I started designing Nova’s room before she was born, in our previous rented home, but I had a small budget and wanted to see how we would use the space before I was fully committed. And since we unexpectedly ended up moving a lot earlier than originally planned, I’m glad I took my time with it, so that I could finish the room once we were in the new space and bring my vision to life slowly and intentionally.
So… it’s been a little while since I graced this space with my words. This past year has been a big one, and on top of simply feeling like my time and attention were torn in so many directions, I also struggled to find my voice once I became a mom.
But I’m in a place now where I’m ready to dive back in and resume sharing in this little online space of mine. I miss writing and having an outlet for what I’m working on or lessons I want to share, I miss telling stories in a longer form.
It only seemed fitting that my first blog post in, oh… four months?… would be in celebration of the reason why I’ve been gone — my daughter, Nova Rose. On October 6th we welcomed this tiny human into our lives knowing things would never be the same again. Two months later, and here I am, finding myself in awe daily that I finally get to call myself a mother and navigate life with this little girl by my side.
Though I feel like I have months of catchup to play (because, well, I do), and there are so many topics surrounding motherhood and this new journey that I’m navigating that I’d like to explore, I wanted to start by giving a little backstory to Nova’s name, which holds special meaning to us and fits her oh-so-perfectly.
Since we're still pretty early on in our Beauty School Dropout journey, we thought we'd take this opportunity to start with some of current beauty favourites, product-wise. As we mentioned in our intro to the series, we're planning on covering a number of different topics under the beauty umbrella, but because one of the first things we tend to think of are the products themselves, we figured we'd dive into that first, which also give you a bit of a sense of what our skin journeys have been like and where we're at.
I know for me, my creative processes are constantly evolving. I’m learning what works best for me, I’m learning new skills and knowledge that I may want to weave in, I’m receiving feedback from others, all of which pushes me to regularly step back and reevaluate.
This is how I came to add a new piece into my creative process recently — The Visual Directive.