For the Love

I haven’t been here in awhile.

Good Friday seemed like a fine time to show up.

I started the year all ready to be more intentional about goals and plans and resolutions and I was going to be the girl who really used the planner.  No kidding.  I bought one and really tried to go step by step only somehow I got a little bit lost.

Life is so messy, you know?

Then, a really cool thing happened.  I realized that the two things that felt really important to me in addition to all the amazing blessings I am surrounded with was to find my tribe of people and to grow my creative business while maintaining my education career.

I fell into the most beautiful gathering of women pursuing happiness like I do.  Then I tiptoed into a bible study group that felt so strange to me.  I figured I wouldn’t really fit.  Guess what?  They are really nice and it’s ok that I’m really liberal and have never done this thing before and get freaked out about groups of women a bit.  It’s all ok.  Sometimes I go and sometimes I don’t and that’s ok too.  Cool, right?  I KNOW!!!

Also, I get to sit and visit with my new neighbor and she is the greatest gift.  My boyfriend’s people are lovely and I look forward to getting to know them too.  It’s all so amazing.

There is this other thing…it’s so huge you guys.  I really enjoy Jen Hatmaker.  I first heard her when she was on the Today show about the end of the school year thing?  I’ve followed her ever since.  She just speaks my language.  She made me feel comfortable when I went to Women of Faith for the first time and let me tell you what…all those hands in the air and Jesus in giant flashing letters is a whole big thing for this girl.  I made her a cuff and gave her a hug and it was cool.  Then, I read that she was looking for a launch team for her new book.  I thought that sounded cool.  I applied and so did 5000 other amazing people.  Guess what???  I was one of 500 to do this  thing!!!  (She wanted all 5000 but the publishers said no way Jose).  THEN, in the FB group for the launch team I find out she loves that cuff and wears it quite a lot!  How bout them apples?  That felt so nice!!!  THEN these lovely women liked my cuffs too.  I posted my Etsy store and decided half the profit should go to a charity of Jen’s choice because this whole thing is about something bigger than my little creative business.  I have realized that I really love shipping people packages.  I also love when they post a picture of my cuff on their lovely wrist.  The greatest thing???  I have donated two new pairs of shoes and $330 to Help One Now all because they bought these cuffs.  I’ve never donated that much to a charity ever.  It’s the greatest feeling in the world and it’s all because of the chain reaction I just skipped on through with you.

I feel like I’m skipping on the clouds.

All my love,


About attraversiamodarmaz

Midwestern girl who loves big city shopping (note - do not love high heels of any kind) * hate to say that first because I fancy myself a yoga chic too who is into feng shui and a minimalist life but it's just not all true!* I do forget to recycle* LOVE reading and music and most things crafty (the idea of them - very fickle and creative urges come and go faster than light or sound)* Grand chef and baker in my own mind and kitchen - love to mix and match recipes for a glorious new concoction* Gardening would be very successful - I have a flair but short attention span can cause casualties* True bliss is my home filled with three beautiful children (four on the weekends - an amazing Goddaughter)* did forget to feed the beautiful children lunch once when they were too small to remind me* can't find socks for all on some crazy mornings* I'm a learner who just can't help it...a writer in my head, and a college instructor for a half dozen classes a year* can't help my right brain optimism* been a foster mom* am a very grateful mom of adopted children* worst life moment: leaving the E.R. with an empty baby carrier* this is me...pretty much
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