Why You Must Yes and Also No

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I’m in a season of No.

It’s not near as glamorous, impressive or blogable as being in a season of Yes. At least, I’ve heard that some people’s Yesses are glamorous. This summer, one of the books I’m reading is Let’s All Be Brave and of course I get to the chapter called Say Yes and I’m all squirmy and uneasy. Because I’m fighting for my No right now so to read someone talk about how brave saying Yes is, can sometimes shake me up a little. I audibly exhaled at the end of the chapter when I turned the page and read the next chapter title “Say No”.

Even though Yes and No are the exact opposite, we absolutely must say both every day. I need that reminder that NO is brave too and I’m so grateful that Annie recognizes that.

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If you need someone to hold your hand on your brave journey, Annie is your girl.

Today, for me, brave looks like choosing to be absent from things.

What does brave look like for you today?

The One Kitchen Tweak That Changed My Attitude

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I’m not a kitchen design expert. But I am an expert at using kitchens and knowing if they work well for our family. That might be worth more. I had three main objects with our modern farmhouse kitchen redesign. And they were all a result of living in 13 different homes with kitchens that functioned […]

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The 1 Thing Every Home Needs

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Every home needs an empty surface zone. This is a surface in your home that you are deciding is no longer a home for things. This is NOT to be confused with a surface that you are demanding to be absolutely empty at all times. No way. This is a hardworking surface, preferably the most […]

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Christmas Giftwrap from my Better Homes & Gardens Christmas Ideas Photo Shoot

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Last year, since our Christmas BHG shoot was in January, I needed fake gifts to sprinkle around the house. I used black, white and regular kraft paper. I wanted it to feel handmade with a touch of modern (thank you black paper) and then I embellished the gifts with string and doilies and sequins and paper. […]

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The Traveling Suitcase : How My Personal, Dumb Nightmare Came True

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I’ve had to work through a few hurdles over the years as I’ve learned to be more intentional with my stuff. One of my big issues, like any hoarder of cute stuff, is the belief that all my stuff is worth good money and has endless potential. There have been times that I’ve kept something […]

My 31 Days Topic & Other Thoughts

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I wrote a guest post for the (in)courage Bloom book club.  They are reading one of my favorite books, 7 by Jen Hatmaker.  I’d love for you to go join in the conversation.  And I also happen to mention my 31 Days topic for this year if you are wondering. Happy Friday!

Adventure

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“One must maintain a little bittle of summer, even in the middle of winter” –Henry David Thoreau (also I’m totally going to start using the word “bittle”)   We’ve only got a few weeks left of the official summer break, for moms and kids, summer ends when school starts. As I think back over the […]

On Editing

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I used to never edit.  I’d only add, rarely subtract.  And now I’ve learned it’s one of the secrets to a good room.  I like to ask myself, what’s the least amount of stuff I can have in a room and it still look like home, be useful and beautiful?  That amount of stuff is […]

And on The 5th of June, She Created Quiet Because She Didn’t Want to be Like That Kardashian Mom

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Have I told you that I automatically wake up at 5am almost every morning?  No alarm?  Actually, that was before Tanzania.  Since Tanzania it’s been 4:30.  It started January 1st. NO LIE.  Is that odd? Do you think Someone is trying to tell me something?  I do my best writing while the sun is rising […]

It’s All Too Much

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I’m intentionally writing this post now instead of in two weeks after I get back from Tanzania. Because you might think that I only feel this way because of my trip and blame poor Shaun Groves and Tanzania and the truth is, I’ve been feeling this way for months. Months, I tell you.

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