summer is not proving to be as restful as i had hoped. anyone else? kids sleeping in a bit and sneaking in some time to read, study and have some quiet time in the morning is glorious, but after that it is straight up crazytown. and, it seems our schedule feels that way too. it’s interesting because i’m learning a lot about rest from a spiritual persecutive, but it seems like things are getting busier in the everyday kind of way. i’m really trying to process it all. i suppose i’m trying to come to a conclusion or three or two. yet, i’m learning that conclusions don’t always equal change. so maybe i shouldn’t be entirely focued on them, anyways.
what i am trying to focus on is living in moments. if you follow me on instagram you may have seen my post on living in the moments. i’m tyring to focus my eyes and open my heart to the beauty that is only in this particular time – never to be repeated the same way twice. if we plan to live in our moments than it is not a conclusion or even a decision to do so, it is a practice. when we live outside of the moment, we are just trading today’s strength (needed for today) for tomorrow’s possible problems and eventualities.
i’m practicing. because, probably like many of you, i’m a crazy multi tasker who can’t turn her brain off. i practice. i fail. i practice again. that is why i’m calling it practicing. not even a try.
i’m taking a few weeks off to practice this practice of living in the moments. we have two trips coming up and i want to enjoy them, fully. and, i have 3 pretty big projects in july that require a lot of attention to detail. i’ll pop in and post when i can and i’m certain i’ll have so many things i’ll want to share because usually when i’m not looking for inspiration, that is when i find it – always.
but, lets stay in touch and keep our conversations going on instagram, twitter and pinterest!
i want to leave you with these links, because wouldn’t you know that as i’ve been mulling on this moment by moment way, there were quite a few posts, jus in the last week, that found me…and i think they are still finding others – like some of you….. i think you’ll enjoy them, find yourself in them, and think yourself through them. if you are trying to juggle it all, multi-task everything, trying hard to focus, carrying a heavy load today and worrying about tomorrow, then these will do you good.
01 / erin’s letter to her daughter on balance and “that kind of moms.”
02 / anne’s wise words on how to focus in an age of distraction.
03 / the everygirl on embracing rest in a culture of busy.
04 / clementine daily’s practical pointers on how to stop multitasking (and why we should).
05 / lean in, recline, or just stand tall and forget about who cares how many hours beyonce has in a day (ha).
go forth and rest lovelies. give yourself permission to take a break. to not do it all…and enjoy what it is your are doing…moment by moment.
let’s talk books. it’s been awhile (last post here). i’ve always got a book or two or four going, so i thought it would be a good time to catch up. and after all, summer is the best for reading. don’t you think? while i’m sharing what i’ve read recently / am reading. i’d love to hear what you’ve been reading and whats on your list.
sf girl by bay’s coffee cart + coffee carts in general.
this kind of outfit.
fish tacos. this would be a real problem for me if i lived in california.
this make more adventures banner, which you can D I Y.
this writing shed in london. a writing shed. in london. sigh.
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what are you loving this week?
it’s no secret that i’m a fashionABLE super fan. i love their scarves (i never go far without one) + i love their mission (to create sustainable business for africans so they are not dependent on charity, but instead earn the dignity of a job). and, today there is even more love going around because fashionABLE has just added a new product – a blanket!
the mehari blanket is so gorgeous! it’s great for both indoor and outdoor use. think cozying up on the couch with a good book and warm cup of tea or a summer picnic in the park (or beach, if you are so lucky). i’m using mine draped over my bed.
i don’t know what could be better then helping to empower and invest in women by purchasing a pretty new blanket. i love that helping create jobs (buy purchasing these products) gives women, an ocean away, the opportunity to create . . . create beauty with her hands, but also create a bright future.
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click, through to see how else i’m using my blanket :
tears of grief
i’m fascinated by the research of rose-lynn fisher on the topography of tears. have you seen this?
it’s a study of 100 photographed tears through a standard light microscope. going through a period of change and loss. rose-lynn wondered if tears of grief differed from tears of happiness. and, as you can see the images are nothing short of beautiful, some evoking the look of a map or landscape (thus the name of the project, topography of tears).
tears of release
tears of change
tears of endings and beginnings
after my initial awe of the concept and the beauty found in the intricacy and detail, i began to think of the tears in a personal way. how each of these studied tears were not just a specimen for a project but shed out of emotion. raw, real life experiences, whether excruciating or exhilarating. my mind wondered off to the words penned in psalms where david wrote:
“you keep track of all of my sorrows. you have collected all of my tears in your bottle. you have recorded each one in your book.”
perhaps this is how each and every one of our tears are being recorded? not in list but in landscape. the landscape of our lives. noticed, collected and recorded. it’s brings such an amazing visual to the idea that not one thing about you goes unnoticed in your every days. your endings. your beginnings. your grief. your joy. your change. your elation. and, so the list and landscape goes on and on. your tears are as individual as your pain and your joy. if anything this is yet more imagery portraying what beauty can be found in (and come out of) brokenness.
are you are crier? i am. having kids has only increased this emotion. but, i’m ok with it. sometimes you just need to have a good cry.
you can see more types of tear topography here.
images / rose-lynn fisher