Always remember how very much you are loved. Jesus Christ loves us so much that he gave his life for us. No matter how many times we mess up, he still loves us. Always remember that you are worth so much. You are important in this world. Don’t ever forget that.
#jesuschrist #spreadjoy #love
Levitä iloa ja hyvää energiaa tänään ympärillesi , pienillä teoilla on suuret vaikutukset ja ne vaikuttaa isosti yleensä myös just sun elämään ✌🏻💛 It costs nothing to be kind 💛
Issa 3 day weekend so y’all know what’s up. We’ll be closed early on Friday (1:30) and all day Monday. Enjoy friends, family, food and the blessing of life ✌🏼
Life sometimes feels overtaken by infertility.
When is my next appointment
Will I be home in time to take my medication
What will be the outcome of my latest treatment
Lately I’ve been trying to make an extra effort to step away from infertility and do more of the things I love.
There’s so much more to me than infertility, loss and anxiety!
So in an effort to break past my infertility I want to share some of what makes me, me and sets my soul on fire!
1. I’m pretty much obsessed with my dog, Bentley
2. I love to cook almost anything but I’ve really gotten into pasta making and can’t seem to buy pasta from a box anymore 🍝
3. My favorite place in the world is my family’s cabin on a lake in northern Wisconsin
4. I play bassoon in a local orchestra
5. Dan and I have done surprise dates every month since the summer we got married and haven’t repeated more than a couple times
Now I want to hear from you! What sets your soul on fire and reminds you that infertility and loss are not your whole life
The red eye home last night was well worth it to celebrate our 5 year #weddinganniversary 👸🏽🤴🏿 a day early before @dr.truesdale goes to Ghana to teach ear surgery 🌎. This excerpt is from a longer piece I wrote on all the spaces and places I see God in the beauty of the world. We are so lucky for the people brought into our lives at exactly the right time.
We had a great dinner in perfect weather and impromptu drinks on the lawn at @a2distilling. Carl surprised me with beautiful new things from my fave @anthropologie - I happened to have perfectly matching earrings and shoes for the dress he bought me 🥰
Y’all sharpening up and getting ready to ride a rainbow off into another fuckin dimension Coz I am feeling FESTIVE and ready to celebrate some queer awesomeness and awesome queerness. One of the goals I wrote down earlier this year was to find biz projects/partnerships that would amplify my opportunities to put out art uplifting and honoring the LGBTQ+ community and the universe has delivered on this request in some tremendous ways so far and it ain’t even June yet. Hold on to your butts. 🌈💖
This first week back at school has been a giant STRUGGLE. But I’m looking at a four day weekend so things are looking up 🙌🏼⠀
Sometimes it’s the little things that make all the difference. I wanna hear from you, what’s good is going on in your life, something you’re excited about, proud of, or just wanna share!
Spread even more love by tagging someone who needs so sunshine in their life ☀️💕⠀ #spreadjoy #spreadlove #youcandoboth
The south... 🤦🏻♀️🤷🏻♀️🤷🏻♀️🤷🏻♀️🤷🏻♀️If a Massachusetts “statie” (state trooper) saw this, or any local cop...it would be like flies on 💩. What a difference between the north and south. The only thing that personally annoys me, is two dudes in the front, female in the back. #chivalryisdead
As some of you may know- I was diagnosed with Lupus a couple years ago. The reason for this post was not for sympathy or for pity but for the hope to spread awareness. Quite frankly, Lupus is an asshole. Chronic illness has many faces, many names, and many symptoms. Everyone’s body reacts differently and severity and needs differ from person to person. Lupus doesn’t have a ‘look’ you can’t always tell if someone is ‘sick’... so for Lupus awareness month I ask you for one favor... to please be kind. You never know what someone else is going though, and just because they don’t ‘look sick’ doesn’t mean they aren’t fighting a battle you know nothing about. Awareness to me means spreading compassion, love and support to everyone, because kindness is a gift everyone can afford to give 💜 #LupusAwarenessMonth #SpreadKindness #Lupus
I'm about to get personal so proceed with kindness, please. 💜
Shortly after I had my fourth baby a woman that I barely knew came to the door and asked me how I was. I replied "good!". She then asked me something I had never been asked before. She said, "do you have postpartum depression" I told her I didn't think so and that I was fine. She left after handing me something which I don't even remember what it was. I was taken back by her very upfront and, what I thought at the time, was too personal to ask of a virtual stranger.
💜 💜I think about that moment a lot. I wonder what would have happened if I had admitted to her-- a barely acquaintance--that yes, I was struggling. I was drowning and I didn't know who to tell or what to do. I kept trying to convince myself to snap out of it and "choose to be happy". I told my husband week after week that it would get better and that next time it got bad I would see a doctor.
💜 💜 I did eventually seek the help of a doctor but not until after my husband and mom basically told me it had to happen and I had to do it for my babies who deserved for their mom to be there in a way I couldn't be when I was in the thick of PPD. 💜
💜I wonder how different the world would be if we checked in on each other. I mean REALLY checked in. If we asked the hard and personal questions. If we didn't assume that the life people portray on social media and the way they look on the outside is in any way associated with how they feel on the inside.
💜This is me checking in on each of you reading this. Talk to someone. Reach out. Lift each other. Spread kindness. Check in on each other with no judgement and no expectation. I love you guys. You are not alone. -Paige .
-"special edition" letters in white and "Amee" letters in white. Sales from the special edition font are partially donated to a mental health awareness charity for the month of May. .
#honeycombheights #letterboard #letterboardquotes #etsyshop #etsyseller #smallbusiness #etsysellersofinstagram #letterboardideas #wahm #momboss #handmade #mentalhealth #postpartumdepression #fourthtrimester #mentalhealthmatters #spreadjoy #thelettergrams
Some days, I just don't have words to express how I'm feeling and ya know what That is okay! It's okay to not know how you feel or even if you're doing okay. Sometimes depression makes you just feel numb to everything. Sometimes you just want to lie on the couch all day and sleep. Sometimes it takes every ounce of power in your body just to open your eyes in the morning. It is okay. It is okay to feel this way. It doesn't make you less than to struggle with mental illness. It is just a part of this life. What is not okay is giving up. I know it's hard but you can survive. You can get through this. There are medications that can help. There are therapists, friends, and others who can help. There are so many options for fighting depression. Seek help if you can't do it alone. I know you may feel like you are long past the point of return but I promise, you can return and you can get better. Mental illness is not a death sentence, it is a difficult war that can be fought and won. If your days are looking darker and you can't find a better way out, call the suicide prevention lifeline. They can help you. 1-800-273-8255
We were walking through the park the other day when we came across a dad playing baseball with his 8 year old son. Ben stopped to watch and they asked him if he wanted to play!
Ben was THRILLED! The dad and son duo showed him how to wear a helmet, how to hit the ball, and how to catch with a glove.
I just thought this was the nicest thing to do ever! They could have just said hi and smiled, but instead they were so friendly and willing to teach a 2-year-old the game. After about 45 minutes we decided to leave and they made sure to give Ben a baseball of his very own. ❤️ Thank you to this nice family for making our day!
Today was one of the most perfect days. I will never, ever stop falling in love with my kids every time I see them fall in love with the world. We saw animals, had snacks, ran around, played in the water, rode a carousel, and got to use "the most amazing bathroom ever!"(-Teddy). So thankful for beautiful days, amazing animals, and sweet friends!
When you have licensing workers and case workers coming in relatively short succession...bring me all the joy!! I’ve found that if our caseworker has some major news, she likes to drop the bomb in person. She’s awesome like that 🤦🏻♀️😉 Kidding. Kinda. .
She is by far the best worker we’ve had for any of our placements. And the best news is, no news ❤️ Still just a waiting game. Bio-mom and I chat all the time which sounds weird (and it can be at times) but for the most part it’s a little less weird than totally weird 😉 So for everyone who’s been asking for an update. Here it is: just keep swimming, just keep swimming!! And spread the JOY! Everyone could use an extra dose of that.
Spent all afternoon giving free hugs in Copenhagen 🤗❤️ Was so cute to watch all the different types of hugs... the scared, the joyous, the hesitant, the boisterous, the dainty, the teary eyed, the annoyed, the grateful, the mauling bear huggers and so many more! Each flavor of hug was so beautiful to experience. We had sooo much fun & met so many beautiful people. It’s funny how giving works... I felt like I was the one who walked away with my cup overflowing with love ❤️😭❤️ #freehugs #newlifecalling #denmark Gratitude to my 🤡❤️🤡 @kimfyrst @klovnenkikka
I got my flash sale #PimpinJoy shirt in the mail today, that I ordered just two days ago!
Laying on the couch, recovering from a tonsillectomy has not been much fun at all but getting my shirt in the mail has been a highlight! To make this even better, we didn’t get to choose what shirt we wanted because it was a “mystery flash sale” but much to my surprise I got a pink shirt! Anyone who knows me, knows that pink is my absolute most favorite color ever! 💕
On top of all of that, all proceeds from the purchase of this shirt go to a charity! If you want to help spread Joy, go check out @theshopforward to see how you can help!
One of the things that excited me most about creating my own podcast was being able to eventually interview women I admire, so they could share their genius with my audience.
Finally, I'm making it happen as I sit down tomorrow with my FIRST 6 Figure Influencer interviewee, @sarahdbridgeman 👏🏽
Sarah is a certified Holistic Health Counselor who helps women create sustainable lifestyle changes in order to find balance and THRIVE in the most important areas of their lives.
Her message is: YOU are your #1 asset.
You are the CEO of your Health.
I wanted to bring her on the podcast because all of us here are growing an online business/presence- and have big aspirations..
but something I've found to be true, especially since becoming a mom- is that I get NO WHERE closer to my dreams if I'm not taking care of myself properly and pouring into other areas of my life that are equally or more important than my work-life.
So Sarah is going to explain why all of this balance is SO incredibly important and vital to our business success..
✨the things you think about
✨the way you spend your time
✨the way you move your body ✨the relationships you’re in
✨your food and drink choices
✨household & personal product choices
+ some tips on how we can start taking action asap.
PLUS! At the end of the interview I'll be doing a round of audience questions- so if you have anything specific you'd like to ask Sarah- feel free to submit in the comments or shoot me a dm. 👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽
SO EXCITED!!!!!!! xo
Hello 🤗 We bought this cheery door mat to add a little touch of joy to our front door. We've been sooooo busy with seemingly endless home projects (I'm not complaining, I actually LOVE all the projects). It's been so fun to see the transformation that even a small change can make!
A simple thing like replacing the old, worn out door mat with a new one that's more our style. It's for us, yes. But I think it also makes a difference to the people who walk up to our door, whether they're friends coming to stay a while or a stranger delivering our Amazon order. It's our way of greeting everyone who walks up to our door with a little, joyful hello.
What's one SMALL thing you have done or can do to add a little joy to your home
#welcomemat #welcomesign #outdoordecor #homerenovation #dstexture #abmathome #designinspo #exteriordesign #apartmentherapy #fortheloveofoldhouses #livelifehappy #spreadjoy
We’re rocking a cool color palette today. What do you think We want to hear from you! What kinds of flowers would you like to see on the truck Where in Vancouver should Fern go next Tell us your thoughts 😁
Believe it or not I forget to eat. It’s nothing to be proud of as I know I am not setting myself up for success. For the past six months I’ve been deepening my understanding of core health (mentally, physically and emotionally). It’s crazy how much pain I’ve released and the side effect is my body is changing. I turn 43 in a week, I have 2 kids under the age of 5. Today I made my first protein shake and it feels so freaking good to know I am nourishing not only my essence but I am making certain someone else gets fed too!
#nourishone #protein #feelingfabulousinmy40s #corehealth #insideoutliving #spreadjoy #wakeuptoyourlight
I love how these stately old buildings have been repurposed and revived for the enjoyment of all in pedestrianized Old Town Winchester! #oldtownwinchester
Note to self: be a diamond. ✍🏼💎
When we judge others, we do so based on our knowledge, our experiences, and frankly, our own insecurities. .
The truth is we don’t know what they know. We haven’t lived their life. We haven’t been through their hard times and experiences. We haven’t learned what they have learned. We can’t sum up someone’s decisions or reasons based on what we think they are doing and why WE think they are doing it. .
It’s too bad that we judge many times based on the reasons we believe someone might do something rather than their reasons. When people are striving for more, that’s when others judge them and don’t like seeing them try for more. .
Friends, we must CHOOSE to be better and step over and above the judgmental attitudes. WE WILL BE BETTER FOR IT.
If you’d of told me 10 years ago (I would of been 16.. wow! That’s crazy 🤯) that my idea of fun would be taking creative photos and things like painting, I wouldn’t of believed you! I feel like it’s took me so long to learn that the coolest thing you can be is your totally un-cool self. And I’m happy with that 😁 .
Has your style of ‘fun’ changed over the years .
I’ve teamed up with some wonderful friends to show you that everyone is unique and creative.
Welcome to our #inspire_and_create hashtag challenge. Every week we create photos according to the theme.
This week theme - FUN ❤️
To see all photos follow the loop until you get back here.
And don’t forget to show all of them some love.
Next artist @magiclittlesquares