It’s been a difficult week for me. I had emergency surgery a few weeks ago for a hernia that developed over night and it got aggravated last weekend–swollen, red, so painful. I was worried I was going to have surgery again. I spent Sunday and Monday mostly in bed, but Tuesday we had to travel back to Des Moines to finish filming a fun project with BHG. Fortunately, I am doing a lot better. (must be that humid Des Moines air! haha) But I kind of feel like I am walking on eggshells trying to avoid lifting anything until I am fully healed–the doctor told me it would likely be another 4 weeks.
In turn, I have noticed a depression sinking in the past couple weeks and I think it is due to not being able to exercise, not being able to pick up Polly is surely not helping either. And having to travel so much for work has likely been the cherry on top. I am cleared for walking and light elliptical training, so I am going to try to incorporate that for my mental well-being. The whole situation has definitely opened my eyes to how much I value my health and well-being. And how much I take it for granted day to day.
Some fun things from this week!
We moved our weekly CLJ Q&A to IGTV this week and are so overwhelmed with the positive response on the platform. Thank you for watching!
This Aframe renovation is so cool! Very contemporary, and yet still rustic.
Target’s Made By Design line is gonna give Ikea and The Container Store a run for their money! Such clean, practical, beautiful decor and storage pieces at insane prices. I’m a fan.
I just got these jeans last week and I just want to wear them every single day! They fit like a dream! Stretchy enough to move around in, but stay put all day long. I also am a super fan of the high-waist. (The longs made the knee holes hit at just the right spot on me!)
My new favorite instagram account for comic relief.
Just ordered the very last thing we need to complete the bathroom renovation–towel hooks! We wanted three for the side of the linen cabinet and I found this beautiful multi-towel hook on Etsy and it was love at first sight. (Hopefully it doesn’t take a year to get here from Turkey).
Last week, we had a meet-up in Austin and we were able to meet so many of your wonderful faces. It’s odd sometimes, talking (or typing) to a screen and you see numbers that people are reading and people are watching and liking and commenting, but it can still, at times, feel so…not real. Like, is anyone really out there? But then to meet some of you and pick up on conversations we started right here, like I would any real life friend was a truly beautiful thing. It’s so good to know you’re really out there. Thank you for being there and here.
Hope you have a great weekend!
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