Dear Pumpkin – 10 months

Sweet girl,

You’re 10 months old, this post is a little late going up, and I completely missed your 9 month letter. Between you deciding to grow up really fast all of a sudden & us moving to Houston, that 9 month letter got lost in the mix, but my girl, I am so in love with you!

You have been such a trooper through the move, and although I know you don’t really understand the difference, you’ve been so good about being in a different house with a different routine. You’re still even sleeping really well (minus a nap here or there) despite the fact that your crib is still in our old house and you’ve been in the pack-n-play.

Your bottom two teeth are in, and you’ve allllllmost got matching ones on the top. I think they’ll break through any day now. And even though I know they must be hurting you, you’re still just as smiley as ever.

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You love to scream still, and have gotten very curious. You love to tear up the magazines at Oma & Pops’ house & try to hurry into the bathroom or your sister’s room any chance you get.

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Your little voice is so cute & the sounds you make almost sound like you’re trying to yodel. It cracks us up a lot & makes me anxious to hear you call me mama, but it also makes me wish that time would stand still because I know you won’t be making that sound forever.

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You’re doing good with trying new foods, although you make it pretty clear you aren’t a fan of any kind of chicken, noodle, rice chunks in your baby food. You like watermelon, sweet potatoes, avocado & bananas.

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One of the biggest things is that you’re walking soooo well! You’re practically running now. I think we must have cheered for you a lot at the beginning because you tend to clap your hands whenever you’ve walked a good distance. Keep that, sweet girl. Work hard & don’t get over-confident, but I hope you always praise yourself when praise is due.

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Of course our little month stickers don’t really stand a chance anymore with you… I’ve got to be pretty quick to get any shots of them actually on your tummy!

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You crack yourself up now, and that little laugh is just too cute, Pumpkin. It’s such a fun stage when I get to see you starting to pick up on other’s reactions and how my laughter often leads to more giggles from you.

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You absolutely love this little ladybug, and you also love to grab a hold of Winston’s fur & walk around with him. Bless his heart, he is so patient with you! Walking with him like that always makes you scream & laugh, and it looks like you think you’re riding a chariot around the house.

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I’ve gotta get creative with those stickers! But you gave me a rare moment of stillness to snap this next one.

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My little sunshine girl, thank you as always for the joy you bring into our lives. You’ve made Peanut the best big sister, and I’ve been loving watching you two interact more and more. She loves you to pieces, and I hope you grow up to know and appreciate how fortunate you are to have a big sister who loves you so much.

Thank you for letting me be your mama. I love you, Pumpkin!

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Intentional Living

I received a suggestion a little while ago to read The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss, and I was intrigued and decided to give it a try. I haven’t gotten too far into the book just yet, but I think one of the main points is really interesting, and warrants taking a little bit of time to really think about your current life & plans for the future.

Ferriss talks about the mentality of the “New Rich” and how rather than putting off enjoyment, travel and rejuvenation to the end of life in retirement, we can inject mini-retirements periodically into our lives as we go. We can work fewer hours without location constraints, so travel is a viable option at all times.

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Now, the old-school part of me thinks sure, that’s great and all, but in the real world most people have to put in the work, pay your dues, and earn the enjoyment of retirement.

The other part of me sees the value in this way of thinking and not putting-off living until later, when we may or may not be capable. And there’s always the thought that changing financial situations may not allow for the things we think we’ll do “someday.”

One key thing that really stuck with me right away though was that you have to be intentional about the time you want to free up. So if you’re working to cut back your workdays from 5 days to 4 days a week, you can’t just be working to have more free time. You need to want to have the time for a specific reason – whether it’s learning to bake, being able to make it to your kids’ sports competitions, or traveling to historic landmarks around your state.

The key is to be specific, and work to make sure you’re living too. And really, whether you follow the rest of the plan or buy into the “New Rich” idea/lifestyle, I think that is such a valuable lesson and reminder to us all. Be smart, but don’t keep putting off living until later!

So what is one thing that you want to intentionally start building into your life?

Be The Candle

I am so excited to finally be able to make it to a Tuesdays Together meet up next week, y’all! It’s going to be great to be able to meet other creatives here in the area and join together in the incredible movement of supporting and pushing one another.

This quote was in my new planner (am I the only one who gets WAY too excited about buying a new¬†planner?!), and I loved it right away. I knew I’d want to post it on here at some point, but the more I read it, the more I think it’s such a great way to tie up my excitement for Tuesdays Together.

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I am so glad that The Rising Tide Society was founded to encourage creatives to really come together to support one other and elevate our fields as a whole through helping one other and learning together. As the new kid here in Houston, I’m fully aware that there are a lot of people who have incredible things already going on here. They’ve got incredible momentum & are accomplishing amazing things. And while it would be really easy to be intimidated or even jealous of those things, I am going to make the choice to reflect that light back onto them. To cheer them on. To toast their successes. Because sometime down the line, they might be helping me celebrate mine. And a thriving market is exactly what we all need.

So whatever field you find yourself in, or whatever stage of life you’re in, let’s all decide that we’ll either be candles or mirrors. Sometimes maybe we’ll be both. But either way, we’ll be happy to just be involved with spreading light in the world.

And if you’ve had a “candle” moment lately, leave it in the comments! I’d love to be a part of celebrating your wins!!