The month of August…

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August has felt like a big month:

Finishing a large writing deadline.

Planning for 9 days of Zack away on a work trip (he left yesterday morning).

Setting my calendar so I know exactly what to work on once it’s time to work.

Picking a new book club book. And, discussing this book at book club!

Reading this book “just for fun”.

Outlining a new idea.

Craving comfort soup, despite the recent humidity.

Reviewing our financial goals (aka: get out of debt yesterday!).

Recording a new podcast and chatting about “5 business tips”.

A much-needed haircut.

A week-long visit with my older brother.

Pep talk phone calls with a trusted friend.

Scheduling in more margin so I can be me.

What have you been up to this month, and what are you most looking forward to in September? For me, I’d have to say I’m looking forward to the launch of a big project. (It’s going to be so great!)

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Because, sometimes…

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– you remember to set out the butter at lunch so it can soften in time for post-nap cookie baking. Instant supermama status!

– your daughter burrows into your neck and lets out a long, squeaky laugh, and you can’t help but join her.

– you wake up early a few days each week so you can hit your August running goals. HOORAY!

– your son leaves the room only to bring you a chair so you can reach something up high. Oh my word, it’s starting already ;)

– your husband encourages you to make a hair appointment and yes, add a little ombré color! And then he reminds you it’s important to take care of oneself. (Note: the at-home haircut and at-home highlight thing wasn’t working out long-term, but it was fun while it lasted.)

PS. now through tomorrow at 11:59pm PST, all Gussy Sews items ship for free. Simply enter code FREESHIP at checkout, we’ll do the rest!

Have an amazingly relaxing weekend!

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Ten things I love // Vol. 5


As a personal exercise to start noticing the small things around me I started a blog series titled “Ten things I love”. There’s much to be thankful for in life, sometimes we just need a little quiet to fully notice our lists. This month I wanted to focus on ten fun facts you most likely don’t know about me. But, I’d love to know in the comments if there are any you already knew! :)

Ten fun facts about me:

1. I had a small “side business” of wrapping my classmates hair with embroidery floss during our lunch break… in middle school! #entrepreneuratheart

2. As a kiddo I often rode around my neighborhood with a radio strapped to my bicycle.

3. My favorite movie is Home Alone. Dead serious.

4. I was a Varsity cheerleader all four years of high school. Go Vikings!

5. Speaking of bicycles, I have a scar on my chin from an attempt-gone-bad at doing tricks on my bike. I blame my brother and the neighborhood boys for poorly influencing me to try this out ;)

6. My aunt Judy often gave me Avon samples of lipstick as a little girl and I thought that was the coolest thing ever.

7. My dream corporate job is to work for a magazine publication. (I loved yearbook class in high school.)

8. I love Mexican food! Mole sauce? Yes, please.

9. Although I dislike swimming in a lake, I will as long as I can see down to the bottom. Swimming in the ocean? No, thanks.

10. My parents threw me a surprise 16th birthday at our family cottage. It’s been fourteen years since, and I still remember it (and loved it so much).

Now it’s your turn. What are three things don’t we know about you? Any fun hobbies or food cravings or secret insights into your dream career? You know what to do: share them with me in the comments!

(Past “Ten things I love” posts can be found here.)

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Why your girlfriends are so important.

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Three years ago, shortly after we moved to Los Angeles from Minneapolis, I found myself meeting up with Joanna. We hadn’t yet met, so you could say it was an “internet friend blind date”. (We had a mutual friend in Minneapolis that insisted we connect.)

One morning, while I was about 6 months pregnant with Maxwell, we met for coffee. And traditional to going on a blind date, I knew nothing about her, however per her confession (years later!) she had thoroughly read my blog beforehand ;) and knew everything about me!!!

Joanna and I met at a local cafe and settled in on their patio, which had many outdoor heaters. Many. (Extra emphasis on the many, because you know, southern California is cold in October.) With hot drinks in hand, we began chatting, and then said aloud to each other — at nearly the same time, Are you hot, because I am sweating!

And then we burst out laughing, knowing (I’m sure of it) that we were going to be the best of friends. #Midwestgirlsatheart

Not too much time later we both had a friend that “you just have to meet,” and suddenly we were a group of four. As someone who thrives on being in community, these women, Joanna, Rhiannon & Cristina, have become a lifeline to me in Los Angeles.

We talk about “all the topics” when we’re together, from pregnancy (and all it’s struggles), marriage, beauty, writing, travel, creativity, books, and finances. In fact, I’m sure people sometimes wish they didn’t overhear our conversations ;)

I’ve always trusted God to provide me with the right kind of community, exactly where we live, but to have it so continually — through all the highs & lows of life and parenthood and womanhood, has made me feel so cared for.

A time when I’ve felt the most-grateful to have this group of girlfriends? The first few months as I transitioned into my role as a mama of two babes. Those were hard months. I still remember. Obviously, because I hadn’t ever done that before, but also because there were so many hearts to be caring for, all at the same time — my heart included. Many times I fell back on this realization: the best way to get through “it” was to try and try again, but it’s so refreshing to have my girlfriends walk alongside me while I try. (Some things just need to be experienced, right? But that doesn’t mean we have to experience them alone.)

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Our girlfriend group has grown from 2 kids to 6 kids, and as Cristina so perfectly explained it last week, it’s such a treat to know we can always count on seeing one other at the beach on Tuesdays. Once summer ends we’ll have to set up a new weekly date so we can continue to problem-solve together :)

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.”

PS. a fun (unplanned) fact: we all had babies in 2014! And can you believe Natalie will be turning One in October?

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