30 November 2015

The Double Chin of Love

One of the nerdy things about me is I enjoy thinking about things from a new perspective. If I want to know more about something I research it, then research it from the opposite perspective. (The fact that I research everything also says a lot about me. It's a sickness. I'm pretty sure.)

I think it is one of the reasons I am enjoying dabbling in surface pattern design so much. In order to create something original and interesting you must think about the subject from a new perspective. It's a fun challenge every time I put pen to paper and I never know where my mind will lead me.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, my one year old got a hold of my camera and I found this gem of a picture last night. This is a portrait of my husband and me from her perspective, double chin and all. Finding this was equal parts horrifying (Did I mention the double chin?) and reassuring (We look so happy!).

It reminds me that we always have the choice between two perspectives: positive, optimistic, encouraging or negative, pessimistic, unflattering. Sometimes the two blend together, like in this photo. An unflattering angle showed me more about the love in my life than a good selfie would any day. There was a lot of love this day, both behind and in front of the lens. Nothing beats that.

Despite the negatives I encounter in life, I hope I can send more positivity, optimism and encouragement out into the world every day and I hope I can encourage you to do the same, friend.

27 November 2015

My Best vs. Your Worst

Take a look at those gorgeous floors, would ya?
In our week three Unicorn Project playbook, Jo asked us to reflect on our best moment in the month so far. Maybe it was because I was holding my one year old or because of the book I've been reading (For The Love by Jen Hatmaker), but I couldn't get this thought out of my head. The idea of my best.

You see, my little one you see in the picture above has been potty trained since she was 18 months old. Much to the dismay of my husband, I've gone off the hippie deep end in the last few years and we did elimination communication with her. (Go ahead, read about it, shake your head at me, and come back.) Early potty training was just a part of that territory, plus once this girl sets her mind to something she does it 100%. It is just the way she is. I hardly had anything to do with it.

I could strut around, proud as can be that my baby is out of diapers before your baby... nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah... but, get this: she only started sleeping through the night in the last month. That means your little diapered darlings have been sleeping circles around my princess in panties for over a year. Yikes! Checking potty training off of our list a little earlier than usual was most certainly a 'best moment' in our parenting journey; however, sleeping is a 'worst'.

We all have these best and worst moments, not just parents. I am a fast reader, but I can't bake to save my life. I enjoy quilting, yet I hate folding laundry. I want you to hear this and know it in your hearts, dear ones: Don't compare my best to your worst.

Remember that we should encourage the best in others. Just remind yourself that they have 'worsts' as well. As we head into this season of more, bigger, better, and busy I wanted you to know that I'm thinking of you and your best is good enough.

26 November 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am making slow, yet steady progress on my Unicorn Project.  If you are in the US, I hope you get the chance to slow down and enjoy the day. May you find time to create and say a prayer for all of the blessings in your life. May your thoughts today lead to life, creation and beauty. Happy Thanksgiving!

09 November 2015

The Unicorn Project

This month I joined The Unicorn Project by Jo Klima from The Darling Tree Everyone has a dream project that gets set aside in the wake of every day life and Jo created this course to give others that little boost of encouragement and intention to bring that dream to life, today.
It was just the encouragement I needed to get some work done on my portfolio. Her daily emails and prompts are a whisper of affirmation that remind me to be intentional with my time and her workbooks are beautiful and oh, so helpful as well. While Jo and I might have differing beliefs/faiths, I appreciate her eye for beauty, her seeking heart, and her desire to encourage others in their creativity. What a gift! We can learn something from everyone we meet, no?
Go ahead and search #theunicornproject to see what projects others are tackling and be inspired. This course is only offered at specific times, so be sure to sign up for Jo's email list to get notifications (and a great newsletter as well) of when the next round opens up. I highly recommend this (affordable!) course and I'm only a week in! Thanks so much, Jo!