Spring is traditionally seen as a time of thawing, when the things we’ve buried in the snows of winter are released in the renewed warmth of the sun. Our bones creak out as we shake off the cobwebs of hibernation. We move easier, dream larger, and strive to complete the tasks that appeared insurmountable in the short daylight of the colder months. It is the dawn of our time.
I started this space one year ago, with a post about what self-care means to me, because there was a beating in my heart that I couldn’t ignore. It was the pull to create. The desire to make a space that felt good, and useful, and safe for anyone who stumbled upon it. So, I started doing the only thing that made sense – I wrote. It has been the best decision I’ve ever made.
And Then I Lived has pushed me to meet new people, discover new ways to take care of myself, and create the world I want to occupy. It has only been one year, but in that time I’ve thawed out a piece of myself that had been in hibernation for long enough. My space has a humble following, but if you are part of it in any way I want to thank you for coming along on this journey. I hope you’ll stick around for what comes next!
Today, in honor of Spring, I want to share some beautiful images which capture the essence of freedom I feel in the sunlight and when I’m writing. These monthly mood boards have been excellent tools for directing my goals and intentions. Organizing my thoughts has always been a struggle, but through this exercise I’m able to hone in on what I want to convey for the month. As I go forward with my space, I want this month to be focused on brightness, self-discovery, and fearlessness in any endeavor. I hope you find some inspiration among the images.
I really and truly love being a woman. We rise to the occasion no matter the cost. Our bodies are at once battlegrounds and fertile soil, and our minds can conjure solutions to any puzzle thrown our way. We’re storytellers, soldiers, protectors, artists, scientists, stylists, mothers, and friends; what’s not to love about us?
My greatest defenders have been women. When I was so low the sun couldn’t reach me, I was pulled up and back into the light by the hands of women who dared to fight for a broken person. Thanks to them, I get to constantly rediscover the beauty of this life. Thanks to them, I get to reshape my world. That’s why today’s post – my March mood board – is dedicated to women.
Love us or hate us as you will, we’re not going anywhere.
Thank you for reading! Happy Women’s History Month!
February is only awesome for two reasons: Black History Month and not being January. Just hear me out on this, ok? Sure, January is all about new beginnings and all that jazz, but with the beginning of things comes tons of anxiety. Resolutions, expectations from others that are a little outrageous – I usually can’t wait for the month to be over with all those things swirling around my head. I think of February as a deep breath. If I’ve fallen behind on my goals, I take a breath. If I’m feeling scared about what’s to come in the rest of the year? Another breath. I’m working on looking at February as an opportunity to slow down, take stock of how I’m doing, and continue on as I see fit.
On to the content! Black History Month speaks for itself. You’re welcome for the peanut butter, traffic lights, Second Wave Feminism, and all the best types of music. Honestly, what’s not to celebrate? I’m eternally thankful for the people who came before me, so I look forward to celebrating in a way that’s socially acceptable for around 28 days. Thus, today’s mood board is a celebration of blackness, art, and re-visiting goals you might have fallen away from after the first of the year. Additionally, I want to continue to champion adventure in all its splendid forms! From channeling knighthood to organizing your space, this mood board is about shameless forward movement. I truly hope you enjoy the images I’ve compiled.
One final note: You might have noticed I didn’t mention Valentine’s Day. Aside from being a holiday created by Scorpios to create even more Scorpios (wink wink), it’s not really my bag. I prefer to do loving things with the people I care for as often as possible. Therefore, it isn’t a holiday that I look forward to, nor one that moves me.
We lived through another year, another month, another week, another day, and for that I am so happy. Today’s post is a mood board, yes, but it is also a visual representation of my resolutions for the new year. Instead of trying a new diet or promising myself I’m going to read 100 books – good things to do, but unrealistic for a spaz like myself – I’m going in a new direction. In the past I’ve set goals that were cruel and cold: lose weight even if it hurts you, be the best, make x amount of money, and other things that I have no desire to try ever again.
Things are going to be different moving forward. The name of the game for me is joy. Shameless, radical, unbridled joy. Joy isn’t permanent, but I’m striving to be joyful in addition to the range of emotions I feel each day. I know this is incredibly broad, but to do this I’m remaining committed to listening to what I need, honoring my dislikes as well as my likes, and being a cheerleader for myself rather than a bully. Therefore, I want to kick-start the year with some images that are really making me smile.
Without further ado: the mood board! Happy new year my friends! Feel free to share your own resolutions below.
This is the best month. Why? Because it’s my birthday month! Yes, I said month, because I am a burgeoning narcissist with delusions of grandeur. Gone are the days of my feigned humility! Long shall I reign.
In all seriousness, I’m working on exercising thankfulness for my life. I’ll be turning 32 this year, so instead of curling up and looking for ways to put myself down for getting older, I want to show a whole lot of gratitude for the time I’ve been given to do the things that I love! I think a healthy dose of pride is what we all need these days. Besides, if we don’t celebrate ourselves – as imperfect as we are – who else will?
This November mood board is all about yours truly! Things that I love, images that inspire me, or pictures that just make me feel happy. It’s a celebration of life, beauty, adventure, and womanhood. I hope you’ll indulge my self-centered attitude and I really hope you enjoy my round-up. Happy November!