Life Lately & a fireside chat

toasting the new place
park avenue blooms
pre successfully building our bed
trying to figure out if the bed would fit in our car*
the prettiest flowers and our new rug
more flowers
can't resist
a peek at the living room

Happy Friday! 

We are finally back in business after what ended up being almost a two-week hiatus. I'm not going to lie, it was nice to take a little break. I started this blog almost two years ago as a creative outlet, and I have almost always posted at least five days a week. But between work, moving, my mom visiting and of course our Internet being out, it just made sense to let the blog sit on the back burner over the last few weeks. It felt good to know there was one thing I didn't have to "worry" about each day.

It felt so good that I seriously considered whether it might be time to hang up the blogging towel after this move. Like everyone, I have so much going on in my life and I wondered if perhaps it was time to cut back.

But, I also missed it. This is my biggest creative outlet and it felt like one of the fun parts of my day was missing. The more that I've blogged, the more I have begun to "worry" about the blog. In many ways it is very personal, and I think that makes the challenge of writing and producing it even harder. I have so many thoughts about what I would like to do with it, and I always am thinking about how to make it better….better pictures, better content, better design, better, better, better. I have so many ideas that it inevitably feels like I am falling short. 

But of course, that's the nature of the beast. The more you work at something, the more there is to do, and the more you want to do. This blog is by no means my full-time job. It kills me when people ask that, because it is so far from the truth. The truth is, I never even think about this while I'm at my full-time job. That position is all consuming and so this little hobby falls into my downtime (which is also filled with my incredible family and friends). 

Thankfully, golf season has arrived so my husband will be blissfully occupied for at least ten hours a weekend, leaving me more free time to work here (kidding...not kidding). With the new apartment, and summer on the horizon I have tons of things I would like to share with you and hopefully more time to do so. 

Most importantly though, I love that this blog keeps me in touch with people I don't see every day like my high school and college roomies (shout out Alison and Kelly) and even my family. I mean, there is absolutely nothing cuter than the fact that my uncles check in on me here. It also keeps my friends in the loop on my life (or most of it) even when we don't have time to meet up (it can backfire when your best friend finds out you got a new apartment on the Internet). 

If you stuck with this War & Peace of a post, then thank you….and thanks for coming here and reading up on things. I can't wait to show you what's in store.

xo
smash

all photos from instagram

*My opinion (and the facts) were that it didn't. My mom's opinion (and her aggressive persuading of two Ikea employees) was that it did. With the passenger seat almost unusable (according to me and every highway safety engineer out there) we made it work. Lesson? There is nothing a determined mid-western mom can't do.