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Being Present…


So here we are at the beginning of another year.

Up to date this has been the most challenging post and to be honest I am not sure why. It is not like I am announcing any big news, I do not really have anything profound to say and I am not even sure this post has a clear message. I do believe it has been challenging because my mind, emotions and concentration has been elsewhere. Since I started Pish to Posh (just three months ago) I have made it the center of my life. I have committed any spare time to nurturing it, I have spent all my child-free time writing and honing my craft and many many evenings learning the logistics of how to run a blog… but this last week I have spent very little time on any of those things.

As we embark on a new year and yet another huge transition for our family I have spent the last several days completely and utterly tuned into my family- to Brendan, to Declan. Brendan leaves in three days. He moves back home on Thursday and so I have spent every minute trying to take in all of London with him before he goes. This is it- it is happening.

Photos: Zoe Griffin Photo

shop the look: denim // sweater // shoes // jacket <Similar> // tote // necklace <similar>

This sweater is 100% a staple you need in your closet. It is soft (pajama style)- need I say more?!?  If you follow me on Instagram – which you should- you would have seen that I bought it in two colors!  Are you wondering if I wear anything but gray sweaters???? Well truth be told I do but when I am not I tend to dress up a neutral with a chunky statement necklace.  It adds a visual element and a bit of texture.  This exact one is sold out but I have linked a very <similar> one.  J Crew is literally my go-to for denim this season and these are yet another example. I love the dark color, the fit and the look.  Just get yourself a pair!!  While I tend to stick to booties or boots in London due to being outside all the time I chose flats with this look to really keep it easy and casual.  I love my Tory Burch flats and they have lasted me AGES.  Snag yourself up pair as a late Christmas gift ;-). Unfortunately this faux fur hooded jacket is sold out but I have found an almost identical one (even has the toggles) and it is currently on sale. The gray tote is giant- I literally can fit my whole life in there.  I love an over-sized bag; a good catch all.

Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have

Being present and focused in the moment it harder than I had anticipated.  I wanted our last family days to be filled with creating more memories, seeing all our friends before Brendan leaves, re-visiting our favorite places around and just being with our little family.  But at times all we were talking about were the logistics of moving both on the London end and the future Colorado side.  That is not how we want to remember these last days.  But in the end I think it is the W H O L E experience we are trying to preserve and re-live in three short days.  And the reality is that we can not.  We can not go back and do it all again.  We can continue to enjoy the next few days and that is what I plan to do.

So, my apologies if this post seems less thoughtful, less focused, a bit rambly and a bit short… I am out enjoying my last days in London as a complete family.

How will you be present in life as this new year begins?

With Love,

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11 thoughts on “Being Present…

  • Reply Angela January 2, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    you look so cozy and chic, I love it!



    • Reply pishtoposh January 3, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      Thanks Angela!

  • Reply Brandi Gomez January 3, 2017 at 4:10 am

    Great outlook on the new year!

    • Reply pishtoposh January 3, 2017 at 2:31 pm

      Brandi- thanks!! Been a great few days to start this new year.

  • Reply Evin Elizabeth January 3, 2017 at 4:48 am

    I hope your family time was everything you hoped it to be! I think in this crazy world we all struggle to be present even though we could all benefit from tuning into our loved ones a little more. I’m definitely working on creating quite/reflection time every day this year, so I can be less frantic when I’m with my friends and family. Happy New Year!

    Evin Elizabeth

    • Reply pishtoposh January 3, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      Evin- Today was our last family outing and it was fabulous- the weather in London and the amazing atmosphere really added to it. Being more present seems so easy but can be so challenging!

  • Reply rosie January 3, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    what a great look love the necklace! Happy New Year lovie

    Life is just Rosie

  • Reply Meaghan January 4, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Being present is so important and yet so difficult at times. It’s been something I’ve been thinking on as well and wrote about in hopes of improving myself in. It’s like you said, we can’t go back and do it again. I love the outfit and I hope you had a wonderful time with your family xx

    • Reply pishtoposh January 8, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      Meaghan- It was a wonderful ending to our adventure. And now my son and I get to spend another three weeks here. Hope you are having a great start to 2017.

  • Reply April January 4, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    This is such a heartfelt post. It is cliche to say the present is a gift, but it really is. Too often we think about the past or the future when the best times of our lives are right before us. By the way, I love your outfit!

    • Reply pishtoposh January 8, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      April- thinking about the past and present is so distracting!!! Ha.

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