If I’m being honest, this weekend was bittersweet. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I spent time with my beautiful best friend who also happens to be my Mommasita. We laughed, cried [from laughing] and everything in between. And although I had such a great time weeding and planting flowers together [our tradition every single year] I also had the biggest ache in my heart. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I ache for my mother who lost her mother far too young and who couldn’t join us in this tradition. I ache from the restlessness in my heart to have my own babe by my side to learn just as I have. And I ache because so often we have this desire for something more, that we forget or don’t even know how to enjoy the season we are currently in … [which for me normally ends in laying on the couch missing out on where I should be instead.] ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Yesterday, I was reminded that my heart is not the only heart that aches. All of us have lost someone or are in a season of waiting that can make a special day like Mother’s Day a little bittersweet. I know many who are right alongside me in the wait for a babe of their own. I know many who have lost a child, miscarried, are waiting on a significant other to start a family, or said goodbye to their own momma too soon. And although the ache can hurt, there really is beauty in this season if we allow it to bloom. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So today, I want to pray for every single person who felt that ache in their heart over the weekend. I want to pray for patience in God’s timing and that you can enjoy every moment in this current season. I pray that you can do the things God needs you to do right now, right here, while He prepares your heart for what’s next. And I pray that you know you’re not alone. This is God’s story and He is the best writer I know. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ [ photo by @kimkedingerphoto ]
Some days are just harder to keep the succulents alive than others. You too? Too much consumption of something [water] can sometimes be what’s hurting you the most. Sometimes slowing down [putting that watering can down] and focusing on your soil [and roots] is what’s most important in your life. Who knew these little bitty succulents could tell me such a big lesson. Stop trying to consume what everyone else is doing and instead focus on your own roots and soil. AMEN!
I’m currently sitting in the airport journaling about this past week and my heart is so full. I’ve realized traveling with family can exhaust me [hello introverted traveler] but my oh my is my heart so full from the time we got together. It’s so easy for me on vacations like this to constantly be on the go, but when I give myself the space to journal about ALL the things we’ve experienced I realize how absolutely magical our time together is. From a wedding in the foothills to the very best shrimp tacos to traveling this beautiful state with the people I love most. This wild family is more than I could have ever asked for and today I’m feeling blessed beyond words. #foreverwild In the words of @wildtj19 : “my heart is full.” Colorado, you didn’t disappoint. And I have a feeling we’ll be back so very soon. ❤️
Over and over. I choose you. Through every valley and every mountain. I choose you. ❤️ @wildtj19 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ [ photo: @kimkedingerphoto ]
He Is Risen. John 20:29 “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I can’t even imagine what it was like nearly 2000 years ago after Jesus rose from the dead. Here we are, the Monday after Easter, ready to dive back into our daily to-dos and go on with our weeks. But with a slow intentional start to my morning I thought about what it would have been like back then: What did this Monday look like? What did it feel like? Was the sky sunny, cloudy, magically colored? But most importantly, how would I have responded if I stood outside His empty tomb? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Feeling so grateful for a God who loves us unconditionally. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #HeIsRisen #Jesus #earthday
Let’s talk about social media for a hot second shall we?! We love it and we hate it, am I right? We can so easily be inspired, but also envious because of the highlight reel of other people’s lives. But here’s the thing, I’ve met some of my closest friends in Madison because of Instagram. Yet at the same time, I’ve shamed myself A LOT because of this very same app. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Seeing the success of others + me being a hot mess most of the time = feeling like a failure. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But last night Instagram met Reality and it was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve been a part of. The beautiful [and MY soon to be personal stylist if I can convince her!!] @chiefconfettiofficer put together a small gathering for small business owners in Madison for the opportunity to get together and just be. Yes, we talked business—but we also talked about struggles. Real struggles + life. Like the struggle we seem to all face when it comes to social media + marketing + success + comparison + rejection. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Even though we didn’t solve our problems in one night I realized our common struggle wasn’t actually about social media. It was about connection. REAL connection. I believe we need more people willing to be brave enough to take the screen-time connections into real face-time connections. Because Instagram doesn’t show the behind-the-scene scars, but conversation over drinks—well that’s what my heart needs more of. What about you? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ [PS, I have zero photos from last night because the connection was so real so the photo cred goes to thee talented @sarah___ingram from the 2018 Blueprint Summit]
A little over 2 years ago, I nervously made my way to my very first PR + Marketing conference. I had no idea what to expect or who I would meet, but I just had this feeling in my heart that I needed to go. So, I packed up for two full days and traveled across the country all by myself to sit in a room full of people that I’d never met! Call me crazy or ambitious, but that decision to go for it changed everything for me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As I sat in on day one of the @poshpr workshop, there was a blubbly blonde sitting across the room who got my attention. Her beauty, confidence and genuine smile made me think she had a story to tell. By day two I found myself face-to-face with @heysamantharoyer, drinking champagne, sharing our faith stories, our struggles with anxiety, confidence and literally figuring it all out as we go. I realized God sent me to this conference for a reason—to meet her. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ By the end of our conversation I can remember standing in tears as this woman spoke so much truth into my heart. She gave me the biggest idea of my life [and Stay Wild Love was officially born.] Of course my business has changed so much since that first conversation, but this girl has stayed a biz bestie to me ever since and I’m SO proud of the impact she is making in the faith + entrepreneurship world. As the founder of @sheisboldco she is finding ways to encourage Christian women entrepreneurs who are cultivating boldness instead of conformity. Women who want to run their business the way they're called to, not how they're supposed to. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ve had the privilege to share my story and join this movement over on the She Is Bold blog and I think you might like this one. For the full read, head to my link in bio! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ [photo cred: @remythompsonphotography from The PR Behind the Pretty Workshop]
Well, we're back to being bundled up for a few days as winter wanted to make one last appearance. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And although I'm feeling bitter about this change of weather that's sweeping the country, I guess it gives me an excuse to stay in my buffalo check pajamas all day long with zero guilt. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Just trying to find the beauty in the chaos over here. This week has been WEIRD emotionally. The mixture of weather, getting sick, mini-anxiety attacks for the dumbest reasons, and you know [that time of the month, yet again] has me ALL over the place. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But a sweet friend reminded me today to start the day with gratitude and end the day with joy. And even though emotionally I feel like a crazy person this week, I'm so beyond grateful for a husband who reminds me to rest and for so many sweet friends who check in just because. That brings me joy. xoxo ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is not a poor-me-look-at-me kind of post. This is a reminder to go check in on that friend. Shoot her a text. Give her a call. Tell her how much you're thinking of her. Show her the gratitude and joy she might be missing through the storm. It truly changed everything for me. Love to you all.
If I’m being honest, this is the first Monday in a very long time I’ve felt like myself because today, this girl is getting all the vitamin-d she possibly can soak in while Madison’s blue sky is radiating 70 degrees and before mother nature says “jokes on you, get ready for another 30 degree day and snow by Wednesday.” ☀️❄️ For all my Midwestern friends who struggle with the “winter blues”. I FEEL you. This season has been long and hard! But I had a revelation today: in times of struggle, give yourself the grace to see how far you’ve come. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ One year ago, I was not in a good place mentally. I was a zombie prepping for a 700-person gala and most of the time I didn’t even know if it was sunny or raining. This is literally the first Spring in three years I have the ability to appreciate the blooms starting to bud, the birds chirping and the dramatic change in weather from sun to snow. But if this was the norm, if we didn’t have winter or days of feeling like a zombie, then how do we appreciate the beauty in the little things? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So today, I’m feeling extra grateful for every “winter blues” moment and every change of season. Maybe it’s just the extra vitamin-d talking or maybe there really is a reason for everything if you just open your heart up to notice the beauty in the chaos and how far you’ve come.
Really feeling the pain from Monday’s leg day, but I’m walking through this week with a grateful heart anyway because my girls came to town this past weekend and refreshed my soul. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We played Monopoly for hours, got our tootsies done, + found jeans that make that booty pop. It was glorious. Now I’m halfway through the week, my beautiful Mommasita came to visit + we’re both able to work from my kitchen table. Even though my THREE to-do lists are painfully long, I’m sitting here realizing how beyond blessed our days really are if we open ourselves up to see the beauty in the chaos. Perspective friends. Perspective. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My legs may hurt from Monday, but they are being shaped for those jeans. Same goes for your heart. When the seasons get hard, remember that it’s through the pain when your heart is being shaped the most for the journey God needs you to walk in those jeans. Perspective friends. Perspective. 💃🏽💪🏽💐😽🙅🏽♀️🏃🏽♀️🤵🏻🐾🍑💕👖 What/who refresh your soul, give you gratitude, + a whole new perspective? Let me know using emojis in the comments below!