Wednesday, April 19, 2017

You're Gonna Miss This.

More recently in the last week or so the third trimester pregnancy symptoms have hit hard. Between the insomnia, swelling, and my recently acquired penguin waddle, I've found myself (at times) feeling happier than ever that we're so close to Kensington's due date. 

At the same time, I'm looking back on the last nine months in complete awe of how much has happened in seemingly the blink of an eye. 

Although at times I'd love to speed things up, I'd also be more than happy to freeze time right where it is. I'd be content to continue spending hours on the floor of the baby nursery with Daniel next to me folding tiny baby clothes, and day dreaming about the adventures we're going to have as a family of three. 

These times are irreplaceable. As much as I wish I could bottle up all of the love and gratitude and overwhelming feelings that have come along with this stage in my life, I know that these moments are fleeting. I don't want to look back on any of it and feel that I wasn't present for everything, the good, the bad and the sometimes ugly (swollen ankles are just not cute, you guys). 

I keep reminding myself that I'm going to miss this. Later down the road I hope to look back and be able to recall the tiny details and the simplest moments. 

Those days when Daniel comes home after a 12 hour shift with Krispy Kreme donuts in hand, just because he knows I'm going to want them. The times when my parents sweet, old cat sits on top of my belly and lets the baby kick her while she cuddles up as close as she can. These are the things I don't want to forget, and I know that I'll miss later down the road. 

Regardless of whether or not you're going through anything big and life changing at the moment, be present in everything that you do. 

You may look back on a time that you were hoping to rush through and realize that a certain part of it helped shaped you into the person you're becoming. You may want to remember the little details and the smallest of things, and you just might miss it if you let it all pass before you without taking in as much of it as you can in the moment. 

Whatever stage you're in, even if you're having a particularly tough day, or bad week, you could find yourself missing some of the greater moments in your life. So take a look at everything around you, and throw yourself whole-heartedly into each seemingly little thing. 

This life we've got is pretty great, and I for one don't want to miss a minute of it. 
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A Few of My Favorite Spring Things

Farmers Markets. I love going to the Farmers Market on Spring days (and Fall Days, and (California) winter days) but especially in the Spring. Something about the start of all the Spring and Summer fruits and vegetables becoming available just makes me want to buy all the healthy things.

Spring Cleaning Products. Like this one or this one. Seriously you're going to want to clean just so your house smells like these products. But don't take my word for it, try them for yourself.

April Showers. In April we don't get a lot of rain in LA, but there's something I just love about Spring rain. It's a little warmer and a lot more inviting, and around here we usually get a pretty great rainbow or two to go along with the sunshine after the rain.

Fresh Starts. I know people make resolutions in the winter, but there's something so refreshing to me about Spring. It's that in between time where the winter's headed out and the hot hot weather hasn't quite started yet, and I think that it's a pretty good time to choose to start over if you're feeling the need.

Flowers. Just give me all the Spring bouquets.

Pool Days & BBQ's. And all the things that go along with that like cute Target bikini's and Flamingo Pool Floats.

Overall, I really just love Spring. What are a few of your favorite Spring things? 
Monday, April 17, 2017

Make Your Life a Happy One.

Last week Daniel and I went to a local farmer's market and bought the prettiest flowers. It was such a small thing at the time but now every morning since, I've gotten up and walked to the living room to be greeted by the brightest orange, pink and purple flowers that I can't help but smile about.

Buying flowers is just one thing on a long list of things that make me happy, and recently I'm choosing to surround myself with as many of those things as I can.

I don't believe that happiness, or a happy life, is handed to you. I think that having a happy life is about making a choice.

A choice that says today, I'm the only person who gets to live my life and I'm going to make it a good one.

Today, I'm going to drink the extra cup of coffee.

Today, I'm going to spend all day curled up reading a book that I've read a hundred times because I love it.

Today, I'm going to do something for myself. Whether that means starting the search for a new job, or cooking my favorite meal, or taking a bubble bath. Because these are all the little things that come together to allow me to make my life the happy place I strive for it to be.

You're the one who gets to live it, so choose today to make your life a happy one.

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