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Living Beyond Happiness {Reaching For The Joy}

  {image found HERE} I hear it all of the time… You deserve to be happy I deserve to be happy If I only had xyz… I would be happy It is not that happy is a bad word. I just know that there is more! {image found HERE} You are surrounded by it every day. Surrounded by this idea that happy belongs to you and it you aren’t living it every second than you are doing something wrong or …

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Blah, Blah, Blah and Other Ramblings

I feel like I am still getting into the groove of the new year. The past two years I have gone HERE to connect and focus my creativity and business. It starts today and I am kicking myself for not going. I had forgotten that January and February can be hard to put it nicely. I didn’t sign up because I really, really, really want to go to the NYC version. Tickets sell out FAST so I better be on …

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There May Have Been Withdrawals {harder than I thought}

My home life and work life overlap, collide and sometimes don’t have boundaries with one another. It is the blessing and curse of running your own business from home. To throw one more thing into the mix…we homeschool our children. In short, our children are usually with us for school, running the house and watching us (and many times helping us) with our business. They cheer for us when things sell well, they help more around the house when we …

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I Had To Step Away {A Quick Roundup}

{All of the photos in this post are from my recent trip back to Montgomery, Alabama.  We walked through my old college and walked around my grandma’s neighborhood. Always beautiful} Early Friday morning I boarded a plane to Montgomery, Alabama for a memorial service. I was meeting my mom and most of her family to honor the life of my step-grandfather. My grandmother, Jeanne Shaffer, passed away almost 6 years ago and she was really the one that made sure …

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My Favorite Things 2012 {Homeschool Favs}

Today I will share my Homeschool Favorites of 2012 You can also see my Business Favorites, Creative Favorites, Home Favorite and Beauty Favorites. If there was ever something in our lives that I never went looking for, didn’t plan to do and could have never pictured myself doing..homeschooling is it! If there was something that has blessed our lives immensely…homeschooling is it! I started because I had a 5 year old that was reading beautifully and my teacher friends recommended …

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My Favorite Things of 2012 {Beauty Favs}

Today I am sharing my Beauty Favorites of 2012. You can also see my Business Favorites, Creative Favorites and Home Favorites. When I was growing up I loved nothing more then my Kit n Kaboodle. Seriously…that thing rocked! I would buy the 2,054 eyeshadow collection from the drug store. I think there may have been some days when I used all the colors at once. Don’t judge. Those were some crazy years in the 80s! I know I could easily …

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My Favorite Things of 2012 {Home Favs}

Today I want to share my Home Favorites of 2012. You can see my Business Favorites of 2012 HERE and my Creative Favorites of 2012 HERE. I think home favorites are so different then some of the others I will be sharing this week. Our home is about connecting, relaxing and living together. It is not so much about the things as the spaces we have created and what we love about them. It is the little things. I have …

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My Favorite Things of 2012 {Creative Favs}

Today I want to share my Creative Favorites of 2012. To see my Business Favorites of 2012 click HERE. I  love to create and there is always something new or new to me that catches my eye. I love seeing what other artists use too and how they like to use them. Many  of the items on my list have been used for years and they are still my favorite and most used art tools. Some tools are newer to …

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My Favorite Things of 2012 {Business Favs}

I am still trying to come to terms with the fact that we are in 2013:-) I loved 2012. It was truly a year of growth and seeing a clearer path. It was a year of appreciation and connection. It was a year of figuring out what we really wanted and working hard in many areas to hold on to it. Working hard for the things that really matter. I always like to do a favorite things each year. I …

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Time To Make Some Art and Build Those Dreams {Registration is now open}

It has been a year since our last art e-course…. Creatively Made {rediscovering the beauty of your gifts}. I am so excited to have a new art course that will begin April 8, 2013. I hope you will join me making lots of art in The Journey of Letting Go {Creating beauty from ashes}! Just as in the Creatively Made course this will be a discussion and art course. Art will be our companion as we discuss the journey of letting …

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The Hair Vote of 2012 {Dun Dun Dun}

I get more comments about my hair than almost anything else. It is actually quite amusing. I was starting to get worried that when I cut it I was going to get a comment like Amy in Little Women, “Jo, how could you, your one beauty!” Thank goodness I didn’t get anything like that…yet. So, a few weeks ago I put up a silly collage on my business page asking people to vote for the hair cut I should get. …