A Great Need for Nothing

flea market

Last Friday I spent the day digging though treasure and junk.  I was at one of the countries largest flea markets in Springfield, Ohio and being my first time at this renowned event, I was so excited to seek for something really wonderful to add to my old farmhouse.  I walked through rows and rows of antiques, salvaged goods, handmade furniture, and relics, yet walked away with none of it.  Why?  [Read more…]


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Mondays are for Motivation

tony robbins quote

Happy Monday, Friends!  I hope your weekend was wonderful.  We got a lot done around the house, but I’m eager to get this week started!  I spent some time reflecting on the work that needs done this week and planning my method of attack.  I’ve resolved this week to let nothing stand in my way and to succumb to no excuses.

I think this quote from Tony Robbins is spot on.  So often we get wrapped up in blaming our resources… not enough money, not enough time, the market conditions, etc, and we fail to realize that everyone else out there at some time or another faces the same resources.  What separates the people who succeed from those who don’t, is resourcefulness.  Doing the absolute best possible in spite of your resources.

So here’s to a week of making things happen!  Get after it!

The Simplest Answer + Desktop Download

the simplest answer is to act

Good Monday Morning to you!  I hope your weekend was just what you needed to fuel up for another week!  I spent some good time with friends and family at a baby shower, cleaned up some parts of my house that I haven’t touched since Christmas (ouch!), and had a really fun dinner with a few of our favorite people.

As I get amped up for this week, I have a lot of things on my to-do list that are a little more, shall we say, abstract? One of my biggest goals for the next month is to grow my business, which is so broad, but luckily, I watched a few business videos and listened to a few podcasts this weekend that gave me just the direction I needed.  That being said, my goal for this week is to reach out to 1 new shop each day about carrying my product line.  It seems so simple – one shop a day? But the research and investigation that goes into vetting out the potential shops takes a good amount of time while actually finding the right person to contact isn’t always straight forward.

On Saturday, my husband, Matt, and I were eating some won-ton soup trying to fend off the sub-zero temps and my fortune cookie said this, “The simplest answer is to act”.  Knowing about my goals for the week, I couldn’t have had a more fitting fortune.  I did a little watercolor of the phrase and thought you all might also like the reminder for whatever is on your plate this week.  So, you can download them below!  There is one version for the desktop download and another version for the iPhone wallpaper.


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I hope you enjoy this, and I hope you achieve whatever is high on your list today!

Monday Thoughts

pursuit of happiness

Have you guys read 10% happier yet?  I spent the long flight home reading the book and this was one quotation that I took away and a big thought-provoking topic for me.  I actually asked the guy next to me to use his highlighter to annotate in my book.

At first glance, it might seem like kind of a downer, but I see it as quite the opposite. I found this quotation from it highly liberating.

The author speaks about how constantly seeking happiness forces us to not live in the present.  I am no different.  I spend a lot of time beating myself up about something stupid I did in the past or projecting into the future.  I read this part of the book and a light switch kind of flipped. Now, don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t classify myself as an unhappy person. I would instead classify myself as never really ‘at ease’. I constantly go through periods of anxiety where I think that I’m not preparing properly for what’s down the line.  I think, “but it will be over as soon as I…(do whatever)”. It actually kind of reminds me of the Sex and the City episodes when Carrie is dating Aleksander and he’s never done with whatever he’s working on.  So much of the time, it causes me to miss out on what’s going on right now.  This happens for me in both business and in life. Here are two examples.  [Read more…]

Style Evolution

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With a birthday coming up this weekend, and the changes taking place in this blog space soon, I’ve been thinking a lot about the evolution of myself and my style.  In a world where our senses are constantly hit with the new, the trendy, and the cool, it’s easy to kind of lose yourself in the excitement.  I mean, it is exciting, after all. But to think back on some of the things I pin, or buy, or wear, I often know in hindsight that those things aren’t me. I want to like them, but it just doesn’t fit. I used to beat myself up about not being cool enough for a certain look, but now I know that maybe I’ve just evolved past it.  It’s comforting to know that my style is evolving and becoming more true to my nature.

This evolution is true with the blog as well.  I was working on the direction of the new site and really wanted to pinpoint who I am as a blogger and as a designer (I actually hesitate to even call myself a designer at all because it seems a bit presumptuous, but really, there isn’t much else to define what I do). Anyway, I wanted to really pinpoint what makes me tick. What do I love?  What makes me feel something?  [Read more…]