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Filling the well and the best six minutes

March 07, 2013


Bryan and I had THE. MOST. INCREDIBLE. trip to the Dominican Republic for my thirtieth birthday. I was on E (crazy eye problems from staring at a computer screen every day type of EMPTY…) when we left. E for empty. I was tired, grumpy, spent, all the words you can think of for EXHAUSTED and DRAINED.

I wasn’t even as excited as I should have been to escape to a tropical island for nearly a week. But the trip was incredible. I hate leaving the little guy just as much as the next Mama, but gracious did I need it. A few days at the spa, many hours (ouch, sunburn) at the pool and on the beach and bottomless margaritas, yes please. Not to mention fun friends, birthday celebration after silly birthday celebration and precious time with my sweet hubby. Lots of fun photos over on Instagram.

I forgot how much I liked him! I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love him to death, but I like him so much! Don’t look at me weird! You know what I mean! :) We had a blast, seriously, and he scored major points with his surprise bottle of wine and birthday cake in our room after a day of snorkeling (ps: panic attack. I hate snorkeling. I can’t breathe!)

Every time I leave (leaving again on Sunday for the Making Things Happen 2013 Conference!) I get super anxious and sad to leave Brady. But every time I return I am so refueled with JOY and happiness and love that I’m overwhelmingly ready to get back to what matters most.

And that brings me to the point of this post. You (yes, you!) stop it. You can’t do that thing (you know the one!) from an empty well!! Hello, Mamas, I’m talking to YOU! You just simply can’t. It’s a matter of physics. Full well = lots of water to give. Empty well = no water to give. Dry. Bone dry.

You don’t have to escape to a tropical island to do this either (although I sure do wish I could!). You just have to remember what FILLS your tank, what FIRES you up. I love reading. I love old literature and good books (Favorites: Love Does (buy it), Paradise Lost (the best) and, most recently, The Power of Starting Something Stupid, by Richie Norton (love you, Nat and Richie). Richie’s a friend of ours – more on his REMARKABLE book later this week. I love taking care of myself (getting outside and sweaty [though I detest it before I’m doing it], massages, pedicures [ok, admit it, you do too!]. I love accoustic music and good wine. I love laughing with Bryan. I LOVE laughing with Bryan :) No one makes me laugh like him. I love being with my parents and soaking them up. I love my girlfriends. I LOVE spending time with Brady.

Today was a long day. It was great, but long. Tonight I decided to take Brady on a date. We went to Surf Shack for Taco Thursday, Starbucks and Target. He was so well behaved (2+ years old and restaurants DON’T always get along these days, but tonight they did!) and said “HIIIII!!!” TO EVERYONE he saw (no, seriously, everyone). And after his bath, I sat down in his rocking chair with him, like I always do, anticipating the 2.5 seconds he’d sit still and then say “Night, night, Mama… pillow” and want to get in his bed. But tonight, he just let me rock him. In silence. We sang a few rounds of Happy Birthday Elmo/Maggie (McKay’s dog)/Daddy/PopPop/Choo-choo, and the Itsy Bitsy Spider then he just settled in and closed his eyes.

You know those moments as a Mom when everything is just so PERFECT and PRECIOUS and you just want time to stop? Then you start trying to shut down any other thoughts that creep into your head? Like the laundry or your work day, or that call you forgot to make for your dog’s grooming appointment? Yea. Oh it was precious. I shut them all down and just rocked. For six glorious minutes. The six best minutes ever. I think they were better than any six minutes I sat on the Dominican beaches with an umbrella’d drink in hand. This is an old photo from when Brady was about six months old, but it’s one of my favorites. Thanks for this Gina :)

And after I put him down and shut the door, I thought… “aahhhhh, my tank is full.”

You can’t draw anything good, ANYTHING GOOD, from an empty well. Fill ‘er up. Do what matters. Ease up on yourself. Soak them up.

xo,

Emily

Up, up and away!! Our Last MTH Tour

October 08, 2012

I can’t believe this is our last Making Things Happen tour. I’m sitting in the Atlanta airport waiting for Lara to arrive so we can board our flight to Austin to pick up Gina and get ready for tomorrow’s MTH Austin intensive!

The past few days have been bittersweet. One of my best friends was married in Pensacola and I had the honor of standing next to her as she started her new life with her husband. Brady enjoyed a weekend visit with Nana and PopPop (he named my dad this, it’s pretty much my favorite thing ever) and visited the Zoo for the first time (loved the Llamas, HATED the crazy birds), had his very own doughnut, sunk his little toes in the Gulf of Mexico and enjoyed lots of love and hugs from his grandparents. Bryan and I enjoyed time to ourselves while B soaked up Nana and Grandpa too. And then yesterday morning I cried my face off in my parents driveway while my boys drove away.

But life is good, y’all. Whenever we start these intensives, it feels as if I always have something heavy on my heart. Our first tour together, I was pregnant and facing a scary pregnancy and the emotion that comes with becoming a mama. The two tours after that I was learning how to be a mama and balance all that comes with being a business owner, wife and mom all at once. Last tour, I was learning how important it is to have a strong, solid marriage to show Brady what true love is. Don’t get me wrong, Bryan and I were doing wonderfully, but becoming parents changes things. While we were once infatuated with one another, we were suddenly infatuated with this little boy and had to learn how to parent together and love each other even when we were exhausted. 

I’ve made so much change in my life since last May. I’ve become more focused. I’ve started working part-time. I hired Gina Hafley (who is AMAZING and will be introduced here very soon) to work with me in Tampa. We’ve simplified, streamlined and tried to really focus on what matters and nothing else. We launched the SHOP and it blew our expectations out of the water. I made hard decisions and watched as my trust in God led me to the right doors even if they were the hard ones to open. (Referring to our Simplified Planners. Not many people know that we had to recycle over half of our first run of products. They were all wrong due to a host of reasons. But God told me to keep going. So I did. And we’re nearly sold out).

I write all of this to say, keep going. When things are hard, when life changes, when it’s hard to find focus, keep going. I’m excited to start this tour and go through five MTH intensives with my best friends feeling a sense of peace and true happiness that comes from God alone. I’m so excited to meet so many of you in the next few weeks. Nearly all the cities are sold out.

And now… up, up and away to Austin, TX! I’ll be blogging a lot this trip as I’ve made a promise to myself to make the MOST of the ten days I’ll be away from little B. This trip will include lots of rest, lots of reading, lots of FaceTime, early morning exercise (L and G make me do it), healthy food and lots of writing here.

So excited for what’s to come. Here we go!

xo,

Emily

Making Things Happen: Our Last Tour

September 20, 2012

So many of you are new to my little blog and may not know about my involvement with the Making Things Happen movement. I’d love to invite you to read more about it here. See, four short years ago, I was a girl with a dream – of owning a little paper brand and making a difference with it. In a room in Watercolor, Florida, I met Lara Casey and Gina Zeidler, who became two of my very best friends. Now, we travel the country together meeting other men and women with passions, purposes and dreams for a life that really means something. It’s been one of the most incredible experiences of my life. And in two short weeks, we’ll be making our last tour: Austin, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Chicago (sold out!) and Atlanta. I cannot wait. It’s bittersweet to bring this chapter to a close. Those 550 of you who have become part of my heart will always be there. Life is too short to sit around and let life happen to you. If you have any questions about MTH, I hope you’ll email me directly or visit our site to learn how to register. We’re nearing sold out for this tour!

I posted today on our tumblr, a message about gratitude. Sometimes, as busy wives, mamas, businesswomen, sisters, friends, etc etc etc we get so caught up in the day to day. We forget to stop and literally smell the roses. We are so blessed. Even in our struggles, even in the trials God sends us through, we are so fortunate. A spirit of gratitude changes everything.

You can also read our Tumblr for daily inspiration here.

xo,

Emily

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