Simplify: A 2016 Family Goal

I can't lie - I used to think that people who chose a word or theme for the year were weird.  Like, really you need a word to keep you in line?  And then 2015 hit & in the chaos and upheaval that was learning to live as a family of 3 completely changed my mind.  

My focus in 2015 was to give myself and others GRACE (you can read about that here & here).  I put the word on my mantle.  I couldn't help but stare at it every single day and I am different because of it.  By keeping 'grace' in the back of my mind day in and out, I *mostly* stayed focused on loving others & myself enough to cut us all some slack and to stop kicking myself every time I fell short of perfection. 

I had intended my word-of-the-year to be an area of personal focus, but slowly over the year my husband joined in and not only helped keep my mind on GRACE, but took it on for our family too.  So much so that in mid-December he voiced an idea for a word of focus for 2016.  Let's get real ladies - if our men have an interest & want to invest in family goals then JUMP ON THAT TRAIN.  


It seems so simple - pun intended. We are always busy.  We have too much stuff.  We are constantly trying to decide what tasks are must do vs want to do vs dread doing.  So this is the year we are intentionally streamlining what we have and where we go and who we are.  

I'll be purging closets that I've meant to sort through for years.  We'll be purging our calendars so we can be all in no matter what we are doing. I honestly am so excited to be able to give myself the freedom to focus on wherever I am when I am there - be it time with family, friends, work, vacation, or writing.

Who knows what other areas of my life will be simplified (in a good way of course), because based on how GRACE interwove my life in 2015, I have no doubt SIMPLIFY will do the same for me in 2016.  

Here's to hoping I end up with a simplified cleaning and cooking routine - daily stressors in this neck of the woods.  If you've ever chosen a theme for the year I'd love to hear it for some added inspiration for future years.  

Happy New Year!

P.S.  I have loved having my theme in letterpress blocks on my mantle all year.   I've got 'SIMPLIFY' on order now & one day hope to have a gallery wall full of reminders of where we've been as a family.  My favorites are from Dayspring - you can create your own word here if you need the visual reminder like I do (affiliate link)!

A Dayspring Coupon Code & A Few Thanks

In case you missed it, head over to the last post and get your hands on my first annual Christmas Gift Guide.  I'm so thankful for the chance to share my favorite things Oprah style with my friends.  

The good news today is I have an awesome coupon code for Dayspring, who makes a few items I included!  I LOVE their Letterpress blocks - there are pre-made phrases, or your can create your own.  But the best part of the deal is that it's good site-wide & works today through Monday!  

Use the code 30FRIDAY15 at for 30% of your shopping.  There are a lot of other markdowns right now that with the code make for some steals.  I try to keep a few things on hand from them since they make amazing last minute & hostess gifts.  I guess you know where I'll be spending money this weekend!

More importantly, just a few words of thanks.  There are only so many minutes in each day, and the fact that you share a few with me is such a gift to me.  Seriously.  Thank you for reading. For sharing.  For sticking with me when I post sporadically.  

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends - full of carbs, sweet memories, and attempts at the perfect family photo. Say a prayer for me - we will be starting our morning with a 5K.  And no I've not run in........better just not to admit that!

Yep, you guessed it - the links are affiliates.  I love a great deal, but not quite as much as I love those Letterpress Blocks.  Thanks for clicking through if you love them as much as I do!

Snowed In? Let The Online Shopping Begin!

Once again I'm spending another day inside thanks to snow & ice.  Sigh.  Since that means my monthly girl's night is cancelled, why not do some online shopping instead?  Seems only natural to me.....

A few weeks ago I wrote about my most favorite home decorations - the Letterpress blocks from Dayspring.  They are running a sale today 3/6 through Saturday 3/8 on all their home decor products, including the letterpress blocks!  Use the code HOME35 and get 35% off one item (aka one word, not just one block).  This is such a great deal, I'm picking up another word as a gift.  The've introduced a bunch of new words (Blessed, Family, Welcome, and a bunch more).  Don't forget you can customize your own word too! 

Photo used with permission from Dayspring

Photo used with permission from Dayspring

I've started working on a few projects for Vintage Lynchburg which is coming up in April.  I'm excited to show the town my new take on pallet art.   It's certainly a learning experience, but seeing the finished products at the end makes all the the late nights worth it.  Plus it's helping to fill up my empty crafting tank.  I know cross-stitch isn't everyone's thing, but I adore these!  Which, duh, I'm making them so I hope I like them.  Keep me grounded folks - what do you think?

Between shopping, painting, and some spring decorating, I may just be able to break out of this groundhog induced funk! Here's to hoping this is the last storm of the year - bring on the sun!

*Dayspring link is an affiliate link.