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On Getting Motivated


School started for my big girls this week. It felt like such a sneak attack! I’m having to play catch up a little this weekend to get organized and settled on the home front so we’re all set for the new schedule.

This year’s been amazingly challenging. Not in a hard or sad way. I feel so happy/blessed/lucky and oddly peaceful considering all the balls I’m juggling now. But sometimes during the particularly stressful weeks, the feeling of being overwhelmed will start to creep up on me and I’ve had to do everything I can to squash the emotion before it can start to take shape and kill my motivation. Isn’t motivation a funny mind game? One second I can be laying in bed in the morning, checking my emails on my phone, getting overwhelmed a little, and then proceed to make a million excuses for myself on why I should just call it in for the day (not a great feeling for 6 am). And then I’ll check Instagram and see something beautiful and new to me, or someone doing what they do well, with heart and passion, and suddenly I’m ready to hop out of bed and tackle my to do list with a vengeance!

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(Michael knows that any time I’m putting on shoes that tie, I mean business and stuff is going to get DONE! That usually means I’m wearing sneakers, but these cute sandals have a tie on them, and they’re crazy comfortable, so they count!)

What inspires you to get through the stressful days? I’ll admit it – sometimes I bribe myself with a little present. Like, if I buy myself a new candle, I’ll be about ten times more likely to give the house a good cleaning/organizing session. If I’m wearing new shoes, I’ll be more excited to go to the slab yard for the 20th time this week.

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candle (this one is amazing too!)  //  suede Vans  //   copper-handled baskets   
I’m already set for the weekend because I got a pretty fiddle leaf at Home Depot this week for only $37 and I found two of the West Elm bullet planter bases at an outlet place here called DownEast Home for about $25! Super score. I want to plant the fig tree in the bigger size base up in the studio, but I need to find a planter that fits the stand first.
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What are you up to this weekend? Besides all the cleaning and organizing, we are finishing up a playhouse Michael and I have been building for the girls here and there over the past couple of weeks. Can’t wait to share! xo

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8 thoughts on “On Getting Motivated

  1. Love that view of the hall bathroom. What beautiful tile. It's honestly one of the most beautiful rooms I have ever seen…and that's part of my job! In my book, it's a good weekend when I get to move on to a project (therefore cleaning and organizing are done, just like you said!) Can't wait to see the playhouse.

  2. I am in love with your bathroom! I love the tumbling block marble tiles and I did manage to find them (in England!) but I was wondering if you got yours from a tile store here? Thank you so much!

  3. I like to read your blog to get motivated! I usually lose motivation when I run into something I don't know how to finish, or if a mistake gets made. I guess I have a fragile DIY ego. lol

  4. Truly, your blog motivates me! Your clear info inspires me to action. I think everyone gets in a funk occasionally. For me, just taking the first step works–it could be putting on shoes that tie. Transitional times–like school starting, job changes, etc–require more work to adjust to the new routine. I'm also like ^Angela, I get stuck when I make a mistake or don't know how to proceed. Sometimes I can just think about it for a day and figure it out.

  5. Love this post! I've been thinking a lot lately about motivation and how I can better spend my days, thanks for the inspiration! Check me out @ confessions of the lost and found

  6. I feel like you're talking right at me! I've felt super defeated by a lot of personal things lately (my kids can't seem to get along!) and it puts a big overwhelming damper on everything else. But kindergarten starts tomorrow and I have high hopes!

  7. Really done here a wonderful work .Such a nice blog came here to read. Thanks for sharing such a nice blog with us.Sharing something for all about bathrooms as there are many innovative sites with which we makeover our bathroom with creative Bathroom Makeovers and bathroom design ideas. and get your bathroom looks wonderful.

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