Don’t let hectic days slow you down

Good neighbors are one of the best reasons to love a small town.

As all of you know, life around here has been pretty crazy for about two months. And I have to admit, I’ve had a few weeks where the craziness started to get me down. It can be hard to get your creative drive going when you’re totally wiped out. But luckily, a few things are getting me re-motivated. First, it’s wedding season, which I love. Every summer, I get to go to just a few. Enough to have fun, but not so many that I few overwhelmed and stressed about gifts. Second, I’ve really been noticing a lot of little things that I love, and that’s been giving me a boost every day.

So that’s what I wanted to talk to you about today. Appreciating the small things in lief is not a new concept by any means, but it’s something that is easy to forget. But if you make a point of noticing the small things you love, it will become second nature. Today I worked 12 and 1/2 hours, and then had to drive out to my in-laws in the pouring rain to pick up my kiddo. What did I come home to? The awesomeness pictured at the top of my post. The house next to mine has been empty since we moved in, but we have gotten to know the guy taking care of the property. Over the weekend, he mentioned that he may have some extra rhubarb to share with us. I told him I was working odd hours, so to just lay anything on my porch if he had any to share. Instead, I come home to find a flat of eggplant, squash and three varieties of peppers. A small gesture, but an awesome one. Now I am really excited to get up early and get these little guys in the ground!

They're apple-y and caramel-y and sooo good.

As I’m sure you’ve all figured out by now, I loooove food. It’s actually a little scary how often conversations I am having at work end up being about food. Earlier this week, one conversation steered towards pancakes and all the awesome things you can add to them. So that night, I came home and made caramel apple pancakes. So yummy and a great way to end the day.

One of the ideas for a baby quilt I need to make. Lots of scraps and the octopus from Doodle Sketching.

And I always say it, but take time, even a tiny bit of time, to work on something you really love. Last Friday, I managed to escape for a lunch break and start a sketch. But not just any sketch, it’s the idea for a baby quilt I need to have done for a shower in a few weeks. Since it’s a strip quilt, I really don’t need to do much planning or make a pattern, but it was fun to draw. And I still have tons of spaces to color in, so the fun will continue.

So now I want to hear from you. What little things give you a boost when you’re stressed and need to regain your focus? Let me know, and I will highlight some of my favorite answers on Monday.

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