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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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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

April 28, 2016
jane berkin and kids

How do you thank the woman who has been there for you, through thick and thin, through good days and bad, from the very beginning? It’s a grandiose task, friends. And frankly, no gift will ever come close to doing her justice. But there is no sense in not trying. Below are a few ideas to help show the #1 lady in your life just how much she means to you.

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New Year Resolutions

January 11, 2015

Do you make New Year Resolutions? I’m not super serious about them, but I do think it can be a fun way to start out the year. And once the year is over, it’s nice to look back and see which of them you accomplished and which still need more work. So in the spirit of the the New Year, here are some of my resolutions for 2015:ReadMore_DuoRead More Books.

Reading more books was also on my resolution list last year. And while I may not have read quite as many books as I was hoping, I did get through a big one on my list—Donna Tart’s The Goldfinch. 775 pages and well worth the read. This year I’m hoping to knock out at least four, beginning with All The Light We Cannot See. Others on my list: How to be Parisian Wherever You AreWild, and Gone Girl. (And please, any suggestions are welcomed!)

Spend more time with people who make you happySpend Time With People Who Make You Happy.

It may be cliche, but life is short. And the older I get, the more I realize there are just some people who contribute positivity to your life and others who don’t. And that’s okay. But in this busy world we live in, time is so precious. So why spend it with people who don’t support and love you for who you are. Recently I came across a quote that read “You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.” Amen.

RunMore_DuoRun Darling, Run.

My freshman year of college, for no particular reason, I started running. And before I knew it, I was running almost every day. This continued up until moving to Chicago 4 years ago. Once I moved, my routine changed and so did my exercises. Over the last few months I’ve gotten back into it more, and it’s definitely something I want to continue. Chicago winters don’t make it easy, but with a little layering and determination, anything is possible.

TakeAClass_DuoTake a Class.

Ever since I was little, I’ve always loved art and making things with my hands. Art classes in school were always my favorite, and lately I’ve been longing for that quiet time in the studio creating. So in the spirit of trying something completely new, I’ll be enrolling in the Beginning Metalsmithing class at Lillstreet Art Center in April to learn how to make jewelry! And who knows, maybe it will become one of my new favorite hobbies.

Wine_DuoLearn about wine.

No matter what your age, its so important to continue to learn and expand your mind. Joe and I are big wine drinkers, and especially with all the restaurants in Chicago, I’ve always wanted to really know what I’m ordering and why. For Christmas, my brother gave me Kevin Zraly’s book Windows On the World: a complete wine course. And if I have to sample many, many types of wine while learning, I suppose I can handle that. I’ll keep you updated :)

Worry LessWorry Less.

I fully admit it, I am a worrier. Much of this comes from being a bit of a perfectionist and wanting to have control over situations that can’t always be controlled. But lately, I’ve been trying my best to worry less. When a situation which may or may not even happen in the future starts to put a knot in my stomach, I take a deep breathe and remind myself theres no point in worrying until there’s actually a reason to worry. Sounds pretty simple, but it’s not always easy. However, worrying about maybe needing to worry? That’s just silly.

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What are your resolutions this year? Here’s to making 2015 one of the best years yet!