Welcome friends to another week of rosy in the real life!
How are you, truly?
I've been sitting on this blog post and several others for days. The good news is that I've been busy as can be editing the most beautiful photo sessions and so the blog has had to take a back seat. I'm hoping to share another gorgeous session with you soon! Just a random fact for you: I always ask permission before posting someone's session photos. In my opinion, your family and your photos are yours once my camera goes "click". To share or not to share? That's up to the client. I will say I don't think anyone has ever asked me NOT to share though.
So how about a look at what's been keeping my hope afloat, my spirits high, my inspiration cup full?
Last weekend we woke up to cold weather and went for a drive and a hike. It was glorious! I'll share pictures and our location in another post soon for all you locals.
This season I am learning (or perhaps relearning?) what true soul care/self care looks and feels like. Between my job, home, and other friends and family, there are so many people needing me on a daily basis. I'm learning to slow down, breathe deep, take a bath or put on a face mask, light a candle.....just do something that fills me back up so I can pour out again.
Also, have you read Imperfect Courage?
Such a good book! So much wisdom shared.
Do you do this? Screenshot outfits,
or recipes you want to try?
I adore screen shots.
I saw the ad for this and wondered if I would love it as much as the old-fashioned version from the 90's. Probably not, but it might be cute. :)
Outfit inspiration again!
I am actually really liking all things Old Navy lately.
We had a fun Tailgate Party at the girls' school with food, games, music, and face-painting!
Two of my favorite musicians in one pic!!
I can't even imagine how amazing THIS moment would have been!
Betsy was the queen of her kindergarten class one day! She came out so proudly wearing her crown. Cute, cute, cute!
There are a million photos I wish I could share with you from school, but can't. Instead, look at this awesome shadow the monkey bars made on the playground! I thought it looked like a giant flower belonged at the top.
See? I told you I liked screen shots. Another thing besides outfits, art, and food I like to save ideas for are books. I actually read a ton. I don't share book recs as often as you'd think because people have so many opinions when it comes to posting a recommendation!
For example: the photo I just posted of Leon Bridges and John Mayer. Maybe there's something about their personal life or story that isn't stellar that I don't even know about but someone sees them on my blog and gets offended. See how tricky this social media world is? It's bananas.
As for those two musicians, they just make really good music. I've been listening to John Mayer since college which is at least 17 years!!
I find so much wisdom in this timely advice Shauna shared, another favorite of mine!
It reminds me of another quote I like that says "learn to rest, not quit."
We are trying to teach our girls that right now. It's ok to take a break from ___________ and it doesn't have to mean forever.
You know I'm forever trying again and again and again to take care of this body God has gifted me with here on earth. Sometimes it looks like making yourself get out all the things and preparing salads and then being cheered up because they just look so darn pretty and you know your body will feel great after eating them!
A surprising thing about myself is that as I get older I get more organized, cleaner, and pickier about the state of my car. With that said, I love the car wash.
Anna's face paint from Tailgate Night!
Art found on the porch.
Saying goodnight to the sun after a wonderful photo session.
I really enjoy little bursts of creativity, like using my stamps and washi tape to whip up these thank-you notes!
This is just 100% truth.
Do you see the face?
I've started noticing little faces in lots of places, as well as hearts. Makes for a fun day to notice things like this!
So at the coffee shop one day I noticed how the reflection of the people at the table made it look like they were sitting in the back of this jeep. Made me laugh.
See the heart?!
Also, tea latte's for the win!
This song is hauntingly beautiful.
And This is Us started back up!
Do you watch?
New art journal started!
I've written about this before recently but I really do feel in my bones that art and creativity is a practice. Now for me, I love these things, they come pretty naturally to me, and I have an almost constant desire to delve into both art and photography, and really all things creative.
For you, it might be something else! Maybe you really DO love running, biking, organizing, planning, cooking, etc. I don't know what your thing is, but whatever it is, practice it!
I made this art journal by gluing some pretty tissue paper to the front and back covers and then adding some quotes from a magazine. I can't wait to fill up the pages!
I mean, can you even?!
This was our sky as we headed to school one day this week and literally made me slow down going down the driveway thinking I didn't care if we were a minute later than normal, this deserved our attention!
And this too!
If we don't stop and notice this, then what is there to even see in the world?
I sure don't know.
For the record, we weren't late to school either. :)
Well friends, I'm sitting here on a rare day off from school since only the certified staff has to go and this year I'm simply a paraprofessional. I've got my coffee in hand, a list a mile long of things I need to accomplish today, and am listening to the roar of the bikes swirling around NWA.
It's Bikes, Blues, and BBQ here in town which is a MAJOR deal. I forget how many thousands of people come in just for this event but it's a lot!
I'm trying to remind myself to keep some margin in my day for something fun yet right now the idea of getting some things organized and clean sounds pretty fun to me. Who am I?! :)
Tell me what's rosy to you lately?
Are you reading anything good?
How are you ushering in fall?
Any blog topics you want me to dive into?
I'm sending you warmth, love, hope, and a belly laugh.