A few things that are making me happy/keeping me sane/stretching me creatively/helping me to dig deep/find my inner ballerina/AND reminisce.
1. Golden Bowls (making me happy).
When I have baking or cooking to do, it always makes it more enjoyable if I am doing so with utensils that function well, but are also pretty to look at. These bowls, from Target, function well not just as mixing bowls, but the white part at the bottom is rubber (unlike my last set of mixing bowls). That helps them from sliding around on the counter top while I mix and add to them.
2. Favorite EO scent to diffuse lately (keeping me sane/making me happy).
This blend of essential oils smells delicious. So fresh and clean. Perfect scent for the kitchen or near your desk to keep the stress at bay. I almost always love any diffusing blend that contains Stress Away.
3. Digital Lettering (stretching me creatively).
My awesome husband took my (not so subtle) hints, and gifted me an Ipad Pro and Apple Pencil for Christmas. After seeing so many beautiful digital hand lettering over the past year, I could not wait to dive in. It's really very fun, but the learning curve - yikes. So I did some researching and came across an artist, Holly Pixels, that I had already known and loved who was launching a FREE digital lettering class. Since I already knew her work from here on Etsy, I could not wait to get started. And it is so awesome. I am only a few lessons in, but the videos are so helpful and full of tips and tricks to practice. For $20 you can also buy the gorgeous PDF workbook that also has lots of practice sheets and written tips and tricks to refer to. I did, and it's so worth it!
4. Cleaning out (helping me to dig deep - literally).
I have been on a kick of cleaning out. It started with a few cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom, and now I am on to our spare bedroom/my crafting stash. Turns out, I am a hoarder of all the things crafty. But I am digging deep and trying to stay with the mindset that if I am not using it now, someone somewhere COULD be using it. Some things will go to friends who craft, and some will be donated. I have done some deep digging in drawers and in my heart and have realized that hanging on to stuff will not save the memories. The memories are already in my heart, and letting go of the items does not mean that the memories will go.
5. Les Mills Barre (finding my inner ballerina).
I found this class last year when I decided to subscribe to Les Mills on Demand for the days I am not able to make it into the gym. It's a 30 minute workout that incorporates strength training into ballet inspired moves. I quickly fell in love with the program and added it to the end of my Friday workouts (generally 45 minutes of Les Mills RPM). I love the combination of the two. It works my muscles (with light weight and lots of reps), engages my core, and the moves just make me feel like a ballerina. There are two releases available only on Les Mills on Demand, but this year I believe will start showing up in gyms around the United States. For now, if you want to try it, you will have to subscribe to Les Mills on Demand.
When I was a little girl, the first memory I have of being asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I remember I drew a ballerina. Dreams do come true...sometimes just in different ways than we originally imagined.
6. Favorite Recent Photo (reminisce).
This one was taken by Adam, on a Sunday in late November (11-22-17). It's rare that we are both in a photo together that's taken with my big camera. That day was a good day. That Sunday was the first time that she and I went flying with Adam. We both loved it but more than that, it was a lesson for this mama in letting go and having faith. It was a good day and I am so happy that we took some photos with my big camera once we were back on the ground and home.