It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

    winter mood board


    A tradition in my family is to start decorating for Christmas on Halloween or the day after. Yes, we are THAT crazy Christmas family. You can thank my mom for that, and I don’t even mind it. It’s the beginning of November and my Christmas vibes are shimmering like tinsel.

    This year is a bit different though because this year I am living in a RV. . . by choice.

    ok, she starts Christmas at Halloween, and she is living in an RV by choice. Yep, it’s time to send her to the loony farm. 

    If you haven’t read the full story about why we are living in an RV, you can check it out here. For now, though let’s focus on Christmas. Our current home is definitely a tiny home, i.e. 108 square feet. Not exactly a whole lot of room for Christmas decorations! So, to satisfy the Christmas part of me that must get out or I will be depressed all winter, here is my plan:

    1. Convince my partner in crime that we must decorate the truck like a reindeer. I mean … we live in a trailer (aka the sleigh), it only makes sense for Rudolph to be pulling it, right? Absofreakinlutely! It’s going to be HILARIOUS! Yes, I talked/pushed him into it. It’s happening. I can’t wait.
    2. Laugh every time I see the truck. I’m winning at Christmas this year already.
    3. Get a wreath! I have a tiny door on my tiny RV, a Christmas wreath is in order. With a bright red bow!
    4. You know those super tacky sticky window decals that kids love and parents hate? Well, I’m thinking I need some snowflake ones to go on our main window.
    5. Indoors — I may get a teeny tiny tree. I’m talking those cute 10” ones you see in the Target dollar section. Other than that it’s going to be a cinnamon fragrance in my wall plugin, and Christmas music all day er’ day.

    Christmas is going to look a lot different this year. But it’s a season I’m going to make the most of because it’s only happening one Christmas.

    Lord, please don’t make me eat my words. 

    So, I have created this mood board because it represents how my holidays will look this year. We like to stay at state parks, and there are always a lot of beautiful trees. So leading up to Thanksgiving and Christmas we will be traveling, visiting cute towns, enjoying nature, and snuggling up with a cup of coffee on dreary days.

    Has anyone else ever had an unconventional home at Christmas time? Or do you have a genius decorating idea for me?


    Hello, November

    Autumn-fall mood board.


    Some interesting things that have happened since I last blogged here:

    • I now live in an RV. (yes, by choice. yes, to travel. yes, I’m 1/2 crazy.)
    • I had a job and I lost it, and it still bothers me even though it wasn’t my fault. One day I hope to write an amazing story about how because of that xyz happened.
    • Thrive is getting ready for its 4th annual conference, and it’s growing to be an online resource.
    • Since we’re traveling full time, I’m not sure where we are going to live after the trip. As in – which state.
    • Freelance graphic design and Thrive are still where it’s at for me right now.
    • I became the Creative Director my second cousin’s print publication – I still do this, but it’s freelance.
    • I got a business coach and it has been one of the best things for my business.


    Things that haven’t changed: Read more


    Sometimes, you just need to write

    An update post of sorts. I have missed writing, a lot a lot. There has been so much going on though, and it makes it really hard to find the time.

    I keep a journal beside my bed, its a nice big one (shout out to Marshalls!) Big, faux leather, feels nice and soft in my hands, cobalt blue with gold foil and says “Big Dreams” on the front. perfecttt

    I am also a chronic notebookaholic. I have a problem, and I admit it. I want all of the notebooks. Other office supplies, not so much, I have a certain brand of pens that’s my favorite, and I stick with it. I have necessities that I use everyday for work like post-its, folders, and binder clips. But nothing shouts-out to me from the store shelves like notebooks. Anthropology, Target, Marshall’s, Paper-Source, honestly, I’m not picky. Read more


    Blog Design Review: Episode 1


    Hey everyone! I am really excited to announce a new series here on the blog & on my Youtube Channel where I review your blog’s design! As a graphic and web designer I have been wanting to be able to apply my skills to the blog world, and I love that I am able to help out in this way.

    I will walk with you through a blog and we will talk about the functionality, overall design appeal, and how to make the blog more professional. This is a friendly critique, I have no intention of hurting anyone’s feelings. I am excited to be helping out bloggers to become more successful! Design and functionality plays a huge role in your blogs success, and as a blogger and graphic and web designer I am excited to start this new series!

    So take a look at the video and be sure to let me know what you think! The first blog design I am reviewing is Read more


    Minnesota Summer Vacation

    minneapolis lake cabin
    Much Needed

    All those things and more, that’s how my summer vacation was. Hubs & I were counting down the days *quite literally* until we left for vacation. Work had been extremely stressful for him the weeks leading up, working long hours, and just exhausted. I felt like I had hit a wall with work and couldn’t stay focused on anything.

    Summer vacation was much needed! So we headed up to Minnesota, where the air is cleaner, the temperature is lower, and the pace is calmer. Read more