After I graduated from design school, I unknowingly set myself on a path towards serious burn out, something I wouldn’t wish on anyone. Day after day, night after night, I continually put myself out there, made long lasting connections, and ramped up my blogging as much as I could. All in the name of “success.” And it worked. I started getting serious clients, made more money than I needed, and quickly became addicted to my career at only 23 years old. At that point, I didn’t realize the quiet warning signs telling me to slow down. So I kept going, striving towards goals I thought I wanted for me + my business.
Then, one year ago, on just another normal day at the office (AKA, our spare bedroom), I felt a surge of pain creep up my back and move into my neck and shoulders. I brushed it off as just a “tweak,” not realizing that complete burn out was getting ready to settle in and stay awhile. For weeks, I tried pain meds, new postures, and even started going to the chiropractor, all of which only helped a little bit. They were all surface changes, when really, what I needed was a lifestyle change. But of course, I didn’t quite “get it” yet. I kept my schedule overflowing with clients while simultaneously planning a wedding, online workshop, and a trip overseas. My focus remained strong, but my body was completely falling apart. And it was 100% my own fault. I promised myself that I would slow down after our wedding, but couldn’t quite commit once the time came. I kept going going going, afraid of what it meant to slow down.
Ever since I had the best penne alla vodka of my life in Florida over Christmas, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect bowl right here in Minneapolis. I tried a few (and even made my own), but was ultimately left disappointed. So when I ordered a bowl at La Grolla last weekend, I was pleasantly surprised when it was absolutely AMAZING. More penne alla vodka all the time, please? The weather was also glorious that evening. Hello patio season! Although now that I’ve said that, I feel like mother nature will do something scary like make it snow again. I mean, this is Minnesota. #KnockOnWood
My trip to Europe (Rome & Prague) is now only 13 days away. WHOA!! I’ve been so busy with Be Free, Lance and finishing up client work, that it almost doesn’t seem real. I did, however, buy some white sneakers since I made the mistake of walking around for miles in boots during our last trip to Europe. Long story short, I rolled my ankle (looking at you cobblestones) and had a hard time getting around, which is the last thing you want when you’re adventuring in new cities. I have complete faith in these new sneakers and their ability to keep me going. Side note: I know that they are going to get really dirty, but I got them for 40% off, so … oh well!
I mentioned this briefly on instagram the other day, but Michael and I are officially in talks with a realtor about selling our current house (in the suburbs), and moving back to the city. I’m a complete mess of excitement and nerves, but hopefully we’ll find the right place sooner than later. I was thinking about it, and realized that I never really shared our current space with you all on the blog, so I’m thinking about starting a new series about our moving process. Maybe sharing more about #haus733 first will be a good starting point?
Spring in Minnesota is such a special time. Everyone comes out from hibernation, wearing shorts before it makes sense and busying the city lakes once again. We’ve been lucky to have some great (okay, and not so great) weather this April, and the past few weekends have been no exception. Michael and I took Walter to a nearby beach (where he proceeded to get hella dirty), ate outside at Lucia’s, grilled beer brats at home, and attended a few of my brother’s tennis matches. It’s been glorious. :)
We also tried out Cheeky Monkey this past weekend for brunch ($3 mimosas!!). It was great, but I now have my eye on The French Hen accross the street for next time. Because, #FOOD. Plus, I spotted a cute bike in the window over at Omnium Bike Shop in St. Paul that I may or may not be thinking about getting. Michael is BIG into biking and has been trying to get me on board for years. I think he was pretty excited that I actually went inside a bike shop for once, despite my hesitation since taking a bad spill awhile back. We shall see …
What else? Well, I previously wrote about Walter having a hard time with other dogs during his walks, but I’m happy to report that he’s been consistently getting better! We have a training collar that he wears, and the frequency of our walking time has increased as well, so he must be getting used to it. Other than that, I’ve been spending a lot of time finishing up some current design projects (and getting Be Free, Lance ready for registration on May 4th) before I head out on a girls trip to Rome & Prague in 26 days!! I’m so excited and can’t wait to share more from our travels. If you have any recs about things to see, do, or eat in either city, we’d love to hear about them. I’m also on a personal hunt for out of this world “Cacio e Pepe” in Rome, so if you know where I should go, do tell! CAN’T. WAIT.