Thankful for December

Friday, December 2, 2016

I have been feeling a bit weighed down these last couple of weeks. It's just all a bit much! Work, baby, schedules, wedding planning, tiny-housekeeping, etc.  And I'm not one to glorify "busy". I'm actually not a fan. I love having a rich, full, and even challenging schedule....but it has to be one that allows me to have quiet moments, to feel rested, and to recharge from time to time. And so today I'm feeling grateful for a new month. I'm all about those fresh starts!

And as I was feeling overwhelmed recently, I thought back to this Instagram post I read back when I was just a few months pregnant with Ro. I remember at the time thinking "wow, there's no way this will be me". But at the same time I realized that I had no idea what it felt like to have a baby, and the writing sounded so authentic and true...I knew I should save it in case I ever found myself there.

Do you remember? Because I don't, I was in such a hurry. Full speed ahead. Feeling like I barely survived each day. Pushing and praying for it to get easier. And's all so fuzzy, mixed up and faded. The memories I have of the first year. Where are they? I somehow feel that I need to apologize to you. Tell you how sorry I am for merely surviving. How easily frustrated I turned and how desperately lonely my heart was. That I didn't stop to let it all settle in and wrap myself in the new life you birthed me into. I often wonder if I'll always live my life this way. Being swallowed in my own needs, rushing and wishing days into the ground while you simply and wildly live so present and free. Last night I walked through the front door to hear your laughs bouncing off every wall. Finding you in a bath of sea creatures and bliss. You were so lit up. So full. And I thought to myself...what the hell am I doing? This is it...this is life...what am I searching for that's so big and better? Always digging and ripping and pulling and rushing. It can be this simple...Can't it? It can be slow...can't it? I can remember this... I will remember this." --@gkiddskygazer

Something in that passage speaks to me, and now I can see how easily one could fall into this place. I've gone back to it a couple of times since I had Rowen, using it to check-in on myself. It's been a kind reminder to be mindful and present during these crazy times. And lately I've felt almost to that point of "merely surviving" and lonely frustration. I've caught myself pining for those magical scenes and curated lives I see on Instagram photos, wishing for the "big and better". But when I take a moment to think about it, I know I'm here, present. Laughing with Rowen everyday, smiling at our miraculous views, putting everything else aside when necessary to embrace slow moments of love and discovery. And the anxiety goes away. Sometimes, all you need is a little reminder!

And thank goodness for photos, which help keep the memories clear. Here are some taken back when Rowen was a little 2-month-old squirt by our dear friend Alexa Heung

Tiny Spotlight: Basic Invite

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Minimallie is all about creating a purposeful life of fewer, better things. Tiny spotlight is a new series in which I highlight something that's making our "tiny" life simpler, easier, or just plain better!

Wedding planning has commenced (again), people! I think I'm starting to realize why people usually get married before they have a baby..... they need to have time to plan the party! I want an affordable, DIY, creative, inspired, spectacular wedding, that takes little to no planning time. Is that too much to ask?!? But seriously, there's a lot to do, and not a lot (or any) time to do it.

So, I'm trying my best to keep everything about the wedding planning process simple. A little bit of creative DIY mixed with a bit of "the easy route". For example, invitations. I think I once dreamed of designing and dip-dyeing and packaging and bow-ing. And now I have the baby whispering in my ear like..."ain't nobody got time for that".

Clearly, when Basic Invite reached out about giving their invitations a try, I was thrilled. I've been wanting to try their stuff out for a long time. They have stunning, modern designs with almost unlimited color options, and I had heard great things about the quality, so I checked 'em out.

Here are some of my favorites from the wedding category:

So pretty, right? I love how their wedding invites can be part of a cute set (save the dates, enclosures, even menus to match). 

I did want to add that little bit of "creative DIY", so I ended up having my invites custom designed by a friend of a friend. Luckily, Basic Invite also has a bunch of great "upload your own" invite options! I was able to find the perfect sizes for my cards, pick from the variety of beautiful paper options, and have them delivered in under 10 days. The color is rich, the cutting is perfect, and the envelopes are great (yay for quick 'n' easy peel and seal). I'm so glad I used the help and kept life simple on this one!

I wish I could share them with you all right now but I think I'll keep them under wraps for now and save that for another day :). 

By the way, in case you're one of those "send your holiday cards on time" kind of people, right now Basic Invite is offering 30% off for holiday cards with code HOLI30. Get on it!

This post is sponsored by Basic Invite. As always, content and opinions are all my own. 

One Year Ago

Sunday, October 30, 2016

A year ago (from yesterday) we took this picture, mere moments after I told Jim the biggest news he'd ever heard::: he was going to be a papa. I had found out myself just an hour before and had hardly processed it yet. When I told him I was pregnant, I broke into tears of shock/joy/fear! He held me close and told me how excited and happy he was, and instantly I was excited too. That's all I needed. And I can honestly say that our love has grown exponentially since that moment; more than ever before. I love how clearly the memory returns when I look at the two shining faces in those photo! Can you see every deep emotion in those eyes that I can?