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This time of year I usually find myself struggling a bit. The stress level at the office is through the roof, and it’s hard to leave it at the door when I go home at the end of the day. I start to feel boxed in and anxious, wondering “Is this really my life!?” I decided long ago that building a life here with Andy was my top priority, and I would take whatever job best met our needs, but when things build up like this, I can feel these whips of agitation winding tighter and tighter around me. Angry clients, missing envelopes, irritable coworkers, cranky bosses, band after band tightening around me until all I want to do is sit in the dark and mindlessly binge watch TV for a few hours before I can reasonably go to bed. In an effort to keep the crazy at bay, I’ve been trying to give myself tiny breaks throughout the day. Read an article, scroll through Instagram, click around Pinterest, just a few moments to disconnect and regroup. The jury is still out on whether this is helping or not, but I did come across something really beautiful on Green Wedding Shoes. A literal Flower Dress.
In some of these images, it looks like she grew from the clover patch she’s standing in. It’s like finding a living breathing fairy tale. This world may be deadlines and endless columns of numbers, but there is also beauty and things that make magic seem real; maybe that is what I should be focusing on instead, huh?
Images from here.
Category: Things I Love
I can be a little hard to feel beautiful and optimistic on a Monday morning. Especially a Monday morning that most of the world, including your husband, has off but you’re stuck at the office. Not to go into any specifics or anything. I am referring to people in gerneral mind you. But were I to find myself in such a situation, say on Martin Luther King day I am quite certain that showing up to the office in one of these crowns by Elemental Child would make the day much much better. If only to see my bosses face and then hear him try to come up with a reason why I shouldn’t be wearing a crown at the office. I would even offer to let him borrow it if he wanted to feel like a pretty pretty princess.
All images from here.
I can’t decide if this is a good week or a bad week.
On the Good Side:
- I took Monday off, and got a lot of my errands done.
- My mom and my brother are driving down for the weekend.
- It is finally cooling off again.
- I found my favorite gray sweater.
- We are going to the local park where they do a large Christmas light display on Saturday.
- We are going to Victorian Christmas in Thomasville GA on Friday night.
On the Bad Side:
- The new bosses are scrambling to get everything ready for the official merger on January 1st.
- I have an orthodontist visit today and a doctor’s appointment tomorrow.
- Andy and I still need to do some major house cleaning and grocery shopping before everyone gets here.
Okay, seeing it all written out like that, I guess the week isn’t so bad. The holidays have just seemed so hurried this year. The last couple of months have been really crazy for Andy and I work wise, and with all the random deadlines it feels like we’re so busy working that we’re missing out on the best part of the year. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the next two weeks will be different. Today, I am going to see if I can get Andy to turn off his phone for a little bit so we can grab coffee at our favorite place and maybe take a walk around the lake.
Image from here.
The best job I ever had was working for the “lost books” department at the Strozier Library at FSU. The pay was crap and due to numerous budget cuts by the university, my hours had been cut in half (ultimately why I had to leave), but I loved it. Basically, my job was to do a final shelf search and make sure that the books that were listed as overdue or lost were in fact overdue or lost and not just incorrectly logged in. Not the most glamorous job, but I got to spend hours wondering through the stacks surrounded by the smell of old books. Bonus, I also had an almost endless supply of reading material for my break time. I recently discovered a book called The Library: A World History,and man would I love to search for books in one of these places!
Images from here.
I am really not a morning person, and the world’s preoccupation with 8-5 office hours has always baffled me. Even with my reduced office hours (I finally got the okay to go 8-2, yay!) I still have the worst time mustering up the enthusiasm to entertain and coddle clients before about 9:30. The bright side of it all is today we start Round 2 of the house hunt, and I know that every appointment I book and every frantic client I soothe brings me a paycheck closer to Andy and I having our dream home. Speaking of which, check out this run-down Victorian corrugated-iron chapel converted into a quirky, but lovely home by Craftsman Nick Kenny in Faversham, on the Kent coast of England.
Kenny used only recycled and reclaimed parts, like old boiler room parts for the bathroom, to complete his vision. I don’t think our house will be quite as cool as this, it is nice to dream and who knows, maybe we’ll be able to make a few inspired additions down the road.
Images and original post from here.