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We did it

Posted on December 21, 2011

I’ve shared little bits about what we’ve been working on and how we’ve managed to marry work and play. Today as Sean is away, the big girls are at school readying things for a holiday party and Finley is at Nana’s, no doubt playing family with elves, bears and kittens. Our tree twinkles at home and the weather is flirting with snow. I am under the weather, but grateful. I have friends who are looking out for me, family who has gathered ’round and my spirit is lifting. I am ready to let the sorrows of this year rest so that the triumphs and laughter can rise and soften the files of 2011. Also, I can finally say that the site is live for our shop…

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The truth about the truth

Posted on December 20, 2011

Holidays bring out the ache in even the oldest wounds, don’t they? I actually love twitter and facebook for that, they remind us through bite sized exclaims and updates that we all hurt. I’ve seen people talking about Christmas cries, aided by The Family Stone and Love Actually, and others talking about confronting estrangement, again. Before you know it your own worries are benched as you reach out to someone to day, “Eventually it will be more ok than it is today.” I think we tend to get really angry at ourselves for not feeling all-consuming gratitude and goodwill during the holidays. How shallow? How weak? Just get over it! No, how normal! The truth is with a time so chock full of expectation and…

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Pushing Serenity

Posted on December 14, 2011

Growing up I loved the idea of a journal and often tried to work my feelings out on paper, but it never came naturally. Even as I was peppered with gentle, chiding from my maternal grandmother, “Write it down, Amanda. Carry a pen and a little notebook and just jot things down. Nothing fancy, just words in a book that is always with you.” Living up to her advice, she always kept them near. Several of them sit in a little cabinet in our house, it’s hard to tell now if it’s her handwriting or the smell that stays blessedly trapped within the pages that helps me remember. I started blogging in 2004 and I do revel in this space and what it has…

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Posted on December 9, 2011

I spend a lot of time online for work— Twitter Google+ Pinterest Facebook LinkedIn Then there are the sites I frequent for inspiration, research and, let’s be honest, oblivion. I thought as we hurdle through the holidays it might be fun to just have a little fun. Here are a few things that have made me smile. Cycle of customized apology Have your speakers on, but not too loud if you’re at work, unless of course you like blushing. Gorgeous, sweaty revelation Searching for a way to push through an emotional plateau? You aren’t alone. A different Disney Do you realize how precious your perspective is? Beauty for eyes, ears and soul Mesmerizing. Sorry, this one is a departure, but her words have stayed…

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