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Practicing Graciousness

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Graciousness. Something we may not think about a lot these days.  A lot of other qualities have come to displace grace, and sometimes grace is even seen as submissive, or as an enemy of strength.

I’m here to tell you that graciousness is the epitome of strength.

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In The Valleys We Grow

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If you follow on social media, you’ll know that I spent last weekend in Palm Springs with some amazing bloggers in a 3 day get together sponsored both by Bing and some incredible other brands (see friday’s faves!) and the weekend was hosted by the amazingly talented Chelsea, Kelly, and Brittni. We had a cabinet stuffed to the gills with craft supplies, party goodies, fresh flowers, and tools. We had a refrigerator crammed full of sweets, drinks, and anything a girls heart could desire.  These girls really pulled off an amazing fete.

I have to tell you, though, before my trip to Palm Springs, I was feeling a little bad for myself.  I just wasn’t feeling my usual spunk and I felt drained and without inspiration.  So as we’re spending time together in a hot, tropical valley, I got to thinking about growth.  I set out to explore, to learn, and to grow with these other talented women.  So that is what I set to do, get out of my funk. Unfortunately, things sometimes get worse before they get better, but I learned that mountainous growth most evident when you’re in a valley…theoretically (and literally in this case).

Settle in for this (novel of a post) and let me explain.  Aside from generally feeling stagnant, my trip didn’t start out stellar. Continue Reading…

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It’s What’s Inside that Counts

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In matters of house and home, I have an embarrassing confession to make.  As resourceful and cheap as I can be in some areas, in other areas, I am downright irresponsible.

Let’s back this up… I pinched pennies for so long through college and afterwards, I used coupons, compared prices, bought generic, you name it.  Then, when I started making decent money at my first ‘real’ job, I splurged. I splurged on everything from trash bags to Louis Vuitton bags.  Obviously, I saved a lot for those bigger purchases, but the problem came when I did little shopping – groceries, various sundries – I didn’t even look at the prices. I just grabbed what I thought was better… the name brands.

Yesterday, I went to the store to pick up normal things – paper towels, toilet paper, coffee, cereal.  Being in the recent self-employed state that I am, this time, I really looked at the prices.  I thought about the fifty-cent or dollar differences between brands and thought – is it worth it?  Continue Reading…

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For Next Year

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Today is a big day for me and for House of Earnest.  It’s the anniversary of our THIRD year in blogging.  It’s strange that I always thought three years was so far off.  I actually always thought having a blog even remotely as successful as this has come to be as a really far off dream. Now, we’re not a huge blog, but when I started House of Earnest with one reader and not a clue in the world where it would lead, I never dreamed we’d end up here.  I never dreamed that we’d be working with national brands, making friends all over the world, and creating a business.  I never dreamed that this would fuel my idea for a new product line and eventually to working for myself.

It’s now, after achieving what I never knew was possible that I realize I should have dreamt bigger.  And so I will.  Year four is going to be full of hope, wonder, curiosity, and hard work.  I’m pushing my dreams to sky-high with the knowledge that where there is a will, there is a way.   I hope to move mountains this year and every year thereafter.  I want to reach more people, in more places, and I hope you’ll come along for the ride with me.

 

 

p.s.  The one reader we started out with was (and still is) my husband, Matt.  He reads this blog every single day and looks through your comments and clicks on my links, and tells me where I have bad typos (which always happens).  He is the best partner and supporter I could ever have.  Thanks, Matty!

graphic by Erupt Prints 

 

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This Friday…

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I’m taking a little break today to celebrate my birthday!  We’re getting about ten inches of fresh powder here in Colorado, so I’m spending the morning on the mountain and then having a dinner out tonight with friends.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and I’ll see you on Monday with my new entry!

 

source: Boheme

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New Year, New Me

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What goals are on your list for this fresh new start?

 

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Cheers to Life

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2014 has been a big, scary, exciting, overwhelming year for me and I’m just starting to fully grasp the breadth of my business and what I need to be doing continuously to make it succeed.  I wanted to take a moment and give you all the credit you deserve for being a big part of this success.  You all were there for me lending endless encouragement and support as I, not only grew House of Earnest, but also quit my day job to launch my own product line and online boutique, Grandiflora.

It was a surreal few weeks after the launch and I was fueled by excitement of the unknown. As purchases were being made, I began seeing some of your lovely names in the shipping information and realized how vital this House of Earnest community is to my business. Without all of you, could have never have achieved this dream, I couldn’t have gotten the word out, I couldn’t have reached as many like-minded consumers, I couldn’t have had the confidence to dive in.  I am forever thankful to you guys, and not just the readers who have bought their own Grandiflora goodies, but to all of you guys for sharing what I’m doing here, encouraging, and cheering me on!  Without an office full of co-workers anymore, it’s you guys who inspire me and encourage me to keep going at full speed.

So, thank you for helping me achieve my biggest goal to-date in 2013.  Cheers to you and may the new year bring wonderful things for you all.

 

Photo:  Style Me Pretty w/ my wording on top.

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Notes from a Holiday Weekend

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Happy Weekend, guys! I know some of you had to rally yesterday and head into work after the Thanksgiving holiday and now you’re finally relaxing.  I’ve had a moment to sit still this morning (since I’m on a plane for the next 8 hours, but more about that later), and take a moment to reflect on the holiday, and the last two weeks of self employment and the time out to think and reflect is definitely a powerful thing.

I wanted to take the opportunity to talk openly about the move to self-employment, the motivators and moments it took for me to take the leap, and how anyone can find fulfillment in their careers. I am following along with Hilary Rushford on her upcoming book launch regarding what she calls the ‘4-part Entrepreneurial Cocktail’.  She speaks about four main parts of being a successful entrepreneur – How to stay motivated, how to play to our strengths, how to turn a profit, and how to do it all without being overwhelmed.  Hillary has asked 30 business owners and bloggers to chime in on one of these four parts of her ‘entrepreneurial cocktail’.  I thought I’d take the time to share with you a little about my entrepreneurial spirit, what motivated me to start this blog, and what motivates me everyday to continue. I get so many emails of people wanting to know more about my background and how I went from a college chemist to creative business owner and how I got started blogging.  The truth is, it all started by needing to take the first step toward making something of my own and making a name for myself.  I knew the life I wanted (a creative business of my own), but I didn’t know quite how to get there, so I took one step and that was to start a blog. What continues to motivate me is something I could have never expected. Continue Reading…

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Take a load off

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I had never given labor day a whole ton of thought, but today I actually looked it up.  I was pretty interested to learn that it was created to celebrate the prosperity and achievements of the U.S. workforce and everything we do to maintain the economic strength of our country.

I’ll take it.

Today, I’m taking a load off, spending time with my husband, and enjoying the fruits of our labor.

 

I’ll be back tomorrow with a fun way to use pretty fabric (without sewing a thing) and later this week have a BIG announcement regarding my BIG adventure.  See you all there!

 

*gorgeous end of summer photography by Tracey Ayton Photography.

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Simple Happiness

the simple things

Each day, I come here and I post about projects, tutorials, inspiring homes, and beautiful products.  In the work I do for the blog, both in planning for the posts and in planning projects for my own home, I look at the big picture a lot.  I’m a big picture kind of girl.  I can see happiness in my future with my husband and our goals, but I don’t always see happiness in the present. I’d say this is my biggest downfall. I’m always looking forward, but not always right in front of me.

Last week, my husband, Matt, shared an amazing article with me Continue Reading…

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