For me, this pregnancy has resulted in a lot of growth; and I don't just mean my waistline. Since the day I found out about this little one, I've been simultaneously excited and terrified about this journey.
This may be the first time I've ever had such a huge change happening to me with no control; and that's such a different experience in itself.
In a way, I can see this new helplessness as preparation for motherhood. Things don't always go as planned, I can't control or create every perfect scenario and I'm learning to accept that life can be perfectly imperfect.
Pregnancy has also taught me more about what I value and what's important; which I think has been a major catalyst of the rebranding here at sugar & succulents. I opened this little shop when I fell in love with that chippy-vintage-farmhouse look and found myself curating pieces that fit that style.
However, while creating a baby registry and the realization of how much "stuff" babies need, I stopped wanting so many pieces. Long days of searching barns and thrift stores for the best antiques were replaced with searching for more practical, simple, and aesthetically pleasing items for our home (and new baby).
My tastes have changed. Maybe it's the nesting instinct to get rid of everything that's not nailed down; but I don't find myself drawn to those mismatched-antique-filled-shiplapped kitchens. I no longer want to fill our home with more material "stuff" but rather with love and laughter.
As always: I want to eliminate waste and focus more on eco-friendly sustainable choices. These attributes will always be important to me and incorporated into this brand.
More recently though, I've been looking at my belongings in a different light, and I only wish to keep items that have a distinct purpose. This concept has grown along with the baby I'm carrying, and has roots in different sources: minimalism, the KonMari method, and a Danish concept called "hygge." Over the next few blog posts I hope to explain my inspiration for the new look of my little store, and I hope you are inspired by this journey too.