Endeavor to live your life in a way that people will ASK for your opinion, not just be given it. I don’t call my dad up and tell him how to dress, I work to cultivate my own personal style and you know what happens? I get sweet phone calls asking me for my opinion on a shirt or two. It’s super cool how just being me can open doors to al kinds of great communication!
[Happy #nationalcatday from Mr. Marbles!]
Ya’ll notice that we’re in the last 60 some days of the year?!? I’ve been making some plans for the end of the year and also for 2K16. Instead of waiting for a new season or a new year to creep up and surprise us we should take some time to dream.
[Another ‘Caitlin’s Bad Hair Day’ look. I was digging it hard, ya’ll!]
When you sow love, you’ll reap love. When you sow encouragement, you’ll reap encouragement. Sometimes you’ll even reap the benefits of someone else’s sowing. It won’t necessarily be in the season you wish, but it will be Ina season you’ll need it. Thank God for people who believe in me and my dreams.
[Love comes in the form of happy mail for me.]
[Two separate friends sent me cards thanking me for speaking at our women’s conference and to congratulate me on getting to speak at the conference. It’s my heart to share with women and help them see their value, and it’s amazing to have people believe in that.]
Got some happy mail finished and ready to be sent out, helped pack lunches, took a power nap, and did some laundry. It’s amazing the difference these tiny tasks made in how I felt emotionally.T [Shoutout to the best in-laws ever: Bob and Heidi! On Saturday, I was almost to their house when my tire popped! I was able to keep calm and make it to their house. They dropped what they were doing and changed my tire for me. It makes me feel so loved to be helped without a million questions or condemnation. Thank you guys x1000000!!]
Pretty good time for our first IKEA furniture adventure. We only had to disassemble one part because we had two boards backwards. We also only had one left over screw. And both of us are alive and well. Team Cook has EARNED their sleep tonight!
[As a visual thinker, I was in love with the directions they gave us, no words at all. Difficult to get used to, and at times, explain to my partner. But, like I said, we’re still alive and both still love each other. So much win for such a bad day!]
I went to the bookstore a few days ago and saw this quote in a book I was flipping through. Since then I’ve done a lot of thinking about it and what it means to me personally. Am I building habits I dream Future Caitlin having? If I want to teach my little girls to do their hair, am I learning how to do hair now? …I’ve got to do some serious self evaluation on this one, ya’ll!
Even if you feel awkward asking questions, its a good habit to cultivate. Not all questions are appropriate, or the timing could be bad, but I can’t let fear hold me back from asking… Ask and you shall receive, yeah?
[Gave my doctor a call to see if I should come in to see them about something. I felt kinda stupid, or like I was bothering them. Turns out they want me to see them tomorrow, which if I hadn’t asked I’d have never known… And that could have been a mess. No worries, ya’ll, I’m good, just gotta get a check up! I’ll do what I can to let ya’ll know how it goes!]
[This quote, bless it. Thus saith Cakelin!]
When was the last time you celebrated a friend’s victory? I don’t mean a super crazy awesome victory that YOU aspire to accomplish, but something that maybe you’ve already done or overcome? Do you scoff at those things? “Been there, done that, got the t-shirt” attitude could be crushing people in your life that you love. Celebrate the big AND the small things. Enjoy the joys of your friends. Support them as they endeavor to move forward, even if they’re way ahead of you, and especially if they’re way behind you. [This precious human got her drivers license! Even though I’ve got mine, I got on her level and celebrated. She drove me out to get some chai tea and we looked at books for a few hours. Hannah and I aren’t in the same season in life but I’m enjoying being a part of her growth as a woman. Celebrating the victories, big or small.]
“Friends do things together/la la la la”
“Friends let friends stay at their house when they’re painted two rooms and ripped up old carpet/ la la la la” [First line is from a song. Second line was my own, derived from my real life today. So glad we could help our neighbors in practical ways. Be what you’re looking for.]
[Oh, and these are two women I had a good time with at the intensive!]
When we’re transparent about our own journey we encourage others to begin theirs. As you life your best life the people closest to you can see possibilities they never thought possible! No special training or degree or financial investment needed to build others up! It’s simple and refreshing. So, thanks to all of you who life YOUR best life and inspire me to do that same!
[Carol is a precious precious precious gift!]