Winter Dreaming

WOW! Hello February.

These winter months have been somewhat of an inspiring time. In the past the cold has kept me cooped up watching TV marathons and lacking inspiration, but this year has been quite different. Stirring inside me ever since I started this little space on the internet was a longing to connect with women from around the globe and journey to an amazing life together. I feel like that goal has been accomplished through the relationships T/O has brought me, but it is time to really step into my dreams without fear in a larger way than a little blogging space.  All my inspiration this winter is coming from the anticipation and eagerness to really go deep into those dreams of mine, and I am finally taking hold. My dream is to create a community where women are encouraged, can grow, and see their potential (and actualize it) so they can live a life completely whole. A mind-body-spirit kind of wellness. All my ideas are far from complete, so rather than blogging them, I have been making them complete ideas through journaling and talking with some people in the industry. It killed me not to share, but for everyone's sake, taking time to soak in the inspiration was really necessary. Anyway, I just had to share a tid-bit of this with you guys since you have followed my journey to self discovery and healing. I can not wait to launch this next step in life together.  If you are wanting to follow along on my daily journey feel free to run over to my instagram (@madisonhedlund).

Happy Valentines Day ladies!
Much love.


Wife Things: I got my husband a dog

I surprised my Phil with a puppy last week. It didn't go well. This is what happened:

Tuesday morning my instagram pal Morgan posted that she found a puppy in her neighborhood and that she needed a home. Getting a puppy for Phil for Christmas had been on my mind for some time. 
So I make all the arrangements in secret. Convincing myself Phil is going to be happy and it is going to play out like a movie on Christmas morning. 

Wednesday evening I arrive back home with the pup. She slept the whole way, a complete sweet heart. Kinsey made a big gold bow for her to wear and proudly I put it around her neck as we pulled in the driveway.  I called Phil and told him I'm home with his Christmas present. 

He replied "is it that watch I wanted?" 
"No this is better than that!"

So he walks up to the car door and stops.

"NO! What the _____ were you thinking!?"

And all I can think to say is, "Merry Christmas!! You have a puppy!"

All in all, I think I knew he wouldn't respond well to me surprising him. I am yet to get him any gift he is truly happy about at first so this would be no different. Although I did hope it would be. 

Twenty minutes after having the puppy in our house he started warming up to her and playing with her. I told him "sometimes its good to not be in control and just embrace the spontaneous things."

Then he named her Miley.
Then he changed his mind and named her Nova. 
It's love. 

Plus, she can already sit, stay, drop her bone and sleep without peeing her kennel/barking all night. 
What's not to love?!


Wife Things

I would like to say that we have dinner together every night and that it is always romantic and beautiful. But we all know that is not close to being true.

Being organized around the house isn't a strong point for me. I am not a great meal planner and I do not coupon. I do know how to cook though. And from time to time I like to make more than vegan chili and lentil soup. (Seriously though that gets us through the busy weeks!)

On one of the last warm-ish nights I made a little back porch dinner. It was chillier than I thought and we didn't stay out there star gazing, but it was a nice break from the ordinary. Plus it was a surprise to Phil.  Sometimes that is all a marriage needs.

The recipe is a butternut squash with lemon, poppyseed, and pomegranates from mynewroots.com. That is my go-to resource for plant based meals with bomb taste so Phil won't even notice there isn't meat, ha!


Slowing Down

Every fall since I can remember has been a push back into the routine. Busyness comes with the fall and usually doesn't leave until after the holidays. This year, however, I have come to some sort of sense and slowed down as the season has changed. I quit a job, have been cooking at home more, working out daily, actually getting a personal routine down and using my days off work to read, blog, and enjoy Phil and friends. It seems simple, and it is. I have pushed this stillness away for so long that it feels boring sometimes, to just read or just cook. Like perhaps I am missing something fun happening somewhere else. But I know that these simple hours of investing into the well being of my mind, body, spirit, and household will overflow into my work and my passions and into the people I love. I am even liking the quiet. These are some snaps from my "simple" days at home. 

Have a beautiful rest of October. I can not believe it left us so quickly!