Photo by Kimberly Chau
I really wanted to name this post “Bet you didn’t see this coming!”, but I decided to be a bit more straight to the point before any family members passed out over it…
I’ve never quite been a very go-with-the-flow type of person when it comes to major life changes, but if there’s ever been a time in my life that would convert me, it would be now. It may or may not also be followed by extra gray hairs, but the point here is really that there are exciting things to come.
When I first shared the news of the new Sugar & Cloth studio a few months ago I was terrified, excited, and totally winging it. I feel like I could be a walking spokeswoman for the phrase “Fake it til’ you make it”. Now that I learned a few lessons the hard way and have a better understanding of what we really need to make a more permanent home for Sugar & Cloth, so we’re moving studios. This is partly due to some elements that are out of my control and partly due to my not wanting to settle for less than the best S&C can be (and bringing better content to you here).
So, with a quick little drive down the street and the help of lots of friends and family, we’re spending this week prepping the major parts of the new, much bigger studio space. I’m crossing my fingers that we can get our current things migrated to the new space by the end of the week. Of course we’ll still have a WHOLE lot of DIY’ing ahead of us to get everything just right and I’ll be sharing our progress along the way with you! You can see all of the photos from our current space and the new with #sugarandclothstudio!
It’s funny how when I was younger I felt somewhat invincible when it came to traveling and new adventures and then sometime between the age of twenty and twenty-six I’ve all of the sudden become such an anxious traveler. I started noticing it just with flying more often than I used to for work and then it became more often even just with trips that were too spontaneous or unplanned that I usually would’ve been thrilled about all of the sudden made me uneasy at first. Maybe it’s just a side effect of my getting older or trying to be in control of something I can’t change, but it’s a bad habit I’m still hoping to break. I think part of me is so worried that something bad or frightening will happen that I end up fearing fear itself, if that makes any sense at all.
We got presented the opportunity last week to go on a very spontaneous (i.e.- last minute) cruise to the Caribbean with Princess Cruises and it seriously put my travel anxiety to the test considering all of the above feelings mixed with my first time ever going on a cruise. I think Jared spent a solid 24 hours cumulatively consoling me that everything would be fine before we left. Usually everything works out pretty seamlessly, and alas we’re on our cruise now and having a great time, but it’s funny how your mind has a tendency to play with your emotions even when everything else can tell you otherwise.
I’ve come to find a few things that really help calm me when traveling like the Rescue pastilles some of you recommended to me a while back, saying quick prayers, and reminding myself and I can’t control everything around me. Did any of you ever experience a switch over from being a fearless adventure to more of an anxious traveler? I’d love to hear your thoughts or tips and tricks on the whole thing!
For a small intermission between room makeover posts, you can see my Lovely Lady feature on Emma Dime today sharing my summer uniform, and I mean that literally. I think I wore this shirt 5 out of 7 days a week because it was the lightest shirt I owned for Houston heat waves while still looking somewhat dressed up… eating popsicles. Or something like that.
You can see the full post here!
photos by Jared Smith
photo from my DIY xoxo gift wrap
With the holidays coming up, I figured I should go ahead and jump on the gift guide bandwagon early since, if you’re like me, you like to pre-pre-pre plan how to give the perfect gift way in advance. Plus this gives me a great excuse to push my sugar-high tendencies and my love for gold and white on you through my Giftry lists. But let’s be honest, I also need to help my Mom and Dad know what I want for Christmas subliminally through my blog posts, so here we go…