New Store on Etsy!

Hey guys!

When I’m not working, one of my favorite hobbies is painting and doing crafts. I thought it might be fun (and give me a good excuse to paint/craft) if I put some projects up on Etsy. I started with some fun signs w/quotes from Halloweentown that most often get quoted to me on social media or in person. There are wood signs and canvas signs, and they come in whatever color you want! Each sign comes with a note from me on the back and a signed photo! My friend and I will be adding some more fun stuff soon.

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Or, if you have an idea for something you want painted, let me know!

www.etsy.com/shop/craftilycreative 

 

:-) KJB

Step Up’s Inspiration Awards

Last week I was honored to be invited to Step Up’s 11th Annual Inspiration Awards. Step Up Women’s Network is an amazing organization that helps women and girls fulfill their full potential. It was really moving to hear the stories of many girls who went from really bad, hard situations to announcing at the awards that they were going to college! I love the work that Step Up does. I also love Dogeared Jewelry, who co-sponsored the event.  Here’s a link to Dogeared’s blog about the event and a pic of me with some girlfriends and the Dogeared founder, Marcia Clarke:

http://blog.dogeared.com/inspiration-awards-2014/

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:-) KJB

RIP Maya Angelou

I woke up to the news of Maya Angelou’s passing this morning, and felt compelled to share one of my favorite poems of hers here. She was such a wise, beautiful soul; I never met her, but was and continue to be inspired by her & her work. Her words were simple and profound, and I’m so grateful for this woman’s work and legacy. Thank you, Ms. Angelou, and Rest In Peace.

 

Phenomenal Woman

BY MAYA ANGELOU

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Maya Angelou, “Phenomenal Woman” from And Still I Rise. Copyright © 1978 by Maya Angelou.

 

 

:-) KJB

“Free Fall” by Mark Nepo

Hey everyone!

You know when I’m inspired by something, I love to share it-so here’s a simple, truthful, amazing poem I heard over the weekend. I’m a big fan of Mark Nepo (I’ve spoken about him on my blog before). I was really moved by this poem, so I hope by posting it on here you guys will enjoy it like I did-just a little reminder that we are all blessed. :-) KJB

“Freefall” by Mark Nepo

If you have one hour of air
and many hours to go,
you must breathe slowly.

If you have one arm’s length
and many things to care for,
you must give freely.

If you have one chance to know God
and many doubts, you must
set your heart on fire.

We are blessed.

Every day is a chance.
We have two arms
Fear wastes air.

 

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everyone!

It’s hard to believe we are in the beginning of 2014 already! I hope you guys all enjoyed your 2013 Holiday season and are ready to kick ass in 2014, because I sure am!

I wanted to share with you a thought for the new year as we begin January. I was catching up on some “Life Class” and “Super Soul Sunday” episodes on my DVR (they air on OWN) and one particular sentence that Brene Brown said really made me think(if you don’t know who she is, I encourage you to look her up and listen to her TED talk. She’s amazing)

Anyway, she said (among other encouraging and amazing things) “Talk to yourself as you would someone you love.” It’s a simple statement, but if you think about it, how often do we talk to ourselves with way more criticism and attitude than we would someone else? We are often too hard on ourselves, and can beat ourselves up too easily; whereas if it were our loved one we were talking to, we’d probably be a little kinder with our words.

So as you start out the New Year, let’s be a little kinder to ourselves as we get excited for the goals and dreams ahead of us.

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Talk to you guys soon!

Love,

 

:-) KJB