Monthly Archives: September 2016

The Beauty of Time (and 3 Tips to Maximize It)

Jord Wood Watch

“Remember that money can come as quickly as it goes, but time, once it is gone, never comes back.”
–Damon Brown

It’s not just me, right? As you get older time just seems to freaking fly. A really cool article popped up in my news-feed recently and it makes perfect sense. Get this: “the longer you’re alive, the smaller a year becomes in relation to your entire life as a whole. For example, when you’re five, a year is 20% of your entire life. When you’re 50, however, a year is only 2% of your life.” What the what? Depressing, a little. Make the most of it? Let’s give it a go!

I’m a work-from-home mom with my own business. I get a few hours to work in silence each week but otherwise, emails and inquires and design happens between my daughter’s naps, short bursts of solo play and cartoons. If I don’t make the most of time, I’m out of luck. Over the last year, I’ve nailed down a few practices that are lifesavers for maximizing the minutes I’ve got…

  1. Have a Priority Purpose.
    Every night before bed, I sit down with a cup of tea, review the day’s accomplishments and start a new list for tomorrow. Syke! I wish… It’s never as relaxing as that but I do try to do it at some point daily. Having my priorities set for the next day works wonders for keeping me on track. Nail down the top few things that absolutely must-get-done and Sharpie them in to your most productive time. (For me, that’s first thing in the morning.)
  2. Keep it Separate, Simple, and Specific.
    I love lists, I just do. I’m never gonna give them up and I’d never tell you too either.  But while they’re helpful at times, other days, they’re just serving as an illusion of productivity. The best method I’ve found? Google Keep. I probably have 100 different lists but they’re searchable so who cares if they’re a little unorganized?! Plus, you can color code, add pretty header images, and wiggle them around to your hearts content. I can edit on my desktop, from my phone when we’re on the go, even offline. It’s a beautiful thing people. The trick is, keeping the daily Priority Purpose list front and center and setting up reminder notifications for it if needed. Be as specific as possible with this list, so you have an actual gauge of how much time a task will really take. For example, I used to write, “Post new products to my website.” when in reality before that would even be possible there are a handful of tasks that have to be completed prior so now my list looks more like, “photograph new bags”, “edit photos of new bags”, “create product listing copy”, and “upload copy and images to product listings”. See what I’m saying?
  3. The Five Minute Rule.
    Being self motivated is hard. At least for me. If you, too – try the 5 minute rule a few times per day. Example, when Evelina unexpectedly sits still to read on her own for a few minutes, I’m all like, “OMG what can I get done in the next few??) Edit a few photo’s for future Instagram posts? Reply to some comments? Do a little research on something for my website? Squeezing in a few of these sessions per day might seem small but makes a big difference, I promise!

Alas, as focused and well planned as we are, the clock is going to keep on ticking so we might as well watch it wind down in style, right? (Obviously this was going to take a turn into fashion somehow, you probably knew that though, it is me…)

Jord Wood Watch

When I unboxed this wooden women’s watch from Jord all my color lover dreams came true. No detail has been overlooked, from the complimentary wood packaging, to the zebra wood strap, sapphire crystal glass, and Swarovski crystal dial accents.

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When it comes to watches, I’m more of the fashion over function type, and though this one definitely has the function down (it’s self winding, which is just so cool) the style statement is what really blows me away. I chose this exquisite turquoise version, and the selection ranges from understated elegance to fashionably forward, and they’re each uniquely unforgettable.

Jord Wood Watch

Speaking of style, next week I’ll be sharing one of the several ways I’ve incorporated in it my wardrobe so far so stay tuned. (And also scope out my Instagram for more ‘not on the blog’ peeks!)

In the meantime, Jord has awesomely offered $20 off to my sweet readers and friends just by clicking here and entering your email. Then be sure to browse around and start making your wishlist because everyone who submits will be entered to win a $75 gift card from Jord! It’s perfect timing with the upcoming holidays! (Talk about an impressive gift.)

Head over and enter now by clicking <here>, it’s super easy, and won’t take more than 30 seconds of your time, because I know how precious that is. ;)

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 This post was sponsored by Jord Wood Watches.

Sunday at the Park

Medellin, Colombia

A new park recently opened near our home in Medellin and Sunday seemed like the perfect day to check it out. Even though it’s been a little bittersweet being back, I can’t deny what a great and beautiful town this is. I do love a city and this one sure is pretty. The mountains in the distance remind me of my hometown in East Tennessee, which is always a comfort being a continent away. And the green space and zest for outdoors brings back memories of living in Chicago, except in this City of Eternal Spring, there’s no race against the weather to squeeze in as many warm days as Mother Nature will allow. Aside from the public space and playgrounds that make an urban living lifestyle pleasant, one of the best parts of Medellin is the people. Welcoming from the first moment, I can’t say enough about their kindness, helpfulness, and warmth, especially to little ones. Spending her toddler-hood here is easy because “the village” mentality is alive and well. Someone’s always willing to share a ball, scoop her if she falls, or offer a word of advice (even if I don’t fully understand it!)

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Here are a few photo’s from our little outing. I realized that I haven’t shared much of Medellin at all, and that’s a shame, because there really is so much greatness.

In between Fosterie and mommin’ I’m really going to try to do better, because it’s so much more than Narcos, wink.

These pictures could also serve as an advertisement for Leap Frog’s Violet, which is basically life at the moment.  “Vie” (Evelina’s name for her) goes everywhere, and gets more loving than any human combined. This purple puppy will surely be making appearances in any upcoming posts….

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