This month I’m challenging myself to let go of expectations and focus on the present. With all this time spent at home, I’m sure we’ve all had a little more time to reflect. For myself, I’ve noticed a couple things: 1) I’m in a constant internal battle with myself for not doing enough or achieving enough and 2) I’m so impatient — I want to be successful and I want to see results right away. This is something I’ve always had a tough time doing — trusting the process and just being content living in the now. I have big goals and when I don’t see them come to life right away or I hit a road block, it really hits me hard. I’m super passionate about what I do and it’s probably just the Leo in me, but it’s always a little blow to the ego when things don’t go as planned. Of course, these challenges probably have a lot to do with having more free time and being online and spending a little too much time on social media, so I’m working hard at putting my phone down as much as I can.
What I really want to focus on this month is trusting the process and being diligent about taking the time to chip away at the little things. I’d like to stick my workday routine and follow through on the daily to-do’s that will one day contribute to the bigger things. Setting mini goals for myself each month has been important and is something I can always pull up to remind myself why I’m doing what I’m doing, plus it helps me stay on course.
So, this month I’m going to dig deep into the process of this website and learn the skills I need to achieve what I want out of it. I also really want to hone in on the interior design portion of it because I know that’s something I truly love doing and want to grow as a business. I also want to continue to take care of myself and ensure I’m fuelling the creative energy inside of me so I can do the best work I can. Whether it’s spending time outside or taking a little extra time to find inspo for new content, these are the things I’m looking forward to this month:
Starting a new design project — a friend asked for help with a kitchen reno and I can’t wait to dig into it! I’ve been re-organizing my Pinterest board and saving a ton of fresh content, which always keeps me feeling super inspired.
Exploring ways to bring helpful interior design content to my readers — I have three design content stories I’ll be publishing this month and I can’t wait to share them with you. I’ll be discussing the art of styling a bookcase, creating a calming vibe in the bedroom, as well as a round-up of my favourite artwork. If you guys want to hear about anything else or need a little advice on a project, please DM me on Instagram. I’d love to know!
Learning a new skill (or two) on Masterclass — Phil and I recently signed up for Masterclass and I have Kelly Wearstler and Alice Waters class on my list of to-do’s. I can’t wait to try them!
Carving out time for reading in the park — with the weather getting a bit warmer, I want to make this a priority at least once a week. It’s something that helps me unwind and recharge, which is good when I’m feeling a little creatively burnt out. Walking through our neighbourhood to a nearby park and flipping through the pages of a new book is definitely a form of self-care for me. A friend of mine and I are planning on doing a book swap this week (of course, taking precautions to stay safe and sanitized!). I’ll be reading this book next — if anyone wants to participate in our book swap or start a book club, let me know!
Channeling my inner Martha Stewart — we set up our patio and I’ve almost finished the garden so I want to hone in on new recipes and DIY ideas for entertaining in the backyard. Even if it’s just Phil and Me, I really enjoy making an effort for dinner or lounging outside with a cocktail. It makes it feel so much more special. I’m looking through past issues of Martha Stewart Living as well as Jenni Kayne’s Pacific Natural coffee table book, which is filled with pages of jaw-dropping lifestyle and dinner party inspiration (I highly recommend it!). I’ll be sharing as much as I can on Instagram stories so stay tuned!