MONTH IN REVIEW
The month of May has been a total whirlwind of projects, commitments and extracurricular activities (at least in my life). Countless days were spent working at one job from 8:30-5:00 to only come home and clock in a few more hours at another job (or two). The past few weeks have been a great reminder that balance is important for someone to be good at any job. If you can't offset your work with your personal life, they become one in the same.
I'm a firm believer in working hard, but also making an avid effort to take those vacations or unplug every once in awhile. It's harder when you work from home and need to be accessible at all times (and days of the week), but it's not impossible if it becomes a boundary you set to protect your time and energy. I'm someone who hates turning down work because I feel grateful to have the opportunity to even have something to work on (especially in regards to freelance projects). That said, I've gotten so swamped lately that I've started having to say no to things and I'm trying not to feel too bad about it. Burnout doesn't do your work any justice.
WHAT I'VE BEEN WORKING ON...
MY FAV THINGS
THINGS TO WATCH
The School Of Life - Love & Self-Love Video
Addiction in a Nutshell Video.
ARTICLES TO READ:
11 Things You Need To Give Up If You Really Want To Be Happy - Brianna Wiest
The Psychological Importance of Wasting Time - Quartz
MISC. FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
Find out which Myers-Briggs Personality Type you are - it will help to explain SO much for you.
This new song by John Mayer has the most profound and powerful lyrics.
For this month only, get 50% off your purchase in my Etsy shop! Just use the code: juneblooms.
MONTHLY WALLPAPER DOWNLOAD
For the month of June, I really wanted to capture the feeling of spending the evening on the lake among pine trees and stars. These are the elements I truly missed when I moved away from my home town, and they're what I continue to value now that I've returned. There's really nothing like it and I feel as though we could all use a little more time away from our phones and engaged with the great outdoors. I hope you all feel the same when you look at these colourful wallpapers!
As per usual, click on the link you want below and save that baby! Choose one, or download all three if you wish. Lettering was drawn by hand and designs are for personal use only.
I hope everyone enjoys them as much as I enjoyed making them!
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Wishing you all a lovely month of June!
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The month of April is when Spring really starts to peek through, at least in my neck of the woods. The sun is shining, the snow is melting and everywhere you look, the ground is wet. It's almost a glimpse of what's to come - a teaser trailer of warmer weather and new growth. Towards the end of April is when I really start to feel camping season creeping up, an activity that our group of friends cherishes greatly.
The month of March is on the horizon, and dear February is coming to an end. Personally, March is all about the colour green. Slowly, the snow starts to melt and whispers of Spring can be heard throughout the trees. We celebrate St. Patrick's Day and prepare for new growth in the coming months. It's a time of changing and reawakening after a long and cold winter.
is it already february?
Seriously -- is it just me, or has the past month virtually flown by? Given that February also happens to be my birthday month (I'm a Groundhog Day baby!) maybe it's more about my age increasing and less about the time passing? Who knows, but if you do find out where January ran off to, please let me know.
The month of December has been fairly busy, but I am forcing myself to take some much needed time off. If you're anything like me, you'll agree that the holidays, although a wonderful time of the year, can create a lot of undue stress and anxiety. This is especially true if your family is fragmented or cannot get along. It seems as though no matter our age, we automatically regress to children once the whole family is under one roof. The roles we grew up with tend to resurrect, and the ever-common triggers get tripped over.
That said, I was determined to have a relatively peaceful holiday. Although I did not get as much rest as I would have liked, I was still able to work on some projects and catch up on my long-overdue reading list.
Anyway, here's a quick update of my month before I get to the good stuff:
December is one of my favourite months of the year. For me, it’s about taking stock of all the events of the past twelve months, and spending time with those who matter most throughout the holidays. Here in Northern Ontario, our winter sky is every shade of grey, and most mornings tend to be the types where you don’t want to leave the comfort of your bed.
November was a very busy month for me. Here’s a little recap:
Tomorrow is November 1st, and I can’t pretend I’m not beyond thrilled. Autumn is my favourite time of year - I swear I have reverse seasonal affective disorder. My mood and energy skyrocket the moment things get cold and grey. I wrote about the seasons in an article a few weeks ago, and described Autumn as more than just for harvest.
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