I forgot what day it was for a second.
And I feel pretty lucky that I can do that.
I am under no illusions that my life is so very different from the lives of most 45 year-old women. It is exceptional and beautiful, and while I have worked hard to make it just so; to position myself in this way, I also know I am lucky. I benefit from an extremely supportive husband and am grateful to have a partnership with him in which I can pursue my ambitions and afford to make mistakes along the way.
Of course, I appreciate your support as well.
All of this is to say that I am sitting at my mom’s house just north of Atlanta, across from my husband, and next to my mother, enjoying watching the snow fall and accumulate on the trees and grass without much of a care in the world. We won’t be stuck here, but if we were, it wouldn’t be the end of the world.
I haven’t worked much this week because I’ve enjoyed time with my family. First my dad and stepmom in Florida, and now my mom. I am preparing answers to some of your questions from the AMA, and I thought I might have those ready to post today, but I won’t. Sorry. This week, when faced with a choice to write/work, or bake bread with my mom, or walk around our favorite outdoor shopping center with my dad, I chose family. I hope you understand.
I did update my wardrobe audit, which I hadn’t touched since February. You may see it here (google docs), but when I left it in February, I had 198 total items in my wardrobe, including shoes, bags, and things I wear exclusively for Pure Barre and at home. Now, I have 204 total items. When I get home, I’m going to remove probably 15-20 t-shirts, etc., that I have been wearing only at home the last few years and mark them for donation. I just haven’t wanted to get rid of them, because they’re still wearable, but big and worn.
Anyway, I’ll write more about that, and provide answers to some of your other questions next week.
In the meantime, please enjoy your weekend 🙂
Thanks for the update, Grechen! I love that you put the important things like spending time with your loved ones, first. Have a wonderful time with your family. xox
I’m looking forward to learning more about you Grechen. I always enjoy your writing. No snow here (except on the very tip of the mountain, sometimes) but we are enjoying temps in the 60s at night with 70 to 80 during the day with very moderate humidity. It is perfect IMO and our own type of Hawaiian winter. Enjoy the time with your family, I’m looking forward to seeing my folks next weekend and perhaps on Christmas day.
You have reminded me about the wardrobe audit. I think it is time for me to do another as well. Although I constantly feel like I’m editing as I have limited space but can’t stop acquiring! I have to make room if I buy a few new things.
Gretchen– So glad you prioritize family. Just one of the many things I like about you! Enjoy the snow and the rest of your weekend, Beth
Family time should always come first!! Love the photo…I have snow on pine trees which isn’t unusual at all. Looking forward to your post when you’re back home.
I concur with the above. Family first. Always 🙂
Funny, I’ve just started my wardrobe audit (at 9pm on a Saturday night……)
I’m dreaming of snow! We’ve just had our second day in the 30’s (90’s) with two more days of it to come. It’s crazy hot for this early in the summer. I was daft enough to go for a bike ride in it this morning so the cat and I have spent most of the afternoon under the air-con.
I love seeing your wardrobe audit list. I’ve been categorizing my inventory differently these days, seperating between “frequent”, “occasional” and “once to never worn” categories. The sub-categories are the clothing types themselves. I found this method to be really helpful to analyze the “occasional” but especially the “once to never worn” items – why I rarely wear them and how I can wear them more frequently without buying anything new. It was also an eye-opener that I had much more in those categories than the “frequent” everyday items. I struggle with styling unused items and to incorporate them into regular rotation without buying something new. My problem in the first place is that I keep on buying items that are for a fantasy life and not my everyday life. I’m going to try REALLY hard in 2018 to buy less than 10 items for the year.
Hi Grechen! You chose correctly…I hope you enjoyed your time in “Snow-Lanta”!