Repurposed Rainbow

Remember way back in 2013 when I decided that I needed more color in my backyard?! I loved that sweet little house (Emma was born there)! Well...after that, the rainbow fence followed us to the farm and welcomed our guests at the gate.

After the farm, it moved up to the mountains and sat next to our hot tub for 2 years...offering a rainbow of happiness while we soaked our cares away. 

But NOW...it's found a new home! 

It's becoming fast friends with the barnwood we found at the Boulder dump...

...and it's being shaped and repurposed into it's new life. 

Almost done!

Voila! A brand new, colorful wall in our office! This took Matt about an hour or so to complete...I'm in awe of his mad skills. And yes, I totally rainbowfied my books just for this photo. Spell check does not think rainbowfied is a word. It's wrong. :) 

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And now...if you're a part of our TRIBE, you'll see this pretty wall on our video calls! Just one more way to add some HAPPY to our life! 

Little Altars

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"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest."  +Matthew 11:28

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I love to create little altars around my house with my most treasured pieces of love. This particular one is on the ledge above my sink. I spend a crazy amount of time there during the day and as the incense lifts, my heart turns to the sacred. I am reminded to lay my burdens down...I was not meant to carry them on my own.

I painted that little PROVIDER card to remind myself that I have ALL THAT I NEED. And that my strength and peace and my future are held together in Him. And I am thankful for that...because I am weary like WHOA today.

It's 5:30 a.m. and I haven't gone to sleep yet from yesterday. In fact, I've been up exactly 24 hours! Magical!

Let's just say that editing an eBook is no joke. But it's done! Off to my editor for one last peek and then we will be getting it ready to be released on Friday. So many of you have already purchased it...thank you from the bottom of my heart!! You will be receiving an email with a download link late Thurs. night. I cannot wait to hear what you think of it.

If you haven't grabbed a copy yet...get it now before the price goes up to $37 on Friday! So much good stuff in there...as I re-read it again tonight, I keep finding little bits and pieces of life wisdom to carry with me.

Have an unburdened & restful day!

Fighting for Joy: 5 Ways to Find Peace

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This is what it looks like when I launch a new blog, finish an eBook, and move all in the same week. It's strange that the magical mess makers are conveniently missing from the photo. They're like ninjas.

At the end of the day, Matt swoops in like a knight in shining armor and has the entire thing gleaming in 15 minutes.  Oh how I love him! I breathe a weary sigh of relief and retreat to a quiet spot for a few minutes. Until the little tribe finds me. They always find me. 

But the funny thing is...when I am in the midst of the tornado of daily life and high heels are flying and dogs are chewing the heads off the toy goats...it's so difficult for me to remember that my knight is on his way. I forget that I have someone who saves the day. Every day.

Because my eyes are on the current crisis. 

It's similar to me & Jesus. During the hard days, I sometimes forget I have a savior who is ready and waiting to hear my cries...catching every tear. And believe me, there are tears. From mama and children. So much more now that we have THREE little loves. Three times the happiness, three times the feelings!

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A few days ago I read this in Psalms 55:6-8

Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.
I would flee far away and stay in the desert...

I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.

I can so relate to that. Wanting to fly away to a quiet place...to gather my thoughts. Because I'm desperate for peace.  

And when mama ain't peaceful...ain't nobody peaceful. Can I get a holla from my mama tribe?! You know what I'm talkin' about.

It's a war in my mind. I am fighting against discontentment, overwhelm, and fear. I know Jesus desires the BEST for me. But the enemy is busy busy busy whispering lies. Recently, the lies have been:

"You can't finish all you have set out to do."

"You aren't a good enough mother."

"See how messy your house is right now? You're a failure."

I feel those thoughts creeping in. But I know it's not Jesus. Because it's not TRUTH. What lies are you believing today? Pinpoint them. And fight.

Fight for JOY.

And when you find the truth, make a plan. Want some suggestions? Here are 5 ways to find peace in the midst of chaos.

Root down. 

Fill your mind with encouragement. Read scripture (Psalms are my favorite). Read inspiring words. Blogs you love. When your spirit is strong and bolstered...when your roots are planted DEEP into contentment and abundance, you are much more apt to handle the day with joy and ease. Preferably, this happens before the day begins. But at this season in my life, with kiddos in our bed who magically wake up when I leave...that isn't happening much. Squeeze it in whenever you can. Analyze your life for any joy-takers. News sites. Toxic people. Poisonous thoughts. And stop indulging.

Breathe deep.

Literally. Breathing is a huge stress reliever. I will often go all day without a deep cleansing breath. Add a few sun salutations while you're at it. During meltdowns of the little girl variety, I will hold them and remind them to breathe and will have them do it with me by mimicking my own breathing. Because when you are flipping out...you sometimes need help getting back down off the ledge. 

Fill up.  

Self-care is a buzz word that you hear a lot lately. But it's much more than a buzz word. It's essential to your sanity. Take a bath. Create art. Photography. Watch your favorite TV show. There is no one perfect way...everyone has their own unique way to re-focus and wind down. But the key is to MAKE TIME. Even just a 10 minute soak in a hot tub with a glass of wine will do wonders for you. Slap on some Spotify, throw in some Epsom salts, oils, and light candles. Insta-spa! If you haven't read this piece by MaryBeth Bonfiglio...do it now. It's powerful and reminds me to be IN MY BODY daily. **It does contain strong language and ideas that are breathtaking and beautiful but different than my own truth. And that is why I love her so. I enjoy considering and understanding other spiritual journeys. It bolsters my own walk and makes all of us real and lovely to each other.

Plan escape.

It's so important to take regular time away for just you. Schedule it. Protect it. Enjoy it with no guilt. My favorite mini-escape lately includes a coffee in my hand while thrifting and spring rolls eaten in my van in the parking lot (where it's quiet!). If it's feasible for you to take a weekend away...do it! I try to do it a couple times a year (lately with nursing baby in tow). Create a sacred space in your home that you can retreat to. Even if it's your nightstand with candles and books. Lay on your bed and ESCAPE. Or a closet with a pillow. You can make any space sacred in that moment.

Dance more. 

I'm a big fan if the mid-afternoon dance party. You cannot remain stressed to the max when you are moving your body! Whether it be hooping or dancing on the coffee table to Let It Go (any other Frozen fans in the house?!)...you will release the tension in your muscles. It's a good thing.  Music is a powerful mood enhancer! Turn it up! The louder the better. Make a soundtrack for your life! Bonus: Dancing also initiates laughter. Laughter is essential. Don't go a day without it.

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Be intentional about fighting for your joy today. Do things that fill you up and bolster your spirit. Love YOURSELF...talk nice and allow yourself to rest. All while nourishing and caring for those around you.


What are your favorite self-care secrets?
Share them in the comments...
Let's encourage each other with ideas!