A New Adventure: Full Time RV Living


How we ended up living in an RV full time:

I have started to write this so many times but I have found it hard to figure out where to start, when to stop and how many details were really necessary… I have finally decided that there will be plenty of opportunities to share all the details. Today I will just share a bit about how we ended up where we are today, with a shrunken home and expanding family!

Last year, when housing prices began to climb significantly here on the Sunshine Coast we threw around the idea of selling our house and taking some time to travel. My Hubby Bryn and I both love to travel and each did a fair bit before we were together and “normal life” took over. We dreamed of 6 weeks in New Zealand but the conversation always got stone-walled at, “but then what?”. We would have sold our home, and the rental market here is expensive with few options, so then what? Eventually we tabled the idea and although we were still craving a massive change in our lifestyle, we decided selling our house wouldn’t be a very smart thing to do.

But then we changed our minds…

Not so accidentally, we started stumbling across the concept of full time RV living via some blogs, you tube videos, and some of the top leaders in the company I work with. At first it was sort of intriguing in one of those “good for them”, sort of ways but it didn’t really seem 100% tangible to us. Over time that feeling changed as the idea marinated in the back of our minds. One day it just clicked, it really checked all the boxes for the changes we wanted to have in our life and family and so we decided to put the wheels in motion.

The first thing we did was a massive purge of our closet, it was almost like we were both testing each other’s resolve to actually go through with this all, it took Bryn about 10 minutes to cut his “wardrobe” into about 1/3 of the already small size. Then it was like he was daring me to show how serious I was by following suit… It took about two hours for me to do the same damage he had. The pile was a huge mountain and we filled 3 industrial sized garbage bags with clothing. It felt absolutely amazing to clear so much out and it felt like the beginning of this crazy adventure.

I will do a post in the near future about what it really looks like to whittle your belongings down to what will fit in a 32′ trailer (and one small storage locker), but it is intense – and also incredibly liberating, I would highly recommend it, even if you aren’t selling your house and taking life on the road. I am definitely a re-formed pack rat.

But what about money, and the future after RV living?

There is another huge factor that played into making this decision that we do not take for granted at all. That is that our home very nearly doubled in just 3 short years, of course some of that was the improvements we made to it but a lot was simply buying low and then the market taking off. We were able to pay off a considerable amount of debt, purchase a truck and our travel trailer cash to avoid having any significant monthly payments, and still have a decent chunk to re-invest one day and to live off for of for a while.

Which brings us to the last large piece of the puzzle, sure we can travel for a while but then what, be left with nothing of monetary value (like a house)? This is honestly the biggest leap of faith in this story, but we both know how to work hard and are willing to put the time in now to work towards creating and living the life we want to live with and for our family. I have been lucky to come across a product and company that I absolutely love and I have no doubts that as we are able to put in a full time effort into it (and this blog!) as we travel, we will be able to replace and exceed our current income.

SO now it all makes sense right?

That is the very short version of how we ended up where we are today! Living in a 32′ travel trailer with our little boy, and with another little one on his way in early December. Bryn and I have been wanting to expand our family for quite some time and are overjoyed that this little guy will get to come along for the ride with us!

As a family we want to adventure, and experience life in a way that just is not possible with a conventional job and lifestyle. We want to offer experiences to our children, and although they may not remember them, they will still help shape them and how they see the world. Some people think we are crazy (and some days I would not even argue with that), but I love that saying by Lewis Carroll “in the end, you only regret the chances you didn’t take” and that is what we are living by for now. Once we set off to take this full time RV living circus on the road early next year we plan to travel for 1-2 years, or more if we absolutely love it, and we are leaving where we land at the end of it totally open!

 

Hiatus Over - some thoughts on blogging, priorities, blogger burnout and time management!

Peeking Out from Behind my Blogging Hiatus…

Since it has been a while I should begin with, Hello!

There are a few reasons I decided to take a break and to be honest it started accidentally and continued on purpose! Life is busy and full and stressful at times and I just didn’t make it a priority! I needed a break to re-assess. I’ve seen that quote on several instagram accounts lately floating around about (and I’m going to paraphrase here so don’t quote me) just saying something isn’t a priority right now rather than I don’t have time and see how that feels. So here I am admitting that I have the same 24 hours in the day as all the amazingly productive and consistent Mama Bloggers out there and I just haven’t been using those hours to spend on my blog. Is that okay? Yes.

Something I read a lot about when I was getting ready to launch my blog was “new blogger burnout” and also high stats on new blogs not making it past the three month mark and if you make it past three months, chances are you won’t make it past six – crazy! I can totally see why now – the truth is that blogging is really fun and a wonderful outlet but also that they can be a whole pile of work, the social media and numbers can be overwhelming and it all can be super time consuming depending on your style, subject and how often you post. I was finding even posts that flowed easily out of me would take me hours (like 4+ at least) until I was satisfied enough to post them between re-wording and figuring out photos (and photography is not a strength for me yet), and then spending an hour on even the most simple graphic, basically felt like a chore that is not my intention for this blog.

It’s been weird at times beginning blogging, some things feel a bit like high school and I will say that I have not had any negative experiences, just my own insecurities, not quite being as cool as the super awesome Vancouver blogger circle and silly issues spending way too much time checking my stats and page views rather than finding ways to offer value and connect. SO I am over all of that now – it is out of my system, I have been loving instagram even more lately and realized how much truth there is in that old quote about not comparing your first chapter to someone else’s 12th, or 200th for that matter – duh. Also realizing that I don’t love Twitter so maybe that means that I just don’t really use it – who cares? This is my blog and why not run it accordingly since I get to be my own boss in this scenario – I might as well be a cool boss that doesn’t make me do stuff I don’t want to… I admit this post is getting weird but I shall proceed anyway.

I just made it past the 6 month mark a few days ago (if the last month of not posting on the blo counts teehee) and the break I took made it clear that I do want to keep blogging, just that I need to adjust my expectations of what that looks like for me! So maybe that means not spending an hour (in the middle of the night often) being a weird finicky perfectionist because that is sooo not me in real life!

I am turning 30 this year and have spent a lot of time thinking about how I want my life to look going forward I have been spending a lot of time trying to work on myself and develop and figure out both my strengths and weaknesses. I have also been working on self-care and learning to let go of things that cause unnecessary stress and take away from quality time with my family because that is just plain the stage I am in and I want to be as present and healthy as possible in that!

So this is me, peeking out from behind my blog break, super happy to be back! I’m going to go set a 20 minute timer and not spend a second longer making  title graphic, cool? Cool! See you sooner next time & thanks for popping back in to check out my blog again!

xo Tani

Essential OilsAnd Oral Health

Essential Oils and Oral Health

Welcome to Friday Essentials! … Saturday Night Edition :D

Okay so I knew I needed a pretty graphic for such a random seeming post, because I know Oral Health is not exactly riveting and throw in the Essential Oils and it might seem really out there but I think this is an important topic and hey I get to run this little corner of the internet so here we go!

So I mentioned a few months ago that the dentist finally convinced me about the importance of flossing and taking better care of my teeth (they weren’t rotting out of my mouth or anything, I just wasn’t flossing very often, or really at all), and I was super excited to learn how helpful essential oils can be to help with this. (yes, I meant excited!!!)…

Here are a few things that your oral health can impact:

– Gum disease/inflammation
– Self-esteem (I feel wayyyy better after I clean my teeth!)
– Appearance
– People with pre-existing diabetes are more susceptible to complications.
– Respiratory Health
– Bad Breath
– Infections in the mouth & body
– Tooth loss (not the kind where another one is on it’s way heehee)
– Digestive health
– They are still exploring links between oral health & cardiovascular health

My Top Essential Oils for Oral Health (I would probably add Spearmint too but I don’t have it yet & want to share my own experiences):

Using Essential Oils for your Oral Health

*these oils have a ton of other uses, but these are how they apply to oral care*

***As always I am talking about essential oils that are organic and truly pure & if an EO advises on the bottle to not to use internally they shouldn’t be used as I am suggesting below***

Clove: This oil is an antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, analgesic, antiseptic, nervine, regenerative, immune stimulant. So everyone needs some clove in their lives, it has been used historically for toothaches & bad breath. It is a hot oil and so should always be used diluted on the skin so it does not cause irritation but is okay to use undiluted on a sore tooth in an adults mouth, I would always dilute for children.

Peppermint: Some relevant properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral. I would venture to say most people are familiar with peppermint in their toothpaste, mouthwash, gum, and floss because it is wonderful for freshening your breath & tastes so good! It is good for so much more than that though, kills germs and a whole lot more!

Melaleuca a.k.a. Tea Tree: Antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral, analgesic. Helps with cavities and gum disease! To be honest I haven’t tried this one yet, I just came across this as I was firming up my research for this post but I like the taste & can’t wait to add it to our next mouth wash!

Here are some easy, all natural & inexpensive ways to re-vamp your Oral health regimen:

Mouthwash: I used a recycled glass kombucha bottle, filled it with previously boiled & then cooled water (leftover from the kettle) & added 8 drops of peppermint EO and 2 drops of clove. Oil & water don’t mix (duh) so you have to shake well before you take a swig & then swish and you have the choice to swallow or spit it out. It is also awesome to gargle with if you are feeling a sore throat coming on.

Using Essential Oils for your Oral Health - Mouth Wash

Breath Freshening Spray: A one or two oz little glass spray bottle is perfect for this, just add water and 2-4 drops of your EOs of choice, and just shake it up and spray when your breath needs a boost! Perfect when you are on the go, you can play around with what taste you prefer!

Teeth Whitening: Activated Charcoal!!! This works so well, I have done it twice now and there is a visible difference in how white my teeth are each time! This is recommended to do weekly, not more often. You can buy capsules at the health food store, they are pretty cheap so you are literally whitening your teeth for a teeny tiny fraction of the price of conventional whitening strips & without all the crazy chemicals, so a total win win! You can choose to bring essential oils into this if you want, it’s actually okay without but way better with.

Activated Charcoal - Essential Oils for Oral Health

Here’s what you do: wet your toothbrush, break open an activated charcoal capsule and dump it on your toothbrush (I find with the ones we buy are good for both me and my husband so we split one) add a drop of clove, peppermint, protective blend, or spearmint. Brush for 2-3 minutes, it is messy, your mouth will be black but once you rinse a few times you will have whiter teeth!

It’s this cute:

Activated Charcoal Brushing

Brushing with Clove: If you just want to give your mouth a little overhaul, add a drop of clove with your toothpaste, it is a bit of a shock but my mouth feels oh so clean after!

Natural Toothpaste: I have a lovely friend that sometimes brushes with just baking soda, but I just can’t hack it – it makes me gag… So do your own research about fluoride, I never had a problem with it before, but I have come to question if it is really necessary… SO we are using an all natural toothpaste that contains EOs and I am obsessed, I will never go back, if you want a suggestion shoot me a message! I also love that it is safe for little Huddy to use as well!

Clean your toothbrushes: I think everyone has heard the gross studies about what can lurk on our toothbrushes, so what I have begun to do is throw our toothbrushes in a glass with two drops of clove while I am cleaning the bathroom to give them a good cleaning as well! Doesn’t get any easier than that!

That wraps up my super awesome ideas on re-vamping your oral care & I promise it is all really easy and way cheaper than other oral health products out there! So now you know!

xo Tani

 

It’s All an Illusion: My First Video Blog

Hello & welcome to my first Video Blog!

I’m chatting about the illusion and misconception we can create whether it’s social media or the state of our home ;)

I’ve had lots on my mind that I’ve wanted to share but I just haven’t made time to write much lately so I thought I would integrate videos on my blog from time to time in order to be more efficient! Let me know what you think of this way of blogging & also your thoughts on the topic!

xo tani

Im Opting Out of Mommy Guilt

I’m Opting Out of Mommy Guilt

… And Guilt in General

Maybe it’s a cultural thing, being Canadian and apologetic or regretful, if you haven’t heard jokes to that effect you really haven’t lived… but it’s been kind of a problem for me.

Something I immediately noticed when I became a Mom was the term ‘Mom Guilt’ dun dun dun… and to be truthful I dove head first in to major guilt with having to supplement my son with formula (you can read about that here) and it took me almost the first year of his life to get past it. That guilt took away from a lot of joy I was feeling, and let me tell you it was just the first of just so many things to beat myself up about.

Love Yourself!

So I’ve decided to stop. Just like that. Who has time for guilt? Before you know it, you could be beneath a huge mountain of guilt & the guilt can turn to anxiety, fear of doing anything in case you do it “wrong” and it can kind of incapacitate you. Blah. No thank you. Not that anything is quite that simple when it comes to changing the way you think, but once I came to the realization that I was sick and tired of feeling badly about so many little things, I knew something needed to shift in the way I was thinking.

I am not saying that if something big and life altering happened I wouldn’t feel bad, I’ve just tried to shift my thinking  about the “little things”, and if I do feel bad about something, I have been making a concerted effort to change it. My son fell going up the stairs on the slide at swimming lessons, it was 100% my fault for not helping him all the way up and I felt awful, but he was okay so rather than dwelling on how badly I felt, I will just make sure to not put him or me in the position for it to happen again.

Don't look back

This seems to be such a common thing, for Mom’s especially – and I was doing it all the time myself, standing around talking about how bad we feel about so many things pertaining to our kids, and almost each and every thing discussed is something within our control to change. I was feeling guilty about all of the screen time our little guy got when he was sick a couple weeks ago, but now I see that as an option – 1) stop doing it or 2) accept that screen time is inevitable and let it go. Feeling bad about unhealthy food options for you or your kiddos? Same thing, either make a change or let it go because there is no point beating yourself up over something you aren’t willing to change, in fact feeling badly about it for me only causes me to eat even more unhealthy foods – it is a weird negative cycle.

How about this one? I see it all. the. time. Moms feeling badly for having time to themselves, whether it’s a night out with friends or…  even, wait for it, a hair appointment. (I’m not saying this can’t apply to Dads too by the way) I know I am a much better Mom when I have had some time to do things I enjoy with people that I enjoy. This one was really hard for me for a long time even when I knew he was being left in great hands I would want to hurry back. That isn’t even about my son though, that’s some weird need to be needed that I know most people feel but guess what, your child is fine without you while you are gone (9 times out of 10), and will still love and need you just as much when you get home. I know for me, 5 minutes back in the door and he is whining and trying to climb my leg and I wonder what the rush was to get home ;)…

Little Monkey

So the moral of my little rant is to go easy on yourself, or make a change. For me it has been, and will be, a work in progress but I knew that I needed to make a change and work on focusing on the positive, the things I am good at both as a Mom and as just me, and I have felt a huge shift in my thinking and the way I feel about myself.

I would love if you would comment below about some of things in life you have let go of, or are changing whether it is a parenting thing or just life thing!

DIY Play Kitchen - Imaginary Sails Blo

Up-Cycled Furniture: DIY Play Kitchen

I am so excited to share this DIY Play Kitchen with you guys! It is such a fun project and I just love how completely customizable it is! I did a relatively simple one without a back or back splash, but really the sky is the limit, I have seen ones that are quite big made out of whole entertainment units with back splash tile etc. to match their actual kitchen! I chose to do a small and simple one so 1) I would actually do it and not get overwhelmed with the scope of the project and 2) it was for my niece and my sister didn’t want or need a gargantuan one ;)

When I first started looking for ideas to make this, I got a little frustrated because there was nothing giving exact instructions unless you were buying a certain new night stand from Ikea. As I worked my way through this project I realized quickly that you really can’t make exact instructions for someone else because the way the hinges might work, etc. will vary a lot depending on the piece of furniture you start with. I really love the idea of up-cycling old furniture and it is a lot more cost effective, there is also the bonus of finding a piece to use with extra character like this one, I fell in love with the feet (and it only cost $15):

Side Table DIY Kitchen - raw

Once I found the night stand I knew next I would need to find paint and a reasonable sized bowl for the sink and had a few ideas for the tap (a few that I have seen used are upside down silver painted letters: “J” or “L”, an actual old tap from a used supply store which I wanted to do but the only one our local re-store had was rather hideous). I actually used an over the door hanger from the dollar store and it was perfect, I also got a small shallow bowl from the dollar store for the sink as well.

So from those supplies you can see this is shaping up to be a pretty inexpensive project, there was one item that I kind of splurged on though which brought the price up a little, which is FAT Paint Chalk paint, I chose it for a few reasons though and only used about 1/5th of the can so I have lots left for other projects which I am excited about!

I love the chalk paint because it goes on easily and covers well, the surface prep necessary is minimal, it is low VOC and comes in great colours, I picked “apple”. I also think it’s great to support local companies, I knew this company was Canadian but didn’t realize they were so close, in New Westminster! I also purchased the clear top coast for added durability. For the “burners” and “dials” I used the black and silver acrylic paint I had on hand, from the dollar store too.

DIY Play Kitchen - Chalk Paint

So the first thing I did before painting the Play Kitchen was cut out the hole for the sink, my hubby drilled the starter hole and I used the jig saw to cut the hole. It wasn’t perfect but the rim of the bowl/sink hides that.

DIY Play Kitchen - Cutting out the sink

DIY Play Kitchen - Bowl Sink

From there I painted two coats with the green chalk paint and then needed to figure out what exactly I needed or wanted to do from there… the fun part!

I painted a silver back ground with a black border for the “stove top” (the coffee table seemed like a reasonable work bench :D), and my hubby who has a much steadier hand than mine did the burners later, you can also do 3D burners with a round of wood or something if you prefer.

DIY Play Kitchen - Stove top

DIY Play Kitchen - Stove Top

I went to home hardware and got the rest of the components, a spring curtain rod kit for the little curtain $3.99 (it comes with the necessary hardware), for the tap handles I bought two of the basic “12 point handles” $4.49 each, a magnetic catch to keep the “oven” door closed $4.59, and little hinges $3.99. I had previously found stove knobs from the re-store and cleaned them so they looked like new, you could also buy them new from an appliance store if you have something very specific in mind and cannot find it used.

I had a mis-step in my planning (as usual) and forgot about the shelf so we had to get creative the night before our Christmas morning with our niece and improvised, using random items in our garage. I also bought some matching drawer liner to make the shelf pretty, and also to apply to the back of the Play Kitchen, so depending on where it is placed it is still pretty from all sides!

All in all, this project cost less than $80 CDN!

Magnetic Catch to keep the Oven closed:

DIY Play Kitchen - Magnetic Catch

DIY Play Kitchen - Magnetic Catch

Shelves:

DIY Play Kitchen - Shelf

DIY Play Kitchen - Shelf

Here are a few photos of the finished product, I hope this has been helpful and has given you some inspiration for a project of your own! Sorry the photo quality isn’t great, I had forgotten to get some finished product photos until my sister was ready to load the car up and head home with it – oops! If you love it, please pin and share :) if you have other questions, please feel free to contact me, my email is imaginarysails@gmail.com, or DM me on Instagram!

DIY Play Kitchen

DIY Play Kitchen

DIY Play Kitchen

DIY Play Kitchen - Back with drawer liner

DIY Play Kitchen

DIY Kids Play Kitchen - up-cycled bed side table from Imaginary Sails Blog

Some other DIY projects I have done are hereand here!

 

 

 

Happy 2016! - Imaginary Sails Blog

Happy New Year!

Whew! Where has the time gone?, I have so many great plans and amazing things lined up this year and I can’t wait to tell all of you all about them but I thought today I would just hop on and give a quick update!

First of all I can’t believe this blog is already almost 4 months old, and I am finding it even more unbelievable that it is 2016, so Happy New Year to all of you & thanks to each and every one of you who takes a minute to hop on and check it out, it means so much!!!!

We have had a crazy and great last few weeks, lots of visiting, lots of eating, lots of family and friends! It was busy! It always is, and I always plan a lot more in my head than I accomplish and this year was no different. It has been a little quiet on the blog and next year I will definitely know better & will have at least a few posts done and ready to go for December. Time flies and although I didn’t do everything I wanted to, it felt kinda good to just let it go and enjoy the moment I was in (for the most part). It was refreshing, and also gave me a chance to reflect a bit and perhaps recharge, and I am excited about the direction I am aiming for in 2016.

We’ve also burst into the year with a totally new experience, an emergency room visit with our little guy. He had a little cold when he was a few months old but other than that we have been super lucky to have a healthy little kiddo aside from some snotty noses. The poor little bean has croup and we rushed to the hospital in the middle of the night because he was having trouble calming down enough to breathe properly. Luckily I had it a lot when I was little (maybe luckily isn’t the right word but it has come in handy now) so I recognized the sound of that seal bark cough and although it was scary I did have a bit of a sense of knowing what to do.

We’ve just had a little insight into having a sick kid and I cannot imagine what I would be like to be constantly be dealing with illness, a big hug to all of the parents out there who have that on their plate! He’s doing a bit better today and slept much better last night once we finally got him to go down, (thank you baby carriers and cool night air!)… I had some fun trying to get a picture with him this morning, all he wants to do is play with the toilet flusher, the heat control on the wall or demand a bath, another reason bathroom selfies are a bad idea ;)

Imaginary Sails Blog - bathroom selfies

Anyway that is about all I have for you today, hope you have all had a great start to the year and, if you are a resolution person I hope you are still going strong and staying focused on why you made the resolutions you did! I have not been a resolution person in the past but I am trying it on for size this year in a bit of a different way that I will share with you all soon! I have a fun post coming up soon for the DIY up-cycled bedside table play kitchen & also a post with me pouring my heart and dreams out, because this year I am turning 30, eeek!

 

xo Tanitha

A Good, Good Night…

I’ve gotten into a little habit. There’s a little thought I think every single evening and I share it out loud with my husband every few days or so. It’s always similar always around the same few words ‘tonight’s the night! He’s going to sleep all night! 8pm-8am!’ Which is a bit ridiculous to even say out loud since it has never ever happened in his almost 14 months of life.

That’s where the Black Eyes Peas ‘I Got A Feelin’ song comes in – I don’t care who you are, you’ve heard it at some point. ‘Tonight’s gunna be a good night, tonight’s gunna be a good good night, 0000OOOO0000!’ That song goes through my head almost every night, often while brushing my teeth.

I think that’s something every parent can relate to. I have no idea if we will ever get 12 whole hours out of him, I’d happily take 10 hours with just one or two wake ups! id happily take the 7 hour stretch he’s done a handful of times just to get our hopes up.

Anyway what I am getting at is that as parents we are always hoping for an improvement somewhere, for many it’s sleep, for many it’s their child’s eating habits, perhaps behaviour. There’s always something.

And with that something can come frustration,  sleep deprivation, research, trying everything, not knowing what to try, and most importantly that hope.

I’ve been so surprised at how frustrated I can get at my sweet little munchkin in those wee hours during the multiple wake ups. He doesn’t seem like my sweet little munchkin by that second wake up forget the third,fourth, and fifth. He pulls on my hair for comfort and that drives me nuts and I always find it so hard to keep my zen once the hair grabbing starts and his little arms are getting so long that no matter how I hold him he seems to be able to get at the little curly hairs at the back of my neck – perfect for getting his somehow always sticky fingers caught in.

I’ve been getting frustrated with myself for my frustration with him and just when I was near the end of my patience (but really where is that for parents? The end? It might be a unicorn) I saw something on good old Facebook about enjoying all these moments and that we would never be so loved, so needed. That is so overwhelming. It is a big responsibility and you know that in a practical way but if you really really think about it oh my!

So enjoy is the wrong word but I’ve been trying to at least embrace some of those middle of the night  moments. Being more patient. Taking an extra long inhale of his baby smell. Noticing how big he is getting in my arms. And it all helps. I don’t manage it with every wake up, but with more of them and I love those moments so much. I won’t miss them when they are gone but I might as well soak them in for all their sweetness while they are here.

A good, good night. Trying to embrace the middle of the night with my littoe one.

 

Why I Chose In Hospital Newborn Photos - Imaginary Sails Blog

Why I Chose in Hospital Newborn Photos

…Instead of maternity pictures or other newborn photos…

There seem to be a million things to plan and hope for and a million and one decisions to make when you are expecting a baby and strong opinions coming from all directions on the million and one said decisions. I’m not here to tell you this way is better or worse, I’m just sharing why this is the route we took (let’s be serious this was an I decision, if it was up to my hubby there wouldn’t have been any pictures ever that he needed to participate in, including wedding photos – ha!).

My baby had been born! Duh. Although I felt great pregnant and confident about how I looked while pregnant I had been documenting my pregnancy with plenty of selfies and didn’t think I would do anything with professional maternity photos. I mean I’m sure I would look back and enjoy seeing and there are so many beautifully styled maternity shoots out there, but I couldn’t picture hanging any of these photos up once there were photos of that little bundle outside my belly so I couldn’t really justify handing over the cash for them.

Hospital Newborn Photos on bed - Imaginary Sails

I knew it would be a blur after he was born and I wanted that blur of the first day to be documented. I’m glad I guessed right on this, I had arranged with the photographer that if he was born in the morning she’d come later in the day and if he was born late in the day she would come the next day – either way it would be early in his life! It turned out although my water broke at 3am he wasn’t born until nearly 11pm that day so we didn’t contact her until the next morning and she came around 2 which was perfect, all the IVs and catheters were gone, I had showered, and I didn’t know it till later but that spinal tap was still doing it’s job so I was feeling great! (Word to the wise and totally off topic – but if you get a C-section take it easy that first day, I was oblivious to the fact I wasn’t feeling even a fraction of the pain that I would be very soon!). There are many things I don’t remember in detail from that day but the photos bring the feelings of that day flooding back.

Hospital Newborn Photos - Family Shot - Imaginary Sails

Sleep deprivation had not yet set in, we were still flying high on the wings of adrenaline, joy, and excitement and the perma-black-circles had not yet made their place on our faces. Really in those first few weeks between the troubles with breastfeeding and milk supply and having family and friends over to share in our joy and meet the little one, I couldn’t really imagine having any more appointments to have photos taken. Not to mention down time with our precious new family of three, and finding our groove. I mean I know people do it all the time and we could have too but it was nice to know it was already done and taken care of plus we were taking a ton of our own photos too! (more…)

What is Inspiration to You - Imaginary Sails Blog

What is Inspiration to You?

What is inspiration? To be honest this post came to me because this past week I’ve been waffling a bit in my blogging endeavour. At first my biggest fear with starting a blog was that no one would read it, and now that I’m two months in (well that absolutely flew by!) the fact that people actually are reading it was scaring me more! I’ve been shying away from conversations and questions about my blog, which is silly! I put time and effort and hope into this, I should be happy to talk about it. I want to push myself outside of my comfort zone because that is where growth happens. I want to challenge myself and reach goals and hopefully touch other people on my way there. I don’t want a fear of failure to keep me where I am…

So back to inspiration – to me inspiration is something that gets you excited, gets your creative juices flowing, and makes you want to do better! It makes you think big and dream big and puts your hopes that drive you above your fears that want to hold you back.

 

What is Inspiration to you? - Imaginary Sails

 

Here are a few things that have been inspiring me lately: (more…)