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"Realize deeply that the present moment is all you'll ever have." - Eckhart Tolle 

with my family and friends in Whistler, BC

Week two of this journey was slightly delayed...  It was a much bigger commitment than one week would allow and much harder than I thought it would be.  I have come to terms that I am not, in fact, Wonder Woman.  I have spent the first few months of motherhood trying to have it all and, quite honestly, it sucks.  

The pressures on the modern woman are written about all the time.  I don't need to reiterate them. But, figuring out how to be a perfect mother, perfect wife, perfect business owner, perfect friend, and perfect member of society just isn't going to happen for me.  I care so much about all of it, but recognize that I have been spreading myself too thin.  So, in effort to really tackle this minimalism thing holistically, I took some time to practice "presence" over a period of the last ten days.  

When I was with my little one, I was thinking about work.  When I was working, I was thinking about him.  I would lay in bed at night wondering if I was giving my husband enough attention.  I would see social media post written by my dearest friends and feel guilty that I hadn't seen or reached out to them in weeks.  I was getting to a place where I was feeling overwhelmed by every single step I took.  Who can live like that?  I decided, not me.  Do I want to be an outstanding mother?  Hell yes!  Do I want to be a loving wife?  Damn straight.  Do I want to be an excellent Interior Designer?  You bet your ass I do!  So, I've been practicing doing just that.  Each one.  At their given and designated times.  

The transition has been interesting.  Focusing on being mentally present with each task or encounter that I'm having, it definitely doesn't come natural to me... My brain certainly wants to run 8 million miles a minute, but I owe it to myself to minimize distraction and be focused on who I'm with or what I'm doing.  Minimizing my home and surroundings is all for nothing if I can't minimize my mind for the better.  

For example, the early morning when my son first wakes up, is when he is at is absolute sweetest.  He coo's and smiles and flails his tiny chubby arms around making me fall in love with him a little more each day.  As a bonus, he thinks I am the most hilarious person on the planet in that hour and a half I get with him.  I caught myself in the early weeks of his life checking my email, rushing to get my social media posts for work taken care of and jumping in to get myself a shower in those precious 90 minutes.  Over the past ten days, absolutely not.  There is no phone call more important.  There isn't a news blast that can't wait.  And the shower will certainly be there when he has gone down for a nap.  

This will obviously be an ongoing challenge for me.  I will slip up and have to refocus myself.  But, the days where I have managed to be mindful of what I'm doing or who I'm with, I've never felt happier.  Being present has allowed me to actually feel like I've accomplished something instead of feeling like I'm accomplishing half of a lot of things.  

When was the last time you had dinner with a girlfriend and didn't have your phone on the table?  When was the last time you chatted with your partner for a full hour without checking sports highlights or making sure that your favorite show was recording?  It's not easy, but I promise you, its worth it even if you just make the effort once in a while.  

Happy Designing




Lifestyle : We're going to VEGAS!

Between the two of us, we've been a lot of places, butI personally have never to Las Vegas!  As we have a pending wedding on the horizon, we decided to take this opportunity to ship off to Sin City and see what kind of trouble we could dig up for ourselves for a bonafide Bachelorette Party! 



Naturally, there were many outfits to be planned, many bags to be packed, and a large list of destinations to be seen.  We had such a great time and have documented some of the events from our travels! 

My favorite place we went to for food was by far  Tao.  There isn't a single expense spared in any of the restaurants or nightclubs in Las Vegas, but Tao made my jaw as an Interior Designer drop straight to my freshly manicured toes!  From the moment that you walk into the facility, everything is PURE luxury.  Which, here at the Whitestone Design Group, we are really big fans of.  

We spent a lot of time in the sun at pool party's and while I find that MGM's pool is beautiful, The Hard Rock Cafe's pools were a spectacularly good time!  People looking for a dance party poolside, Hard Rock is your spot.  The pools all feel like you're at a beach and the pool side cabana's are a real treat.  You will likely have to spend some time in a line that feels as long as the Empire State Building is tall, but it is worth it on the other side.  

Fashion in Las Vegas... ANYTHING goes!  It is Vegas, so shiny and short tend to be the most popular items on the shelves, but style comes in all shapes and sizes in this town.  And the shoes!!  It was impressive to see how many women were brave enough to wear heels around time I would only commit to if I were walking from the front door to the car.  The group of ladies and I went for cute and our version of sexy, but shoes that we would be able to wear until 6am! 

My tips I will leave you with for traveling to Las Vegas, travel with people you trust, you only need three days there, and book a pedicure for when you return home!  Thanks for reading about our time in Vegas!  Until our next travels... XX