June In Photos

June 30, 2014 by Ali

Anne of Green Gables once said, “I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.”

Well, if I had to live in a world that was like this past month, I’d take it.

This June just felt like such a whirlwind of adventure and goodness all around. To be sure, it was a bit of a whirlwind — two trips out of the country (well, one to Texas, does that count? ;)), two visits with family in town for a few days, an exciting work project in the works behind the scenes, first-time experiences, surprise parties, hair cuts, happy hours, and blessedly hot summer days galore. But it was awesome.

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10 Things I’ve Learned: Meg

June 29, 2014 by Ali

Happy Sunday, friends! We’re finally back with another post in our “10 Things I’ve Learned” series. And I’m happy that our guest-poster today is my lovely, long-time friend, Meg.

I actually met this pretty girl back in the year 2000, when my high school boyfriend took me to his “cool friend, Meg’s” house for a party after prom. I instantly saw a spark of a kindred spirit in this artsy, people-loving, deep-question-asking, song-writing, faith-seeking, life-celebrating girl. And as luck would have it, our paths crossed again for a year attending the same small liberal arts college and we became friends. Then our paths crossed again while doing an AmeriCorps stint in Dallas. And now, she is one of the friends I rearrange my schedule to make sure that I see anytime we’re both in Wichita with our families over the holidays, with hopefully a road trip to visit one another at least once a year in between when we can stay up for hours and hours talking just like in college and also make sweet treats like these. So yep, 14 years of friendship in, I’d say she’s a keeper. :)

Back in college, Meg had big dreams of moving to Portland and “making it” as a successful designer. But then a cute Oklahoma farmboy came into the picture and swept her off her feet. (Sound like any other blogger you know?) And now life finds the two of them living in a tiny farmhouse in rural Oklahoma, with Meg spending her days raising a cute toddler, preparing for a baby brother to join him any day now, making everything you can imagine “homemade”, and running a successful design business and lifestyle blog called Bringing Design Home. To say that her life took a different course than planned is an understatement, and letting go of some of those dreams hasn’t always been easy, which she discusses below. But with her trademark strength and creativity and bravery and general awesomeness, she has come to fully embrace her modern farm life story, and is now positively thriving.

I like to tell people that she’s the girl who actually lives out all of those cool things you see on Pinterest. Whether that means learning how to do everything naturally and homemade (she’s the queen of canning), investing deeply in relationships within her community, remodeling her current farmhouse and working with her architect-husband to design and build the modern farmhouse of their dreams (themselves, of course), creating a little nook in the blogosophere that feels like “home”, constantly pushing herself to learn more about the design world she loves, and cultivating a marriage and a family that’s overflowing with love and joy and generosity — yeah, this girl is leaving a pretty incredible legacy in this world.

I definitely have learned a lot from her over the years. So I’m stoked that she has taken the time to share 10 of those things here with you today. You won’t want to miss them.

So coming to you live from Oklahoma, here’s Meg… :)

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July in Movies: Five Summer Sundance Films

June 28, 2014 by sarah

Sarah shares her thoughts on five Sundance 2014 films coming to theaters this summer: Boyhood, Land Ho!, I Origins, Wish I Was Here, and A Most Wanted Man.

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How To Make 10% Better Decisions

June 19, 2014 by Ali

I totally just read a business book for the first time in years.

Yes, the irony of this fact is not lost on me. I used to eat up business and self-help books back when I was in college and while I had a steady job during my twenties. But during the past two years that I have been self-employed while running my blogging business full-time – the time when I probably needed business advice the most – I have barely prioritized time to even get through my book club’s monthly fiction pick, much less dive into the hippest business books, podcasts, blogs and resources available galore.

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5 Tips for Hosting The Best Movie Night Ever

June 14, 2014 by sarah

I’m on a quest. A quest to perfecting the art of Hosting Movie Nights. I am still early on my journey, but here’s a few things I’ve learned so far.

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10 Things I Learned In El Salvador

June 8, 2014 by Ali

Ok, now I officially feel for all of the dear friends I ask to boil their entire lives down into ten things they have learned. I just returned my trip with Unbound to El Salvador, and I could barely narrow a week down to ten! Ha, seriously though, I have so many things that I want to share with you. And so many things that are still swirling around in my head and my heart that will probably take time to process, as tends to happen with these kind of trips.

But for those just tuning in, the short of the story is that I was invited to go to El Salvador with an organization called Unbound. I’m going to explain more about them in another post that I have begun writing. But in short, they are a non-profit that works primarily to help match sponsors with children and elderly people in 22 countries around the world who are living in poverty. And I’m a big fan of the thoughtful, sustainable, and progressive ways they go about doing that.

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10 Things I’ve Learned: Sara

June 1, 2014 by Ali

As this post is being published today, I’m flying down to El Salvador with Unbound. And much of that is because of this lovely friend right here.

Everyone, meet Sara.

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June in Movies

June 1, 2014 by sarah

Gimme Some Live has previews of three June new releases including The Fault in Our Stars, Edge of Tomorrow, and Obvious Child.

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