constant comment

Every day, we get lots of inspiring comments from you, our readers! In this weekly roundup, we’ll share some of our favorites from the previous week.

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For me (and I know many others!), there’s that huge feeling of judgment in the air when it’s time to say what you “do.” I think we often greatly inflate or even outright imagine the judgment, but other times it’s really there. “What do you do” can mean “How important are you?” or “Are you interesting or not?” and other icky things. Here’s something: 9 times out of 10 when I tell someone what I “do,” I instantly feel like a fraud about to be found out. But…I don’t want to play that game. I want to have a something to say that gives a sample of what I do during my days that I feel good about. Part of that is probably working through my own issues about what I “do” and part of it may be just making up a little description to have on the tip of my tongue. What I do is work related to creativity and community. Maybe that is my answer for now.
– Emma in response to World’s Hardest Question: So, What Do You Do?

I realized last week that I hold back sometimes. As if I am afraid of what might happen if I became super successful. I want to be successful and dream about the day I have “made it” constantly…however, I tend to mentally push back the things that might get me there. After this epiphany I had last week, I decided to stop pushing and start going for it – or as you said “jumping.”
– Gina in response to Are You a Jumper?


Great advice! I find myself doing this when I get a brainstorm of ideas all at once (wish I was that lucky all the time…). So I write them all down. This way I don’t feel like I’m *not* choosing the other ones — I can come back to them later. It’s takes the momentary panic away.
– Gretchen in response to The DIY Analysis Paralysis Cure

Positive imagery in the home really does work! A few weeks ago my boyfriend and I talked about how we both sometimes get stuck in cycles of stress or feeling “down.” In order to help us to remind ourselves that life is good, he picked up a pen and drew a smiley face in the nearest notebook, and then laid it face up on the table for us to be able to see whenever we walked by. His gesture was cute and it gave me a much-needed smile, but I didn’t expect much more to come from it. But then when I got home from a long day of work the next day, I smiled so big that it pushed my bad mood right out of my body! And it worked every time after that, too. After reading this blog post I’m feeling inspired to add a few more “pieces of art” to our collection!
– Liz in response to Curating Your Gallery of Enoughness


What a great, real life look at how Julie’s business has grown! I love hearing the nitty gritty like how she chose a sewing machine over a die-cutter and how she prioritizes PEOPLE (herself and her contractors). Maybe that is the biggest difference between factory made and handmade – that the people retain the position as the most important piece of equipment.
– Genevieve in response to Can Rob Kalin Scale Etsy?

I love these posts. I just recently gathered up some great furniture pieces that I found at local thrift stores, or in my grandparents basement. I’m going to spend the spring and summer revamping them to be used lovingly in our home. Thanks for the inspiration. I did use this idea for a desk I’m repainting. I painted the entire desk, but left the table top in it’s natural state. I like the character and contrast that it brought to the piece.
– missbmckay in response to Thrifted Thoughts: Sleek Dressing Table


This year at SXSW in Austin we were at Hey Cupcake. My kids were complaining about the bees swarming around all of the sweet things people were eating. I told them, “At least there are still bees to bug us.” He looked confused so we went a little further into the conversation. A few people around us started listening in. Last week there was a bee in the backyard and I here him say, “Don’t swat at it…we are lucky the bees are still here.” Great article. Very important.
– Jamie Shehan in response to Ways to Bee Friendly

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