I think a part of growing up is learning to say no and realizing it’s ok to take time for yourself. I’m horribly bad at both of these things so in 2012 I am resolving to find a better balance between personal time and time with friends and family but more importantly, making that time count. A couple of months ago I came across a new magazine, Kinfolk, and I immediately fell in love. I ordered a copy and when it arrived in the mail it was one of those simply beautiful packages that you want to make an event out of – and I did. I have since read through it 3 times and am anxiously awaiting the arrival of the next volume (any day now!). Not only is the magazine wonderfully designed with every attention to detail – it has become my new coffee table book; I enjoy so much of what Kinfolk is about.
“Kinfolk is a growing community of artists with a shared interest in small gatherings. We recognize that there is something about a table shared by friends, not just a wedding or once-a-year holiday extravaganza, that anchors our relationships and energizes us. We have come together to create Kinfolk as our collaborative way of advocating the natural approach to entertaining that we love.”
I realized that in preparing for this post I had already accomplished the first part of my resolution. I stopped and took time for myself. I curled up with my cats, a lit candle and a cup of tea to thoroughly enjoy a treasured new magazine. And what’s better is that I took on a new appreciation for small gatherings and dinner parties. As I look forward to moving into my new house I want it to be a place filled with friends and family and good times. I am a perfectionist to a fault sometimes and I often choose not to have impromptu get togethers at my house because I haven’t had time to vacuum or my dishes don’t match. I am resolving to let go of that and realize that good friends would rather be together and eat off paper plates than hearing about how I cleaned house.
I look forward to blogging about the many brunches and dinner parties soon to be in all of their imperfect glory and the “me” time I take in preparing for them. In the meantime, I highly suggest you purchase yourself a copy of Kinfolk and peruse their just as gorgeous blog. Enjoy.