New Year Life Update

Hi guys! Time for a New Year life update! As I sat down to write this post I realized how much I missed blogging. In case you haven’t been following along with me on instagram – I took a break from creating content last year. I started off the year 2020 posting weekly videos and instagram posts almost daily. I had some help with childcare for Sophia, and Adam was in school during the day – that was until everything came to a screeching halt mid-March 2020.

It felt as though an apocalypse was coming, and I’d argue we are probably still in the midst of it. We are in the biggest civil rights reckoning (at least in my lifetime), we have endured the obnoxious reality tv show that was the Presidential election (thank the LORD that is over), and of course there’s the worldwide pandemic. If that doesn’t define the apocalypse, I don’t know what does. Actually, the definition of apocalypse, (ok yes I looked it up to make sure I was using it correctly…) comes from an ancient Greek word literally meaning ‘an uncovering’, or a ‘revelation’. With all that is going on right now, that seems pretty accurate to me. What will be revealed, I am anxious to see.

While away from the interwebs, I rekindled my love for gardening, reading, decorating, cooking, and painting. I had to let go of what I thought I knew, my plans and goals, and just surrender to the universe and try to find the lesson in all of it.

I started therapy, and I’ve already quit, but that’s a story for another day, but I did pick up a few helpful tools anyone can use. Here are some of them:

I learned to manage my stress by squeezing in moments for ‘me time’. Early morning journaling while sipping an espresso before the kids wake, late-night reading a novel or a bubble bath before bed, and sprinkling in quick guided meditations (usually while hiding from the kids in a bathroom) during the day whenever I felt myself getting frazzled. Working out has also been a lifesaver – I notice the days I break a sweat I am usually happier and calmer overall. These seemingly small actions have been absolute game changers for my mental well-being.

Even though we aren’t out of the woods yet, I’m feeling hopeful for the future and I finally feel ready to get back to sharing things here on the blog. I really miss the creativity and connection I have with you all. Stay tuned for more regular posts soon! If you want to stay informed of new posts, please subscribe if you haven’t already. I won’t spam you, promise!

It should go without saying that I’m so grateful that as a family we were fortunate enough to be able to weather this storm. I feel for everyone who lost their job, or becomes ill, or lost a loved one during this difficult time. I’m not taking that for granted at all.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting my little piece of the internet, wishing you a safe, happy, and healthy 2021!

xx, Z

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Last week we took a quick trip to escape the snow for some sunshine in Key Largo, Florida☀️ We spent every moment possible outside, Tom and Adam got their Scuba Diver PADI certification (yay!) while Sophia and I spent our days either swimming or drawing marine life and landscapes. This was my first trip after my sister passed last November, and even though I look so happy here, there were so many moments I felt the grief and sadness, as if it happened just yesterday. I am still figuring out how I want to show up in this space, as I have changed so much as a person since the loss. I just don’t feel called to post some of the things I shared before. Maybe that will change someday, or maybe it will just naturally evolve into something new. I think I will take this year to just process it all. (Even the idea of taking an entire year to think through something is a huge shift for my usually hyperactive type A personality) My focus at the moment is just living in the moment with my family and friends, spending time doing things that make me happy and healthy. I hope to share some of that journey here with you ~ thanks for following along ❤️
I had planned to shoot this outfit in collaboration with @lenacoutureofficial right before my dear sister passed away. Saba, the designer, was more than understanding if I didn’t want to anymore - but after thinking on it for a while I decided I wanted to - in my sister’s honor 💗 She was always my biggest hype woman. When i would feel like I’m not good enough or that I should quit (which was often) she would tell me I was unique and great and to keep it up. When I think of my sister, beauty and love is all that she embodied in her being. She expressed that on the outside also - as she loved to wear everything glam, bright & colorful, and full of bling. Hair done, nails done, everything did - that was Nusrat. For this shoot I took the time to get glam after a long hiatus - and makeup and hair took so long because I think I forgot how to do it, but afterwards I was surprised how I felt transformed. When I wore this gorgeous outfit that I know was designed with such love and incredible attention to detail by @lenacoutureofficial, I felt all of that beauty - like a walking piece of art, and very much at peace. Thank you so much to @divmophoto for capturing the feeling so well 💕
Ski weekend with my favorites ❄️❄️ So proud of Sophia for skiing on her own for the first time!
There are some trees with seeds that only grow after a fire. Their seeds are completely sealed with a resin that have to be physically melted off by a great fire in order to propagate. So to do we as humans, gain wisdom only after great pain and suffering.*
A month ago (and one day) I lost my sister and best friend to cancer. I am still completely gutted and broken. But, I’m also so so grateful to have had felt the love that now brings me so much heartbreak. ❤️ I am so inspired by her - and I will forever live my life to honor her memory. Miss you sis ❤️
Classic outfit combo: oversized blazer + denim 🖤fendi mules @shoeslutz
Just a mom who loves mums 🌸 🪴
Cozy for a coffee date ☕️
French. Toast. Egg. Bake. Save this recipe for a weekend or holiday brunch - it’s SO good and fool-proof! I’m not even a sweet person and I love it. The pecans are a non-negotiable IMO - I get honey bourbon vanilla pecans for this and it is just heavenly. Enjoy!