Hello from the cold and snowy state of Minne-snow-ta! For my local readers, this news is old news, but for everyone else it may come as a shock that we got a nice dumping of snow over the weekend. I was up north at the time, and actually thought I might be delayed in my return home. Though I ended up making the trip back as planned, the thought of hunkering down in front of the fireplace in my parents’ cozy log cabin for a couple extra days didn’t sound too bad.
I’m going to use this post as a bit of a brain-dump, and let you in on some of the other things that have been floating around my head lately. Hopefully there will be future posts about several of these topics in the weeks to come:
 Lately. Yesterday and today I’ve been playing catch-up with freelance projects. Lately, I’ve been busy with several blog designs. I think designing blogs might be my favorite type of project. The process of designing a blog for someone else is dynamic, challenging and FUN! I love getting to know other bloggers, and helping them create a space that is totally unique to them. When I’m not working on freelance, I’m usually in front of the computer answering emails, working on new ideas for my shop, marketing the business, or chasing my tail in circles in the world known as “social media”. I’m not entirely sure what to say on that topic, but it’s been on my mind lately. As I mentioned in this post, I want to simplify my life so that I can keep the main things the main things, and let go of the extras. Not sure what that looks like yet, but the phrase that I keep repeating to myself is “less is more”.
 Listening. While we were hunting this past weekend, my dad and I did quite a bit of listening. Over time, I learned the sounds of the forest, and was able to distinguish the various chirps and rustles that filled the air. I was amazed at how noisy the “quiet” forest really was! It got me thinking… how can I be a better listener in my daily life? What would I hear if I stopped the chatter, turned down the noise in my life and just listened? How can I make more time to listen to friends and family? How can I make more time to listen for God’s quiet voice?
 Thankfulness. As I mentioned in the recent Button Club post, we have much to be thankful for. I want to put more effort into celebrating the real reason for Thanksgiving this year, and I want to do my best to help you do the same. Expect the theme around here next week to be centered on thankfulness. I’ll have some fun things to share, so be sure to stop by every day!
 Balance. I am an all or nothing sort of girl. I am not good at balancing several things at once, nor am I good at living life in moderation. I tend to be at my best when I am pouring myself 100% into one thing. Focused, concentrated effort towards a single goal is something that comes easy for me. Which is great–when I have a single goal to focus on. Not so great when I am trying to be a wife, daughter, friend, and business owner who stays fit, happy, and healthy while keeping a clean home, an organized life, social commitments, and her sanity. I fear that I need to learn balance in order to survive.
 Baking, cooking and crafting. The holidays are around the corner, and all I can think of is creating. I’m in the mood to make this year, and I’m hoping to cook, bake and craft my way to a whole pile of homemade gifts. I’ve got recipes to share, packaging ideas to show off, and a few DIY projects up my sleeve that you just might be able to use for your own gifts.
 Making a list and checking it twice. I’m not talking about Christmas, either. I’m referring to my bucket list projects. After the Summer Bucket List, I started my Fall List, which is almost done. Now winter is around the corner, and I think I might just make one for this cold and snowy season as well! I actually love the idea of having a seasonal list going at all times. I think it forces me to be intentional about celebrating the unique aspects of each season. Also, I am in the process of creating a master Bucket List, or, as they are more often called these days, a life list. I need to keep working on this one, so I’m not sure when I’ll be revealing it, but I promise to share when it’s ready.
All for now my dears! The next several weeks will probably be busy ones around here, so be sure to stay tuned. Now, I’m off to tackle the rest of my day. I have just a couple hours left before a very full evening… be back tomorrow!