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Do You Celebrate? {or just move on}

A very good friend of mine just recently finished writing her first book. It was months of writing, projects, photographs and edits. After everything had been submitted to the editor I know her whole household let out a sigh of relief. So many things were falling a part in other ways to get a project like a book completed.  What was next?  What needed to get done? I recognized myself in my friend right away and almost yelled, “STOP!”.  I …

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When Your Gifts Lead To Dreams Coming True {Lara Blair}

Sometimes your path seems so clear and other times your gifts take you on a journey you never could have imagined. There are times in your life when you know without a shadow of a doubt that you are doing EXACTLY what you were made for…and then you wake up one day and know it is time to move on. It was perfect at the time. It was real and needed and fulfilling. It opened up the whole world to …

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Sometimes I Need to Step Away {To See Better} Part II

{Part I HERE} As I step off the plane I tell a young mom how good her baby was. I remember how hard those flights use to be.  We are always harder on ourselves in those situations than anyone around you is. You only know that AFTER you have had babies. I make my way to baggage claim and wait for my friend, Margie, to pick me up. I am in a day earlier than all of my friends coming …

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Sometimes I Need To Step Away {To See Better} Part One

I have had a ticket to the Altitude Design Summit for months (Good thing because it sells out every year). I have had hotel reservations at the beautiful Grand America for just as long. I have known that I would get to spend four days with four incredible women. I canceled my trip a 1,000 times in my head. In my head I called them up and just told them the truth….I can’t get everything done and there is no …

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My Art Saves Story {Thank you Crescendoh}

My “Art Saves” story was featured all last week and I wanted to share it with those of you that didn’t have a chance to read it on the Crescendoh site. A Constant Companion • by Jeanne Oliver Art has been my companion for as long as I can remember. It has not always shown itself in the same medium but it has been there just the same. As a little girl art has followed me under a shading tree …

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Blogger Get Together {this weekend}

It is almost here! I am looking forward to hanging out with those of you that have signed up for the local blogger get together! We will meet at The Barn (here in Castle Rock) at 6:00 this Saturday night (April 2). The Barn will be open JUST FOR US until 7:00! At 7:00 we will head to Sienna, across the street, for dinner. I know this will be a wonderful time for us all to get to know each …

Haute Handbags

A few months ago I was approached by one of the editors of the magazine Haute Handbags. This is one of the magazines published by Stampington & Company. They wanted to feature one of my purses and have me write a tutorial. I was thrilled. I got my copy in the mail last week..but you can get your copy April 1. It will have step by step instructions on how to make the badge that is attached to my Lulu …

Training Is The Opposite of Hoping

I am so excited that you are here! Every Wednesday in February I will be doing a post on DREAMS. Our beautiful, wonderful, amazing dreams! The first thing I want you to do is to truly open you heart and your mind to the dreams that are stored within you. Please do not compare yourself or your dreams to anyone! Your dreams are unique and special…just like you! Grab a journal, notebook or sheets of paper. As we go along …

Blogging For Bliss

This is the title of Tara Frey's new book that will be released August 4.  Isn't that a great title?!  If I didn't love blogging I would have stopped a long time ago.  I am constantly amazed, inspired and encouraged by all of you.  I have cried, laughed out loud, prayed, nodded my head in agreement because of the words you have written.  I get emails every week saying the same thing to me.  I think blogging is a powerful force.  …