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My dad used to tell me that life starts to get really good in your 30s.  I never really understood until I passed the mile marker myself. Now I can honestly say that you couldn’t pay me to go back to my 20s. I know “supposedly” I’m supposed to want to freeze time at 29 and celebrate that birthday for an eternity, but I don’t buy it. I’m a few years into my 30s and..

I FREAKIN love it.

It’s like I could exhale a deep breath when I reached my 30s.  Suddenly all the striving and trying to justify my existence in the world that marked my 20s ceased.

Did I magically figure it out? Umm… no.  

It’s just that there’s this sense of purpose and peace that has settled in. I know myself better. I’m more comfortable with who I am. I’m not as scared to speak my mind. I’m less afraid of what others think of me (still not immune, but it’s better). I’m excited about where I am in life (even if I don’t totally know where that is). As my dad promised, life is just getting good.

So to all my sisters in your 20s, enjoy the ride! Live with abandon. Go on the adventures. Just know that the party really gets started in your 30s.  There’s no ticking time bomb. Your life doesn’t stop at 30. It just keeps gets better.  Can you imagine if it’s this good in your 30s, how much more amazing it will be in your 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond?

The ways of right-living people glow with light; the longer they live, the brighter they shine.” Proverbs 4:18

BREAK OUT THE SUNGLASSES BABY!

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“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”  John 10:10

Is there anything more intoxicating that holding an armful of fragrant blooms? I love burying my face and letting the scent transport me back to the moments in my childhood when I first experienced the phenomenon.  There’s something positively decadent about the experience. It feels too much, too good and just too wonderful to contain.

That moment is what I think of when I read the verse from John listed above. It’s that kind of over the top, too good to believe, abundance that God wants to give us in life. Kind of like burying your face in a fistful of flowers. (Am I the only one who does that?)

I’ve realized though that too often we can settle for a just “good-enough” life. We stop dreaming and opt for ok. “It’s comfortable enough” we tell ourselves. We think “You’re too old, too young, too stuck, too…” and the list of limitations goes on.  Before you know it we’re living in a box of our own making. Bordered in by our own lack of imagination and faith.  What’s crazy though is sometimes we even have the audacity to look at our lives and blame God for the pieces we feel are missing.

How far from the truth that is!  His very goal is for us to live the life of our dreams and then some. He dreams bigger dreams for our lives that we can even imagine.  He is a God of abundance.

So as we prepare for Spring and watch the world to burst into bloom, my prayer is that each blossom reminds you of the over-the-top, abundant life that God dreams of for you!

Don’t settle for a solitary dandelion* when there are armfuls of peonies in your future!

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*I’m not hating on the dandelions. I think they’re just dandy.

The Dream Team

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Starting a business is crazy.  Starting a business with friends is crazy FUN! I’m convinced that friends make everything better. I am have been HUGELY blessed to start this adventure with some of the most incredible women I have ever had the privilege of meeting.

They have cheered me on…coached me through numerous challenges…shared their wisdom…encouraged me in low points…celebrated with me… put up with my crazy…made me laugh until I couldn’t breathe…and a day doesn’t go by that I’m not overwhelmed with gratitude that they’ve each agreed to come along on this crazy adventure as part of the Piccadilly Creative team.

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These women are each amazing in their own right. Creative, inspiring, beautiful, fun, talented and just enough crazy to know they belong on the team. 🙂

Ashlynn is an incredible combination of organization and creativity.  She continually amazes me with her ability to communicate with grace and ease.  She makes every day brighter.

Janelle is joy personified.  Her very being inspires you to dream. She is an encourager, an artist and a beauty.  Everything she touches becomes more beautiful.

Emily is amazing.  Sweet and soft-spoken, her witty sense of humor cracks me up on the reg. She can take anything and make a masterpiece out of it. Her eye for beauty and skill for creating always leave me a little bit in awe.

Bethany is my BFF. Her laugh is contagious.  Her hope and conviction inspiring. She can organize even the biggest mess and always does so with the most brilliant smile.

Tanya is my sister from another mister.  When we met it was if we’d been friends forever. Her love for people constantly inspires me. She has the uncanny ability to get the job done and make it you feel like it was a party in the process.

You can read more about each of them on the Piccadilly website.

I’m so grateful to be on this adventure with each of them.  Here’s to many more exciting adventures to come!Cheers

I love us.

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All photos provided courtesy of Mary Evans Photography.

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I know today is Monday and usually that means normally I’d be spamming your inbox with lots of pictures from another wonderful weekend, but this week is a bit different.  Actually it’s A LOT different for some pretty wonderful reasons.  This is the week we launch the new Piccadilly brand and website.  It’s the week I get to introduce you to the best team on earth and share with you all the things we’ve been working on for the last few months.  It’s super exciting but also pretty terrifying.  I thought today, I’d break with the norm and share with you a bit of what’s been going on in my heart behind the scenes.

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I know I’ve said it like a gazillion times on here, but what’s happening with Piccadilly is really a dream come true.  Pursuing dreams is scary business though.  It means you have to actually admit and own what you want. It means you have to be vulnerable. It means you have to take risks. This inevitably comes with a barrage of thoughts like…

“What if people don’t get it?”

“What if they think I’m stupid?”

“What if I try and fail?”

“What if they realize I don’t know what I’m doing?”

“What if I REALLY don’t know what I’m doing?”

“What if… What if… What if?”

Even if it is scary and overwhelming at times, it’s also one of the greatest feelings in the world.   The flip side of the challenges I listed above, is that going after what you want also sets you free.  It gives you permission to be yourself. It let’s people in on the adventure with you. It gives others the opportunity to dream along with you.

It means that you can take your dreams off of the shelf marked “someday” and put them firmly in the space marked “today”.

Earlier this year I realized that I have been playing it safe for a long time.  I think subconsciously I had thought that if I didn’t really try, I couldn’t really fail.  Not realizing that every moment spent in that thought pattern was making failure a common occurrence. I read a really awesome book and have basically been listening to a song called “You Make Me Brave” on the repeat all summer and both have served as the catalyst for moving forward and “doing it scared“.

I know that sometimes it’s easy to look at the outside of something and think that it just happens.  I know many times I’ve looked at other people’s lives and thought that everything just seems to work out so easily for them.  They seem to have it all together.  Things just happen for them.  I’m here to tell you, that at least in my case, it’s not that simple.  Sometimes it’s scary and sometimes it’s messy, but it’s always worth it.

So here’s to dreaming of things bigger than you can accomplish in your own strength.  Here’s to being unrealistic. Here’s to taking the leap.  Here’s to hoping the parachute will open.

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Living the Dream

When I was little I dreamed about being all grown up and living on my own in a house that looked a lot like the castle from Candy Land.

I used to dream about NEVER having to go to school again.

I used to dream about waking up each day and going to work (ah! I was so innocent) and supporting myself (Thank you Destiny’s Child for glamorizing the thought of paying my own bills).

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I used to dream about living with my best friends, singing, traveling the world, and starting my own business…

This is the crazy part though.  It’s happening you guys!   Even on the most stressful days when I can’t tell which way is up, I’m reminded that I once dreamed about these moments. I couldn’t be more overwhelmed with excitement, scared out of my mind and grateful…truly, truly grateful.

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Take a minute.  This moment you are living in.  At one point in your life, you dreamed about it.

Maybe your dream doesn’t look like you imagined?  Perhaps it’s come with a few more complications than you ordered (isn’t it funny how we act like that sometimes)… but still,  at the end of the day, there’s so much to be grateful for.

At one point in your life, you dreamed about this moment.  You are, in fact, living the dream.  Enjoy it. Relish in the moment. Keep going. There’s more dreams to be had.

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Photos provided courtesy of Erica Baker Photography