I absolutely LOVE New Years and the feel of the fresh crisp clean pure year ahead. I feel like I NEED that refresh every year. There’s just something special about it. It’s funny, Dan and I are SO goal oriented and we love making plans. Resolutions are something we do pretty much monthly so thats not really what I love about January first. I think it’s just feeling like there are so many possibilities and options.
This January First we took it REALLY easy and it was actually just what I needed. I stayed in my pajamas all day until we went on a date that night. We spent the morning with Dan’s brother’s family, including his wife Jamie and our THREE little Nephews and Niece. We snuggled the little ones and watched African Animals shows into the early afternoon. Next we went back to Dan’s mom’s house and took a nap, snuggled, read books, and just relaxed. We realized that the this past Holiday Season here in Raleigh has been the longest break we have actually taken since we opened our business in 2010. It has been much needed and quite rejuvenating. We have spent lots of quality time with people we love and rarely see, which is really important!
Dan is re-modeling the powder room here at his mom’s house and Im working away, catching up on all the things we have needed to do but couldn’t while we shot weddings and traveled all this fall. It feels REALLY good. After he finishes up the bathroom re-do we are headed to the Outer Banks of NC for some MORE home improvement and a little getaway.
I am missing New England a lot but thankful for this season too. Packing everything up in the storage unit was both sad and freeing. I like doing things that set me free from things that I know I don’t need in my life any longer. Our apartment we were living in was both a perfect spot for us then and also not the place we needed to be any longer. As much as it would have been easier to stay there, it was the right thing to leave and move forward to a better place. I am doing my best not to wish my days away for when we head back to Maine and move into our new place but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss Maine intensely.Â It feels so good to know that we have put our roots down in a place that I love so much. We will be back soon though…
A few fun things we’ve done while here in Raleigh:
We caught up with our good friends Rebekah and Michael and their 2 year old! It seems like yesterday we were photographing them PREGNANT!
We went to the NCMA and saw some of my favorite artworks that I have loved since I was a child. My mother took my sister and I to the art museum almost weekly when we were children and there are a few pieces there that feel almost as familiar as my own hands. They are a part of me. That reminds me that I need to get some prints and hang them up in my home. Being surrounded by art I love is the only option. Amiright?
We got our fix of Bojangles, CHick-fil-a, Cookout, and lots and lots of Sweet Tea. Thank you Raleigh for hooking us up with these vital nutrients.
We went to see WILD and I cried at least 4 times. I think Cheryl Strayed and I would probably make fast friends of one another if we ever crossed paths. Read the book first and then go see the movie. It’s important.
â€œFear begets fear. Power begets power. I willed myself to beget power. And it wasn’t long before I actually wasn’t afraid.â€ – Cheryl Strayed
Take time for you today. Do something you want to do and take care of yourself.