Monday, March 11, 2013

when wisdom made its appearance like Punksatony Phil.

 dress: Belk / tights: We Love Colors / moccasins: c/o Minnetonka  / infinity scarf: H+M 

today started off as a pretty blaaaah day. not a bad one mind you, just blaaah - which is pretty typical of Mondays, a universal truth. at first, i could feel it start to egg at me, glaring back at my barely touched to-do list and the pile of unfinished headbands on my desk. the spring weather, which got us all excited over the weekend, decided to take a leave of absence and usher in some dark clouds, winds, and gloom in its place. oh, March, you can be such a tease. and Ryan's niece came over to visit so i was a little pre-occupied with watching her draw on a dry-erase board (squiggle, squiggle, erase, squiggle, squiggle, erase) and run around the living room and kitchen with furry, easter bunny ears. we also had fun doing a little photo shoot for her easter card - dressing her up in a denim jumper, a cute pink bow, and using an easter basket and bright colorful plastic eggs as props. 

not that Lily was what hindered me from my to-do list at all. actually, with how adorable she is, she has permission to "interrupt" anytime - it was my own lack of motivation this afternoon when i finally settled down in front of my desk and list of things to do. now i did get through most of it, but was unable to tackle the larger things on my list which started to give me that no feeling. 

yes, that feeling where i feel my stress levels go up just enough for the edginess to come out of my voice and the patience oozing out of me like a tube of toothpaste that didn't mean to squeeze out so much at one time. 

then just as i could feel the exasperation reach its max, glancing at the clock as it clicked over to four zero zero, i let out a deep breath that i had been holding for way to long when this thought crossed my mind: you cannot measure days by what you do. i can't remember if i read that in a book somewhere or i heard it in some sermon - or if some wisdom buried super deep inside of me just decided to make it's appearance like Punksatony Phil, but wherever that thought came from, i needed to be reminded of it.

then i started to think about the future. about ministry or a career. about a house. about (gasp) children. about other things that need to be cared for besides myself, my husband and my own to-do list. if the bathroom doesn't get cleaned or my workout doesn't get completed, will it really be the end of the world?!

i am learning that my days must be measured - or valued or counted as successful - by more than crossing things off my list. though that is one of the best feelings in the world in my book, i want to go to bed at night and think back through my day, measuring it by how much i loved God, my husband, my family and other people. i want to love every bit of life that i have been given - whether expressing myself through art and writing, enjoying the sunshine (when it's around, of course) while on a walk with my husband, laughing with my sisters on the phone, or savoring that spiced vanilla latte from Starbucks. i want to look back and know that i lived life fully and in the moments, not defined by my to-do lists.

much love.
{happy tuesday, friend.}


  1. I just can't imagine you stressed out. I mean, you described it really well, but it just boggles my mind. It's like, you're the happiest, most optimistic stressed out person I know, which is quite inspiring.

  2. that dress is soooo cute!! ah!
    and sometimes i feel like i do nothing all day and completely waste my days too. i try to do make the most of everyday but sometimes you just get caught up in the unnecessary things

    The DayLee Journal

  3. First. This may be my favorite outfit on you. Ever.

    Second. This post... I was struggling with that same sort of thing yesterday and today. And sadly, sometimes it's just nice to know when you aren't the only one.

    I love this reminder.

  4. you are not allowed to be this cute when we meet on the 30th! but you are allowed to be this smart b/c I like all your nuggets of wisdom :)

  5. This is a much needed reminder for me today. Thankyou so much - it's hard to keep things in perspective sometimes ...

  6. P.s I love your Chevron dress - sooo cute!

  7. Really beautiful dress and wonderful photographs.
    sweetie Now I´m following you I hope you follow me back.


  8. I read a whole book recently on the idea "the glory of God is man fully alive." Feeling alive is not something found on a checklist~ but I bet you can find it in a yummy drink from Starbucks and a sweet niece:)!! Good for you remembering the quote...or maybe allowing yourself to hear Jesus whisper it into your thoughts:).

    you look beautiful and vibrant as always!

  9. I'm obsessed with your dress! The print is darling and I love how you styled this whole look.

  10. that dress looks SOOO good on you!!!

    Sandy a la Mode

  11. I loved this post! I can totally relate! Sometimes I waste more time stressing out than actually living and I always regret it. So here to favoring life at its fullest! You're also a doll! Love this whole outfit!

  12. I love the pattern on that dress. I always love making browns and tans with black, because I'm a rebel like that. Great blog!

  13. Love love love this look!

    XO Loni


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