May 13, 2016

Never get so busy making a living, that you forget to make a life.

I wish I could give credit to whoever first said that... those words float around the internet so wise, but yet unknown.  I've been going through the motions of a lot of things lately.  Really, I've been waiting for a new direction to come my way, but at the same time, going over in my mind, all the things I have learned up until now.  But this one thing, this is so important friends...

"Never get so busy making a living, that you forget to make a life".

It's not that I forgot...  It's just... you know... stuff.  Sometimes we get so wrapped up in what we're doing, we forget to stop and smell the roses, breathe the fresh air.

I've been trying to do a lot more of that lately.  I'm trying to think about work as a secondary thing.  How every thought doesn't need to be a blog post, or a new product idea.  How every thing that happens, doesn't need to be shared.  Sometimes we just need to shut the computers off, put down the phones, and walk away.  Go live.  Go be.

I've been thinking about my business much more from a business standpoint lately, than from the heart or for the love, and focusing more on the sustainability of things.  I want to live a simple life, and run a creative business... but I realize that can mean all kinds of things, and I am keeping my mind and my heart open for the next big adventure.

Mostly, lately... the ocean has been calling, and I can feel it seeping in, with inspiration and maybe even direction for my shop.

Have you ever made a big change that helped you get back to your center, your balance, your true place of self?  This has been a slow but inspiring journey of a year so far.  I've journaled about much of it, but haven't blogged as much... or instagramed as much... but I've missed you, and I'm excited to get back and start fresh with all of the things.

xoxo ♥ Janell

May 5, 2016

Hello, Old Friend.

I think this song has become my mantra for the year.  I feel like I am getting reconnected with so many things.  I'm even cleaning the dust out of the corners of the rooms, down on my hands and knees with the vacuum.  It was time.

I didn't realize how much someone's work can take over someone's life... Especially when you work from home, right?  I can imagine being a mother is much the same way.  Life happens while you're busy making other plans.  I wrote out this list of all the nooks and crannies of the house that need to be cleaned, painted, refreshed... maybe even redecorated. Things I want to get done.  Crossing things off a few at a time...

I think we also have decided that we are staying right where we are for now.  For a few more years.  How many, we don't know yet.  Whenever hubby feels like he's ready to retire, we'll start planning again... but for now, I think it's more about focusing on wellness, and finding a balance in my work that is sustainable to the lifestyle we want to live.

We're enjoying day-cations to various places we've been before, or haven't been yet... towns along the coast, and along each of the rivers that run into the ocean.  So many places yet to see, so many places we love.

The weeds were so terribly out of control this year, with mild winter weather, but lots of rain.  We truly try our best not to use chemicals in our yard, but this year we just had to.  So, you'll have to excuse the insanely embarrassing amount of weeds, but I wanted to show you the start of a new 'garden' area for me this year.  This is the back side of our house.  We don't have a back yard.  Don't ask.  Let's just say it's a weird piece of property.  So, aside from the bushes we planted for shade/privacy in front of the windows, this side of the yard doesn't get much use.  Untilllllll......  Hubby built me this box out of scrap wood from our old porch!

At first, I was planning on filling it with soil and planting things, but then I realized that the neighborhood cats might get in it... so I decided to fill it with pots instead.  Eventually I'll fill it part way with river rock too, but for now I'm just working on gathering inexpensive pots to fill the space, and then will work on filling the pots with soil and experimenting on growing more veggies, and flowers!  :)

So far I have carrots and zucchini seeds that have sprouted from seed, but no sign of my bell peppers just yet.  I'd also like to get some spinach and tomatoes planted, but I have no idea what else...  What edibles to you like to grow in the summer time?  Tell me what's easy, and full sun tolerant! :)

xo friends.  I've missed you. ♥

March 5, 2016

A new beginning

I wasn't really sure what my next post was going to be about.  As many of you already know, I decided a few weeks ago to quit making soap (though I'm still making jewelry), and it's been an adjustment in a variety of ways.  I've been making/selling soap on Etsy for almost 8 years...  but the bottom line is that it just wasn't profitable enough for me... unfortunately love doesn't pay the bills.

I'm going through a 'starting over' of sorts, and trying to be open minded about what comes next.  I am grateful for the support of my husband, family and friends, and grateful for the simple life we live, that affords me the opportunity to try.

I'm trying to reconnect with some of the things I used to love to do...  I'm trying to see what lights my fire, though it wasn't an easy thing.  At first I was so out of touch with doing any kind of art in this way, that I really was not making things I loved.  I thought I would try and learn a new skill, so I watched many-a-youtube videos about how to paint 'easy' flowers.  I tried, I tried, I just couldn't seem to get a natural knack for it, and I almost gave up on the whole 'making art' idea... until the next day I decided to just go back to doing what I already knew how to do.  What already felt natural to me.  Mixed media images, paints and papers, scissors and glue!

I am getting reconnected with my love of color again, and with my love for making a mess.  And I've no doubt for years, been inspired by artists like Robin Mead.  But I'm starting out small though...  I do not know how long this will last, or where it will lead, but I am having fun playing, and doing my best to enjoy the ride.

Blessings to you my friends.  How have you been lately?  Are you preparing for, or enjoying anything new?

xoxo ♥ Janell