We’ve been in a wave of change for over a year now. In January 2018, I found out I was pregnant. In July 2018, I formally launched (and flipped!) the studio. Emilia joined us in September 2018. I took Girl Meets Party full-time in December 2018. Then, we seriously kicked-off our home search in January 2019 and we’re anticipating the next big change…. our move!
I won’t lie to you – it’s been a lot. Often times it’s overwhelming because I’m just so ready to be settled. However, since we sold our Lincoln Park condo every step along the way has felt very intentional like it’s being guided by a higher being.
Now, we’re in the thick of our home search with roughly 15 days to find a place until it’s time to start contingency planning. I keep wondering, ‘when is it going to slow down?’ I’ve never been the best at anticipating change. I’m much more of a ‘let’s rip the bandaid off’ kinda gal. As we’re in this last major wave of change, I am doing my best to be patient and focus on what matters most – my little family. I’ve also been focused on
1. A new skincare routine
This has been so tricky since Emilia was born. It’s hard to find time for yourself as a new mom. However, I upgraded my skincare routine and my skin is so much brighter and smoother! I purchased an exfoliant from Darphine, which I love. I use it 2x a week to buff my skin and it’s noticeably brighter. I’ve been pairing it with Aveda’s Stress Relief face wash and really liking the combo. I’m not one for a fussy routine, so keeping it to this with my moisturizer is good for now.
I’ve been wanting to meditate for years! Literally years. I reconnected with an old colleague (she was actually my mentor at my first job), and she’s starting her own meditation business. Funny how life brings you back together, isn’t it? At any rate, Tracy started offering in-person classes in her home to teach meditation to small groups. For me, that’s a huge win. It’s low pressure and easy to connect.
While I’m still struggling a bit to find the time (since Emmie loves to wake up at 5:30am on the regular), I’m doing it where I can. I’ve found myself to be more at peace and relaxed. Usually, on get that from exercise, but that’s been tough to do lately. More on that below… PS: If you’re in Chicago and interested in her class, send me an email and I’ll intro you.
3. Long walks aka exercise
Before baby, I worked out a minimum of 3 days a week and loved it. Working out is my thing. Since baby, I haven’t found the time. I don’t think it’s actually due to baby. I think it’s due to a lack of a routine. We’ve had sporadic childcare 2 days a week and it’s tough to plan. She wakes up super early so I can’t do a morning workout and I’m not really a nights person. So, with the turn in the weather, I’m doing long walks with Emmie (often to look at a house, ha!) and it seems to be working. I also started doing planks and squats while she’s playing. Anything counts, right?
I’m going to do a full post on this for you all, but I did a cleanse with Real Good Juice Co (not sponsored) and loved it. It was a great way to reset. I wish I would have better planned for after the cleans, but nonetheless it was helpful.
So tell me…. how do you deal with so much change? Do you love it? Hate it? I’d love to hear!
Affectionately known to her friends as Millennial Martha for her love of DIY and decorating, Jen can’t help but pour her heart + soul into everything she touches. She’s loved to entertain since acquiring a table and chairs, and giving gifts is one of her favorite hobbies. Jen is the creator of Girl Meets Party. Her dream is to share her passions with the world in hopes to inspire others by making the seemingly unattainable attainable.