June 3, 2016

such as it is!

{ Elsie de Wolfe Art Print }
I never know what to say when I blog anymore.  I feel really like I'm not sure what I want this blog to be about yet.  So I'm just taking my time.

I've decided that I don't have to have a big impact on the world.  My blog doesn't need to get big.  If it happens someday, it will have been slow grown, and authentic.

There are days when I think I should just delete this thing, and be done with it, but then there are days when I think about what I might post, if I were actually posting.

Garden projects - I am currently attempting to grow meyer lemon seeds.  If it works out, I'll tell you more about it.  :)

We're building a new back deck this summer.  Technically it's the front porch, because our house is backwards... but, it used to just be the back porch, and we are turning it into the back deck.  No weekend project ever gets done in a weekend around here though, so that too, I may share when the time comes... Once it's up, you know I'll get to do some decorating and such so... you know.  :)

Health and Wellness - Hubby and I both oddly came down with symptoms of Anemia last fall and have been quietly trying to heal ourselves through food, love and care lately.  It's been an up and down battle.  I started taking B12 - because I don't eat a lot of meat, but hubby was otherwise diagnosed with Iron Deficiency Anemia.  Since then though, I had a hypoglycemic attack, and have come to realize that I've been seriously lacking myself in the protein department for quite some time.  And, as I'm an active person, I've depleted myself in ways, and am slowly recovering.  It's just been one un-fun thing and then another around here, but the blessing is that we are both healthy and well otherwise, and are learning clean eating and how important whole foods are.

I always like to say that I come from the school of hard knocks, and this is one of those cases.  I'm a late bloomer, and I tend to learn a lot of things the hard way.

As of now, I do not feel 100% well, and haven't for quite some time.  I've been reluctant to mention it here.  What to say, how to start the conversation, should I even bother?  But this has really become a wake up call, and in many ways is helping me become a new me.

I'm getting even more focused on health and wellness through food, and clean eating, and learning what my body needs.

In the mean time, I've decided that my purpose in life is just to make the things around me beautiful, and to bring joy to people's lives in simple ways - and hopefully, to share some of what I've learned along the way... 

It's going to be a hot one this weekend friends!  I'm not sure yet, but there's been speak about running off to the coast around here...

xoxo ♥ Janell

Elsie de Wolfe Printable, by on Etsy.

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. ♥