Smell The Roses

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We live in such frantic times, moving from one thing to the next without really concentrating on anything in particular. Our minds become restless – yet we have so many opportunities to be generous and inspire each other. Today’s post is all about “smelling the roses”, and how the birth of my son, Kingston taught me to appreciate just how precious life is. When Kingston was born everything had changed. As a new parent, you learn that the cliché everyone tells you is actually true: It goes so fast. My son will turn 4 this year and I cannot help but be astounded by this simple fact. I get teary eyed just thinking about it because I don’t want this experience of raising Kingston to race by. I want it to drag on, deliberately, definitively, and perhaps forever.

I want to enjoy being a mother. Being a mother is the BEST life has to offer. It has taught me to live my life with compassion; to be kind to myself so I can be kind to others.

So, let’s make today count! Let us stop, and “smell the roses” together, as they say, because right now is the only time we will ever have. Let’s make the most of it.

Have a great weekend.

Much love!

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    • February 27, 2015 / 8:44 AM

      Thanks, Katherine! You are such a fab mom! I had no idea that you have two sons!! You are beautiful, inside and out! Happy Weekend! XO

  1. Jess
    February 27, 2015 / 8:26 AM

    You are such an inspiration! Loved this post, sweetie! Happy Friday! xoxo

  2. February 27, 2015 / 8:35 AM

    This is such a great post! Thank you for sharing your story! I will learn to smell the roses!
    ~~Megan~~
    http://www.poshprime.com

    • February 27, 2015 / 8:42 AM

      Thanks so much, Megan! Have a great weekend, love! XO

  3. tara belle
    February 27, 2015 / 8:43 AM

    beautiful post!! I love your positivity!! and I totally agree, my boys teach me new and wonderful things every day and motherhood has turned me into the kind of woman I never thought I could be. its the best blessing in life!!

    xoxo,
    Tara Belle
    http://www.NorthernLights-SouthernBelles.com

  4. February 27, 2015 / 9:18 AM

    Great post. You’re really correct in what you said, so many of us rush through life without really ‘smelling the roses’.
    Love from Dubai,
    Aena

    New post on the blog.
    http://www.TouchofA.com

    • February 27, 2015 / 2:31 PM

      Thank you, Aena! Sending you much love to Dubai! Happy Weekend! XOXO

  5. February 27, 2015 / 9:26 AM

    Pretty picture! Thanks fro sharing!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

    • February 27, 2015 / 2:30 PM

      Thanks, love! Sending you much love and have a great weekend! XOXO

    • February 27, 2015 / 2:30 PM

      Thanks, love! Sending you much love and have a great weekend! XOXO

  6. Tamryn
    February 27, 2015 / 9:44 AM

    Such a lovely post! You are beautiful, inside and out! Love stopping by here – you are always making me smile! Happy Weekend! xx

    • February 27, 2015 / 2:30 PM

      Thanks, love! Sending you much love and have a great weekend! XOXO

  7. February 27, 2015 / 10:16 AM

    Beautiful post, V! I got teary eyed because it is so true. It goes by too fast! Enjoy your weekend with your little man! xx

    • February 27, 2015 / 2:29 PM

      Thanks, love! Sending you much love and have a great weekend! XOXO

    • February 27, 2015 / 2:29 PM

      Aww, how sweet! I didn’t know you were a mommy too! You are blessed, my friend! Sending you much love! XOXO

    • February 27, 2015 / 2:29 PM

      Thanks, love! Sending you much love and have a great weekend! XOXO

  8. February 27, 2015 / 11:08 AM

    Love this post!! Lovely photos!!

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    • February 27, 2015 / 2:28 PM

      Thanks, love! Sending you much love and have a great weekend! XOXO

  9. February 27, 2015 / 11:15 AM

    This is such a beautiful post, Vanessa! You are so right about stopping to smell the roses. Time goes way too fast, you have to enjoy! Have a wonderful weekend!

    xo, Rachel
    http://www.ablondesmoment.com

    • February 27, 2015 / 2:28 PM

      Thanks, love! Sending you much love and have a great weekend! XOXO

    • February 27, 2015 / 2:28 PM

      Thanks, love! Sending you much love and have a great weekend! XOXO

  10. February 27, 2015 / 11:24 AM

    I love this post and its so timely! For the last couple of days Ive been thinking that I dont make the post of my time and it rushes by so quickly! I keep hearing songs singing ‘live a life you will remember’ so thats my plan for the rest of year, staying positive and making the most of every moment x
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    • February 27, 2015 / 2:28 PM

      So glad to hear, Diane! You truly are a beautiful soul, inside and out! Happy Weekend! XOXO

    • February 27, 2015 / 2:27 PM

      Thanks, love! Sending you much love and have a great weekend! XOXO

    • February 27, 2015 / 2:27 PM

      Thanks, love! Sending you much love and have a great weekend! XOXO

  11. February 27, 2015 / 11:42 AM

    This was such a beautiful post. I’m not a mom yet, but I can definitely relate to cherishing the moment as it occurs. February is already over and I hardly remember anything I’ve done other than work. Definitely have to take the time to smell the roses a bit more.

    Ashley Udoh

    • February 27, 2015 / 2:27 PM

      Thanks, Ashley! I really enjoyed your comment! Sending you much love! XOXO

    • February 27, 2015 / 2:26 PM

      Thanks, love! Sending you much love and have a great weekend! XOXO

  12. February 27, 2015 / 12:40 PM

    This is great advice for a Friday. Thanks for sharing and reminding us to take pause. Happy weekend. Enjoy!

    P.S. Gorgeous photo!

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    • February 27, 2015 / 2:26 PM

      Thanks, Asa! Appreciate your comment! Have a great weekend! XOXO

  13. Gabrielle
    February 27, 2015 / 12:44 PM

    This blog post has a beautiful message and one I’ll be sure to remind myself of at any given opportunity. It’s time to appreciate the ‘here and now’! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

    x

    • February 27, 2015 / 2:25 PM

      So glad to hear, love! Thanks for stopping by! Much love! XO

  14. Jeannette
    February 27, 2015 / 12:55 PM

    Beautiful post V, just as beatiful as you are both, inside and outside. Living in the moment is something I embrace now and even though both of my daughters are older (19 and 16) I still cherish every moment I spend with them. The oldest is away in college and I miss not seeing her everyday but as you know there is that time when we just have to let them fly away so they can reach the stars. My youngest, Andrea, she is a living miracle. She was born with a very rare conditon that has no cure . She is a very special human being that God sent me to change my life completely. She has inspires me to live life to the fullest, stay present and always do what I love. She is the reason why I started my blog. God bless your son V and your entire family, today and always. And thanks for sharing such an inspiring post. Have a great weekend! Jeannette

    http://www.msjeannieandhercloset.com

    • February 27, 2015 / 2:25 PM

      Jeannie,

      Thank you SO much for your touching and lovely comment! I enjoy your comments so much, I really do! You are beautiful soul, inside and out! I am so glad we met each other! You are an inspiration! Sending you much love & have a great weekend! XOXO

    • February 27, 2015 / 2:24 PM

      Thanks, Mel! Don’t you wish we had a pause button sometimes? ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy weekend! XO

    • February 27, 2015 / 2:23 PM

      Thank you for reading, Jeanne! Means so much! Happy weekend! XO

  15. Quynh Tran
    February 27, 2015 / 2:36 PM

    This is so inspiring, Vanessa. I try to appreciate everything I’ve been given in life and not take anything for granted. You are amazing inside and out!

    http://the-party-dress.com

  16. February 27, 2015 / 7:42 PM

    What a beautiful written post. I’m glad I got a chance to read it. Keep doing what you do!! You’re just smashing at it.

    Jaimee
    http://www.ohmyjaimee.com

  17. February 27, 2015 / 9:41 PM

    Beautiful beautiful! This is AMAZING! โ™ฅ

  18. February 28, 2015 / 3:14 AM

    Aw Kingston is a lovely name!!! Four too!!!! Wow! What a wonderful age! My nephew just turned one in December – and he’s already just such a bundle of fun (pics of him in my latest post!) but I cannot wait for him to turn 3-4 so that we can start talking and stuff!! Lucky mama!!! Enjoy the fun times! xx

    http://www.bohemianmuses.blogspot.com

  19. February 28, 2015 / 7:46 AM

    These photos are stunning! I’ve been thinking a lot about ‘stopping and smelling the roses’ lately and I agree that it’s important to be present and live in the moment ๐Ÿ™‚

    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

  20. February 28, 2015 / 8:17 AM

    You are so right! We really do need to stop up and just enjoy the moment.
    Thanks so much for the reminder – i really needed it!
    I will shut down my computer and enjoy some time with my boyfriend.

    Have a great weekend, love!

    xoxo,
    http://dreamydelights.bloggersdelight.dk

  21. February 28, 2015 / 9:48 AM

    Such a meaningful write up! Kids means world to moms and every parents should cherish while they are still little. I have have 3 yr old boy and totally love spending every second with him.
    Xoxo
    Meg
    http://Www.snazzybellanista.com

  22. Cora
    February 28, 2015 / 10:31 AM

    So wonderful message Babe, it’s true times and days goes by, we have to cherish every moment… Have a nice and blessed weekend…Hug and Kisses…<3

  23. February 28, 2015 / 12:12 PM

    Such amazing and sincere post. I can’t wait to have that same feeling, that only mothers have. Thanks for sharing babe. Love,

    Mel
    http://livingoncloude9.com/

  24. February 28, 2015 / 4:32 PM

    Nice Post โค๏ธ
    Happy Sunday

  25. Tatyanna
    February 28, 2015 / 7:36 PM

    Thank you for this very inspiring and motivational post. Really need that! <3

    coralbuttons.wordpress.com

  26. February 28, 2015 / 11:21 PM

    This is such a beautiful post! I totally agree with you. Life is short so we better enjoy every second of it!
    Thanks for sharing! xoxo
    Pam
    http://www.thegirlfrompanama.com

  27. March 1, 2015 / 10:55 AM

    Lovely post! xx
    fashionismyfirstlanguage.blogspot.ie

  28. March 1, 2015 / 2:34 PM

    Hope you’re enjoying your weekend! I agree with you, it’s so important that we don’t forget to take and enjoy the moments life presents us with. Love the pictures you’ve shared with us. Great inspiration and reminder to enjoy the moments of our lives.

    xo, Jackie
    stylemydreams.wordpress.com

  29. March 1, 2015 / 4:31 PM

    Thanks for such inspiring words, I needed to read that today. You can tell you’re a caring and compassionate mother, it radiates! Have a good week!

    xx
    Liz Lizo

  30. March 1, 2015 / 9:05 PM

    Such an amazing post! Your son is so amazing and I always adore seeing photos of him! This is such a fantastic post and I am glad you took the time out to post this! You are amazing and hope you had a fab weekend!

    Denise
    http://www.fashionloveletters.com

  31. March 1, 2015 / 11:20 PM

    GREAT post! good advice and words to live by, need to stop and smell the roses more often!
    thank you SO much for your kind kind words and birthday wishes on my blog! XO
    – Andrea
    http://www.phdfashionista.com

  32. March 2, 2015 / 3:23 AM

    Hi V! Hope you enjoyed your weekend! This is such a lovely post btw! Beautiful thoughts and I completely agree with you!! Sometimes we need to stop and look around at what we already have and appreciate those things! Have a lovely Monday! xo Vivian

    http://twoward.com

  33. March 2, 2015 / 12:05 PM

    Hi girl! This is such a touching and precious post! And the photos are absolutely beautiful and artistic. How did you change the colors of the exposure? I want to experience having a child someday too. However, I will not be able to have a child without IVF. I am so scared about my upcoming appts this summer! But, I do know, that everyone I know that has had children say it is definitely worth all of the tears and the pain. You are truly blessed! xo Lauren http://www.ginnysclosetblog.com

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