That was the text message I sent to one of my best friends, Jason, last week.
Caftans and Cocktails.
It was 6:41 pm on a Tuesday night. FYI, I had only had two glasses of wine because I know you are thinking something like that could only come from a bottle that’s halfway gone.
I also followed it up with: “It’s my new life goal…Or maybe it’s with a K.”
As it turns out, some people spell caftans with a c and some with a k. I’m sticking with a c because cocktails also starts with a c and I’m a big fan of alliteration.
I was sitting at my dining room table after having finished dinner and having been deserted by Grunt and the Circus in favor of more pressing matters on the television when I came up with a whole life for the chicken lady in my dining room.
I figure that when it’s feeding time for those chickens she does so with a cocktail in hand while wearing a fabulous caftan.
I just really don’t see how it could be any other way.
That’s all she really wants. A simple life, full of simple joys with her chickens, caftans and cocktails.
She doesn’t rush to be anyplace, she doesn’t sweat the small stuff and she couldn’t care less about what you think of her. She lives in a home filled with treasures from thrift stores that many people would deem hideous and some would call cluttered.
She never ever apologizes for her choices.
She leads a simple, yet an extraordinary life. And she is perfectly ok with that.
And so friends, this year, I am going to try my very best to embrace the Caftans and Cocktails mindset – which in my mind means keeping things simple.
I feel like so much of the blogging world has become impersonal and there are these constant pushes to continually come up with elaborate projects, designs, killer photos, etc. I get it – it is a business and I’m all about learning more and trying to be better at my work.
But I also feel like people (myself included) sometimes take on too much at once and that can come at a huge expense for a lot of people – stress, spending loads of money, missing out on your kid’s lives, etc. And at the end of the day, is it really worth it? As I also told Jason in that same text, I can do crazy all by myself, I don’t need all this rat race shit that the world seems to keep forcing down our throats. To hell with that.
Of course, I do have a family so it’s not like I can actually just walk around in caftans, cocktail in hand, feeding chickens, or perhaps cows in my case, all day long. And really, I would never recommend feeding cows in a caftan anyway. I do still have to work and I want to work. I don’t do well at sitting still.
So for me, caftans and cocktails translates to a shift of fewer huge projects. i.e. choosing not to completely makeover three different rooms in a one month timeline. WTF was I thinking last summer, y’all? So maybe there will be 1-2 rooms that I’ll tackle throughout the year instead. Maybe not – we’ll see how it goes. I will say that I have promised the kid to re-do her bathroom and lord knows, I don’t blame her, because there ain’t a thing in that space that reflects her personality.
It also means simpler projects – I’m gathering some of my favorite blogging friends to bring you simple DIY projects throughout the year. I mean, they might not leave you with your mouth hanging open, but hopefully, you’ll be like, “I can do this!” and you’ll immediately write out your supply list and head to the store.
I’ll still be posting about all our adventures – travel is one of those things that our whole family loves and there’s nothing better than creating great memories on new adventures. The Circus has already chosen her birthday trip for the year and it’s something we are all super super excited about! Let’s just say that by the end of her birthday trip, we’ll all be coming home in our stretchy pants from eating too many beignets and po’ boys. 😉
I’m not one to make New Years Resolutions, but I do believe in trying to be a little bit of a better person than I was the year before – even if that means actually doing less in some arenas.
Here’s to Caftans and Cocktails, friends. Will you join us?
Unfortunately, we’re still working on our caftan wardrobe, so this picture of us doing our she-wolf pack ears will have to work for now.
Also, in an effort to simplify, I’m clearing out all my inventory of the Be a Freak t-shirts – each one is $9 shipped. Order here if you’re interested.
P.S. I had totally planned on sharing photos from our holiday break in this post, but it turned into much longer of a post than I expected. #imarambler I’ll share all of that in another post soon!