Happy early Valentine’s Day!
How was your week? Mine was mixed…but chocolates make everything better, don’t they? I spent a few days confined to my couch with a nasty cold and man, when you’re sick, there’s a lot of time to think and be still. By the end of day two, I was going completely stir crazy and just wanting to get back to a regular routine outside of my house. Then, right as I was starting to throw a pity party for myself, the doorbell rang and in came a surprise box of very decadent chocolates from my friend Mary Bee. That act of kindness hit me immediately — it was so thoughtful and unexpected and shook me out of my funk. It was a good reminder to pay it forward and the next day, I ordered a surprise gift for someone else. It’s not even about a gift, though. It’s about taking a little time out of your day to text, call, leave a comment or write a letter and let someone know you care. Everyone has bad days and those little gestures can make a big impact.
Over the weekend, I was passing by this wall at St. Honore and it reminded me of Valentine’s Day. I want to see chocolate boxes with this level of decoration!
I snapped a quick selfie this morning to show you this new necklace I’m obsessed with. I tend to not wear much jewelry because it gets in the way but this is like the perfect balance between ladylike and edgy. I’m digging the structure — no jingly-jangly dangly bits! For the last few days, I’ve been using it to dress up basic black layers like this tank.
Orange, orange everywhere! Things haven’t slowed down for even a millisecond over at Branch but I’m embracing the busy times because there’s so much cool stuff going on behind the scenes. The tricky part with design is that it can easily be six months to a year before projects are launched. Luckily, I have five finished ones lined up to share with you starting next week. Finally!
Something completely new for me this year has been writing in a gratitude journal. I didn’t even really know what that was until I designed the one above for the Olivine Atelier Happily ever After course but now, I’m completely hooked. Every day, you write three things you’re grateful for, three things you could do to make the day even better and then, a mantra for the day. And at night, you jot down the best thing that happened. It’s so simple but a great exercise, especially when you’re having a bad day and then remember those things you wrote down a few hours earlier. I have so much more to say about the course as a whole but I’ll save that for a dedicated post.
On that note, I love this quote:
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” —William Arthur Ward
With Valentine’s Day happening tomorrow, take the time to reach out to someone and let them know you care. Just giving up 15 seconds of your day can make a world of difference.
Have a great weekend, friends.