I don’t know if it’s my nature, or the nature of working for oneself, or maybe just the nature of being alive, but sometimes I find myself totally overwhelmed by my to do list, and I’ve been feeling especially overwhelmed these past couple of weeks. My honey and I are heading to Paris next week to visit my sister, and I know I should be excited, but right now I’m mostly worried about all the things that need to be done before I leave. Isn’t that terrible?!

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I’m trying to get better at the balancing act, and at maintaining some perspective, and I always love to hear how other people seem to handle this sort of feeling so gracefully. So friends, tell me… what are your tips for managing stress? Any magic tricks for staying present? Or if you’re like me and feeling overwhelmed, hopefully these happy links will be a nice distraction…

The Amazing Skidboot – an oldie but a goodie.

Packing for your honeymoon made easy.

A chromatic typewriter, via Design Mom.

Jessica Hische LOVE stamp!

Gorgeous Gatsby style inspiration.

Tiniest party hats.

Gold confetti “runner” – my kind of DIY.

Stars in her hair.

Little Brown Pen’s color posts remind me to be excited about Paris.

Congrats to Janie on the Munaluchi cover bouquet!

Giant jewels.

Typographical map, via Alison Owen.

Adore the pretty poppies on this invitation suite, via wit + delight’s Pinterest.

And the roses here, via Oh Joy’s Pinterest.

Have you seen my 2012 Trendsetter Picks at Bella Figura?

And finally, congratulations to Kate who said “I love the Tara!”¬†for winning of the Milkfed Press giveaway!

Have a happy weekend lovelies!

 

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  1. Naomi

    One day at a time and you will get it done…do what you can and what you can’t will have to do…for now. I love Paris and go whenever I can. Have fun and enjoy your hubby and sis! Bon voyage!

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  2. Lacy Mckinney

    Have a drink and return to your list after.

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  3. CAMILLE STYLES

    Thanks for the link, doll! Hope you have a wonderful and stress-free weekend! xoxo

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  4. Kate

    Sometimes when I have one million things to do, I just talk myself through each one and don’t let myself go to the next thing until I am done with the first. I sound like a crazy person, but it helps to talk out loud.

    Have an amazing time in Paris! I am beyond jealous. I have only been once – long long ago when I was 12 – but I can still taste the falafel we got from a little shop in the Marais. I couldn’t remember the name of it to save my soul since it was about 25 years ago, but I think Molly from Orangette once did a Paris falafel taste test. http://orangette.blogspot.com/2008/03/all-we-ever-really-want-to-do.html

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  5. Lora

    Don’t fret ma soeur. We are going to have so much fun here you’ll forget all about your life back in the states. Nothing quite like old buildings, macarons, and fabulous bread, cheese, and meat products to make you enjoy the joueur de vie and forget reality!

    Cannot WAIT.

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  6. Cynthia G.

    Please take lots of pictures. You’re not alone at being overwhelmed. I feel this stress greatly at the moment too. Keep strong and carry on, your hard work will be rewarded.

    I would get a drink though. ;-)

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  7. chandra ~ oh lovely day

    SO jealous! my honey and I spent the first 26 hours of our honeymoon there on our way to Italy and have been dying to go back ever since. Maybe for our 5 year anniv :) Enjoy Paris! xx

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  8. Cn

    I check off my to-do boxes. Sometimes I’ll even create to do boxes for things I’ve already done just so I can check them off. Then, when I’m driving or simply have a moment to zone out, I tell myself to be present.

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  9. Bekka

    I make lists. Crazy, crazy detailed lists. Like, “take a shower, brush my hair,” sort of lists. That way, when I do something small, like eat a snack, I can scratch it off and feel better about how much I have crossed off.

    I have also learned the value of down days for me. Days where I ignore my to-do lists and just curl up and read. For this introvert of a girl, having that time to myself is essential and helps me balance it all out.

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  10. Jennifer @ Eco And Elsie

    Sometimes you just have to strive for good enough. You might also find that a vacation will completely re-energize you. Long breaks are necessary – burnout is very real. :) Hope you have a wonderful vacation!

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  11. Jackie Nwobu

    Thanks so much for including Munaluchi and have a great time in Paris:)

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  12. Elizabeth

    It is not what France gave you but what it did not take from you that was important. -Gertrude Stein

    Have a lovely trip!

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