Before The World…

When I was a kid, my family went to see Reba McIntyre in concert. She sang powerfully on stage with her bright red sequined dress on, & needless to say, I was very impressed. My five-year-old self pointed to the stage as I told my Mom; “I’m gonna be up there someday.” I was always the kid who wanted to be on center stage, to have the audience & enjoy the limelight. I was always telling stories to get people to laugh, & I not-so-secretly wanted to be a rock star, complete with head banging, leather pants, & an electric guitar. (My poor mother! 😆)

Clearly, my life goals have changed… or.. have they? With time, my desire for an electric guitar & a stage has faded… but my desire for a platform hasn’t. My love for singing on center stage is gone, but my longing to share truth hasn’t. Every day I am on a journey towards living intentionally & slowly. A journey towards joy & peace. I am learning how to make my own way in the world, & that my voice is unique… there’s only one Me. I am learning to not conform to what everyone else is doing, or to what everyone else says is right.

Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be? - k.w. You are not a mistake. You are strong, powerful, & full of incredibly special gifts.

This year has already brought me so much growth. I have begun to let the truth sink in that that I am created with a purpose. That I have the ability to impact lives with my story. My journey has included natural remedies, dear friends with listening ears, & a WHOLE lot of Jesus. I have gone from self-doubt to self-assured. The fires I’ve gone through are turning me into someone SO much stronger. I know that I have a voice… & that I can make a difference. I know that I want to share truth with you.

I know this is true:

You are not a mistake. You are strong, powerful, & full of incredibly special gifts. There is hope if you are living a defeated, overwhelmed life. You are strong enough to keep going, to keep fighting for what you believe in. You are worth it. You are worth standing up for what you need. You can make it through this day, this fight… & learn to live in victory. You were designed for a position of influence, not matter where you are right now. You have a message to tell, no matter how insignificant you may sometimes feel.

Do Not be Conformed- You are not a mistake. You are strong, powerful, & full of incredibly special gifts.

Each of our journeys will look very, VERY different. Here’s your permission slip from me: Seek the life you long for. Often, the things that were deepest in our hearts when we were young are still under there… hidden down deep, because the world around us said our dreams were too dreamy. They said they were silly… or completely IMPOSSIBLE. Look back to your childhood… before the world told you to be quiet, or stop dreaming impossible dreams. Who were you then?

Who are you NOW?

 

I would love to hear from you: leave a comment & share
something that you absolutely LOVED as a kid or teen!


Embracing My Mess.

From the time I was a child, I knew my brain worked a little bit differently than the rest of my family. I was always the forgetful one, scatter-brained one. I lost pocketbooks frequently, had absolutely No sense of direction, & always had my Mom in stitches over the unique way I answered math problems. 😆 Creative thinking has always been my strong suit, & in school my book reports were a thing to behold.

My family loved me no matter how crazy I was, thankfully. Yet, somehow, I found myself more & more frustrated by the things I “failed” at. Why did I lose stuff so easily, or jump from idea to idea with even a second thought? There must be something wrong with me, right? I spent years wishing I could be less scattered & more analytical. Wishing my brain somehow worked more… normally. Differently… ANYTHING. Then, I read this quote:

It's time to embrace your natural "flaws" for what they are... a fun, unique part of an amazing you. Click to keep reading...

I’ve found myself learning to love the way my brain works. I have a GPS now if I get lost, & am learning that putting things away in the same place helps me remember things better. I’ve also learning to appreciate the creativity that comes so easily to me. I’m always coming up with new ideas; in fact… they multiply like bunnies!

I AM a mess. I still could love my head if it wasn’t attached to my neck. I still get town names confused with other town names that start with the same letters. I lost my purse in the house last week… it had fallen off it’s designated spot! 😂

But God doesn’t make mistakes. I can forget about my dish pile because I’m taking time to help a friend brainstorm ideas for her business. I can get lost, but I sure have un doing it! I’m the crazy one telling stories & laughing loudly… & I’m usually the last one to leave. I AM a mess… a crazy, glorious mess.

So are You.

It’s time to embrace your natural “flaws” for what they are… a fun, unique part of an amazing you. Isn’t it cool that the God who made the oceans & galaxies looked at the world & thought it needed one of you? You are a unique individual. There’s only one of you. Today, & every day after, I hope you embrace your own glorious mess!

What is one thing you’re thought is a “flaw” that is actually an awesome messy part of an amazing You?


3 Things (Vol. 9).

Hello again, friend! It’s been a busy week over here, & I’m looking forward to a joyfully busy weekend. This week I’m hoping to begin renovating my vintage camper & turning it into a studio. I have a LOT of new products planned, & I could really use a space to spread out, without trying to squeeze more craft supplies into our tiny (ish!) home! The camper will be a space for me to screen print & create, while the kids can be right outside playing in a nice fenced-in area. 😍 I can’t wait to share more about it with you!

This month, I’m talking a lot about Self-Care… so today’s 3 Things is going to follow the theme! Here we go…

3Things: Vol 9- 3 Things I love for self-care... amazing sea salt spray, & a stunning diffuser necklace from Lava Essentials!

  1. Coddiwomple. Ummm… could this word be any more perfect? I mean. There’s nothing I love more than traveling towards a vague destination, & purposing to enjoy the trip. 😍 This is basically my travel-goals & self-care all rolled into a nice, neat package. Coddiwomple. Yep. It’s perfect. 😆
  2. Marc Anthony’s Beach Spray. I actually just bought this today. As soon as I came home, I had to try it out… & I love the texture & volume it gives my hair! I’m a low-maintanance girl when it come to hair care No styling, blow-drying, or much of anything. Having something that will help my hair hold the natural wave is spot-on. 👌🏼
  3. Lava Essential’s Minimalist Dainty Triangle Necklace. I am in LOVE with this simple necklace, & it’s 100% on my must-have list. I may just splurge & buy myself one… SOON. I don’t usually wear jewelry, but having a simple necklace like this, that is not only stunning, but useful? It’s a Must-Have.

Here’s to a good weekend! May your children nap, & may you have lots of fun with those you love. 😉


GIVEAWAY! – My Favorite (Handmade) Essential Oil Lotion

Hey friends! I meant to have this post up MUCH earlier today… but sometimes Mommin’ trumps running a business. 😉

🎉 It’s Giveaway Time! 🎉

Today, I’m hosting a giveaway over on Instagram! I’ve made a new batch of my ALL-TIME favorite handmade lotion. Made in my kitchen with coconut oil, vitamin E oil, & lavender & frankincense essential oils. Frankincense oil is known for it’s ability to help the skin’s elasticity. Lavender oil is known to aid relaxing & calming… so this lotion is a perfect blend of pampering & self-care! It’s love in a jar. 😍

handmade lotion giveaway on instagram!

I have two 5 ml. jars of this gorgeous lotion to give away, so I’ve made 2 self-care packages, & decided to  have TWO winners! The rules are posted on the Instagram post, so check them out & enter by CLICKING HERE!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER!


Learn to Rest (Not to Quit).

There’s something so basic & obvious about the idea of resting. Usually we relate resting to sleep. As a teen, everybody told you to get plenty of sleep (you probably ignored that advice & stayed up until 2 am). Moms make sure their toddlers are taking naps, & often we try to avoid caffeine a few hours before bedtime. But rest is SO much more than getting enough sleep! (Although, that is a big part of it!) Since April is self-care month, it seems like the perfect time to talk about rest.

There's something so basic & obvious about the idea of resting. Usually we relate resting to sleep. But rest is SO much more than getting enough sleep! Click to keep reading...

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So… What Is Rest?

To Rest is to STOP.

Stop working late into the night. Quit running from one thing to another. Stop the busy, the rush, & the hustle… & just BE. Allow your mind, body, & soul to stop the daily pressure, & give yourself time to smell the roses. Drink a cup of tea. Relax in the tub. Put the kids to bed a bit early. If you feel that your body is tired, then use some relaxing essential oils & get in bed with a good book. I have found that if I listen to what my body is “telling” me (aches, pains, early signs of mental stress), then I’m able to stop before the stress & overwhelm feel like a flood.

If you don’t stop… I can almost guarantee you: something will stop you. It says in Psalm 23: “He makes me lie down in green pastures.” Sometimes, if we won’t rest on our own… He has to MAKE us. A lot of times when I’ve pushed myself too hard, I’ll wake up feeling crummy, & find myself on the couch with tissues & the TV remote. Our bodies NEED rest, & if we don’t get what we need, they find a way to get it.

To Rest is to UNWIND.

My mind is almost always busy. On good days, it’s full of ideas & thoughts, things I should do, projects to make, writing topics & how I can improve myself, my home, or my business. On bad days, it’s chock-full of STRESS. How many more time will I have to sweep crumbs up, the dishes are piles, the sheets needs to be changed, & nothing ever seems to go quickly or easily… the list goes on & on.

If I don’t let my brain unwind, then I’m not feeling rest even when I try to sit or sleep. On good days, I love to get all of those ideas out into my bullet journal, or I’ll create a mind map to unwind. On bad days, my go-to is to grab my Bible & journal, & talk to Jesus for a while. Sometimes the stress or overwhelm I feel causes extra muscle tension. I love to use relaxation techniques, stretching, & essential oils help my body to unwind.

To Rest is to RECOVER.

It’s easy to feel bogged down by daily life. The stresses of your dream job start piling up, or the commitments you’ve made seem too overwhelming. Even if they’re things you are crazy passionate about, you can still burn out & be tempted to quit. If you’re feeling bogged down or stressed by the things that you love, you’re not letting yourself recover.

Something you need to take a break from things that you love in order to recover. A lot of times, that’s not possible, so removing other things to allow for more rest is workable solution. Allow yourself enough time to recover, & I bet you’ll find yourself more ready & excited to do the things you were ready to quit the day before!

I’m no expert, but I am a work-at-home Momma who has dealt with stress, overwhelm, & every other emotion you can imagine… all because I was trying to balance too many things without allowing enough time for rest & slow. Learning to rest was my first step to living a slower, more joy-filled life! I hope you find rest today, & take the time you need to care for yourself. ❤️


April is Self-Care Month.

Hello friend! I’ve been writing my fingers off for 30 Days of Slow (which started on Saturday!), & it’s fun to see how much I’m loving having a pen in my hand. If I don’t get to write one day it seems so strange! (I draft all my posts the old-fashioned way… with my favorite pen & a notebook.) So… it’s April already! I’m not sure how that happened, but spring is in full bloom here on the east coast. March flew by so fast! Each month, I try to pick a topic or theme for my blog. It’s a way for me to keep this space feeling cohesive, so when you read it it’s totally random. I always have so many ideas running around in my brain… if I didn’t pick a theme you’d all be totally confused! 😂

As I was thinking through the things I’m sharing in the 30 day challenge, it seems fitting to focus on Self Care this month. My journey towards slow began when I realized that I was really neglecting a very important person: ME. I don’t mean to sound selfish when I say that, but I was pouring out to my family, friends, business, & I was drained. I dreaded weeks with lots of appointments, & even fun outings had somehow become stressful.

So, for April, you’re gonna be reading a lot about taking care of YOU. I’m even planning a give-away of my all-time favorite lotion (& sharing the recipe for you DIY-ers)! Seriously… I am SO excited about all this month, & super passionate about self-care; probably because I am SO bad at it. Here’s what to expect this month:

Mondays:

A favorite quote or saying related to Self-Care, & why I think it’s important.

Wednesdays:

I want to have a few heart-to-heart chats about self-care, share DIY’s, & other interesting news.

Fridays:

I’ll be doing my usual 3 Things posts! Extra posts may also show up thorough the month (Kind of like this one!). 

I hope you all have an amazing weekend!


Guest Post – Intentionally Designed

Hey friends!

I’m just popping in here to let you know that I’ve had the privilege of guest posting for Rachel at Intentionally Designed today! I’m sharing a bit of my story, plus a few ideas for getting started if you want to seek Slow as a way of life. Click below to read more:

Embracing Slow - Slow Living as a way of life (Guest Post at Intentionally Designed)

Are you Brave Enough to Dream?

My finger hesitates over the “send” button of an e-mail, asking someone to collaborate with me on an upcoming project. It’s hard to chase a big dream when that little voice of doubt asks in the back of my head; “What if they say no?” Trying to get up the courage, I remind myself of some simple, brave truths: What if they say yes? What’s the worst that can happen? Because, really…

What have I got to lose?

Are you brave enough to chase that really big, really terrifying dream? Click to read more...

Sometimes stepping out in faith, armed with nothing but a big dream, is really scary. It takes guts to chase those (seemingly) impossible ideas. But I can tell you this: I’ve never regretted going after them. You know those dreams… the ones that felt like they are too crazy for one person to pull off? In hindsight: totally worth it. Some of my favorite projects have been suddenly dropped in my lap… they felt impossible. If the dream feels scary enough to make me hesitate, that’s usually when I know it’s a good idea. That’s when you put faith above fear, & find your brave.

Because… What if the dream you have could change lives? What if it can help people get out from underneath a mountain of stress? Maybe your dream will start a revolution, or bring everyday necessities to third world countries. Here’s something I have learned: If that dream feels like a huge mountain… maybe climbing to the top is exactly where God wants you to be.

So… what’s your big dream? Are you brave enough to chase it?


3 Things (Vol. 8)

Hello, friend! I’ve really enjoyed doing a LOT of writing this week, & the 30 Days to Slow course is shaping up nicely. It’s difficult to write this much with 2 crazy kiddos running around, though! Speaking of kiddos…

It’s Z-man’s THIRD birthday today! It’s hard to believe that 3 years ago today I became a mother. He’s is such a joy, and his ability to ask questions is astounding. 😳 When I went in this morning & sang him the happy birthday song, he said “Happy Birthday to you, too, Mom!” 😍 So thankful that he’s here.

Also, this week has been CHOCK-FULL of amazing things on the internet. I don’t know why, but it seemed extra hard to narrow it down to 3. Here goes…

3 Things: Broccoli Balls, & some tips for slowing down.

  1. These broccoli balls by Sara from Sprouted Kitchen.
    I can’t wait to try these out! I have a feeling the kids will like them, especially if I let them have “dip” (ketchup) with them. The recipe is super simple, & she even gives ideas for making them gluten, dairy, or egg free!
  2. This sprig-surrounded mirror.
    Apparently, I have a thing for greenery right now… I keep picking out succulents & greenery wherever I am! Must be because it’s spring. 🌱
  3. 13 Reminders for Single Tasking.
    I absolutely LOVE all of these ideas! Especially numbers 5 & 6. (Let’s face it; I will never be able to do number 13… 😆)

No Spring Skips Its Turn.

Friends... it's Here. The first day of spring. It may not feel like it yet, but the daffodils are telling the truth.

Friends… it’s Here. The first day of spring. It may not feel like it yet, but the daffodils are telling the truth. Sometimes the days of March seems to drag on. Over here on the East Coast, we’ve had some bizarre warm spells that had me wearing tank tops & no shoes outside… followed by days so cold that the wood stoves get lit & we bundle up in socks & sweaters. Will winter last forever?

But seasons change. Tides go in & out, the moon waxes & wanes. Soon, all the animals will be busy building their nests, gathering nectar, & searching for fresh sprigs of green. The same goes for me… for all of us. As this new season arrives, I sense that I’ll be seeing change, too. The kids are growing & changing, which requires much more of my attention as they ask questions & figure out the world. This “side” business is taking up more & more of my time, just as I have expected, hoped, & prepared for.

Yet, with all their busyness, the birds always seem rested. They take time to sing. The busy that comes with spring is somehow also restful. With the new season that is upon us, I hope we also find rest. Peace. Take time to enjoy the precious moment we are given. To rejoice in the warmth of the sun.

Yes, spring is finally here. And it is wonderful. 😌


3 Things (Vol. 7)

Hello, dear friend. Early this week didn’t quite go as planned. No blog post went up on Monday… instead, I spent a quiet day snuggling the kids & getting plenty of rest. The weekend was insanely busy, & I knew I just needed to take a day. The tea was plentiful, & I made sure to play a quiet, calm show for the kids when I needed a break from the incessant questions Z-man has been asking. 😆 I scribbled down ideas for my newest project, 30 Days of Slow. (You can sign up to join at the bottom of the post!)

 

3 Things Vol. 7 - Thought provoking words, an amazing recipe, & practicing mindfulness. Click to read more!

  1. This Lemon Chicken & Spaghetti Squash recipe!
    Naturally, I changed it up… because I forgot a few of the ingredients (chicken broth & lemon. 😁) It was a hit with Hubs! The kids weren’t as enthusiastic as we were.
  2. Live for those moments.
    Oh, this quote is sheer perfection. Mia’s instagram feed is stunning, too! Full of inspirational quotes, color, & creativity. 😍
  3. Some thoughts on Mindfulness by The Fresh Exchange.
    This is a really good post about seeking to be mindful, & even has an awesome download that you can use to keep yourself on track. It’s a really good read, & is perfect for this season of early (COLD) spring. 😌

How was your week? I’d love to know…
let’s chat in the comments!


30 Days of Slow.

NOTE: I’ve been planning something exciting for a few months.
I’m actually pretty nervous to put it out here… so here goes.

A few months ago I began a journey… I was in search of calm, simplicity, & rest. I loved the idea of Slow Living, & began diving deeper & deeper into a slower, more purposeful lifestyle. Within a few months, I have seen so many major shifts in my daily life, my happiness, & my health. It’s glorious. Slow living is all about learning to say “No” so you can say “Yes” later… to the good stuff. Learning to live in daily moments.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m not perfect, & neither is my life. I still have days that don’t feel slow. There are still days when I lose my temper, or stress over silly things. This lifestyle isn’t a fix-all… but the mindset shift that comes with living intentionally is life altering. With 4-6 months of Slow Living under my belt, I really want to share my journey (so far) with you. Show you some of the steps I took while learning to slow down, how to stop running the rat race, & learning to enjoy the moments we’ve been given. So, I’m pleased to share this with you:

Want to learn more about Slow Living? Click to sign up for a free 30 day course!

This is a free e-mail course all about Slow Living. How to find it, ways to live it out. We’ll be talking about self-care, saying no, living mindfully, resting, & saying yes. 🙌🏻

I CANNOT WAIT. 

Click below to sign up for 30 Days of Slow! (PLEASE NOTE: If you’re already signed up for my regular newsletter, you WILL NOT get 30 Days of Slow unless you sign up below!)