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Winter Inspirations and New Year’s Resolutions

January 17, 2018
HANNAH SHELBY: Winter Inspirations

I love a good collection of pretty images to get my senses going, so what better reason than a new year and new season to pull together some inspirations + a few resolution for the new year. Cheers!

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1. Practice Gratitude

For several years in a row I’ve kept a gratitude journal during Lent, taking a few minutes each night to write at least five things I’m grateful for that day. It can be anything big or small, silly or not. I’m not Catholic but I like the idea of setting a good intention and sticking to it. Ending each day reflecting on the positive and really thinking about the small things we often take for granted has such an impact on ones overall state of mind. This year I plan to carry that not just though Lent but make an effort to maintain that daily gratitude throughout the entire year.

2. More Conversations with Loved Ones

Unfortunately I don’t live in the same city as my family and many good friends, which requires that extra effort to really stay in touch. This past year saw the loss of my Grandma on my dad’s side, just short of the wise age of 101. I’m so lucky to have both grandparents on my mom’s side still here and still living life with lots of zest. I’m also lucky that they, and all my family, are very hip to modern forms of communication. I’d like to set aside even more time for chatting and keeping in touch with all my nearest and dearest—the most important people in my life.

3. Eat Less Meat

Eating less meat is something I’ve already been implementing as of this past year but would like to be even more diligent about moving forward. I’ve tinkered with going pescatarian, but to start I want to focus on eating meat with as much mindfulness as possible: eating less, eating with thoughtful intention, and avoiding meat from factory farms (tips for this here). Baby steps.

4. More Date Nights

The older you get, the more hectic it seems life becomes. This resolution is pretty simple: prioritizing more time for specials nights out with my husband. Its so easy to slide into life’s routines but it’s important to keep things fun by making time each month to do something special and romantic just the two of you.

5. Embrace Winter

Winter and I don’t really get along. Every year we butt heads, make each other miserable and generally unpleasant. But this year, now that we have our sweet little pup Louie, time spent outside during my least favorite season has increased exponentially. So the time has come, I think, to make amends with the season. It’s NOT going to be easy with so much snow and frigid temps, but seeing Louie outside in the cold thoroughly enjoying himself like it’s just another day has helped me to embrace that feeling too. And what I’m also coming to learn is that while I may never LOVE Winter, I can at least appreciate the way that Winter amplifies my love for all the other seasons. Life, if you’re lucky, is going to be a ride of ups and downs. I think almost everyone would agree the hard times in life are periods of learning and perspective, helping you to see just how wonderful the good times are. No one wants to live a life at a plateau, never sad but also never really happy.

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Summer Inspirations

July 11, 2017
HANNAH SHELBY: Summer Inspirations

Ah, summer. The season we all unanimously look forward to. Sunshine, ice cream, less clothing, more time outside. What’s not to love? Summer for me always holds excitement for adventure and new experiences. The world is alive and buzzing and one can’t help but want to be a part of everything at once. Maybe it goes back to the freedom of childhood, with no cares in the world—running about outside picking flowers, playing games with friends until the sun goes down. But whatever it is, there is nothing quite like it.
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Winter Inspirations

January 16, 2017
HANNAH SHELBY: Winter Inspirations

There’s no way around it, the winter season is in full effect.

It’s not all bad—there are many things to love about this time of year: bundling up inside with the ones you love, binging on Netflix, cozy sweaters, the crisp white snow, and of course the magical holidays. But if you’re anything like myself and many others, now that the holidays are over, winter can start to feel overwhelmingly dark and cold. When it seems like the season might never end, one thing I find therapeutic is a nice trip into the Pinterest vortex for some much needed inspiration. So in the spirit of being an overly zealous image enthusiast, I’ve pulled together some of my favorite winter-inspired photos that remind me of the best bits of the season. And hopefully they will help you feel a bit more excited too, as we hold our breathe for the arrival of spring.

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