All posts tagged: Love Where You Live

Expressing Love with the Other in Mind | The Five Love Languages Part I

Friends, I’m a self-help book addict and I have no intention of holding back. Today’s post is about what I learned from Gary Chapman’s The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate. Now, on the surface, this is totally NOT a book I would read. Not at all. I don’t actually need relationship advice. My relationship with my husband is great. We’re communicative, we work through differences, and we are both equally committed to keeping our marriage alive for the rest of our lives. Awwwwww! Stop it. This is not a #humblebrag post. The truth is, I heard about it at a MOPs meeting and couldn’t help myself. I was so curious by the introduction of this concept of love languages, I just had to read the book. MOPs, by the way, stands for Moms of Preschoolers. It’s an international Christian-based moms group that is SO amazing. Honestly, SO GOOD. And a quick side note before I lose you on this: I’m not overtly religious. For better or worse, it’s just …

Love Where You Live | Clean the corners of your home inspiration

Inspiration to Clean the Corners of your home

It’s the first week of me working on my Love Where You Live project, and I cannot believe how much my perspective on home has already changed. I have SO so much to share, friends. But I’ll start with a short story for your weekend. This week has been packed with deadlines, new work beginnings, new projects, and a whole lot of startup work for Little Paper Projects AND teaching yoga. The timing is a little crazy, but after I made it to the other side, I still had the same level of motivation that I did at the beginning of the week. I felt energized. And I launched, both feet forward, into the Love Where You Live Project. So we’re starting this week with a checklist of photos to take. It’s an interior home tour. But we’re also documenting our messes, and writing stories about our spaces. Our favorite places. At the same time, I’m also reading Gretchen Rubin’s book Happier at Home. And the combination of the two is incredibly inspiring. (Next week …

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Why You Should Start Documenting Messes

I could make a list of 100 reasons why you should start documenting your messes. I know, it sounds crazy, but hear me out. Messes are a reflection of our real lives. Right now. Messes reflect the things we know and love, the stuff we use so much that it never seems to be tucked away. And stuff, friends, isn’t all bad. Right now I’m reading Gretchen Rubin’s Happier at Home – which, if you haven’t yet, is a wonderful read. Especially the audiobook version. And the first chapter is dedicated to her relationship with things. In summary, what I took from it was that people who have relationships with their things, often also have good relationships with people. The things, research says, remind them of the people that they care for, the memories they’ve created, and the life moments that they cherish. I love that. That, of course, does not grant permission to hoard every item that has ever meant anything to you. Rather, I think it is further support for this type of …

Love Where You Live by Little Paper Projects | A Lesson in Comparison

Loving Where You Live

So, full disclosure, this post came out of a post that I wrote on Little Paper Projects for the class we launched TODAY called Love Where You Live. It’s truly a wonderful class with a lot to offer, and I hope that this story pushes you a little more to see that the $15 class is absolutely worth every penny (and more). Because I’m learning it too. A little more every time I pick up this project. Living a good life is: loving where you live. Photographers know this trick quite well: you can make almost anything look desirable with the right staging, the right lighting, and the right angles. Sure, it’s a little deceiving, but, hey, that’s what beautiful home tours, Pinterest, and marketing are all about, right?! I share these photos of my living room for a very specific reason: it’s SO easy to get caught up in the comparison game and devalue our own lives. No matter what season of life we’re in, or where we want to be, as soon as …

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The Course is LIVE! Hooray the course is live!!

Honestly, friends, this post is as much about the woes of being a creative entrepreneur as it is a celebration of our first PAID class at Little Paper Projects. The class is called Love Where You Live. It’s a celebration of life and home, driven by photo prompts and inspiration to share stories. It’s a beautiful meditation on what home means. It’s a piece of work I am proud of. But, man, it was SUCH a project to get here. There is, of course, the content. There is the contributor team. There is the prompts, the example project (still in the works), the website copy, the photography, the graphics, the communication with the contributor team, the formatting, the branding package, the list-making, the communication with my awesome business partner Jen and our friend Mandy, who’s helping us with the scheduling right now. And then, of course, there is the absolutely bear of a task of developing the website to support it all. Man, that last one almost set me over the edge. (Though, if I’m …

Friday Photo & Words: Living the Renovators Lifestyle

Every Friday I share a photo and a story. A lighter touch. An easier read for the end of the week. Friday Photo + Words is my best way to end the work week. — Home renovations. Hearing those two words generally inspires only two reactions: an exciting mix of possibility and creativity, or a nightmare and an unfortunate way of living. Our experience has been a mix of both. We bought our 110-year old home in a historic mill town in New England a year and a half ago. And in that year and a half we (mostly Chris) have done a great deal of work to improve the house. I’ve shared small posts and bits here and there, and this spring I plan to share a lot more. Out of our two-family, 17-room home, we’ve gutted and rebuilt two rooms, repainted 8, resurfaced 2, and rewired nearly all of them. Chis has installed two floors, resurfaced another, and has plans to replace or refinish the rest. He’s painted half the exterior of he …

Project 52 / Self-Portrait Challenge

I recently listened to an amazing podcast on resiliency. Brené Brown is a PhD research professor who has studied vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame in human behavior for a decade. One of her main messages is that it is brave to be vulnerable. If you’ve read my blog for a while, you know that I’m a strong believer in selfies. I know it’s a contentious point. In fact, as I’m writing this, there is a news program playing in the background bashing selfies – as if the act of taking a picture of yourself threatens the morality of our culture. I see the same thing on both sides of media. NPR and Fox News agree: selfies are making us selfish. And I fully disagree with every fabric of my being. I get it: it’s a cultural difference among generations. Young people have grown up with access to cameras that even us older millennials/ Gen-Y folks can’t relate to. We see kids casually pointing their phone at their faces at a tourist stop and we think: …

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Blog in Progress: A Quick Note on Sharing Our Story Online

The other day I was spending time with a good friend while the Cal and Max played with her kids. She asked me “what it meant” to be on a scrapbook product creative team and I could tell she was asking me something without actually saying it. “So.. can they see all your scrapbooks?” If you’re at all familiar with mom-speak, you know the indirect way a mom might ask you how things are going with your boyfriend when really all she wants to know is ‘when am I getting grandkids?!’ The same is true when you’re a mom hanging with another mom. What she was really asking was – ‘are you going to plaster the internet with pictures of my kids and, if you were thinking about it, please don’t.’ It’s amazing how much we’re able to say without saying anything at all. Before I address this topic, however, I want to share my philosophy on how I live my life every single day. And this comes from experience. And it comes from hard …

Be a Project Finisher | Tips on organizing yourself to finish those leftover projects

Be a Project Finisher: Finished Projects!

Last month I introduced an ambitious personal goal to finish a bunch of craft and home organization projects in the post Be a Project Finisher. I chose projects that were weighing on me and impacted my life the most with the goal of taking that (unnecessary) stress out of my life. Inspired by one of my favorite bloggers and crafters Elise Blaha Cripe, I decided to publicly announce my goal (here on the blog) and set a deadline (November 15). I also posted the checklist on the wall in my office. And it worked! Not only did I finish all of the projects I listed, I also completed all of the additional projects on my wish list. It’s so gratifying to finish a project, to know that those little things that were bothering me and causing unneeded stress – like organizing my desk drawers – those projects are done. They’re complete. And having them done has not only alleviated stress, it’s actually made my life easier and saved real time. And it didn’t cost a …

Wolf Pack

    For Halloween this year Max was a wolf. Sort of. Anyone with a toddler knows kids can require a lot of negotiation. With Max, it started the day after he turned two. Even if it’s something that they love to do, something they’ve done a hundred times, the ONE time you want/need them to get that costume on, they throw a tantrum. Last year, Max insisted on wearing his New England Patriot’s jersey on Halloween, even though I bought him an expensive Pottery Barn Kids wolf costume that he wore – and loved – just days before.   The same thing happened this year. We had three Halloween events to attend: a local family network party, Downtown Trick-or-Treat, and the actual holiday. I was prepared this time: the wolf costume from last year was purchased in a bigger size so it would fit him this year, and he had another Patriot’s jersey and superman t-shirt as backup. All week we talked about how he was going to be a wolf for Halloween. We …