WL&W At Home

September 16, 2013





I’ve recently started re-thinking the way I approach – and use – Instagram (if you’re not following me, you can find me there posting under @janellermiller). I used to share anything and everything that seemed interesting to me, but over the past few months, I’ve been trying to be more selective. I’ve decided to take a bit of a different approach and share photos that are more relevant to my business – projects I’m working on, events I’ve styled, that kind of thing. However, I still like providing a glimpse into my regular, everyday life – I’m just attempting to be more intentional about it. So, I’ve started using hashtags to distinguish between my business life and my personal life. (Sidenote: I sort of really hate hashtags most of the time find them extremely annoying and overused, but think they can be really great and helpful if used with purpose.) I now tag anything that I deem “personal” with #wlwathome (With Love & Whimsy At Home, for those of you that are totally confused by that mashup of letters).

I thought it might be fun to elaborate a little on those photos and tell the story that goes along with them. So, every Monday, I’m going to share my “at home” photos from the past week here and fill you in on what I’ve been up to in my everyday life. If you have no desire to know what I do with my personal time, that’s totally okay – just skip over these posts. But, I always love getting to know the people behind the businesses that I find interesting, so I thought you might be with me on that. This is also a good way for me to do some memory-keeping for myself. I don’t have too much to share from last week, as I decided to start this new column halfway through the week, so we’ll just call it “easing into it” for this first week.

one. I actually didn’t share this photo this week, but found it on my phone while going through my photos and wanted to include it here. I went to bed super early on Sunday evening due to a throbbing headache, which meant I woke up earlier than usual on Monday morning. The sun was just starting to rise, and a bright pink sky was the first thing I noticed when I opened my eyes (I suppose one upside to not currently having curtains). It was too beautiful to not capture, so I grabbed my phone and snapped a quick photo. Sunrise photos are never as amazing on the screen as they are in real life, but they serve as a nice reminder. What a gorgeous way to start the week.

two. I have somewhat of a strange relationship with running. It’s probably my favorite form of working out, although I’ve always done it for reasons well beyond getting exercise. I like having the time to myself to think, I love the feeling of accomplishment when I’m done, and I always feel great – both physically and mentally – after I’ve finished, even if the run itself wasn’t great. It’s sort of a spiritual experience for me. Yet, I often talk myself out of going for runs, because I know it’s going to require a lot of work. And let’s be honest, sometimes (ok, a lot of the time), I’m just too lazy to lace up. I was really craving some time outside last week, though, and have been trying to get back into running without putting too much pressure on myself. I went out for a few miles, and stumbled upon these leaf imprints in the concrete while I was walking back home. I’ve run that route and seen those imprints dozens of times before, but have never really stopped to look at them because I was so focused on my running. I usually beat myself up when I stop to walk during a run, but this small, seemingly insignificant moment on Tuesday would most likely not have happened had I not been walking. I made the decision then and there to start being a little more kind to myself, and to embrace the idea of walking as a way to take in the beauty that surrounds me.

three. I woke up on Wednesday with the intention of getting in another run, but inspired by my little epiphany the day before, I changed my mind when I got outside and decided to walk instead. I put on a podcast (this one, which I highly recommend listening to!) and walked for a few miles, and then made the decision to devote the rest of my day to getting inspired. I came home, showered, ran a few errands, and picked up Cloud Atlas, which I’ve wanted to see for several months now after hearing some stellar reviews from a few friends. I lit a candle, snuggled up with my dogs on the couch, and painted my nails while I watched the movie. It was as amazing as I had hoped it would be, and really made me think (and think, and think – in fact, I’m still thinking about it). Not to mention, the soundtrack is outstanding. I’ve been listening to it on repeat since then. If you haven’t already, I would definitely check out both! Super inspiring and thought-provoking. It was really refreshing to take some time out for myself and a great way to spend the afternoon. Sometimes we just need to reconnect with ourselves, you know?

four. After much deliberation over the past several months, I finally went for it this past weekend and chopped off several inches of my hair. It’s not the shortest it’s ever been, but after having it (very) long for a few years now, it’s a pretty big change for me. A change was what I needed, though, and I’m so happy I decided to just do it. A lot less maintenance and a new look to end out the year – both of which are good things, I think. This entire year has involved quite a bit of self-discovery for me, which I’ve decided to really embrace. I’ve noticed myself making a lot of changes in all aspects of my life – both physical and mental – and I’m excited to see where these changes might lead me in the coming months. Who knows what might be next! Geez, how’s that for deep?

Happy Monday!

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