monday mess * simple lovely

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you know joslyn from simple lovely, yes?  if you don’t than i feel pretty honored to introduce you.  simple lovely was one of the first blogs i started reading, years ago, and one that i still follow today.  the thing i love most about joslyn’s blog, besides her impeccable (and, i mean impeccable) style is her thoughtful writing.  joslyn has the smarts to match her style and a knack for finding the most lovely and interesting things you ever did see.  i’m always learning new things and finding myself challenged to simplify my life when i’m visting her online space.  and, the thing is, i can attest she is truly just as lovely in person.

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The idea of an artfully scattered workspace is incredibly appealing and romantic to me, but, sadly, my OCD tendencies always prevail. (Ok, ok, I am a full-blown neat-nick.) But I recently transitioned from being a full-time magazine editor ( to working as a principal at a multi-disciplinary design studio (, so on any given day my desk might be piled with books, proofs, fabric and wallpaper samples, and sundry other bits and bobs. The trick to keeping my sanity is letting things pile up a bit over the course of a workday and then spending five minutes before I head home to do a clean sweep. That way when I get to work the next day I start fresh (or at least have the allusion of a fresh start).

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While I’m organized to a fault, my hubby is, well, not so much. In an attempt to keep the peace, we declared his closet a “free zone,” meaning he can keep it as messy as possible and I can’t complain.

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One of the biggest challenges of completely switching careers in my late 30s is allowing myself to embrace the fact that there’s a lot I just don’t know yet. Humility has become my new best friend.

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see what i mean, about thought provoking… and well, wise.  i’m finding there is a lot a i just don’t know yet too…..anyone else?  i think it is such a good place to be, though.  

and, i’m curious how many of you differ with your spouses when it comes to keeping things tidy?  i love the idea of declaring a certain space a “free zone.”  i may need to try this with my kids.  seriously.


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