Every January I pick a word that is my guide and muse for the year ahead and this year is no exception.  I’ve learned and grown though my words in the past and this year decided to really dig in and choose two.  One for my life and one for my business.  I’m so excited to see what goodness this new year will bring!

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For my personal growth this year and my family, I chose the word Home.

Noun: the place in which one’s domestic affections are centered / Adverb: deep, to the heart

To bring focus back to our home.  Taking moments from the busy go, go , go of our lives to center ourselves in our soft place to land.  To get serious about simplifying our home and clearing out the clutter to make room for only the things that we love and are useful to us.  To cook meals that not only bring us to the table and in each others company but that fuel us with simple, real foods.  To remember that I also reside in my body and it’s time to cherish it and treat it as I do my home, with care and love.  I want to gather more in our home with those whose company we enjoy, with loved ones and new friends.  I want our home to be filled with God’s grace, love and truly be a place of quiet retreat as well as a place for boisterous celebration.  I’m excited to get back to the basics and slow living seems a sweet goal right now.

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This year for the first time I wanted to have a separate word to be my focal point and goal for the year.  For this I chose, Flourish.

Verb: to be in a vigorous state; thriveto be in its or in one’s prime, to be successful; prosper, to grow luxuriantly, or thrive in growth, as a plant

Last year I felt like I began to hit my stride in many ways with Little Lotti.  At years end I launched a second brand(more on that next post).  I learned a ton and grew in many ways.  This year I’ve taken some big leaps into opportunities that, to be honest, scare me and that is so exciting!  I’m ready to dig in and watch this little business of mine bloom.

Do you choose a word of the year?  If so, tell me about it in the comments!

♥Brandie

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I put a packet of flowers seeds in every order and I thought that I should share why.
There’s a story I read as a child named Miss Rumphius. In this story a little girl grows up with a beautiful mission, to make the world more beautiful. She grows old crossing many things off of her list with the exception of this one thing. It finally comes to her after walking around her town with an unnoticed hole in her pocket that had been depositing lupine seeds whoever she went and bloomed into flowers all over the hills and streets. From that time she was known as the Lupine Lady. She had found a way to leave a legacy, to leave beauty in the world. I just loved that and made that my mission too. To make the world more beautiful. I hope I’m doing just that🌸🌿🌻🌾🌷

Hello blog world, long time no see!! I’m awful, I know. In my defense, getting into the swing of life with 4 kids, businesses, etc isn’t easy or fast! I really do hope to blog regularly again just not every day. I hope that I’ll put out less content but more quality.

Today I’m so excited to share what I’ve been working on. A new collection for Little Lotti inspired by my favorite childhood book, Anne of Green Gables. Anne & Diana is live now in the shop and I so hope you love it!

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♥Brandie

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Do you consider yourself a good listener? Are you someone who does well with quiet or do you find that you surround yourself with a lot of noise? I like to think that I’m a good listener but I also know that I have a tendency to talk. I relish a bit of quiet here and there but living with 4 kids gets pretty noisy and I find that even when it’s quiet I reach for music, tv, etc. to fill the space.

What I hadn’t realized was that I seek to fill the quiet even in my walk with God. I talk a lot, pray a lot but it was startling to realize that perhaps i wasn’t spending nearly enough time listening. I’ve been working on this for about a year now so it was a completely serendipitous moment for me when my amazing friend Jeanne Oliver asked me if I would be willing to be a part of a new series she was working on. A free study all about quieting ourselves to hear what the spirit is speaking. There’s is amazing line up of speakers that I humbled to be amongst and I just pray that hearts are reached and encouragement given to take ourselves deeper in Christ.

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Instructions to join class:

To join this free study you just need to be registered at jeanneoliver.ning.com (registering is free).
Once you are on the site you will find this study, free videos (business and art), my Creativity Takes Courage series and new online courses along the left hand side of the page.
You will find all of our courses/videos under the COURSES heading.
To register for Listening | Finding the Quiet
1) Go to COURSES along the left hand side of the page
2) Go to the bottom of the course and click “view all” to find Listening | Finding the Quiet
4) Click on Listening | Finding the Quiet
3) Click the +join button on the upper right hand side
4) All of the details are on the page and you are all set for the study to begin on January 1, 2016
Tell your friends!

Description:

Join over 20 men and women as we share in a free four week study all about finding the quiet in each day and hearing the voice of God.

The world can be so loud and we desperately need quiet. We need time to think, process, pray, worship, plan, dream, forgive, heal and find direction. To just be still. Do we give ourselves this time to be quiet and truly listen to the voice of the Lord? Are you striving and trying to navigate life in your own strength? Are you tired? Do you know that the Lord pursues you? Do you know that he wants to carry your burdens? Do you know that he deeply longs to communicate with you and have a relationship with you? Are you ready to find the quiet and listen to his voice?