friday vibes

Yesterday after school drop-offs I took a few minutes to enjoy a brisk walk and peek at the beach since the weather was so nice.  I quickly snapped this picture on my phone before heading back to resume a busy day.  This is taken from one of my favorite pavilions in Seaside.  I love this spot not only because the pavilion itself is beautiful, but because it has such amazing views of the town’s architecture and beach.

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The higher you stand anywhere, the better you can see the “big picture.”  It’s nice to take a break in the midst of busyness to breathe in a new perspective.  I’m sure we’re all thinking about the year ahead and how we can make the most of it.  More and more I feel a strong urge to invest my time in quality experiences that enrich life for the ones I love and myself.

I’m also reminded about the value of documenting meaningful life experiences either in my mind or in a photo to share with the ones closest to me, versus always displaying it for the world to see.  Don’t get me wrong, I love sharing fun moments here and there, but sometimes I wonder how we all got to the point where we’re sharing/posting/updating every single life moment.  It seems less “special” or rewarding than  savoring the moment with those around you.  Thankfully our kids are starting to see this on their own, now that the newness of social media is starting to wear off.  I still enjoy seeing others’ pics and sharing some too, but I’m going to work on savoring those extra special moments for my memories and those I love.  Started this a few months ago and really love it.

This weekend I hope you get to enjoy some quality time doing what you love.  Spend it where and with whom you feel the best.

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blue and white

It’s only eleven days into January and I’ve already hit you with lengthy posts on philosophy, motherhood, and the divine, ha.  By now you’re probably ready for a brain break and some design talk.  Since it’s Wednesday, let’s enjoy one of my all time faves – classic blue and white.

I’m so inspired by the pics of Maura Endres’ home on her instagram.  When first looking through her IG, I had the impression she was a famous designer sharing snippets of various design projects.  While I couldn’t find a website or design business affiliated with her name, I did manage to put together she’s a fellow mother of four who has a real talent for classic design.  I love how she mixes in pops of white and different textures to create a space that feels classic, warm, and inviting.  She seems to know just how much white and blue and white to infuse into every grouping.  Later in the post I’ll share some budget-friendly accessories to help you create this look in your own home.

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the right time

Greetings and brrrrr from our frosty little beach town.  I love it when the weather is cold!  We had a cozy weekend and enjoyed chilling out (literally) with home cooked meals, movies, and a few games by the fire.  Another thing that warmed me up over the weekend was reading all of your thoughtful comments and emails from my recent post.  When I hit “publish” on that post, I bit my lip in a little angst to share such personal (and non-mainstream) thoughts, but at the same time I felt really good about expressing truth in my heart.

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Speaking of the heart, I’ve been doing something new over the past couple of months: finding one scripture and writing it down along with a few statements of gratitude from the day before.  I don’t allow myself to do anything before this one simple task in the morning, and usually enjoy it with a cup of coffee.  It took a little while to get the hang of it, but I can tell you this is much more fulfilling than checking your computer/email first thing in the morning.  It’s cathartic and completely shifts your mindset.  This has really helped me reduce doubt, worry, or ego-centered thinking.  The scripture I chose yesterday is Ecclesiastes 3:11, which reminds me that all things happen in their right time.  This is opposite of the message we hear today, which is “you can have it all RIGHT NOW.”  

There is a beauty to giving certain things in your life priority and other things time to blossom.  I think of nature and how everything happens in such a rhythmic time, but never all at once.  There is both joy and appreciation in waiting on a beautiful sunset, flowers blooming in the spring, tides shifting, and on and on. If these things all happened at once in nature, it would be chaos and disaster.

I found a pretty printable of this scripture by an artist on Etsy here.

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Here’s to trusting the timing in your life this week.

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beauty in life + blogging

Hello and happy 2017!  I have really enjoyed time off with loved ones and the added bonus of a digital reprieve.  Wow, what a good combination that is for the soul.  The kids started back to school mid week, so it’s been a transitional few days.  Lots of early mornings, sleepy heads, and groans of homework.  I’m working on sharing a few inspiring thoughts for the new year next week.

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Been thinking about my blog and what it’s all about.  What to change, what not to change.  Over the years blogs have really changed, and I can’t say that I like all that I see.  Many of the ones I used to love have shifted from personal, inspiring messages into powerhouses spewing out sponsored content.  I do enjoy a few new blogs that have grown into careers for some.  While I respect an entrepreneurial spirit and know that producing daily content takes around-the-clock work/sacrifice/resources,  I realize that path is not for me at this time.  There is a season for everything, and right now this a season of life where my family comes first.  As unpopular as it is to say in this “women can have it all” world, I never want to look back at my children’s lives and know that I missed important moments because I was too busy focusing on me.  Let me also say that there are many hard-working parents out there who don’t have a choice about working (been there), and I feel thankful to have the choice at this time.  As a parent I make mistakes, but give it my best and always try again.  I share all of this with you so you know where I’m coming from as a writer, and to also encourage anyone who is thinking about, or has made, a similar choice.

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I’ve learned there are important moments in a kid’s life that come at the most unexpected times – no matter their age.  I’m also of the belief that as children get older, they need a parent’s love and guidance more than ever to help them develop into moral, strong, independent, intelligent, and compassionate adults.  That means not only loving them, but setting boundaries.  Encouraging them to fly, but letting them fall.  And being there to listen after they pick themselves back up.  Kids today are growing up in a culture that worships materialism, social media, narcissism, and entitlement….it’s a ME ME ME generation.  Like anything else in life, good parenting takes sacrifice, work, and the most precious gift of all – time.

Back to blogging.

Ultimately I’ve decided that I love my little boutique-sized blog, which I hope offers personal and inspiring content.  I love writing and connecting with you.  As a writer, it’s my goal to provide in every post a simple but meaningful gift – be it design, spiritual, or just life inspiration.  As far as sponsors go, I’m very selective and only share companies/products that I personally use and find valuable.  This means turning down a lot of offers, and I’m okay with that.

Thank you for the comments, emails, and even new friendships that blossomed in 2016.  Many of you have been reading since 2009, and that is really special!  Thanks for always being thoughtful and thought-provoking.  Thank you for sharing a part of yourself and for the gift of your presence.

Excited for 2017!

xoxo

Seleta

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