One year ago, we had just arrived back from a LIFE CHANGING vacation to the Us Virgin Islands. Why was is so dramatically life changing? Because, although our families and friends didn’t know it, we had a made an INTENTIONAL, big decision on that trip, as a family of three, to create the life we wanted. We had been talking about it a lot, and you already know ( if you read this blog) that Grant was working in New York City, not getting home until 7:30pm and little Liam was going to bed at 8:30..not a good foundation for sure. Click HERE for the fast summary of the WHY’s.
While on vacation, we were able to literally soak in what our family COULD be like if we had more time together. We pushed past our fears, and one night, while dining on the beach with Liam playing in his apple juice,(and us not even caring because we were so blissful) we made a commitment: Send Love, and gratitude to our experience in New York, and leave our fears of “starting over” behind, so we could create the life we wanted.
Fast forward a Year. We live in Nashville, Grant gets home at 4:00pm, I was able to stay home with Liam for the first 7 months ( he is now in Pre-school) I began branching out on my own as a business, we have weekends away and dinners together and play in our huge yard as a family. It wasn’t an easy decision, until after it was made.
Setting intention in such a big way personally, has also just magnified how I feel about design. Its so important for me, to help people realize that design with meaning adds LIFE. It adds a story, it creates comfort and roots. And that is exactly what we did, when made our way through fear, and jumped in with both feet.
As I was looking back through posts, to see where I was a year ago on the blog, I came across a shell shadow box DIY that I did with the treasures we found while on vacation, so I want to share it again 🙂 Enjoy your Wednesday!! and trust me….leap over the fear..or run through it fully, because whats on the other side is so beautiful!! XO
|Our “Coral Garden” on the beach|
One of our most favorite things to do whenever we vacation by water, is collect shells! St.Thomas was no exception, of course! Between G snorkeling everyday, and Liam and I going on magic shell treasure hunts, we brought home quite the collection.
This vacation was so special to us for many reasons, but mostly, because it was our first vacation that included only the 3 of us. No family, no friends, just our little family of 3. SO what do we do with all the special treasures we found? I decided to create a shell shadow box! It was so easy, and I am so happy with how it turned out! Here are the steps I took:
-Wash Shells in bleach and water
-Lay shells out in shadow box exactly how you would like them.
-Close lid to make sure all shells fit!
( this happened to me)
-Use Gorilla Glue to hold them tightly in place!