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Notable Quotes from #BlogHer16 | Experts Among Us

Happy Monday!

I’m still digesting the massive amount of information from this past weekend (and recovering from cross-country jet lag), but running through a first pass at my notes, I thought it only fair to share my favorite quotes from some of the fabulous people I was surrounded by this weekend. From bloggers, to celebrities (turned bloggers), to accidental activitists, moms, and makers or all of the above…I was inundated with brainfood all weekend. I will definitely be writing more about it, but here are my favorite quotes from #BlogHer16:

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“I wanted to do more.” – Sarah Michelle Gellar, on why she started FoodStirs.com

“I went from being an awkward child to an awkward teenager to an awkward public adult.” – Mayim Bialik

“We are the makers and the makers are who make change.” – Aisha Tyler

“If you spend your life worrying about your legacy and what you’re trying to do, you’re going to miss the moment.” – Sarah Michelle Gellar

“As bloggers you have a platform, use it. You don’t have to change the world, just change something.” – April Reign

“The investors don’t decide whether or not you get to build your business. You decide whether or not you build your business.” – Adda Birnir

“I don’t think – ‘Am I being authentic?’…I just do my life.” – Mayim Bialik

 

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“There is power in knowledge.” – Sheryl Crow

“The point is not to make science sexy. It is to make science for everyone because IT IS for everyone.” – Mayim Bialik

“I’m happy to say I made it to TV, and I didn’t do it in a bikini.” – Heather Hardy

“Hollywood is not as progressive as it likes to think it is.” – Matt McGory

“Failure is just your first attempt in learning.” – Sarah Michelle Gellar

“We have to be putting ourselves out there and standing in the way of issues.” – Matt McGory

“The world gets really, really big and really, really small with every passing year.” – Mayim Bialik

 

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“I like to surround myself with people I can always count on for advice.” –Kim Kardashian West

“Build your own business. Build your own culture. Build something great.” – Sallie Krawcheck

“Failure is just your first attempt in learning.” – Sarah Michelle Gellar

“Meditation is a practice.” –Sheryl Crow

“Deciding to join the military is one of the most intentional choices a person can make in this country.” – Barika Edwards

“People don’t connect to perfection. Vulnerability is powerful.” – Courtney Nichols Gould

“Our show is about outsiders and underdogs…our show is a show about people who are different and EVERYONE has that experience.” – Mayim Bialik

“We have to have peace within ourselves…sometimes in means being quiet without iPads and toys and stimulation.” – Sheryl Crow, on parenting

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“The decision to dress modestly does not mean we are oppressed or dull… [It is] the choice to define beauty in our own terms.” – Zahra Aljabri, Founder Mode-sty, Winner of the 2016 “The Pitch”

“I wasn’t put on this Earth to win an Emmy. The reason I do what I do is to find my purpose on this earth, not to look pretty on a red carpet.” – Mayim Bialik

“Learning to do it yourself is incredibly empowering.” – Adda Birnir, on any skillset, Founder of Skillcrush

“Being empowered means seeking…” – Sheryl Crow

“Remove your ego to get to where you want to go.” – Terri Trespicio

“You want to do your friend a favor? Buy her a massage.” – Lucrecer Braxton, On friends asking for business favors

“What is the road to invention? Creativity.” – Sarah Michelle Gellar

“The retirement savings crisis in this country is a woman’s crisis. Why? Because we live 6-8-10 years longer than them  and we make 2/3 of what they do.” – Sallie Krawcheck

“People keep saying, why are you talking about so many things? Because I think about all of those things – because I’m allowed.” – Mayim Bialik

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“I’m a crunchy, hippie, granola Mom.” – Mayim Bialik

“You need to believe you are good enough.” – Lucrecer Braxton

“Sometimes we have to go through a pretty big upheaval to get to Hope.” – Aisha Tyler

“You are enough just being you.” – Lizzie Valasquez

“Moments lead to forever, not expectations.” – Michelle Dowell Vest

“We may be ignorant about a cause until it becomes personal.” – Jurnee Smollett-Bell

“As allies we have to be ok making mistakes because we are going to make mistakes.” – Matt McGory

“Stories of failures will make us far less fearful of them.” – Samantha Skey, on failure as a learning tool

“I’m here because I didn’t want to wait for someone else to tell me I can be and say and create who I am.” – Aisha Tyler

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“My whole thing is non-judgementalism…if that’s a thing.” – Kim Kardashian West

“No one knows what to do with me. It’s the story of my life.” – Mayim Bialik

“I have evolved into an accidental activist.” – Lucy McBath, Mother of Jordan Davis who was shot and killed for his music being too loud in FL.

“A lot of times when I get out there and say things, I’m starting a conversation because people have no idea that things are even going on.” – Heather Hardy, on equal pay for women in sports

“That’s the difference in making your own video…false eyelashes.” – Mayim Bialik

“Our intentions don’t necessarily matter…the small things add up and create the culture that makes certain behaviors acceptable.” – Matt McGory, on being aware of our actions & attitudes

Such. A. Fantastic. Weekend. More later as I process through the information! Best wishes for a creative week!

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Preparing for The Gauntlet As A First Time Room Leader | Fear, Faith and Facing the Unknown

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Monday morning at 3:30 AM, I’m taking a leap of faith. Well, really a short drive of faith, actually, to NewSpring’s Anderson Campus where I will park and follow instructions and receive the identities of 4 young ladies who will be my “campers” for the week of July 25th through 29th… my first group of Gauntlet girls.

Wait, The Gauntlet? What the heck is The Gauntlet? If you’re not familiar, The Gauntlet is NewSpring’s version of “church camp”. This year over 5,000 middle school and high schoolers and about 2,500 volunteers will descend on Daytona Beach, FL for a week of immersion into faith and fellowship and following Jesus, and of course fun!

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I have no idea what my students’ names are, whether or not they like each other or if they will even know each other. I don’t know what their interests are, who their families are, what school they go to, or whether they are even believers. I don’t know what the sermons will be about, what questions my girls will have, what their life experiences are.

Am I nervous about having 4 pre-teens or teenangers that belong to other people in my care for the week? Absolutely. Am I nervous about being asked tough questions that I may have to rely completely on faith to answer in the spirit of the moment? Absolutely. Am I nervous that I will be able to find the right words of support and love and care and encouragement if and when the week calls for it? Absolutely.

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{Gauntlet X Stats from NewSpring’s 2015 Annual Report}

Here is what I do know:

It is practice.

At the most basic level, next week will be good practice in more than one way. Van and I want to have children some day. I’ve taught pre-school, I have a god-daughter who is in middle school and a god-son who is about to be. I have nieces who are two and three. I have lots of friends who have kids. Cousins who have kids. I was a kid once. I love kids. I also feel like it’s not only important to practice parenting skills with infants, toddlers and small children, but also with pre-teens and teens. Practice makes perfect, right?

It will also be good practice in being a thermostat instead of a thermometer.  A thermometer measures the temperature, but a thermostat SETS the temperature. (Special thanks to NewSpring’s volunteer training for that fabulous analogy & life lesson). Next week is an opportunity to practice SETTING the temperature no matter what the circumstances. This is a good life skill for any situation. It’s going to be hot – the real temperature outside, I mean. There will be long days. Lots of walking. Lots of people. Lots of opinions. Lots of variables. So many variables. I will be sleeping on the floor of a hotel room for 4 nights and I’m in my mid-thirties, so I will likely be tired a majority of the time. However, I can choose to complain, to show my fatigue outwardly, to lead the way in being a whiney pants or I can choose to make this the best week ever and show these girls that all circumstances are temporary and life is what you make of it. If I maintain a positive attitude, chances are, they will be too (at least part of the time). If I sing and act silly to fight my fatigue instead of wallow in it, chances are they will too. If I drink lots of water and just try to ignore how dang hot it is outside, chances are they will too. If I work hard to keep it fun and faithful and fulfilling, chances are, they will too.

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It is an investment.

An old adage says, “It takes a village to raise a child.” I am part of a village. I have committed to investing this time with these kids, using my vacation days from work, stepping away from my home and husband and sweet pup for a week, sacrificing my time that I could spend working on unpacking and painting and decorating my new house, time I could spend painting picture and creating invitations and updating my Etsy shop, or time I could spend going on a relaxing vacation by a beach somewhere with my hubs instead to invest this precious and valuable time in loving and encouraging and listening to the future of our community, our state, our nation and our world.

These kids – each and every one of them – matter. They matter tremendously. As we have seen more and more recently, the state of affairs in our world is not exactly ideal. Investing in the next generation is the best thing we can do for the future of our communities. These may be someone else’s kids, but they are our future workforce, our leaders, our law makers, our artists, our educators, and our community builders. “NewSpring believes in pouring into the next generation and teaching them to love and follow Jesus with their whole hearts,” the megachurch explains on its website. “We have The Gauntlet in order to create a focused, distraction-free environment where students can hear the truth of God’s Word, be challenged in their own personal walks with Jesus, and just have a blast hanging out with other students at the beach!”

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It is an act of Faith.

So, I’m a little bit Type A. I like to be prepared. I like to gather information about the unknown, especially when it affects my circumstances. I like to be able to see the big and to process what is going on from all angles. I was probably one of those annoying “Why? Why? Why?” three-year-olds. Don’t get me wrong, NewSpring does an excellent job training volunteers for the week of The Gauntlet – including a mandatory volunteer training meeting – whether you’ve never been before or if you’ve been to the last ten, a background check, an interview, at least one video training showing you where you’ll be and how it will go, and additionally some available Q&A time with staff. However, there are always things you don’t know about something until you’ve actually participated in that something, like, what ELSE should I bring that’s not on the list. What ELSE do I need to know that’s NOT discussed in the video or training guide or Q&A or interview. I am a hands on learner, so I learn best by actually doing something for the first time. In this case, there’s not really a practice round. I have been asking people who have been before (see the list at the end of the post) for tips, tricks, and as much information as I can get my hands on. Hindsight is 20/20 right? I mean, I’m spending a week with four pre-teens or teens. I need all the help I can get. Ultimately, I have to just use what I know, pack (lightly) what I think will be best, and have faith that I’ll figure the rest out when I get there.

Fear of the unknown is powerful. This situation has a lot of what-ifs… what if I get asked some really hard questions? How will I know what to say? What if the kids sneak out? Should I sleep in front of the door? What if they are frenemies? What if they just can’t get along? What if I can’t relate to them? What if they think I’m an old fuddy duddy? What if I am completely clueless as to what it’s like to be a teenager today? I mean, it has been a few years. What if they just won’t talk? What if they talk about experiences I have no clue about? What if one of them gets lost? What if one of them gets hurt and their parents hate me forever? How will I know what to do in any situation that arises? What if I get so emotional that I cry? Will they think I’m ridiculous? What if? What if? What if?

Faith, however, is more powerful. I feel called to spend my time and energy – as in my life – creatively inspiring and giving to others. What is more creative than leading the next generation in a supervisory capacity so they can connect with each other and Jesus? What is more creative and faithful than to love these kids that, right now, I don’t even know so that they can spend a week growing in their walk and finding the way in their faith?

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Faith tells me I will probably get asked some hard questions, but I will know how to answer them when the time comes, OR I will know where to find the answers, OR I will know who to ask to help me answer them best.

Faith tells me that sometimes one of the wisest things you can say is, “I honestly don’t know, but I will help you look for the answer.”

Faith tells me that they probably won’t sneak out, and if they do they will learn from their mistakes and have to face the consequences of their actions.

Faith tells me that they might be frenemies, but maybe this trip was put in their path to bring them together and learn that anyone can find common ground if they just look hard enough.

Faith tells me that they might not talk at the beginning of the week but they probably will by the end.

Faith tells me if they do get lost, we WILL find them. There will be a lot of people down there that can help look, after all, and as a responsible adult I will establish a check point with my crew on the first day in case we get separated.

Faith tells me accidents happen, and they might get hurt, but they probably won’t. Or they might, but there are plans in place and people who can help and places to go for pretty much any situation that arises because the planners at NewSpring think through every potential situation they can possibly think of or has arisen in the last 10 years of The Gauntlet.

Faith tells me that I will find the way to navigate through the tough questions, the iffy and uncomfortable conversations, and even the possible (and likely) teenager hormonal emotions, and what will most likely be one of the best weeks of my life if I just stop, and breathe, and listen.

Listen carefully. Listen intentionally. Listen hard. Listen well. Just listen.

{You Make Me Brave – Amanda Cook & Bethel Music}

Without a doubt, I know from experience that every time I have taken a leap of faith to face a fear in my life, I grow. It might not be easy or instantaneous or seamless or perfect, but I always grow. I learn. I make new relationships or I end harmful ones. I become a better person. I become more faithful. One thing I know without a doubt is that Every. Single. Time I choose to face fear and rely on faith, I gain freedom and peace and gratitude unlike any other.

I can’t wait for next week.

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If anyone has tips or suggestions for this first timer, I welcome any or all input! For any of you other first timers out there…here are some things that have been suggested to me:

  • Uno/Deck of Cards
  • Gatorade powder or instant drink mix for a change of pace from water and for girls/boys who may not be as inclined to chug water without some flavor. You don’t want to have to take your whole group to medical because one person is dehydrated.
  • A Portable Phone Charger (I ordered THIS ONE)
  • A goody bag for your girls (or guys) with pens, journal, candy
  • Something to unify your team – headbands, bandanas, bracelets
  • Lots of sunscreen
  • Pack extra snacks to have during small group time
  • Protein Bars
  • An air mattress
  • Advil
  • Dollar bills for drink machines
  • Two towels
  • Pack Light, Wear cool clothing
  • Workout gear for day time, casual comfortable night time – 2 outfits per day
  • Pillow/Blanket for bus ride
  • Extra Coffee
  • Expect to be tired
  • Listening is more important than answering
  • Pray for the Lord’s guidance
  • Find time to chat with each girl (or boy) individually
  • Play 20 questions the first night to get to know each other (each person in the room writes 5)
  • Ask how everyone wants to spend free time and make a plan for the week so there is no argument when the time comes.
  • Have each girl (or goy) write an expectation for the week and then discuss it at the end of the week
  • Comfy Shoes, Comfy Shoes, COMFY SHOES!!!!
  • Patience, Kindness & Love

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Summer Reading | Blogs For Your Break | July’s Sum Sum Summatime Playlist

Hi!

Has it already been a month  since we chatted in anticipation of summer?

I hope you are soaking up the sunshine and finding ways to savor this season.  If your regular routine doesn’t see much of a beat and rhythmic change, or it’s unlikely you will burn through your reading list while relaxing on the beach, don’t sweat it and fret not my friend! Steal some sunshine on your lunch, and take your break with a good blog post read.  I’m sharing my recent favorites by a few of my favorite bloggers.

Happy Reading!

 An Apology to LGBTQ Brothers and Sisters from a Theological Conservative

Sammy Rhodes

I started following Sammy on Twitter years ago for the jokes he shared in 140 characters or less.  I read his writing now, and I am challenged and encouraged in the best of ways.

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Learn the Spiritual Practice of a Good Laugh

Beth Marshall

Beth Marshall’s blog is a place of healing and hope for those experiencing grief.  I love the medicine she prescribes because it most always includes laughter.

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 How One Word Can Change Your Life

Rachel King Batson

I spoke with my friend Rachel earlier this year about how one word can change your life.  She wrote about it here.  Will it change yours?

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 What is Inner Sobriety?

Seth Haines

Seth’s book, Coming Clean, is the book my heart did not even know I needed.  At first glance, it’s a diary of his first 90 days of sobriety, but sweet friends, it is so much more.  His reflections are honest and raw, and his southern tone and storytelling is captivating.  This book changed me. Read his blog to learn more.

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DotheadshotDorothy Camak makes her #inreallife home in Greenville, South Carolina—a little southern city that has stolen her heart. Online, Dorothy makes her home at www.dorothycamak.com. She is fascinated by the connecting power of conversation. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram as these conversations become a new Podcast series launching soon!

Enjoy’s July’s Sum Sum Summatime Playlist courtesy of our musical guru Mel! Follow theoliveshoe on Spotify to keep up with new playlists as they come out each month, and you can check it out this month’s by clicking the image below:

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Past playlists:

Melissa Aronson (a.k.a. Mel – our Olive Shoe Musical Guru) is the mother of two, a music aficionado, and a free spirit. She works full time at a financial investment firm in Greenville, SC. She loves live music, collecting Vinyl, and musical instruments, concert posters, and going on adventures with B&B. Follow her on Instagram.

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Creating Your Secret Garden Part 4: Keeping Your Harvest | Plenty of Recipes and Tips to Help You Enjoy Your Garden Year Round

While visually seeing your hard work come to fruition is wonderful, the truly most rewarding part of gardening is eating! I love preserving my harvest so that way I can enjoy them all year long. Although I did not grow up learning to can and preserve foods, I do have several family members who did. I also love sharing the wealth with family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers. Who doesn’t love a homegrown tomato, peach, or jalapeno? This post aims to provide some helpful links I have used to preserve some of my produce.

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{Picture of one of our harvests this season taken by Lauren Carlisle 2016}

Canning Veggies – Canning veggies is usually pretty easy. You do not need tons of equipment that they talk about – all you need are tongs, a big pot, glass containers, and a recipe. Some of the helpful tools that I like to use are a funnel and jar lifter. I also really like using pickle crisp and freezing my veggies I can. This way, they stay crisp after many months of pickling. Most recipes can be adapted to your palette with regards to seasonings and amounts. However, it is very important that you try to follow the correct ratios. This really can make or break your recipe. Listed below are several recipes that I have found that work and are great!

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{My First Batch of Pickles in 2012 taken by Lauren Carlisle}

Red Wine Pickled Beets – Wine. Enough said!!

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Cowboy Candy – By far my most requested pickled item. Oh so delicious!

How to Can Diced Tomatoes – I like this one because it’s basically the same concept for canning salsa or pasta sauce as well.

Amish Dill Pickles – As she says in the notes, I like this one with less sugar.

Canning Green Beans – No need to go to the store to buy canned ones again!

If you’re canning recipes won’t work, then give this a try! How to Freeze Garden Vegetables

Canning Fruits – Canning fruits is also very easy. In fact, I think in many cases it can be easier! Honestly, any puree can be canned and saved. Pie filling, jams, and pickling are all relatively simple procedures and can be preserved! You also do not need to be as concerned about keeping your fruits crisp because most fruits aren’t served that way when cooked. Here are some of my favorites.

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{My first batch of jam and pickled peaches taken by Lauren Carlisle 2016}

Berry Jam – So easy and no pectin necessary! Please note this is a jam so not necessarily great for spreading but great for cutting up with cheese and crackers.

Pickled Peaches – So yummy! I did upgrade this one a bit. I didn’t do cloves and just a cinnamon stick. The other batch I made with jalapeños for future salsa – yum!

Pickled Green Strawberries – Yes they are so amazing. I hope to try to do this with Rosé soon… will update you on the details!

Homemade Balsamic Figs – Great with goat cheese, salad, chicken… everything!

Apple Pie Filling – This one I think would be super easy to adapt to other fruits and the perfect size for a large pie!

If you’re canning recipes won’t work than give this a try! How to Freeze Fresh Fruit

Preserving Herbs – I have found two ways that work really well when preserving herbs. First is to make a pistou sauce (prepared like a pesto but without cheese or nuts) and freeze them into ice cubes to use later. The second is to dry the herbs with a dehydrator. You can also use them in your canning recipes as well. However, if you’re like me and have tons of excess, then you will need an alternative to store your herbs. This link (How to Freeze Herbs in Olive Oil) will allow you to freeze them and keep them in their natural form.

Other helpful tips – Last but not least, if you need some extra guidance or if you just want to be more versed in canning I have found these links to be super helpful.

How to Pickle Everything

200 Canning and Preserving Recipes

Top 5 Canning Mistakes

How to Pickle Anything like a Pro (This one has great graphics, steps, recipes, and jar tips)

36 Fool Proof Dehydrator Recipes

So get out there and start preserving. No need to let your great produce go to waste because you can’t eat it all in one fell swoop! Also, if you don’t have quick enough produce to make one of your recipes – visit one of your local produce stands or farms to fill in the gaps. Fruit and veggies in the grocery store tend to lack full flavor and are full of pesticides (even the organic ones can be guilty of this). Not only will your batch be more rounded this way, but it will also allow you to share more of your wealth! Happy gardening and happy canning!

Lauren Cop is a SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of Irish Twins by day and waitresses at a majorciao_laurencop_sig-01restaurant in Greenville, SC. A Clemson fanatic, alumni and general sports enthusiast. She loves reading, gardening, food, and traveling. Follow her Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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The Creative Home | House On Hilltop | The “Befores”

Happy Thursday!

We’ve now been in our new home for 3 weeks, and it’s finally starting to look like a house instead of a pile of boxes in every room! We have not yet painted any walls, but I have Annie Sloan® painted two candlesticks, an advent candle holder, a lamp and an end table. We’re really starting to think about what we want to do in each room both long term and short term, and we’re starting to feel like we’re “home” instead of “in our new house”.

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{My Annie Sloan-ed Candlesticks}

I figured before I start sharing DIYs and various rooms as I get them finished, I’d give y’all a before set of photos and some ideas we have to “set the stage” so to speak. (Note: most of the “before” photos came from the Zillow listing, where we first saw the house).

With that being said, welcome to our new home! Our #houseonhilltop is a traditional ranch built in 1964 in what is now a mature neighborhood near Anderson University. We are thrilled to be here! Shout out to our amazing realtor, Wes Jones, who not only did a phenomenal job negotiating for us, he also helped us stay sane through the buying process! At about 2,700 square feet we have room to spread out, ample storage, and space to grow. The house is 3/2 upstairs and my new office is downstairs in the basement, which you’ll see as we “walk” through the house! Come on in!

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Here’s my inspiration board (a.k.a. ideas and future plans) for our front porch:

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Just inside the front door, there is a small entry hall.

Before:

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{Pic from Zillow/Previous Owner}

…and here it is after our first 3 weeks…

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I love how the palmetto asks, “Which way do you want to go?”

To the left of the entry is the dining room…

Before:

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{Pic from Zillow/Previous Owner}

…and here it is after our first 3 weeks…

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And here is my “dining room inspiration”…

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Through the dining room, we can enter the kitchen. The kitchen will probably be one of our biggest long term projects. We’d like to eventually replace cabinets, redo floors, possibly remove the peninsula, etc. However, it works for now!

Before:

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{Pic from Zillow/Previous Owner}

…and here it is after our first 3 weeks…

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Here is my kitchen inspiration board:

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Through the kitchen, a doorway leads to the “Tiger Den” a.k.a Van’s room🙂. This room is actually the closest to finished of all of them. I plan to paint the wall behind the couch Clemson orange, and I still need to paint the second end table and coffee table. Van also has an art project in mind for me for the wall behind the couch as well.

Before:

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{Pic from Zillow/Previous Owner}

…and here it is after our first 3 weeks…

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I absolutely LOVE the way the light comes in this room in the afternoon/evening. Here’s my “den inspiration” and also the end table that I’ve already painted.

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{Annie Sloan Barcelona Orange and Pure White}

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The den leads back to the entry or to the hallway to the bedrooms. The other doorway in the entry hall is to the living room, our “no TV” zone. Haha. I hate to call it a formal living room, because it’s not really “formal”. I love this room already and can totally see myself curling up with a book or napping in here.

It gets great morning light and lends itself to conversation! This room is also where my low country artwork will “live” along with several plants. I can’t wait to get this room painted! The color it’s going to be will make everything in it POP!

Before:

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…and here it is after our first 3 weeks…

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…here is my “living room” inspiration…

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As I started arranging where some of my art is going to go last week, I realized that I was putting art from places we’ve traveled in the hallway. I’ll have to take some pictures of that eventually once I get all the pieces I have so far hung on the walls. One of the things I love about the long hallway down the middle of our home is how you can see the door to the charming side staircase off of the kitchen. It’s perfectly framed by other doorways if you stand at the very end of the hallway near the bedrooms.

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…and sweet Sully, who is currently recovering from some lady surgery.

(Please ignore the pictures/diplomas on the right wall, I just hung them on nails already on the wall to get them off the floor).

The builders made excellent use of the space between walls and rooms, which was a selling point for us. We have multiple hallway closets on the way to the bedrooms and outside the guest bath. The guest bath is also off the main hallway.

Before:

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…and here it is after our first 3 weeks…

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I still need to scrape the scrapbook stickers off of the mirror, so please put blinders on to them. I plan to keep the yellow and gray color scheme from our previous main bath, but I bought a new shower curtain that has a little splash of teal in it. The new bath accessories (tissue cover, lotion dispenser, etc) that I purchased actually match our every day china. As far as we know, the butter yellow tile is original, and is impressively in GREAT shape as is the white and gray tile in our bathrooms. We are very thankful that there isn’t any avocado green, pepto bismol pink or baby blue china left behind for us. Here’s my “guest/hall bath” inspiration:

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One of our guest rooms is currently serving as the catch all for everything not unpacked, so no pics of it yet, but both are pretty good sizes!

Here are the before pictures of those rooms:

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{Pics from Zillow/Previous Owner}

…and here is one of the guest rooms after our first 3 weeks…

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Obviously, it needs a lamp on the left side and the pillows need fixing, but you get the gist! Here is my guest room inspiration boards:

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Our bedroom is a great size and we are keeping the navy and white color scheme that we started at the old house. We also have an en suite bathroom, but I haven’t taken any pictures of our stuff in it yet, so all I have are the previous owner’s pics…here are the “befores” of our master bedroom and bath:

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{Pics from Zillow/Previous Owner}

…and here are my inspiration boards for the master bedroom and bathroom…

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That pretty much sums up the upstairs! Let’s head downstairs…

Before:

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{Pic from Zillow/Previous Owner}

Here’s my inspiration for both the entry and the stairs:

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At the bottom of the stairs, there is a door to the garage and to the right the entry to our little mudroom and a door to the back yard and patio. The laundry room is off of the mudroom as well (that little sliver of a door frame in the bottom left corner of the photo below), and one more door (straight ahead) leads to my new “headquarters” for The Olive Shoe!

Before (Mud Room):

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{Pic from Zillow/Previous Owner}

Here’s my mud room inspiration board:

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One of the other things we loved about our new abode when we first looked at it was the back of the house and its potential for entertaining and outdoor living space. Here are the back of the house and patio “before” pictures (and you can see the cute little staircase to our kitchen as well in one of these):

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{Pics from Zillow/Previous Owner}

Here are my inspiration boards for our patio space and outdoor living details. Van and both love the idea of putting in an outdoor fireplace eventually, and I plan to use the existing plant bed between the driveway and patio for an herb, veggie, and cut flower garden.

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But let’s peek back inside for one more minute. Just through the mudroom, you enter The Olive Shoe office! I’ve done a good bit of unpacking, but haven’t taken any pictures yet so I’ll share the “before” pictures of the space and my inspiration board.

Here’s my new office space:

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{Pic from Zillow/Previous Owner}

…and here is my inspiration board…

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The basement also has a bathroom as well, so here are those ideas too!

Before:

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{Pic from Zillow/Previous Owner}

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So that’s our space! What would you do first? Any suggestions?

Here’s my paint/accent color plan in a nutshell…

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Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend!!

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If you have or know of a creative space you’d like to see featured, I’d love to come take a look and even snap a few photos – please email me at lauren@theoliveshoe.com and let’s have a chat!

In an ode to one of my previously mentioned old favorites…There’s no place like home!

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Wedding Wednesday | 10 Summery Pineapple Wedding (or Party) Ideas

Happy Hump Day Friends!

I was inspired to create this printable {FREE THIS WEEK ONLY} by an anonymous quote I saw recently (Use password: “Pineapple” to access):

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…and the advice, “Be a pineapple. Stand tall. Wear a crown. Be sweet on the inside.” Also inspired me to curate a collection of pineapple wedding ideas (or some could be used for showers & parties!). I’ve seen citrus fruit everywhere recently in decor – lemons, oranges, pineapples, and I know my Aunt Susan LOVES pineapples…I’ve been on a kick myself as I designed the address stamp for our new home address…

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But enough about me…how about some pineapple pizazz!! Like this cake from Midwest Bride:

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Or this gorgeous cocktail table setup from Stunning & Brilliat Events (this entire wedding is gorgeous, y’all – click the photo to link to it):

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Or this super unique save-the-date dish towel (SWOON), featured on wedding chicks…

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This spike-tacular bouquet from 100 Layer Cake…

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Or these adorable drink stirrers from Etsy…

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These pineapple mimosas from Blackeberry Babe…

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And I love this idea of lining the aisles with pineapples featured on Wedding Wire:

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And here are some pretty cute custom thank you notes from Etsy ;)…

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Or these personalized, etched champagne flutes from Dances With Monsters:

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And these sweet little hair ties are perfect little pineapple favors for a bachelorette weekend from LoveMiaCo on Etsy:

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Happy Summer Y’all! Stay sweet!

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Dear Bill | A Letter To A Man I’ve Never Met

Dear Bill,

Can I call you Bill? Would you prefer Mr. James? I’ve often wondered if you got to witness the sparks flying from your heavenly view as Van and I started dating a few years ago. We were both blindsided by them – in the best way. Did you nod and smile at your son with approval as he opened doors, pulled out chairs, and did all the right things that you had taught him to do as you watched our relationship develop? Would you have grown to love me as your daughter-in-law? Would you even like me? Would we get along? Would we laugh together? I think we would. I hope we would. All we really have in this life are the relationships we create with others, and I understand that was something you were pretty good at creating – besides your precious son, of course.

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I have asked questions about you here and there of Van, your wife, and your daughter – to try and get to know you without actually ever having the opportunity to get to know you in person. It’s so hard to believe that ten years ago last September 22, you left this world and your earthly life – leaving behind your son that I love so dearly, your daughter, and your wife. What were you like? How did you act? How did you and Harriet act together? What did you do together? What did y’all argue about? What made you laugh? My parents have been such role models for me in terms of representing a healthy marriage, and I wonder how Van saw marriage growing up. I wonder what your demeanor was like. What your laugh sounded like. What it would be like to have you join us for dinner, or spend a Saturday afternoon with you, or visit us on a random Tuesday. How would our lives be different if you were still here on earth? How would our relationship be different? I’ve heard your voice on Harriet’s answering machine, but that’s as close as we will ever get in this lifetime to meeting face-to-face.

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Ten years ago, Van was in his mid-twenties, still somewhere between a boy and a man. He has done so much growing up on his own since then relying on the foundation you set in place during your time together. I know how much he would love to talk with you just one more time, hug you one more time, even just see you in the flesh one more time. I know you are incredibly proud of the man he has become – a hardworking, intelligent, kind and generous man, loyal to his loved ones – be they friends or family. Our home group jokes about playing 6 degrees of Van James instead of 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon, and I understand that you were a generous, kind, loyal man with many friends as well. I can’t tell you the number of times we have been in a store or business in our few short years of being together where I have heard someone say, “Well, I know Bill James would have/thought/said {fill in the rest of the sentence}.” I realized quickly into our dating that living in a small town and dating Van, my anonymity was kaput, and I would imagine that has both to do with your legacy as well as the amazing man you raised him to be.

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I wish you could have met my Dad. I think y’all would have gotten along well. You and my Dad have both planted seeds in Van and myself that have grown into strong work ethic, a love for family and a zest for life. I’m so thankful that Van and my Dad have a great relationship, which continues to grow, and that they have embraced each other as family. It makes my heart happy to see them together. My family adores Van, and they are proud to call him a son, brother and Uncle Van…although, I don’t know that there are very many people that don’t like your son.

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Probably some of the hardest moments so far of not having you physically with us has been the time surrounding our wedding. My heart cracked as i witness specific moments where Van missed you terribly in the time leading up to and on our wedding day, and at times when it was very hard there was nothing I could do but hug him and say, “I’m so sorry. I wish he was here, too.”

On the day of our wedding, although your photo was supposed to be placed in the chair next to Harriet’s, it was accidentally put on the table with the family wedding pictures instead, so at the last minute we had to get you in “your seat”. I still feel like it was the perfect ‘mistake’ – possibly even divine intervention – and though an emotional act for many, it was so very symbolic and special that you were the first “groomsman” down the aisle. Sometimes even though we know that your presence is near, it’s hard not having the physical evidence. I promise to always work to celebrate your life as Van and I celebrate the both the little and big moments of life together.

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As you know, Van and I dated for nearly a year and a half before we got married. Since we were friends before we started dating, we had the opportunity of bypassing some of the awkward moments and the small-talk side of getting-to-know you stuff at the beginning of any new relationship. However, I don’t think you REALLY get to know the true nuances and quirks of someone until you live with them – which can be challenging, adventurous, highly entertaining. With just over a year of living together behind us, I feel like I see more and more of you in him with each passing day. The longer we are together, the more Van talks about you, and I am granted treasured bits and pieces of you and your personality – putting each of them together as another piece of the puzzle as to who you are – his role model, his example of leadership and love, his “Deddy”. I am beyond thankful for the life skills and lessons you taught him in his short 26 years with you. Time cut too short, but so well spent.

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Finally – and most importantly, I’d like to say thank you – two words that don’t even seem near adequate to describe my gratitude, for raising such a kind, good-hearted, honest, gentle soul of a man who miraculously fell in love with me, brings out the best in me, encourages me and supports me. You did a fine job, Bill. A fine job. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Happy Father’s Day.

Much, much, love until we meet, your daughter-in-law, Lauren

 

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Whew! Mothering For Three Years | A Pinterest-less Party for All

First – I have a VERY love/hate relationship with Pinterest. I get a lot of great ideas and think it can be a useful tool. But I also feel that it has raised people’s expectations of DIY projects to an unattainable goal – I mean, sometimes we just don’t have the skills to complete said project. It also has made mothers feel inadequate in their projects with their kids and created a new host of Mommy wars. I know I typically post a lot of Pinterest ideas – because let’s face it, why reinvent the wheel? But in this post you will not find ANY Pinterest ideas. This is purely ideas from my Mother or myself. It is a reminder that we don’t need gimmicks for kids to have a great time!

Mother’s Influence – My Mom and neighbor Mrs. MacDonald threw amazing kid’s parties when we were growing up. Trains, dinosaurs, 101 Dalmatians, Candyland, etc… You name it and they probably could pull it together.

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{Picture of my brother Jimmy taken by Lynn Coppotelli}

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{Picture of my brother Alex and neighbor Kyle taken by Lynn Coppotelli}

It even got to the point where they thought about starting a party planning business – unfortunately for us, that did not happen. Although each party was so intricate – there was no Pinterest and limited internet for them to get ideas from. Everything they came up with was through discussion and creativity. I will say each party had the relatively same blueprint – food, dessert, one activity, and presents. They also tried to make as many things in advance as possible and make it as easy as possible on themselves as well – both women are mothers of four children. Growing up with this extensive and creative party planning made me really want to continue the tradition with my own children.

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{Picture of the 101 Dalmatians Party taken by Lynn Coppotelli}

Here are some of the general rules that I learned:

  1. Have a project that the kids can take home. Not only does it keep the kids out of trouble, but it also provides them with a souvenir of their experience!
  2. Keep the party small. You do NOT need to invite the whole class. It will save on cost and chaos.
  3. Food is overrated at a kid’s party. Sometimes they will eat tons and sometimes they won’t. Don’t worry about cutesy, expensive foods – go for the chips and dip and easy snacks.
  4. Keep the cake fun! This is often what the kids really look forward to – doesn’t need to be expensive and can be made at home. But have a fun element – shape, color, candy, candles. There are so many options out there so take advantage and it doesn’t need to cost a fortune.
  5. Keep the kids’ goody bags useful and practical. No child needs the cheap toys and candy. Try to make it more functional and fun. For instance coco-cola glasses for root beer floats, dog head costumes, jewelry boxes etc… Again doesn’t have to cost a whole lot, but the parents will appreciate a more practical gift.

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Creating the Atmosphere – I wanted to do a party that my kids would enjoy and would hopefully remember. Not only that, but I also wanted to make every effort to make the event fun for others kids and relatively easy. My children love to cook and I thought it would be so fun to do a cupcake decorating party. We started with making cupcake invitations and I let the girls decorate the icing of the invitations.

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We baked mini cupcakes (because who wants to make just one) for the few weeks before the party. I bought pre-made colored icing and fun toppings. I also found cupcake cups with a curly straw and child-size aprons for the guests to wear. This way, we didn’t have to worry about ruining clothes or anything either. Because of their gift and fun of decorating the cupcakes – I really didn’t need decorations. It was all so festive that it stood up well on its own.

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The Project – As far as keeping the party under control, we first allowed the kids to play for an hour. This allowed the kids to get the wiggles out so they were then able to focus on the project. We then brought them inside and sang “Happy Birthday.” Immediately following, the kids began to choose their cupcakes and toppings from the table. There was at least one container of toppings per kid so there wouldn’t be fights over the toppings. The kids were so well-behaved that they lasted almost 30 minutes simply decorating! After that, we did presents and then time was up. It really was perfect timing and honestly pretty minimal mess – except for my own child who decided to ‘ice’ herself!

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{Picture of Viv’s decorated cupcake by Lauren Carlisle}

Let it Go – Finally, cut yourself some slack. The kids will be so excited to see their friends and open presents that it really can be a simple pizza party and they would still have a blast. You do not need to redecorate the whole house. You do not need to have intricate decorations. You do not need to even have a project. It’s pretty simple – food, an activity, and good people – it really is the recipe for a great party! You do not need to spend tons of money to have a successful and memorable experience for your children.

After having some time to reflect on the last 3 years as a parent, one of the biggest things I have learned is to keep it simple. Don’t over-complicate things and drive yourself crazy. Yes the gimmicks can be so fun – but truly it is unnecessary! We all really do have what we need in our own creative minds. So put aside the Pinterest, talk to your kids and creative friends. I am sure you will come up with something that not only is fun but creative as well. Trust me – it will be the envy of all the other Moms that you were able to keep your kids party simple, under budget, and still make it creative and unique!

Lauren Cop is a SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of Irish Twins by day and waitresses at a major ciao_laurencop_sig-01restaurant in Greenville, SC. A Clemson fanatic, alumni and general sports enthusiast. She loves reading, gardening, food, and traveling. Follow her Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Savor Summer | 4 Tips to SOAKING In Your Summer!

About a month ago, I talked about how decluttering your digital life is an effective way to increase productivity and discover more time and space for your #inreallife.  With the summer season just around the corner, many of us are counting days till vacation and a break from the routine.  I have seen desperation in my mommy friends’ eyes as they countdown till the school commitments end.  I see a similar look in my teacher friends’ faces when they think of Memorial Day Monday.  Ah yes, the promise of Summer! The anticipation of rest, renewal, and recreation.  It’s a lot of pressure for a season that seems to go as quickly as at comes.  Perhaps we can be mindful in the remaining days of May and ponder planning a summer that truly reflects the kind of life we long to live.  Intentionality continues to weave it’s way into my monthly posts here, and today, I am sharing Four simple steps to soaking in YOUR summer!

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#1  Create a Summer Mission Statement.

Just as we set intentions and goals in our work lives, fitness regime, and most recently our digital decluttering, it  is important to visualize your upcoming summer season.  Take a few minutes to think about how you want to feel and your desired goals.  Is it to revamp your routine rut? Is it to spend more focused time with your family? Perhaps it is to finally read that stack of books beside your bed?

Think about the mood you want to set for your summer.  For some it is a long awaited rest.  For others it is about taking advantage of the slower pace by revisiting an often-ignored passion like painting or writing.  How about even following through with a long desired DIY home improvement project?

Effectively checking off those summer bucket list items means bringing them life.  This may even look like taking your thoughts to paper.  And your mission statement does have to be a la Jerry McGuire,  but try jotting a few intentions on the notes section of your phoneThese easy to access reminders are helpful in designing a season that encourages you to live by design rather than by default.  You may discover that this way of living is not just for work- flow, it yields lots of positive results in your #inreallife fun flow too!

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“The way of the Essentialist means living by design, not by default. Instead of making choices reactively, the Essentialist deliberately distinguishes the vital few from the trivial many, eliminates the nonessentials, and then removes obstacles so the essential things have clear, smooth passage. In other words, Essentialism is a disciplined, systematic approach for determining where our highest point of contribution lies, then making execution of those things almost effortless.” Greg Mckeown, Essentialism

#2 Possess your YES.

Now that you have your summer mission statement, you know what exactly is priority for you.  If an opportunity arises that does not align with your intention, you can quickly and effectively let it go. Most anything can be a distraction towards our goals.  My goodness, very very good things can completely derail us!

If your goal is to save money this summer by participating in local and free events then saying yes to an unplanned trip you can’t afford does not contribute to your deepest desire.  At the same time, if you want a summer that is full of adventure and new experiences, be alert to opportunities and invitations for this!

“Just because I was invited didn’t seem a good enough reason to attend.” Greg Mckeown, Essentialism

“Will this activity or effort make the highest possible contribution toward my goal?” Greg Mckeown, Essentialism

#3 “Eat the Frog first.”

I love this quote.  I have heard it in various forms and from various sources, but I believe the original credit is due to Mark Twain.  In short, the idea is that in structuring your day, you should tackle and complete your hardest task first. As your energy and time decrease throughout the day, you are free to reserve that time for less important or tough tasks.  For most of us, the summer season, does not halt our usual responsibilities. We still have our day-to-day life, obligations, and such.  The mail doesn’t take a summer hiatus so the bills still roll in, right?!  If we want to optimize our pockets of free time this summer, it is especially important to operate with the “EAT THE FROG FIRST” mindset.  Your summer may not include a paid vacation so why procrastinate on things you know you need to do just to have it hanging over your head during the precious weekends?  Revisit your mission and remind yourself of those goals.  A great tool for organizing your priorities is the https://www.intelligentchange.com/products/the-productivity-planner

Productivity Planner.  It is a great way to organize your must- dos so you can enjoy your can- dos!

“The word priority came into the English language in the 1400s. It was singular. It meant the very first or prior thing. It stayed singular for the next five hundred years. Only in the 1900s did we pluralize the term and start talking about priorities.” Greg Mckeown, Essentialism

“Remember that if you don’t prioritize your life someone else will.” Greg Mckeown, Essentialism

#4 Relationships Restore.

Whatever your summer plans, invest in something that will positively contribute to your life.  We need each season of the year in order to withstand, grow, and harvest a meaningful life.  Consistent throughout each is the true necessity of relationships.  Rest is good. Recreation is good. But investment in good relationships can bring restoration and healing to us.  Seek God this summer.  Seek others who seek Him.  And seek those you long to see seek Him.  When our mission includes focus and investment on these, we can count on a summer that feels renewing.

Wishing each of you a summer to savor!

Dorothy Camak makes her #inreallife home in Greenville, South Carolina—a little southern city that has stolen her heart. Online, Dorothy makes her home at www.dorothycamak.com. She is fascinated by the connecting power of conversation. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram as these conversations become a new Podcast series launching soon!

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June’s Bonnagroovy Playlist and Bohemian Wedding Inspiration

Happy Humpday!

…and holy moly it’s June! Did y’all say “Rabbit! Rabbit!” this morning?

Our musical guru Mel is headed off to make burritos for Feel Good Foods next week at Bonnaroo, and as such, has created a perfect Bonnagroovy festival friendly playlist for us this month! Check it out on The Olive Shoe’s Spotify page:

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(and if you missed last month’s Legends Never Die playlist, you can find it HERE.)

As for our wedding Wednesday, Mel’s Bonnagroovy playlist inspired me to put together a curated collection of bohemian wedding inspiration…

{This boho wedding dress from Ela Siramascenko on Etsy}

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{This sweetheart table from 100 Layer Cake}

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{These crowned beauties from Bepoke Bride – and every other photo from this wedding}

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{This wedding guest book idea from The Bride Box}

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{These centerpiece ideas from Green Wedding Shoes}

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{These bridesmaid’s dresses shown on Inked Weddings}

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{Everything about this photo featured on 100 Layer Cake – especially the VW bus!}

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{This gorgeous table setting featured on Save-On-Crafts}

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{This amazing backdrop featured on Ruffled}

Ruffled - photo by Tracy Enoch Photography http://ruffledblog.com/organic-bohemian-wedding-inspiration

{Or this beautiful bouquet from Green Wedding Shoes}

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And here’s a fun bonus idea if you’re planning your wedding… have your stationery designer add a spot to put a playlist request on the RSVP card like I did for Tracy and Matt’s custom designed wedding suite:

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Melissa Aronson (a.k.a. Mel – our Olive Shoe Musical Guru) is the mother of two, a music aficionado, and a free spirit. She works full time at a financial investment firm in Greenville, SC. She loves live music, collecting Vinyl, and musical instruments, concert posters, and going on adventures with B&B. Follow her on Instagram.

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