i shared last week on london, shalom and coming home. only i hadn’t sat down to linger on london. and, i’m really still a little in awe that i landed there again this year. last year was a very unexpected trip and nothing short of a grace gift from above. and, i couldn’t have known, 12 months ago, that the gift of going would begin an unplanned journey over this past year. a one foot in front of the other kind of journey that requires empty, open hands, and a willing and surrendered heart.
it has been crazy these past two weeks since i came home from england. london already feels like a life time ago. i’ve been wanting to share photos and tell you about the trip, but it just hasn’t happened yet (next week!). crossed an ocean, one of the great lakes, conquered customs and walked in the door to kids with the flu – a very long lasting one – that ushered us into this very harried week. two starting baseball, 5th grade field trips, award ceremonies and a day that started with an unexpected and necessary trip to the doctor for one, and ended with a trip to the ER for another (everyone is ok, thank god!). mix in regular responsibilities, working on the website update / launch and bad headaches (sinus headache suggestions anyone?) and, well, i’m ready for a weekend or two or three.
they say when it rains it pours. i’ve found that to be true….not all the time, but occasionally. i’m not for expecting monsoons at the sight of a drop, but sometimes a drop turns to rain and so on. if i’m honest, i’m usually one that freaks out when it rains this kind of water. sometimes, admittedly, even when it just sprinkles.
flash back a few weeks, before the pour, and i was packed and prepared.
i’m traveling today and thought i’d share what i normally wear on a plane. the outfit can vary a bit, but i promise, whether a long or short flight, i have a bit of a uniform.
the funny thing is i used to have a flying uniform in high school. in those days, some people still dressed up to fly. i remember a teacher of mine saying that she always dressed up when flying and i must have been very influenced by that because just as everyone was starting to go major casual, i decided i had to wear khakis or dress pants – never jeans. i was an old soul, i suppose.
these days i always wear :
i’m supposed to be heading to ethiopia today and i’m not. i’m still trying to swallow those words myself. i’ve been planning and prepping and waiting with anticipation. and, somewhere in the midst of that i found myself overwhelmed with some things and made the very hard decision that….the timing, for me, isn’t right.
to say it was a hard decision is an understatement. you see, so much change has happened in my life just in the preparation for this trip. and now, this over thinker is trying not to over think things too much but to trust that the lessons learned, and the friendships made all have a purpose and that there will, in fact, be a right time for me. i love the purpose behind fashionABLE + the mocha club . . . the mission, the work, the product and the people. i’ll be supporting and working with fashionABLE + the mocha club, however i can.
as for this week, i’m going to be a virtual traveler with the team! i’ll be following along, reading the updates, and joining in on the twitter chat (Tues. 8/13 @ 1pm Central) with @livefashionable. you can follow the journey here and by following the hashtag #blogABLE
i hope you’ll join me!
(if you want to know who’s blogs, twitter, etc to follow they are : design for mankind, flower patch farm girl, emily maynard, eat live run, possesionista, what’s gaby cooking, the tiny twigand ellie holcomb, wild & precious).
AND, in honor of my friends traveling to see the work first-hand, I’m giving away 2 new amazing fashionABLE products:
the Meseret scarf (perfect for these warmer months) + the brand new Tigist leather clutch!
One lucky winner will get both products!!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
if you’d like to learn more about fashionABLE + the mocha club keep reading . . .
happy friday friends. so here are a few photos from our trip to atlanta last week. i didn’t take a ton of pictures like i should have and most are at the barista parlor which is actually in nashville. we stopped on our way down.
how has your week been? this week my goal was to spend a little less time online this week and get a few things organized around my home. i got a good start but not the finish i was looking for. i am 90% done with the playroom (remember the serious mess i showed you on monday?) and did not even get a chance to start on my closet. i haven’t been feeling well since we returned from our trip last week and i just have not had the physical energy to do more cleaning. i’m being kind to myself and plan to finish the playroom this weekend (if i feel up to it) and then start my closet next week. sometimes you just have to roll with it. and right now, i’m rolling with rest and lots of tea!
click on through for a few more photos + some links for the weekend :