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Hi Friends,

It’s been a really busy February and March for me and somehow I’m finding myself at the end of this month and at the start of a new season. I kept thinking I needed to do a really awesome and in-depth recap on a few different things before I could write, but then I decided, a good old “life lately” post should suffice. What have I been up to?

Well at the start of February, hubby and I went on our much-anticipated honeymoon! It was what I call a “mini-moon”, a long weekend in Scottsdale, Arizona. It had been raining for weeks and weeks in Seattle, so a trip to the desert was the perfect sunshine break we needed. We flew there in first class (my first time ever!) and stayed at a really cool resort. We visited the botanical garden and saw so many pretty cactus plants and succulents! And we also got really amazing massages at this luxurious spa, it was such a treat! We were only gone 3 nights and 4 days, but it felt more like a week at least.

The middle of February proved to be rather stressful. Things at work got busier with the departure of one person from our team, and I also encountered some social media drama. (I’m the type to always put way too much faith in others, and I’m eventually met with disappointment!) A member of my beloved ToneItUp community privately messaged me and you could say we a had a falling out of sorts. Although I’m not sure what exactly caused it that was so specifically about me, but there was other swirl happening around the same time too. Needless to say, I took a giant step back and retreated away from this community. Of course, that’s just a reaction and I don’t need to disappear. My big lesson from all of that is that, just take the good parts that serve you from any experience you’re having, and let go of the rest. No experience, relationship or community will ever meet your expectations perfectly, but see it for what it is, take the good and don’t pay attention to the rest.

In late February I visited my brother in LA and went to the Create & Cultivate conference! I had already attended the Seattle one, but this one just blew me away! It was really the huge infusion of inspiration I needed! In my “real” life I don’t feel like I have much support or many people who really believe in my creative potential. I think it’s hard for people to take blogging seriously. To some it’s a pointless hobby and at best, a creative outlet, so I don’t talk much about mine in my “real” life.

But the conference I got to meet some of my favorite bloggers of all time and bask in the glow of so many smart, talented and creative women. I got to spend lots of quality time with my fellow Seattle bloggers @KelseyThisYear and @Allison_Wagner too! I left the event realizing that I too have something special worth sharing, and is of value in this world and can be meaningful to others. The big lesson here is that it doesn’t matter if not one single person believes in what I’m doing or my passions. As long as it brings ME joy and uplifts my spirit, then it’s worth doing. I gave myself permission to stop worrying about what anyone else thinks.

About a week after that at the start of March, somehow I managed to catch the flu that had been going around the office! It was a really bad strain and I had a fever for 4 days in a row, which is really odd to have as an adult! I was glad the worst of it was over after 7 days, and then I was a bit weak for another week or 2 after. There’s nothing like falling sick to really remind you how fragile and precious your health really is. We walk around thinking we are invincible, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

And now I’m in the middle of a very busy 4-week period! Last week was the Annual Shareholders Meeting for work, so our full department was in town. Lots of meetings, early mornings and late dinners. This week my husband’s kids are in town for their spring break. Next week we are heading to NJ to visit my family. And then April 9, 10, and 11 are when I’ll be running a video shoot for work. It’s something I have never done before so it’s equally exciting and scary, and those will be long days. Like 4am to 10pm type days, wish me luck!

Overall, I guess it’s been a wild year so far! I don’t want hectic and crazy to be my “new normal” so I’m refusing to let that be the case. But in the midst of all this change, running around, and pressure, instead of freaking out (ok maybe a tiny bit of freaking out) I am turning inward and asking myself to stay rooted in my own goals and dreams for myself.

It’s truly an exercise in finding small moments of calm and quiet, and doing little things that help you just remain present, positive, and nourished. As we say at Starbucks, find things that “fill your cup”, that statement is so key for me these days! Oh, and always find things that make you laugh!

With so much going on I’m looking forward to the renewal of Spring and a fresh new season of life. I have been steadily tidying and decluttering the house and some of my things, which always feels great! Stay tuned for more, but until then I did want to share a bit about what I’ve been up to. Hope everyone is having a beautiful start to Spring!

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