Getting ready for Hope.

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I’m beginning to prepare my heart for a big upcoming trip to Dallas later this month. It’s been a while (18 months?) since I last traveled to a blog conference, and even though it’s a little scary for me to think about leaving my little boy at home for the weekend, I’m also really looking forward to it. It’s good practice for me for the big picture, right? :) I’m super excited to attend Hope Spoken, and my prayer is that the conference is a blessing to many. I’m so proud of the gals putting on the conference, they are so inspiring and brave and solid God-seeking mamas. And something else I’m excited about? Having a little Maggie time for the weekend and soaking up lots of time with this sweet friend.

Are you going? Leave a comment if you are and say hello! :)

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Let’s see… what have we been up to these last few weeks? Aside from getting my newest handmade venture — Caroline-made launched, not a whole lot. Turns out launching a new shop takes a lot of energy and time ;) I’m finishing up a big post sharing my inspiration for Caroline-made, where the name comes from, all of that exciting stuff. Click over and take a peek, if you haven’t yet? I’m so happy with the final designs of everything inside the shop. CM is a fun mix of color and practicality.

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It has rained for days, days, days! Which is incredibly unlikely for Los Angeles. With the rain came wind and cloudy skies, something else we’re not used to. And I know, poor us… most of you are experiencing never ending snow — don’t hate me for complaining about the rain ;) It seems to have passed, which is great because Maxwell’s birthday party is going to be outside on Sunday. My parents are flying in for the week. It feels a bit surreal to be celebrating One Year with our son. And oh, those long days of labor before he was placed in our arms — those memories haven’t left me just yet ;)

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What has been inspiring you lately? I’m always curious how inspiration appears to us all a little bit differently. Are you inspired by music or a book or a certain color? Maybe a visit somewhere special? I’ve been going to a mom’s group/bible study for the last couple of months and ohhhhhhhhhh my goodness, that weekly meet-up has been the most inspiring of all the things I’ve tried in the past. Who knew sitting down with a small group of other moms (all stages of motherhood) could be so life-giving? I’m definitely hooked :)

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The beauty of Hope is that it knows how to meet us just where we are. For me this has been an upcoming trip, planning a birthday party and committing to a weekly birthday party.

How about you? What is Hope for you?

Caroline-made has officially launched!

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eeeekkkk! It’s finally here — today is the big reveal of Caroline-made! I’ve been working on this for months, planning, designing and sewing. Caroline is my middle name, and I’m big time loving being stretched creatively in this new way. We have a gorgeous collection of 16 items to launch our Spring 2014 lookbook. Take a peek?

I’ll be sharing soon more of the design process with you as well as some of the highlights to launching Caroline-made. But for now, you must know our suede labels are making me so happy. They’re stunning, just like the brand new (exclusive) designer fabrics we’re using ;)

PS. Now through midnight save 15% on your entire order with code PRETTYFABRIC

xoxo

Friday inspiration.

impossible-print-maggie-whitleyThe other day I was feeling especially tired, and all I wanted to do was take a nap. I have been waking very early (hello 5:30am) to get a few hours of work in before Maxwell wakes/Zack leaves for work. And while this has been so, so good with helping me to feel like I’m getting caught up (slowly!), I have been feeling pretty darn tired come early afternoon. The reverse of this is to stay up late and work, but to be honest, any work I do at night turns out to be of low quality. I feel like I have a lot of “pots simmering on the stove” and I’m trying so hard to finish them before they start to boil. Do you know the feeling? I’m sure you do :)

So the other day, instead of continuing to feel pretty blah, I got my people ready and we headed out for a walk. And then so many great things happened: the fresh air helped to wake me up, I thought of an upcoming post topic, Bauer & I got a little exercise, and Maxwell saw lots of new things. Perfect. With this new found energy and inspiration I sat down to tackle one of my many tasks. If I put my mind to it I’ll knock this one out and that’ll be one less pot on the stove. Remember this phrase next time you’re feeling tired or ready to quit a big project: it always seems impossible until it’s done (photo credit). Something else I try to remember is the big dreams usually take a long time to complete, so don’t give up just yet. Keep at it; you’re doing a great job.

Also worth reading // 3 things I do when I am feeling un-inspired by Elise Blaha Cripe.