Life | Breaking Up a Basic Routine

March 25, 2015


This week’s routine has been far from basic, but the change of scenery was just what The Peppers needed…

Below is a bit of reflection about how even the tiniest tweaks can stir up a stagnant heart, and as we wrap up our adventure in Austin, I’m feeling so thankful for a chance to share these thoughts with you here!

* But first, a quick note: Much love to Bambeco for the darling dishes and many thanks for making this post possible!  Their line of hand-glazed earthenware has become a fast favorite at Casa de Pepper. ;)

IMG_5677 It’s so easy to let our love slip into a place where it feels like just enough.

Sliding past each other in the kitchen and sitting down to stare at our various screens.  Making coffee on autopilot and starting our days without saying much of anything.

IMG_5727 We’re trained to “make it work” while we hustle hard to have it all, but this mindset can trip us up by creating traps of complacency laced with stress.

I’ve watched how even the deepest connections can drain into a shallow pool of day-to-day… Our interactions fueled by checklists marked with chores and errands and calendar requests.

IMG_5702 Even the strongest currents might slowly weaken over time, but I’m blown away by how the tiniest twist of one sail can steer us back on course.

Fancy and lavish and major may be the first things that come to mind, but when vacation time is over (and our spending account bone-dry), it’s often the smallest details that show how our hearts are intertwined.

IMG_5679 Serving a sunny breakfast on these special dishes from Bambeco meant surprising our senses and disrupting a stale routine by ditching our everyday plates. The mind reacts to these differences with delight, and even switching spots at the table gave us a new perspective on the day!

I’d love to hear any other ways that you spice up your daily activities with a tiny tweak… Have you ever experienced a season of being ships passing in the night?

Share your thoughts in the comments below, and be sure to sign up right over here to follow along with our adventures in marriage and life!

This post was kindly brought to you by Bambeco.


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Their answer to that question has turned into a vibrant product line and online shop full of earth-conscious conversation-starters for any home! I love that their commitment to high design and authentic approach are both completely evident throughout their site, and I’d love to invite you to read more about their story right here.

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  • Reply Anne the SpyGirl March 27, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Awwww, so sweet.
    My boyfriend and I are on totally different schedules, and “ships in the night” doesn’t half describe us! We’re more like satellites on different orbits.
    On those rare times that our days off sync, we will also prepare a meal together. Nothing like a home cooked meal, prepared with love. We’ll also explore our “home town” (can Los Angeles be a home town?) as if we’re visitors. There’s always something new to discover here.

    • Reply Jessie Artigue April 6, 2015 at 4:09 pm

      Love the stay-cation idea! We don’t do that nearly as much now that my brother lives with us (far more trio excursions this year), but I agree that cooking a meal together is another great option. We are firm believers that any kind of shared projects can have a huge impact on practicing healthy communication and if either of you happen to have “quality time” as your primary love language – It’s the perfect way to fill up your tank! :)

  • Reply Abby September 4, 2015 at 4:07 am

    The simple gestures are making things work the way they should. Lovely pictures. Thank you for sharing!

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