Working Smarter, Not Harder + $150 Threads 4 Thought Giveaway (& Link-Up!)

February 6, 2017·

Shirt: Sola Five Studio c/o | Jeans: Shopbop (Paige Denim) c/o (also on Amazon prime!) | Booties: The Root Collective (use this link for 10% off) | Necklace: oNecklace (use code “MOLLY10” for 10% off) | Earrings: Nickel and Suede | Bracelets: Noonday Collection c/o & Branded Collective | Watch: Apple Watch (got my band here)

Photography by Em Grey

Wanted to just quickly address something… you guys may (or may not) have noticed I’ve been a bit quiet here on the blog for the past couple of weeks. I’ve been blogging for a decade and in the past 5 years I’ve blogged 5-7 days a week, every week, with barely a break. This is not me complaining (at all!), because I LOVE what I do and I love blogging (otherwise I wouldn’t keep it up!). And honestly, I never run out of ideas and I always look forward to creating new posts, working on new projects, and brainstorming new ideas.

When I was in Kenya, our internet situation was spotty, that coupled with the fact that this particular trip was much heavier than trips past, and so I just needed that time to mentally rest.

Sola Five Studio - ethically made essential oil t-shirts (2) Once I got home, I had caught something on the trip so I was sick for a few days, then super jet lagged, and then just really having a hard time getting “back to reality.” It just hit me harder than times before…

So I just allowed myself the freedom to relax and to rest and to take some time away. And it has been so nice and so needed. In fact, it has really taught me something and helped me focus more on this year… it’s really emphasized the need, the desire, and the focus for me to work smarter, not harder this year. Sola Five Studio - ethically made essential oil t-shirts (3)

Until I took this little break, I didn’t realize how much I was burning myself out at the end of the year last year. And I don’t want to do that to myself this year… I want to be a better blogger, but most importantly, I want to be a better wife and mother. And I can’t do that if I’m burning myself out.

So this year is all about working smarter and not harder. Focusing on doing things that are intentional, purposeful, and fruitful. I want to serve others well, I want to serve you guys well, and I want to serve my family well.

Don’t worry… I am not going anywhere! I will be back to my normal blogging schedule… I just wanted to let you know why I was taking some time to mentally rest and step back a little bit in the last few weeks.
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Is anyone else with me? Who is working smarter and not harder this year? What things are you implementing into your life to do that?
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Now, one more thing.  Carly and I are teaming up to do more than host our link up.  We are teaming up to share brands that we love……brands that give back.  Each week we’ll be collaborating with one of our favorite brands to share the cause they support, and their amazing products.

This week we are teaming up with Threads 4 Thought.   Why do we love Threads 4 Thought? Because they are LITERALLY changing the fashion industry with every ethical clothing piece they create (and every piece we buy).

Threads 4 Thought is a full lifestyle brand comprised of adorable pieces that are produced responsibly & support sustainable initiatives.  They are a certified B Corporation, which means that they are making every effort to use business as a force for good.  Their goal? To create pieces that humans love and to help the planet at the same time. And their factories in China, Kenya and India?  They pay living wages AND treat employees with respect and dignity.

Oh, and a HUGE bonus… Carly and I are EACH giving away a $150 Threads 4 Thought gift card. So be sure to check out both of our posts for two chances to win!

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Now, on to you guys…..our favorites last week?

/ mommy and me velvet / give with grace: zuri collection /