Whew. 2017 was not the best year…

But today, I am thankful for a cousin (aka Christoph, the nicest human being on the planet) who came here this afternoon to go out with Tobi and the boys and let ME have some Time To Myself. As an introvert, this is my lifeline. And as a mom, I don’t get it often enough.

So, with all my free time to myself, I am starting 2018 by rearranging furniture, drinking coffee, and checking off items on my to-do list.

First, I did a massive brain dump, which I actually started yesterday (last year! ha ha!) – just went room to room to jog my memory and to write down all the things that are contributing to this exhaustingly heavy mental load I’ve been carrying around. I then knocked off a few things off the list, and then organized it into categories: short-term projects, long-term projects, courses (I’m enrolled in so many online!). I chose a few tasks for each day of the rest of this week and put the rest of the items on the project lists.

I’ve already crossed off so much this afternoon, and I’ve ‘only’ had 3 hours to myself so far. It’s so refreshing and energizing to have a large chunk of time where NOBODY NEEDS ME. That’s one of the things that can be most wearying for me as a mother and a person. I do get little breaks here and there, and I really try to use my time wisely (but don’t always manage that, of course) and make self-care a priority. But it’s easier said than done.

Anyway, I’m not making resolutions. Nothing official, anyway. But here are my wishes and intentions for the new year:

More love. choose love, always

More patience. with myself, with my kids, with my husband

Less clutter. both mental and physical

Better health. taking better care of my body, mind, and soul


In an effort to make things feel fresh and new, I’ve printed out some free printable artwork to update some of the art in my frames.


Enjoy the small things – from chicfetti – for the frame in the hallway in our entryway. I can see it from the bathroom and of course right as I enter and leave my home. It’s a good reminder. I used to be good at enjoying the small things, but life has gotten super overwhelming lately. I am hoping to get back into the habit of enjoying the small things and taking pleasure in them. Especially when life feels so heavy; you have to hang onto something, right?

And for the bathroom, this reminder to wash your hands. no, seriously. Because I always have to tell this to Theo. “With soap! Always with soap!” Not that Theo can read, but it made me chuckle.

I need to stick this one in a frame, but I also got this simple yet wonderful “life is tough my darling. but so are you” print. Another good reminder.

Apparently I need a lot of reminders, lately. #mombrain?

And, just for fun, a monogram S with twigs and succulents. Because succulents are always a good idea.

Wishing you all a happy new year, my friends. I want to carve out more time to write, because it does make me happy. I even have a guest post coming soon for you. It’s time to breathe some life back into this ol’ blog. Are you with me? Please do comment and say hi, or drop on over on instagram and say hi there. It’d be lovely to hear from you.

Happy New Year!

2018, let’s do this!


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