You can make the world a better, brighter place - just by being who you are. 👭 . This week at @creativeatheartconference, Andra and I had the awesome honor of speaking on behalf of @withgraceandgold - to encourage, empower, and equip women from all over the country... and it made my heart overflow! 😊❤️ . I've learned that, any day we're able to serve people is a successful day - whether those people are fellow business owners, our friends, or our spouses. . I'm entering the weekend with a grateful heart, a tummy full of Starbucks (We visited like 7 times this week - of course! 🙈) and excitement about what's to come!
It's been a beautiful day for our wedding anniversary! We had lunch together, went on a quick (Ben's words, not mine! 😅) 15-mile bike ride, had coffee, and made dinner together! Now, it's Shark Week, so we are clearly booked solid for the rest of the day! 😜 . Photo of our in-progress condo! Baseboards and doors this weekend, and lighting on Monday! Nearing the finish line! 🙏🏻
Four years ago today, I married Benjamin Zugay. ❤️ For nearly 10 years, Ben has been my best friend, encourager, teacher, and fellow big dreamer. He reminds me to love myself and give myself grace every day. It's kind of amazing how, all those years ago, I thought to myself, I couldn't possibly love him any more than I do now. But it's true: I love Ben more every day. We're building a home together (Getting paint everywhere 😅), exploring the world together (Even if it's just our backyard), working toward our career goals (As big and scary as they can be), and talking about starting a family (!!!) and now I see just how sweet marriage and love can be. It's a journey and an adventure - and it's uniquely special for every couple. . Happy Anniversary, Ben! Adventure buddies forever. 🌎 Photo by @laurenkirkbride
Today, I'm painting the back of our front door white! (We live in a condo, so we can't quite change the front of the door - or the door itself! 😜) Eventually, it'll have farmhouse trim around it - and it'll brighten up our whole kitchen! 🙏🏻 . While painting, I found a little heart shape in the wood grain! Can you spot it?! ❤️ . It doesn't matter if you live in an apartment, a small well-loved condo, or a big house - you just have to call it home and fill it with love. 🏡
Today, I took a break from sabbatical and hopped back in at @withgraceandgold! We have a couple of exciting speaking engagements coming up - and really talented August clients, too! . Although I'm excited to get back to work, I'm also really excited for the week ahead: I'm going to be painting our ceilings and our front door - before a weekend with family and final renovations! 🏡 Phew! 😅
It's a cloudy Saturday morning, and because I woke up at 5:00 AM 😅 I started putting together a fun post about bringing our condo from 1982 to 2017! It's kind of amazing how small changes can make a big difference! Stay tuned!
Some days, all you need is a photo session in Minneapolis with your husband and friends-turned-family - and to end the day with a giant pizza! 😊 The amazing @laurenkirkbride captured our @withgraceandgold family so, so beautifully! . For me, sabbatical has been bittersweet. Along the way, I've realized I was experiencing major burnout before sabbatical began, that I needed to rediscover my passion for, well, everything 🙈 - and that we, as people, aren't designed to navigate these tough seasons in life alone. . I've learned to embrace the messy and imperfect, to give myself more grace, and to rest when it's needed. In the meanwhile, I can't wait to pop our @withgraceandgold family photos onto our website! ❤️ I'm so excited for us to begin a fresh new season, well-rested!
On my agenda this week: Fix up our wilting garden! After a beetle incident (#wisconsinlife 😜) our basil died - and our flowers wilted! Do you have any tips for flowers and herbs to plant later in summer? Please let me know! 🌿
It's so warm outside today ☀️ I know I dream about these hot summer days all winter long - but it sure is toasty! P.S. Progress on our popcorn ceiling has resulted in me calling area businesses to receive a quote 🙈 Popcorn ceiling removal is not for the faint of heart!
Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good. 🌿
It's a cloudy and stormy day today - the perfect type of day to get work done! Yesterday, I cleaned and organized our kitchen and bathroom, and today, I'm going to clean and organize our bedroom and guest bedroom/office! 🏡 It's going to feel so, so good! Happy Sunday!
12 hours of cleaning and organizing, 2 trips to @target for cleaning supplies and organizers, and 1 sunset kayak with the hub to mark the end of a super productive day! . We also put some systems in place to stay better organized, to shop with intention, and to waste less food. Since we eat so much produce, I'm thinking of trying out the @forksoverknives meal planner! It helps with plant-based meal planning and generates a grocery list, too! Photo from a recent trip to @magnolia! Prettiest displays ever! 🌿
It's hard for me to believe it's been nearly 5 years since Ben proposed and 4 years since our wedding day! Time has definitely flown! . Over the years, we've moved, we've experienced some of life's unexpected challenges - like a flood that took away our former home - and we've grown so much. But we're still just Ben and Kelly. We sing songs about what we're cooking for dinner, we encourage each other in the work we do, we call everything special (special breakfast, special picnic) because everything we are blessed to do side by side, happy, healthy, and alive is special to us. ❤️
Holy. Moly. Recently, I downloaded @thinkdirty to learn about the safety of our cleaning products and my beauty products - and I was so, so shocked to learn that many of the natural products we've been using are actually filled with harsh chemicals and hormone disruptors! . After the holiday weekend, I'm excited to comb through all of our products to try to make our home toxin-free! Have you downloaded @thinkdirty?
I'm a little late to #fridayintroductions 🙈 but it's a holiday weekend, so it's OK, right?! I'm Kelly! I'm wife to my college sweetheart of 9 years, a university-level educator turned self-taught web designer, and a blogger! . My husband and I live in Eau Claire, Wisconsin - which is a really beautiful, creative city in Western Wisconsin! We have an herb and veggie garden, and we're spending July renovating our condo - #ourhomeonharvest! I believe we're all more than the work we do and that we all have something special to offer just by being ourselves! So, a few fun facts are: (1) My original college major was Music with a concentration in Vocal Performance! 🎶 Any fellow shower singers out there?! (2) I love decorating, home decor, and HGTV. If I could spend a day watching TV, guilt-free, I would watch HGTV. (3) I have been vegan for over 1 year! That's one year with no animal products of any kind. (I've even updated my whole beauty product regimen and use only vegan products! 🌿) . I'd love to meet you, and I hope you'll say hello below! 👋🏼
For the longest time, I've believed that the more I work - the busier I am - the more of an opportunity I'll have to succeed. Slowly but surely, I'm realizing this is SO not true. . I've been sick for 10 days now, and I know it's a blend of actually being sick AND feeling stressed. Stress is no joke! ☹️ . We could all use less hustle and more rest. We could all give ourselves a bit more grace. We could all afford to be as kind to ourselves as we are to others. . Tomorrow, I'm hoping to be well enough to go home for the holiday weekend - when I can do my best to TRULY relax and enjoy this season of rest.