Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Hey friends and happy day after Mother’s Day!

After a long season of book writing and other things that have kept me especially busy this year, I have given myself permission to just slow down and rejuvenate a bit. It’s not the same as taking a real vacation (although I’d love to do that, too!), but it’s good to make the time and mind space to let myself just BE present in whatever moment will refuel me, rather than always being busy DOING what needs to be done (or what needs to happen to keep up with a deadline).

I love my job and have been beyond grateful for opportunities to do what I love for the past eleven and a half years, but there are definitely projects and seasons as a small business owner that are especially challenging to keep up with.

And when you are self-employed (or just ambitious!), if you have a lot of great opportunities for growth (which is a good problem to have!) it can be hard to take time for a real break in between projects. But as they say, you can’t pour from an empty cup so it’s important to fill back up.

So sometimes you just have to decide you’re going to guard that time for yourself, even if you have to slow down or even drop a few balls in order to get time away. I remember needing to give myself that same permission to take time for myself in so many seasons of life!

To be healthy, happy, creative and even productive, I think we need to keep regular rhythms between rest and work. Productivity can be so fun and very rewarding, but time alone, time with our favorite people, time to refresh, it’s all so important to our well-being.

It’s not always natural for me to slow the pace (especially since I love what I do!), but it’s so refreshing to have (make!) time to wander neighborhoods again just for fun, to sip coffee at a more leisurely pace, and even to just putter around the yard (yes, I can’t wait to show you how our yard is coming along! I have so much to show you!!!).

Yesterday I got to relax with my family doing some things I LOVE to do, it was a perfect Mother’s Day!

We started the day at Storyville (their almond milk latte is my favorite coffee in the world!), followed by a walk on Alki Beach in West Seattle. The sun was shining and it was absolutely gorgeous out!

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Aren’t my kids cute? :)

After the beach we decided to head over to an area I enjoy driving and walking around. Madison Park is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Seattle! The homes and landscaping are so beautiful and inspiring. Several of the streets overlook Lake Washington so the views are stunning, too.

I will have to go back and take more photos, but I snapped a few to show you!Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

  Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

I can’t imagine a better way to spend the day, enjoying time outside on a lovely day with my sweet family (well, and drinking coffee and looking at houses, ha!).

Hope you are taking time to be present in moments that refuel you, too, sweet friend!

What have you been doing lately to make time for yourself?

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

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A Cute & Organized ‘Laundry Room’ in a Closet!

A Cute & Organized 'Laundry Room' in a Closet!

Ever since she moved in to her new place last year, my daughter Courtney and I had been talking about how cute and organized her laundry area could be with a few accessories. While her laundry “room” is actually just a small closet with louvered doors, she’s very lucky to have her own washer and dryer IN her apartment!

A Cute & Organized 'Laundry Room' in a Closet!

One day we got inspired to take action, so we headed off to Homegoods and got the goods for a little makeover! In addition to a few items we already had, we found a couple of new art canvases, a rug, a rack for the wall and shoe pockets for organizing products.

A Cute & Organized 'Laundry Room' in a Closet!

A Cute & Organized 'Laundry Room' in a Closet!

We set everything up, hung the art, organized the space and the makeover was complete before dinner time. Easy peasy!

A Cute & Organized 'Laundry Room' in a Closet!

I’m a big believer in simplifying everything as much as possible so you can make progress without feeling overwhelmed. If you have larger rooms, break bigger projects down into smaller tasks you can complete. You’ll feel empowered by progress and inspired by the momentum!

A Cute & Organized 'Laundry Room' in a Closet!
I remember having my laundry room in a closet in two of our houses when my kids were small. It seemed like the only way to keep it tidy would be to do laundry every day. And WHO IN THE WORLD WOULD WANT TO DO LAUNDRY EVERY DAY? Not me (or so I thought). I did everything I could possibly do to avoid doing laundry. I could stuff dirty laundry in that closet like a BOSS. Until one day I realized that actually doing the laundry wasn’t nearly as frustrating as NOT doing the laundry. :)

A Cute & Organized 'Laundry Room' in a Closet!

Do you have a small space you could organize and beautify this week?

You might have seen a peek at this laundry space in my brand new book . Simple Organizing is about making the most of the space you have, whether you live in an apartment or a house! You can make every area of your home prettier, tidier and more functional.

Take a tour of Courtney’s new place (move in tour!) and follow her for more updates.

A Cute & Organized 'Laundry Room' in a Closet!

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