Monday Mantra: emerge

I hope this week has helped to remind you that there are so many things to be thankful for in your life!  This time of year can get so crazy preparing for the holidays, visiting with friends and family and dealing with the general hustle and bustle.  Its easy to get so wrapped up!  This marks just about a year that I ventured into a career change and I could not be more Thankful!  What seemed like a terribly stressful time in my life has turned out to be the biggest blessing.  With so many changes happening in the past year I can barely remember what life was like just a year ago.  We have turned a corner in our lives and oh what a beautiful life it is!

“Some changes look negative on the surface
but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life
for something new to emerge”

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Thankful!
~ Jillian

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Monday Mantra: love

I hope you are nice and warm today where ever you are!  The weather here in Georgia has been wacky!  Sunny and lovely turns to threat of snow back to sunny but with crazy winds…Mother nature can’t seem to make her mind up!  We took this Valentine’s weekend to do something a little different then the usual romantic date night…we made it a Get Stuff Done Weekend!  This pregnant lady is TIRED after two days of hanging curtains (living room & master bedroom!!!!!!!!), cleaning house, organizing and crossing things off of our to do list!!  Felt good to get some of those “we really want to get to that but its not an immediate priority” things done!  (for example…I’ve had the curtain panels for our master bedroom sitting in a box waiting to be installed for several months now…YIKES!)  Spending the weekend with my honey being productive around the house (and watching him up and down that ladder all day long) was the best V-day present a girl could ask for!  I hope you and yours enjoyed whatever it is that makes you feel happy and in love!!!

“When someone else’s happiness is your happiness,that is Love”

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Have a fabulous week!!
~ Jillian

Monday Mantra: ready

Happy Happy on this dreary monday.  I hope you had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed yourself!  We caught up with friends, did lots of things around the house…and of course I squeezed in a few baby-Flo arts and crafts moments!! The dresser is ALMOST finished and I can’t wait to share it with you!!!

The last few months have been so crazy for us that today’s mantra really hits home.  There have been so many new experiences, surprise changes and unexpected twists & turns in our lives that I was starting to wonder what the universe was trying to do to us!!  I try to stay positive and always tell myself that everything happens for a reason and these last few months have proved that sentiment RIGHT!  We are exactly where we are meant to be, doing what we are meant to be doing at this moment and there is nothing handed to us that we can’t handle (even if at the time it seems insurmountable!)

“We attract what we are ready for.”

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So cheers to finding your purpose, staying on your path and rolling with the twists & turns that life hands you!

Happy Monday
~ Jillian

Monday Mantra: gratitude

It’s officially 2015…are you ready??!!?  Its time to kick off the first week of the new year and jump back into life (did the holiday’s really come and go so quickly?)  I hope you are happy, rested and ready to go!  Although I am so grateful for the wonderful but hectic holiday season we had, I’m excited about the idea of getting back to life.  Its time for new and WONDERFUL things to happen.  So cheers to a new year, a positive attitude and the many blessings that 2015 has in store for us!

“Of all the attitudes we can acquire, the attitude of gratitude is
the most important and by far the most life changing.”

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Choose Joy!
~ Jillian

Sayonara 2014

OH what a year it has been!  To say that 2014 has been a roller coaster would be a WILD understatement!!  I’m never one to look back on a year and say good riddance….but I must admit that I’m ready for a new year and a fresh start.  Not that this year hasn’t been amazing (hello…find out we are expecting a little one) it’s just had a few pretty significant bumps thrown in there as well.

But all things considered I choose to take this day as a chance to remember all the blessings that have come our way and be thankful for all that we have in our lives.  We are so incredibly lucky to have the most amazing friends and family around us; supporting us and celebrating with us.

So Cheers to all of the wonderful things that 2014 has brought you and your family.  Cheers to all the laughs and fun times.  Cheers to all the lessons learned and personal growth.  Cheers to making 2015 even better!!

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Be Safe and CELEBRATE all of the blessings in your life!!
~ Jillian

Monday Mantra: beautiful people

Happy first day back from a long holiday weekend! These days are always a bit rough for some reason!!  This year has had a LOT of crazy turns for me and my most dear; And thru it all I have been most inspired by the beauty and strength that has surfaced.  Life will always have a way of keeping us surprised and on our toes and the only thing we can control is how we handle what’s thrown at us.  So here’s to all of those strong, beautiful and positive people out there.

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.  These people have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness and a deep loving concern.
Beautiful people do not just happen.”

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Choose Joy
~ Jillian

Inspiring minds want to know…

Have you ever had one of those moments when you are having a tough day; stressed or overwhelmed and then out of nowhere someone sends something your way that just slaps a smile on your face and changes your outlook?!  Well consider this girl SLAPPED!  The sweet and lovely Audra from the blog Joyosphere has nominated me for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award”!

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Here’s how this lovely award works…

  • Link back to the blogger who nominated you. {thank you thank you Joyosphere!}
  • Post the image of the award.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself… here it goes…
  1. I was born in a small town outside of Seattle, Washington called Snoqualmie.  We lived up a gravel road in the middle of the woods!
  2. I currently have a 10′ long old church pew in my entry way {thanks dad!}
  3. There are about 100 nicknames between me, my husband and my dog.  Things can get very confusing in our house if you aren’t in the know
  4. I have the world’s cutest dog…seriously…look at her!  {she also happens to be possibly the most spoiled dog on the planet…and I take full responsibility for that…she’s just so dang cute!}
  5. I was a butterfly in the 1996 Olympic Opening Ceremonies {and have some really awkward pictures to prove it}
  6. I am an only child, but I have an uncle that is only 7 years older then me {what up Unca Tot!!}
  7. There are twigs and branches all over my house; I have a mild obsession with all things natural.  So much so that my sister-in-law has given me the name “Evil Twiggy”

And then last but not least nominate 15 other fabulous bloggers out there that inspire me and inform them of their nomination! That’s easier said then done…there are SO many amazing bloggers out there…so here goes nothing…

  1. Enjoying the Small Things {LOVE Kelle!  also check out her fabulous book Bloom}
  2. The Lean Green Bean {founder of the fabulous Foodie Penpal program}
  3. Young House Love {duh…if you haven’t fallen in love with this sweet family…you are about to!!}
  4. Burlap & Blue {awesome blog with tons of inspiration…written by a pretty awesome lady!}
  5. A Beautiful Mess {such adorable sisters with so many great ideas!}
  6. Bower Power {hilarious DIY blog written by one super cool chic – who I still owe a wine date!}
  7. The Ugly Duckling House {great house & DIY tutorials…and such a great girl}
  8. One Good Thing by Jillee {recipes, homemade solutions and awesome ideas!}
  9. Miss Mustard Seed {love her country chic style}
  10. Vue Photography {my #1 fav photographer out there…who also happens to be one of my best girls!!}
  11. Remodelaholic {awesome ideas for your home}
  12. Just a Girl {fabulous interior design ideas on a budget!}
  13. Elements of Style  {gorgeous lady with a fabulous sense of style}
  14. Smile and Wave {funky vintage style & home decor ideas along with the cutest little family!}
  15. Shanty 2 Chic {great DIY tutorials for adding style to your home on a budget}

So much love flowing around the blog-o-sphere right now.  I just can’t even contain myself {picture this girl sitting at her computer grinning from ear to ear…my cheeks hurt!}

Share some Joy today!!
~ Jillian

* I have to take a quick second to say thank you for all the sweet words and thoughts that have come my way the last couple days.  My family lost a wonderful lady this week that will be MISSED!  I am so blessed to have such caring friends and family.  Love love Love and will miss my Granny!!!