June 21, 2012

on who I am (at the moment)...

self.

I am...

...nearly finished reading Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project and can't stop raving about this book. It's absolutely changing my outlook on so many things, and I can feel its influence in my life—like this little voice in the back of my head throughout the day. Also, it inspired me to de-clutter our entire duplex, top to bottom. Who knew organizing stacks of papers and purging our closets would make my heart so light? (Okay, I kind of did. But it definitely took that extra nudge to actually get it done.)

...looking forward to buying some new summer clothes. It's been ages since I've really updated my wardrobe and it's looking a bit sad. Jay spent a pretty penny on a plane ticket to Montana for a high school friend's wedding in July, so I decided to treat myself to a modest splurge, as well. Target, you have been warned.

...loving my morning mug of green tea, reminiscing as I work on Eisley's baby journal, the Mumford and Sons station on Pandora, and silly emails from Jay.

...dealing with some intense knee pain, which means no running. I'm pretty disappointed, considering I'd only been back at it for two weeks when my knees started giving me serious issues. After a bit of research, I'm fairly sure this is a postpartum issue. Joints get all loose during pregnancy, and sometimes it takes them a bit longer to get back to normal. I wasn't even running hard, so it's frustrating that I'm now (still, five days later) hobbling around the house and eating Advil like candy. Oh, well.

...looking forward to a visit from my parents and younger sisters next week. Hurrah!

...somehow, amazingly, learning to cut myself a bit of slack. And it feels good.

...eager to also start challenging myself a bit more. Tackling my dusty, unused sewing machine, beginning a memoir (would love to self-publish something to give as gifts to my family), trying a new recipe once a week, reorganizing and redesigning my etsy shop, being a better friend and a more loving, positive wife.

...starting my second study with She Reads Truth. I can't think of a better way to begin my day than this. When Eisley goes down for her morning nap, I take out my favorite pen and my favorite (and prettiest) notebook and find myself learning a hundred tiny things about myself. Join us? (And let me know if you need help getting started or want to chat about anything you're learning!)

...realizing that sometimes I have absolutely no power to fix something or someone. That it's okay to just listen. Or be silent. Or speak, knowing that the words you say may not even be heard or make any sense at all.

...still sleepy, still obsessed with Friends, still dreaming of moving closer to family, still eating at least one extra meal every single day.

...thankful for my peaceful (not to be confused with perfect) marriage, a daughter that is sweet and smart and incredibly silly, the tiny (cozy!) duplex we call home, and this simple life of mine.

18 comments:

  1. Every moment, you are lovable. I love you and your at the moment posts! :) And I am almost finished forcing the husband to watch every episode of friends! oh dear! :P I am thrileld you are loving the happiness project :)! Yay!

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  2. It sounds like you're pretty content right now with your life and that makes me incredibly happy for you. :)

    I am thrilled you're loving the happiness project. While I enjoyed the book, I unfortunately for myself can't say that it was "eye-opening" for me. I do understand the concept that you have the power to decide how you want to react to other people, but the book suggested in certain spots that I should just 'bite my tongue' or 'swallow my initial response'... but that only works up to a certain point.

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  3. I read The Happiness Project when it was pretty new and enjoyed it! Definitely full of good things!

    I need to learn to cut myself some slack.... more in some areas, less in others.

    And no kidding joints get lose when you're pregnant! Not looking forward to that! Hope your knee gets better soon!

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  4. I went over to see what the baby journal was. I don't have the patience to do that (or the constancy), but it sounds like an awesome idea! :) We do keep track of his new/important things... seen with my eyes, and his daddy's.
    Hope to see your new designs soon!

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  5. Love this, all of it. What a blessed woman you are.

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  6. p.s. Stunning picture. :)

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  7. Ah! So you HAD heard of The Happiness Project! Hurrah! Sadly, I am still reading through the first month, but it's a start, I suppose. I wish organization came more naturally to me...are your services for hire? : ) My sister is also reading the book and told me that being a professional organizer is her dream job. Just one more reason you remind me of each other! It sounds like you're doing well, and I'm so happy to hear that. I was thinking of you yesterday, so I'm glad to get caught up on how things are going over your way. : )

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  8. Kerri, you sound relaxed and content and I'm so glad! Those are two blessings that seem long overdue when they finally arrive :) I've never read the Happiness Project, but did read Organized Simplicity a few months ago and felt the same way about it. There's something SO refreshing about purging, simplifying, and appreciating the little things. Have a wonderful time with your family!

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  9. That baby journal looks awesome! I bought a baby book when Topher was born but haven't updated it since he cut his first tooth at about three months. I consider my blog my baby book :) I'll print it all out someday ... I just started She Reads Truth yesterday and am really looking forward to it!

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  10. It sounds like - despite the knee pain - everything is going swell! I just wrote a "Lately" post today, before even seeing this. Yay for synced blogger brain waves! Also, I even included a new summer wardrobe - oh, Target. ♥

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  11. So happy to hear you're happy! I'm now inspired to read The Happiness Project. I'm feeling a little stretched thin lately between mom, wife, and work.

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  12. Thank you for the nudge to read The Happiness Project. It's been sitting on my nightstand for too long!

    You are such a wonderful writer. As I've written many times, thank you for being so real and sharing so much with your readers. We can really relate to how you feel!

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  13. I loved, loved, loved The Happiness Project and it easily became one of my "change your life" books. I should re-read it! I wanted to start a project and made Gretchen send me the pdfs to form a group, but never got to it. I plan to steal her idea of keeping a file for each year for my kids and tucking birthday cards, invitations, school photos, report cards, etc all into each year - so awesome.

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  14. I'm really itching to purge all the clutter from our house, sadly my hubby isn't so keen but I'll do my best. What does a typical day look like for you, with looking after Eisley and everything? My baby Phoebe is nearly 5 months but every day seems so different, I'm interested to know how others' lives look!:) Zoe x

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  15. I really need to get my hands on a copy of The Happiness Project after all of these positive comments about it. I was a professional organizer once... Before I got knocked up :)

    And take it easy with those knees. I have a friend with a six-month-old and she is a hobbling mess just from carrying him around during the day. Ah, the things they DON'T tell you about being a baby mama before you become one.

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  16. I am so needing to get my hands on a copy of The Happiness Project after all these positive comments about it. I was a Professional Organizer once... Back before I got knocked up :)

    And take it easy with those knees. I have a friend with a six-month-old and she is a hobbling mess just from carrying him around during the day. Ah, the things they DON'T tell you about being a baby mama before you become one.

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