Rejuvenated

In the Park

Happy Monday guys! I can finally say that and mean it. Last week I wrote about getting hit by a Mack truck and food poisoning on the same day the previous week which I thought constituted a bad time but last week was even more of a doozy.

My mom had a sudden health scare that resulted in a last minute surgery. It’s a long story (and she’s doing well now!) but for a few days there, I think I was having what people might call a nervous breakdown. I cried uncontrollably, couldn’t sleep, and my focus was all over the place. The thought of something happening to my mother wasn’t something that I had ever thought about and the reality that she won’t be around forever hit me even harder than that Mack truck.

They say bad things come in 3’s so I’m hoping I’ve had my dose of personal shit storm for a while. Of course the timing of this couldn’t have been worse. We launched Nourish Snacks last Wednesday with a lovely media brunch on the Gramercy Park Hotel rooftop terrace that somehow went off without a hitch even though I was running the event and a hot mess. Someone was looking out for me that day, I’m sure of it.

I took Thursday off to get my shit together, finally take care of things around the house, and sleep in. This weekend I spent a day in Greenwich, CT with my husband (more on that tomorrow!), having rooftop champagne cocktails with friends who live on our block, and hitting up two Soul Cycle classes. I feel human again for the first time in three weeks. I realize that sounds totally dramatic but it’s true.

The reason that I’m getting so deep into this is because I had dinner with a friend of mine on Friday who I used to work with. She told me that my old coworkers go through my Instagrams and talk about what an amazing life I have. I think it’s important, as I’ve said before, to celebrate the beauty and the good times but to be realistic about what’s really going on. No one has a picture-perfect life. No one. Remember that when you’re feeling Insta-envy!

PS: If you want to become a member of Nourish, click this special link to sign up and you’ll get a free week of healthy snacks! Sorry had to do a PSA for my company. We’ve been working so hard and am so proud of everything the team has accomplished

In the Park

In the Park

In the Park

In the Park

Photos by Rebecca Dale Photography.

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  1. Shira said:

    I’m so sorry about your rough week and I’m glad your mom is doing ok. On a completely shallow note, I love love love that skirt and the fun print mix! πŸ˜‰

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    • Hahah thanks! Appreciating pretty things is a good thing!

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  2. I can totally relate with the Mother Scare! Early February my family found out my mom had small intestinal cancer and my world was shaken to the core! Everything you say you were, is how I was feeling also. Everything is going to be fine now and my mom is going to make a full recovery, but I’m glad to hear you are coping well and that everything is alright with your momma! Momma’s make the world go round! PS Love the way you styled the VV skirt!

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  3. I love this particular mix of prints here. Lovely photos! I appreciate your candor re Insta-envy. So true! I’m glad to hear your mom is on the mend. I hope you have a better week πŸ™‚

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  4. Love this outfit, but more importantly, so glad to hear that your mom is okay! My mom is a cancer survivor, and her diagnosis came completely out of the blue. To be in a hospital waiting room while your mom has surgery is one of the scariest things. Hope she has a speedy recovery!

    Re: Insta Envy, I think it’s a really easy trap to fall into, and we forget that it’s just pictures, and we’re all human. Thanks for the reminder!

    xo
    Sam

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    • I’m so sorry to hear about what you had to go through with your mom but glad to hear she’s a survivor! There’s nothing like a mother-daughter relationship πŸ™‚

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  5. Glad to hear your mom is ok, sending love to you both! xo

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  6. Rose said:

    Julia, I love how you’ve grown your blog over the past yearÒ€”you keep it real while also keeping the aspirational aspect there, and I really admire you for it! Glad everything is OK with your mom and that you got the time to take a deep breath that you needed.

    Also, hooray for SoulCycle! Planning to go next week to celebrate my birthday on either Tues/Thurs if you’re interested in joining πŸ™‚

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  7. Katie @ Live Half Full said:

    So true on the Insta (or any other social media) envy! I always remind myself that what you see is only part of the picture. So sorry to hear about your Mom, I’m glad you took some time to take care of yourself over the weekend. It’s important to do that so you can be there for her!

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  8. Marissa said:

    I’m glad that your mom is doing better! I love your outfit by the way! I’m always scared when mixing patterns but this is flawless! Thank you for sharing the ups and the downs with us!

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  9. Holly + Casey said:

    I love when you tell us the not so glamorous aspects or your life, they are way more personal! Love these prints mixed together!

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    • Most of my life is not glamorous hahaha!

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      • Holly + Casey said:

        Oh girl, same here!

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  10. stephie said:

    I adore you and am glad to hear you and your mom are okay!!! xoxo

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  11. Rachelle said:

    There’s a french saying “apres la pluie vient le beau temps” translates after the rain comes fair weather. So hang in there, you look adorable.

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