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5 Questions To Ask Yourself When You Are Overwhelmed and Tired

It happens to us all.  At some point or another every single one of us is going to run into overwhelm and get plain tuckered out from trying to do too much.  This is a space that I am always trying to get away from.  Some days I am better at it than others.  But for the days that I am really feeling that I don’t have enough steam to keep going, here are 5 questions I ask myself: 1. What really needs to be on my plate? If you have been on my blog before at all, you have probably heard me talk about this.  It’s kinda my soapbox issue.  And here’s why: today there is so much pressure...
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The Biggest Mistake I Made (Why I Could Never Truly Clean Out My Closet)

We all know the routine.  The one where we try to clean out our closets.  This will be the time, we tell ourselves. We are sure that this time around we will finally clean our closets and they will become glorious havens that harbor all of our most perfect clothing.   It took a lot of trials and a lot of chats with women much smarter than me to figure out why my big closet clean-outs never actually ended up this way.  It was not for lack of effort!  I was working hard to clean out that closet of mine, time and time again.  But I wasn’t working smart.  I wasn’t digging into the WHY behind some clothing working for...
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A Behind the Scenes Look At My Studio

What is a studio for Meg Rohs? A cozy place to snuggle in with my cup of coffee before the sun is up.     A bright place to sprawl out my patterning supplies and perfect new styles.   A peaceful place to dig into a new blog post with the crisp breeze wafting in the screen door.   An inspiring place to dream up new ideas to build my business up. A functional place to do the hard work to bring those ideas into fruition.   A quite place to reflect on my successes and my learnings. A place that is completely my own, filled with dreams and fears, progress and set backs, peace and mania.  A place to...
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How to Cultivate During Seasons of Storm

Joe looked at me with a weighted gaze and said, It’s kind of like the calm after a storm when you have to go outside and start cleaning up your lawn.  I nodded.  I have been thinking about this a lot.  For me, it’s like after a really intense cardio portion of a workout when your lungs are burning but you aren’t done yet.  The instructor yells, Now it’s time for biceps!  So you have to control your breathing and keep going. Now, breath. Now, pick up the weights.  Now, bicep curl. That is the phase we are in now.  Trying to breath.  Trying to build. When we were married our pastor said something that will always stick with me. ...
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5 Practices Helping Me Carry Grief

This week I was going to write a post about how to simplify the way you grocery shop.  I was going to share about all of the ways I have learned to eat healthier and feel good about what I am putting into my body and the meals I am making.  But if I am being honest, I have not cooked a meal since before we moved, in June.  I also have not gone zero waste in my new kitchen like I wanted to.  I don’t remember how to create interesting and relevant content.  I don’t feel like I am leading by example in my simple lifestyle that I have worked so diligently to build.  Of course these things are...
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The Best Advice I've Ever Received

My husband might not totally agree with this statement but here it goes: I am all about cutting the clutter out of my life.  And it’s not just the physical clutter that I am looking to get rid of.  Along with the excess clothing, repeat kitchen utensils, and knick-knacks that accumulate, decisions also clutter our lives.  Take just a second here to think of how many decisions you make in a day.  It’s a lot, right?  Sometimes these decisions are easy, like how many times to tap the snooze button or what to grab for breakfast.  But here’s the thing,  most of the time there is A LOT of stress that surrounds our decisions.  And if there is one thing...
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Why Made In America

From the very beginning, I knew that I wanted to create clothing that put good into the world.  You can check out my last post about the power that our products can have HERE.  But I wanted to dig a little deeper and share why it was the right fit for Nine56 to make our products in America and why it is something that I am really proud of.  A very important part of Nine56 is making products that serve the women who wear them and the women who create them.  Making our clothing right in Minneapolis has proven the best way for us to do that.  Here’s how: 1. Transparency - Transparency is a buzz word right now.  Which...
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One Change You Can Make to Save Your Time, Money, and Planet

You know that person in your life who is just so easy to talk to?  They ask you one question and suddenly you realize that you have been on a ten minute tangent.  For me, that person is my mother-in-law, Gina.  Not that it takes an overly eager listener for me to go off on a tangent about something I am passionate about, but there is something about my mother-in-law that always compels me to keep sharing. So there we were, last weekend, in my husband’s and my brand new bedroom.  We were painting the walls and Gina very innocently asked me about what was next for my clothing label and podcast…and we were off to the races. I create...
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5 Ways to Reduce Waste in Your Kitchen

Finally moving into a home of our own is exciting for so many reasons.  I am excited to finally be able to paint walls a color of my choosing, design the kitchen I love, and create a great workspace for myself.  One of the things I am most excited about is finally being able to reduce the waste that I produce in my kitchen.   I know that I didn’t need a big move to begin my journey of reducing waste in my home, but this seems like the perfect opportunity to start fresh and reimagine my approach to grocery shopping and food storage.  I have been making slow progress already, but none of the changes that I have made...
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The House We Became A Family In

Let me just start off this post by saying, I am not pregnant!  I am not sure if that is right where your mind went, but I want clarify that. I don’t think we need to have a baby, or a dog, or even a fish to say that we have become a family.  We have only been renting the charming house that we are in now for nine months.  But, let me tell you, so much has changed since we unpacked those boxes to now when we are packing them back up. Joe and I have never had the totally care-free dating experience that some couples have in the beginning.  When we started dating we were long distance, I...
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