Christmas is in exactly two weeks and this year I’m feeling more excited than ever (as you can see by my expression above). Obviously I’m excited to spend it with my sweet girl and our little family, but I’m also working really hard until then so that I can actually take a few days off, something that I rarely do.
I made that decision at the beginning of the month and last week ended up kicking myself because of it. Balancing a full time job with a baby and running a second business out of our house is not a joke. I’m hoping that when Amalia starts part time day care in January, it gets slightly easier, but right now I feel like I’m burning the candle at both ends, working or taking care of her from the moment I wake up until my head hits the pillow at night.
Last Friday I literally had to get a babysitter and go to the library to work, just so I could actually focus for a few hours!
My 10-minute Headspace meditation breaks definitely help, but they aren’t enough. I need some time off, like real time off where I don’t worry about my Instagram feed or next blog post. So while it feels like chaos right now, it will all be worth it for those days of enjoying family, friends, and lots of Christmas cookies.
I haven’t fully decided what I’m going to wear on Christmas Eve (my family dresses up on the 24th and goes casual for the big day), but this outfit is a top contender. I would just add black tights for the cold New Hampshire temps. I’m in love with the shape and movement of this faux suede skirt which is on major sale right now!
I paired it with an oldie but goodie tartan button down that J.Crew brings back every year. It’s definitely worth the investment. I think this is my third holiday season with mine and it’s still my favorite Christmas plaid. But if you’re looking for a more affordable option, this one is almost identical and only $23.
In other completely unrelated news, Amalia has to get a procedure done today and I’m kind of freaking out. It’s pretty minor and she only needs local anesthetic but it will involve her being in pain when she gets numbed and also her having stitches afterwards. Please send us good vibes that it goes well today. I would really appreciate it!
PS Don’t even ask how long it took me to figure out how to make a gif (see below). But worth it, right?
Photos by Carter Fish.