My Word for 2019

New year always means new intentions and setting a new vision or goals for where you’re headed. Now, one can argue that you should be doing this all throughout the year, but most of us just do this once a year, and right around this time.

It really is one of my favorite things to do. I have been picking a word or phrase for my years for a long time.

My word for 2016 was SHINE.

And I’ve been setting intentions since I turned 30: 30 in my 30s.

Last year, my word was intention. I wanted my moments to be purposeful.

This year, everything I do will be centered around the phrase “lighten up.”

My friend Jenny sells Keep Collective jewelry. I love it so much, I have many pieces and love to give them as gifts.

The fact that you can personalize it makes it so much more meaningful.

I love the engravables, because I can choose a word or words to help me remember where I want my focus to lie.

I just got this and have been wearing it non stop.

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this was last year’s necklace. and I’m wearing it here:

this was last year’s necklace. and I’m wearing it here:


I try to surround myself with this word or phrase that I choose as much as possible. For example, I put it as the backdrop of my phone. I love using word swag to design little sayings and graphics to help me remember things. I pick up my phone 60+ times a day (read about my phone addiction here), so putting my phrase as the screen saver and the back drop ensure that I’m seeing it A LOT.

Do you pick a word for the year?

If so, tell me what it is and how you emerse yourself in it and use it to help you throughout the year!

share it on instagram and hashtag #lightenup2019

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Whole 30: second 10 days

Well, here we are, 20 days into the Whole 30 and I'm still going strong!



In fact, I feel amazing. I'm eating whole, delicious meals, I don't feel bloated, and I have more energy. I survived a road trip and a weekend away and was only tempted once by some homemade chocolate chip brownies. I wasn't really even sad that I couldn't have any wine or drinks.

A few things that I've taken notice to that are helping me along with this food reset:

1. Planning ahead and mapping out a menu. I usually do this anyways.. but I've been more diligent about it on the whole 30. I don't stick to it exactly, but it at least gives me a guideline. 


2. Meal prep the next meal while I’m making the current meal. While I'm making breakfast for us, I'm usually, chopping, browning meat, or getting the crock pot going for our lunch or supper. Having some of the prep done ahead for each meal saves so much time, and doesn't make it feel so overwhelming. 

3. I mentioned that I survived a road trip and a weekend away.  Fortunately, I haven't had too many social things planned during the 30 days that I chose, so I haven't had too many temptations. I do think sticking to the plan while traveling for a length of time could get tricky, but I made sure to plan ahead and have things with me that I could eat.  

4.  Having lots of options in the fridge also helps. I pretty much buy the grocery store out of fruits and vegetables each week. I do think I am spending a bit more on groceries (trying to track so I can maybe do a blog post about it) but I am not spending money on eating out or convenience foods, so I'm thinking it will even itself out. I buy most of my meat from my friend Laura, so I have some in my freezer, but my grocery bills have been between $100-$150/week depending on whether I buy nuts and meat. 

5. I am feeling a little less inspired in the kitchen, but am still finding delicious things to eat. I'm a terrible recipe follower, and most times, I just find some veggies to throw in a pan and add some meat, sometimes put an egg on top, and that's my meal. I am also finding that I'm eating the same thing for several meals in a row. I don't mind this, and it actually makes the preparation and clean up more manageable. 


I'm excited for myself and everyone else who is doing this alongside me. It's a great eye opener and I've learned a lot of things so far. It has been SO helpful that Dave is doing it with me and has been supportive. 

Cheers to the last 10 days! I got this! 


owning our own businesses

My current thoughts on business ownership.


While owning your own business does sound quite glamorous, it is not all its cracked up to be. Sure, from the outside looking in, it appears that we have it made. We work outside, among the plants, watering, and laughing, and then we get the winters off to lounge, vacation, and put our feet up. 

I wish. 

This business is hard work. it has proven to be even more challenging throwing a baby into the mix of our family (I wouldn't trade it for the world though!) 

While we do get winters "off" from having open store hours, we are still working in the off season. Ordering, networking, lining up jobs. 

It does, however, have its perks. We get to make our own hours, and essentially are in control of our days. Dave and I both have the same goals. We want to do whatever we can so that we can spend as much time as a family. I don't want to work for someone else all week long while Holtan is at day care only to feel even more exhausted than I do now. I feel both fortunate for the opportunity to be with him daily, but also proud that we have made the choices and put ourselves in a position that makes that possible for our family. 

We work every weekend. We work into the evenings. We sometimes work into the night. 

It's what we have to do to live the life we want. 

And man oh man, is the uncertainty of seasonal, retail income, oh so very scary. But you never get anywhere in life without taking some risks, following your heart, and trusting that it will lead you in the right direction.