Friday Favorites: Podcasts

I am not certain why it took me so long to realize what a podcast is, but I am so thankful I finally did. It is weird how things come into our lives at the right time. I listen to one which references another, I listen to that one and it references another. So on and so on. There are brilliant women out there, and men I am sure *wink* The podcasts I have been drawn to are women lifting up women, moms talking about how normal all of these abnormal things are. I am not alone. These women are inspirational. They lift me up. They lift others up. They are artists, they are creators, they are authors and speakers. They leave me feeling like I want to do more. Not that I need to do more, but really encourage me to live life with passion and reach for fulfillment. I have women in my life, a mother, a sister, aunts, cousins, friends, these women are real, they are my physical soulmates, they are right here with me, but Rachel Hollis, Elyse Snipes, Jessica Honegger, Meg Tietz and Jen Hatmaker– they are there during the morning when I am getting ready for the day, they are with me in the car on my way to work and as I wind down for the night. I feed off of their dreams, their goals, their advice and make me yearn for more. Maybe they can do the same for you.

Rise Pocast with Rachel Hollis

Trailer Cast with Elyse Snipes

Going Scared with Jessica Honegger

Sorta Awesome with Meg Tietz

Rise Together with Rachel and Dave Hollis

For the Love Podcast with Jen Hatmaker

Cow Pie Memories

I love memories of my childhood. I was blessed with two loving parents and a fantastic little sister. I went to good schools, joined in activities that allowed me to be creative and was surrounded by loving and caring friends.

I get to relive my childhood each day with my two littles. Stella is a spitting image of me and Em, well she is “my little sister”. Stella’s class, along with the other kindergarten class, was invited to a farm in Bemidji. I just had to chaperone this field trip. See, my mom chaperoned my 1st grade field trip to my teacher’s farm when I was little. I have videos on a VHS tape that my mom filmed of this trip. I am huddled by my best friend, Jenny, getting grossed out by the Cow Pies that we could throw like frisbees. *gag*

The kids didn’t throw Cow Pies this time around, nor were the words uttered to the kids. The field trip though, was such a joy to my heart. It was a blessing. It brought smiles to my face, my heart and my brain. I saw Stella run around with her friends, she held hands with many of them and clearly enjoyed herself.

I imagine my mom having the same feelings 30 years ago. *ugh, 30 years ago*

I hope there are not many times in my future when I think of Cow Pies again, I imagine Em will go on this field trip in a year or so, but I do look forward to witnessing the girls surrounded by classmates and friends that help form them into the girls God wants them to be. Kind, caring, smart, strong and beautiful human beings.

Love Wins

We are in a time where we need constant reminders that Love Wins. This seems like it should be common sense, but why is it not? I believe that there are still more good people in the world than bad, but why is it that our kids have to learn ALICE training? Why is it that we have to worry about our kids’ safety at school of all places? It broke my heart to hear about the school shooting in TX. I was fortunate to spend the day with my daughter’s class on a field trip last week. Such innocence ran around the farmstead we visited. They are well aware of what to do if a bad person comes into their school. They know they are to throw any object at the bad guy and they know to take direction from the teachers that hopefully can protect them. To write this forces me to vision my kids in these situations and it causes instant anxiety, broken breathing and tears to form. This world has become a very scary place. We need to come together and end the violence. We need kids to have boundaries. The small troubled fish need to be stopped in their actions before they become big fish that are out of control. Innocent kids are being killed and being threatened in this great world we live in.

The shooting, in my opinion, was a bit overshadowed by the Royal Wedding. Don’t get me wrong, who doesn’t love a prince getting married, especially one as good looking and kind as Prince Harry? The sermon that was given at the wedding by Rev. Michael Curry was incredible. It spoke to me on so many levels. I pray that we continue to love. Again, Love Wins!

Words that won me over:

“We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love” … “And when we discover that, we will be able to make of this old world a new world”

“Imagine our governments and countries when love is the way”… “Imagine business and commerce when this love is the way … No child would go to bed hungry in such a world as that. Poverty would become history in such a world as that.”

Maybe Rev. Michael Curry didn’t intend to discuss love in the way he did at the Royal Wedding, but he had a large audience listening to him. Harry and Meghan seem to be very dedicated to making the world right again through love. It was a fitting sermon for them to hear along with those that tuned in. MAY LOVE CONQUER ALL.

Shirt: Old Navy

Friday Favorites: Good Bye Winter Clothes

It was five years ago that we had snow in April. Much more snow than this year. So, I guess we should be content with snow on the ground on April 20, 2018? That is Northern Minnesota for us. Nothing gives me pleasure like throwing all of the winter coats, snow pants, hats and mittens into the washing machine one last time before being packed away until next winter. I am certain we may need the hats and mittens a couple of more times, but I have faith that spring is here to stay. Bring out the sandals and dresses for I am ready to show off these pasty white legs! I may as well embrace them, just another perk to living in the upper Midwest. Happy Spring everyone!

Added bonus, look at our little Stella and her cousins on Lake Bemidji. This just happened to show up on my Facebook Feed.

Happiness Project: March Review

I was to focus on aiming higher with “work”. The funny thing is the author set the goal of launching a blog, perfect timing as I had just started Coffee Pines & Designs. She wanted the reader, me, to enjoy the fun of failure, ask for help, work smart and enjoy “now”. Coffee Pines & Designs wasn’t my job, but it was a project I wanted to work on.

I intended for the focus of Coffee Pines & Designs to weigh heavier on the topic of interior design, and I still plan for that, but it has been therapeutic to share my thoughts on self love and personal growth. It has felt like a higher power, or energy was saying “it’s ok to focus on another topic for now”. I think looking over the last month’s posts, it was clearly needed for myself. To journal, if you will, and to have people read it and say “me too” or “thank you, I needed to hear that I am not the only one” was beneficial. There are friends of mine who I have had little contact with since moving to Bemidji that have read my blog and reached out to me. What a great way to re-connect. We may not see each other often, or talk much, but we still have this connection, even with all of our life changes.

The other points I took away from this month’s assignment were the following:

Fake it til you feel it/Act the way I want to feel:

There are days where you just don’t feel like getting out of bed, or feel like you want to be positive. But I always try , some days I failed, some days I succeeded. It is hard to enjoy the fun of failure (as she suggested) in regards to our emotions, but laugh a little, shrug your shoulders and move on. If that doesn’t help, tomorrow is a new day!

Do a little each day:

Pace one self. With the blog, I don’t have to write a post each day. Some days I wanted to write more than one because my mind wouldn’t shut off and the time allowed. It will all flow when it needs to. I began working out with Mom’s Into Fitness, her plan is roughly 30 minute workouts each day. A little each day. Two weeks into it, I have stayed on track and hope to keep it that way. January’s focus of energy is a must for me, each month.

Writing partner/Community:

My friend, Amanda, of Lemon Drops Photography in Fargo, ND has a blog. We have been each other’s sound board for topics and advice. She is my partner. She is part of the community this blog is bringing together for me. A social platform for me to connect with others around the United States wanting to read my thoughts and visa versa. We learn from one another, we inspire one another, we hold each other up.

Make work room inviting:

My work room is hard to keep clean, with it being a work out space, my closet and my design room, but I rearranged it to feel more like I want it to. I have some final touches to work on, but a little here and there will get it done.

Slightly uncomfortable:

I write about thoughts that come deep from my mind and heart. Some of them are uncomfortable for me to share, but I know when I read stories from other bloggers, not always were those stories easy to write and share either. It is what makes us human. It is what makes us grow.

One goal brings another:

As I write one post a lightbulb goes off for another. I am like a pinball in a pinball machine, I go from one side to the next, up and back down again hitting the trigger that sends me to the next corner in a flash. I need to remind myself- slow down, do a little each day. There is no need to rush.

But I am having fun, so rushing is not bad, as long as I am producing something I am proud of- happy about. After all, this is the Happiness Project!