It takes courage, my love.

What does it take?

….to dream big and choose action over fear

… to work smarter and harder than you ever dreamt possible

… to have passion and never apologize for it

… to find balance when you’re riding the carosoul, afraid you’ll never catch up

…. to be authentic to your soul, your values and your beliefs

… to lend a hand, when it’s the last thing your capable of doing

… to reach out, when your prides too big seek it

… to be wife, mom, friend, family, employee, entrepreneur, disciple

… to hold on tighter, have faith and choose gratitude….always! 


All these things take courage, my love, but in Christ, all things are possible.

“When work, commitment, and pleasure all become one and you reach that deep well where passion lives, nothing is impossible.”  ~ Nancy Coey


Quality over Quantity

As I pondered my New Year’s resolutions, the list kept building; including the usuals that tend to last a total of 48 hours, along with others that weigh heavy on my heart. From 3, came 5 and from 5 came 10.

As many know, I take resolutions quite seriously. Goals are my middle name and I’m one to stick to things ’till the job gets done… and well! (or mastered; whichever comes first) So, as I sat there staring at my pressing desires, I began to reflect on the heart of the matter. What did all these things have in common? 

Quality over Quantity

Whether its my personal life or my business, I tend to be gung ho! All in or nothing. I devour myself until Im chest deep in whatever it is Im doing. And while this is a wonderful asset, that lends to the over-achieving, persistent self starter that I am, it’s also, all consuming.

Let’s be frank…. “Balance” seems far from normal for this lady. 

So, as 2012 knocks on the door, I open, with favor for quality over quantity.


  •  I will choose to take on select projects that stir me from the inside, rather than every little thing that comes my way.
  •  I will focus on fewer projects at one time, to give each my absolute best and the extra attention each deserves, to fly and be fully appreciated/ savored.
  •  I will choose to supply quality content to my clients, rather than keeping up with the rat race, just to say I post 5 times a week.
  •  I will choose to focus on building select, strong networking relationships, with like minded professionals who share my values and passion. 
  •  I will choose efficiency over busy-ness.
  • I will choose to take breaks throughout the day and turn work off at 5…like the rest of the world. 
  • I will learn tomorrow comes quicker than I think, and leaving things until then, is OK!
  • I will choose slow, steady growth that can survive the times and favors longevity.
  • I will not be ashamed of my BIG DREAMS and will give myself what I need to achieve them 
  • I will not compare myself or my work to others and will instead, focus that attention of being the best ME I can be. 
  • I will not allow others hesitations, negativity or outlook, to affect my own heart, passion and dreams
  • I will choose vulnerability, openness and being raw: and not be ashamed if others don’t approve 


  • I will be intentional about setting date nights with my girlfriends and initiating mid-day coffee  breaks more frequently.
  • I will choose to be away from the computer, when my husband is home and wants to play “house”.
  • I will choose start my day with prayer, reflection and education, before emails, tweets and posts. 
  • I will choose to speak up about my faith, even when its uncomfortable and makes me feel like an outcast.
  • I will be OK with not working out, if I don’t have time for the 3rd day in a row and will NOT feel guilty about it. 
  • I will be OK with splurging on myself every now and again; I’m worth it! and the well won’t run dry because of one nice piece of clothing or one fancy dinner out.
  • I will choose my pumps over my boots ever now and again, to embrace the me I’ve known my whole life and deeply missed this past year.
  • I will set boundaries between people and things that have a negative impact on me; acknowledging their potential for long term hurt/ damage. 
  • I will put my family first: our needs are more important that always trying to keep peace or doing what others think I should or is “best”.
  • I will accept that there is no one model to be a Christian and will continue to carve my path and deepen my relationship with God (no matter how different it may look for others).
  • I will own the fact that I constantly change and evolve as a person. Some may deem that “re-invention,” I see it as “growth!”
  • I will embrace me and love her, flaws and all 

And finally, going back to where my journey all began…

“I will hold myself to a standard of Grace, rather than perfection!”  Emily Ley 

The “Jug” ornament.


Each year, we add an ornament to our tree.

We make a special effort, to set out on an annual festive date and along the way, select our new addition. Typically, we choose something from the actual place of our date and today was nothing less.

This year, my wonderful husband treated me to that which I adore most; afternoon high tea. We ventured to the Little White House, an ultra swoon worthy heritage building, containing both a boutique and a cafe parlor. I was in heaven!

The lunch was delectable (not to mention the signature tea and hand-made sweets), but what was even more memorable was our time together. To be perfectly honest, this Christmas season has been anything but relaxed and fun filled. We’ve been burning the wick at both ends, trying to keep our business strong and our commitments and responsibilities in order. This weekend, after having  both arrived home close to midnight, we flopped down on the couch and stared at the wall.

We felt tired, emotional, disconnected and some-what ba-hum-buggy. (so every unusual for us holiday lovers) And the usual fixes like christmas movies, carols and baking, just weren’t cutting it. When you’re mentally exhausted and the things that normally fill you up aren’t working, you know its time to step back. In these times, we tend to loose light of the beauty that’s around us and the blessings we’ve been given. We both knew what needed to come first for a day: us. 

It took nothing more than a few connected hours and all felt right in our world again. We recounted this {astronomical} past year, dreamed about the future and counted our blessings twice. Almost finishing each other’s sentences, we expressed how full our lives are;  an outpouring of God’s love, grace, compassion. The result is two lives, now one, wonderfully rich in blessings. So, to represent this outpouring, this years ornament is a pitcher or a jug. Ours is full and for that, we’ve so grateful.

It’s safe to say, we fell in love all over again.

“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at your from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith life is forced into the open and shows its true colors.” ~ James 1: 2-4


Treasured Advice

As entrepreneurs, business owners or even as a talented individual, we carry within ourselves a wealth of powerful information; skills, abilities, techniques and know-how that have been learnt and put into practice, through years of blood, sweat and tears.

Through mine, I’ve encountered many who hold this information so close to their heart and shield it by a barrier of personal space and mystery; as if someone finding it would be theft and a threat to their success. I’ve never understood this. I’ve always desired to share my knowledge with others, inspire them and help to lift them up in their own endeavors. After all, no man is an island! and two heads are ALWAYS better than one.

“No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own two wings.”

I apply this theory to my own business, daily. I’m always asking questions, seeking advice and looking for inspiration from mentors. I put myself out there and ask the questions many dare never ask. “What were your biggest struggles in business and how did you over come them?” “Here’s my situation. How would you go about resolving it?” “Where do you get your inspiration and how do you continue to grow in your profession/talent/business.”

Insert the question on your heart.

You’d be surprised the answers you’ll receive, free of charge and the network of individuals you’ll build.

Recently, I emailed a few of the individuals that continuously inspire me in new ways; these individuals were a source of aspiration through my company re-brand. Their responses warmed my heart and today, I wish to share their advice with you!

Shoot to inspire others: “It truly is the greatest compliment one can receive.” ~ Amanda K of Amanda K Photography

“The real moment of success is not the moment apparent to the crowd.

You’re never alone: NEVER give up! Because everyone gets discouraged at some point or another. ~ Heather Cook of Carter & Cook Event Co.

“The difference between the impossible and the possible, lies in a person’s determination”

Dream BIG, not BIGGER: always strive to be TRULY unique, even when it’s tough. Never reproduce the already-been-seen and finally, HARD work is bound to make a business soar! ~ Vania Barbieri of Simply Bloom Photography

“Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it!”

Have Faith: Keep your thoughts in check and in line with God’s word. Hold onto His promises and pray like your life depends on it. ~ Bianca Juarez Olthoff of In the Name of Love

“Be the kind of woman, who when your feet hit the floor in the morning, the Devil says, Oh no. She’s up!”

So, today, I encourage you to reach out. Not one of us is perfect, nor will we ever have all the answers. But together, we’ll shine a whole lot brighter and build a warm community for budding talent, like ourselves.

An Eternal Perspective

An Eternal Perspective

This is something I struggle with.

I find myself, frequently getting caught up in my present situation, eagerly anticipating  the future, crafting my next step and focusing on bigger, better and stronger. My expectations of myself are overwhelming and while I’ve come leaps and bounds in this department, I still get down and frustrated when things don’t move as quickly as I thought. “I’m better than this.” I tell myself. “Why aren’t you there yet, as oppose to here, staring at yourself in disappointment?”

And what follows are sleepless nights of tail spins and anxiety ridden mornings. I wake up determined to prove myself wrong, rather than leaving that to God. So I run, faster than they day before, only to complete another cycle of frenzy, more crushed than the day before.

The last week has been this cycle and last night, (or rather early 4am this morning) I finally turned to my devotions after 4 hours of spinning.

“When you are younger, you think certain things are always good, while other things are always bad. For example, success is always good, and hardship is always bad. But when you have lived life for awhile, you can look back and realize that success actually can be bad for some. And hardship actually can be good for others. You begin to see things differently. And sometimes the things you thought were really good things turned out to be bad things. And the things that you thought were bad things turned out to be good things.

We must realize as Christians that God is in control of all circumstances surrounding our lives. God takes all of the events of life, the good things and the so-called bad things, and works them “together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (Romans 8:28).

We must also realize that God loves us and is always looking out for our eternal benefit—even if what we are presently going through is difficult. We are told in 2 Corinthians 4:17–;18, “For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”

Are you thankful for what God has blessed you with? Have you given thanks recently for your health? For the freedom to worship openly? For the clothes on your back and the roof over your head? We need to give thanks to God—because there is so much to give thanks for.” – Greg Laurie

And As my eyes left the words, my heartbeat fell still for for first time in 7 days. I got down on my knees and thanked God for all he’s done in my life; for all the greatness he’s delivered thus far; and for the simple luxuries of  shelter, food, clothes and great friends.

The beautiful thing I hold on to, is that these times are only temporary and few and far between. But when they decide to creep up, it’s a living nightmare. I truly believe it’s evil forces at work in our lives. But, it’s up to us to recognize it for what it is and put a stop to further hurt and pointless frustration.

For in God’s hands our future lies and by worrying we add not a single minute to our lives! And regardless of where we are or where we hope to be, we must remember that in HIM, we can do all things…but the key lies in His timing. Not ours.