Happy Friday, friends!  I am heading to St. Pete Beach today for a Florida Wildlife Federation Board meeting.  FWF is a wonderful organization that advocates for environmental issues here in the state of Florida.  Chatham will be watching Carla May all by himself this weekend, and I will be missing them both very, very much!!!

Here are a few things that brought me joy this week:

Turning OFF Notifications

This week, I turned off all notifications on my phone other than messages and phone calls, and I can’t tell you how much of a stress-relief it has been.  Maybe not all people get anxiety from that little red circle on the corner of the mail app showing more and more unread messages amassing, but I certainly do.  Glancing at my notifications when stopped at a red light or when out on a walk only to see an “urgent” email that I cannot immediately respond to is mentally taxing – I can’t relax and enjoy my drive or my walk if I have the burden of quickly responding on my shoulders.

Well, I say no more!  That “urgent” email can wait until the next time I sit down to intentionally check and respond to email messages.  I gained this valuable insight from the latest audiobook I’m listening to – Deep Work by Cal Newport – and I am already seeing benefits from putting it into practice.

P.S. In searching for this meme, I stumbled upon a hilarious collection of illustrations showing the two kinds of people in this world that I just had to share with you.  #rabbithole

Jewelry Organizer

Up until this week, my jewelry has been stored in several piles throughout the house getting tangled, tarnished, and lost.  After many years of putting it off, I finally got a jewelry organizer and went through it all.  There are so many options for jewelry organizers on the market, but I needed something freestanding rather than wall-hung, since my husband collects rock posters, so our walls are quite full.  I settled on this full-length mirror that opens up to plenty of room for jewelry storage with a nice black velvet backing.  It took me probably 20 minutes to assemble and then probably 45 minutes to detangle and organize my jewelry, and I am so glad it is finally done.  This is one of those tasks that has been in the back of my mind for literally years, so having it complete is a huge relief.

Mattie Kelly Concerts in the Village

My office got a table for the Fall concert series for Mattie Kelly Concerts in the Village and so far, it has been so much fun!  These concerts are a great reason to change up our routine and get out of the house.  Carla May and her cousins love dancing to live music, and I love having a glass of wine and watching them dance!  The Mattie Kelly Arts Village venue has a great setup and a fun, family-friendly atmosphere.  If you live in Destin or are down here visiting when a concert is going on, this is a cool and different way to spend the evening.

How was your week? What brought you joy?