3 Things…to Wear…

This week’s prompt is …”write about your three favorite things to wear.” Immediately, these three items came to mind – and indeed, I was wearing 2 of them at the time. These are accessories – but I also find that I have some favorites in the wardrobe and actually tend to be moving towards more of a capsule/uniform approach. 

  • Tieks! Last spring I finally took the plunge & bought my first pair of Tieks flats (pacific green). They felt great and immediately were put to use – in less than a month, I had picked up a second pair (poppy). Last summer these were in near constant rotation and by late summer a third pair (taupe) was in hand. This spring, a fourth pair (pewter) has joined the lineup and I’m pretty sure I know what the fifth pair is going to be in the near future. Sometime I’m do a full post on these shoes. As someone who has struggled with finding comfortable shoes for these large feet, I’m amazed that these simple flats provide so much comfort and ease of wear for me.
  • Tie a Scarf! For years I have been a scarf collector…and wearer. In recent years, scarves have become a travel souvenir. I have a stash of scarfs from European adventures. A stash of shawls/pashminas from the Jesus Film Project briefings that I’ve been privileged to attend. And of course, by way of knitting I’ve added several neck wraps (beyond cold weather outerwear varieties). No matter the time of year, a scarf is a frequent final piece to an outfit. And even when I’m not wearing a scarf, one is always close at hand – in my work backpack or in my purse so that I can use it as needed…for fashion, for warmth, for comfort. 
  • Timepiece! For my last milestone birthday, my family gave me this Luminox watch. Rebecca was quick to point out this is the watch the Navy Seals wear. I hadn’t thought it would become my daily watch…but it has. It is quite a conversation starter – whether at work and paired with a blazer or on the go. Bonus – the glow means it is perfect by the hotel bed to see the time in the middle of the night (or also in a dark movie theater).

What are your favorite items to wear?

Linking up with Carole & Kat for Think, Write, Thursday.

Midway…

As we near the midpoint of 2017, the Thursday prompt was to…consider what it means to be at the halfway point of the year. Did you state some intentions for 2017? If so, check in on them and give us an update. If you didn’t state any intentions then maybe you could tell us what you think so far about 2017 or perhaps you’d like to set some intentions for the second half of the year.

Honestly, I initially thought I wouldn’t have a post for this prompt. As 2017 started I had some initial thoughts of goals for the year and then suddenly I seemed to be on the road all the time and goals really went to the back seat. Then…last week a picture on Instagram led me to a special on the 6 months Powersheets planner and that seemed like the nudge that I needed. Before I knew it, the planner was in hand and now as July comes into view, I’m taking the time to be intentional in focusing on a few areas for the rest of the year: there are some professional goals I want to achieve; some health goals; some home goals. Since work travel has dialed back, it seems like the perfect time to put some focus and planning into these goals and see what can be accomplished in the remainder of 2017.

What is your midway view on 2017?

Belatedly linking up with Carole & Kat for Think, Write, Thursday.

Summer Buckets 2017


As summer gets started, it’s time to make a “bucket list” of goals (big & small) for this coming season. In no particular order…

…Road trip! Airbnb reservations are made for our entire sister road trip at the end of the month. Now to finish picking out some activities to fill the days. 

…Eat fresh & local! It’s about that time for weekly visits to favorite local farmstands. 

…Patio Reading! Unwind with a book & a beverage on the patio to end the day. 

…Complete a Whole30! With all the travel this year, it’s time to do a reset. 

…Konmari! There is lots in the house that is no longer sparking joy, so it must go. The first Greendrop pickup is already scheduled! 

…Create Action Plans! It’s time to get serious about a few goals I have for the year. 

…simply savor a season of reduced work travel! 

What are you hoping to fill your bucket with this summer? 

Linking up with Carole & Kat for Think, Write, Thursday

Hello, June…

As a new month starts, it’s time to say Hello, June
Hello to “Miss Butterfly” turning 14…I’m not sure where the time has gone since that first meeting when she was hours old – high school awaits her this fall…

Hello to dialing back on work travel…and getting back to a home routine…

Hello to summer vacation! As the month ends, Rebecca & I have a great sisters road trip in the works that involves Maine & Prince Edward Island…

Hello to the return of summer produce & simple meal prep to let those flavors shine…

What are you saying “hello” to as June gets underway?

Belatedly linking up with Carole & Kat for Think, Write, Thursday

In the Bag!

I chuckled when I saw today’s Think Write Thursday prompt…write about the contents of your purse. Are you a minimalist? Or do you carry around a knapsack? And say, what’s in there, anyway? Tell us what you’ve got in your purse and why!

(I lucked out with a stunning view from my hotel this week!)

I can answer this question in several different ways; however, right now my purse leans towards minimalism. Why? Because it’s my travel purse. With all my travel in the last 14 months, most trips have been limited to my carry-on luggage: a wheel aboard suitcase & my work bag (these days a great backpack. And as airlines are trying to be stricter about carry-on bags, I need to have a purse that can easily tuck into a bag when I board the plane.

This travel purse sparks joy in my Kon Mari journey – when I commented about needing a good travel purse (months before I knew I’d be traveling all the time), my sister convinced Mom that we both needed these beautiful burgundy leather bags from across the pond – my first foray into the gorgeous Modalu England handbags. It was a lovely surprise to find this bag under the Christmas tree in December 2015.

I’m finishing up another week on the road – my 14th week of 2017 that includes travel. So, what do I keep in this travel purse? In addition to a small wallet, a quick peek inside the bag includes:

  • This week, my passport since I’m finishing up a trip to Mexico
  • A purple pen
  • 2 phones – my work phone is pictured & my personal phone snapped this picture
  • Ear buds for listening to tunes in flight and participating in conference calls that don’t stop when I’m on the road
  • A small cell phone charger & cable – this credit card size one was a great promo as one of our product brands celebrated 100 years – it’s small enough to always be in a purse, no matter the size of the bag. It is helpful
  • Kleenex, hand sanitizer for trying to stay healthy; throat drops to sooth incessant throat tickles; not pulled out, a small container of Motrin for headaches.
  • A hairband for pulling my hair back into some semblance of ponytail or messy bun
  • Burt’s Bees rose tinted lip balm for a splash of color & a lavender coconut lip balm. The lavender scent was much appreciated on Monday’s flight into Mexico – about 30 minutes before landing, the gentleman in the seat in front of me became sick – liberally applying the lip balm kept a pleasant scent closest to me until off the plane.

Work travel is going to slow down for the foreseeable future…as that happens, my other “purse-onality” will reemerge as I swap back to larger bags for day-to-day use at home. The contents of this travel bag will migrate back to the larger bag – and some items that travel in my backpack will also be in my purse as warranted: a larger cosmetic pouch (think nail file, lotion, band-aids, etc.), my Kindle, a Swell water bottle, sunglasses.

What is your purse-onality?

Linking up with Carole & Kat for Think Write Thursday.