I’ve been thinking a lot about this idea of work/life balance recently. I feel like the workplace environment can be so competitive that having a balance between work and life is really difficult. For me, finding work/life balance means, usually, that both fill up equal amount of time. I go to work at 7:30am and I come home at 4pm, Monday through Friday. From time-to-time work takes up more hours in the day and from time-to-time life takes up more time. The problem with most work situations is that you’re encouraged to come in early or stay late. If you come in and leave at the same time you aren’t viewed as driven or dedicated. I personally think that’s BS.
I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I sure did! I spent Saturday hanging out with some of my super-awesome blogger friends for a Galentine’s celebration. Sunday I had the most scrumptious lunch with my incredible friends, Cate and Luke. I’m so glad I had a chance to spend time with such lovely people.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to get the highest quality out of life and I’ve come to a realization. The things we remember in the end aren’t how many cars we had or how big our closet was, it will be the people we spent time with. The moments we cherished each and every day.
On February 1st I released my super-cute new enamel pin, a collaboration with my friend Becky, in my Etsy shop. Leading up to the pin release I was quite nervous. I’ve never done a product release on this scale before and I didn’t know how it would go. It’s one of those things where, even if you know something will go well, you can’t help but worry.
My worries were quickly quelled after the release. People seemed to really enjoy the pin!! It’s been wonderful to see the amount of support I’ve received from friends, family, and strangers. I’ve had many friends purchase the pins and my dad bought 7 to give to relatives. I’m overwhelmed by the amount of support I’ve received during this release. The last few days, friends and family have made me feel so loved and supported. They make me feel like I could do anything!
I’m not sure if these amazing people in my life understand just how meaningful their support and kind words are to me. My lovely friend, Emma, featured her purchase in a post on her blog, I’ve had people share photos of their adorable pins via Instagram, and I just can’t. I feel so incredibly lucky to have so many supportive, caring people surrounding me.
I always try to support friends with their new endeavors whether it be opening a shop or a new project. Being on the other side of it now I’ve gained even more clarity about the importance of supporting their dreams. I now know even more how significant the feeling of support is to those following their passions and it’s further awakened a passion to support small businesses. It’s incredibly important to support small businesses and I look forward to passing on the love and support that has been given to me.
Have any shops you think I should check out? Share them in the comments!
I’ve been sitting here for I don’t know how long trying to come up with something inspiring to say. It’s been tough. I figured finding a quote would be the best way to get started. When scouring the internet for a quote I felt as though something from Anne Frank would be most suitable.
Isn’t it incredible how a young girl can experience so much pain and hardship yet have so much hope? In the days to come I hope we can all carry it with us as a reminder. We have the ability to improve this world through our actions. We must treat others with kindness, speak-out against injustice, and do what we can to make a brighter tomorrow.
Hold hope in your heart for that will get us through the darkest of days.
Love you all and happy Sunday/Monday (I started writing this Sunday night haha).
Hello my lovely friend!!
This weekend was pretty epic. Trump was inaugurated and a crap-ton of people protested the next day. Seeing the images of marches all across the world, well, I was in awe.
As a new president takes office, people are frightened. They’re uneasy. They’re unsure of what’s to come. We have citizens who are worried that their rights will be taken away, that they’ll be deported. There is genuine fear in the hearts of many. That’s why we MUST keep hope. We must look forward towards a brighter, new tomorrow.
We are a country divided by our differences. That is why we must always remember one thing: we’re all humans. No matter how much our political views differ, we’re all humans and we all deserve respect. It’s too easy to lose sight of that and to only see what separates us.
You might be frightened, frankly, I am. But together we can get through anything. We must work together as a united front to ensure that the world of tomorrow is a better place. We will hold hope in our hearts.
Today I’m sending love to all of you, my brothers and sisters here in the states and around the world. Be kind to one another and continue to bring forth light.