Hi guys! So this is the come back story:

I was feeling like I had lost my purpose. Feeling like I had nothing to say. Feeling overwhelmed with it all.

Enter the #fireworkpeople. They encouraged me + loved on me + helped to clear the fog. 

Then I looked over at my side bar. Those are all the things I love. Those are the things I'm passionate about. Those are the things I want to write about.

It's so obvious, but for some reason, I had been in a fog, and couldn't see it.

I thought I would have to rework all of my content from here on out, but when I started looking over the editorial calendar that I had forsaken. I realized, everything I had planned fits into these categories. This is my life!

So, I'm back!

I'm going to write a little about each of these things and why I am passionate about them, and then back to regular/more exciting/more passionate programming.

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This is me writing a post saying that I'm coming back.

On Monday.

With a vengeance.

With great force.

To an excessive degree.

...those are just the definitions of "with a vengeance"

This week I've been busy getting inspired over at the #fireworkpeople facebook group. If you are a woman that wants to change the world, get your hiney over and join. Click that picture up top and it will take you there. There you will find a group of the most wonderful women, full of encouragement and inspiration. Do it. You won't regret it.

I have a whole editorial calendar that I'm revamping. And I plan on writing a bunch on Saturday!

So, it's a date? See ya Monday!

Oh, and have the most wonderful weekend, my friend!

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An encouraging word from Ashley Beaudin, because, really, who doesn't need an encouraging word every once in a while.

"You're not too little and you're not too much. And you aren't working with "less than." You have what it takes. You have the brains and the passion and the power that it takes. You have what it takes to succeed, to grow, to kill it, to show up, to be brave, to stand tall. You have what it takes to use your voice, to write your story, to say your message, to bring your fire. You have what it takes to love hard, to be kind, to release life, to go for it. You have what it takes to not just impact one or two, but to impact many. You have what it takes because you're not in lack. You are full. You are complete. You aren't striving to reach some goal where, "Ahhh, you've finally made it." But it is here. It is now.

You've arrived. Let go of the lack. Breathe in deep.

You have what it takes."

Ashley has started a beautiful community of encouraging creatives called #fireworkpeople. #fireworkpeople is a community for women who want to change the world. We are a space where you are wildly encouraged, strengthened and then commissioned to release your unique voice and purpose to change the world.

Tonight at 8PM central time there will be a twitter chat on PASSION. I followed along last week, but this week I plan on joining.

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Happy Monday, beautiful people. I hope your weekend was full of all the best things. Mine sure was.

On Friday we drove to Dallas to meet up with Sommer and Leo, then we drove to Arkansas to Lauren's house! We got there really late, but made sure to have some cookies anyways. We knew that we would spend all of Friday driving there and all of Sunday driving home, so we had to fit everything into Saturday. Lauren printed of this handy dandy Explore To-Do List Printable, and filled it full of activities.

Saturday morning we woke up to a full breakfast of biscuits + gravy, eggs, and bacon. All made by the talented and beautiful Mrs. Connie. That would be Lauren's mom. Not only did she make us this full breakfast, she also made us tortilla soup for lunch, and lasagna for dinner. There were also no-bake cookies (my very favorite kind), cake, and home-made salsa. We did not go hungry. (Thanks Mrs Connie for everything! I'm so glad I FINALLYYYY got to meet you!)

Our Saturday afternoon was filled with a tour of Bentonville, the best iced coffee I've ever had (from Kennedy Coffee), a walk through the 21C Hotel's art installations, a really inexpensive bouquet of flowers bought as the Farmer's Market was closing, a wish thrown in the fountain, a trip to the very first Walmart, a visit to some other shops on the square, a long browse through Crystal Bridges Art Museum, and some cheering for the Hogs with Lauren's family.

It was really wonderful to spend time with Sommer, Leo, LB, and her family.

I'm really ready for teleportation to become a viable traveling option. Just saying.

What was your weekend filled with? Friends? Food? Fun? Football? Tell me everything!


Because it says right over there under my profile picture "I BELIEVE IN CHASING AFTER YOUR DREAMS (and coincidentally right after that) AND READING REALLY GOOD BOOKS.

Let's help Leonard Senft reach his goal of ONE MILLION books sold!

Click here to read more about it. 

What are your dreams? and what are you doing to chase after them?