Are you glad to say goodbye to 2017? Sorry to see it go? Feeling hopeful for 2018?
The world was a busy place in 2017 – and I’m sure it will be this year, too. I’ve decided to Embrace the Chaos.
Last year, I learned lessons in patience (always a favorite…ha) and discovered that there’s no such thing as perfect (and even if there was, I wouldn’t want it). I re-learned that if we don’t have health, we have nothing. And I remembered that family and good friends is where happiness lives.
Have you made resolutions for 2018? Is that a thing people still do? Rather than resolutions (no more junk food – ever!), I prefer to set intentions (I will do my best to limit junk food). It just feels a little more gentle, yes?
At Brush Dance, early summer is our busiest time of year. We are shipping orders out to our largest customers, coordinating time away (because even though we’re crazy-busy at work, everyone deserves a break), and working quickly to finish up our 2019 (!!) calendar designs. It’s busy!
In my personal life, I have already traveled some to see friends and family, and there are another couple of trips on the horizon. I won’t even mention our home remodeling project. When it’s like this, there’s only one thing to do – Embrace The Chaos.
Actually, I like to think of it more as “Embracing the Organized Chaos.” I am the kind of person who enjoys making lists, being organized, and knowing what is coming next. I don’t mind if the plan changes last minute because I know that I can fit any priority item into my schedule.
Priorities. That’s the key, right? Figuring out what is most important and then setting things up so that we can treat those things like the priority they are.
In no particular order, my priorities for this summer:
Brush Dance projects
More practice with drawing/watercolor
Visiting with family and friends
Play board games (we like Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan, and Boggle)
Goal: Complete an entire week’s worth of NY Times Crossword puzzles with my husband
We also like the Leuchtturm Lined Notebooks for new graduates. We’ve written about these high-quality stylish books lots. Hard cover, great paper quality, two fabric page markers, and an elastic band to help your grad keep it all together. Black is shown above – and we have many other colors and styles.
Of course, there’s nothing saying you have to give the graduate in your life a serious gift. Brush Dance has you covered! The 401K Retirement Plan Coin Purse shown above measures just 4″ x 3″ – perfect for your life’s savings, yes?
Shown above are the Pantone colors for Spring 2017. We’re embracing each of them in own way at Brush Dance.
Finally, we are on the other side of winter and heading fast into spring. Winter isn’t my season. Spring – yes!
We have had so much rain in the San Francisco Bay Area this winter. It’s nothing like the snow in other parts of the US, but it does make everything just a little more of a challenge. I’m looking forward to those easy breezy days.
Get that bright pop of color you’ve been looking for all winter.
Want to be on-trend with color, but not spend a lot? Brush Dance has the answer. Most of our items are under $20, many under $10.
Take a trip to the beach with this gently scented candle from Aquiesse. Just $5.99.
How is the end of winter going for you? Surviving? Thriving? We’d love to hear all about it.
Brush Dance Karma Journals are all about making the best of your life in this present moment. Trying your hardest. Taking care of yourself. Embracing the chaos that seems to enter all of our busy lives.
These pretty treasures measure 5×7″ and have 160 lined pages. They feature high-quality paper, and the hard cover has a really nice stay-clean finish. I love them because they are great for on-the-go journaling. (I also keep one handy for list making.)
Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys is my personal favorite because it reminds me that not everything I come across is mine to deal with – and what a relief that is.
I’ve given these handy journals to many friends and family members. Priced at just $9.99, they’re also a great bargain for such high quality.