It took a long six months or so of me desperately trying to cultivate both my enthusiasm and creativity, but now it’s back in full force. I’ve tried to write a blog post several times about the first six months of the year, but I struggled to find the words.
Here’s what I’ll say: It’s okay to feel like you’re stuck. Take care of yourself and tune into what your mind, body, and spirit need. For me, that meant quitting a job, letting go of friendships, and not being so available to literally everyone. And it didn’t happen just by waking up one day; it took intentional living and making decisions very thoughtfully to get back into a groove where I find purpose and meaning every single day.
So here I am, excited to share what I’m loving lately. Here’s where some of my time, excitement, & energy has been going:
Madewell jeans. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. These jeans are the bomb. It started a while back with a closet purge, but I’ve slowly been integrating pieces into my wardrobe that are what I call “investment pieces.” Most of what I now own are high quality, durable pieces that will last. Of course there are fun little splurges here and there, but in general, I’m holding off on the online purchases to focus on the pieces I reeeally adore.
Vegan-ish eating. I’m more of a rule follower thanks to my small town roots, but my impulsive, people-pleasing tendencies make strict rules incredibly hard to abide by, hence the vegan-ish. In general though, I’ve been perusing cookbooks and recipes by Laura Miller and Angela Liddon that are so delicious and (mostly) easy to prepare. When I’m eating all these plant-based foods with tons of nutrition, I feel my best. So even if it takes a little extra prep and focus, I’d rather spend my time preparing those types of meals than scrambling and making a batch of pancakes (which my fiance can attest to this happening ummm, often?).
Tossing things I don’t like. I’ve been on the minimalism train for over a year & am integrating some of the lessons I’ve learned through books like Essentialism and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Last weekend I threw away every cleaner that has chemicals in it and switched those out for Norwex products. I’m diffusing my essential oils and vowing to use skincare products that both work & are safe for my sensitive skin. I’m throwing away things that don’t bring me joy (thanks, Marie Kondo!) and I’m bringing items to consign about once a month until my closet has only things I love.
Pinterest! For businesses! I’m obsessed with how this can help business owners, especially learning from Melyssa Griffin. Being at Think Digital has given me a new love & passion for how the digital world can grow businesses. We are always meeting with potential clients, specifically businesses that make over $250,000 a year. And it’s moving the needle for companies in pretty amazing ways. (Hint, hint, you can work with us.) 🙂
Chase Reserve credit card. Okay, it’s weird to love credit cards, but this one is like the cream of the crop for people who love traveling in terms of the bonus points, travel credit, annnnd TSA pre-check opportunity. Not to mention insurance coverage and no fees while using the card when you travel. This card costs $450 per year, but getting $300 travel credit every year really makes the cost only $150. Spend $4,000 in your first three months and you get 100,000 bonus points, which equals $1,500 in travel credit.
It took a while to get to the point of getting excited about everything happening, rather than dreading all of it. I know that many of my close friends & even acquaintances have expressed their similar experiences with low points in life. My friends, you are not alone. <3