Last night James and I were talking about how memories are not comprised of facts but feelings. What you remember is how something made you feel.  Even when certain senses trigger very specific memories it is almost always tied to the emotion of that past event or moment in time.  I love remembering certain trips we took or drives we went on, or things that in the moment didn't seem overly important but now when thinking back on them I'm flooded with happiness, fondness, love, good, and all the warm fuzzy's.  I love the idea of memories triggering certain feelings and remembering something so clearly because of those feelings.  Whenever we go on a trip somewhere I always have this idea that I want to purchase a new perfume.  Because smell is one of the most powerful senses when it comes to memory.  When we were in Vancouver last year I wore this perfume and now every time I smell that specific scent it instantly transports me.  

Read More

Wellness // Green Smoothie Recipe

Wellness // Green Smoothie Recipe

The night we arrived home from our trip to Vancouver in November James and I watched a documentary.  We love documentaries, and we have always been particularly interested in issues about health and wellness.  I don't really know what it was about this documentary in particular that struck us.  Honestly I think it was more that the timing was right.  We'd watched plenty of documentaries, read all of Michael Pollan's books, and altered and changed things in our diets many times over.  But since that night, watching that documentary, we haven't eaten any meat.  

Read More

The Importance of Knowing You're Not Alone

The Importance of Knowing You're Not Alone

This week was a struggle.  Everything that could have gone wrong did.  Within the tangled mess of struggle I felt really down.  I've been feeling really affected by the weather this winter on top of it all.  The fog really settled in this week.  I've always been a pretty guarded person.  For lots of reasons.  But ultimately I like holding things together and being strong.  One quality I love about myself is that I am really strong.  I'm good at taking care of things for myself and carrying things for others if they need it.  I've got my game face on 99% of the time.  I'm steady, and capable, and truthfully pretty uncomfortable about getting emotional

Read More

Thoughts // Comparison

Thoughts // Comparison

Something I've heard myself say often lately is: keep your eyes in your own lane.  This is one of the things I want to hold to throughout 2017 in an effort to break free from those pesky limitations I was talking about in this post.  The comparison game is a cruel one.  Its easy to become discouraged and hard on yourself when you begin to look at what other people are accomplishing, creating, succeeding at, etc. and in turn make it about yourself and comparing what you're doing/who you are only to fall short.

Read More

Weekend Scene // Brunch Date

Weekend Scene // Brunch Date

One of the things James and I talked a lot about going into this year was that we felt strongly that we wanted to make time to go on dates.  The last few years we focused our attention on finding connection with other humans and couples.  It was something we were intentional about doing.  We felt as though we wanted to find real, deep connection, genuine community, and just good human beings to do life alongside.  This year as we began reviewing the last few years and what we'd accomplished and where we were at we realized that we are surrounded with that good connection and have gotten to know and befriend the best of the best in the last couple of years.  We feel very fulfilled in that area and so moving into this year it's less about finding that connection and more about enriching the relationships we have, including our own.

Read More