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Stephanie Drenka

Stop and Smell the Roses

Stop and Smell the Roses

Although I’m a huge proponent of mindfulness and self-care, I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t do the best job at practicing these things myself sometimes. “The Cult of Busy” is a real thing, and I have to think twice before answering inquiries about how things are going with the phrase “I’ve been busy.” It’s all about balance.

I did have a work function this morning, but instead of coming home feeling exhausted and sleeping through the rest of the day, I mustered up some extra energy, threw on a breezy maxi dress, and went with my husband to literally stop and smell the roses. With all the time I spend commuting to, from, and within Dallas, it’s important that I enjoy moments whenever possible here at home.

“You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” (Walter Hagen)

The Rose Garden of Farmers Branch is one of my very favorites spots in town, and I drive by too often without stopping. There is only a brief window of time when the flowers are in full bloom like this, so I wanted to savor each second. I’d like to encourage anyone reading this to spend the weekend stopping to smell your roses, whatever that may be — time with your family, moments of quiet solitude — give yourself time, because no one else will. I promise the world will still be waiting after you exhale.


  • Brooke

    May 28, 2017

    So gorgeous! Can we please shoot here next time I’m in Dallas?! Lol!

    You’re such a beautiful writer! Love you to pieces!


  • Heather

    May 30, 2017

    I love this little reminder to stop and appreciate things. I can get so caught up in doing things that I don’t notice the details. I also love your look in these photos <3

    • Stephanie Drenka

      May 30, 2017

      Thank you, Heather!! I’m sure as an entrepreneur/photographer, it’s even harder to balance work & life. Gotta take those quick moments whenever you can!

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