Friday’s Lovelies


starting in the upper lefthand corner & making our way around clockwise!!

:: Ok, seriously? I was catching up on my blog reading yesterday & saw this post on Meredith Winn’s blog. I smiled & got teary-eyed, my heart swelled & overflowed. Why? Because Katherine Center made this incredible, beautiful, amazing video essay about motherhood for the art show at the Mom 2.0 Summit in Houston next month. The video features photos from many of the lovelies at Shutter SistersTracey Clark, Sarah-Ji, Jenny Lawson, Irene Nam, Karen Walrond, Meredith Winn & Kristin Zecchinelli. You can read the essay that goes with the video, or just watch the video. But either way, have a hankie ready, ok? You might get just a touch weepy, too. ::

:: Have you spent too much time focusing on What Ifs or If Onlys & forgetting to actually enjoy the journey of Life? If Only I could lose XX amount of pounds then I would be Happy. What If my business was as “successful” as his or hers? Do these statements resonate with you at all? If so, this article, Don’t Forget to Enjoy the Journey may be just the thing you need to remind yourself that: Happiness is a journey… not a destination. I especially enjoyed the conclusion of the article – Forgive yourself for your mistakes. Move forward with wisdom and discernment. Find joy everyday… are just a few of the sentiments the author expresses – go! ::

:: Have you heard of the The Handmade Movement yet? If not, oh my you are in for a treat! The Handmade Movement is the collective energy & creativity of Artists and Crafters who work with their hands. This site’s purpose is to support sellers & buyers of handmade items- right now the main focus being through Sneak Attacks! What does S.N.E.A.K. stand for? Sneakers Notorious on Etsy for Attacking with Kindness! What is a Sneak Attack??? Twice a week, an Etsy shop with few or no sales is chosen as a “victim,” & at a given time multiple buyers all visit the site & buy one or more items each, resulting in a whole slew of surprise business in a very short time. It’s a great way to give a big boost to a new Etsy shop!?? There are two shops being “attacked” right now & the next are scheduled to be posted on Monday! I just participated in my first “attack” today – & it really felt great! You must go check it out, maybe get in on the fun!?! ::

:: Stuck in a rut? January blues still lingering around? Let’s take a big deep breath & blow all those nasty thoughts away, scatter them around like confetti! Done? Now sit back & get cozy with Gala Darling, she wrote this awesome list of ways to bring light into your heart. Go through it, pick a few, tuck them away for safekeeping so if you need a bit of Light & Fire, you’ll have the spark ready. Our favorites? Remove negative influences — no matter how small; sing, loudly; have a snugglefest, & write!!! (We also really really love clean your room like a wild banshee — then sit down & admire your work!! Wooo!) Save Gala’s other bits of inspiration & beauty for a rainy day or if you need a smile. ::

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