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Links + Likes: Brass + Cement, Achilles’ Desire, Inspirational Magazines, Reply All, Vegan Caesar Salad + More

Doing All Things With Intention

Doing All Things With More Intention

For a while, I lived as if fueled by the saying “move fast and break things.” I was young(er), eager, and willing to work hard.

I was trying and testing and trying again. I opened every door even mildly offered to me. And I’m so glad I did. But now that some chips have fallen in my favor career-wise, and now that I’ve settled (and I use that word lightly) into a path and routine (in the figurative sense at least), my goal is to do things with more intention, and with greater care.

What feels like a more suitable quote for me now is this one from Ilyas Kassam:

“It is more important to be of pure intention than of perfect action.”

Call it a resolution, call it a comeback—call it what you like—doing all things with intention and pause is my goal for 2017. And that starts with how I begin each day. I briefly mentioned my morning tea ritual in my latest Links + Likes, and I don’t mean to give undue weight to a simple morning tea, but giving myself an hour each morning to prepare and enjoy a pot of piping hot jasmine represents more to me than a hot beverage. It’s a meditative and relaxing ritual that sets the tone for the rest of my day.

But more than romanticizing a cup of tea, I want to do all things with more care and attention. Up until now, I’ve enjoyed rolling with the punches and being ready to jump at all times, but I’m ready to relax and observe. To be more thoughtful; more deliberate.

I want to view walking Piper as more of an enjoyable time to be cherished rather than a task or a must-do to get her energy out. Rather than procrastinating (and then subsequently rushing) laundry and having my clothes come out linty because I threw a towel in the mix lazily, it’s about doing things with more care putting in a pinch more time at the start so that you can wear and enjoy that newly-washed sweater for days. It’s about crafting more blog posts that I actually want to read myself, rather than creating posts just to fill an editorial calendar, or that just have pretty pictures–though they have a time and a place, too.

It’s about deliberately setting out to give more time and focus to the things I enjoy, like hanging out with my mom to watch The Bachelor, or spending an hour at my cousin’s to shellac each other’s nails over gossip rather than DIYing it half-heartedly, or visiting the salon—but also being cool with going to the salon if I feel like it. It’s about watching less Instagram stories and doing the things I set out to do once upon a time. It’s about having more awareness–of my surroundings, of the path I’m heading down, of how what I do now will affect the future.

And sure, intent isn’t enough on its own. Intent requires you to see things through to really, truly work.

But there will be mornings I sleep in and don’t make time to enjoy tea, or nights where lying in bed watching Kelly Oxford’s SnapChat trumps reading or writing or designing, and that’s okay.

I’m certainly not perfect. I can guarantee you that more than once this year I will set out and intend to make my bed and then I very much won’t. But simply being more aware (of your actions, of those around you, of the future affects of what you’re doing today) is a great step.

At the very least, even if the conclusion of the evaluations you perform on your day/week/month result in big, fat fails, living with that top of mind will help inform everything else to come. And surely nothing bad can come from being more careful, taking more time, and choosing to relish in those things you enjoy with more vigor.

Happy 2017, everyone! x, S

PS: In an attempt to be more present, I’d love to know more about you. Please feel free to email me, strike up an Instagram chat, tweet me, or just comment below. I’d love to get to know you better.

Links + Likes: Cell phone probz, neckerchiefs, Macklemore, Jose Mendez, In The Company of Women + More

I really enjoyed this article on checking your phone — or not checking your phone I should say. It offered a refreshing way of looking at the situation.

Ah! This color-block kitchen is AMAZING.

Speaking of colour, the new pieces from Anthropologie’s CHROMATIC collection are mint — and pink and seafoam and…

I’ve been searching for affordable linen bedding for a coon’s age, and finally found some on sale at Urban Outfitters. I just purchased this gorgeous set in grey.

While I was at it, I also nabbed this adorable neckerchief. They’re such a cute alternative to a necklace or traditional scarf.

If you haven’t seen Macklemore’s latest music video for ‘Drug Dealer’, you should.

As I film my show, I’m taking a break from my role as Editor at Design*Sponge, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t prep a bunch of posts to share while I was away! This week, three of my favorites were published: A home tour of the Idaho family home of Chris Loves Julia, a studio tour of Quiet Town Home, and Consort Design.

I love this illustrator spotlight on Jose Mendez.

If you haven’t picked up Grace Bonney’s newest book, In The Company of Women, I highly highly recommend it. So inspiring and an overall gorgeous book.

Bay Days Fashion Finds

Soooooo, every home item I shared yesterday from Hudson’s Bay Bay Days sold out!

I can’t say I’m surprised because these deals are fire, but the good news is there’s still plenty of home goods to be found — pssst, the appliance sales are still in good standing if you’ve been meaning to get yourself or a loved one something for the kitchen. It ain’t too early for Christmas, my friends!

Anyhow, for today’s fashion + style post, I’ve made extra sure that everything I’m sharing is in good stock! So get it while it’s hot because they fly off the web faster than I can get to posting. So to save time I didn’t make a fancy graphic. Rather, I’m going to give it to you straight: here are my top picks for everything fashion.