Happy early Valentineâ€™s Day!
How was your week? Mine was mixedâ€¦but chocolates make everything better, donâ€™t they? I spent a few days confined to my couch with a nasty cold and man, when youâ€™re sick, thereâ€™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 â€” 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. Itâ€™s not even about a gift, though. Itâ€™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 Valentineâ€™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 Iâ€™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. Iâ€™m digging the structure â€” no jingly-jangly dangly bits! For the last few days, Iâ€™ve been using it to dress up basic black layers like this tank.
Orange, orange everywhere! Things havenâ€™t slowed down for even a millisecond over at Branch but Iâ€™m embracing the busy times because thereâ€™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 didnâ€™t even really know what that was until I designed the one above for the Olivine Atelier Happily ever After course but now, Iâ€™m completely hooked. Every day, you write three things youâ€™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. Itâ€™s so simple but a great exercise, especially when youâ€™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 Iâ€™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.” â€”William Arthur Ward
With Valentineâ€™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.