My ETSY Store and Flash Sales for Holiday Shopping!

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Yay! It’s here! Today I am sharing the link to my ETSY store with you all so you can check it out. I am SO excited! There are 2 things going on in my store this month to celebrate its launch.  First is that there is a coupon code for 10% off your order and it is good until December 31, 2016 (the code is LAUNCH10).  The second thing is that I am doing a 12 days of Christmas sale, where each day I knock more money off ONE item (the art creation of the day) for a 24 hour flash sale.  Today is the 7th day of Christmas, so I know I am posting this a little late (I’ve been a very busy little fairy elf).  Because of that, … Continue Reading

Announcements! Finally Revealing What I’ve Been Secretly Up to All Year!

Hi Everyone! I am FINALLY writing to announce what the heck I’ve been secretly up to this year and also sharing with you what that means as far as what my subscribers can expect now from this blog. I have so many hopes, dreams, passions, interests, and We Live Inspired has been an inspiring playground for me (and hopefully for those along on this ride with me) since I started it on a whim a few years ago.  The very first blog posts here were about animals, my documentations of the feral cat colony that appeared off our backyard, and our efforts to share their stories as I worked to help the situation.  I also blogged a lot of inspirational articles on ways I live inspired no matter what life … Continue Reading

Learning, Living, and Loving with Grace

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“Grace. One of my favorite words. May we Be it. Live it. Embody it. Extend it. Receive it. Grace is one of the purest forms of love because one doesn’t have to do anything to earn it or deserve it.  When we love with Grace, we are loving like Jesus.  Sometimes that is a challenge and takes discipline!  Grace is a love that sees us at our worst, yet gives us pardon.  May we love others with Grace on the days they need it and love ourselves with Grace on the days when we are the ones in need. ” -Rebekah Ann Stephenson     I wrote that quote on a day when I was feeling challenged and needed to take time to breathe and talk to God so that … Continue Reading

A Pug Named Toast and How He Got His Name

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A long time ago I wrote a post about the new addition to our family- a little boy that just happens to be a black pug.  We named him Toast!  There is a story behind this of course. So, this is the story of a pug named Toast and how he got his name. P.S. Toast has his own Instagram account. You can follow him or see all his photos there. His handle is @apugnamedtoast (click HERE to get there).   We actually had the name before we had the dog.  It was something Matt and I had talked about, laughed about and dreamed about for years.  We got the idea for a pug probably over a decade ago when we were watching one of the Men in Black movies … Continue Reading

The Garden of My Life : What the Bees Taught Me About Goals and Dreams

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This is my story of managing multiple dreams and goals at once and how the bumble bees in my garden, along with some wisdom from friends, have inspired me to know that I don’t have to choose and I can pursue all that my heart desires.  Have you ever struggled with keeping the balance between the everyday life stuff and the passions/desires of your heart? Do you ever feel like there isn’t enough time for it all?   As many of you may know, I’ve been doing a lot of things this year (many of which I haven’t revealed here yet!).  Because one of my theme words for this year is “simple”, I have been of this mindset that I “should” only do one main thing and put everything else … Continue Reading

My Background as an Artist: The Early Years

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Hello Inspired Friends! I’m back today with part 3 of my story in reclaiming my life as an artist. If you missed the whole story and want to catch up, Part 1 (which talks about my “brave” decision to reclaim my artist self) can be found HERE , and Part 2 (on my background as a writer) can be found HERE.  Today I am sharing my story about my journey towards becoming an artist (painting).  I’ve found that sometimes looking back over your life, and going WAY back to the beginning, can be really helpful on the path of self discovery.  It has helped me gain clarity about where I want to go in life.  I want to get back to my roots and embody all I am and all … Continue Reading

Your Best is Always Good Enough, Even When it Feels Like it Isn’t

Feeling “good enough” and doing my best. This is a topic I have thought about (and sometimes struggled with ) a lot in my first year of marriage. I know I am not the only new wife, or old wife, or woman or person period who has ever felt this way.  Yet sometimes I do feel alone in this and compare myself to others and feel I sometimes fall short. Other days I feel pretty much like a rock star for what I accomplish . I am a bit of a late bloomer and so I have had to be gentle on myself my first year of marriage, which at times is easy and at times is not.  The times it is not it is because I am worrying about … Continue Reading

Reclaiming Myself as an Artist Part 2: My Background as a Writer

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If you’ve ever wanted to get to know me better, come on in and read today’s post! I’m going way back to the beginning of my life to share a big creative piece of the puzzle (in a summary) of my journey towards becoming an artist and writer.   (If you missed part 1 that talks about my decision to reclaim my life as an artist, click HERE to catch up).  As I’ve mentioned here before, creativity and I go WAY back.  When I was going through the contents of my life several years ago, I found so much “evidence” of me claiming myself as an artist and wanting to be THAT when I grew up. (On a side note I also wanted to be a teacher, which I get to … Continue Reading

A Wild Turkey Stuck in My Garden (aka The Turkey Who Forgot He Had Wings)!

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It’s story time and tonight I am telling you the tale of the turkey who forgot he had wings.  I’m feeling a bit like Beatrix Potter as I say that (writing a tale about an animal in my garden).  Maybe this will become a children’s book of mine.  Who knows?! At any rate, it was funny and inspiring and very, very odd.  And you know, everything has a story.  Maybe you will be inspired to see things a different way in your own life and spin a yarn or two :D. So on we go then!     Earlier this afternoon I heard my pug puppy barking outside and I couldn’t figure out why.  He is not one to carry on about things unless there is something to carry on … Continue Reading

Ocular Migraines : An Annoying Phenomenon and What Helps

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I guess I will file today’s post under the “Tip of the Week” Section, as it has been awhile since I shared a tip with my readers.  Have you ever had an ocular migraine?  Maybe you have experienced this strange and annoying phenomenon, but just didn’t know what the heck it was.  I meant to do a post updating you all on the things I wanted to share about where I am going in 2016, but had to take a little detour for self care due to having an ocular migraine again last night.  Let me tell you, they are not fun.  Like with most annoying things I have experienced though, I find a way to cope.   In a nutshell an ocular migraine is a visual experience and isn’t … Continue Reading

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