life, lately

March 13, 2013 |  Category:   life

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Mark’s enjoying his month off from the markets and so we’ve been planning little weekend outings like MoMA 2 weekends ago and a trip to the burbs in Long Island this past weekend. It was the first time the girls and I really got to ride in the new car. We’ve never had a new car before. It feels really fancy. Mia kept saying that she wished she lived here (in the town shown above, near where my parents live). I’m not really sure what that is about, but sometimes the girls say things like, “we need a bigger house”. Our apartment isn’t that small and our home doesn’t feel crammed so I’m assuming that they say this while thinking of their friends who lives in larger spaces than we do. I thought this NY Times article on Living With Less was worth a read. I think I’ve been trying to live our lives this way and have no ambitions of wanting a big house. I guess I like to think of it as a forced way to cut down on consumerism and owning stuff that we don’t really need. It’s really easy though – maybe even a very American way of thinking – to want a huge house and buy more stuff. Our economy is a consumer driven economy, after all.

 

Things are really busy around here and it’s a good feeling. I’m currently working on a project that has been enjoyable and engaging, and as such, I’m feeling pretty content these days. I recognize that my state of mind is often completely dependent on how busy I am with work and maybe that is a flawed path to happiness, but I’m not fighting it right now wishing that I had more time for personal projects or wishing that my life was any other way than what it is right now. I’m just trying to be present in the moment even if that means I’m working 12 hours a day on client projects only. If I’m really being honest with myself and I’m the happiest when I’m juggling a million things, then I’m just going to accept that for the time being. I’ll work on being zen at doing nothing when I have more free time.

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  • jen a March 13, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Of course you are happier that way love. You’re an Aries after all. xx

    • Jenna March 13, 2013 at 10:05 pm

      Ha, is that what it is?

      • denny March 14, 2013 at 8:30 am

        Heh.

        I second that. Couple of Arians in my life and man do you guys love being in motion.
        It’s that darn fire!

        I read that article as well but I preferred the more realistic comments.

  • Wendy March 13, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    I also read an article on the subject of “minimalism” that really inspired me weeks ago. It was about the Johnson family : http://zerowastehome.blogspot.fr/ .

  • Paige Davidson March 13, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Slowing down is for suckers.

  • P March 14, 2013 at 12:53 am

    what is that white stuff?

    • Jenna March 14, 2013 at 8:47 am

      SNOWWWWWW. When was the last time you saw it?

  • Mary March 14, 2013 at 1:22 am

    We live in a smaller city than you, but still in an urban area, so our house is much smaller than my children’s cousin’s houses. As such, I always hear that we need a bigger house, when in all honesty, our house serves us quite well.
    Funnily enough, I often think of families like yours when I’m trying to convince myself that ‘smaller’ living is that best way to go. I guess smaller is a relative term, but regardless I am convinced that less is more, especially with living quarters.

    • Jenna March 14, 2013 at 8:49 am

      “smaller” is a relative term! I’m always sort of amazed to hear when some people say they are outgrowing their space and yet live in these big homes. So yeah, it’s all relative, yes?

    • Nancy March 14, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      Sometimes watching HouseHunters irks me because some of the people on that show definitely have a warped idea of what enough space is. LOL

  • rebecca March 14, 2013 at 1:53 am

    our house is oh so so so tiny at times, but I have to admit, it fits us somehow. the boys are at their largest (of course as they keep growing) but we are currently living in the smallest space we have lived in since we first got married. it is urban! which I love, but I still have dreams of flying free in the great wide open of the country. thank you for centering me a bit and reminding me it is not always about the wanting, but the living that goes on everyday. love the NYT article. xo

  • louise @ buttercup days March 14, 2013 at 5:06 am

    Really interesting post Jenna. That NY Times features makes for a good read. My daughter (almost 8) frequently labels our home ‘small’. It really isn’t at all – it’s one of the biggest houses I’ve lived in! We live in a fairly affluent area and are surrounded by larger-than-average homes that cost millions of pounds. A few of her school friends have some rather large pads in which they live, so she aspires to them I guess, but at that age they still don’t have a real grasp of money or realism. I think your home (from what I’ve seen on your blog) is lovely: stylish, contemporary and comfortable. Home is where the heart is.

  • Nancy March 14, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I grew up in a big suburban house and a large city brownstone. My husband and I have always lived in small spaces together. Our first place had basically 400 sq ft of living space and we lived there with our two kids for almost two years. We moved to CT, and got a HUGE backyard (worth it’s weight in gold!) but our house is a tiny cottage. I’ve really been resisting a move to a bigger place because I sense that I would quickly feel like I need to fill it with stuff! Every time we move, I end up throwing out or giving away tons of stuff and still, it feels like we’ve got too much stuff. I read that NY Times article and felt a little vindicated in my feeling that a big house is not necessarily better, despite my family telling me that I should get/will want a big house. Feh.

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