On Beauty and Motherhood

I put on makeup every day for 30 days. I didn’t wear makeup every day before I had my daughter, so I surely didn’t prioritize it after she was born. One day in January, I realized that I liked how I felt when I wore makeup, so I thought I would conduct a little experiment. I wanted to see how it would make me feel to wear it every day for 30 days. Depending on the results, I may consider making a concerted effort to wear it daily.

The Latest

Dreaming, Week 5: Your Dream Life Starts Here by Kristina Karlsson

Your Dream Life Starts Here by Kristina Karlsson is equal parts guide and journal, with a lovely, magazine-esque layout. The lovely presentation shouldn’t be surprising, as the author is the founder of kikki.K, the international Swedish designed stationery and paper goods company. Karlsson made the decision to chase her dreams with reckless abandon, developing a process for annually identifying one’s core values and desires and creating an actionable plan that will lead you to your goals. Including bits and pieces of Karlsson’s own story, this book is less a memoir and mainly focused on stirring up the reader’s own dreams. Each chapter features an inspiring story about dream chasers around the world, including those of Michelle Obama, Sir Richard Branson, and Dr Tererai Trent.


In The Artisan Soul, author Erwin Raphael McManus teaches that the most important work of art is the life we create. McManus is a pastor, author, and creative. This book is about the ways in which we are all artists with the deep need to create. The general principles of creativity can guide us in creating a life that is meaningful and satisfying. It’s important to note that this book is not just for those who consider themselves creatives, in the traditional sense of the word. An artisan life is not just for painters, writers, and musicians. All of us are creative, even those of us who don’t think we are. Made in the image of a Creator makes us, inevitably, creators ourselves.

Dreaming, Week 3: Everything Is Figureoutable By Marie Forleo

There is no problem in your life, big or small, that is not figureoutable. Marie Forleo wants you to adopt this life-changing philosophy, run with it, and see how it changes every aspect of your life. Marie Forleo is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and founder of B-School, the online course for entrepreneurs, helping more than 50,000 students create and expand their businesses. Everything is Figureoutable is not about quick fixes, but rather transforming your mindset to embrace this one simple truth: everything is figureoutable.

Dreaming, Week 2: Why Bother? By Jennifer Louden

In a particularly difficult season of life, Louden found herself confused and dissatisfied. This question of Why Bother? became revolutionary. Why do we choose to bother about life at all? How do we choose which things to bother about, and how do we hold those desires to us when feelings, circumstances, and crises get in the way? Louden offers readers her six-stage discovery of how to engage with your personal bother. Why Bother? is an invitation to discover your true desire and allow that desire to propel you into the next beautiful stage of your life.

Dreaming, Week 1: Dream Big by Bob Goff

Dream Big is one of the most joyous, fun, and hopeful “self-help” books I’ve ever read. This is my third time reading it, for the plain reason that it’s full of gold that you simply cannot catch all in the first reading. You’ve probably heard of Bob Goff; his two previous publications, Love Does and Everybody, Always, are both New York Times bestsellers. Goff’s radical positivity and tendency towards hope makes his writing inviting and fun. I mean, the cover of the Dream Big hardback is designed to be morphed into a paper airplane, if that tells you anything about Goff’s childlike spirit.

Project Marriage: My Experience Exploring Unconditional Love Using the Book, “The Love Dare”

Our wedding day was perfect. Peet and I exchanged vows in an open-air chapel on a warm and windy June day. I wanted to get married in a field or in a church, and somehow I got both. My dress was simple— I cared a lot more about my flowers, which were exquisite. It was Father’s Day. Peet read his vows first. Peet’s vows were incredible. And not just because they were for me. I can say, objectively, they were poetic brilliance. Due to the wind, I was one of about ten people out of the crowd of 250 who actually heard them.

The 5 Books That Have Most Benefited My Marriage

Getting married has got to be the most beautiful, most challenging, and most insane thing I have ever done. In this blog post, I dive into my favorite marriage books, covering topics like fairness, spiritual warfare, unconditional love, love languages, and the relationship between love and respect. These books would be helpful for any who is married or would like to be married someday. Marriage is one of the most profoundly wild, beautiful, and difficult things a person can enter. You can’t learn everything you need to know about marriage from books. But it is a good start.

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