Week In The Life™ 2019 | Thursday Words + Photos

I have to tell you guys that I had such an interesting experience with my guiding prompt today. 

This morning when I first started thinking through the lens of "tough stuff" it felt like an ill-fitting coat. Part of the reason it didn't feel right is that the season I'm in now is generally positive (and I'm super thankful all the time knowing that it's not always like that). It struck me that I spend a lot of my time looking through positive lenses - finding the silver lining, practicing gratitude, looking for the good, and figuring out ways to embrace real life for what it is and keep moving forward without getting caught up in the negative in a debilitating way. 

I know and embrace that the tough stuff is simply a regular part of life.

I ended up thinking about the many ways my life is different. I am significantly more emotionally healthy at this point in my life. I attribute that to a variety of things including medication that has evened out my mood swings (I am able to be so much less reactive), marrying Aaron (not just marrying anyone but him specifically), the kids being older and more independent, my work life being more balanced, and simply knowing myself so much better.

My past and current struggles are a piece of the story of who I am. They impact how I see, live, and tell my stories today. 

Here's a look at some photos from Thursday: 

Eyes on the road. 

In my Instagram stories today I shared a lesson I learned when Simon was in elementary school about paths and black/white thinking and advocacy. The bottom line was that sometimes the solutions to the things we are banging our heads against the wall about are actually wonderfully simple if we are willing to let go of specific expectations of when things are “supposed” to happen.

Simon did the morning drive today where we drop Anna off first before circling back to his school. 

On the drive we talked about the reasons I like to leave early in order to not have to be in a hurry. When you're not in a hurry you can just enjoy the drive, no matter how bad the traffic might be along the way. If you're not in a hurry you are a whole lot less likely to get easily frustrated. 

I love that he gives me a hug when he gets out of the car after driving before I get back into the driver's seat. 

Back at home and back into my office. 

Today included an hour long phone meeting to go over future project directions. 

After the call I came downstairs and found Aaron having breakfast (he told me not to tell you what time it was) and I made another cup of coffee. 

And moved the laundry around. 

So much of our lives is the chatter happening in our heads - the stories we are telling ourselves and the words we repeat over and over. I thought about that a lot today as I went about my day. Was I saying nice things to myself or was I being self critical? Was I telling myself the truth or was I creating stories or relying on old narratives that might not actually be true any longer? 

In my office today I filmed videos for the next kit release on the 13th (the new theme is Listen) and thought about my working life.

I’m not someone who grew up imaging I would own a business (there were times I imagined a completely different existence) but I did know that I hoped to live a life that served others in some way. 

My path has been one of privilege and I always want to remind myself of that when I tell my own story. I had support, I had an education, I had safety nets. I was also lucky and the timing was right within the industry I found myself excited about after Simon was born. I put in hours + months + years (I sometimes forget this piece of the story) and found myself in a position to do work that is meaningful to me personally. 

As with everything there have been highs and lows and choices and sacrifices and missteps and hard lessons learned and personal changes I’ve had to make and times when I’ve just held my breath through decisions I hoped would be the right ones. From the beginning I have been thankful and have always tried to keep learning along the way. Who knew that telling stories with words and photos and sharing that passion with a community of like-minded memory keepers could have such an impact on my life. 

I am grateful and I plan to keep on learning as I go.

A few more minutes at my desk before heading out. 

There is always more on my list. 

Today included a long afternoon/evening of driving around: picking Simon up from school with a snack ready and taking him to an appointment, killing time for 45 mins - I usually go to Whole Foods while I wait, picking him up from that appointment and driving him to his 3 hour drivers ed class (I’ll grab dinner for him at Whole Foods that he will eat in the car),  driving to Anna’s last soccer practice for the season where they have an annual players against parents scrimmage, then grabbing dinner for Anna and me before picking Simon up at 8pm. Aaron’s schedule is similar with the other three.

Full heart. 

At Anna's soccer practice, before the parents vs. kids scrimmage, I had a bit of time to play around with some shots (I had both my DSLR and my iPhone). 

I love looking through the lens with curiosity. What happens if I get down low, what happens if I get up close, what happens if I play with my settings, what happens if my focal point is on the grass and what happens when it’s on the girls playing?

These girls as tough and resilient and fun. Most of them have been playing soccer together since pre-Kindergarten (they are almost done with 4th grade now). 

Anna might have not quite packed her soccer bag appropriately this morning (she forget her cleats, socks, and shorts). Tough lesson. She played in her Vans and called to ask me to bring her some shorts before she realized she didn't have her shoes or socks. 

She lived. 

After practice Anna and I stopped for dinner at a dim sum place she's been asking to go to for weeks. 

We picked Simon up on our way home. He'd had a tough time on a written test at Driver's Ed tonight and was definitely feeling frustrated. 

He was ready for bed. 

The girls had a conversation about Anna wanting to move their beds around again. Audrey's not on board. Anna wants to be in the corner. You know, general sisters-who-share-a-room-before-bed-conversations. Anna ended up moving her head to the other end of the bed for a change up. 

I was able to catch the end of the Blazer game. GO BLAZERS. 

Elliott washing out his dishes as he makes his lunch for tomorrow. 

He's a really good kid. 

This house is full of good kids that are loved by a village. 


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16 thoughts

  1. fannyathome says…
    05/10/2019

    I love it! Thank you for sharing! Here's my Thursday: https://fannyathome.com/2019/05/witl-thursday.html

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  2. sim1 says…
    05/10/2019

    Hey Ali
    I love reading your reflections today. I’ve been really struck by your words this week and have experienced you in a very different place to where I am. I am not talking about comparison. I think what I am feeling or noticing is what you articulated today - that you are feeling ‘emotionally healthy’ - where as I am not there in my life right now. Your expressions of what you like about your life has assisted me in acknowledging (even more so) that there are dynamics in my life that I do not like and while I think I might be too scared to articulate the specifics I know I need to make significant changes. Your sharing and this project has invited me to reflect on this on many levels... and so I am extremely grateful to you for your honesty, clarity and transparency. For me this week hasn’t just been writing words and taking photos. I’m in a powerful process (triggered/invited by your work) and I am deeply thankful.

    Enjoy the rest of your week!

    Simone

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      05/10/2019

      Thank you for sharing. Know that I have been there and know that I still struggle. I love that this is helping you to take a closer look at your own life. Much love.

    2. sim1 says…
      05/10/2019

      Thank you

  3. CarolineMcD says…
    05/10/2019

    Although this has been/is being a slightly challenging week I have loved using the main kit card prompts to lead my stories and they couldn't have been more fitting for me personally. My Thursday...https://itsacreativeworld.typepad.com/creating_memories/2019/05/week-in-the-life-2019-thursday.html

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  4. bearcatlady03 says…
    05/10/2019

    You've inspired me to get my kiddos to start making lunches! Here is my Thursday: http://www.mandyjoyloves.com/2019/05/week-in-life-2019-thursday.html

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      05/10/2019

      Awesome! They can totally do it!

  5. lizness says…
    05/10/2019

    Your reflections (above) are powerful stuff and, I think, demonstrate one of the very ways in which story matters. Our documented stories remind us of the journey so far. Like a stable-always-there-with-you-friend, they have the ability to help us be kinder to ourselves and remember the "hours+months+years" we put into the life we're living. My documented stories help me remember that I am a better mom than my internal, ever changing personal narrative seems to convince me of sometimes. An INTJ thing, I've come to realize (weirdly, I wrote about this on my own blog last week.)

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts/feelings/story, Ali. Your story is the major reason I love your blog.

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      05/10/2019

      Thank you so much Liz!

  6. Taralg says…
    05/10/2019

    I just wanted to say how much I love your last sentence “the house is full of good kids who are loved by a village”❤️
    Thank you for your candidness and honesty about life. I had a hard 2018 and last years WITL looks nothing like this years WITL, if which I’m thankful, and I was reminded of that looking through last years book. These are the reasons why we do these projects. To see ourselves come out the other side and to be grateful, and grow each year.

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      05/10/2019

      Yes, absolutely.

  7. HeatherByers2 says…
    05/10/2019

    I have been storytelling through different lenses all week with the overall theme of "pieces." I have a lot of pieces that make up my life, I think we all do. At first, I was opting to not embrace "tough stuff" because I felt like it showed I am ungrateful/unhappy with life. Overall, I like my life. I like the pieces of my life and the way they fit together. However, some pieces are definitely prettier and more loved than others and to ignore the ugly is to have an incomplete picture. I realized I can be happy and recognize the tough stuff at the same time. Thanks for the nudge.

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      05/10/2019

      Yes! Love this.

  8. kccrow says…
    05/10/2019

    Not sure why exactly but I teared up with your last line..."This house is full of good kids that are loved by a village." Here is my Thursday recap....https://www.kccrow.com/2019/05/10/week-in-the-life-thursday-stories/

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  9. agnes_and_co says…
    05/24/2019

    I'm really & definitively a WITL'girl ! And Ali It's a pleasure to see how you write about your life ali ! Thanks for all
    https://etagnesraconte.blogspot.com/2019/05/une-semaine-en-2019-les-photos-de-jeudi.html

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