HONEY 10 | making time

By now you know that we believe there is such a thing as work-life-balance. While this looks different for every single person, it is possible to be fully involved and devoted at home and simultaneously giving your best at work. Really it boils down to intentionality - being fully present wherever you are - and priorities.

It's also imperative that you plan ahead. This doesn't come very naturally to me but a few years ago my aunt shared a visual that largely impacts the way I schedule things today. She suggested to view the year as a large empty vase. First, she advised placing in your largest rocks -- the events and trips and celebrations that are non-negotiable for you (anniversaries, birthdays, reunions - this is where your priorities come in). Block these off with a bold "do not touch" color on your calendar. Secondly, take time to mark a few pebbles in your schedule -- perhaps a weekend getaway in the midst of your busy season to ensure you take time to recharge and refresh. Maybe this is a monthly girl's night or movie at the park, a weekly yoga class. The pebbles are important but if something comes up, ultimately a little more flexible. They will settle themselves nicely among the larger rocks. Lastly we have all the other things of life. Work, school, duties, errands, the things for which you don't block off time. This brings us to the final addition to the vase, the water - you simply pour into the vessel and it will fill to the brim - but you've preemptively protected your family, your sanity and your spirit by placing in your rocks and pebbles first.

image by lily glass

This activity takes some time; be realistic in your agenda. Don't block off a two-week trip to Europe if you don't have the money or will need those vacation days for Christmas... And make sure you're on the same page with the rest of your family so you can keep each other accountable and encouraged when it's tempting to take on more work. And don't wait until 2015 to implement this practice - it's something I find incredibly helpful on a weekly basis. You can do it.
 

EVENTS 08 | Spring Pop-Up Shop at Hart & Honey

Hi Friends! We are excited to share with you that we will be hosting our second pop-up shop! The December shop left us with new friendships with other artists and also with our community, so why wouldn't we want to do it again! 

This season we will have a few returning artists such as Pluma Jewelry (handmade semi-precious & geode jewelry) & Smartlee Handmade (handwoven textiles)  as well as Hart & Honey goods (ceramics, prints and **our new publications, S T U D Y**). We will be introducing a couple new friends as well! Igloo Letterpress (cards & gifts) & NO.41 Bags (bags, headbands and aprons for change in Rwanda) & Yao Cheng Designs (watercolor prints for the home).

We can't wait to meet more of you face to face in May! 

behind the scenes | hart + honey

We wanted to give you a peek behind the scenes of Hart + Honey but upon gathering all of our images things have taken a sappy turn... When we look back over every project, field trip and dance party our hearts well up and we're reminded of how blessed we are to do what we love, surrounded by the most wonderful gang of supportive and genuine people. 

Hart + Honey | Behind the Scenes

For starters, there's this little biscuit -- she does her best to help out but more often than not just serves as a jolly work-break/shopping assistant.

That big black blob is a preggo-belly...  Hart + Honey | Behind the Scenes

That big black blob is a preggo-belly... 
Hart + Honey | Behind the Scenes

See that tiny hand? Hart + Honey | Behind the Scenes

See that tiny hand?
Hart + Honey | Behind the Scenes

Signing the lease to a physical space was equal parts fantastic and terrifying. Our dear husbands have been our biggest fans from day one and we couldn't do this without their support -- which has realized itself in many ways including, but not limited to : manual labor, extra bodies for photo shoots, kitchen skillz, copy-editing and eating adventurous things.

Hart + Honey | Behind the Scenes
Hart + Honey | Behind the Scenes

And our dear friends. Oh boy. It's been a year of celebration and big transitions -- Hart + Honey has served as a hub to party, study, fellowship, exercise, dance, collaborate, create and share the deepest parts of life together. From painting our walls to taking ridiculous selfies with my camera when I'm not looking to planning photo shoots... we're constantly finding confetti around the studio and couldn't love it more.

Hart + Honey | Behind the Scenes
Hart + Honey | Behind the Scenes
Hart + Honey | Behind the Scenes

And every trip out of town is an excuse to meet new fabulous people. Our world feels smaller now and we're lucky to know creative people all over -- our travel to-go list is getting pretty lengthy... 

Hart + Honey | Behind the Scenes
Hart + Honey | Behind the Scenes
Hart + Honey | Behind the Scenes

Lest you think we just dance and throw glitter everywhere... 

Hart + Honey | Behind the Scenes
Hart + Honey | Behind the Scenes
Hart + Honey | Behind the Scenes

... there's quite a bit of work that gets done, too. Work that we love and projects that get us excited. It's a rare and beautiful treat to create professionally alongside one your dearest friends and we don't take it for granted. Here's to years of adventures ahead. xo

Hart + Honey | Behind the Scenes