WHEN MOTIVATION IS LOST

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My moments on the blog have been sparse this month.  I still feel like I am in such a period of re-evaluation, but right now I am at the place of no movement.  I know this spot will quickly pass, as all do.  I was at the home-stretch of getting my house completely reorganized and decluttered and then I just stopped.  I lost all motivation.  My laundry has sat in a huge pile on the floor by the bay window for two weeks now, just growing and growing.  And I could say that about every other corner of the house too. 

I had a couple day burst of brand new inspiration for my shop, I made so many new pretties, I got the idea to shift my whole shop over to this website here instead of etsy, I rephotographed everything I had in stock + the new stuff, uploaded it all to the site and got ready for a new launch.  I did a test purchase with myself and quickly realized the move I made was not the right one.  The process of getting an order in and shipping it is not nearly as easy as etsy, on top of not being able to connect paypal.  So, now I must put all that work back into my etsy shop for now until a better solution comes along.  It's not that I don't love etsy, it is actually a really great place to sell, I just wanted my own pretty store front right here on my website, to have everything all in one place.  I guess if Squarespace changes a few things, like adding Paypal options, and more streamlined, quick & easy shipping processes then Ill reconsider.  I must say though that my excitement waned a bit about my shop.  I guess after getting pumped for a big fresh new change like that and then just ending up right back where you were, was a little disappointing.  Plus knowing that all that time I spent was almost for nothing.  BUT I am just in need of a little change in attitude... Brush it off, pick myself back up, and move forward.  Maybe some things are just better left as they are.  I will still be changing the way I work and for the time being only offering items that are ready made, one a time. 

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Another new point of change, I cut my hair two days ago!  It was dark by the time we got home so all I have is a quick harshly lit bathroom selfie.  But I am loving it!  We cut about 6-7 inches off and it feels so healthy, and THICK for the first time in my life!  I don't normally cut my hair 'blunt' and I have really thin fine hair, so this cut makes it really feel thick and full and healthy.  And now it doesn't turn into a rat's nest when I wake up in the morning, ha ha! 

I know alot of the changes I have made over the past few months are pretty simple.  De-cluttering my home.  Changing my diet.  Cutting my hair.  Changing my website.  Re-thinking how I create my jewelry & what I offer.  But I hope with time and dedication that all of these little changes add up to create a brand new - bad ass year in 2015.  I feel like my life shifted, cracked open, is letting the bad stuff fall through the cracks, and opening me up for new good things to come in.  Who knows, maybe one of those things will be mini sized ;)

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outfit details: dress + crochet duster - F21 // fringe boots - koolaburra // bag - mahiya leather // necklace - sailor's omen // turquoise + mother of pearl rings - soliloquy jewelry // hornet nest ring - helios jewelry // copper cuff - silk bone jewels // leather wrap bracelet - flourish leather // cowrie shell bracelet - soulmakes


This is one of those outfits I forgot to post a few months back.  It was around the transition of summer's end and the beginning of fall.  This is probably one of my most favorite outfits, so I'm glad its not lost forever!

These fringe boots are so rad and playful.  The way the fringe swings when you walk in them just feels so fun.  As you know, I'm a lover of fringe!!!  Sadly I think this crochet duster is out of stock on F21, but it's quickly become a staple in my closet.  I wore it in one of my latest lookbooks for the Bohemian Collective too! 

Digging up these photos from a few months ago is making me miss summer and my ombre hair!  I'm still adjusting to the dark.  Some days I love it, some days I don't.  And I'm seriously contemplating chopping my hair off like this.  But then I see photos of how long it is, and how far Ive come and I get so undecided.  Ahhh...

Today I will be spending as much time as possible by the fireside to ease my cramps.  It feels so good on my soar muscles.  We had appointments and plans for town today and lucky we were able to cancel everything.  (big sigh)

I hope if you find yourself in a spot where you are not feeling so hot today you can find a tiny way to escape for a bit and give yourself some lovin.  Even if its just laying on the floor for 5 minutes and breathing deeply.  xo

THE "PURPLE" GREEN SMOOTHIE

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Time for another smoothie recipe!  A variation of this smoothie has been my go-to green shake for years.  You can always mix it up with whatever ingredients you have on hand.  Below are the ones I used for this particular one.  I'm always fond of the colors these shakes turn into. 

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Purple Green Smoothie via rootsandfeathers.com

THE "PURPLE" GREEN SMOOTHIE

 

1 cup of orange juice (or any other juice or liquid base)

1 tsp flax oil (I usually add some coconut oil too)

1 tbsp maca powder

1 tsp vitamineral greens (optional)

2 handfuls of frozen berries of choice (I used blueberry + mango)

2 handfuls of greens (I used spinach + dandelion leaf)

agave or honey to taste if needed (use a small amount to start or it will be way too sweet)

 

Blend you liquids and your greens together first until smooth, then add the rest of your ingredients and blend until completely blended. 

Enjoy!  I drink mine with a straw :)

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NEW THINGS ON THE HORIZON

Ive been a little quiet over here on the blog this week b/c I have been working behind the scenes on a total shop revamp.  Just like I have spent the past month slowly cleaning out, purging, and revamping my home space, and then doing the same thing to my blog... Now I am doing it with my shops.  I really feel like I am at a new crossroads with my life.  I am ready for change.  For new life.  New inspiration.  All of it.  And as funny as this may sound, the switching of two desks in my home sparked ALOT of this change.  I can't fully explain why, but it shifted something in me in so many ways. 

One big change that will be occurring soon is that I am bringing BACK my print shop!  But with all new, updated photography.  I'm keeping it very simple and only selling small 5x5 prints.  I'm so excited about this shift.  Photography is one of my biggest passions and I'm happy to be sharing this love with the world again.  It's been a long time since I closed down my last print shop, and with all new photos this move feels filled with new life! 

The best part... I'll be selling straight from my site here!  Which leads me to...

My Roots & Feathers shop is also getting a major re-vamp!  I will also be transitioning my jewelry shop to my website here!  You will be able to get it all in one place.  This will be a new thing for me, so I may need to do a bit of a trial period first to make sure I really like the flow of it, but that is my plan! 

I am also going to only be making one of a kind pieces, or some things in very small batches, so once something sells, its gone!  The last few years I have built my shop full of items that could be re-ordered over and over, and while that has been a great thing for a long time, it is no longer working for my lifestyle.  I have my hands in too many things along with creating the magazine for The Bohemian Collective + keeping up with that website, making shirts with James for Skyline Fever (which is booming), being a fulltime blogger, etc.  If you have been following along you know that over a month ago it hit me that I need some major restructuring as I was burning out.  I wasn't sure how that was going to look when I first took time off, but slowly over a month or two of letting go, things have been falling into place in a new way.  They are finally starting to feel exciting + manageable again! 

It takes the passion out of something when it gets to the point where you feel stressed out over what you love to do.  I am continually aiming to create an environment for myself that feels life giving, not life sucking.  If I have to let go or restructure the things in my life to do so, then I am up for it!  Being your own boss comes with all the responsibility of figuring this out, and sometimes it has to be done over and over again as your life changes. 

I can't wait to share the new shop!  I'm not sure exactly when it will go live, but I'll keep you posted!  Many of the items that are in my etsy shop right now are going to be phased out, just FYI if you have had your eye on something, it might be the time to snag it!