• marissarether


Living intentionally is a non-negotiable for me. And as someone who plans for a living, it comes harder to me than some may expect. Just like many things in life, balance is absolutely crucial. I don't want to reflect back on my life only to realize that I spent too much time planning and not enough time living. I want to be present. I want to seize the day. I want to BE where I am. (You get the picture.)

Pre-baby, this might have looked like a last-minute adventure to the bush, because, well, why not? Packing up the trailer in minutes so we could enjoy a cold beer in the sunshine and our last day off before a long work week getting muddy. Driving into the sunset with the windows down, music blaring, with my partner and dogs by my side.

Post-baby, I am slowly learning to redefine what these little moments look like for our family. Today, my 12 week old son and I spent 25 minutes sitting on the floor in the corner of my bedroom. Why? Because the flower on my nightstand caught his eye and I could tell it brought him joy. And seeing him happy brings me joy. He smiled and cooed and threw his arms around... I smiled back and stared at his precious little face, amazed at how much he has grown in the last few weeks. It's almost as though he is teaching me more than I'm teaching him these days.

So whether you're spontaneously packing for a last minute getaway or taking a moment to smell the roses (perhaps literally), don't forget to appreciate the beauty of the day-to-day. Because these little moments are what life is all about.