Some recent photos taken of me and my little kids for my friends at Dôen. You can read my Dôen Journal entry here.
Hello and a very Happy New Year to all of you. As I am sure many of you may share similar sentiments towards 2016 as I do, I welcome this new year, this fresh start, and this time for reflection and growth to inspire me and the year ahead. I have not been one for resolutions for quite some time now, but I am one for realistic goals and intention. This year I have come up with a fun way to challenge myself. A different way to approach personal growth, ideas, and objectives.
There is no fancy name or clever title, it’s just the concept of simple, obtainable challenges for myself that will keep me on the road to personal growth, which is something that I think all of us are always seeking. Each Sunday, I will choose a small goal for the week ahead of me. For this first week of January, I chose to give up alcohol. No wine, no beer, and no liquor for one solid week. Simple. Easy. Obtainable. And, I will feel good after completing it.
That’s it. That’s all she wrote. My goals will vary from week to week, based on what’s going on, my schedule and surroundings, and they can be as simple or as challenging as I choose. I plan on sharing most of them here with you. So far 2017 is looking up, and I like it.
What about you? Do you have any goals, resolutions, or challenges for the year ahead?
Wow, it’s been a long time since I have been able to update this space. Life has been busy, needless to say. To all of you have have commented here, on Instagram, and via email, thank you for the kind words and encouragement. I appreciate you so much. Since starting Mother and my store Two Son, my time has been slim and left me with little extra to focus on this blog, which was once my full-time gig. That said, I do love the ability to keep Bleubird as an outlet and a way to share.
So, here’s a little update on things around here. We are still in the house renovating process. We are currently working on our kitchen remodel, which we hope to have completely finished by the end of January. We get all of our new appliances this Friday and I am very excited to start cooking and hosting a little more, now that I’ll be inspired to do so. We purchased a new table (seen above) a few months ago and finally chose seating for it. I love the neutral tones in this space and can’t wait until the entire kitchen and dining room are complete, so I can share.
The kids are all doing well and loving this holiday season. We hosted Thanksgiving again this year at our house, this time for 17! It was crazy, but so much fun. We picked out our tree last weekend and started decorating for Christmas. Aubrey hung lights on the exterior of the house and we finally caved (after 16 years of having kids) and got two very small and tacky lawn ornaments—a little blow up, light up Santa and a snowman. The kids are thrilled!
Plum is just 9 days away from turning 14! It’s so crazy how times flies. The day after her birthday, the big kids are off to Florida to spend Christmas with their Dad. We plan on laying low for the holidays, spending time at home, and enjoying this slower-paced time of year. My Dad might be joining us for a few days, which would be really nice. Fingers crossed!
Two Son is about to turn ONE! We are in the middle of planning a birthday/holiday celebration for the store. Food, drinks, music, and friends. Lots of stuff happening this time of year with parties, birthdays, holidays, and trying to wrap up some end-of-year shoots, so we can enjoy a few, well-deserved days off.
This year was one of the most difficult I’ve experienced in a long time, and for many others, too, it seems. A lot of amazing things came out of it, but I am ready for what 2017 has to offer.
Thanks for hanging in there with me. I will be back here soon, promise!
Sorry for the radio silence over here. The past few weeks have been completely crazy with Spring/Summer 2017 buying for Two Son, Plum’s demanding volleyball schedule, along with planning and executing a Mother event with Annie’s Homegrown in New York City this past weekend. It was a whirlwind of a trip that consisted of three to four hours of sleep a night, a lot of hard work, and leaving my cell phone in the cab and frantically rushing around Soho to find its keeper (tip: you can add a “cash reward” for a stolen or lost iPhone, increasing your chances of getting it back. Worked for me!). Through all of the chaos, however, It was a fun experience and I did get to spend the last night, post-event with some of my oldest and dearest best friends, and that was the perfect end to the trip. I flew home early Sunday morning just in time to go to Beyoncé’s show in Nashville. It was incredible! I’ve honestly never considered myself a massive fan before, but I’ve officially been converted. That woman is a power-house!
This week has consisted of trying to play catch up, but all four kids have the week off school for fall break, so my work days have been heavily distracted. That being said, I am happy to be home and looking forward to staying put for awhile. Stay tuned! xxJ
P.S. An internet hug to my friend, designer Ilana Kohn, for these amazing Boyd Pants. I love them!
I am a wannabe morning person. As much as I enjoy starting my day early, while everyone else is still asleep, I would much prefer to stay up late—while everyone else sleeps. I tend to think better late at night, and I think I am more productive and work faster, too.
I do, however, admire those friends of mine that are up before dawn, who have already completed their twilight run (yes, they do that!), morning cup of coffee and avocado toast, shower, and are ready to roll by the time my alarm is buzzing. I have never been a morning person, even as a child. I think it may be because my mother was not a morning person. We are always running late—always—and always in a rush. I also recall my grandparents going to bed at a very early hour—I lived with them in Arizona off and on as a kid. They would go to bed right after Jeopardy at 7 pm, and then would wake up at 4:30 every morning. I’ve always wondered why they chose this sleep schedule, but I know there’s something magical about early mornings. I’ve done it, and can appreciate the calm and solitude.
Making the switch seems so appealing, but I think I would have a hard time giving up my late night lifestyle. It’s my “me time” and with four kids and a non-stop work schedule, I am pretty set in my ways. That being said, I would love to start going to sleep a little earlier and waking up with the sun to meditate, workout, read, make breakfast, etc.
Are you an earlier riser? Any tips on how to restructure your sleep cycle? Please share with me below!
Photo by Venetia Scott.