Little Things Thursday

Welcome back to Little Things Thursday. It’s officially summer for us here and that means it is time to gather books for summer reading!

I bought three this week.

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The first one I’m reading is the life-changing magic of tidying up, the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing by Marie Kondo. This is better known as The KonMari Method.

I’m only a couple chapters in and this probably isn’t the book for the faint of heart, except you probably should still read it if you desire to truly declutter your life. Now, I am not a person who anyone would ever accuse of being messy or keeping clutter. However, I still find myself spending way too much time managing and cleaning things because I live with others. I’ve made peace with the fact that things will need to be constantly cleaned because we use them. That’s fine. What is really eating at me is the incessant managing of stuff. That tells me one thing. We have too much stuff.

Again, by comparison, we don’t have that much. Yet, if I find myself spending a lot of time managing our things, we should have less things to ease that burden. Managing is just not how I want to spend my time. When I really break things down, I want to enjoy living with intention and purpose. I don’t want to be an owner of a lot of things. I don’t want to work hard to buy a bigger house so that we can fill it with even more things. So that I can manage more things. Or better yet, be owned by more things. That just doesn’t fit who I am at my core. But, it is so easy to get caught up in the urgency to have, isn’t it? I mean, we are getting fed that lie of urgency to have the latest and greatest at every turn. And, I’m not even talking about the things we really put to use and find value in. I’m talking incidentals that slowly creep in to our space and take over.

I like nice things, but I don’t really value stuff. I like a nice meal, a nice glass of red wine, or travel to experience a culture. I like nice, but I don’t like accumulating things, unless they truly serve me. I want our things to serve us and bring us joy, not end up being a monkey on our backs. I want the freedom to pursue the truly important things. That’s what this book seeks to help you discover, in part. There is a bit of Japanese philosophy woven in the pages, but there are some core principles that can be applied no matter who you are.

The thing I am enjoying about this book is the way it forces you to strip down to your core values, and when you do, you know where to invest. I like that.

I also appreciate how Kondo challenges every other decluttering tip you’ve ever heard and explains how they just don’t work. It’s fascinating and I totally see the points she is making against those things we have heard our whole lives: one room at a time, one thing in, one thing out, storage, box it up for 6 months, etc… Kondo takes a more comprehensive approach to clutter.

I’ll be sure to share more as I journey further in and apply the principles.

Share your thoughts on this book, clutter, or what’s on your summer reading list!


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Little Things Thursday

I haven’t picked up my real camera for anything personal this month. I rarely do when I am busy editing professional work or when trying to stay afloat with the demands of the home.

So, Instagram will have to do today. Oddly and frustratingly, my go to Instagram downloading program,Instaport, was down for service as I was trying to prepare for today. I found another service and got a computer virus in the process. Really struggling to get this post up tonight! But here we are!

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At any rate, I hope things are on the upswing going forward. Gracyn finished school on Tuesday and the boys have their last day of school today. So ready for summer.

We’ve been toying with summer break already. Everything just seems to say that it is time to enjoy the gifts of the slower season.

It’s time to read, swim, rest, and grow in all the best ways like all the personal development that isn’t afforded by others filling your schedule. Everybody sure seems to have a plan for your life! I love that summer allows you to say yes to the truly essential.

I’m asking myself lately what things are truly essential. I love the process of answering that question. Having an answer allows us to pursue our yes to a greater degree and say no to the fillers.

One yes I am looking forward to is getting back to more blogging and photography. I really do enjoy it when there is margin to create.

Let’s see what’s before your lens this week…

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Little Things Thursday

Welcome back to Little Things Thursday where we share the little things of life through our images and words. I have a lot of little things swirling around in my head over the last few weeks, though I haven’t necessarily captured them all. This week, I thought I’d do a “currently” theme to encompass the bits and bobs I’m thinking about.

But first, a collage.

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Currently:

Celebrating: Today is Gracyn’s last day of her Freshman year. We made it! I remember this time last year fretting over the changes ahead and this year has been positive and challenging. Hard to believe I now have a rising SOPHOMORE. What?

Considering: Simplicity. Really tossing around what it means to simplify our lives. I will begin with a bit of de-cluttering this summer. I’m not much of a clutter collector, but I know I can take a still simpler route to managing our stuff. Really, I feel managed by stuff and I think it needs to be the other way around. Yet, I don’t want to give up too much precious time managing things. I’m feeling like there just isn’t enough margin for the things I most want out of life because of the time spent managing things and being managed by programs. I want margin!

Enjoying: The Simple Show podcast and a huge influence in the above ^^^. I really enjoy listening to this podcast during my walks. Truly fascinating ideas. Some taken and some tossed, but yeah…good stuff. Give it a try… unless you love stuff and busyness…might not be for you.

Habit To Improve: Drinking water. I’m really bad at this and concluded that the best way for me to get my water down is with a cute cup with a straw.

Summer Goal: Feeding my soul. I’ve realized that there are so many things rattling my soul lately and I’d much rather feed my soul that have it sucked away from me. What I mean by soul is not so much in the spiritual sense, because that’s a constant. But, I mean those things that chip away at who I am constitutionally (personality, purpose, vision, dreams, etc…). I think it is a good thing to have your soul rattled from time to time to remind you of who you really are, what you are about, and to adjust if off course. I simply need to be a better steward of my heart, soul, and mind.

Looking forward to: My garden. We have a bit of work to do, but I can’t wait for our tomatoes, berries, and herbs to start coming in.

Well, that’s just a few of the things I’m chewing on lately. How about you?

 


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Little Things Thursday

Ok, these weeks are totally flying by lately. Can’t believe it is time for another round of Little Things Thursday, but I so look forward to this bright spot in the week.

You guys are so inspiring! I love being part of your week.

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I’m still working on my spring break photos! GAH! There has just been a few moments in between being mom, taking on clients, and running a home to edit personal work.

But summer…summer is coming! I cannot wait. We are totally crawling to the finish line at this point.

Who else? Raise your hand.

 


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Little Things Thursday

This spring has been all about finding the little things in life that bring joy.  Spring has been exceptionally pretty and restorative to me this year.

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Finding beauty and life right around me has kept my perspective from tanking in the harder moments of life. And there have been a few stressful days.  Overall, I’ve been encouraged by the prospects of things to come in the months ahead. In someways it feels like a turning of the tide. Some call it HOPE! I think I’m calling it GRACE.

It doesn’t hurt that summer is just two weeks away… Oh the bliss of slow mornings and relaxed days.


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Little Things Thursday

Happy Little Things Thursday! Hope you guys are having a great week. The weather is looking up here as we finally hit the 80’s and I think those temps may be here to stay!

In other words…basically summer. I couldn’t be happier about that.

In summer’s honor, beach photographs!

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I love these idyllic images that I can go back to when I need a little escape from reality, which may not be too far off in the end of the school year rush. 4 weeks til summer!

What are you shooting this week?


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Little Things Thursday

Welcome back to Little Things Thursday, where we share our little moments of life through image and words. This week has been all about catching up and getting back into routines since spring break. Needless to say, I’m behind on last week’s blog entries. But. I will be going back to visit soon!

I still have a slew of photographs to edit this weekend from our trip. I’m looking forward to revisiting those shots because it has been gray and chilly here most of the week. Warm, sunny beaches are far better, in my opinion.

I’ve edited just one personal photograph.

Our family had just visited a replica exhibit on the water of the ships Nina and Pinta. We were surprised at how small they actually were. Afterwards, we drove over to Peace River Wildlife Center and found these mangroves. It’s funny because these beaches are what I would expect Columbus an his gang to wash up on. They just have that look. Or maybe caskets of rum and pirates, whichever.

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The mangroves and quite beach nooks were serene and so enjoyable to explore. I have several photographs from our walk through this area, coming up soon!

How’s your week been?


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We are back from spring break with full tanks and hearts. We desperately needed every ounce of this trip.

You know those times where you feel like you are living on just fumes? That was us. The last year has been a season of pillar to post living.

We needed extended down time where we could truly relax and not think about anything else other than enjoying time with family. My husband’s family was so gracious to love on us well, and show us a great week. We realized, at some point, that this was our very first spring break vacation as a family. We are fans!

I documented the highlights on Instagram. I tried to tone down the volume of posts, but I gave myself permission to just enjoy capturing for the sake of loving to freeze moments.

 

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Gasparilla Island State Park in Boca Grande is my new favorite Florida beach. Bea-u-ti-ful. The water is gorgeous and the beaches are densely filled with shells and shark’s teeth to the delight of my kids.

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Exploring Peace River Wildlife Center in Punta Gorda was another favorite. The mangroves here are impressive and there are little private nooks to enjoy along the coast.  We had the little cove above to ourselves. The kids hunted for crabs, which were plentiful among the mangrove roots.

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We loved Gasparilla so much that we decided to close out our time with a third visit. The boys had spent a few mornings on their grandpa’s fishing boat while we ladies enjoyed these beautiful beaches without them, so we knew we had to let them experience Gasparilla before leaving. We informed them that they could fish AND enjoy the beach, so poles were packed. Jack caught a Jack (Pompano) roughly minutes after casting the first line. Human Jack is now a fan of fishing off the beach and vows to never go to the beach again without a rod. Fish Jack lived to see another day, due to being caught on our last day and not having adequate cooler space to keep him fresh. Under other circumstances he would be dinner.

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The days were filled with good food, beaches, shark teeth hunting, shell collecting, wading, boogie boarding, fishing, morning and evening swims in the grandparent’s pool, and more! The days were full, but restful. We are thankful that we were invited to come take up space for the week with family. Thankful are we for these memories that our three will carry with them. There is nothing quite like remembering childhood family vacations.

Of course, I have other images on my real camera coming up soon! Thanks for sharing the joy of our experiences!

Linking with Good.Random.Fun.

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Little Things Thursday

Hello, Little Things Thursday Friends! I hope y’all are having a great week and if you are like us, heading off to Spring Break!

We are off to the gulf coast of Florida this afternoon as soon as Gracyn gets out of school.

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We are all excited about a little downtime to just swim, collect shells, and breathe. Slow mornings on my in-laws’ lanai sipping coffee sound just about perfect!

Come follow along on Instagram if you feel inclined!

What’s up for you this coming week?


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Little Things Thursday

Stuff happens. Like when your daughter’s phone ends up in the washing machine…

Yep, that happened this week and became the reason I was able to do this for myself.

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Shameless plug included.

Thank goodness for an available upgrade which allowed me to give my daughter my iPhone 5s, and get the big Bertha for myself. Truth told, I needed to upgrade because my eyes at this age need to see everything in LARGE format. Amen? Amen.

It’s a win for far-sighted eye-strain sufferers everywhere.

What kind of stuff is happening this week for you?


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