i joke at sessions that i’m surprised i’m as busy as i am because there’s quite a bit involved to get a family ready for a session. and as we head into the final weeks of the year, i wanted to express how grateful i am for that preparation.
grateful to do work that i love.
the treasures we make together.
to spend time with you.
the trust to tell the story of your life.
for a great team at mmp that supports me so i can shoot more often than i could otherwise.
every inch of it is astounding to me.
i’m whisper-typing this so not everyone reads it ;) i’ve been writing on a secret little blog called the happy essentialist in case you’re interested in the topics of simplicity & contentment.
oooh, i have to share the most amazing journal – i know, it’s sounds very much like a 12 yr old girl sort of thing but it’s wonderful – i haven’t missed a day since i opened it at the beginning of the month.
and in case the colder weather brings a little time to read a short book, my jaw is dropping over this little number. my closet has been TRANSFORMED. my book collection has been edited and makes me SO much happier. oh, and if you get confused when she talks about her folding method, there’s a youtube video on it. it was a huge hit in japan and i think it might be #4 on the times bestseller list now…combine anything japanese with decluttering/organization/minimalism and i’m going to fall pretty hard ;)
it reads SO simply but when i hopped up and got to work on the first project, i couldn’t believe what a difference it made.
the disease of being busy – i hear you, omid…let’s see what we can do to keep the holidays peaceful and slow. i’ve been working on gifts so most of them can be done by the end of the month. (yahoo!!)
“happy” edited to soul train – so, little known mauer family fact. we love to dance to the end of soul train. the hallway gets turned into a runway while we play our favorites.
i’ve got nothing to compete with those kind of moves so we totally copy and just hope we don’t pull a muscle when we high kick ;) there are a particular few years that are our favorites – way before the head to toe spandex outfits of the 80s. not just any Soul Train episode will do!! but this youtube edit pulls from some good ones. (and before you think someone hi-jacked the blog, i was totally gifted the soul train collection from my brother because of this tradition) i submit this is one super fun way to get through the colder months with active kiddos :)
i love that someone even thought to make this – after going to acadia this year, i’m a national park super fan! audrey has her park passport and loves going over to the cancellation station to mark it. fingers crossed we’ll get to yosemite in 2015!
this house is amazing – for some reason, i could never relate to anything modern until last year. now, i’m enthralled. this german architect designed his home to be ultra energy efficient, off the grid, super quick to build with very little waste – yup, my smile is as big as a school bus.
have the best thanksgiving there ever was!!!! xoxo, -melanie-