Boucle Coats + Juice Society

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about leaving space for unexpected things.  The things that don’t have to get done, but are no less valuable. The things that come up last second and aren’t of obligation, but the things that by doing them adds this level of added, unquantifiable value.  After Parker was born and we were paying for childcare during the day, I started quantifying my tasks in a new and all encompassing way.  Does what I’m spending my time on bring in revenue? Does it have the potential to bring in revenue in the future? Is it building my business? Childcare, as we have all heard or learned first hand by now, isn’t cheap and I felt this constant need to justify what I was doing with that time.  When we moved to Austin, I was not only running this blog full time, but consulting for a company here two days a week and driving back and forth from Georgetown to Austin for all of it. I had zero time. I had negative time.  Since November, though, I have stopped consulting, have refocused my time just here on this site and have found space for things that have nothing to do with revenue streams or my career at all. Space for lunch dates with friends who can relate and have known you since your early twenties. Space for thirty minute phone calls with your sister to listen to what’s going on with your nephew.  Space for meal planning and making dinner again at home. Space to explore new restaurants and new neighborhoods with new friends. Let me tell you, so worth it.

On my birthday, our little blog team of Britt, Katie and I went on a little progressive brunch of South Austin. After a brunch of french vietnamese food and Gourdough’s Donuts, we thought it best to balance it out with a juice tasting at Juice Society.  My favorite? This sweet and tart Beta Beet.

jeans, Joe’s Jeans || boots, Coach (Similar) || coat, Elizabeth and James || tee, Gap (Similar) || scarf, H&M (Similar) || sunnies, Warby Parker

Photography by Katie Jameson

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  1. Love your coat! I feel like I am always trying to justify my time and sometimes it makes me feel like crap when I know I won’t be making much or no money on something that I love to do.

    xx Jennifer
    http://www.effortlesslysophisticated.com/

    • Jen Pinkston

      01/26/2017

      Yes, totally. And sometimes it’s those random, nothing moments that actually become so valuable! I have to remind myself of that!

  2. An interesting thought, and something I need to ponder more…. I don’t have kids, but I still try to use every free minute of my day in a “measurable” way.. If it’s just free time spent talking on the phone with family, I don’t feel as if I’ve accomplished something, and I need to get over that.

    Anyway, thanks for the thought! It’s something I needed today!

    • Jen Pinkston

      01/26/2017

      I feel like I totally did this before kids, too. Having Parker just probably exacerbated it. Xo

  3. Love your coat Jen and I am as well enjoying the simplicity of life…instead of always planning and rushing…I have decided to enjoy each moment(even when I am stuck in traffic) I am learning to simply live a less stressed life as possible….xx

    • Jen Pinkston

      01/26/2017

      Yes! It makes such a huge difference! Thanks for the reminder, Chel!