Hello there, friends!
Lindsay here. I'm so happy to give you a glimpse into my life behind the scenes here at hello there, friend. So, let me start with a brief introduction. I live just outside of Rochester, New York, with my husband and two children. My husband and I lived in Mobile, Alabama, for six years before coming home to New York, where we met and fell in love. We've been back for almost five years (which is hard to believe!). In that time, we've added a kiddo, bought our first house, sold that house and bought another, and my husband went back to school full-time. I work part-time at home as a writer, researcher, and photographer, but my son is still little enough that he's home with me. I read a lot of books. I love red wine. I am obsessed with morning light, long walks while listening to podcasts, and good coffee.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I wake between 6 and 6:30 a.m., and head straight for the coffee. My kids get out of their rooms at 7, and we start the before-school routine. My daughter is in first grade and my son is in preschool two mornings a week, so I help them get ready for the day. My husband has usually shuffled out the door by then because he has class or work. Once my daughter gets on the bus, I either take my son to preschool or we have some other morning activity, which could range from going to the Y to grocery shopping to letting him play in the bathtub while I get a few work-related things done.
Around noon, we have lunch, watch a quick TV show, then it's nap time. And I always lie down for at least twenty minutes. Sometimes I sleep; other times, it's just a little rest before I get up and get to work. Work always involves the computer, but I could be writing and researching for the website I work for, editing photos, working on hello there, friend posts, or writing for some other project. At 3:15, my daughter gets off the bus, and we take a few minutes to connect before the kids head outside to play (thank goodness for spring!). My husband always makes dinner -- he loves it and I, well, don't -- unless he's at work. (I've been known to make "picnic dinner" for my kids, which consists of cheese, crackers, pepperoni, and raw veggies. They ask for it all the time! Ha!) Whether my husband is cooking or I am, I usually sit down and read for a bit before dinner. It's a bit of downtime that I always look forward to.
After dinner is the usual -- baths, pajamas, a little television, and a half hour of reading with the kids. I'd like to get into the habit of taking an after dinner walk, but it hasn't been warm enough yet. Soon, I hope! Kids are in bed by 7:30 and my husband and I either sit and talk or watch TV. Lately, we've been watching The Good Wife and The Newsroom. If my husband is at work (he works overnights every four days), I watch TV or read a book. And this all happens while our son, who was put to bed at 7:30 comes in and out of his room five to ten times to check on us and "tell us a question." (I can't wait until this phase is over.) When 9 o'clock hits, it's bedtime.
What does gratitude mean to you and how do you incorporate it into your everyday life?
The best thing I can do for my own gratitude practice is pick up my camera. Photography came into my life as a light in the darkness. It was a way to celebrate the ordinary, beautiful things in my life in a time when life was excruciating. Taking photographs forces me to slow down, look around, see what's here right in front of me, and accept that I have more than I could ever need, that even on the darkest days there is something to celebrate.
How do you stay connected to those you love?
One of the things I love most is letter writing. There's something so special about taking the time to hand write a letter and send it off by post. But I haven't been as diligent about sending snail mail as I've been in the past. So, a lot of my communication is in the usual ways: texts, emails, social media comments.
But my most favorite way to connect is over a cup of coffee. I like one-on-one, heart-to-heart chats, and I could spend hours chatting away. Having little kids had made this tricky, but in a few years, I hope to make these types of connections a regular part of my week.
What’s inspiring you right now?
Spring itself is so inspiring. It may sound cliché, but I'm inspired by watching the sunlight and how much it changes day-to-day. It inspires me to get out there and take the photo today because by tomorrow, the light will be different and the moment will be gone.
Because of spring, I have also had the itch to fluff my nest, so to speak, which has involved buying lots of paint, shuffling decor around the house, and acquiring a few new things. The house we bought had five purple rooms, and it is my mission to clear out all of the purple by fall.
What is on your bedside table?
An antique glass lamp, a digital alarm clock, a photograph of my husband and me walking on the beach on my 25th birthday, an iPhone charger, The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball and The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr. I also have my Kindle nearby (though I never read on it anymore) and my Bible.