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.
Photography by Katie Jameson