Category: Life


Today I’m sharing about the role of love in our inbox.

This is something I’ve been focusing on in my own life over the past 4-6 weeks, and it’s brought more peace, presence, and joy to the world of email answering – and applies far beyond the inbox as well.

This shift takes virtually no extra time, but changes the whole process of email answering.



Today I’m sharing the newest and most effective tool I’ve found – so far – for making new habits stick.

This tool is totally free and can be used for almost any habit change you can imagine!




While recording today’s Lively Show episode with Lara Casey, I got chills listening to her tell her story almost the entire time.


Lara is the Editor-in-Chief of Southern Weddings magazine, founder of Making Things Happen, brand expert, and soon-to-be author with her upcoming book, Make It Happen.

Today she’s sharing openly and honestly about the high – and low – points in her life that have guided her to where (and who) she is today.

This episode is perfect for anyone who is struggling in their marriage or career, or anyone inspired to make big life changes.



Today I’m opening up about the hardest thing about turning 30 was for me.

This is a very vulnerable episode for me, as I share openly about my decision of whether or not to get my wrinkles filled.

I hope that my story helps others who might be struggling with a similar issue feel less alone.

This episode is perfect for anyone who is struggling to accept an aspect of their physical bodies.


Email readers: I’m so sorry about the link mishap on today’s email. Click here to go to the right post!


Email readers: I’m so sorry about the link mishap on today’s email. Click here to go to the right post!


Today is the day before my 30th birthday(!), so I thought it would be fun to reflect on the 10 biggest lessons I learned in my 20′s.

And since last week’s “Mini Edition” of The Lively Show was such a big hit… I decided to share the lessons I’ve learned with you via another Mini Edition of The Lively Show!

I’m sharing the lessons I’ve learned concerning marriage, business, uncertainty, and cultivating a beautiful home. 


Today I’m experimenting with something new… a TUESDAY Lively Show!

Instead of writing my usual Tuesday post, I’ve created a “mini edition” of the show.

I’m chatting openly about the craziness of the past six weeks for me, and the three biggest lessons I’ve learned during what has been one awesome and overwhelming ride. 


Sorry for the late post today! I have been working like crazy juggling everything with the new class launch, podcast, podcast editing, etc.

But I’m thrilled to share a project today that has been cooking behind the scenes over the past few weeks:

New prints for the shop – and GOLD intention tattoos!


Happy Lively Show day!

Today I’ve got a special guest that I’ve wanted to have on the show ever since I started: Joy Cho of Oh Joy.

Joy is a graphic designer, blogger, product designer, author, mother (currently pregnant with her second child), wife, and she has a line at Target!

She is one busy lady.

Thankfully, I got the chance to talk with her about the things we don’t always get to see from reading her blog… the behind the scenes decisions, challenges, and hard-earned lessons that she’s faced over the last 10 years.

This show is perfect for bloggers, creatives, and those who want to learn more about how Joy manages so many personal and professional projects all at once.  


Yesterday I got back from Nashville after speaking at the AH Inspired retreat. I had a fantastic time with some amazing women.

But, today I’m back in action with a new Lively Show episode for you!

This one is good, guys.

Really good.

I’m talking with designer Kate Arends, of the well known design blog, Wit & Delightand one of the newest Target collections!

Kate is smart, honest, vulnerable, and takes her craft seriously.

In this episode, we cover a gamut of topics including: how minimalism has evolved away from its original intent, her personal journey to learn to love and accept herself, and her relationship with mental health issues.

This episode is perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about minimalism, authenticity, thriving with mental health issues, or designing for Target.



This week I’m writing you from Nashville where I’m speaking at Amber Housely’s AH Inspired retreat. 

But even though I’m away most of this week, I still have a new Lively Show airing on Thursday with Kate Arends, designer and founder of the popular design blog, Wit and Delight.

In the episode, we talk about the urge to try to control the people closest to us.

Below is a personal story that I share in the podcast which taught me a powerful lesson about why controlling people is pointless (and usually results in the opposite of our desired outcome).


One day while sitting by the lake in Chicago, I had a spiritual a-ha moment.

life with intention online is now OPEN!

September 9th, 2014   |   InspireIntentionLife


Today is finallllyyyy here!

After working hard all summer with:

  • A curriculum specialist to make the course as easy to follow and learn from as possible.
  • Two graphic designers to make the custom workbooks/member site/front end site.
  • An illustrator to bring the videos and content to life.
  • A launch maven to help make enrollment as smooth as possible.
  • And working with Mr. Lively for months programming the member site, private forum, and main page…

Life With Intention Online is here!

To say that I am “excited” doesn’t quite do it justice.

In fact, I’m actually quite peaceful and mellow… probably an after effect from the past five days of work and all the late nights getting this course ready.

In fact, I “planned” to make a really awesome and heartfelt video for you this morning explaining how this course came to be over the past eight years.

It would have been great.

But the truth is: I’m still sitting in my bed in my PJ’s, working just like I did until very late last night.

So, though a video of me talking to you with dark circles under my eyes might be “interesting…” I think it’s better to share my journey with you via the written word. ; )

Here it goes,


The truth is, I searched for this course my whole life.

I grew up as a kid who wanted to do it all, a college student who tried to do it all, and a 20-something who realized “doing it all” wasn’t actually that great.

Mostly, it left me feeling empty inside.

No matter how many things I accumulated, or goals I reached, I never had enough. I had to keep inventing new dreams, goals, and visions in order to get “there.”

Wherever “there” is.

But the truth is, it didn’t work. I never got “there.”

I just stayed here.

With the same longing in my heart. The same feeling that I wasn’t enough. And the same desire to find a way out of the Rat Race I constantly fell back into.

One day, during a particularly difficult period of my life, I stumbled upon a quote about Michelangelo. People once asked him how he created the stunning statue of David with a single piece of stone.

Michelangelo replied that it was much simpler than they were making it out to be.

He simply saw the potential within the stone, and removed the layers that concealed the potential within. 

In that instant, everything clicked for me.

All the guys I dated, candy bars I (binge) ate, and lipsticks I bought, were never going to reveal my full potential. They were merely adding to the stone instead of subtracting the excess.

I decided in that moment to find a way to live from Michelangelo’s perspective. I wanted to approach my life from a place of revealing my potential, instead of obscuring it.

I wanted to understand why the way I had been taught to “succeed” in life led to so much heartache, struggle, dissatisfaction, and distraction from the present moment.

This class is the culmination of those eight years of study. It weaves together truths taught across several genres, including personal development, spirituality, Eastern/Western philosophy, psychology, and business (with a healthy dose of design, of course).

My hope with this class is not to teach you something “brand new” that has never existed before.

Universal truths have been here forever

I simply hope to present a powerful process that is easy to visualize, understand, and act upon.

I want to help you live from Values-based intentions.

Let me show you how.

With love,


PS – I sincerely hope you take some time to check out the course and do a gut check to determine if it is the right fit for you.

I know it has the power to transform a life (it certainly has for me) and it has helped alumni of the course:

  • Determine the next right actions in their careers.
  • Approach their wedding week stress free.
  • Transformed relationships with family members and friends.
  • Get clear on how to create an environment they love.


PPS – Today through Friday (9/12), I’m offering a $50 Early Bird Discount on both membership levels.

This is the very lowest I ever plan to offer this course, so if you want to join, register today!



Before I get to today’s Lively Show guest, I’d like to share two exciting announcements:

# 1. Life With Intention Online registration opens next week!

If you are interested in learning more about the class and getting access to special bonuses, please hop on the special email list here.

# 2. I’m going to be next week’s guest on The Lively Show.

If you have a question you’d like me to answer on the show, please comment below or send me a tweet with your question!


Today on The Lively Show I’m talking with Caitlin Wilson, of Caitlin Wilson Design and Caitlin Wilson Textiles.

Caitlin is a talented interior designer with a popular fabric, pillow, and rug line as well as a mom of three little ones living in Portland.

In this episode, we talk about how she manages her priorities with three little ones (one of which is just three weeks old!), a marriage, and her career.

In addition, we discuss how her relationship to social media has changed over the years, particularly now that she has children.

This episode is perfect for interior design buffs, moms juggling careers, or people looking to have a more balanced relationship with social media.

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