good life – by emily ley
Part of cultivating a good life is taking the time to just be silly.
Over the past year, the biggest lesson I’ve learned is how important it is to take the time to laugh and just be silly. So often, we become so consumed with meeting the deadlines and finishing the projects and running the race that we forget to sit and be still and enjoy all the blessings we’ve been given. Sometimes we find ourselves enduring life rather than enjoying it.
My family takes photos every year on a friend’s farm (as seen above). We try so hard to make sure everyone is smiling at the camera at the same time and no one is doing anything awkward. This year, it was forty degrees (in Florida – goodness gracious!) and unbelievably windy. Our hair was a mess, our teeth were chattering, and our soon-to-be-three-year-old, Brady, couldn’t stand still if he tried. My husband Bryan scooped him up by his feet and here are our 2013 family photos. They’re my absolute favorite. Sometimes we try so hard to make everything perfect that we lose the joy that makes us who we are.
Today, go outside and lay in the grass (if it’s not forty degrees). Build a fort in the living room with your best pillows. In fact, have a pillow fight. Life’s too short not to be filled with joy every moment possible. Those are the moments you’ll remember. Endure less. Enjoy more.
Image credit Michael Newman Photography
Note from Becky
I’ve never met Emily Ley, but I’m pretty certain we’d be fast friends in real life. I stumbled upon her website through a friend last year and was immediately drawn to her clean & sweet style. I saw her little video and thought – this girl is special. She’s a wife and mother and entrepreneur who has a strong passion for everything that is her brand as she runs a business out of her home. Naturally, I invited her to design a new edition of Project Life® and thankfully she agreed. The Strawberry Edition will be available sometime during this first quarter of 2014.