I love taking a moment at the end of each month to share what I’ve learned. I think the practice forces me to pay attention and show up for the ways God is working in my life. This September has been rich in learning and I’m so grateful.
Move it to Monday: We’ve always done baking day and nature journaling day on Friday. It kind of seemed like if we were going to make a mess, we might as well make ALL the mess on one day. But we got a little mixed up on our school days the last few weeks because of doctor’s appointments and such and we really needed to catch up on our nature journals and I was forced to *temporarily move it to Monday. It was glorious. We just always get through so much work on Monday, and it was a gentle and relaxing down time after hitting it so hard the rest of the morning. Needless to say, we are keeping it there, I guess Monday needs it’s own beautiful mess.
Natural Materials Make Anything Feel Luxurious: Forces converged on me this month to lead me to this conclusion. First of all, I realized that all my houseplants that were thriving were in terra cotta pots, so I went to the garden store and bought replacement for all my other pots. Y’all, it added such beautiful color and texture. Which made me realize that most of the things I feel that way about are always natural and usually pretty raw materials. Chunky yarn, clay pots, this terra-cotta necklace (currently on super-sale), or this wood watch. (Today is the last day for that watch giveaway!)
Clipboards Are Everything: You cannot spend a better $2.00 at Target. I’ve found myself reaching for clipboards for homeschool, writing projects, Noonday parties, teaching dance classes, and everything in between. They keep things both visible, which I need or I will forget them, and tidy, which I also need or my head will spin off and I’ll throw away important things.
I Love an Unreliable Narrator: I saw a thread on this when I was looking up books and I had never heard of the concept. People have very strong feelings about this and most of them were negative, but to my surprise when they started listing the books that fall in this category, many of them were books I love. First and foremost my favorite novel of all time, Emma. It’s a device that involves what appears to be an omniscient narrator looking back to tell the whole story, but often you are really only seeing what they want you to see, or falling into the same traps they fell in to. Maybe I love it because that seems more like real life? I don’t know, what do you think of unreliable narrators?
This Playlist is Perfect for Fall: While I’m not all about Pumpkin Everything, I do love to create a good sensory experience for the seasons. My themes for fall often fall around hazelnut, cloves, rich harvest veggie soups, warm colors, and the perfect blend of chill music with just a bit of brisk energy (kind of like the weather), and this playlist nails that.