"If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased."
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It has been a whirlwind of a week, or two, or three.....
since they are starting to all blend together in my mind. To say that I feel busy is an understatement, and I'm certainly not looking for bragging rights. I am simply finding myself in a very familiar place of chaos brought on by my own fatal flaw of over-committment. I find myself again staring up through the narrow tunnel I dug myself into, straining for a glimpse of light (read rest) and am not so much shocked by how I've ended up here..... but why.
Why do I lack the capacity to say no? Why do I say yes when I know I shouldn't? Why do I set unrealistic expectations for myself and attempt to stretch the hours in the day to accommodate them all?
I don't like to admit it, but I think I am simply afraid of the word "no". In all honesty, it's not a word I warmly embraced during childhood (save the comments from the peanut gallery) and it is a word that I've stubbornly rebelled against as an adult. No means deprivation, lacking, missing out, falling short, disappointment, and negativity. No is also often followed by one word that distinguishes human reasoning: "why". The problem with saying No, is that if you lack an adequate answer to the subsequent "why", the statement is practically rendered defenseless (Kids, you didn't hear it from me).
"No" needs a good excuse, and if there isn't one, I say "yes" to things I probably shouldn't, by default.
I also know that part of me thrives on the sinful pride that comes from heaping my plate with insane amounts of mashed
potatoes commitments. I like seeing my calendar chock-full of plans for the next several weeks and I like a certain level of chaos that comes from constantly rushing from one place to the next. It's why I couldn't just go to high school or college as a full-time student... but also wanted to work, go to every church event, volunteer for projects, clubs, and internships, and move 4 times while starting out a young marriage, owning our first home, taking care of three pets, and a maintaining a hearty social life. Anything less would be too practical. Seriously, it's pretty sick.
The hardest part about saying yes to so much is that it is never as simple as "yes to good, no to bad". No one thinks too long and hard over going clubbing on a work-night or going on a shopping spree instead of paying bills (if you do, let's talk). It's the "good" things that cause the biggest issues... yes to volunteering, yes to social commitments, yes to more tasks at work, yes to classes and extracurriculars, yes to projects at home, yes to running a household and caring for your family.
I mean, what are you going to say to those....... no??
November 03, 2012
I just signed up for Blog (design) Love e-course taught by the lovely ladies over at ABeautifulMess/ RedVelvet Shop and I could not be more excited!!
After recently completing the Flying Lessons e-course with Kelly Rae Roberts a few weeks ago I have been finding new ideas and inspiration all around me. This class was incredible and helped put a lot of the unknown and scary what-if's about starting a creative business in perspective. I have a much better grasp on where I want to take my blog/creative business ideas over the next few years but I have been feeling stuck by not knowing how to physically create a space in which do to that. I have played around a little with the templates and html options provided by blogger/google and used photoshop throughout college but don't have it available at home (yet... right, Santa?) so I am anxious to finally go beyond the basic.
Needless to say, I am looking forward to soaking up everything these gals have to say. Not only have they built an incredible blog, store, and creative business from scratch- I love their aesthetic and style, something that most coding books and websites lack. The irony is that my husband is about to graduate with his Master's in computer science and develops software for a living... but he's always too busy saving the world to help me with any of this important stuff, like adding a Pinterest button in the shape of a heart to my page.
So naturally, at $34 for the class, I couldn't pass up the chance to join this fabulous e-course!
I can't wait to pimp my page with some new blogger bling.
November 02, 2012
How on earth is it Friday again?
I actually had intended on posting this a whole week ago, but I was busy volunteering at a career fair (as one of the careers- can you believe it!?) and setting up for our Halloween party. So I apologize for serving up leftovers today. I actually wore this outfit to work on a nice warm day last week so I didn't need an extra layer. This outfit is also 50% floral print, which could be a big no-no for fall, but rules were made to be broken. I layered over this cami from H&M that I am currently obsessed with. Super soft and machine washable,with a little bit o' lace. Get one... or two.
shirt: Nordstrom rack
wide leg trousers: Loft
Have a wonderful weekend!
I have a busy one ahead of me filled with open houses, happy hours,
museum visits, showings, and getting in some quality time with my boys.
Don't forget to set those clocks back, woohoo!