on saying no and keeping my sanity.

5.07.2012

So much green. These grey days are getting a little out of hand (and a bit depressing, quite honestly), but I guess that's the small price we have to pay for this newfound lush outside our windows.
On another note, I've been teaching myself the importance of saying no sometimes. I just want to do everything, but then in the midst of this hectic everything, all I long for is a few moments of nothing. So this week, I've taken breaks. I've declined offers. And I've thrown the guilt over my shoulder. Because it's essential to my sanity.

Speaking of my sanity, some things that have been helping me keep it as of late:


movie nights with ma petite souer || barefoot tetherball games in the backyard || issue nine of oh comely  || mama's homemade sun tea || dressing up just to run errands || warmth || so very maturely blowing bubbles with my favourite girls || the skirt (above) my auntie patti made, years before i was born || our fernweh playlists || the fact that it's almost time to plant seeds || exciting personal projects 

How about you?

27 comments:

  1. Music has been helping me keep my sanity. Also reading. J'adore la quatrième photo. :)

    xoxo,
    --Abi

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  2. Oh, and your outfit is just the cutest. :)

    xoxo,
    --Abi

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  3. ahh, saying no. so true. I think we all need it sometimes.
    also, your photos never cease to be lovely. (:

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  4. you're right, it's so hard to say no sometimes because we don't want to miss anything. but sometimes just taking a step back is the best way to replenish calm (and sanity!) beautiful photos and fashion, lady! xx.

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  5. love love love. that's all. x

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  6. I totally feel you!! It has been so grey and nasty in Virginia! YUCK. I am getting depressed. But on the bright side, you take AMAZING pictures, always. The first one is fantabulous. Really. I'm pinning it. :)

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  7. Ah, your pictures = happiness. Not to mention you're beautiful, girl! And I can relate about the "saying no" thing. It's so hard sometimes -- yet so necessary! :)

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  8. True. we all need to say no.

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  9. Every time I see that you have posted, I look forward to seeing your pictures. They never cease to be beatifully captured.

    It's so hard to say no sometimes but you are strong to do so. It is much needed at times.

    Loved reading this post.

    Blessings!

    ~Madi

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  10. I hope you know how amazing your photos are! Also, I've noticed you use French every once and awhile in your posts and was wondering if you speak it? I've been a French Immersion student since kindergarten so it's always neat to see other people using it too! :)

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  11. gorgeous photos; i especially love the ones of the bubbles. cute outfit! and i agree with you and everybody else commenting, it is important to learn how to say no. great post, abbey!

    xo, oriana
    http://this-real-heart.blogspot.com

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  12. these shots are amazing. 1, 3, and 6 are faves. also, the fernweh playlists are always to die for.

    xo,
    Jessica @ Diary of a Beautiful Soul

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  13. that first photo is utterly breathtaking. bubbles are the greatest. actually, last week when i was babysitting my favorite children, we played with bubbles... until the three-year-old, sammy, dumped a half gallon of bubbles on the deck, then started playing in them. :)
    saying no can be one of the hardest things to do, but one of the best things to keep sanity. "all I long for is a few moments of nothing"... love it.

    xx.
    Lindsey

    p.s. I have a confession to make: sometimes I have a really hard time not wanting to be just like you. you are such an inspiring lovely. Just thought you'd want to know. :)

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  14. Abbey,Abbey,Abbey.
    Seriously girl,you have sheer raw lovely brillant talent.This is probably my all time favourite post to date.Those bubbles are magical,and C and R are so cute!!
    I'm incredibly proud to say that you are my engagement photographer.......Even though you've never been to Stella's ;)
    Also,Your outfit suit you to a tee,you are one beautiful lady,you should probably go to folk fest,never cut your hair,and buy a vw van.
    And go to stella's
    ;)
    Yours,
    K

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  15. these pictures are just the best. and oh my goodness is may hectic or what? in the next three and a half weeks... so much going on. but so much good going on. lately i've been getting out in the garden to calm down. that and reading have been my escape hatches from all the business.

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  16. I know what you mean about grey days. england gets SO many of them. but those pictures? they are be-a-u-tiful!

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  17. your photos. oh my goodness. they're fantastic. what keeps my sanity? music. beethoven. that man works wonders.
    -jocee <3

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  18. Abbey--I SAW YOU IN OH COMELY. Today, I had an orthodontist appointment so I left partway through school, and since Oh Comely had just come in the post my dad gave it to me to read in the waiting room. On the page with reader photos, there was one of you, holding your magazine. I assume you know, it had your full name in it, but it was very exciting for me to shout out, "It's Abbey!" in a silent waiting room.
    And saying no--I need to say that more.

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  19. i feel like my sanity has left for a while, which is why my blog and my voice in all realities has been ridiculously silent. but i've had music and beautiful days and honestly, the silence, to keep me sane for the time.

    this green made me feel ALIVE, Abbey! it's so, so beautiful! <3

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  20. Abbey. I love love love your photos. The colors are just so perfect and you.

    l.

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  21. bEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL photod and that skirt is adorable!

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  22. photo #1 = pure magic. :) I love that outfit of yours too, girl!

    you're completely right about saying no....it's so fun and pretty much easy to accept every offer of adventure, great and small, but nothingness is amazing as well. :) lovely post!

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  23. so yeah. these photos are your outfit are all sorts of brilliant. also one is never ever ever too old for bubbles.

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  24. aw, those pictures are so gorgeous. the bubbles, the outfit, the cozy last photo... so amazing.

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  25. Love the skirt! What has been keeping my sanity - being thankful. There's so much to be thankful for.

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  26. i can't believe your talent. so gorgeous, abbey. crazy, crazy beautiful.

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