Cultivating What Matters

This weekend I sent out a quick email asking the question – What are you struggling with the most right now? I’d still love to hear from you if you haven’t answered! (If you’re reading this from your email, just hit reply!)

The two big things that came back to me from that question are a bit what I expected, but wanted to confirm:

  1. We feel like we wear a lot of hats and it’s hard to keep everything going with energy and joy (ie. laundry, working outside the home or working from home, being a good wife and mother and friend etc…)
  2. We are tired and are struggling to stay well physically.

For sure these two things go hand in hand. And I totally relate with both. While I don’t have all the answers, I love exploring solutions, and trying new things. So, I wanted to talk about the first thing a lot of us seem to be struggling with. Breaking it down, I think what we want is to cultivate what matters.

Isn’t that right? We want to do the best we can with what the Lord has given us. We want to:

  • create a comfortable home where everyone has underwear and socks to wear :)
  • succeed at the work we do (whether at home or working outside the home)
  • have meaningful relationships in which we’re intentional with our time
  • fulfill our purpose

Ok, that last one is like, oh, no big deal… just fulfill my purpose! But I know each of us has been given special things to do – passions and dreams to follow, things the Lord has put in us. Maybe it’s serving meals at your church, making art, writing a book, taking action for those who have no voice… I don’t know what it may be for you, but I bet with a little digging, you would be able to uncover what it is!

But here’s the problem. Usually what is (or seems) urgent is what gets done. Not what is important. At least for me, what gets done in a day is what is screaming for my attention. So those things that are quieter, not so obvious, can be put off – do get put off.

Things like spending time in prayer or in the Word, playing a game with one of the kids, reading a book we’re interested in, learning a new skill or doing a craft we love doing. How do we accomplish the things that need to get done in order to function and also make time for things that matter to us?

Well, I have something I’m working on to help us accomplish everyday things and keep track of them… I’m kind of a planner and goal-setting nerd :) I’ll be sharing that soon and hopefully you’ll love it!

But for the other piece, I wanted to share another resource that I’m really excited about. It’s something that I’ve personally used and found transformative.

They’re called PowerSheets. They’re created by a dear woman named Lara Casey who is one of the most down-to-earth, relatable women I’ve gotten to know on the Internet! She’s a believer, a gardener, a businesswoman (founder of Southern Weddings magazine!), a mom, a fellow IF: Gathering host 😀 (you know I have a soft spot for IF: Gathering!)

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Lara just recently changed the name of her shop to Cultivate What Matters. And this is her heart for PowerSheets and the other resources they provide there. Instead of chasing perfection in our households, in our businesses, in our lives, she wants to help us chase PURPOSE.

I could tell you all about this with my words, but I wanted to SHOW you, so here is a short video about what this looks like (if you’re reading this in your email, click here to view the video!):

I’ve used the 6-month set of PowerSheets, and I’m looking forward to getting the yearly version in my hands! When I have been able to get what is important to me down on paper is has helped me so much in making decisions about what to say yes to, and what to say no to. What to focus on, and what to save for another time. I feel so much more settled and peaceful.

Here’s the exciting news!! The 2017 PowerSheets make their debut TODAY! (If you can’t wait, click here to check them out! It’s ok – I’ll still be here :) )

PowerSheets are different than a lot of goal-setting paths because:

  • it takes you through a guided process to put down on paper what matters to you, why, and helps you determine how to get there
  • there is a “tending” process where you check in on your goals, or what you’ve purposed to do daily, weekly and monthly
  • there is a 6-month and yearly option
  • the yearly option incorporates the seasons!! I love this because I appreciate being in tune with the rhythms of the seasons!
  • you get access to two private communities to join with others who are on the same journey!

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A little more “official” details about them:

  • 12-month dated monthly workbook with January 2017 start month
  • 176 pages of inspiring quotes and worksheets
  • 2 pages of colorful stickers
  • Inside pages measure 7 x 10 inches, overall workbook measures 9 x 10 inches
  • Full color tabs and seasonal Goal Refresh pages
  • Sturdy, yet flexible spiral binding
  • Water-resistant, flexible cover with rounded corners
  • Free bonus materials, including a “Word of the Year” card, encouragement postcard, and inspirational desk card
  • Worksheets include the Goal Action Ideas, Monthly/Weekly/Daily Tending Lists, Relationship Tending, Cultivating Gratitude, Big Dreams page for big ideas, What Fires Me Up, Things I Want to Learn/Things I Learned, and more!
  • Includes exclusive access to the exclusive Cultivate What Matters community and PowerSheets Facebook Group

Who is with me? I am so excited to be even more intentional and purposeful in 2017, and I’m hopeful that this is something that will help us all! I hope you’ll join me!

Click here to take a look at PowerSheets! And I’d love for you to come back and tell me which you chose!

P.S. This post contains affiliate links, so if you do make a purchase you are supporting the blog at no extra charge to you :) I love this product and recommend it to serve you!

Valentines Round-Up [Free Printables!]

We’ve had a lot going on over here. I just finished up with our local IF: Gathering and it dawned on me that this Friday is Morgan’s Valentine’s Day party for her classroom!! Of course today is a snow day – perfect day to work on them. BUT – I hadn’t bought valentines yet. Also, I’m not terribly crafty so I don’t have supplies hanging around. Except cardstock, a paper cutter and scissors… Besides that I’m not up for going out on the roads.

So, we took to the internet to see if we could find some cute free printables! I landed on this post from Pop Sugar, and while there are 52 different options, a few really stood out to me. I thought I’d share them with you in case you’re stuck at home with cardstock and no valentines!!

Click the images to visit the respective sites, and read to the end to see which ones we ended up picking! All pictures are from their respective posts. Check them out – I think you’ll love other things on their sites too!

Mustache Sucker Valentines – Erin // Strawberry Mommycakes for I Heart Nap Time

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Thumbprint Valentines – Kelly // Live Laugh Rowe 

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Cute Valentines – Catherine // Pumpkins & Posies  

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Sweetheart Valentines – Kristin // Bunny Cakes

(She’s also got some adorable Easter ideas!!)candy_hearts_valentines

And while we’re at it… Here’s a little something cute for YOUR Valentine…

12 Months of Preplanned Dates – Lauren // The Thinking Closet 

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And… drumroll……….. Here’s what we picked:

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In the end Morgan couldn’t pick just one!! So we did the cute candy hearts and the lips – what a riot, right??

On another note… I just started reading The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming by Sally and Sarah Clarkson, along with The Lifegiving Home Experience: A 12-Month Guided Journey and I’m so challenged by it right now. It’s broken into months, and the focus of February is on love – especially showing Jesus’ love to our family members even as we fully embrace Jesus’ love for us. There are so many ways I can improve at both aspects of this. They also touch on creating meaningful and memorable celebrations and traditions including special times of feasting! I’m thinking chocolate chip pancakes this Sunday!

All that to say – I hope today you feel the depth of Jesus’ love for you – no matter what you’ve done or how lost you feel He’s right there waiting for you and He is madly in love with you. Truly.

Pursuing Jesus {An Invitation}

I’m a melancholy by trade. Ok, by nature. But man, if I could get paid for it…

There are good sides to this – I like to learn and study and think. I feel deeply.

The downside is I tend to see the “half empty” side of things easier than the “half full” side.

For instance – in January I made all kinds of goals. Does anyone else feel like 2015 went by faster than any other year in the history of years? Because all of a sudden it’s the day before December and I haven’t met any of my goals. Literally.

I came to this realization yesterday. After which I started making a mental list of all the things I hadn’t accomplished in 2015. And ended up feeling like a big failure.

Steve didn’t really sympathize, he just said “Well, maybe you need to make different goals.” And how I have three kids and I should keep that in mind when making goals. OR SOME SUCH RATIONAL TALK LIKE THAT.

Here’s where I came out after journaling, and making a written list of all the good things that were accomplished in 2015 –

1. I cannot compare

This is not new news. I’m constantly looking at what others are doing and wishing things worked that way for me. I KNOW I have my own marked race to run, but others’ races sure do look great. I’ve got to knock this off.

2. I can’t do it all

I made a gazillion goals in January. That’s not reasonable; it’s setting myself up for failure. I need to pick maximum three things at a time. Enough with this If You Give a Mouse a Cookie mentality. You know the one – if I’m going to try to wake up earlier to do devotions I should wake up even earlier to get some reading in. And if I’m going to wake up earlier for reading I might as well add extra time for journaling. And while I’m add it I should just try to work out in the mornings as well. And if I’m working out I need to eat better too. And don’t forget drinking more water… And then I end up doing nothing.

3. I want to choose what is better

This passage keeps coming back to my mind – Jesus is visiting the house of Lazarus, Martha and Mary. Martha gets upset because she’s doing all the preparations while Mary is sitting and listening to him.

41“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42

I don’t want to be worried and upset about many things. I want to choose what is better. I think that means learning to love Jesus with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. I’ve been a Christian pretty much all my life, but I’m not sure I know how to do that.

So, I want to get reacquainted with Jesus. I’m not really sure what I’m doing in life right now – I feel torn in many directions. And I want to be pursuing what is best. He’s the best thing. I want to be pursuing Him.

Here’s my plan:

I’m going to be reading through the New Testament in six months using this really simple reading plan I found online. I’m also doing the IF: Equip Advent study (It starts today! There’s still time to join!) I’m going to jot down what I learn about Jesus in whatever I’m reading. I want to build a portrait of Him from my own digging in Scripture. I want to know for myself what the Bible says about Him – not what someone else is saying about Him. I mean, that’s helpful too, but sometimes, don’t you just want to find out for yourself? Whenever you’re reading this – you can jump in at any time.

That said, here are two resources I’ll be using as well:

100 Days With Jesus on Instagram (there are 25 days left!)

I love this list of names for Jesus taken right from Scripture, along with a definition of the name and a prayer thanking Jesus for being what the name means. It’s been moving to follow along.

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The New Bible Commentary

This commentary has been so helpful to me in providing additional background and explanations I wouldn’t otherwise have picked up on. It’s easy to read and understand, and t’s edited by trusted theologians, including D.A. Carson – who happened to be one of my dad’s seminary professors (a little family trivia for you :) .)

New Bible Commentary

In the blogging world, one should have graphics and cool names for things and a “build-up” time and all… I don’t have any of that. It’s just pursuing Jesus.

And I’m just saying – if you want to join me, I’d love to have your company on this journey.

5 Things I’m Loving Lately

First, THANK YOU to all of you who took the time to fill out my short survey! It has helped me get to know you better and to know how to better serve you. If you haven’t filled it out yet, you still can here!

Today, just for the fun of it, I thought I’d share five things I’ve been using and loving lately. As I made my list I realized three of them are food-related. So much for diversity… :) I saved the best for last, so make sure you read to the end!

10 Practical Habits That Will Make Your Life Easier

I’ve never been a morning person nor am I gifted in the “domestic arts.” But over the last couple of years my thinking has been shifting, and I have realized that some things just make life easier.

Like, a lot easier.

Here’s my day when I don’t do these things:

I’m woken up by a child who wants to watch a show. I groggily look at the time, then force myself out of bed, stumble out to the living room and turn on Curious George. The two other children join the first, and everyone wants a drink. But no cups are clean. I wash cups after I clear a spot in the overflowing sink. Then they want cereal so… I wash bowls and spoons, get them cereal, and decide to load the dishwasher. At this point I’d love to go read my Bible, but the morning seems already far gone, so I tell myself I’ll do it later in the day, and run to take a shower instead. Only to find that I have no clean underwear. So I have to put a load of laundry in. I’m completely overwhelmed by the state of the laundry room, never mind the toys all over the living room, and papers cluttering the dining room table. I get angry and frustrated and tell the kids they better start cleaning up NOW.

The course of my day is determined by what other people want of me, and the tasks that have become imminent.

Here’s my day when I do these things:

Clean Eating Made Easier {a Dashing Dish Review}

This year I’m on a quest to eat better and exercise more in order to bring my blood pressure down (and losing some pounds on the way.)

I’ve written about exercising, but  I’ll be honest the eating part is not going that great. Here’s my problem: I love comfort food and dessert.

I’m not sure how to reconcile those things and losing weight. Anyone?

The Greatest Gift Book Club {A Purposeful Advent}

The Greatest Gift Book Club {A Purposeful Advent}

Happy Advent, friends!

Yesterday was the first day of Advent, but the readings in The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp begin today.

I hope you’re joining me as I read through this and reflect on the questions Ann asks at the end of each day’s reading.

This is not meant to be one more thing on your to-do list. If you are already engaged in another study, feel no pressure here. But if you find yourself without something purposeful to take you through Advent, I’d love to have you along.

There will be a simple check-in every Saturday where I will share what I’ve been learning from the book throughout the week. You can feel free to check in in the comments.

Mostly, I hope that we can quiet the noise a little, slow down, simplify, and hear Jesus throughout this season.

Here is a link to the resources Ann has created to go along with The Greatest Gift: printable ornaments, coloring pages, a webcast and more...

Let me know in the comments if you’re reading with me!

The Ultimate Guide to Hosting Thanksgiving {And Enjoying It!}

Last year I hosted Thanksgiving for the first time ever. I’m trying to reform my ways of stressing out when I’m having guests. So, that was a good test of whether I could have a houseful and not have my family hate me.

Thankfully I had a little virtual mentoring from my online friend, Edie. Edie wrote a post last year that revolutionized how I plan holidays. Her post helped me think ahead and plan before the day came – crazy thought, I know. I planned a week and a half in advance what I would cook ahead, what I would clean when, what dishes I would use, and the result was a Thanksgiving Day that was actually relaxing! I mean… besides my disposable roasting pan collapsing in on my turkey. But that was totally not Edie’s fault.

Anyway, I was so grateful, and I want you to have the same enjoyable experience, so, I’m going to share with you links to some of my favorite recipes, ideas, and tips.

First, if you’re going to roast your 20-pound turkey in a disposable pan, for the love, buy three. You’ll thank me when you take it out to baste it, and it doesn’t fold in half. Ahem.

Now that I’ve got that out of the way:

Slow Down and Give Thanks

Spend some time actually writing down things you are thankful for – choose to slow and notice. Say yes to interruptions of your planning – you may have kids who will be home, your people will be around – spend time with them. Play a game, look your loved ones in the eye, put the phone aside. Say thanks instead of getting annoyed. We can make the choice to give thanks in everything – so lets find ways to do that.

One of my favorite things to do is to set out cards so we can spontaneously write things down that we’re thankful for.

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I also love to put these at each place at the table on Thanksgiving Day. These are from Jones Design Company. She makes five different kinds that you can download for free from The Archive! She’s fabulous!

Think About Your Menu

Here is mine (as it stands today):

  • Turkey – Steve is talking about frying one and roasting one… Yikes. I used Bobby’s Flay’s recipe last year, and it was terrific. The gravy – to die for.
  • Mashed potatoes (I’m making them early, and reheating in the crockpot so not everything is happening on the stove at the same time)
  • Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Pioneer Woman’s Stuffing
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts (clean them, slice in half, toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes, stirring halfway through. Toss with a handful of dried cranberries. You’re welcome.)
  • Parker House Rolls (and here is Martha Stewart’s video on how to form them)
  • Corn (I don’t get fancy with it… sorry…)
  • Carol’s Baked Beans (my mother-in-law’s recipe!)
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Green Bean Casserole (you know… the one with the crunchy onions…)
  • Bobby Flay’s Throwdown Pumpkin Pie
  • Pioneer Woman’s Pecan Pie
  • Edie’s Old Fashioned Homemade Fudge (seriously – the best homemade fudge I’ve ever eaten)

Make a Plan

I’ve made Thanksgiving planning worksheets for you to download for this purpose! The printable will help youflesh out the following:

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To Do Master List:

First, I write down everything I can think of that I need to do – food to make, preparing the house for guests, shopping to do. Sometimes I use this list to brainstorm food possibilities, sometimes it’s to write down a menu and grocery list. When it comes to the house – I write what areas I have to clean and vacuum, guest rooms to ready. Shopping – if I have to hit different stores for various items, I jot those things/places here.

Week Before/Week of Thanksgiving:

Next, I take the things I’ve written down to do and decide how I’m going to divide it up between the days I have left. Look at what you can do ahead and spread it out. Keep in mind you can:

– bake pies and freeze them

– form rolls and freeze, then pull out to rise and put in the oven when it’s time

– cook some items ahead of time to assemble later etc.

* Don’t forget to:

– check your dishes (have half of them broken in the last year, like mine?? Do you need to pick up cute paper dessert plates?)

– wash glassware that hasn’t been used in a while

– check out the status of your serving dishes

Day Of Thanksgiving:

Remember that you’ll need to eat breakfast, and depending on whether you eat the big meal at lunch or dinner you’ll need snacks or another light meal. Edie mentioned Olive Salsa in her post as a snack, and I’ve morphed two recipes to make my own as a snack/appetizer – try it!

Olive Salsa

1 jar of stuffed green olives, drained and roughly chopped (I used half of the taller jar you can buy… you can’t really mess this up…)
1 can of black olives, drained and roughly chopped
1 can Southwestern diced tomatoes (They have lime and cilantro in them. If you can’t find this kind, just use regular diced and you could squirt a little lime juice in the bowl if you wanted…)
4 green onions, chopped
2 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Tbs Red wine vinegar
Combine all ingredients and enjoy with tortilla or pita chips!


Thanksgiving Meal Game Plan:

Break down what has to be defrosted, what has to rise, what has to go in the oven – at what temp, for how long… I like putting it all on one sheet so I don’t have to go looking for cookbooks or pins on Pinterest the day of. I write the dishes in the order they need to be dealt with. I like to think about making things that don’t all have to go in the oven at the same time. Something might get heated on the stovetop while another dish is warming in the crockpot etc. I’ve added a checklist at the top of my worksheets because I want to make sure that I have enough plates and glasses for everyone, and that I haven’t forgotten to buy coffee etc.

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Pick Your Soundtrack

Last year I made this Thanksgiving playlist, and it’s become one of my favorites. It sets a festive mood to have purposeful music playing. Feel free to use mine, or make your own!

My Favorite Resources

Thanksgiving Board

You’ll find most of my favorite recipes, articles, decorating ideas, and playlist ideas pinned on my Thanksgiving Board on Pinterest! There are some links to vegan and clean eating options as well.


5 Pre-Holiday Tips to Make The Season More Enjoyable by Clean Mama

Planning and Inspiration:

You’ll love these ladies – they are some of my favorite people online… and I got to meet all three in person, at Allume! They have terrific advice that will truly impact your hosting.

Hosting Thanksgiving {Without Losing Your Mind} by Edie Wadsworth (such a fan of Edie’s style!)

9 Thanksgiving Tips {You’ll Be Truly Thankful For!} by Lisa Jacobson (I love her #1 and #2 tips!)

Ten Thoughts On Hosting Thanksgiving by Shauna Niequist (Such good advice – especially #4)

Chill Out

Inevitably, something won’t get done when it’s supposed to, kids will get fussy, your hair will get frizzy from the steamy kitchen… I don’t know… But, don’t get frazzled – accept help, ask for help (kindly, people, kindly – you know what I mean), and remember what the day is really about. Not turkey and mashed potatoes, but giving thanks to the Lord for all his good good gifts.


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The Artist’s Way – Week 3 Check-in!

Phew… Week 3…

I was going pretty strong weeks 1 and 2, but I have to say this week I did not do morning pages yesterday or today… and no artist date. <hanging head in shame> … Ok, not shame, because that was part of what our reading was about.

However, I did appreciate the tasks I did – some of which were from last week. One of them involved writing down 5 things I loved eating as a kid, and then actually getting one of them.

Mine was pretzels and frosting. I distinctly remember one Wednesday night at Awana Bible club at church (I was a “Spark” level at the time), our leader breaking out a bag of salted pretzel rods and a can of vanilla frosting. I thought it was the best thing I had ever eaten. So I made a trip to the store and got some pretzel rods… I do like the taste of canned frosting at times, but I can’t get over the list of ingredients, when it really just takes butter, sugar, milk and vanilla to make frosting. So I made my own. My kids loved this snack too – complete with multi-colored sprinkles. Sorry, no picture – I took one with my mind, so you’ll just have to imagine it…

In other news… I’ve seen a definite pattern in my morning pages. I write “I should” and “I need to” A LOT. I got kind of upset in one of my entries because I realized how much I feel the need to please people. I feel like I have to explain everything to everyone so no one thinks ill of me. It’s exhausting. That’s all I’ll say right now – I’ll write more once I process this some more.

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To close the weekend… Here’s a look at what we did today! Thanks to Steve for taking all these pictures! My husband is one talented dude :)

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We went to the National Cherry Festival air show, which included demonstrations by the helicopters of the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, three WWII P-51 mustangs, an F-22 Raptor and finally, the Blue Angels – Navy flight demonstration team.

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Does anyone else find this funny? :

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Frighteningly close:

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How was your week 3? (Or your weekend, if you aren’t doing The Artist’s Way!)

The Artist’s Way – Week 2 Check-in!

Was Week 2 a struggle for anyone else? Maybe it was just because of all the goings-on in our household right now…

My family was in town for the first time in 4 years! We were all together under one roof! It was great to have them with us.

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{Picture courtesy of Katharine G. Smith Photography}

We had a lot of catching up to do, lots of food to eat, movies to watch… It was sad to see them go yesterday, and my sister today. The time never seems long enough, I think…

I had my artist date today. I wasn’t sure what to do… So I ended up driving to a local nursery/landscaping company to check out their plants and shrubs.

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It was lovely being outside and brushing up on the names of things… Sedum, vibernum, weigela…

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I had the place all to myself and the gentleman working was happy to answer my questions, but gave me plenty of room to poke around.

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I ended up choosing this pink coneflower – I’ve always loved coneflowers. And this one’s name was Pow Wow – I just couldn’t resist!

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I still had plenty of time, and wanted to spend some time reading… So I ended up taking a road I’ve never taken (yes, it felt adventurous. Ha!)

So, this might sound nerdy, but I really like our health food store, and most of the time I’m rushing in and out for something in particular and I have the kids with me. So I wanted to walk around and see if I could find anything new and interesting.

I never realized the huge selection of spices they have – now I know where to go to find some of the more exotic spices I need… Northern Michigan grocery stores don’t have a great selection, I’m afraid… (see my curry post!) So there I was sniffing spices I’d never smelled…

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Hey – I was experiencing and sensing. I was obeying Julia Cameron’s instructions. :)

Then I took my Kombucha and pepitas outside to read my book for a little bit…

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I rarely get to read more than a page or two at a time, so this was awesome!!

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I’m reading The Sweet By and By by Todd Johnson. This book. I will be so sad when it’s over. Here’s the description:

Meet five North Carolina women who are about to change the way you think about friendship. For Rhonda, a gritty, fun-loving hairdresser in tight jeans, the sights and smells of Ridgecrest Nursing Center are depressing. But before she can change her mind about working there, two residents glue themselves to her: Margaret, droll and whip-smart, with a will of iron that never fails her even when her body does, and Bernice, an avid country music fan who is rarely lucid. Together with Lorraine, their church-going, God-questioning nurse, and her daughter, April, bright and ambitious, they lock arms in courage and humor for a journey that speaks to us all—of how we live and die, of how we love and forgive.

Read it. You’ll love it. Then we can talk about how much we all love it. <sigh>

As for my morning pages – there was one day – Friday, when I only got one page written before I had to get ready and dash out the door for a meeting… Other than that – going strong!

Tasks, on the other hand… need to do some more.

I hear week 3 might bring out some angst, so take care of yourself! Get plenty of sleep and quiet reflection time if you can.

How about you? Can’t wait to hear how your Artist’s Way journey is going!