DIY Painted Vases (and a confession) for Mother's Day.
Happy Tuesday! I wanted to share the link for my latest post on DIY Network's Made + Remade - Three DIY Painted Vases for Mother's Day. Check it out and whip up your own custom vases for your mama to show her how much you love her. I also have a small Mother's Day confession. These days, I'm working on mastering the balance of a 20 hour per week office job + a freelance job + starting my own company + raising a toddler + being a wife. And lemme tell you, that's a pretty intense circus act right there. But the more amazing women I meet, the more I realize that my balancing act isn't really that far outside of what many, many fellow working moms are doing, too. We're all in the trenches, we're all doing the best we can, and a good many of us are doing amazing, spectacular things that inspire me to push harder, dig deeper and reach further.
I have a lifelong tendency to beat myself up for all of the things I'm not doing (like teaching our two year old French, making gourmet meals seven days a week, writing thank you letters promptly...or at all, exercising, going on date nights with my husband, dressing more stylishly, washing my face every single night before bed, flossing ever - I could go on and on here), rather than congratulate myself on the things I have been accomplishing (like being the best mom I know how to be and not doing too bad a job of it, landing my first contributor gig, slowly building up Minnow + Co during naps and into the wee hours of the morning after bedtime, working my tail off 80+ hours a week to build something successful for our family's future, being actively engaged in our community, and ACTUALLY MAKING MONEY based purely on my own creative ability).
But this Mother's Day, I'm going to give MYSELF a present. I'm going to quit worrying about all of the things I'm not doing perfectly. I'm going to let go of the anxiety I have about the things I don't have time to do at all. I'm going to choose to spend my energy on going out into the world and meeting more people who are doing some really, really fabulously amazing things, instead of using that energy to beat myself up. And I'm going to say thank you to all of the women, mothers or not, who have been so wonderfully supportive over the past year as I tentatively started to believe that yes, I could actually do this. THANK YOU, LADIES. I wouldn't be half of who I am today - mom, daughter, sister-in-law, cross-country-friend, mom's-group-member, and ladypants behind Minnow + Co - without you.
In my neck of the woods today, the sun is shining, it's 70+ degrees (!!!!!!) and I'm working from the porch while my peanut takes a nap. Not bad, folks, not bad at all. Before I go, I'll share one more very important picture with you - probably the photo that best captures my Mother's Day feelings. When all else fails - when there's too much to do and not enough time, I forgot to grab a single vegetable for dinner and the dog dug up about 20 sq. ft of our backyard - it's this little one who reminds me that sometimes, the best thing to do is forget about making things pretty and just have a blast in the dirt. Happy Mother's Day!