Faith & FamilyPushing Reset October 9, 2018 I’ve come to see that pushing the metaphorical reset button is an important skill to master. Growing up, my mom first taught me this. Her company had sick days and “mental health” days that you took when you needed a reset. Every so often, when she could see I was about to hit a wall from trying to do too much, be on every committee, etc. in school, she’d say “we need a mental health day.” And that break would be the push I needed to stop the train for a second, see things clearly, and then go back to life’s demands refreshed. As an adult, I’ve noticed that every few months, I need a small reset (probably way more often now that I’m a parent). Sometimes it’s needed more than others, but I always feel the twinge when it’s time. Because it’s so hard to see it all clearly when you’re in the midst of it. It takes stepping away a bit to really see the importance of something or to gain clarity on how to move. Over the last few months, Chris and I both have felt the need for a reset building. We traveled a lot more than normal over the summer and explored a ton. It was wonderful and much of what we envision for this little family of ours, but the lack of routine that brings paired with the upheaval at home from the addition, started to wear on us a bit. We’ve felt in a time of transition with where the kids are at, my work, and our vision for the future. Things feel “pending” and there were many things we needed to sort through and seek clarity on how to act. A few weeks ago, my parents kept the kids for a few days and we were able to sneak away to stop life, so to speak, and push reset. We love New England in the fall and want to make a tradition of visiting there each year with our family. We flew into Boston and then spent several days in Chatham, Massachusetts…perhaps the most charming coastal New England town there is (though every one I visit, I say that about…it’s a magical place). There was gorgeous inspiration at every turn. Gorgeous fishing villages to walk through. Beautiful nature to enjoy and take in. A porch to rock on as long as we wanted. And most of all, our favorite adventurer by our side to see it all with. We missed these two little buds like crazy and spent quite a bit of time looking at pictures and videos my parents sent. And let’s be honest, they had the time of their lives at Mimi and Papi’s farmhouse. But it was so good to get to just be “us” for a few days…for the mind to clear and to have space and inspiration to dream together. It rejuvenated us and gave us clarity we were seeking. And most of all, that time away always seems to show us how incredibly good life is and we’re so ready to get back to it when our adventuring comes to a close. While I didn’t mean for this blog to be on “reset” these last few months, looking back now, I can see work was in a place where I needed some clarity that I wasn’t able to get in the midst of it all. Slowing work down a bit this summer during our crazy reno season and just focusing on social media has been so helpful to see what role this blog plays in our bigger picture. If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ve kept up with us fairly well! If not, this post can serve as a quick catch-up before we dive back into other content I have planned that I’m really excited for. The addition is coming to a close and I’m so excited to share more progress with you and my design plans and spaces as they unfold! ***** I mentioned this on Instagram, but we were able to significantly help fund this trip through strategically using credit card points. So many people in that post asked for our resources on that topic, so here is a podcast that my husband loves and learned a ton from! We want to help all of the world travelers at heart actually get to be world travelers because we’ve seen what value traveling can have for us. Like I said in my video about residual income, we’re so passionate about finding creative ways to make your money work harder for you and this is a great example of that! If you ever have questions about how we’re doing that (traveling or otherwise), shoot them our way! We seriously LOVE helping others with what we’ve learned that’s making such a difference for us! I missed you, sweet friends. And I missed this space to share and chat. I know most of you are on Instagram, so it started to feel like there wasn’t a huge need for this platform anymore since posting on social media takes so much less time in this busy season, but God has really shown me there is space for both and a different purpose in each, so I’m excited to explore that going forward with some renewed passion and perspective. For those of you who still read blogs and who are on Instagram, I’d love to hear your take on it. Do you use them differently? Do you go to each for something specific? Would love to hear your perspectives on that as I’m sorting through the different roles they can each play in this business and life of mine!