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Holiday & New Year Greetings

When I saw this Holiday card design from Tiny Prints, I knew right away that I wanted to use it. The focal word couldn’t have been more perfect for what I want to call into 2018. After such a year of ups and downs, I want to cultivate a sense of PEACE in my heart and home.


PEACE… when I have a million and one things on my to-do list and ideas swirling around in my head BUT I’m too tired at the end of the day to do anything about it! This sometimes draining season of busy little ones will pass quickly. And, then I’ll miss it. Stay present, mama!

PEACE… when James and I are short with each other at the end of a long day. I know that he loves me. 

PEACE… when I know I’ve fallen short of my own expectations. Perfection isn’t the goal. I’m doing my best and that’s good enough.

PEACE… in the joyful moments and messes of daily life with littles. I’m so grateful for this time and that they need me right now. And, their smiles? Pure magic for the soul.

PEACE… when sleepless nights have become the norm and I’ve just warmed my coffee up for the 37th time. What I’m doing MATTERS. Being present for them is the greatest gift.

PEACE… when I’m building my business or working on a creative project. I’ve got this!

Wishing you PEACE, joy, health, and happiness in 2018! Happy New Year!

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Hello 2015: Welcoming Grace


It’s been a little quiet around here with the whirlwind of celebrations and chaos commonly known as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Olivia’s Second Birthday. More to come on each of these topics, but for now, I’m savoring the sunshine. It was nearly 60 degrees today- in January!

Did you pick a new One Little Word for 2015? I’m keeping my word from last year, Light. I’m going to continue creating “Light” in my daily life by pursuing my passions, removing unwanted stress, staying in the present moment, and building healthy routines. BUT, I’m also adding another word: Grace. The pairing of Light + Grace together just feels right. 2014 was quite frankly a doozy- an incredible avalanche of deadlines, commitments, and uncertainties. By adding “Grace” to my yearly mantra, I’m going to give myself permission to embrace imperfection in the pursuit of Light.


Emily Ley couldn’t have said it better: “I will hold myself to a standard of Grace not perfection.” This beautiful saying is now on my home screen as a daily reminder- it’s #16 on her collection of gorgeous FREE phone wallpapers.

I’m dreaming big for 2015- here are a few glimpses of my vision board for this year:


I couldn’t resist adding a few aqua and gold paper butterflies. Cheers to a happy and healthy New Year!

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One Little Word 2014

On December 30th, I saw a Facebook status post from Kris Carr that stopped me in my tracks.  She eloquently wished her followers a year of ease.  Her words truly resonated with me.  She said:

“For me, ease at work and at home equals joy, health, creativity and contentment.  Ease connects me to my internal life.  The more ease I feel, the more grounded my decisions become.  I welcome those things into my life in 2014 and I invite you to join me.”

Yes. Yes. Yes.

2013 was so h-e-a-v-y… ripe with a murky matrix of extreme emotions ranging from pure joy to sheer terror.  We welcomed our most precious gift into the world and were forced to entrust her care to strangers almost immediately.  Nothing about the first couple of months of 2013 was normal.  We waited.  We prayed.  We slowly figured it out and mourned the loss of traditional family bonding moments.

Each milestone was celebrated.  Life simultaneously moved at 500 mph and stood still as we practiced patience, grew confidence, and learned to be Olivia’s health advocates.  GROW was such a fitting word for 2013.  On some days, we stretched to our max and redefined our breaking point.

We are so blessed to come out of this year with a healthy baby girl, a stronger marriage, and deeper friendships.

In the spirit of ease and Kris Carr’s eloquent words, I hope to embrace all things LIGHT for 2014.  To me, the word light encompasses far more than just sunshine– it’s a mental attitude that combines a sense of ease and confidence that ultimately manifests in one’s physical body and spiritual faith.

OLW 2014 Light

What do my LIGHT GOALS for 2014 look like?

Lightness of Body:

  • losing the weight I don’t need any more
  • taking exquisite care of my health

Spiritual Light:

  • developing a self-care practice
  • being intentional with my time

Daily Life:

  • laughing more
  • not taking things too seriously
  • practicing gratitude
  • trusting more
  • staying in the present moment

What word is guiding your year?


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Happy New Year!

A bit of radio silence for the past few weeks.  In the short span of 3 weeks, the following was accomplished:

  • finished post projects related to The Dating Divas blog and the Jessica Sprague community.
  • planned Olivia’s first birthday and completed over 10 handmade projects to complement her theme.
  • hosted 11 people at our house and cooked for 14 over the course of a week!
  • transformed our kitchen mess into a beautiful and practical space.
  • cleaned the entire house.
  • endured and recovered from the stomach flu!

I’m starting to feel tired even reading this list… phew!  I’m really glad the month of December is behind us.  It was filled to the brim with amazing memories…. and enough stress to power a small city.  It was a fitting end to an incredibly intense year.  Adios, 2013- you were filled with the brightest highs and the darkest lows.  I am so looking forward to exploring a new season of calm and clarity.  I finally picked my word for this year- Light.  More to come on what this word means to me and how I hope to embracing it’s multiple meanings.


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