Happy Thursday from the front porch sweet friends. I’m sliding into your inbox a little earlier than usual today as we get ready to unofficially kick off the summer season!
Mother’s Day morning we were on our way to church when somehow, we got on the subject of mistakes.
As in, “What was the last mistake you made?”
It was already a lively discussion when I heard S say, “I don’t make mistakes. I encounter growth opportunities.”
Then my Dad piped up and said, “I don’t make mistakes either. I’m given opportunities to clarify my mission.”
My brother-in-law said he viewed mistakes in the same way scientists who are trying to prove or disprove a hypothesis view them, as stepping stones, and someone else thought mistakes were challenges that haven’t been overcome yet.
My therapist shared that mistakes are simply “miss takes” and always reminds me to visualize the clapperboard on a movie set and to “Take 2” as many times as I need for as long as I need.
Like many of you we’ve had so many commitments this month, I feel like I’ve had to “Take 50,” all week.
Truly, I am running on fumes.
But I’m also excited to honor and remember Gold Star families on Memorial Day, celebrate the last of the graduates, squeeze in a dance recital, intentionally seek out quiet time to reevaluate goals, and reset seasonal routines.
Almost a year ago, I daydreamed about spending the summer at my childhood home, Loblolly, helping my parents give the entire place a refresh, and dedicating time to writing.
Next week, that dream will finally come true.
I won’t lie, knowing it has already been a year since that original dream threatened to send me into a, “What are you doing! Why haven’t you committed more time to this goal? Get it together already!” kind of “I’m so tired. I can barely think. I can’t put one more thing on my plate,” panicky meltdown.
Yet, I’ve been tenderly reminded this week that most mistakes can be overcome with genuine reflection and acknowledgment – beating ourselves up rarely helps at all.
And once we sit with the mistake, failure, regret, or setback, we can reframe it as a valuable life lesson.
A lesson in persistence, resiliency, and grace.
I’ll be taking off next week to spend time with my Mom as we settle into the summer season and back posting the first part of June.
Until then, I’ll be cheering you on as you do the things you know you were created to do.
May you be bold and brave, wildly capable, and beautifully fearless.
Words to Live By…
A Few of Our Favorite Things from Around the Web…
10 Ways to Add Vintage Charm to Your Bedroom Decor (Another fabulous decor post from Rachel)
If staying in a hotel is more your style, this one is gorgeous!
This garden is next-level magical. Wait until you see the house that goes with it!
Speaking of magical, I can’t stop thinking about this flower studio.
My friend Cindy honored our late friend Michelle with her Pinterest Challenge series this month. Cindy’s vibe was fabulous and vintage and Renae put a beautiful French Countryside spin on her idea, Honestly, the whole blog hop will have you running to the store looking for perfectly patinaed pots!
How cute is this sweater for summer?
Love this shirt dress too!
This would make a pretty gift idea.
Memorial Day Inspiration…
Have you seen Emily’s patriotic mantel yet? It’s gorgeous!
I love all the patriotic decor ideas, Amber put together too.
May is such a busy time of year and it’s very easy for summer holidays to sneak up on us. If you’re pressed for time you’ll love Kim’s patriotic container ideas.
If you loved Bomb Pops as a kid, you’ll want to try Nicolle’s festive recipe, and don’t miss Elizabeth’s 10 Easy and Delicious Memorial Day Desserts!
On My Nightstand…
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This month, we’ve been diving into all things morning routine with The Miracle Morning and the 5 AM Club. Both books were helpful in completely different ways and I’ve already started to incorporate and practice many of their tips and tricks.
I think it’s easy to get caught up in practicing certain habits at specific times of the year. For example, at the beginning of the year or for back-to-school season.
But the truth is you can start new habits like this at any time. In fact, it’s almost better to start on a random month where there is no pressure!
In June we’ll be reading, Joie: A Parisians Guide To Celebrating The Good Life as part of our French Country Inspired Summer Bucket List here.
(including Memorial Day recipes and dessert ideas)
Neutral Finds We Spotted Online at Amazon and Target This Week…
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If You’ve Missed Anything from the Blog Recently or the Archives, Here’s a Peek At What We’ve Been Up To…
June Bucket List…
- Celebrate Dad’s Birthday, Flag Day, and Father’s Day
- Kickoff French Country Summer Bucket List
- Create and Decorate at Loblolly
- Begin 30 Day Rest Challenge
- Try a New Craft Project
- Learn to Make a Signature Mocktail
- Surprise Someone with an Unexpected Gift
- Take a Walking Photography Tour
- Continue Quarter 2 Challenge
- Read the Book of the Month
- Keep Sundays Sacred
June Words of the Month: Experiment & Explore
Activities to Enjoy:
- Try a New Recipe or Restaurant
- Experiment With Fresh Makeup/Hair/Outfit Ideas
- Ask Someone New to Lunch
- Play Tourist in a Nearby Town
- Enjoy a Concert or Play
- Cross Something Off Your Bucket List
- Visit a Farm or Botanical Garden
You can find our complete list of Word of the Month Ideas here.
52 Weeks to a Simplified and Organized Home Challenge…
Focus of the Month: Paper Clutter, Photos, and Email
- 06/04 – Bills/Mail/Paper Clutter
- 06/11 – Digital Computer Files/Passwords/Photographs
- 06/18 – Your Email Inbox
- 06/25 – Organize Your Purse, Wallet & Update Your Phone Contacts
TCG Housekeeping Notes, Dates to Remember, and Upcoming Posts…
- 05/29 – Memorial Day
- 05/30 – National Creativity Day
- 06/01 – Buy Birthday and Special Occasions Cards and Gifts
- 06/02 – National Donut Day
- 06/04 – National Cancer Survivors Day
- 06/08 – World Oceans Day, National Best Friends Day
- 06/10 – Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop All About Breadboards
- 06/11 – National Making Life Beautiful Day
- 06/14 – Flag Day
- 06/18 – Father’s Day
- 06/19 – Juneteenth
- 06/21 – First Day of Summer
- 06/23 – National Pink Day
- 06/30 – Social Media Day
As always, we appreciate you more than you could ever know, and we hope your weekend is peace-filled and relaxing. We can’t wait to share even more with you next week!