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- Currently procrastinating and thought #FridayIntroductions might be fun. 🎉 I’m Trina (a.k.a @lalalovleyblog - I changed my username recently….don’t worry, it’s still me). I live in the Midwest with my southern husband and 4 kids (Ella, 15, Luke, 12, Liam Brave 8, Rocco Royal 6). I’ve been blogging for, nearly, 10 years and just finished writing ✍🏼my first book: La La Lovely: The Art of Finding Beauty in the Every Day (it releases in 6 wks -link in profile for more on that). I love writing—I grew up in a newspaper family 📰 and fit the adage of having “ink in my veins.” __ The most important thing in my life is my faith. Jesus has set me free ➕and I want to spend my life helping other’s find freedom, belonging and home. __ A few random things about me: I’m an Anglophile—I love all things British🇬🇧, especially a good cup of tea. I’m an avid reader (I love old books, mysteries, historical fiction, chick-lit, biographies and am a self confessed personal growth book junkie. I usually have a few books 📚 going at a time. Currently, need a new one…any recs?). I prefer baking over cooking (it usually involves chocolate 🍫 ). I love beauty products💄 (Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Brick is a forever fave). One of my favorite movies to watch over and over is You’ve Got Mail. My nickname is Tink 🧚🏻‍♀️. I love 80’s music (and movies). The book that is changing my life right now is Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. My Starbucks ☕️ drink of choice is an iced decaf (I know, I wish it weren’t so but caffeine does not like me) Americano with 1.5 pumps of toffee nut and room for cream (I bring my own coconut milk creamer in a Dixie cup - don’t laugh). And, I jumped out of an airplane, almost (more in the book on this). __ Currently, my life feels very out of control. Lots of change happening, but I’m learning to lean into God, to trust him as a FATHER, and rely on Grace—taking one day at a time 🌗. I call myself a recovering perfectionist. __ What about you? I’d love to know something interesting about you, Lovelies. And if we were sitting across from each other at Starbucks, besides asking “What is life like right now (I hate small talk)?...I’d for sure ask you, “What are you reading?”
- Currently procrastinating and thought #FridayIntroductions might be fun. 🎉 I’m Trina (a.k.a @lalalovleyblog - I changed my username recently….don’t worry, it’s still me). I live in the Midwest with my southern husband and 4 kids (Ella, 15, Luke, 12, Liam Brave 8, Rocco Royal 6). I’ve been blogging for, nearly, 10 years and just finished writing ✍🏼my first book: La La Lovely: The Art of Finding Beauty in the Every Day (it releases in 6 wks -link in profile for more on that). I love writing—I grew up in a newspaper family 📰 and fit the adage of having “ink in my veins.” __ The most important thing in my life is my faith. Jesus has set me free ➕and I want to spend my life helping other’s find freedom, belonging and home. __ A few random things about me: I’m an Anglophile—I love all things British🇬🇧, especially a good cup of tea. I’m an avid reader (I love old books, mysteries, historical fiction, chick-lit, biographies and am a self confessed personal growth book junkie. I usually have a few books 📚 going at a time. Currently, need a new one…any recs?). I prefer baking over cooking (it usually involves chocolate 🍫 ). I love beauty products💄 (Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Brick is a forever fave). One of my favorite movies to watch over and over is You’ve Got Mail. My nickname is Tink 🧚🏻‍♀️. I love 80’s music (and movies). The book that is changing my life right now is Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. My Starbucks ☕️ drink of choice is an iced decaf (I know, I wish it weren’t so but caffeine does not like me) Americano with 1.5 pumps of toffee nut and room for cream (I bring my own coconut milk creamer in a Dixie cup - don’t laugh). And, I jumped out of an airplane, almost (more in the book on this). __ Currently, my life feels very out of control. Lots of change happening, but I’m learning to lean into God, to trust him as a FATHER, and rely on Grace—taking one day at a time 🌗. I call myself a recovering perfectionist. __ What about you? I’d love to know something interesting about you, Lovelies. And if we were sitting across from each other at Starbucks, besides asking “What is life like right now (I hate small talk)?...I’d for sure ask you, “What are you reading?”
- Currently procrastinating and thought #FridayIntroductions might be fun. 🎉 I’m Trina (a.k.a @lalalovleyblog - I changed my username recently….don’t worry, it’s still me). I live in the Midwest with my southern husband and 4 kids (Ella, 15, Luke, 12, Liam Brave 8, Rocco Royal 6). I’ve been blogging for, nearly, 10 years and just finished writing ✍🏼my first book: La La Lovely: The Art of Finding Beauty in the Every Day (it releases in 6 wks -link in profile for more on that). I love writing—I grew up in a newspaper family 📰 and fit the adage of having “ink in my veins.” __ The most important thing in my life is my faith. Jesus has set me free ➕and I want to spend my life helping other’s find freedom, belonging and home. __ A few random things about me: I’m an Anglophile—I love all things British🇬🇧, especially a good cup of tea. I’m an avid reader (I love old books, mysteries, historical fiction, chick-lit, biographies and am a self confessed personal growth book junkie. I usually have a few books 📚 going at a time. Currently, need a new one…any recs?). I prefer baking over cooking (it usually involves chocolate 🍫 ). I love beauty products💄 (Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Brick is a forever fave). One of my favorite movies to watch over and over is You’ve Got Mail. My nickname is Tink 🧚🏻‍♀️. I love 80’s music (and movies). The book that is changing my life right now is Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. My Starbucks ☕️ drink of choice is an iced decaf (I know, I wish it weren’t so but caffeine does not like me) Americano with 1.5 pumps of toffee nut and room for cream (I bring my own coconut milk creamer in a Dixie cup - don’t laugh). And, I jumped out of an airplane, almost (more in the book on this). __ Currently, my life feels very out of control. Lots of change happening, but I’m learning to lean into God, to trust him as a FATHER, and rely on Grace—taking one day at a time 🌗. I call myself a recovering perfectionist. __ What about you? I’d love to know something interesting about you, Lovelies. And if we were sitting across from each other at Starbucks, besides asking “What is life like right now (I hate small talk)?...I’d for sure ask you, “What are you reading?”
- Beauty cannot be defined or confined to the glossy Pinterest pretty that we feed on everyday. True beauty runs deep. It changes, with time, yes, but also when we begin to see through clear, unclouded, eyes. The trees 🌳 boast, arguably, their best beauty when the leaves change 🍁in fall. The sky when it changes from day to night and night to day🌓. When we change from young to old—there is beauty to find in those lines (with clear eyes you’ll see wisdom where others only see grooves)🥀. When we are slapped with an unexpected ending, the beauty is….a new beginning. Beauty is fluid, moving, growing, living, breathing (not static and Photoshopped). 💫 If you are going through great change, perhaps a painful one 💔, don’t close your eyes….because right in the middle of the brokenness, the mess, Beauty is there coloring every dark corner with it’s everlasting light ✨. 🌈 #LaLaLovelyBook (coming soon friends—link in profile to pre-order)
- Beauty cannot be defined or confined to the glossy Pinterest pretty that we feed on everyday. True beauty runs deep. It changes, with time, yes, but also when we begin to see through clear, unclouded, eyes. The trees 🌳 boast, arguably, their best beauty when the leaves change 🍁in fall. The sky when it changes from day to night and night to day🌓. When we change from young to old—there is beauty to find in those lines (with clear eyes you’ll see wisdom where others only see grooves)🥀. When we are slapped with an unexpected ending, the beauty is….a new beginning. Beauty is fluid, moving, growing, living, breathing (not static and Photoshopped). 💫 If you are going through great change, perhaps a painful one 💔, don’t close your eyes….because right in the middle of the brokenness, the mess, Beauty is there coloring every dark corner with it’s everlasting light ✨. 🌈 #LaLaLovelyBook (coming soon friends—link in profile to pre-order)
- Beauty cannot be defined or confined to the glossy Pinterest pretty that we feed on everyday. True beauty runs deep. It changes, with time, yes, but also when we begin to see through clear, unclouded, eyes. The trees 🌳 boast, arguably, their best beauty when the leaves change 🍁in fall. The sky when it changes from day to night and night to day🌓. When we change from young to old—there is beauty to find in those lines (with clear eyes you’ll see wisdom where others only see grooves)🥀. When we are slapped with an unexpected ending, the beauty is….a new beginning. Beauty is fluid, moving, growing, living, breathing (not static and Photoshopped). 💫 If you are going through great change, perhaps a painful one 💔, don’t close your eyes….because right in the middle of the brokenness, the mess, Beauty is there coloring every dark corner with it’s everlasting light ✨. 🌈 #LaLaLovelyBook (coming soon friends—link in profile to pre-order)
- Sometimes life is a blurrrrrrrr. I’m in a moving forward, time suspended kind of blur at the moment, with potential for a meltdown. So I’m wasting a few minutes looking a flowers. Tiny fairy 🧚🏻‍♀️ flowers that I decided must be peppered in my personal blur. So, flowers for you. Flowers for me. 🌸🥀💐🌺🌼This blurrrrr, you may be in, that I’m in, will be crystal clear one day. Through the haze and the fog and the iridescent bubble glare carry on with your flittering, you may just find that you, fair one, have wings.
- Sometimes life is a blurrrrrrrr. I’m in a moving forward, time suspended kind of blur at the moment, with potential for a meltdown. So I’m wasting a few minutes looking a flowers. Tiny fairy 🧚🏻‍♀️ flowers that I decided must be peppered in my personal blur. So, flowers for you. Flowers for me. 🌸🥀💐🌺🌼This blurrrrr, you may be in, that I’m in, will be crystal clear one day. Through the haze and the fog and the iridescent bubble glare carry on with your flittering, you may just find that you, fair one, have wings.
- Sometimes life is a blurrrrrrrr. I’m in a moving forward, time suspended kind of blur at the moment, with potential for a meltdown. So I’m wasting a few minutes looking a flowers. Tiny fairy 🧚🏻‍♀️ flowers that I decided must be peppered in my personal blur. So, flowers for you. Flowers for me. 🌸🥀💐🌺🌼This blurrrrr, you may be in, that I’m in, will be crystal clear one day. Through the haze and the fog and the iridescent bubble glare carry on with your flittering, you may just find that you, fair one, have wings.
- May your Monday morning be bright 🌞 (sunshine or not) and your coffee☕️ hot (even if it’s only decaf, like mine). May your heart be full of expectation 💗 (whether possibilities seem endless or dead-end) and your soul at peace ✌🏼(regardless of life being chaotic). May you take deep breaths (inhaling what you need, exhaling what you don’t💨) and see with unclouded eyes 🌤the beauty all around you (even if your view is cloud-full and grey). May you know you are loved (even if no one tells you today) 🤗 and valued (not for what you do—or have done). May your Monday surprise you in the most everyday kind of ways! 🌸🍕🧘🏼‍♀️🐶👩‍👧‍👦🧦🌂. Happy Monday, Lovelies! #lalalovelylife
- May your Monday morning be bright 🌞 (sunshine or not) and your coffee☕️ hot (even if it’s only decaf, like mine). May your heart be full of expectation 💗 (whether possibilities seem endless or dead-end) and your soul at peace ✌🏼(regardless of life being chaotic). May you take deep breaths (inhaling what you need, exhaling what you don’t💨) and see with unclouded eyes 🌤the beauty all around you (even if your view is cloud-full and grey). May you know you are loved (even if no one tells you today) 🤗 and valued (not for what you do—or have done). May your Monday surprise you in the most everyday kind of ways! 🌸🍕🧘🏼‍♀️🐶👩‍👧‍👦🧦🌂. Happy Monday, Lovelies! #lalalovelylife
- May your Monday morning be bright 🌞 (sunshine or not) and your coffee☕️ hot (even if it’s only decaf, like mine). May your heart be full of expectation 💗 (whether possibilities seem endless or dead-end) and your soul at peace ✌🏼(regardless of life being chaotic). May you take deep breaths (inhaling what you need, exhaling what you don’t💨) and see with unclouded eyes 🌤the beauty all around you (even if your view is cloud-full and grey). May you know you are loved (even if no one tells you today) 🤗 and valued (not for what you do—or have done). May your Monday surprise you in the most everyday kind of ways! 🌸🍕🧘🏼‍♀️🐶👩‍👧‍👦🧦🌂. Happy Monday, Lovelies! #lalalovelylife
- THINGS NO ONE TELLS YOU + There are different kinds of tired. Emotional, physical, intellectual. If you exhaust all three at once —Beware. ▪️ +You can still paint your walls pink, long after childhood. ▪️ + No matter how much you try to convince yourself you are ok with the ageing process, you really are not. ▪️ +Also...that strange and weird things happen to your body right at forty (don’t be alarmed..I’m warning you. You won’t break). For instance you begin to feel twinges and aches and acquire moles for no reason at all and decide your best choice (after getting it checked at the dermatologist) is to play it off like it’s Cindy Crawford-esque (even if all you have in common is a face mole and that you grew up around the same corn fields). ▪️ +The food of your youth will be your comfort food for life. ▪️ +Emotional maturity does not come with age, it comes with deep soul work. ▪️ +Instilling boundaries does’t mean a person can’t break your heart 💔 ▪️ +Happy music from your childhood can make you achingly sad at times (see my insta story for my happy/sad tune). ▪️ +Books are guides and friends. ▪️ +Your unlovelyness is still loveable. ▪️ +Tacos should not be reserved for Tuesdays. ▪️ +Dreary days can be the most beautiful (hello fog and snow and twiggy trees). ▪️ What’s something no one told you? Leave a comment or post your own under #thingsnoonetellsyouabout ALSO...SOMEONE TELL ME...how to get the line breaks right in Insta posts. I can never get it right. 🤣
- THINGS NO ONE TELLS YOU + There are different kinds of tired. Emotional, physical, intellectual. If you exhaust all three at once —Beware. ▪️ +You can still paint your walls pink, long after childhood. ▪️ + No matter how much you try to convince yourself you are ok with the ageing process, you really are not. ▪️ +Also...that strange and weird things happen to your body right at forty (don’t be alarmed..I’m warning you. You won’t break). For instance you begin to feel twinges and aches and acquire moles for no reason at all and decide your best choice (after getting it checked at the dermatologist) is to play it off like it’s Cindy Crawford-esque (even if all you have in common is a face mole and that you grew up around the same corn fields). ▪️ +The food of your youth will be your comfort food for life. ▪️ +Emotional maturity does not come with age, it comes with deep soul work. ▪️ +Instilling boundaries does’t mean a person can’t break your heart 💔 ▪️ +Happy music from your childhood can make you achingly sad at times (see my insta story for my happy/sad tune). ▪️ +Books are guides and friends. ▪️ +Your unlovelyness is still loveable. ▪️ +Tacos should not be reserved for Tuesdays. ▪️ +Dreary days can be the most beautiful (hello fog and snow and twiggy trees). ▪️ What’s something no one told you? Leave a comment or post your own under #thingsnoonetellsyouabout ALSO...SOMEONE TELL ME...how to get the line breaks right in Insta posts. I can never get it right. 🤣
- THINGS NO ONE TELLS YOU + There are different kinds of tired. Emotional, physical, intellectual. If you exhaust all three at once —Beware. ▪️ +You can still paint your walls pink, long after childhood. ▪️ + No matter how much you try to convince yourself you are ok with the ageing process, you really are not. ▪️ +Also...that strange and weird things happen to your body right at forty (don’t be alarmed..I’m warning you. You won’t break). For instance you begin to feel twinges and aches and acquire moles for no reason at all and decide your best choice (after getting it checked at the dermatologist) is to play it off like it’s Cindy Crawford-esque (even if all you have in common is a face mole and that you grew up around the same corn fields). ▪️ +The food of your youth will be your comfort food for life. ▪️ +Emotional maturity does not come with age, it comes with deep soul work. ▪️ +Instilling boundaries does’t mean a person can’t break your heart 💔 ▪️ +Happy music from your childhood can make you achingly sad at times (see my insta story for my happy/sad tune). ▪️ +Books are guides and friends. ▪️ +Your unlovelyness is still loveable. ▪️ +Tacos should not be reserved for Tuesdays. ▪️ +Dreary days can be the most beautiful (hello fog and snow and twiggy trees). ▪️ What’s something no one told you? Leave a comment or post your own under #thingsnoonetellsyouabout ALSO...SOMEONE TELL ME...how to get the line breaks right in Insta posts. I can never get it right. 🤣
- Single. Married. It’s Complicated. Separated. In a relationship. Divorced. Whatever you’re relationship status…EXPECT LOVE, love and MORE Love! Here’s why . . . 🥀 You were created by Love to be loved astonishingly, extravagantly, and completely. People will let you down. Perhaps, you’ve been gutted by someone that promised forever or abandoned by a parent whose love was supposed to be unconditional. Maybe you have been lucky in love and have felt cherished and adored. No matter which way the arrow has pierced your heart, there is only one who can love us completely…and He invites us to settle in and make ourselves at 🏠 home in His perfect Love. More on settling in, expecting love, and making yourself at home on the blog (link in profile). 🥀💐💔💘💝 Happy Valentines Day. You are so lovely!
- Single. Married. It’s Complicated. Separated. In a relationship. Divorced. Whatever you’re relationship status…EXPECT LOVE, love and MORE Love! Here’s why . . . 🥀 You were created by Love to be loved astonishingly, extravagantly, and completely. People will let you down. Perhaps, you’ve been gutted by someone that promised forever or abandoned by a parent whose love was supposed to be unconditional. Maybe you have been lucky in love and have felt cherished and adored. No matter which way the arrow has pierced your heart, there is only one who can love us completely…and He invites us to settle in and make ourselves at 🏠 home in His perfect Love. More on settling in, expecting love, and making yourself at home on the blog (link in profile). 🥀💐💔💘💝 Happy Valentines Day. You are so lovely!
- Single. Married. It’s Complicated. Separated. In a relationship. Divorced. Whatever you’re relationship status…EXPECT LOVE, love and MORE Love! Here’s why . . . 🥀 You were created by Love to be loved astonishingly, extravagantly, and completely. People will let you down. Perhaps, you’ve been gutted by someone that promised forever or abandoned by a parent whose love was supposed to be unconditional. Maybe you have been lucky in love and have felt cherished and adored. No matter which way the arrow has pierced your heart, there is only one who can love us completely…and He invites us to settle in and make ourselves at 🏠 home in His perfect Love. More on settling in, expecting love, and making yourself at home on the blog (link in profile). 🥀💐💔💘💝 Happy Valentines Day. You are so lovely!
- This morning was fun. A little filming for the book—which, YOU GUYS, will be released in less than 2 months?! 🙀⚡️💃🏼Today, felt like a beginning. Talking rather than just typing. Naturally, I’m more comfortable behind my computer keys but I’m certain that this is my season to come out of hiding. God in his kindness has been wooing me out of my worries, fears, and (what feels like) a very very long winter. Spring is near. ❄️💐 I’ll share, in whatever medium I can, about beauty being an answer to an ache. God is sheer beauty (Ps 100:5) and beauty is what He offered us at the beginning, in the garden, and what He continues to offer us each and every day. We just have to take notice—some days require we pay closer attention. 🌈 Can’t wait to share this video with you in the next few weeks. And the book!!!! Link in profile if you’d like to pre-order). 🌸
- This morning was fun. A little filming for the book—which, YOU GUYS, will be released in less than 2 months?! 🙀⚡️💃🏼Today, felt like a beginning. Talking rather than just typing. Naturally, I’m more comfortable behind my computer keys but I’m certain that this is my season to come out of hiding. God in his kindness has been wooing me out of my worries, fears, and (what feels like) a very very long winter. Spring is near. ❄️💐 I’ll share, in whatever medium I can, about beauty being an answer to an ache. God is sheer beauty (Ps 100:5) and beauty is what He offered us at the beginning, in the garden, and what He continues to offer us each and every day. We just have to take notice—some days require we pay closer attention. 🌈 Can’t wait to share this video with you in the next few weeks. And the book!!!! Link in profile if you’d like to pre-order). 🌸
- This morning was fun. A little filming for the book—which, YOU GUYS, will be released in less than 2 months?! 🙀⚡️💃🏼Today, felt like a beginning. Talking rather than just typing. Naturally, I’m more comfortable behind my computer keys but I’m certain that this is my season to come out of hiding. God in his kindness has been wooing me out of my worries, fears, and (what feels like) a very very long winter. Spring is near. ❄️💐 I’ll share, in whatever medium I can, about beauty being an answer to an ache. God is sheer beauty (Ps 100:5) and beauty is what He offered us at the beginning, in the garden, and what He continues to offer us each and every day. We just have to take notice—some days require we pay closer attention. 🌈 Can’t wait to share this video with you in the next few weeks. And the book!!!! Link in profile if you’d like to pre-order). 🌸
- Happy Birthday, Lally Girl. I can’t believe that you are 15?! You made my dreams come true fifteen years ago—having a daughter. I love you soooooo much and I’m so very proud of you. You amaze me everyday with your passion and talent. You are loyal and committed, hilarious and fun, tender hearted and strong, confident and calm. You sing like an angel and laugh like a seal (I’m not sure where you get that?). I love every little detail that makes you, you. I’m sorry today was a snow day if I could have changed the weather for you I would have. But sitting next to you in a movie, playing HQ, and an after dinner disco dance party was everything. Fifteen is going to be amazing, I just know it 🍫🧚🏻‍♀️🦄🌈🍟🐚🦋🍩🎤🚗🏖🎀💘💄👩🏼‍🎤👩🏼‍🎤👑🧝‍♂️🧜🏻‍♀️🌵
- Happy Birthday, Lally Girl. I can’t believe that you are 15?! You made my dreams come true fifteen years ago—having a daughter. I love you soooooo much and I’m so very proud of you. You amaze me everyday with your passion and talent. You are loyal and committed, hilarious and fun, tender hearted and strong, confident and calm. You sing like an angel and laugh like a seal (I’m not sure where you get that?). I love every little detail that makes you, you. I’m sorry today was a snow day if I could have changed the weather for you I would have. But sitting next to you in a movie, playing HQ, and an after dinner disco dance party was everything. Fifteen is going to be amazing, I just know it 🍫🧚🏻‍♀️🦄🌈🍟🐚🦋🍩🎤🚗🏖🎀💘💄👩🏼‍🎤👩🏼‍🎤👑🧝‍♂️🧜🏻‍♀️🌵
- Happy Birthday, Lally Girl. I can’t believe that you are 15?! You made my dreams come true fifteen years ago—having a daughter. I love you soooooo much and I’m so very proud of you. You amaze me everyday with your passion and talent. You are loyal and committed, hilarious and fun, tender hearted and strong, confident and calm. You sing like an angel and laugh like a seal (I’m not sure where you get that?). I love every little detail that makes you, you. I’m sorry today was a snow day if I could have changed the weather for you I would have. But sitting next to you in a movie, playing HQ, and an after dinner disco dance party was everything. Fifteen is going to be amazing, I just know it 🍫🧚🏻‍♀️🦄🌈🍟🐚🦋🍩🎤🚗🏖🎀💘💄👩🏼‍🎤👩🏼‍🎤👑🧝‍♂️🧜🏻‍♀️🌵
- “Don’t judge me!” ... anyone else hearing this a lot? 🙋🏼‍♀️ Or find it becoming, your own, common response? 🤷🏼‍♀️ 〰️ I’ve been hearing this phrase so much that it’s got me thinking. I felt the urge to blurt it out at the grocery girl, last week, after she told me her opinion about grocery shopping online. It’s all been swirling in my mind—so much so that I penned a post on judging (others and ourselves...because they are tied together). Note: the post includes the grocery story. 〰️ Curious...Do you often feel judged by others? Even if it’s just a look, voice tone, unsolicited opinion or comment? Or are you, overly, hard on yourself? 〰️ Click through to the blog (link in profile) and let’s have a conversation (or right here in the comments)! #lalalovelylife
- “Don’t judge me!” ... anyone else hearing this a lot? 🙋🏼‍♀️ Or find it becoming, your own, common response? 🤷🏼‍♀️ 〰️ I’ve been hearing this phrase so much that it’s got me thinking. I felt the urge to blurt it out at the grocery girl, last week, after she told me her opinion about grocery shopping online. It’s all been swirling in my mind—so much so that I penned a post on judging (others and ourselves...because they are tied together). Note: the post includes the grocery story. 〰️ Curious...Do you often feel judged by others? Even if it’s just a look, voice tone, unsolicited opinion or comment? Or are you, overly, hard on yourself? 〰️ Click through to the blog (link in profile) and let’s have a conversation (or right here in the comments)! #lalalovelylife
- “Don’t judge me!” ... anyone else hearing this a lot? 🙋🏼‍♀️ Or find it becoming, your own, common response? 🤷🏼‍♀️ 〰️ I’ve been hearing this phrase so much that it’s got me thinking. I felt the urge to blurt it out at the grocery girl, last week, after she told me her opinion about grocery shopping online. It’s all been swirling in my mind—so much so that I penned a post on judging (others and ourselves...because they are tied together). Note: the post includes the grocery story. 〰️ Curious...Do you often feel judged by others? Even if it’s just a look, voice tone, unsolicited opinion or comment? Or are you, overly, hard on yourself? 〰️ Click through to the blog (link in profile) and let’s have a conversation (or right here in the comments)! #lalalovelylife
- I DO NOT KNOW..... That’s the English translation. The older I get the more I am happy to say, “I don’t know.” I love acquiring knowledge and information, but I’ll never have all the answers (and, frankly, the older I get the more I don’t even want all the answers). As a teen I thought I knew it all (and more than my parents. Oy. Have since apologized for that misconception). As a forty year old, I realize I know very little. While I like to know all the things (I’ve got “Input” in Strengths Finder, after all) it’s wisdom I’m after and wisdom has no problem saying, “I do not know...let me think about that....let me pray about it....let me get counsel....let me get back to you” Don’t be afraid to use this phrase, sometimes it really is the smartest thing we can say! Happy Monday, Lovelies! xo
- I DO NOT KNOW..... That’s the English translation. The older I get the more I am happy to say, “I don’t know.” I love acquiring knowledge and information, but I’ll never have all the answers (and, frankly, the older I get the more I don’t even want all the answers). As a teen I thought I knew it all (and more than my parents. Oy. Have since apologized for that misconception). As a forty year old, I realize I know very little. While I like to know all the things (I’ve got “Input” in Strengths Finder, after all) it’s wisdom I’m after and wisdom has no problem saying, “I do not know...let me think about that....let me pray about it....let me get counsel....let me get back to you” Don’t be afraid to use this phrase, sometimes it really is the smartest thing we can say! Happy Monday, Lovelies! xo
- I DO NOT KNOW..... That’s the English translation. The older I get the more I am happy to say, “I don’t know.” I love acquiring knowledge and information, but I’ll never have all the answers (and, frankly, the older I get the more I don’t even want all the answers). As a teen I thought I knew it all (and more than my parents. Oy. Have since apologized for that misconception). As a forty year old, I realize I know very little. While I like to know all the things (I’ve got “Input” in Strengths Finder, after all) it’s wisdom I’m after and wisdom has no problem saying, “I do not know...let me think about that....let me pray about it....let me get counsel....let me get back to you” Don’t be afraid to use this phrase, sometimes it really is the smartest thing we can say! Happy Monday, Lovelies! xo
- A prayer 🙏 I’ve been praying this past year.... “God, I give You the right to direct my life.” Psalm 37: 5 TPT ✨ I’ve been praying prayers like this since I was a teen, but in this season it’s been costly. It’s become more than words—it’s become surrender. A laying down of how I think things should be and when and how I think they should happen. ✨ I’m still about dreaming, goals, and making things happen. Many of the dreams and goals we have are God given. Yet, I’m learning to hold it all palms up and hands open. I’ve found there can be movement in stillness and that a misstep does not equate to a dead end. I’m aware more than ever that I have a Guide. A Guide who will get me to the destination. He may take me the long way round, other times a shortcut. Somedays the climate is brutal and other times the view is astounding with beauty. God, I give you the right to direct my life. ✨ This prayer, this surrender, is not a one and done. It’s a daily practice and a spiritual discipline. It’s trusting...along the way. And true to His nature, Lovely, there is a promise attached ....”and as you trust him along the way, you’ll find he pulled it off perfectly!” Beautiful, right? ✨ I just experienced Him pulling off something perfectly in my life. It wasn’t over night. It was years of struggling to put my palms up and working through my fear of trusting. But, He came through—at the last minute....His perfect timing. The next part of the path still feels uncertain, (as it all happens, I’ll have to put my palms up and trust along the way). However, trusting is becoming easier as my faith in His character grows stronger. ✨ If you find yourself, not where your thought you’d be...If your plans did not turn out how you thought they should, you are actually at a great starting point. God, I give you the right to direct my life. Palms up, hands open. You will learn to trust him along the way ... and find that he pulled it off perfectly—at just the right time. #lalalovelywords #lalalovelylife
- A prayer 🙏 I’ve been praying this past year.... “God, I give You the right to direct my life.” Psalm 37: 5 TPT ✨ I’ve been praying prayers like this since I was a teen, but in this season it’s been costly. It’s become more than words—it’s become surrender. A laying down of how I think things should be and when and how I think they should happen. ✨ I’m still about dreaming, goals, and making things happen. Many of the dreams and goals we have are God given. Yet, I’m learning to hold it all palms up and hands open. I’ve found there can be movement in stillness and that a misstep does not equate to a dead end. I’m aware more than ever that I have a Guide. A Guide who will get me to the destination. He may take me the long way round, other times a shortcut. Somedays the climate is brutal and other times the view is astounding with beauty. God, I give you the right to direct my life. ✨ This prayer, this surrender, is not a one and done. It’s a daily practice and a spiritual discipline. It’s trusting...along the way. And true to His nature, Lovely, there is a promise attached ....”and as you trust him along the way, you’ll find he pulled it off perfectly!” Beautiful, right? ✨ I just experienced Him pulling off something perfectly in my life. It wasn’t over night. It was years of struggling to put my palms up and working through my fear of trusting. But, He came through—at the last minute....His perfect timing. The next part of the path still feels uncertain, (as it all happens, I’ll have to put my palms up and trust along the way). However, trusting is becoming easier as my faith in His character grows stronger. ✨ If you find yourself, not where your thought you’d be...If your plans did not turn out how you thought they should, you are actually at a great starting point. God, I give you the right to direct my life. Palms up, hands open. You will learn to trust him along the way ... and find that he pulled it off perfectly—at just the right time. #lalalovelywords #lalalovelylife
- A prayer 🙏 I’ve been praying this past year.... “God, I give You the right to direct my life.” Psalm 37: 5 TPT ✨ I’ve been praying prayers like this since I was a teen, but in this season it’s been costly. It’s become more than words—it’s become surrender. A laying down of how I think things should be and when and how I think they should happen. ✨ I’m still about dreaming, goals, and making things happen. Many of the dreams and goals we have are God given. Yet, I’m learning to hold it all palms up and hands open. I’ve found there can be movement in stillness and that a misstep does not equate to a dead end. I’m aware more than ever that I have a Guide. A Guide who will get me to the destination. He may take me the long way round, other times a shortcut. Somedays the climate is brutal and other times the view is astounding with beauty. God, I give you the right to direct my life. ✨ This prayer, this surrender, is not a one and done. It’s a daily practice and a spiritual discipline. It’s trusting...along the way. And true to His nature, Lovely, there is a promise attached ....”and as you trust him along the way, you’ll find he pulled it off perfectly!” Beautiful, right? ✨ I just experienced Him pulling off something perfectly in my life. It wasn’t over night. It was years of struggling to put my palms up and working through my fear of trusting. But, He came through—at the last minute....His perfect timing. The next part of the path still feels uncertain, (as it all happens, I’ll have to put my palms up and trust along the way). However, trusting is becoming easier as my faith in His character grows stronger. ✨ If you find yourself, not where your thought you’d be...If your plans did not turn out how you thought they should, you are actually at a great starting point. God, I give you the right to direct my life. Palms up, hands open. You will learn to trust him along the way ... and find that he pulled it off perfectly—at just the right time. #lalalovelywords #lalalovelylife
- Is there anything better than holding a living breathing beginning? There is something so magical about a newborn babe. Holy—really. I always feel like babies carry, with them, messages from heaven. They haven’t, yet, forgotten the place we journey towards our entire lives. Maybe this is why we call them little angels? This darling babe is my niece, Lily Faith, and today holding her, for the first time, she reminded me (the message I keep needing to hear) that with every ending there is a beginning. She brings the beginning of pure and beautiful Faith. After holding her close to my heart, I have more faith to believe that the days to come are good and that the best is ahead—not behind. Lily, you are a gift and I’m so grateful I get to be your Auntie. Thanks for being my little heavenly messenger. 👼🏻👼🏻👼🏻 ___ Congratulations Lindsay and JJ.
- Is there anything better than holding a living breathing beginning? There is something so magical about a newborn babe. Holy—really. I always feel like babies carry, with them, messages from heaven. They haven’t, yet, forgotten the place we journey towards our entire lives. Maybe this is why we call them little angels? This darling babe is my niece, Lily Faith, and today holding her, for the first time, she reminded me (the message I keep needing to hear) that with every ending there is a beginning. She brings the beginning of pure and beautiful Faith. After holding her close to my heart, I have more faith to believe that the days to come are good and that the best is ahead—not behind. Lily, you are a gift and I’m so grateful I get to be your Auntie. Thanks for being my little heavenly messenger. 👼🏻👼🏻👼🏻 ___ Congratulations Lindsay and JJ.
- Is there anything better than holding a living breathing beginning? There is something so magical about a newborn babe. Holy—really. I always feel like babies carry, with them, messages from heaven. They haven’t, yet, forgotten the place we journey towards our entire lives. Maybe this is why we call them little angels? This darling babe is my niece, Lily Faith, and today holding her, for the first time, she reminded me (the message I keep needing to hear) that with every ending there is a beginning. She brings the beginning of pure and beautiful Faith. After holding her close to my heart, I have more faith to believe that the days to come are good and that the best is ahead—not behind. Lily, you are a gift and I’m so grateful I get to be your Auntie. Thanks for being my little heavenly messenger. 👼🏻👼🏻👼🏻 ___ Congratulations Lindsay and JJ.
- It’s dark and dreary here and I’m having to practice what I preach. It’s funny how writing a book on a topic doesn’t necessarily make you an expert on the subject—it makes you a student of it. Finding beauty in the everyday does not come naturally. Naturally, I tend to see what’s wrong. Seeing what’s right and good and beautiful, in the midst of the mess, is a practice. A paying attention. A discipline. A surrendering to the Spirit...asking to see what He sees. — What in the world does this have to do with granola? Nothing, really. It’s what I posted on the blog today and what I figured I should post here BUT I think it just might be the beauty I find on this Monday. All looks (and kind of feels) cold and bleak and colorless. So maybe, just maybe...working with my hands, paying attention to the textures, making something that nourishes others, and the awakening aroma of it in the oven just may be a very spiritual thing. — I’m no teacher today, just a student of life too—willing to trust that God can use granola to remind me of his goodness. — Recipe is on the blog if you are in need of tactile beauty, too. Link in profile. #lalalovelybook
- It’s dark and dreary here and I’m having to practice what I preach. It’s funny how writing a book on a topic doesn’t necessarily make you an expert on the subject—it makes you a student of it. Finding beauty in the everyday does not come naturally. Naturally, I tend to see what’s wrong. Seeing what’s right and good and beautiful, in the midst of the mess, is a practice. A paying attention. A discipline. A surrendering to the Spirit...asking to see what He sees. — What in the world does this have to do with granola? Nothing, really. It’s what I posted on the blog today and what I figured I should post here BUT I think it just might be the beauty I find on this Monday. All looks (and kind of feels) cold and bleak and colorless. So maybe, just maybe...working with my hands, paying attention to the textures, making something that nourishes others, and the awakening aroma of it in the oven just may be a very spiritual thing. — I’m no teacher today, just a student of life too—willing to trust that God can use granola to remind me of his goodness. — Recipe is on the blog if you are in need of tactile beauty, too. Link in profile. #lalalovelybook
- It’s dark and dreary here and I’m having to practice what I preach. It’s funny how writing a book on a topic doesn’t necessarily make you an expert on the subject—it makes you a student of it. Finding beauty in the everyday does not come naturally. Naturally, I tend to see what’s wrong. Seeing what’s right and good and beautiful, in the midst of the mess, is a practice. A paying attention. A discipline. A surrendering to the Spirit...asking to see what He sees. — What in the world does this have to do with granola? Nothing, really. It’s what I posted on the blog today and what I figured I should post here BUT I think it just might be the beauty I find on this Monday. All looks (and kind of feels) cold and bleak and colorless. So maybe, just maybe...working with my hands, paying attention to the textures, making something that nourishes others, and the awakening aroma of it in the oven just may be a very spiritual thing. — I’m no teacher today, just a student of life too—willing to trust that God can use granola to remind me of his goodness. — Recipe is on the blog if you are in need of tactile beauty, too. Link in profile. #lalalovelybook
- Here is what I’m geeking out on this week: The Post! Did you see it? __ It’s excellent and inspiring and tends to mirror the current climate of politics and the press. It actually gives great insight into how connected and relational newspaper people were with the politicians in that era. __ For me it felt somewhat personal. My grandparents met working at a newspaper. My grandpa began as a paper boy and worked his way to publisher. My grandma got her start as a whipper snapper reporter. Naturally, my dad worked his way through all of the departments and at 21 he purchased his first newspaper. I, too, spent my summers, working in various newspaper departments. __ The movie was a look into the newsroom of that time and in a way it felt like a small visual glimpse into my grandparents working life (although on far larger scale—I’ve never seen a press quite like that one). The newspaper company names mentioned in the movie were often referred to in my home. The newsroom was where I, sometimes, played on Saturdays (I also stuffed inserts when I was in trouble). In the movie there is much talk of JFK and other presidents and how connected they were to editors and publishers. I actually have a photo of my grandpa sitting at table at the White House with JFK and other newspaper publishers—smoking a big ‘ol cigar (I’ll give a peek on stories). __ I was so inspired by Katharine Graham, who inherited The Washington Post in a time when woman did not hold those kind of positions or roles (actually her father left the paper to her husband, and after he died she became publisher). She was smart, yet unsure of herself. Watching her come into her own (later becoming a role model for woman to lead) really really resonated with me. So much so, I’m ordering a book on her. __ Have you seen or read anything lately that really inspired you? I’m def. going to see this one again! 📰📰📰📰 can’t stop thinking about it. #lalalovelylife
- Here is what I’m geeking out on this week: The Post! Did you see it? __ It’s excellent and inspiring and tends to mirror the current climate of politics and the press. It actually gives great insight into how connected and relational newspaper people were with the politicians in that era. __ For me it felt somewhat personal. My grandparents met working at a newspaper. My grandpa began as a paper boy and worked his way to publisher. My grandma got her start as a whipper snapper reporter. Naturally, my dad worked his way through all of the departments and at 21 he purchased his first newspaper. I, too, spent my summers, working in various newspaper departments. __ The movie was a look into the newsroom of that time and in a way it felt like a small visual glimpse into my grandparents working life (although on far larger scale—I’ve never seen a press quite like that one). The newspaper company names mentioned in the movie were often referred to in my home. The newsroom was where I, sometimes, played on Saturdays (I also stuffed inserts when I was in trouble). In the movie there is much talk of JFK and other presidents and how connected they were to editors and publishers. I actually have a photo of my grandpa sitting at table at the White House with JFK and other newspaper publishers—smoking a big ‘ol cigar (I’ll give a peek on stories). __ I was so inspired by Katharine Graham, who inherited The Washington Post in a time when woman did not hold those kind of positions or roles (actually her father left the paper to her husband, and after he died she became publisher). She was smart, yet unsure of herself. Watching her come into her own (later becoming a role model for woman to lead) really really resonated with me. So much so, I’m ordering a book on her. __ Have you seen or read anything lately that really inspired you? I’m def. going to see this one again! 📰📰📰📰 can’t stop thinking about it. #lalalovelylife
- Here is what I’m geeking out on this week: The Post! Did you see it? __ It’s excellent and inspiring and tends to mirror the current climate of politics and the press. It actually gives great insight into how connected and relational newspaper people were with the politicians in that era. __ For me it felt somewhat personal. My grandparents met working at a newspaper. My grandpa began as a paper boy and worked his way to publisher. My grandma got her start as a whipper snapper reporter. Naturally, my dad worked his way through all of the departments and at 21 he purchased his first newspaper. I, too, spent my summers, working in various newspaper departments. __ The movie was a look into the newsroom of that time and in a way it felt like a small visual glimpse into my grandparents working life (although on far larger scale—I’ve never seen a press quite like that one). The newspaper company names mentioned in the movie were often referred to in my home. The newsroom was where I, sometimes, played on Saturdays (I also stuffed inserts when I was in trouble). In the movie there is much talk of JFK and other presidents and how connected they were to editors and publishers. I actually have a photo of my grandpa sitting at table at the White House with JFK and other newspaper publishers—smoking a big ‘ol cigar (I’ll give a peek on stories). __ I was so inspired by Katharine Graham, who inherited The Washington Post in a time when woman did not hold those kind of positions or roles (actually her father left the paper to her husband, and after he died she became publisher). She was smart, yet unsure of herself. Watching her come into her own (later becoming a role model for woman to lead) really really resonated with me. So much so, I’m ordering a book on her. __ Have you seen or read anything lately that really inspired you? I’m def. going to see this one again! 📰📰📰📰 can’t stop thinking about it. #lalalovelylife
- This seems like the month of forever wanting to get on track, on schedule and get working on all the goals and yet it has appeared to amount to life interrupting my good intentions. Hands up, here I am finally learning to embrace, albeit slowly, life’s interruptions which are in fact LIFE—living moments, breathing minutes. I’ve discovered I’m far better at planning for life than actually living it. But here I am surrendering to the notion that perhaps the goals are not the goal. Living life and working through whatever comes our way, with love, is the aim. 〰️ I’ve got a ways to go, but awareness is where we begin. I wonder what is waiting in our interruptions, today? 〰️ PS- Read any Henri Nouwen you can get your hands on. Life of the Beloved was life changing for me. #lalalovelywords
- This seems like the month of forever wanting to get on track, on schedule and get working on all the goals and yet it has appeared to amount to life interrupting my good intentions. Hands up, here I am finally learning to embrace, albeit slowly, life’s interruptions which are in fact LIFE—living moments, breathing minutes. I’ve discovered I’m far better at planning for life than actually living it. But here I am surrendering to the notion that perhaps the goals are not the goal. Living life and working through whatever comes our way, with love, is the aim. 〰️ I’ve got a ways to go, but awareness is where we begin. I wonder what is waiting in our interruptions, today? 〰️ PS- Read any Henri Nouwen you can get your hands on. Life of the Beloved was life changing for me. #lalalovelywords
- This seems like the month of forever wanting to get on track, on schedule and get working on all the goals and yet it has appeared to amount to life interrupting my good intentions. Hands up, here I am finally learning to embrace, albeit slowly, life’s interruptions which are in fact LIFE—living moments, breathing minutes. I’ve discovered I’m far better at planning for life than actually living it. But here I am surrendering to the notion that perhaps the goals are not the goal. Living life and working through whatever comes our way, with love, is the aim. 〰️ I’ve got a ways to go, but awareness is where we begin. I wonder what is waiting in our interruptions, today? 〰️ PS- Read any Henri Nouwen you can get your hands on. Life of the Beloved was life changing for me. #lalalovelywords
- Starts...I read yesterday that the best way to increase productivity is to just get started (nytimes.com)—preferably in less than two minutes. For whatever reason, when I work at home, I can’t seem to get started (as in sitting down at my desk) until 11am. I don’t know how it always ends up being exactly 11 ⏰ but, alas, it does. It’s one thing I want to change this year. I’m not usually “ready” when I drop the kids at school, and then I’ll take a quick walk, call my mom, start a load of laundry—you get the idea. It’s like I have to clear my brain and get all the things done first. Anyone else? 🙋🏼‍♀️ Just get started! Why do we complicate things? If you have any working at home tips, please share. Who knows, maybe with some practice, I’ll get my start time to 9:30/10? #lalalovelylife
- Starts...I read yesterday that the best way to increase productivity is to just get started (nytimes.com)—preferably in less than two minutes. For whatever reason, when I work at home, I can’t seem to get started (as in sitting down at my desk) until 11am. I don’t know how it always ends up being exactly 11 ⏰ but, alas, it does. It’s one thing I want to change this year. I’m not usually “ready” when I drop the kids at school, and then I’ll take a quick walk, call my mom, start a load of laundry—you get the idea. It’s like I have to clear my brain and get all the things done first. Anyone else? 🙋🏼‍♀️ Just get started! Why do we complicate things? If you have any working at home tips, please share. Who knows, maybe with some practice, I’ll get my start time to 9:30/10? #lalalovelylife
- Starts...I read yesterday that the best way to increase productivity is to just get started (nytimes.com)—preferably in less than two minutes. For whatever reason, when I work at home, I can’t seem to get started (as in sitting down at my desk) until 11am. I don’t know how it always ends up being exactly 11 ⏰ but, alas, it does. It’s one thing I want to change this year. I’m not usually “ready” when I drop the kids at school, and then I’ll take a quick walk, call my mom, start a load of laundry—you get the idea. It’s like I have to clear my brain and get all the things done first. Anyone else? 🙋🏼‍♀️ Just get started! Why do we complicate things? If you have any working at home tips, please share. Who knows, maybe with some practice, I’ll get my start time to 9:30/10? #lalalovelylife
- “If she demand beauty to inspire her, she must bring it inborn . . . out of a sullen hollow in a livid hill-side her mind could make an Eden.” -Charlotte Brontë 🥀 I’m making many Edens. I so wish I would have read this earlier, so as to include the quote in my book. But, indeed, it is for today—This dreary 23rd January day decorated with dirty snow, a sick little one, and life’s nagging uncertainty. I demand beauty to inspire me. Staring down a few sullen hollows, I see Eden. It begins within. Sometimes we must see it in our heart, our mind, our spirit, before we see it with our eyes. 🥀 What’s your view today? What is your personal sullen hollow? Close your eyes. Demand beauty—it is inborn. Do you see the mighty tree flourishing? The roots planted firmly in good ground. The trunk strong and standing tall. Branches bearing fruit. Emerald leaves, free, dancing in the breeze, this way and that, whispering, “peace, peace.” 🥀 #lalalovelybook
- “If she demand beauty to inspire her, she must bring it inborn . . . out of a sullen hollow in a livid hill-side her mind could make an Eden.” -Charlotte Brontë 🥀 I’m making many Edens. I so wish I would have read this earlier, so as to include the quote in my book. But, indeed, it is for today—This dreary 23rd January day decorated with dirty snow, a sick little one, and life’s nagging uncertainty. I demand beauty to inspire me. Staring down a few sullen hollows, I see Eden. It begins within. Sometimes we must see it in our heart, our mind, our spirit, before we see it with our eyes. 🥀 What’s your view today? What is your personal sullen hollow? Close your eyes. Demand beauty—it is inborn. Do you see the mighty tree flourishing? The roots planted firmly in good ground. The trunk strong and standing tall. Branches bearing fruit. Emerald leaves, free, dancing in the breeze, this way and that, whispering, “peace, peace.” 🥀 #lalalovelybook
- “If she demand beauty to inspire her, she must bring it inborn . . . out of a sullen hollow in a livid hill-side her mind could make an Eden.” -Charlotte Brontë 🥀 I’m making many Edens. I so wish I would have read this earlier, so as to include the quote in my book. But, indeed, it is for today—This dreary 23rd January day decorated with dirty snow, a sick little one, and life’s nagging uncertainty. I demand beauty to inspire me. Staring down a few sullen hollows, I see Eden. It begins within. Sometimes we must see it in our heart, our mind, our spirit, before we see it with our eyes. 🥀 What’s your view today? What is your personal sullen hollow? Close your eyes. Demand beauty—it is inborn. Do you see the mighty tree flourishing? The roots planted firmly in good ground. The trunk strong and standing tall. Branches bearing fruit. Emerald leaves, free, dancing in the breeze, this way and that, whispering, “peace, peace.” 🥀 #lalalovelybook
- The pitter-patter of rain ☔️ is unusual in January, yet strangely soothing. I rose before my brood to read. To start slow so I could take Monday on fast. I felt relieved that, over the weekend, we managed to take the tree 🌲 down, pack away our holiday darlings. For a moment I felt the high of a cleared out, cleaned up, space in January. I expected the open space to invigorate, but this morning I only felt a twinge of melancholy at the empty space, at the loss of twinkle✨ . Between a sip of coffee and a red-pen underline I looked up to see the “Merry Christmas” banner shimmering with a cheeky smirk—having escaped the plastic bin. I’ll think I’ll leave her for another week. I could still use the cheer. ⭐️ Merry Monday, Lovelies 🌹 ⭐️ Do you take your holiday decor down at an exact date or week each year? Or just when you find the time? 🌲 I’ve never felt the pressure to have my decor down (or up, for that matter) until Instagram. Perhaps this has much to do with having a tree up until February (at times) in my childhood. I’ll never be one take my tree down before New Year’s and I’m quite alright with that. There is so much pressure about everything in life. This shouldn’t be one. #lalalovelyhome
- The pitter-patter of rain ☔️ is unusual in January, yet strangely soothing. I rose before my brood to read. To start slow so I could take Monday on fast. I felt relieved that, over the weekend, we managed to take the tree 🌲 down, pack away our holiday darlings. For a moment I felt the high of a cleared out, cleaned up, space in January. I expected the open space to invigorate, but this morning I only felt a twinge of melancholy at the empty space, at the loss of twinkle✨ . Between a sip of coffee and a red-pen underline I looked up to see the “Merry Christmas” banner shimmering with a cheeky smirk—having escaped the plastic bin. I’ll think I’ll leave her for another week. I could still use the cheer. ⭐️ Merry Monday, Lovelies 🌹 ⭐️ Do you take your holiday decor down at an exact date or week each year? Or just when you find the time? 🌲 I’ve never felt the pressure to have my decor down (or up, for that matter) until Instagram. Perhaps this has much to do with having a tree up until February (at times) in my childhood. I’ll never be one take my tree down before New Year’s and I’m quite alright with that. There is so much pressure about everything in life. This shouldn’t be one. #lalalovelyhome
- The pitter-patter of rain ☔️ is unusual in January, yet strangely soothing. I rose before my brood to read. To start slow so I could take Monday on fast. I felt relieved that, over the weekend, we managed to take the tree 🌲 down, pack away our holiday darlings. For a moment I felt the high of a cleared out, cleaned up, space in January. I expected the open space to invigorate, but this morning I only felt a twinge of melancholy at the empty space, at the loss of twinkle✨ . Between a sip of coffee and a red-pen underline I looked up to see the “Merry Christmas” banner shimmering with a cheeky smirk—having escaped the plastic bin. I’ll think I’ll leave her for another week. I could still use the cheer. ⭐️ Merry Monday, Lovelies 🌹 ⭐️ Do you take your holiday decor down at an exact date or week each year? Or just when you find the time? 🌲 I’ve never felt the pressure to have my decor down (or up, for that matter) until Instagram. Perhaps this has much to do with having a tree up until February (at times) in my childhood. I’ll never be one take my tree down before New Year’s and I’m quite alright with that. There is so much pressure about everything in life. This shouldn’t be one. #lalalovelyhome

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