{moodboard / JANUARY}

Hello! Yes, I'm still alive. If you haven't yet noticed, I'm having the darndest time getting back into the {blogging} saddle. I don't know about you, but I usually hit empty in the month of January after the whirlwind months that are the holidays, and I need to find ways to replenish my tank. By best line of defense involves giving myself permission to accept this fact and flow with it, instead of fighting against it. I've been trying to embrace quiet, reflective moments of which snow serves as a great reminder. I don't live in a part of the world that receives snow, or even really cold weather. However, the two times that I have lived in snowy climates (Boston and New York) and whenever we head to the mountains for skiing/snowboarding, the snow instantly calms me. All sounds are muffled and hushed. In the distance, I can hear a branch breaking from the stress of too much snow or the crunching of boots in the snow; These are the sounds that I love. What are you loving to get you through these next few months?


image source: mountains via me / beautiful deer / meditative / quiet moment via Cindy Loughridge Photography
for more winter inspiration goodness see this Pinterest board

23 Send Me Your Thoughts:

  1. Snow calms me too, Theresa. As does this gorgeous moodboard. I would give anything for snow this year (don't think it's going to happen), and I have to say I wouldn't mind living in a snowier climate. A girl can dream! We had SoCal weather here yesterday, and that's just creepy for this time of year. Still, I can love my winter sunrise and the silhouette of the bare branches against the sky.

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  2. ohmy, this imagery is beautiful! loving your mountain shot!!! i could get lost in these for a long, long while... to get me through this time of year i start focusing on what's ahead... the promise of spring, blossoms & shoots... bliss... but seriously, if the landscape around me was blanketed in white i could more than happily focus on that for a long, long time! i say take it easy & let the inspiration come when it's meant to... 

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  3. Beautiful moodboard, T! I think because I'm a winter baby, I'm drawn to winter more. I love it, I love everything about it. The cold, the moody blue skies, the crunch of snow underfoot, and of course, snuggling under blankets with wooly socks and a big cup of tea. If anything, when the summer strikes in all of its oppressive east-coast humidity, I find myself lagging and lacking the energy to do anything, especially blog! I'll help you through winter if you help me through summer, yes? ;)

    And so funny, I just answered that last question of yours on my own post today. Today, these next few months, like always: Paris. xo

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  4.  Absolutely peaceful and beautiful. The last image looks like a still life - I love it. I think giving yourself permission to move as you feel the energy to do so is the smartest thing you could do. Why put things on your blog that you only feel half-excited about? Everything you create is thoughtfully put together, and that's something I very much appreciate.

    While you, in Southern California, are thinking of snow, I'm thinking of sunshine and warmth. Our escape and the prospect of spring will get me through the next couple of months!

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  5. I must admit - winter is my least favourite season. The cold and early darkness really get me down and the latter cuts down on precious time!

    I get through it by forcing myself to get out of the house in the fresh (albeit freezing!) air and doing fun crafts with L indoors.
    This year, my workload distracted me from the weather somewhat and now I'm looking forward to all the great things that lie ahead. :D

    Great to have you back, T - I missed you! xoxo

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  6. Oooh! I love the feel of this moodboard! Enjoy your quiet moments :)

    Xx. holly.

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  7. Your mood board for January looks lovely! I am more of a summer person but looove snow, the world looks so pretty and quite blanketed in the fluffy white stuff.  Although here in the city it starts to look dirty and turns into slush in no time. I never liked winter much until I started snowboarding and now getting on my board will get me through the cold months. And I am looking forward to hot baths in our new tub. Have a great weekend Theresa!

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  8. Christine DinsmoreJanuary 11, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    beautiful mood board! i couldn't agree more! i keep wondering how i blogged so easily everyday before the holidays?! january has always been the longest month of the year for me and now i realize it is probably because i slow down to a snails pace. good for you for allowing yourself that, i am definitely going to remember that for next year. i get through the end of winter by thinking about spring :)

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  9. well, t, i understand!  your mood board is perfect for this time of year.  i love it.  let's just try not to rush and miss our time.  i want to go slowly through these months because before you know it, it will be opening day, and baseball will be starting.  my family loves baseball, but it's winter.  so let's relax and contemplate (well, when we have a few minutes!)  joy to you, n

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  10. I saw your Instagram photo indicating your warmer than usual weather. That was so weird! We've got a cold spell happening right now (50's during the day and low 30's during the night, which is cold for these parts), but the latter part of the week we will hit the 70's. Seems the weather is a bit schizophrenic.
    Oh, how I love bare branch silhouettes against the sky. So pretty.

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  11. I'm going to take your advice: Take it easy and the let the inspiration come when it's meant to. Solid advice, Sue. I really don't feel up to forcing it these days. 

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  12. I think in theory I LOVE winter and all the images it conjures up in my mind. However, my mood and body tell me otherwise. Oh well, can't fight the feeling, just gotta roll with it. I'm not really a summer person, either. I guess that leaves me with fall and spring. Though, I might like summer a bit more than you so I'll definitely lend you a hand when those months roll around. Deal? Deal.

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  13. Peaceful was definitely the feeling I was after. Hey, that last photo is by Cindy Loughridge. If you like her work, you should definitely follow her on Instagram.
    I'm so excited for you that you've got your trip to warmer climates on the books. I think preparing for this trip alone will carry you through your East Coast winter.  

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  14. Thank you, Chi! I think getting outdoors for some fresh air and Vitamin D and crafting indoors with the kiddos is the right solution. Easing back into things and allowing inspiration to strike will also help. I'm looking forward to seeing what 2013 has in store for you. I suspect more great things. 

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  15. Thank you, Holly. Wishing quiet, cozy moments as well.

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  16. Ha, I have fond memories of first snow falls that quickly turned into dirty slush while living in the city. ;) Snowboarding is definitely a great way to get through winter. We've got one trip down and we're hoping to squeeze one more trip in before the season is over. I hope you get to go a handful of times yourself. Your new bathroom remodel came out so good, Nina!

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  17. It seems a lot of us get through winter by thinking of spring. I think retailers have also picked up on this as they've already started rolling out the spring products and colors. Have you noticed? Retailers have got it down to a science, I tell you. 

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  18. I totally hear you, Noreen. As much as they're not my favorite, I am going to try my best to embrace these winter months. These months ARE a great time to relax, contemplate, and read a lot of great books. ;) Another way I'm getting through these months. Hope you're well, N. Happy 2013! 

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  19. Love your January moodboard, how cuddly looking is Mr Deer ? I totally agree, snow has a really calming effect, coupled with the silence you get when standing on a mountain top it's a wonderful thing.  Looking forward to Spring is what gets me through these Winter months, it's my favourite time of the year.  It's already showing signs - my daffodils are poking through the soil in the garden.  I'm struggling with the blogging too T, I know exactly how you feel.  It will all come together I'm certain :-)

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  20. I am having the worst time of it this month as well, so I can totally understand! Only difference being, it's more of ocean waves and swaying palm trees that would calm me :-) 

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  21. I really need to get to a skiing location stat.  Although we had snow over Christmas, it's not really winter until I've spent a few days on a mountain

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  22. What gorgeous images!! I was in the Alt "tough love" course with you the other day and just wanted to pop in and say hello!  I'm so glad I did, to be greeted with such beauty!  Don't worry about getting back in the blogging saddle, I often find that it's hard to get up and running again after a break.  But sometimes you need to just sit and refuel!
















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  23. I'm not even on the horse at the moment. My momentum is lagging. Everytime my boy is home for the holidays and then travels back to his dad's i feel a sense of heaviness, a lingering sadness. 
    I am not a fan of Australia summers. I am fantasising about crisp mornings, cold evernings, the fire on and a glass of red wine xx 

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