the importance of routine

Wake Up and Smell the RoutineSchool. Starts. Today.  And I am one happy MOM.

Toes in the SandAs much as I’ve loved summer’s more leisurely mornings and unscheduled evenings, my twin boys thrive on a routine … and I do, too.

Motivation versus HabitAre you familiar with The Power of Full Engagement, a book by Tony Schwartz and Jim Loehr?  It’s a fascinating read … and I think I need a refresher!  One of the fundamental principles (my words, not theirs) of the book is that we only have so much bandwidth.  The more we can do to create routines that support our goals and priorities, the better off we are.  Because then we don’t even have to think!

Orchids in Juliska VaseI have really missed my school-year Monday morning routine.  Every Monday, after I drop the kids off at school, I make three stops — the gas station (Costco), the car wash (Wiki Wiki) and the grocery store (Whole Foods).  By 9:30 am, I have a clean car, a full tank of gas, lunch box staples and fresh flowers.  And I start the week feeling good!

Secret of Success is Daily RoutineI have a few more routines that I would like to re-establish … and now is as good a time as any.  Tops on my list?  A reasonable bedtime (for myself!), regular exercise, taming the laundry monster, and family meetings.

What routines have you missed?

Top graphic via youngfolksociety on Tumblr.  All other photos and graphics via moi.  

sundays with joy: it’s a party!

CR Laine Invitation Traci Zeller Black CrowIf you are attending High Point Market, I hope you’ll stop by the CR Laine showroom (310 N. Hamilton Street) from 3 pm to 5 pm today (Sunday, April 5) for a cocktail party in celebration of my new luxury pillow collection and the gorgeous wallpaper by Tracy Hiner of Black Crow Studios.  I am truly overwhelmed by the amazing response to my pillows and extraordinarily grateful for the support of so many.  Holly Blalock — otherwise known as Design Genius In Charge (or so I suggest she should be known!) — has done an incredible job of designing and styling the CR Laine showroom, and it is an unbelievable feeling to see my pillows in such a beautiful setting.  A huge thank you to Holly, Stephanie and the entire CR Laine team for everything they’ve done to make this happen!  My appliqué pillows will be available as part of the CR Laine collection and can be viewed on their website.  Someone pinch me to make sure I’m not dreaming.  

Traci Zeller for Design Accents Pillow CollectionMy embroidered styles are on display at the Design Accents showroom, so — when you visit the Suites at Market Square — please pop over there (SAMS G-5027)!  You may even find a sweet treat awaiting your arrival.  For those of you who were at my textiles launch party, do you remember the cookies?  Double yum.      

Traci Zeller Pillows Fall 2014 Sneak PeekI’m already hard at work on fall introductions and am excited to share this sneak peek of the fabrics.  I am head over heels for the color palettes, which I have nicknamed “sorbet” and “macaron.”

Laura Ashley Private Dream WorldIn short, I have so much to be joyful about today and every day.  Thank you for sharing it with me!

Isn’t that a great quote?  It sums up how I feel … and gives you a little teaser about an upcoming project!   Pillow photography by Dustin Peck Photography.  Graphic by moi. 

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