Fall is for Family Time

White Fireplace decorated for autumn with a grapevine wreath and a sign that says family. Firewood piled up ready for cooler days. Fall leaves and berries. Family comes first. Country cottage style rustic decor.

I love the simplicity of this photo ( @countrylivingmag on Instagram) & the timely reminder that even as our lives become busier with the approaching holiday festivities, at the end of the day all that really matters is family. So make sure that you put them first, cherish every fleeting moment & don’t stress too much about the little things.

Find Success: Stick To What Already Works

I came across this thought-provoking article by James Clear today & it kind of rocked my world. What do I know in my heart (or from past experience) is a proven strategy for success, but I haven’t been doing lately? Have I been focusing too much on what’s ‘trendy’ and ‘exciting’ while ignoring the tried & true, but perhaps ‘boring’ or ‘time consuming’ methods? Am I wasting precious time seeking a quick & easy solution?

I’m afraid the answer to all of these in one aspect or another is, ‘Yes’. Ouch. Time to step back, reevaluate my goals & priorities & follow a lot of my own advice (instead of everyone else’s).

Interview with Design Sponge Founder

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This is one of the most inspiring interviews I’ve ever watched. Grace Bonney of the hugely popular design blog, Design Sponge, shares her insights into running a successful online business for 10 years and how she deals with the ever-changing landscape of internet marketing & social media. A wonderful reference for small business owners everywhere. Click the link to watch the video, http://www.marieforleo.com/2015/03/grace-bonney/

A Month of Giving

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Welcome February! Not only are we that much closer to Spring, but we also have Valentines Day to look forward to. Even if you’re not a fan, who can resist 90% off chocolates the day after??? But personally, I like to think of the holiday more as a whole month to focus on loving the people in our lives & giving gifts of the heart that will last far beyond just a single day.

It’s National Handwriting Day!

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I was so thrilled to discover that today is National Handwriting Day! Somewhere in a dark closet is the box with journals I’ve filled from cover to cover with my innermost thoughts over the years. Hand cramps eventually prompted me to make the digital transition. But I’ve always loved the look and individuality of a handwritten note & some of my most precious mementos are the sentiments expressed on cards I’ve received over the years (and I like to imagine others feel the same way about notes I’ve sent them). So, to show my support for this art form, I’ve decided that spending a little time each day in the thankfulness journal I’d all but forgotten about is a good place to start.