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January 06, 2011


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Tracie~My Petite Maison

Life is so good if you just show up,{you're more than right!}



Lisa Super

It's wonderful that you've come to this realization on your own and in your own time. I might not of ever figured this out if I hadn't had a baby. If there's one thing having children will teach you it's that the only thing you can really plan and expect is the unexpected. I didn't believe in a Plan B and I was always trying to script everything. It was truly freeing to hold a feverish baby in my arms, kick off my shoes and tell my husband, "I guess we're not going out for New Years." and not care at all that my plans had derailed.

I still fight it though. I'm a freak about being on time for everything and this year I'm taking a que from my Aunt whose deplorably late to everything and I'm not going to sweat it anymore. Well that and I'm tired of my son asking me whose chasing us when I drive :)


One of my favourite things I read last year was this post: http://www.yourcourageouslife.com/2010/10/11/guest-post-anne-carmack/

Anne Carmack said this and it resonated: "It takes balls to show up for your life. So I may think you’re rad if you are up for a bungee jump but I think you’re miraculous if you are up for today."

Thanks for passing this on. I think I needed the boost today.

wanda miller

i have a silly question. i keep reading and rereading the directions for submissions. there is the part that says to send cash, money order etc. for returning our artwork. how do i know how much to send? thank you for any help, wanda

Becky Shander

So true...about letting go of expectations and living in the moment. I attended a reading by Mary Oliver a couple of months ago. She is pure, peaceful, wise, humble...magic. And completely authentic.


I seriously needed to read this today. Wonderful advice. I just discovered Mary Oliver and have really enjoyed her poetry. She's so refreshing.

Heather Foust

What a great post. I think I was brought up to think "Don't expect to much because you may be disappointed" I can still hear my mothers voice tell me that.(She thought she was protecting us) But I realized that it is ok to be disappointed. Live in the moment and enjoy the excitement of what you are hoping for . And if it doesn't happen then it doesn't happen and then you feel the disappointment. Instead of always missing all those good dreams and excitement. Without hope and dreams life would be sad. So Dream the Dream!


Love this quote Christen. I have noticed it on your e-mails and it makes me stop and think...and aim to be astonished!

Ciao bella,

Wendy Brightbill

i loved this quote when i saw it on your signature. so beautiful! for me, it took getting into a car accident to realize that i had to let go of all of the expectations i had placed on myself. every day, i have to remember to be kind to myself. there is so much beauty all around us, if we will only stop and pay attention.

Colette Copeland

I love this post, Christen. Every word resonates with me.

Thank you!


I love Mary Oliver and this is such a wonderful sentiment, to leave as a lingering thought! It is nice to surprise people, make them think and put a positive spin on things!
Thank you for sharing this gem~

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Experience is not interesting till it begins to repeat itself, in fact, till it does that, it hardly is experience.

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