I don’t know about you, but this month has flown for me. I can’t believe March starts this week! We had a pretty quiet weekend, as I needed time to recuperate and get reorganized after my trip. We stayed in on Friday night and ordered pizza and watched the Sixers game… although I was asleep by halftime. Not that it wasn’t a good game, but I was so tired!
Last night, we went to a nearby bar & grille to grab dinner on our way to see our daughter perform in her indoor drumline competition, so that was fun. We stayed till the end of the show to watch the awards, so that pretty much took up our evening, and today I’m looking forward to church and maybe lunch out afterwards. That’s become our Sunday tradition, although we really miss our friends who used to join us almost every week. They moved out of the area right around the time the pandemic hit.
Speaking of the virus that shall not be named, it’s so good to see things getting back to some semblance of normal around here. Mask mandates were lifted in our school district earlier this week, and we got notice last night that they are no longer required on school buses either.
I always hesitate to bring up this topic because it can be so polarizing, but people like to know how things are going in different areas of the country, and this is a pretty big deal for us. Pennsylvania was one of the first states to close schools and go on lockdown back in March of 2020 — Friday, March 13th, to be exact. I don’t think I’ll ever forget that date.
As hard as it is to believe, it’s been almost two full years since the kids have gone to school without being required to wear masks. I hope and pray we don’t end up with another wave of this thing, but with summer coming, I’m feeling optimistic. At the very last, we should get a good reprieve from it all.
Of course, there’s plenty of other heavy stuff going on in the world right now. I’ve been keeping up with it, but trying not to dwell on things I can’t do anything about. Staying glued to the news cycle is bad for mental health, so I try not to do that. I prefer to read, not watch my news, and I really think that helps not get so emotionally involved. In most cases, all I can really do is pray and give, so I do that and then I try to focus on the here and now in my little corner of the world.
If you’re looking for a place to give to help displaced families in Ukraine, my friend Shelly Wildman knows the woman behind Living With Power and can vouch for the organization. They’re partnering with ministries on the ground to help those fleeing the war, and Lina is sharing videos on her Instagram, if you want to check it out. It’s nice to see where your money is actually going.
If you want other suggestions, Samaritan’s Purse and World Vision are two organizations I often donate to when there is some sort of humanitarian crisis because they are already on the ground in most parts of the world and well-positioned to help those who need it most.
And yes, I realize not everyone reading along wants to support Christian organizations, but those are the ones I’m most familiar with and prefer to support. If you know of an organization you trust who is doing good work, feel free to leave them in the comments. And of course, if you do want to donate to any of these — my suggestions or someone else’s — be sure to research and vet them yourself first.
In other news, my trip to Florida for spring outfit photos was definitely a success. For anyone just tuning in, I flew into the Jacksonville airport last Monday and met up with Sydney at Seeside Creative. I’ve been working with her for about a year on content planning and digital strategy, which has been an amazing boost to my morale as well as my business.
Doing what I do can be very isolating, and I often feel like I’m on an island over here. Having someone to help with planning and strategy has been such a game changer. Sydney lives in Jacksonville, so when I decided to go south to get some outfit pictures, I figured I might as well meet up with her. She was able to guide me on where to stay and give me some photographer recommendations, and we also spent a lot of time together discussing business and getting to know each other better.
Amy, my virtual assistant down in Virginia, almost came with me, but that didn’t work out due to a scheduling conflict, so one of my good friends decided to join me at the last minute. That worked out really well. While I’m fine to be alone, it was really nice to have company. We spent the first day of our trip visiting St. Augustine.
Sydney pretty much gave us a guided tour, which was fantastic. She made us lunch reservations at the Columbia, and she knew where to find parking and took us to St. George Street so we could peruse the shops. We walked over to the fort after lunch and took some pictures. We didn’t buy tickets and go inside, but I would love to take my family back there sometime. They would love that.
The next two days were spent more or less working, but we did get some pool time and had some nice dinners. Best of all, we had amazing weather, even by their standards. It was sunny and in the high 70s/low 80s all four days.
Before the pandemic, Cindy Spivey and I met in Nashville a couple of times at about this time of year to shoot outfits and “talk shop” but it was always cold. I have no idea why we didn’t go further south! It was so nice to shoot resort wear and spring looks and actually be warm. I plan to do this every February from now on.
I’m working on a post about everything I wore, so stay tuned for that. And of course, I have a lot of other posts I’m planning with the pictures we took while I was down there. I’m trying to space them out but also not wait so long that things are sold out. And yes, I know that wrap I’m wearing in the St. Augustine pictures is already sold out. I’m so irritated, but what can you do???
With that, I’m off to get read for the day. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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