happy june 1st everyone! may turned out to be a pretty productive month. remember the mood board i created for may in order to keep myself mindful of certain goals and how i wanted to feel throughout the month? i didn't manage to create as much as i would have liked, but i did eat pretty well, practiced kindness, slowed down to enjoy life, and finished the happiness project (i'm 1/3 through the fire starter sessions). overall, i would say that i did alright. [pat, pat on the back, back.]
as many of you know, we wrapped up the month of may by taking a trip to palm springs where we rented a home with three other families. (if you're at all curious, you can see the home here.) before checking into the home on friday, our family made a pit stop at the parker for breakfast. i managed to take a few pics for you guys. the famous white brick wall that greets visitors at the entrance of the hotel and the lobby itself were smaller than i had envisioned. other than the smaller scale, the hotel's decor did not disappoint; it was a mecca for all things jonathan adler. i wanted to sit and relish each and every seating area as there were many, and they helped to make the entire lobby feel cozy. you don't at all feel like you're in a hotel lobby. instead, you feel like you're in someone's very hip, palm springs home. i'm quite certain this was the aesthetic adler was after. in the end, i am happy i convinced my husband to make the pit stop…even though the entire time he and the kids were dying to get to the house and go swimming. happy wife, happy life. ;)
as you can imagine, the rest of the weekend was spent swimming, lounging, talking stories with friends, laughing, and - most important - slowing down and enjoying life. hm, maybe these monthly mood boards do work after all.
let's see, what else happened in may? oh, we just managed to pull off one amazing cocktail party! thank you again to everyone who participated and/or left supportive comments. i thoroughly enjoyed reading every single post, many of which put a lump in my throat and/or made me nod in agreement. (did you happen to catch that the things i'm afraid to tell you movement was written up in the huffington post?)
there were two things that i wanted to add to friday's post. first, my apologies to anyone i left out. i assure you it was not intentional, just boob-headed. second, after reading a handful of posts, i realized i didn't write anything about being a mother and how very hard that job is for me. some days i feel like i'm colossally failing. however, parenting has no exit strategy. there is no dangling one foot out the door and thinking if things don't work out, i'll just leave - which unfortunately is quite often my m.o. it's a lifetime commitment so when the days get tough, i must dig deep and push through. if only i could find a way to apply this same strength and tenacity to my personal life, i think all would be right. it will certainly be one of the greatest lessons i've learned from parenting.
have an amazing weekend everyone!!
ps~who is signed up for BYW 2.0? opening ceremony is today. let the games begin!