I can hardly believe how fast the summer is slipping by. (<< cliche saying, I know, but it’s true.) This summer has been so full of good things like enjoyable work and quality time with family.
Some of the highlights:
We went to see Joshua Bell at Ravinia. If you’ve never been to Ravinia, it’s an upper-west side of Chicago music festival. When there’s a classical artist, people pull out the charcuterie boards and citronella candles to go along with their oh-so-elegant picnic baskets. We are slighly less elegant with our Giordanos’ pizza, noisy card games, and certainly take up quite a bit more space on the lawn than your average family with 2.1 children, but it’s still an altogether delightful way to experience good music. Have I mentioned that Joshua Bell is amazing violinist? That too.
Our family hosted our annual picnic gathering for my Mom’s side of the family to celebrate the 4th of July. We’re super close to our extended family and so having them here is always one of the highlights of the summer.
Fruit picking. One of the best things about living in Michiana/cornfield country is the abundant produce this time of year. My sisters have actually worked at an organic blueberry ranch down the road from our house. From cherries and blueberries, to the fresh tomatoes and zucchini out of the garden, it’s quite enjoyable.
I’m finally on Dribbble! I’ve been waiting to join for what seem like ages and I finally got an invitation to share. I haven’t uploaded anything yet, but I’m hoping to in the next couple of weeks. Your first ‘shot’ gets extra exposure, so I’m still trying to figure out exactly what I want it to be.
My sisters and I started a hobby cooking blog called Three Girls Create. Our family eats mostly gluten-free because several people in our family have stomach sensitivities, so we wanted to have a place to share those recipes on an ongoing place and add a few fun lifestyle photos. Going forward in the future, my sisters will probably be more hands-on with the content because I want to get back to blogging here, but I had fun getting the behind-the-scenes up and running and continuing to photograph the recipes.
Business is feeling organized these days. (I actually marked the official 1-year business birthday at the beginning of July.) When you are a freelancer or small business owner, there are 1001 things to keep up with beyond the actual deliverable thing for which you are getting paid. Therefore, organization is key. In the last few months I finally feel like this is as pulled together as it can possibly be at this point, which is a major win. Lots of stuff has been finished that I haven’t shared here yet, so those project overviews will be finished soon and posted here.
And after taking a few months off of blogging, I’m planning to get back to it and sending a newsletter this fall on a semi-regular basis (like, at least a few times a month.) I like reading deep articles, and have often wished I could make some of the ones here longer. It’s been abundantly obviously, however, that I need to find more time in my schedule to do so, since I am not one of those people who sits down and writes something truly thoughtful and articulate in an hour. I wish I was–but I’m not! It often takes me much longer. In fact, this article has been sitting in my drafts as I slowly worked on it for a few weeks. When I write, I like the words to be thoughtfully and carefully crafted, especially if it’s going to be posted here. It’s an ongoing challenge of learning to balance time with expectations and remember that my writing and teaching skills will continue to grow if I continue to hone them.
If you know me personally, you’ll know I’m a planner and like to get details right. In a lot of ways, God has, and is using, my design career to draw me closer to Him in a way that I never dreamed possible. To trust Him for the future, to reveal and re-shape my perfectionistic insecurities and instead allow me to focus on helping others. It’s so incredible to look back and see all the little pieces of things I would have thought were totally disconnected and see how all those little things were actually connecting together to teach me, grow me, and open doors for opportunities and relationships. There’s a verse in Isaiah that often comes to mind when I think about the future:
Isaiah 30:21 – And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This [is] the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
I’m learning to ever lean more on Him and any mentors he has place in my life for wisdom.
That’s been my summer thus far–granted there’s still just a little bit of it left! I’ll be popping back in here shortly with a rather enormous post about all the books I’ve read this summer, so back to finishing off the stack…