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June 19, 2017

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The thing about working from home is that this actually translates to “I work from anywhere, anytime, day-or-night.” I’ve worked from countless vacations and away-for the weekends and other people’s “days off”. Then one day I realized I wasn’t sure I knew how to actually take several days in a row off. I was constantly checking in, no matter where I was or what I was doing.

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I didn’t really know how to stop. Attempting to unplug from work gave me anxiety, fueled by the emails that I watched trickle in asking for this or that while I attempted to take time “away”.

So I’ve made it a goal to take some defined time completely away from work every few months, like a normal person with a normal job. My time away doesn’t necessarily perfectly correspond (or correspond at all) to our time vacationing or visiting family, depending on other factors, but no matter where I am, it has helped my state of mind SO much to just practice the fine art of checking out regularly. 

Today, I’m still in Michigan with my little guys but I’m also checking back in to my work email. I don’t ever want to take for granted how blessed I am to be able to have created this kind of schedule and possibility – that I get to be the one to feed my babies breakfast and snuggle them early in the morning and get them ready for their day while still maintaining some semblance of a career built on things that I can do well and enjoy fit around the things our family’s schedule demands and needs.

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(Fun Fact: We took some of our wedding shots on this rock 4 years ago!)

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All that is to say, while I had time away from work, I had a chance to catch up on lots of random bits and pieces. Whenever I’m reading or scrolling or researching or “researching”, I snag screenshots or links and throw them onto my desktop. Eventually I file these in my Evernote notebooks or pin them or whatever. I finally had a chance to do this yesterday and this post is basically a conglomeration of a bunch of cool totally unrelated things that have been sitting on my desktop, combined with a bunch of random adorable pictures of Miles and Violet playing at my parents’ home. 

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This laundry room! It’s a big space but I think something similar could be done to a smaller room? (via The Home Edit Pinterest board)

This book on creativity is on my list as is Daily Rituals. I just finished Shauna Niequist’s Present over Perfect and it basically wrecked me. Like this quote: 

“I want the stuff in my life to be light, easily managed, simple, so thtat the best of my energy is free for people, dreams, creativity; so that we can make memories around the table, eating meals on those white plates; so that I can run after my kids in one of a half-dozen striped shirts;  . . . How we live matters nad what you choose to own will shape your life, whether you choose to admit it or not. Let’s live lightly, freely, courageously, surrounded only by what brings joy, simplicity, and beauty.”

 

On the fiction front…I’m struggling. I feel like I’m getting my fiction fix mainly from tales like King Jack and the Dragon (which, by the way, I’ve accidentally memorized. So I’ll find myself doing the laundry or making beds or something and all of a sudden, I’m chanting “Jack, Zak and Caper were making a den . . . .”) Love the book. DON’T love having it emblazoned in my brain. 

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On a side note, I’ve finally committed to using my Kindle app on my phone more consistently for reading and I’m reading quite a bit more. It’s a tiny screen and kind of a pain, but I’m not comitted enough to e-reading to purchase something bigger yet and it helps me make the most of those random minutes. I don’t love being on my phone to read because I feel like it’s a bad example or something to my little guys, but I’ll figure that out later. For now, I’m reading actual books at a pretty fast clip again and it’s magic.

I’m trying to figure out ways to turn our very suburban square four-fence backyard into something that looks like this. Too optimistic that it could happen in the next 8 weeks?;-)

Now that I’m almost finished with the kitchen cabinets, I’m gathering ideas to make our super-boring hallway a room that I like more (can you like a hallway?). This hallway is so casual and cute. (via House Mix Blog) 

I made granola last week with this recipe, but I used melted butter instead of coconut oil. It was perfect – light, crunchy, flaky. I may never buy cereal again. 

I love love love her travel photography of her children. 

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