Summer is gettin on, and good old Michigan is as warm and welcoming as she can be.
“I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet. On the blog today!
Post storm feels from my porch.
Just a classic plant pic cause it's been a while 👌
In my last post, I’d mentioned my ‘real’ job. I had lots of messages asking what I did, so I thought a little explanation was in order!
In ‘real’ life, I’m a designer. Although, these days, my income is definitely as much from my blog and social channels, as it is my actual business.
I used to art-direct magazines and catalogues, then I designed logos and created brand identities. Then (when I was trying to have a baby) gave it all up to design wedding stationery! 👰🏻🤵🏻
Once the twins joined the party, I stopped creating stationery altogether and concentrated on being a mum; my blog took off then too.
I still design the odd logo, but I also make and sell prints and personalised wedding favours - and papercuts like this one (on Not On The High Street).
Am trying (along with everything else I’m doing) to update up my own website - it’s still showing wedding stationery!! I get charged quite a lot for selling my products though a third party so I really need to pull my finger out and get my own site sorted.... but, life’s a bit busy.
I’ll get there eventually, I’m sure! .
So that’s it!! That’s me.
What do you guys do for a living?!
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Between book pages on a secluded beach or exploring cities and cultures that’s how my dream holidays look like. But for now it requires a lot of supervision to watch a little 🐒 jumping head forward into the shallow water of a paddling pool, splashing as there was Moby Dick inside and demanding constantly popsicles. Though coming home doesn't feel exactly like holidays and is busier than I had expected. We’re having a blast and an awesome summer and that’s a big part too due to the wonderful weather this year. But I won’t deny my exhaustion level is somewhere up at 9 keeping everything in line and still working on projects at night.
What about you, on a scale of 1-10 how exhausted are you and want to hide? 😅
I survived the fourth first week of fourth grade! Yay! #teacherlife
There is no greatness where simplicity, goodness and truth are absent.- Leo Tolstoy #inspiringsimplicity
On this bench about 10 months ago, I met a man named Casey. He was a homeless vet who would sit outside my parking garage. After a few days of walking passed him, I stopped to have a conversation with him. He never asked for money, never asked for anything really, just wanted to share his story and his life with people around him. Casey was one of my first friends in PA. This man made me feel that West Chester could be my home and that I belonged here.
2 weeks ago, Casey moved to Arizona to be with his family. Though I am bummed I won’t get to see my friend every morning and evening to and from the office, I am so grateful for his friendship, and I will be praying every time I walk passed his bench for him.
Moral of the story; keep your eyes up and your ears open. You never know the people God has in your path that are meant to encourage and bring joy into your life. Even if it’s just walking to your car in the morning.
#EyesUp #EarsOpen #LookForTheLittleThings #BeautyInTheCommon @beautyinthecommon