How Do You Measure What’s Really Important?

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  1. Lauren Elizabeth

    February 3rd, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    I love this! Saying no to things that aren't important is very underrated. I'm glad you got to enjoy the sunshine with your baby!

  2. Emily S (Em Busy Living)

    February 3rd, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    We moved back to our home state after living in far more exciting places for this very reason. Time with family is more important to us now than anything else we could be out doing by ourselves.

  3. Meghan

    February 3rd, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Once again, Chelsea, your words have come to me right when I needed them, THANK YOU! xo.

  4. Laura Darling

    February 3rd, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Just yes to all of this. That was the most important thing you could've done yesterday.

  5. Sparkles and Lattes

    February 3rd, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    This resonates so well with me that last year. With having twins, I wanted to stay home more. To soak them up, to enjoy my family and sometimes to just relax because I was exhausted. You should enjoy your new family. Soak Jack in completely because they grow so fast and change quickly. I love that photo of you and Jack. You look completely and utterly happy!!!

  6. Lily A.

    February 3rd, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    I love this! I need to learn to say no a bit more. Very well written, Chelsea!
    xo, Lily

  7. Emelia at Dream Big & Buy the Shoes

    February 3rd, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    I'm SO with you. I have learned to say No a little more, and at first I felt really really bad about it. Family and my sanity comes first though, and I know that it's okay to say no more to say yes to the big things. You hit the nail on the head with this one.

  8. Maddie Butterfield

    February 3rd, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    This post was just what I needed today-loved it!

  9. Cara (Kindly Unspoken)

    February 3rd, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    I love this!! I feel like we spend so much time doing things we don't really want to be doing, whether it's out of guilt or feeling obligated, but why? Why waste time doing things that aren't truly important when we could instead be doing what matters most. Thanks for sharing this great reminder! πŸ™‚

  10. Southern Komfort Blog

    February 3rd, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    I so love this! Sometimes, it's necessary to just sit and soak… I'm learning this lol!

  11. Erin Zauner

    February 3rd, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    becoming a mom helped me REALLY focus my priorities. I said goodbye to friendships that weren't mutually beneficial, because my time had become so much more precious. I said no to activities that didn't mean anything to me. I now had work, life, friends, husband AND baby to balance. and so if it didn't add a whole lot of good to my life, gone it went. but those friends and those things that did add to my full life even more? those became bigger parts of my life, and I was happy to spend my time on those.

  12. BLovedBoston

    February 3rd, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    What a wonderful afternoon you had – spending time with your husband and new baby – that's what's important! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  13. Everygoodthingblog by Melissa

    February 3rd, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Love this! I totally agree, some nights when I'm like I should be doing this, this and this… I just end up sitting on the couch with my husband, chatting and snuggling… that's what's really important. The rest can wait. You're a beautiful mom and look absolutely fantastic! Jack is a cutie, I can't believe how little he is! I always forget how small babies are!

  14. Jenn

    February 3rd, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    sitting on a rooftop with your family sounds amazing. time goes by way too fast to have to explain to someone why it was so important. i'm glad you had such a great day! enjoy every single second of nothingness and snuggles! πŸ™‚

  15. Because of Jackie

    February 3rd, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    I love the moments when I put my phone and computer aside and just hang with my babies and husband, it is my TRUE happy place;)

  16. Kate

    February 3rd, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Your rooftop hang sounds amazing, and I'm jealous you live in warm, sunny FL! And thanks for sharing that instagram post, I definitely needed those words right now as I'm trying to wrap up stuff at work before maternity leave!

  17. The Siberian American

    February 3rd, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    So true! Quality time with family is the most important thing.

  18. Yelle T

    February 3rd, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    ah yes! i am learning to say no these days as well! there are events that people invite us to that benefit greyhounds (which i love supporting!) but if its too much money, too much time, etc it's just not worth it. there are other things we'd rather be doing like actually spending time with our greyhound or enjoying chatting with our dear friends over hot toddies. i love that rule – if it's not a hell yes, then it's a no.

  19. Christina Lea Loves

    February 3rd, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    The rooftop outing – important to me! Family, rooftop, drinks, etc. my favorites!

  20. Nina @ Flowers in my Hair

    February 3rd, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    I wrote what Jen Hatmaker said in my journal. I love the idea of the Hell Yes!

  21. Rachel McCarthy

    February 3rd, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    How amazing is this quote?! I love it and totally need to remember it — I'm always so focused on crossing things off of my to do list. Looks like you three had a wonderful afternoon!

    Xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  22. Evelina

    February 4th, 2016 at 12:57 am

    I think what's important is what your life needs. If you just need some relax time on a rooftop then do it! If you need to up your sugar intake with a spoonful of Nutella then do it!

  23. Carrie

    February 4th, 2016 at 1:15 am

    ahh i love this and i couldn't agree more. while i like doing things and experiencing things most of my fondest memories are just of me hanging out or being around the people i love most. we weren't doing anything elaborate but it was absolutely perfect!

  24. Allison

    February 4th, 2016 at 2:46 am

    Yes, yes, yes! Hell yes. Hahahaa. I love Jen Hatmaker and just finished her book For the Love. So, so good. Love all of this!

  25. Shaunacey Bonneville

    February 4th, 2016 at 2:52 am

    sometimes you just need to do what you're not expecting to do, what you didn't plan to do but what makes you feel whole. Sometimes, that means drinks on a patio with the people you love the most.

    Confessions of a Frumpy Mommy

  26. emily @ a little bit of emily

    February 4th, 2016 at 4:03 am

    I saw that post, too and thought it was great! Cheers to more "special" yeses!

  27. M

    February 4th, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Well this is a different view of new years' resolutions. Usually it's all about forcing yourself to do all the stuff you would rather not but you know are good for you, but this one just makes your future actions sound… enjoyable. Unfortunately I'm doing many things I'm a little iffy about, but maybe when I leave school and have the freedom of real life, maybe then I'll do more of everything I want and less of everything else.

    The Life of Little Me

  28. Amy

    February 4th, 2016 at 11:49 am

    I think relaxing rooftop with your boys sounds just about perfect!

  29. Katie @ A Beautiful Little

    February 4th, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    HELL YES to this! πŸ™‚

  30. Kristen

    February 4th, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Yayy! Congrats!!He's so cute! I've totally been saying "no" to plans that no longer interest me!! lol I guess that means we are getting old πŸ™‚

  31. Amanda Elizabeth - Meet @ the Barre

    February 4th, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    I am with you girl. Seriously its all about saying no and taking care of myself first this year!

  32. Pamela {Sequins and Sea Breezes}

    February 4th, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Yes! Sometimes you just gotta say no and take care of you first! And I wish I was on the rooftop soaking up the sun with you, it looks so relaxing! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  33. Shea Sayers

    February 4th, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Oh my goodness, I love this. Sometimes I feel so guilty when I take a break just to hang out and do nothing. But that time is SO necessary. So therapeutic. And I LOVE the idea of "if it's not a HELL YES it's a no." I would love to follow that philosophy!
    Shea |

  34. Jenn S.

    February 4th, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Reading this post was important πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing. This is SO TRUE and something I'm learning as well. What is really important right now? Is finishing that blog post important? Is checking my phone important? Is cleaning the already pretty clean kitchen important? Sometimes the answer is yes, but usually what's more important is time with my family and time for me. Love it!

  35. Brittany@TheLadyLawyer

    February 4th, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Sometimes saying no can feel really good! I have problems with this too but in the long run for your sanity it's a good practice

  36. Kait

    February 4th, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Sometimes saying no is the best possible response! I love this so much I'm sharing it! XO

  37. Anne

    February 4th, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Perfectly stated! Knowing our limits is crucial. Loved that you had a great day!

  38. Alyssa Guttendorf

    February 5th, 2016 at 12:25 am

    So sweet, and so important. Thank you for sharing these wise words!

  39. Kate at Green Fashionista

    February 5th, 2016 at 1:56 am

    Love love love this! And I love that you guys were able to just be while up on the roof. I really need to start saying no more often, and 2016 is definitely the year to start <3
    Green Fashionista

  40. Elle Sees

    February 5th, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    excellent sentiment and something i need to do more often! i'm guilty of putting too much on my plate because i don't want to disappoint anyone.

  41. Connie Bea

    February 5th, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Great post! Taking time to do things you want to do without having to seek the approval of others is definitely important. Rooftop hangouts with your family sound like fun!

    Connie | Sponsored by Coffee | Etsy

  42. katie // a touch of teal

    February 6th, 2016 at 1:44 am

    Your little guy is so cute! Definitely do what makes YOU happy! Say yes to you!

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

  43. Lisa Sharp

    February 9th, 2016 at 8:47 am

    So cute post! I think that love is the most important thing in life! And if you want to read interesting facts about it you can find on . There are many wonderful facts that you've never known!) Enjoy)

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