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Going within

Just completed my BYW homework and I'm glad it's done. This course is really making me think. and dream. and wonder. and worry. and fear. and be so excited I want to jump up and down and sing. It's making me go within. Deep. Down. We got our assignment Monday and its taken me all week to finally sit down and write out my thoughts. The answers haunted me everyday, begging to be brought forth and made real. Pen to paper. One afternoon, I even sat down with my journal, dated the page, wrote "Homework Week 2" at the top of the page, brought the tip of the pen to the paper and then stopped. Closed the book, laid the pen down and walked away. Ridiculous!

One of the things we had to address this week was what made us different...what would we bring to the table that was unique to the blogging world? This question scared the heck out of me. Tonight, as I neared the end of the assignment, that very question loomed at the bottom of the page. Mocking me.

Finally, I grabbed it with both hands looked it in the face and wrote from my heart exactly what I had to offer. It felt good, and I realized that I do indeed have much to offer and even more to gain by simply being me. That's unique right? No one is me, except me. Now it's time to accept and cherish that...

Now, for some gorgeous images that made me think of how I've felt this week...

More beautiful photography from one of my favorites - Lauren Withrow. Check it here.

Have a lovely, restful Sunday.

xo,

A little encouragement

Things are definitely changing for me. Grace has started full-time school...leaving my day wide open...

Yikes...now what? Well...I'm taking a blogging course and have signed up for the Sketchbook project. I'm starting to blog for other people and Grace & Ivy sales are on the up and up. It's a whirlwind of activity but I'm rolling with it and trying not to freak myself out. I'm so good at talking myself out of stuff. My sixth grade teacher said I was afraid of success. That's a handy trait...

Why do we hold ourselves back? Why do we fear our own power, our own greatness? Maybe because when you get to the top you have to fight to stay there. That's what makes me shake in my boots. I'm not much of a fighter. At least I don't think I am...

Today I'm gonna read this over and over:

And hope to believe in what I can do...

How do you deal with your own fears?

Be brave, friends.

xo,

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Image via : valentinadesign

Inspiration board

I created this inspiration board for my BYW class and I had to share it with you. It was such a fabulous creative exercise - playing with all the pretty pictures, postcards and shiny baubles I've been collecting. This is supposed to reflect my aesthetic and sense of style. I feel like it is pretty accurate, at least for now... See it larger here.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

xo,

Blogging your Way

Okay I'm so, so excited! I just enrolled in the Decor 8 online course: Blogging Your Way, taught by the amazingly talented and inspirational, Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring. Interested? Click below for more info.

As most of you know, Holly created the incredible blog Decor 8 and Leslie is the creative genius behind a creative mint.  I have loved both blogs since I discovered the blog-o-sphere last year and I can't wait to learn more from these seasoned pros! If you've never visited these blogs, you must stop by. You'll find that they will become a reliable resource for ideas and inspiration.

Bloggers, like Holly and Leslie set the bar high and push me to achieve more through my writing, observation and creative endeavors.

Enjoy some beautiful images from a creative mint...

Blogging has really given me a new view of the world and has inspired me to celebrate my everyday. Finding beauty in the smallest details has enriched my life to a degree that I never expected and has driven me back to my own wellspring of creativity.

So....after much thought and discussion, we have decided to enroll Grace into her Pre-K class full-time starting Sept 7th, so that I can shift my new focus to developing my blog, expanding my business and creating more art.

I'm excited but also a little scared. Of course, I am also suffering from the typical mom induced guilt but I think this new shift will be good for both of us. At least I hope so. We'll see.

I will keep you posted on my progress. Thank you for all your love, support and encouragement.

xo,