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14 goals for 2014

January 21, 2014

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14 goals for 2014

today i want to talk about goals. i’m actually not a huge fan of ‘new year’s resolutions’, but there is something about the start of a new year that makes me reflect and inspires me to plan. it’s like having a new start, and placing a timeline on goals and dreams that i have can really be motivating.

i believe there’s something special about proclaiming your goals. putting them on paper and saying them out loud suddenly makes me feel more accountable to them. so above is my own list of goals for 2014 (you can see last year’s here). in case they’re hard to read, i’ll list them below as well. here’s to accomplishing LOTS in the new year!

focus on design | submit my work portfolio more frequently | read through the bible | start writing a book with my mom | redesign going home to roost | finish decorating my home room by room | garden | learn to sew garments | teach a skillshare class | do a little yoga every day | be the best mom/wife i can be | run a little. hike a little | stargaze | learn photoshop

if you feel comfortable sharing some of your own goals, we would love to here them! proclaim your goals publicly and watch them get accomplished- we can all help hold each other accountable! i’ll meet you in the comments area.

p.s. this goal worksheet is a little printable i made for the roost tribe. come join the fun!

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chickpea magazine

October 14, 2013

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chickpea magazine

i recently had the absolute pleasure of flipping through the summer issue of chickpea magazine. it comes out each quarter and just so happens to be completely vegan! this particular issue had nearly 100 pages full of fresh fruit desserts, summer recipes, a southern vegan travel guide, summer soups and a beautiful tribute to farmer’s markets. there are never any ads and the photography is simply breathtaking. with every flip of the page you just get more and more inspired (and hungry!). visit their webshop to order either the hardcopy magazine or a pdf version.

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sseko sandals

July 30, 2013

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i was thrilled when sseko designs approached me about participating in their 30 says, 30 days to educate women in africa campaign. sseko is a humanitarian brand that makes beautiful sandals, clutches and totes in uganda. their sandals start with a standard base, then come with a huge selection of different straps and patterns which can all be tied in hundreds of ways (pictured above are the sseko sandals with the clochette chiffon straps in the classic tie).

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their unique sandal makes them pretty special, but what makes them even more special is their mission and dedication to educationsseko hires recent secondary school graduates in uganda for a nine month period to live and work together, while earning money that will go directly towards their university education. without an opportunity like this, most of these women would never have the chance to earn the income they do to attend university. the best news is, these women will not make sandals forever. they will go on to be doctors, lawyers, politicians, writers and teachers that will bring change and unification to a country divided and ravished by a 22 year-long war.

i think that’s pretty amazingsseko has also been generous enough to offer ghtr readers a special discount, just enter code “Sseko30x30” during checkout for 30% off your purchase. thanks, sseko!

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thoughts on true beauty.

July 25, 2013

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true beauty

this post has been hard for me to begin. though i’m thrilled to be participating in the choose beauty linkup blog hop hosted by thoughts by natalie, it’s made me face a difficult question: what does true beauty mean to me?

in a world where beauty is most often defined by looks, makeup and clothing i’m left knowing that there’s definitely more to it than that. to me, true beauty is what is reflected by your soul. the sunshine that you emit when you walk in a room, regardless of what you’re wearing or what you look like. the people that i find most beautiful have sweet, gentle spirits. are gracious, kind, compassionate and loving.

to be honest, writing about true beauty couldn’t come at a better time for me. as i’m 34 weeks pregnant and 30 pounds heavier than i usually am, i’ve had to refocus my own thoughts and feelings on beauty. though being pregnant is a beautiful thing, it’s also a difficult one. i feel like i can no longer rely on my body type to make me feel ‘beautiful’. thus, it has to come from within, a radiance of feminine beauty that shines beyond outward appearances.

it’s been a constant struggle to let go of my self consciousness and stop poking around my body as i huff and puff. but, i’m learning to embrace the beauty that comes with a changing body, and how amazing my body is for being able to do what it’s doing. my biggest goal is to feel beautiful on the inside, and then let that radiate out into the world and release my thoughts and concerns about my body. i’m thankful for living in a strong body that is so much more capable than i think it is. we truly are amazing beings, aren’t we?

one of the things that makes me feel the most beautiful is carefully choosing and eating the most nourishing foods i can find. it helps me know that regardless of what the scale says or how my clothes fit, i’m as healthy as i can possibly be from the inside out. that makes me feel beautiful. if i’m ever feeling kind of ‘blah’ about myself, i quickly take a look at the foods that i’m eating. not to diet, or lose weight, but to focus on nourishment. it leaves me feeling refreshed, alive and empowered.

how do you pursue true beauty in your own life?

This is part of the Choose Beauty Linkup—an ongoing series that focuses on topics related to beauty—what real beauty is, what makes us feel beautiful, how we pursue lasting beauty in our lives, the roots behind our body image issues, etc. Through our posts, we’ll share thoughts, experiences, inspirations, challenges and more with the hope of changing the voice about beauty that we’re hearing in our culture today.  Join the conversation by hitting “click here to enter” below.

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plan a popsicle party!

1 & 2: a popsicle picnic
3: no melt pop invitations
4: diy popsicle tote
5: striped juice popsicles
6: striped ice cubes

with the heat of summer setting in, i’ve been craving ice cold drinks, chilled fruit and homemade popsicles. after seeing so many popsicle inspired pretties around the web, i thought how fun it would be to throw a popsicle summer soirée! with so many options for unique invitations, diy projects and delicious popsicle mixtures, this is a party i’d be sure to attend!

have you ever thrown a food inspired party?

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camping in paradise

June 17, 2013

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camping in paradise

palmae food cover | travel throw | crumb bags | oil lantern | field candy tent

oh my goodness. when i saw this gone glamping post over on a lovely lark, my jaw dropped! i just new i had to share a few of my favorite picks with you. i’m pretty sure i would just take up permanent residence here if this was our camping scenario. head on over to a lovely lark to see more stunning accessories to spruce up your summer camping!

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another one of my most favorite gifts this year was a set of bags from amy butler’s new collection of fashion and travel bags. someone really knows me well (ahem, thanks mom!) and picked out the most perfect travel set for me. a large weekender and a hanging toiletries bag that are both so easy to zip up and toss in the car. i love them!

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convenience aside, the bags themselves are remarkable. made from heavy organic cotton and dyed with eco friendly dyes, they feel simply luxurious. they are sturdy, extremely well made and absolutely beautiful.

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head on over to amy butler’s website to view the collection, then visit kalencom to purchase.

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body beautiful app

January 9, 2013

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body beautiful app

we women can be so hard on ourselves and each other, can’t we? with media blasting us with unhealthy body images from every direction, it can be so hard to stay true to ourself. i find that’s it’s especially difficult in january. the time for new beginnings and when everyone is determined to lose weight, start exercising and get fit. well, if you need a breath of fresh air (who doesn’t?) then i hope you’ll welcome this inspiring app to your phone: body beautiful.

body beautiful is the only iphone app that promotes positive body image and self-esteem among women and girls. it includes inspirational quotes, media articles, videos and tools will help you love your body, plus tons of way to share quotes, articles and videos with the other ladies in your life. allie marie smith, the creator behind body beautiful is actually a dear friend of mine and i know you’re going to fall in love with her and her vision! finally, someone has created an app that helps you love and appreciate your body and give it the respect it deserves!

i have been using body beautiful for several months now, and can’t tell you how precious it is to me. whenever you need a quick pick-me-up, reassuring moment or want to help a friend out it’s full of great resources. i especially love the ‘photo stamp’ feature that lets you imprint encouraging messages on a photo of a friend and send it to them. so sweet!

don’t forget, there will never be a more beautiful you!

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