I’m oftentimes boggled by the ebbing and flowing of life. The days are long in motherhood, but the years blink by in an instant and suddenly you’re toting your third baby around the zoo, corralling your rambunctious other two, thinking of the days when you were nervous to even leave the house with your first. One thing I’ve come to expect is the “season-less season”, or the constant change. Sometimes it happens slowly, like the growth of a baby or the sharpening of a marriage. Sometimes it’s all at once, like the wake-up call from an old friend or an opportunity you can’t pass up.
For some of us, change is easier to grasp - we look forward to it, savor it, seek it. For others, it’s an ever present battle to hold on to comfort, grasp for the known, and put off change for just another day. I fall somewhere in between each camp, but as much as I’d like to embrace spontaneity and love change, my familiarity, home-loving heart holds on with all its might to every semblance of calm and comfort. Even perceived calm and comfort.
The days are long, but the years are short.
Where do you fall on this “change” spectrum? Does the season-less season irk you too when you look on and see all that’s slipped away and all that’s slipping towards you? Or does it excite you, motivate you, push you on?
I’m trying, not successfully, but really trying, to see the beauty in both sides, knowing that there’s no such thing as the Inbetween and knowing that these season-less seasons, the days that blur into nights, the homework helping, dinner making, business starting, marriage mending, dream chasing/compromising, it’s all pushing us on towards Purpose and Wholeness. If we let it.
These Simply Styled pieces are my favorite (although I don’t do them nearly enough) because they’re not sponsored by any one brand and they give me complete and total freedom to brain dump whatever mess of feelings and words are in my heart at the moment. I get to put on sustainable clothes, write from my heart, and share it with you. What could be better? Only doing it all in person, over coffee, of course.
Let’s talk about something that, aside from my deep conundrum of season-less seasons, is sure to be a debate.
Belt bags. Hip packs? Fanny packs? Guys. They’re back. How does this make you feel?
I, for one, couldn’t wait to get my mama hands on this little one from AWL Snap because I knew just how fun it would be to wear while wearing my babe.
I toted it, and Aria, at the zoo (it was the only bag I brought in, low and behold it’s a true miracle), and wore it behind my back as a shoulder bag most of the day. When AJ grabbed Aria from me though, I seized the opportunity to tighten the strap and test out it’s true fanny pack powers.
I have to say, I’m not at all mad about it.
My dress is breastfeeding and maternity friendly — by Boob Design, of course (read on for a temporary discount code!) and my shoes have been dying to get out of the mountains and onto some acceptable terrain. They’re by Bendy Shoe (I had the owner write a guest post here several years ago. It’s always so fun to watch collaborations come full circle!).
Yesterday was one of the sweetest, happiest days we’ve all had together in a long time. And it got me thinking a lot about change (hence the above random novel), but I’m in love with this little life we lead and I’m so glad I get to do it with these four by my side.
*This post was in partnership with AWL Snap, and I included other items that have been gifted recently to showcase. All opinions, storytelling, and random musings are my own. Use the code BOOBXOLIVIA for 20% off your order at Boob Design from now until 11/17/19*