Pour yourself something good to drink and let’s have a chat. It’s time for my monthly coffee time where I’ll spill the beans about what’s going on with me and then I’ll ask you to do the same. While I usually opt for coffee, today I’ve got my steaming cup of English Breakfast hot tea, and I’m settling in for a newsy conversation.
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I’m always pretty happy about January coming to an end. I know that spring is on the way and the days are getting longer with more sunshine in them. Plus, February is my birthday month, so I get all those fun shopping bonuses in the mail or email so I can get $25 off here or an extra 15% off there. In fact, I already used my $25 off at J.Crew to buy this cotton fisherman sweater in cheerful summer green. But then, get this, I accidentally shipped it to my parents’ home. Argh! 😜 And my parents will be gone to Florida the whole month of February, so my mom won’t even be able to enjoy wearing it until I can pick it up in April. Oh well.
I don’t know about you, but I’m struggling to stay warm these days. Honestly, I spend a good portion of my day just trying to figure out how to get a little warmer without burning up. That’s the quandary we face at this age, isn’t it? If we turn up the heat too high, I’m roasting and throwing clothes off like a drunken stripper. Hahaha! So we actually keep the thermostat down to the mid-high sixties for me. But then I stay chilled. Silly really, but this constant chill does wear on me after a while.
But hey! Don’t get me wrong. We are still loving living in Ohio, and have no intention of moving south. It’s a trade-off, but we actually still love the four seasons and the pace of life and all the things that go with living here. So I’m learning to pace myself and I’m more prepared than ever for a long spring with a very gradual warm-up.
By the way, did you notice I still had my tag on that coat in that photo above? 🤦♀️ What a goof ball! Getting in as many clothes as I do each week and returning some while keeping others, I tend to keep tags on until the minute I wear the clothing item out the door. But that day I forgot to remove the one under the arm of the jacket, and neither James nor I caught it until I was writing that blog post. When you put out as much content as I do in a week, there are going to be mistakes. I try, but I’m human! Thank you so much for being patient and gracious with me. 🥰
Speaking of putting out content…I’m LOVING having my two assistants Holly and Lucy on board with me. I hope you’ve noticed how much of a difference they are making. We want to provide you – especially my email subscribers – lots of valuable content with real take-home value. Please let us know if there is ever a particular kind of guide or check list or style board or whatever that you’d like for us to work on for the community. If I think it’s a good fit and something that would benefit a lot of women, we’ll get right on it!
In fact, Holly just shared our new February Challenge in our Private Facebook Group yesterday. Of course, it begins tomorrow. If you’re not in the Facebook group, you can join us HERE. Be sure to answer the membership questions as you apply for entry or you won’t be permitted. We try to screen this group carefully so that it’s a safe, wholesome and encouraging environment for the 5,000-plus women in it. You can share your outfits in line with the challenge, share other outfits of the day or ask questions. It’s a fun group!
I’d love to share more personal news with you, but I just don’t have any. 🤷♀️ Let me see, we have gotten in some new furniture for our evening room this month. That’s just what we call our “family room” because we spend most evenings in there with the television, whereas we spend every morning in the other living room with the fireplace. Thus, that room is the morning room. Plus, ever since I read Daphne DE Maurier’s Rebecca (a long, long time ago!) I’ve wanted a morning room. 😆🤣😆
I ramble. The evening room furniture has all come in and we LOVE it. But I have not received the new coordinating cushion we had made for our church pew nor the accent pillows. So once I get those, I’ll share a blog post in the evening room. Most of the furniture is from Ethan Allen, but we did get a few accents from elsewhere. And one of my favorite pieces is this painting. We got it in the canvas and with the black frame (that seems to be out of stock). I was very pleased with the shopping experience with Juniper Print Shop. My daughter recently ordered artwork from them, too, and had a good experience.
Otherwise, there just isn’t much new to tell you about. You may have noticed that I got some even shorter layers cut into my hair during this last appointment. I’m enjoying the wavy look more with this new edition of my modern shag. I think the added layers make it much easier to get the necessary body and height that I like (’cause I’m from the South, after all!).
Women frequently ask me how I style my hair like this. If you’re interested, you can check out this video. It’s a couple of years old, but that’s still pretty much how I style it.
I’m really enjoying the Scripture Meditation and Memory Challenge. We have over 5,000 women in that group, and a good many of you are actually posting your verses so far. Way to go! 🙌 In February I’ll host some kind of live event (virtually) for those who are participating. I haven’t worked out the logistics yet, but I’ll be sharing the details on Sunday. If you’re scratching your head and don’t know what I’m talking about, you can get all the details in this blog post. Then join in! It’s not too late.
Speaking of LIVE events!!!! The Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, I’m planning on hosting a limited seating LIVE event here in Cincinnati, Ohio, next October. It will probably be a two-night/two-day conference/event with an optional pre-conference session, too. These dates and plans are not set yet, so don’t hold me to them. But let’s say it might be Thursday through Saturday, October 19-21, with a pre-conference session on Wednesday evening, October 18, and the morning of the 19th. That’s all very iffy right now.
But I wanted to go ahead and throw it on the table to see if anyone is interested. Maybe let me know in the comments if you’re VERY interested or maybe interested. Spaces will be limited, and I know this can’t possibly be something everyone wants to do or can do. But I’ve wanted to meet up with readers and viewers in real life for so long! Then the pandemic got in the way. And now I think we can finally make real plans to move ahead with a fun conference with some styling sessions, an optional devotional teaching, an amazing shopping trip, a couple of fun meals and just a lot of laughter and conversation. Of course there will be a cool swag bag, some door prizes and maybe a personalized styling session for two or three attendees. What do you say??? 💃
Alright, I bet I got at least a few of you excited, so we better close it out there. I was going to wait until my 5th Blogiversary in March to share, but really I hope to have details then. This was just a feeler today.
I’d love to hear from you now. Not just about the conference either. Tell me what’s going on with you, what kind of subscriber exclusives you’d like me and my staff to work on, how you’re doing, etc. I’ll be busy editing tomorrow’s video today, so I probably won’t hop into the comment feed much. But I hope you’ll chat away!
Blessed for My Day
When I get pushed, I generally want to push back. That’s just my nature. But then I have a sinful nature. So there’s that. Pushing back may be human and natural, but it’s not godly and honorable. Instead, the Bible instructs Christ-followers to be humble and gentle, patient and bearing with one another in love. That’s a challenge, isn’t it?
To become more Christlike, I’ve discovered, is a process. The Holy Spirit is at work in the lives of believers to make us more like Christ every day. But we have to participate in that transformation by making the right decisions one after another. And as we string along a series of obedient, Christlike choices, we begin to change from the inside out. So today let’s pray for the patience and awareness we’ll need in order to respond to the pushes and shoves we’ll undoubtedly receive with gentleness and grace. And then tomorrow…we’ll do the same.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. ~ Ephesians 4:2