Carpe diem

Carpe diem – seize the day (and trust tomorrow as little as you may). This motto taken from Horace‘s Odes (1.11) has become one of the most famous quotes used in the Western culture.

I remember I first heard it…in a movie – Dead Poets Society (1989). It appears in a line spoken by one of my favourite actors, Robin Williams, who is a teacher in the film: “Carpe Diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”

Because our lives consist of moments – more or less extraordinary, but moments – we should focus on making the most of our here and now.

Now, it seems that my life is filled with very “ordinary” moments – I function between my baby’s feeding times and nap times. My adorable younger son is two months old and I can never predict how much time I will have for other activities – housework, my regular work or my passions. Therefore, I need to “seize” every moment as it comes. No procrastination, no “I will do it tomorrow”. I have to do it “now” – writing this blog post, for instance (BTW, I was twice interrupted)…

Being a mother means learning how to manage your time so that you can have energy for a new life you’ve created and for being active in the life you’ve led. Only a woman who feels good with herself can be a loving and supportive mother to her children. Satisfying your own needs leads to satisfying the needs of others.

Thus, I try to make time and find time for the things that need to be done and the things I want to be done. Today, I’ve decided to show you my routine in objects I use every day.

1. Coffee maker – coffee time is my reward and time to gather thoughts

 

Frieling Polished 18/10 Stainless Steel French Press Coffee Maker, 17-Ounce

 

Alessi "Cactus!" Coffee Press

 

Chemex 6-Cup Coffe Maker, Classic and Glass Handle Style, Wood Collar
This one makes me think of the best independent coffee shop in Warsaw I know – Cophi Cafe (I made a post about them some time ago; you can find it here)

 

Coffee maker by UniverseGifts

Handmade Armenian coffee maker via UniverseGifts

 

Melitta 101 coffee cone by SmalandVintage

Melitta 101 coffee cone via SmalandVintage

Glass coffee maker by frenchvintagedream

Glass coffee maker via frenchvintagedream

Melitta set via maintenant

Melitta set via maintenant

Mug by LennyMud

Mug by LennyMud

2. Laundry and ironing  –  In a family of four, heaps and heaps of laundry every day 🙂

 

2-in-1 Nordic Sunrise Ironing Board
Nordic sunrise – laundry station and ironing board

 

Bella Laundry Basket

 

Rattan Laundry Basket With Top

 

Vintage 30

 

old iron by nostalgishop

old iron via nostalgishop

Rustic sleeve ironing board via maintenant

Rustic sleeve ironing board via maintenant

Ironing board cover by RaineyWorks

Ironing board cover by RaineyWorks

 3. Baby crib – I could watch my son sleep, smile and grow for hours!

 

Hushamok Okoa Hammock

Hushamok Okoa Hammock

 

Natural Moses Basket With Canopy and Pink Polka Dot Bedding

Natural Moses Basket With Canopy and Pink Polka Dot Bedding

 

chelsea cradle distressed black

Chelsea cradle distressed black

Cradle via Hangingcradles

Cradle via Hangingcradles

4. Typewriter – a laptop, in fact, but I’d like to have one 🙂 Plus, a writing desk to match 

 

Torpedo Black Matte Vintage Typewriter by Tomo Vintage

Torpedo Black Matte Vintage Typewriter by Tomo Vintage

 

Phoenix Gray Limed Oak Desk

Phoenix Gray Limed Oak Desk – a modern desk with a traditional feel

 

French Leather Top Desk

French Leather Top Desk

 

Gus Finch Desk

 

Olympia typewriter via Cottoni

Olympia Monica typewriter via Cottoni

Laptop sleeve by TWIZE

Laptop sleeve by TWIZE

Employers often forget that mothers are great time managers who are proficient in multitasking. On the other hand, filling your day with billions of activities (that you sometimes cannot finish), can leave you with the sense of guilt. I try to refrain from this. Sometimes, when I know that I simply need time to sleep, I leave the heap of laundry lying where it is. Stress and pressure are our worst enemies.

So, seize the day – in the most relaxed and comfortable manner you can.

All the best,

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3 thoughts on “Carpe diem

  1. RaineyWorks

    “So, seize the day – in the most relaxed and comfortable manner you can.” I love this statement & your curation. Thank you for featuring us!

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  2. Lidiya

    Thank you so much for including my coffee maker. This is a great honor for me. Good luck to all with sales 🙂
    Kindest Regards,
    UniverseGifts

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