Can’t believe how quickly time flies, and here i am almost 26 weeks / almost 6 months pregnant. Feeling little baby kicking more and more, it makes this whole thing even more real. We get to understand when he sleeps and when he’s awake, when he likes music or when there’s too much noise for him to handle. I was never too mushy or had the baby fever, but oh boy this whole thing definitely makes my heart melt.

We have already ordered a crib and a dresser (and a few cute outfits) but we’ve yet to start decorating the nursery. In fact, we took a spontaneous trip today to the city to do some baby shopping. Long story short, we realised we’re not the spontaneous type of people and this whole trip has been a small disaster. BUT, setting everything aside and focusing on little Jason.

This isn’t much of a mood board, but rather a small illustration i did yesterday, with out little boy in mind. The theme of the nursery will be a mix of folk stories and woodland adventures. I love all things white, beige and neutral, with a mix of black and spots of colour. The illustration probably doesn’t have as much colour as i’m planning to add, but i think it sets up the mood nicely.

Now i’m off to buy some cute little wooden toys!

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We’ve been patiently waiting all winter for the first snowfall and this weekend, our wish was granted! But, things got even better, when we woke up to a snowy island Saturday morning. As far as i know, there hasn’t been so much snow everywhere (besides the mountain) since 2006. It was pure magic! You might have caught a glimpse on my Instagram stories, our yard and pretty much every inch on the island was covered in white fluffy powder.

It was close to impossible to limit myself to just a few pictures for this post, but rest assured i’m posting the most precious ones. Bella, was the lucky one who got a good 80% of the shots in my camera – she’ll be forever my muse. No one was happier to walk on the mountain on Sunday morning than her. She run around with her crazy eyes, stuffing her nose into the snow and peeing every other step.

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And! My little bump is finally making a short appearance over here. I started taking weekly bump pictures just last Tuesday, as it you couldn’t quite tell i was pregnant before that. Finally the baby is starting to show a little, still teeny tiny! Wish i could wear a more elegant / chic outfit on our fancy trip, but as my husband says “safety first” lol which is why i’m dressed like a 7 year old.

 

We’ll be going back up next week and hopefully will get to see more of that. A log cabin in the woods, with a massive fireplace is all i’m dreaming right now.

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The new year feels like it’s going to be so different in so many ways! Last year, i didn’t really have the time (or mind) to sit down and think about my resolutions and all the things i wanted to change, so i can’t tell if i achieved everything i wanted. What 2016 feels a lot like, is a big blur.

With just a few days left, i’ve sat down and really thought about all the things i want to change, correct and be better at. Most of those i epically failed, like slowing down and focusing on what matters most. The “Essentialist” book i’m reading this month, has opened my eyes in so many ways and made so much clearer that the one thing that will make me a happier person is to focus on the things that matter. Definitely not the easiest task, as i love doing lots of things and sadly some times tend to do way more than i can afford / spare.

I’m set on making ’17, a happy, cheerful, fulfilling and successful year. You know, one of those where you feel you’ve achieved everything you wanted, put your life in order and figured it all out. This is exactly what i’m wishing to all of you! There’s no better feeling that personal growth and finding yourself in a better place every year.

 

What are your most important things in your resolution list? Would love to hear, and maybe adding a few more in my own!

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Have been having so many thoughts on all the things i want to do in the new year lately. Most of all the goals and things i want to achieve. Now adding to the list being a good mother, but rewinding and thinking of all the things i want to avoid in the new one – learn from my mistakes.

 

The great thing about the year changing is we get to start fresh. Have almost all our mistakes forgotten and promise ourselves we’ll do and be better this year. I do love how refreshing it is and the thought of doing better and setting new goals feels so inspiring don’t you think?

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It feels like ages since i took some time off, when it was actually a little over a month ago. I do love my job, but boy vacation is always needed and so good for the soul don’t you think?

Today was my last day working and on Monday we’re leaving to spend the holidays with our family and do some baby shopping (eek!). The nursery is freshly painted but empty. We only got an armchair that we’re secretly using in our living room because it’s so comfy and we don’t want to let it go. So much stuff to buy, it’s insane how many things a baby needs! I will be sharing with you in the next weeks our plans for the nursery. All i’ll say for now is that it will be my design project ever.

This weekend, i’ll be working on holiday posts and intend to fill you with printable cards, wallpapers and all kinds of things to download for the next couple of weeks. I’ve had so many ideas for so many weeks now, so i’ll make a weekend for my own personal creative retreat.

Hope you’re all staying warm, cozy and festive and getting ready to enjoy some beautiful holidays!

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Happiest December 1st dear friends! Let the cosiest and most cheerful month begin. We already have our Christmas tree up for a whole month now (sorry not sorry) but as of yesterday the temperature dropped to 4 degrees (that’s 39 in F) and we had officially our first snow up on the mountain. That means that we can officially start listening to Christmas music, lighting up more candles and watching Christmas movies. Polar Express, i’m looking at you!

This little gif is slightly different from what i usually do. But i woke up dreaming snow outside our window, Christmas lights and dark mystical wallpapers. And this, is as close as i can get to what i imagined!

Hope you all enjoy a beautiful start to the Holiday Season!

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I debated quite some time on whether i should, how and when to write this post. It still feels a little challenging putting my thoughts into an order as i’m still working on figuring things through. So bare with me. Thoughts might be scattered but they’re all honest and from the heart. Truth is, the past four months have been quite a challenge, as i found myself a little lost and shaken in many ways. And trust me, i’ve gone through two major surgeries in my life, so i know a little about what can shake your life.

The day we found out i was pregnant, we cried and laughed and hugged for what felt a lifetime in the bathroom. This was our 6th pregnancy test in the past year, as the baby was determined to make as wait. Definitely worth the wait little one! I had already pictured myself as a mother and how perfect our life would be living in this house, doing what we do on a tropical island. Sounds and is idyllic! What i had never even thought of though, was how different i would feel about many things and how the whole pregnancy would affect me.

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At first, everything felt super easy. Pregnancy symptoms? Not for me, i’m one of the lucky ones – i would say. Not a little in the first month however, it all hit me. Feeling sick all the time, not in the mood for anything at all and very quickly i found myself staying indoors for weeks. There’s not much you can do around here especially when fall arrives. So my super exciting / adventurous life (which was even more than usually this summer) was dramatically interrupted to what felt a little like prison. Well, it might not all be that dramatic. I’m pretty sure it was a lot easier than others’ pregnancies who don’t have the luxury to work from home. But a lot tougher than someone who has that maternity glow and gets up in morning with a reason to make herself pretty, interact with people and go outside.

For someone who draws her inspirations from adventures and finds her happy place in them, it was very difficult adapting in this phase of my life. My early morning routine was replaced by struggling to get out of the bed in one piece. There was zero time for personal projects and blog posts, no mood or time for inspiration and interacting with the rest of the world. At first, i started secluding myself from Instagram. There was nothing for me to share and i felt a lot of pressure to share a perfect picture that was not a memory of the awesome summer i had. Mind me, my life isn’t perfect. But when it comes to Instagram, i always want to share the most adventurous aspects of it to inspire and be inspired myself. Without being able to speak about my exciting news and struggles, slowly i withdrew and secluded myself from everything social.

So i threw myself to work. Undoubtedly i’ve worked on some of the best projects i have in my working years, with my most proudest works so far. Naturally, i cannot wait to start posting them and tell you all about the incredible people i’ve worked with. While work was fulfilling and exciting and all i had, i still missed my old self. I had done zero moves to adapt and somehow find that silver lining. I was honestly out of ideas, and felt powerless in contrast to someone who had figured a perfect balance in her life just a few months ago.

I only started seeing things clearer not a long ago. It’s not about how perfect your life is and how quickly you’ll be able to adapt to. It’s about allowing yourself the space and time to experience the moment as it is. Not all of our moments are thrilling, sunny and glittery. When the time is right, you’ll find your way out and you’ll amaze yourself by how creative you can get. Sharing these thoughts with you, besides lifting a major weight out of my shoulders, i’m hoping to help not only the new freelance mamas but those who are going through a change in their lives and struggle to find their old self as well.

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People & Books

It took me a while to get back in the game but i finally went back to what i loved most; Interacting with people, reading blogs, seeking inspiration on articles and spending some extra time on Pinterest. I’m a little more isolated than i used to be. I miss my old funny snapchats, making videos, over-sharing on blog and Instagram. That’s who i truly am and i’m eager to get back to it. Writing this post today, gave me so much clarity on how i visualise my future and the kind of person i want to be as well as the kind of presence i want to have in the blogosphere.

While seeking inspiration in all kinds of places, i started reading some interesting books. A little nudge and teaching yourself how to think differently is always needed in situations like this. You all know “Big Magic”, but you might not know “The Subtle Art of not Giving a F*ck” and “Essentialism – The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” that my dearest Linda suggested the other day.

 

Acceptance

This part was the toughest one, and the one i’m still battling with the most. Accepting the fact that i cannot -and probably won’t for a long time- do everything that i used to do. Like, having a full day with a crazy schedule, working on numerous kinds of things and all at a crazy pace. Tight deadlines and a full schedule always made me more productive and creative, so i’m trying to do a reverse psychology here.

Not trying to battle with the situation and accepting things as they are, has helped me a lot do more with my time by doing less things and staying productive at the same time.

 

Slowing Down

This is something i will be practising on and incorporating in my life from now on. Slowing down is essential to keep my mind sane and always be in my happy place enjoying this beautiful experience. Waking up late-er, working on less but more meaningful projects, accepting the things i can’t do (like cleaning up the house every second) and learning to let go. Theo, Bella and i have created a small routine. We all drop down everything we do at 5pm every day and go for a long walk.

There’s this quote that has been my mantra the past month: “don’t allow the perfect to be the enemy of the good”. I guess it’s not bad to have a little chaos in our battle to make a perfect world. A little mess can mean that you’re setting priorities and at the end of the day it means you did what meant more and you’re happy.