thursday stills

10.14.2011

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top: gift (urban outfitters) >> tank: target >> jeans: old navy >> moccasins: minnetonka >> necklace: forever 21 >> clutch: my mother's, from india >> bracelets: assorted
Yesterday was catching up on work, letter writing, picnic in the front yard, cleaning, organizing, and picture taking; above are just a few shots from my day. Reading that sentence again, it sounds rather picturesque and deliciously simple, but believe me, it was far from it. That's okay, though -- this space is to help me realize that everything isn't picturesque and simple.

But with that being said, I like the idea of living a simple life, and while a life can be portrayed as such online, the truth of the matter is that it just doesn't work out that way. There is always an element of the unexpected, of surprise each day and it's impossible to have a day go according to a simple schedule.

Then there is the matter of procrastination. I've observed that it's really just a form of forgetfulness. A willful type of forgetfulness, but the end result is the same thing. Everyone has those tasks -- the ones we'd rather not do but need to be done nonetheless. And it's when we tell ourselves that we'll do them later, we forget about it. And suddenly, the day is over in a blink of an eye and we still haven't completed that task is still sitting there, uncompleted. It's a vicious cycle.
While I've given up on trying to defeat procrastination once and for all -- we're human and therefore sinners, after all -- it's possible to put a crack the cycle. Though this may be common sense, when I complete a task immediately after I think of it, there is no chance to forget, and in the end, less stress and a simpler life. I confess to using the reward system with myself, because hey, it works.
Everyone struggles with procrastination, I think, but to simply say it can't be helped is not the solution. Heck, I'm just as bad as anyone else when it comes to putting things off -- I wish I could say that I practice what I preach, but I'm afraid to say it doesn't always work. However, by writing this, I'm hoping we can encourage and support one another and take baby steps to slowly improve our "condition".

And there are my deep philosophical thoughts for the day. Any other thoughts on this matter?

On a side note, do yourself a favor a listen to James Vincent McMorrow. If you follow me on twitter, you've seen my gushing lately, but his music is too stunning not to share. (favorites: if i had a boat, breaking hearts)

And now the birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and a quilt amidst fallen crackling leaves is calling my name. Happy Friday!

28 comments:

  1. okay, that ice cream photo is just the bee's knees. and so are your moccasins. and so are your bowls from anthropologie. i kind of have to go there soon. and so is james vincent mcmorrow.
    you know what i think? i think we are soul sisters, that's what.
    great post :))
    -jocee <3

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  2. those photos are just lovely. and your outfit! i love how bold it is!

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  3. Gosh. Your pictures are sososososo gorgeous.

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  4. i love the mocassins and your outfit!

    this-real-heart.blogspot.com

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  5. Love the pictures. Your outfit is tres chic! :) Especially that top.
    Yesterday, for us, was a usual Thursday - dance, chores here and there, and getting started on homework.

    Love,
    ~bree

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  6. James Vincent, playing right now. So inspiring.

    We all have those "things arent going as planned" moments. It is in those moments God quiets my heart with His peace and reminds me to acknowledge Him in every circumstance.

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  7. hey, thanks for the referral to jvm! i lovelovelove breaking hearts♥

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  8. oh Carlotta, your writing is lovely.
    I really like that shirt and the moccasins too!
    ~Simi

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  9. I absolutely LOOOOOVE all these pictures. I think they are some of my favorites of yours!

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  11. ok, i might just have to steal that top ;) how did you take your fashion shots?

    -hannah

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  12. simply gorgeous! i love your perspective in those shots, as well as your ideas on procrastination. completely true (:
    katies-favorite-things.blogspot.com

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  13. Oh, yes, procrastination... It gets me all the time. I know, because sometimes I feel like I have to get a million things done in one day and I have to remind myself that God created the whole world in six says, so I don't have to get everything done in just one day. Also God had a day of rest and I think we all need that. :) Your photos are amazing and you are beautiful. :)

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  14. Love your outfit! The color and style? Perfect :)

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  15. Procrastination is no fun...I hate the feeling of knowing that you have to do something but still putting it off... :/

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  16. Your braids are just kind of really cute!

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  17. i'm getting hungry just looking at the ice cream - and i just had breakfast!
    your words on procrastination have inspired me, i'm off to clean my room!
    God bless

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  18. Love that top! You look adorably cute in braids, Carlotta! :-)

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  19. A wonderful reminder that we should not "put off for tomorrow what we could do today"! Thank you :)

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  20. beautiful photos, as always. it's so refreshing to see the beauty we can capture through our lens of an otherwise regular day. :)

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  21. procrastination? that is what I tend to practice all the time. Very inspiring post.
    Loved the bowl picture, and your top is amazing. :)

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  22. what kind of plant is that? I like it, it's totally funky.

    bluejeansandteendreams.blogspot.com

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  23. Gorgeous photos. And procrastination is something I really need to tackle. It can't be an instant 'recovery' though--with any habit or addiction or bad routine, baby steps are what it takes.

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  24. That outfit is seriously adorable.

    And also, I'm loving this--you being real, being honest. Seeing another side of you, not better or worse...just more.

    Procrastination is a fault in the best of us, I think. As much as I love reading about your life, it was wonderful to hear your thoughts on life (deep and philosophical though they may be). Keep up the lovely posting, my dear.

    <3,
    Jenn

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  25. Hi!
    I just wanted to let you know that I've got a competitiion going on my blog and have just extended it for an extra week- I hope you take a look and enter! Here's the link-

    http://thedreamytree.blogspot.com/2011/10/new-giveaway-winner-of-bunny-earrings.html

    And it would be fantastic if you wouldn't mind spreading the word about it?
    Thank YOU!
    I adore your shoes!
    Romi.xxx

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  26. Anonymous10/19/2011

    the ice cream pictures are beutiful Carlotta!also the picture of the bowls are really cool!!and the pictures of the plant look pretty cool


    ~Olivia~

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  27. Lovin that clutch! I love things like that are handed down like that :) And succulents? I am a huge fan of them! I have one in my backyard that is just blooming beautifully. Lovely post - you look lovely in braids!! :)

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  28. ohhh that shirt is calling me! you rock the Indian princess look ;)

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