top: abercrombie | jeans: similar | shoes: everlane | sunnies: karen walker | bag: erin condren c/o
Hi, babes! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. I took a solid week off of posting here and on instagram and I cannot tell you how refreshing it was. It was so nice to spend time with my two girls and not feel the pressure of posting. Having taken some time of though, I am so pumped to be back in this little space! We’re kicking off my 2020 blog posts with my 2020 word of the year.
Each year instead of making one big resolution, I pick a word. The word is usually born from an area of my life that needs some improvement. Last year my word of the year was “listen” and I did some serious work on becoming a better listener. From a people perspective, I learned (and not always the easy way) a lot about listening to others. I learned that listening isn’t just sitting still and hearing what someone else is saying. It’s being engaged in the conversation and trying to see their point, their beliefs, from their point of view. Sometimes that was easy to do and other times it was incredibly difficult.
I also learned a lot about listening to God, which brings me to my 2020 word discovery process…
A bit about me: I take on a lot. it’s the way in wired. It can be a blessing, but it can also be a curse. The positives seem to be that I’m usually more productive when I’m busy, and I get a lot of joy from being social. But there are negatives, too – not feeling like I am able to do things 100% or running myself into the ground. My friend, of similar nature, and I often joke that we maneuver the busy well but break down twice a year when it feels too much to bear. Several nights ago I had one such breakdown. I was reading a devotional and burst into tears to Travis. The devotional was about telling God how you really feel and it just all came pouring out. I felt completely drained and unworthy of my life. Travis just held my hands and prayed that I would know I was valued and loved wholly by God exactly as I am.
- I cannot say enough good things about this life planner. This is my second one and I don’t know if I’ll ever go back to what I was using before. It has both a monthly view and a great weekly view with lots of room to write in. The month tabs make it highly functional and it goes for 18 months so it’s perfect!
- If you don’t want a bulky planner, I recommend this petite planner. It’s a lot smaller and easy to throw in a purse. The mini booklets come in 3 month books so you can make it even lighter by only carrying around 3 months at a time instead of 12! I use my petite planner for speech work only and keep my planners in this folio.
- The black tote you see pictured is one of my newer Erin Condren pieces. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about a single strap, but I love it so much. The thick strap provides more support and doesn’t hurt your shoulder. The straps are also interchangeable so you can change them out to fit the season or match your outfit. I just got this one for Spring!
- I like to color coordinate my planners, and use these colorful markers. They have a thick and a thin side, which is fun!
- Many of y’all know I keep a desk planner for my family and have used this deskpad for years. I just love the visual of seeing all of my family members’ activities in one spot.
photography: maribel morales