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a very grateful heart: happy two years + inspire + a giveaway

happy two year birthday, simply love!
today i celebrate two years of blogging. two years of inspirations, connections, ideas, new friendships- people who have inspired me in so many ways to live a better life. blogging has made me feel complete. there was a part of me that was missing for years. as a little girl, i had a creative soul and spirit {i was actually inducted into the honors program in 4th grade- not based on my test scores- but instead, my teacher fought to have me included because of my creativity} so to be able to explore the beauty in life through photos, quotes, and collaborations with others has been the missing piece in my life. in honor, i will be giving away a 2015 inspirational calendar - photos and info about entering below! all are welcome to join as a 'thank you' for all of the love and support you have given me. thank you so much. i have big plans for this year- hoping to include more fashion ideas, wedding advice, events/gatherings, diy projects, scripture, link-ups, giveaways, and possibly even a new series called, 'movie mondays' where i explore old cinema with my husband. hoping this all plays out- some extra time with mr. monaco and exploring black and white/classic movies… super excited about this! hoping to start after farmer chris picks his wife. as a proud farm community, country gal- ecstatic about this whole season. it's great to see small-town, america being represented. adore the genuineness and 'work hard- play hard mentality' in his demeanor.
how cute is this calendar… up for grabs! enter below through rafflecopter! 
calendar is from the adorable etsy shop, lettered life shop
it comes with a cute wooden stand! perfect for your desk- or blogging area.
thank you for loving, simply love.
my word for 2015 is simplify. 
when i looked up the definition of simplify in the dictionary, this phrase stood out:
to reduce to basic essentials
we have already begin this process as we moved into our new home. we went through bins and bins and bins {at one point, my mom and i had cleared out 18 bins} our home is organized and we have de-cluttered. i hope to continue this process throughout all aspects of my life. it feels so good. the list of words i brainstormed with God over the past month gives me insight into what some of those essentials might be: slow, grace, quiet, appreciate, and relationships. i also hope to focus more on the things that really matter {relationships with people i love} as i slow down, quiet my spirit, abide in Christ, appreciate what i have, and love the people God has placed in my life. with His blessing and a whole lot of grace, perhaps 2015 might be the year i finally learn to simplify. 
have you ever chosen one word as a guiding word or theme for your year? what are some of the words you’ve chosen in the past and what word did you select for 2015? i would love the chance to cheer you on!
...on another note, i attended my second inspiration board night at a place in land studio in mt. holly, north carolina - i attended last year and absolutely loved it- so i attended again this year. it is always the sunday before we go back to school after winter break and is always a calming night for me. here are some photos from this year's class:







adore this quote
the S stands for my word, simplify
come home for love. 
here is last year's inspiration board
sit.stay.love
post coming soon about what we did with this special canvas 
here is my board in my new office! 
thank you again for all the love over the past two years- i feel so very blessed. 
Grateful Heart w/ Ember Grey
ps: here is my very first post ever.
january 12, 2013 

35 comments:

  1. Aw, happy 2 year blogiversary!! This is so exciting!
    What a fabulous giveaway, too. I've got to get my hands on that hot air balloon print!! Eeep!

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    1. thank you, love! and good luck- hope you win :) and hope your week is going well! loving your giveaway as well- fantastic! xo

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  2. My goals are to finish grad school, travel to New York, Washington and Oregon and also to start working out more and eat healthy. :)

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    1. wonderful goals and good luck… i would also love to travel to those places - best wishes and keep in touch! xo

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  3. I have several goals but I think "less" may be a great word to sum it all up!

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    1. love this… 'less' can be so powerful. best wishes and thank you for joining in! xo

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  4. Congratulations on blogging for a year! That is great. :) I love this space and your creative heart. Keep on sharing the words and gift God has given you.
    God bless,
    Anne

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    1. thank you so much, sweet anne! this is such a sweet message- it truly made my day- thank you! keep in touch and I hope to share all he has given you. wishing you the best <3

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    1. thank you so much! hope you are having a great week <3

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  6. Happy 2 years! If I had to choose 1 goal for the New Year, it would be to worry less :)

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  7. Congratulations! I have several goals but one of mine is to be more grateful!

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    1. awe- best wishes! check out my new gratitude project- i would love to have you and thank you so much for stopping in… xo

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  8. My word for 2015 is "intentional"
    (Raffelcopter name is Kimberly).

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    1. love this… thank you for entering! xo

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  9. Happy two year anniversary! I just discovered your blog and love the layout. It's so cute! Great word choice for 2015. Simplify is genius. I'll be trying to incorporate that more in my life this year as well.

    Congrats again!

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    1. awe- thank you so much! you are so sweet… thank you for stopping in and entering! so glad you are here - xo

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  10. Happy Anniversary! My word for 2015 is "perspective." I actually wrote about it on Monday! http://yellowdoordiaries.blogspot.com/2015/01/2015-word-of-year.html?_sm_au_=iVVqrBkRkD603pF2

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    1. loved your post- thank you so much stopping in and for sharing! have a great weekend!

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  11. Hello & Congratulations!! My main goal for 2015 is to finish unpacking, organizing and decorating my apartment. Thank-you!!

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    1. thank you so much and good luck :) sounds like our life around here… you are so welcome and keep in touch! xo

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  12. Such a great word and SUCH a cute inspiration board! It inspires me to update mine! :) Happy 2 years!

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    1. awe- thank you!! please update and share- loving your new space!

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  13. I have been trying to figure out a word, but I haven't had any luck! I am working on finances, blogging, amd my husband.

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    1. awesome goals- best wishes! thank you for stopping in today!

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  14. Yay! It's so exciting to think that something you started for a creative outlet has become so much more. I love that Canvas too!

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    1. Oh! I forgot to list my goals:

      My word for 2015 is "focus." I want everything that I choose to allow in my life this year to have a distinct focus - one that will help me achieve my goals of becoming a teacher & moving overseas.

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    2. Thank you so much!! Love your word and best wishes to you… moving overseas is amazing- I would love to as well! Good luck and thank you again- it's been two AMAZING years. xo

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  15. Happy 2 Year Blog Anniversary! That is so exciting. :) love your decor!

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  16. Happy Blog Anniversary! Here is to many more years of inspiration. Love your word for 2015. Mine us commit.

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    1. Thank you so much!! I hoping for many more years- it's been incredible and great word!!

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