Staying Grounded

Staying Grounded

Grounded: the feeling when everything is in balance and in place. You feel calm and sure. Many things can bump us off our rhythm, and it can be hard to get back in the groove when you just feel off. Some days, my headspace feels totally hyperactive and impulsive, bouncing from one thought to the next without completing the previous thought or task. Then I forgot all about it for a while until it bounces back, and inevitably disappears again. This happens when life feels busy or overwhelming. So often, we are focused on the “hustle,” but I prefer to sink into that steady place in which I feel grounded.

And so, when you feel the world is a little off-kilter, and you need to return to the true you, here are some ways that I remind myself of who I am and why I am here. Hopefully, these might inspire you to find your balance when you are feeling a little floopy (Friends, anyone?):

Put your phone in another room

Sometimes, those funky feelings arise when we are spending too much time on our devices. If you find yourself in one of those patterns where you keep compulsively checking your phone for one reason or another, just put it away. Place it in a drawer, or in a separate room.

Track your phone use

Better yet, download an app like Moment that tracks how long you are spending on your device. I use it, and after being horrified at the amount of time I was looking at my phone, I accepted the truth and have been able to significantly lessen time on my phone, by as much as an hour or more each day.

Read, write, or color

Reading makes you a better person. It just does. It feels good, it makes you smart, it makes you empathetic. Writing can be therapeutic if you need to process an experience. In fact, I journal every night before bed. Drawing in an adult coloring book, too, is incredibly mesmerizing and soothing. (Note: put your phone away while you do any of this.)

Connect with another human

I am introverted, so generally my go-to for restoring my balance is a solo activity like reading or coloring, but if you are extroverted, you might consider spending time (phones away) with a loved one. Grab a coffee, talk it out. Find comfort in a close one.

Get a breath of fresh air

Going for a walk always makes me feel better. Maybe it’s solo or with a friend. Or perhaps for you, it’s a run. Even eat your lunch outside if you are able to. Whatever it is, soak in that fresh air.

How do you stay grounded?

Love, Bee

4 Reasons Wooden Watches are My Must-Have Spring Accessory

4 Reasons Wooden Watches are My Must-Have Spring Accessory

I have crazy spring fever, and I am so ready to switch to my spring wardrobe for good! I have already discovered my latest accessory that I cannot wait to show off: my new JORD wooden watch. Here’s why I love it!

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  1. The Fit

I have never been one for wearing anything on my wrist because I have tiny wrists. I avoid bracelets, and I have never found a watch that feels right for me – until now. I gave JORD my custom size but was still a little nervous about its fit. However, it fits perfectly! It is comfortable and doesn’t bother me on my wrist, as most accessories do. But what particularly sold me is the fact that this watch is wooden.

  1. The Wooden Band

I am all about natural pieces and colors – in accessories, clothes, and my home. My coffee table is wooden. My bar stools, my mirror frames, my floors – all wooden! I love whites, grays, and natural blues and greens. My apartment is filled with plants. It may sound silly, but my JORD wooden watch just fits my aesthetic. It is totally my vibe.

  1. The Sleek, Minimalist Face

I am obsessed with the champagne face of my watch! Champagne is my dream spring and summer shade. It also goes with basically any outfit! My women’s watch is just so pretty, unique, and versatile for spring.

  1. Unique Men’s and Women’s Styles

 Sure, I love my watch. But JORD has so many gorgeous wooden watches! Shop their whole collection of men’s watches and women’s watches and find a variety of styles, aesthetics, and colors, from vintage rose to ivory, emerald to mint, ebony to slate.

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Love these watches as much as I do? You have an opportunity to receive a $100 gift code to use on the JORD watches site! Enter the contest here, and know that everyone who enters will receive a code worth 10% off once the contest is over! (Contest closes 04/08/2018.)

Happy spring accessorizing, y’all!

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Luxury Wooden Watch

4 ways to celebrate the coming of spring in nashville

4 ways to celebrate the coming of spring in nashville

Happy March! I am super excited because this month brings spring, and I love spring. With spring comes fresh blooms, sunshine, longer days, and my birthday! Plus, I am a teacher so we are nearing the end of the school year, in which the kids have come so far, and we can celebrate their accomplishments. All runs pretty smoothly this time of year, and the general mood of the world feels joyful.

I am sharing 4 ways to celebrate the coming of spring this month in Nashville. These are things that I do every year, and I want to share them with you! If you live here or if you’re planning a spring trip, I recommend these activities and events:

Cheekwood in Bloom

The most beautiful time to visit Cheekwood, in my opinion, is spring. I love viewing their over 150,000 blooms and soaking in all the bright colors and scents. Plus, they host themed weekends like the Spring Art Hop on March 31, a perfect outing for families. And every Saturday during Cheekwood in Bloom, which runs from March 17 – April 15 this year, the Beer Garden hosts food trucks, live music, seasonal beers, and craft cocktails.

Bunnies at Phillips Toy Mart

Every year, a few weeks before Easter and through the holiday, Phillips Toy Mart brings in a group of floppy-eared bunnies to hop around an adorable (and elaborately designed) pen in the store. When I was young – and for generations before me – rabbits were brought into the old department store McClure’s every spring, and it was such a treat! I love that Phillips has continued this longstanding Nashville tradition, and I continue to go see the bunnies even as an adult.

Afternoon Tea at the Cafe at Thistle Farms

Afternoon tea is served daily at the Cafe at Thistle Farms daily from 1 – 3 pm by reservation, and I think it makes the perfect spring outing. Spend an afternoon sipping seasonal hot or iced tea and munching on savories and sweets. Plus, Thistle Farms empowers and employs women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction.

Nashville Predators Games

Y’all know I love the Preds, and really any time of the year is fun to go to Predators hockey games, but now is especially important as we are nearing the playoffs! There are amazing games throughout the month, so check them out and go!

Have a lovely March, everyone!

Love, Bee