Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Limbo







These beautiful images of Passing Notes looked so fallish and lovely, I thought they were a lovely way to start the post :) Found via Brown Turtleneck Sweater.

I think being in limbo can facilitate a number of different feelings. It can frustrate the hell out of you. It can push you towards passiveness and apathy. It can make you melancholy. Even depressed. It can also move you towards great introspection. I think all are valid, and I think I've experienced them all in the course of a few weeks this autumn. Andrew's in the process of the typical 2L (second year law student) autumn. He's applying and interviewing for his second summer's internship, which, if all goes well can easily turn into his post-graduation (3L) employment. We have a number of feelers out and there is potential for a lot of different situations. If you throw in the possibility of starting a family (hoping, hoping, hoping), me doing a career-overhaul, and some major moving around, you'd get the picture. It's strange, I'm not changing jobs/locations any time soon, but the very nature of law school has you planning significantly into the future and I can't help but feel like I'm in limbo. I'm thinking about what's next, for us as a family and for me personally. Right now at at the introspective stage. I'll be creating a lot of lists. I have no doubt!

Well, to celebrate today and the feeling of anticipation (or "limbo-ness," however you want to put it) I'm doing a Give-Away! This summer I created two little hard-cover journals, one with beautiful fluer de lies and the other one with Japanese red lanterns. Each will come specially wrapped with hand-stamped tags. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post :) Easy! I'll announce two winners on Friday!


32 comments:

Krissy said...

Oh Jewels, I know exactly how you feel....
I hope it all works out for you soon :)

Lovely notebooks- count me in!!

S.HOPtalk said...

Julia:

You have such a way of capturing my exact feelings with your words. Limbo can be pure H@#*...This busy year will fly by and then you have lots of exciting things to look forward to on the other end. :)

Oh and your journals...lovely. I would love to call one of them mine! :)

beth said...

I read this book great book a few years back. "The Purpose of your Life" by Carol Adrienne. One of my favorite sayings from it was...."you are EXACTLY, where you are suppose to be right now". I remind myself of that when I start going under the limbo stick and quite often it does the trick.

Your New England trip looked amazing ! Happy Tuesday.

Karen said...

The limbo thing definitely can suck, but at least you know you won't be there permanently...good things and exciting changes are around the corner :)

cindy : quaint said...

limbo can be trying. i have no answers or advice, but will say that i hear what you're saying and have faith things will all work out just fine. i love those journals. thank you for the generous giveaway, especially when you're in limbo. xo, c

Kristen said...

I have been in a limbo state many times in my life...and to be honest things always work out the way they should...and I'm greatful for that. Hope you have a beautiful autumn day. Kristen

A Print A Day said...

aw. just think of limbo as a transitional period! next thing you know, everything will naturally start falling in place.

plus i think that in the state that society's in at the moment, everyone might be feeling they're in limbo too. but it will all pass, i'd like to believe.

Callie Grayson said...

love the images! autumn is now here in chicago. today i finally wore a jacket to work.
I would love to be a lucky recipient of one of your lovely journals!!!
hopefully, the your limbo phase will be over soon. I think your list will help, you'll focus on an item on the list to take your mind off of that naughty stick!

picciolo said...

Good luck with your lists, I hope they make you feel slightly less in limbo. Those notebooks are gorgeous, I love the papers you have used.
: )

Jude said...

When you look back on this period of your life you'll realize it was a time when so much was possible, and the limbo was just a part of the big picture. I know there are great things ahead for both of you, and look forward to you sharing your experiences as eloquently as you always do. ☺

I've felt all of those things over the past several months. Sometimes I feel like I'm stuck in perpetual limbo, just trying to hold my weight up so I don't fall, but not able to push past it to stand up straight. But then things always have a way of working themselves out, one way or another.

Rachel said...

Ah, limbo. So unsettling. My guy is finishing up his grad degree as well, which theoretically means I'm supposed to start thinking about where we go from here. It's exciting and scary and overwhelming all at once, so I just have to keep reminding myself to live in the moment. Good luck (and don't let the scary part overtake the exciting part)!

la la Lovely said...

In the middle is always hard. The journals are lovely. Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Trina

Design Lovely said...

This is so creative and beautiful.

pve design said...

Fear not, do the "limbo" - raise that bar, how low can you go! Take it on as a challenge and fear not, know that there is a plan for you! I would take good care of those journals! They are sweet!

UberArt said...

Hang in there, it will all work itself out in the right timing!

Melissa said...

Sounds like it is going to be a busy time for him. I hope that the two of you will still find some quality time together. My husband being a truck driver is gone most of the time. But we always find time together when he is home. :)

wunderbug said...

limbo and i are good friends. you might even venture to say that we're BFF.

chin up hun - it's like a fantastic adventure! life's less fun when it's all predictable, right?

Mrs.French said...

I find comfort in this post this week...thank you and I think the lanterns have my name on it.

littlebyRD said...

Julia - Thanks for a great post. I am in limbo with some things myself and you hit the nail on the head for me when you described the emotions that accompany it. It sounds like really great things are in store for you guys and I wish you luck with all of them.

Paige said...

3 of some of my really good friends back here in MN just finished there third year of law school and finished the Bar this year (They are waiting for their bar results right now.) What a crazy time! I have heard hundreds of stories about looking for jobs and wondering what they are going to do next with their lives... It all seems to have worked it self out!

Hang in there Jewels! Limbo can be scary and exciting!

I know I don't talk to either of you very often but I think about you all the time and miss you very much! Stay strong ...

Much Love! :-)

ThePeachTree said...

My little Otter face,

Your words never cease to stir in me emotions I didn't even know were being suppressed. You're beautiful and a wonderfully necessary presence in my life! And now with the possibilities of LITTLE otters running around??

That's almost too much to bare!!

please sir said...

Oh yay - what a lovely giveaway! I know how you feel - I always think I'm in limbo...like when is real life going to start?!

Shimmy Shake said...

It is always comforting (somehow, I am not sure why) to hear others amidst the same uncertainty. I find my self in a different type of limbo trying to decide to stay on one career path or risk it all on another...not light decisions.

You make lovely items...please enter me in your fabulous giveaway!

♥ Tiny Red said...

OMG, i'm sooo glad it's not too late! they look beautiful!!!

::::Lula Boutique:::: said...

Wow! You do have so many "changes" about to happen in the next year. I can imagine how stressful that is...a lot of what you said is much of the same kind of "changes" and planning happening for my husband and I too. ---and you said planning for starting a family...So exciting!!! Eeeek...that is just so wonderful!!!

...and you're having this fabulous giveaway!! How generous of you!!! You know how much I adore your work!! Thanks for the chance. :)

~KK
xoxo

lotta said...

I understand your feelings of "limboness". We went through all of that with my husband's medical career. My only advice is to look at each step with anticipation rather than dread. You two have so many opportunities ahead of you, and it will all fall in place. Best of luck. Much love!

heidi said...

Count me in on the giveaway! Your work is beautiful... thanks for finding me, so that I can peek at you!

Jill said...

I am currently in limbo trying to decide what to do with life and it's so hard!! Love the notebooks-you're so creative! I adore patterns!

rockstar said...

Being in "limbo" seemed to be a big part of my life until recently. My husband also did the whole law school thing, and I was in a constant state of "where will I be next year?" Good luck with all that comes your way... I love all your stuff, and would love to be entered into your giveaway!

Flyleaf Books said...

I love this yellow collage you put together :)

naphtali said...

Oh gosh! how pathetic! haha...I was so excited to "enter"...and was about to leave a comment but, clearly I'm a couple of weeks late. haha. I'm just now playing catch up. I've had such a busy season. Bummer. I do love your work and hope that someone was greatly blessed by your give-away!

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