Oh parenthood, there are so many joys you can experience when you’re in the thick of parenting. But there are also some moments that the hubs and I could do without. The lack of date nights being a BIG one. We’ve come to realize that […]
Let me start by saying I know how confusing that title was but it was literally exactly how I felt about this post. Recently there’s been some uproar in the blogger community about the all holy Instagram. Long story short, they’ve decided to screw over […]
I think we millennials feel this insane need to compare ourselves to one another. Whether it’s comparing ourselves and where we are our life journey to silly little things like seeing other go on adventures while you feel stuck working your 9-5 job, or comparing how many likes you get on a photo of your baby to another mom. We can sometimes get caught up in the thick of things.
I’m not going to lie I’ve always bragged about this not being the case with me. And while that may deserve and eye roll and a swift click of the “x” button aka leaving this post just wait and hear me out first. There is also something else that plagues my generation, S-T-R-E-S-S. So while person x, y and z are busy comparing themselves to some else’s life; I, me, Meghan Katz, am over in the other corner rocking myself to sleep at night because I’m so stressed out about everything. Even the good moments give me stress because I’m too focused on their impending end.
So I guess my point is we all have our own issues. So while some may need to stop comparing, I (me) needs to stop stressing. But how are we suppose to do that when our entire society is wired this way. It’s a question I’ve often asked myself, it feels as though we set ourselves up for constant failure. Running around trying to be this perfect version of ourselves instead of just being ourselves. Live life like this is only delaying the inevitable. And if the inevitable is us being our authentic selves than why are we fighting it?
Just take a moment and forget about your side hustle, forget about the projects and plans you have mapped out for your day and take three deep breaths with me. I want to tell you something, it’s going to be okay. It will work out. Now take three more deep breaths and this time say the word meraki (pronounced: may-rah-kee)
– Meraki –
There is a greek word for the way we do things for those we love. It’s often use to describe what happens when you leave a piece of yourself in your work or in a “gift” for someone.
When you love doing something, anything, so much that you put something of yourself into it. Your life force is forever connected to whatever it is you have done. But, I’m not talking about who much you put into a work project or into your career. I’m speaking of that time when you shared a piece of yourself with those you love. Whether it means you’ve preparing a meal for a loved one or thrown a party celebrating anything and everything just because, that is meraki.
So with all this stress we carry within us I think it might be nice if everyday we try to intentionally do something we love. Not because of any benefit to your career or social standing but because it makes you feel good, makes your soul happy. Maybe you’re gathering with family for the holidays or creating a piece of art for your living room or even a best friend. Anything done with love and affection solely because you want to is not only good for your soul but better for the world.
We put time, thought, and energy into preparing for these occasions. We leave a piece of ourselves behind. That moment shared is the moment when the beneficiary of your “gift” will forever feel your presence.
I am definitely not that from the garden, food-processing kinda mama. As you all know I’ve tirelessly tried to be that mama but alas I’m not. With such a heavy work load it just isn’t happening. For those reading that are I think you’re amazing! (send me your tips). […]
My last post was a little heavy, I know. It was something I’ve been wanted to put out there for a while now. I feel like if sharing my story helps one mama coup with her own miscarriage then I’ve done my job. To bring things back to a lighter note I’ve put together a list of my favorite “tips” to giving your home that deep clean you and it deserve.
My home is my world now. My home is also a mess, that mess reflects negatively on me as a mama. Or so I’ve been told by magazines, HGTV and my dad who thinks he is hilarious. After we bought our home I realized I was tricked, tricked by who you may be wondering? Well, I’ll tell you, SOCIETY. Society tricked me into believing that we NEEDED a home. That renting just wasn’t good enough (LIES) And now that I’m here it apparently has to be cleaned, like all the darn time or…and this is another lie, one told by my dad, who again thinks he is funny. OR they, I don’t exactly know who “they” are, but “they” will call child protective services on me. (Isn’t my dad a peach??)
So I have to get my act together and deep cleaning my home for the 4th time this month. Below I have given my helpful tips on turning your trash heap of a home into that magical castle of lost hopes and travel dreams that will never happen because you have to spend money on cleaning products.
- Drink a bottle of wine every night – Personally I’ll be going for a nice red because of the cold weather. Now, the mess isn’t that problem it is how you feel about the mess that’s the problem. So drink up. It won’t be clean when you wake up the next morning but for a few blissful hours that night you’ll only see it sparkle. Cheers!
- Separate everything into three piles, keep, get rid of and store – light your keep pile on fire, get a shredder (check Staples) and shred the store pile. Call the charity of your choosing to come pick up your donate pile.
- Leave for a week – Don’t tell you husband and kids where you are going just leave. They will think you’ve died and get rid of your stuff for you so you don’t have to do it!
- Call Hazmat or the CDC – Tell them you have a chemical spill or the ebola virus in your home. They’ll come do it for you.
- Donate all of your possessions – Including the kids. Of course you’ll find a nice family for them, but if that want it all they have to pay a small price… of raising your children.
- Sell your husband – I know, I know you’ll miss him but trust me it will be a lot easier with the man-child somewhere else.
- Move – Just pack up the family and move. Change your social security number, name and get a new bank account. Move to Canada, Canadians seem nice.
There you have it, if you follow my tips you too can have a home that looks like NEW, or if you follow number 7 you’ll literally have a new home but still NEW. ?
Happy Wednesday everyone!
***This post was written with humor/satire please do not burn anything or sell your children***
I don’t know about the rest of you but I grew up with penny loafers. My mom and aunts all wore them and even my brother wore them when he went to Catholic school. The shoe itself is versatile and wearable for both men and women. As I got older I would see a few of my favorite bloggers rock loafers, even before they came back in style. I always felt like I couldn’t pull them off until recently. I’m trying to adopt a new mentality. “This is simple, this is easy, this is fun.” My mother-in-law showed me this video of a man named, Kerwin Rae (awesome name) talking about how we as people let our brains tell us what to do when it should really be the other way around. This statement and the meaning behind it, are meant for things on a grander scale then my shoe problem. But I’m using it in every aspect of my life. For the full video click the quote above!
So by this mentality I decided I’d try a pair. You don’t know how something will look on you till you actually try. And if it was a total fail I knew I’d have a few friends I could hand them over to. Results? I love them! They are so comfortable and to my surprise go with everything. It’s a fun way to add a little something extra to a look. I feel like loafers are surprisingly a flirty chic meets masculine flare kinda style and it adds something totally new to my wardrobe. Today I paired them with cut off shorts and a chartreuse knit I’ve recently become obsessed with from J.Crew. Below I’ve supplied a few styles to turn your own wardrobe into flirty chic.