Today on the blog I am sharing 3 important things I've learned from my business partner, @jenniferedmon
Before we were founders, we were friends ❤️ And I believe our friendship is what makes our story and company so compelling and unique. Read the full story by clicking the link in bio! #eventhollow @eventhollow
25 days of gratitude // day 13
today’s gratitude goes out to my big brother. spencer and I are 18 months apart (what were my parents thinking 😉) and many pictures of us when we were little we look more like twins. our relationship has had its ups and downs over the years as we’ve both navigated through life.
when we were little we were each other’s always playmate. being the awesome big brother that he is, Spencer let me pick a lot of the games we’d play. meaning that we’d spend our afternoons after school watching power rangers and playing pretty pretty princess. or dolls, our house, or whatever girly game I wanted.
we grew apart as we got older, with us being so close in age, and I recall many (many) rides to and from school that were completely silent. and like most brothers and sisters, we knew what would make the other tick and loved to pick on each other.
as we’ve gotten older we’ve been able to create new memories and a grown up relationship. we visited each other once and awhile in college and he was always there to help celebrate my birthday. he gave a perfect roast, I mean toast, when Brandon and I got married and helped me tear up the dance floor well into the early hours of the morning. and now as an uncle, it makes my heart so happy to see him and Connor and I can only imagine the trouble they will get into together as he grows up.
I admire a lot of things about my big brother, but most of all the pride he takes in just about everything he does. he puts his whole heart into making things the best they can be. in his job as head groundskeeper for the school system he is always looking for ways to go above and beyond. he does the community proud, and I am certainly very proud of him. he also puts great pride into coaching and I know that he will be a great role model for Connor and help him out with any sport he may want to play.
big brother, thank you for who you are. our relationship hasn’t been perfect, but I love what it’s grown into and I look forward to how it will continue as our lives go on. I am so proud of the person you are, I love you always.
Where all my frantic-Christmas-Eve-gift-buyers at?!
I’m with you. I get you. I love you. And I made you not one, but TWO last-minute gift guides because ya girl loves options.
Why two? Because I want you to impress the pants off your friends, that’s why. I now have a gift guide for COOL palettes and a gift guide for WARM palettes (don’t worry, the posts help you figure it out) so you can buy prezzies that complement your friends so they’ll get all the compliments! #grammarjokez
So get ho-ho-ho-ing!
Out of curiosity, what’s the gotta-have-it thing on your list this year?
She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. Prov. 31:25
Happy Friday - what a beautiful morning we’re having in Singapore! Took a minute after waking up to be grateful for everything that’s good and warm in the world. What are you thankful for? ✨
Two peas in a Social pod ✌🏼
Y’all say men are the hardest to shop for and I want to help! 🙌🏻@keysmart
is the perfect key organizer that eliminates noisy keys for good! Swipe left to see what all the rugged bundle includes. Thanks to @keysmart
for the awesome gift idea!
Ending the year on a sweet note. 💕 I couldn’t have asked for a more darling last photo session of 2018. How cute are these two? And... Isn’t winter light so beautiful? Can’t wait to make more portraits in January. If you ran out of time before Christmas, I think Happy New Year cards are a great idea! The light will be similarly placed on the other side of the solstice in January, so it’s a beautiful time to book your photo shoot. #sanfrancisco #childhoodunplugged #stylishkids
My biggest insecurity has become my greatest asset.
I used to never ever smile. (Check out my instastory for proof!)
I hated my teeth.
Thought’s I used to have:
“My gap is so ugly.”
“My teeth are so ugly no one wants to see it.”
“I can’t smile because my teeth are so ugly.”
What changed all of this negative self talk?
Loving myself a little more and giving myself some damn credit!
I am beautiful and I have flaws and so does everyone else.
Not loving myself didn’t help me become a better person.
Loving myself did help me become a more of my most authentic self.
Loving myself did help me show up in the world.
Loving myself did help me share everything I’ve learned with other people.
Loving myself did help me grow.
If there is something that you are insecure about, today I encourage you to use it! Tell me what it is below in the comments. I want to hear from you!
It is your super power. Show up and show out!
This sweater has been my go-to this season. Can you believe I only paid $4 for it?! Yup, that’s right I snagged this one from the clearance rack at TJ Maxx several months ago & no one can ever believe it was only $3.99!
I always get asked about how I afford to travel so much & this is the number one reason. I never pay full price for anything. I’m always checking the sales rack or web page & looking for deals 😎
It’s kinda like a game, trying to fins the best deal! You can even add @honey
to your web browser to help you find coupon codes anytime you shop online! 👩🏼💻
What’s the best deal you’ve ever scored on something?! 🛍
THE COUNTDOWN IS ON 🙌🏻
Only 6 more working days left of the year & only 6 more working days til I finish at my current job!
Next year I’ll be finishing my law degree, taking on an amazing opportunity for the year & hopefully being admitted as a lawyer.
Who else is excited for 2019?! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Doesn’t always FEEL possible and sure can be hard to remember at times. But a healthy reminder all the same. •
📸 by @marcandangel
Cozy sweaters are a love language, right? 🙌🏻 Kidding, I’m words of affirmation all the way, but I am definitely digging these sweet little details of my winter favorites. 😍 Friends, what is your love language?! I love hearing!
“If I were you, I’d get naked and crawl back in that bed.” he says turning away from the flurries of snow falling in our window as he hikes a camera up on his shoulder and leans in to say goodbye.
“I can’t do that” says a voice from inside my brain matter as I hold open the door and watch him vanish into a long day ahead. I think of all of the “very serious” and “important” work I need to do instead of stripping down and surrendering to thread count. But the weather does seem to be pulling me into some wintery vortex as it occurs to me suddenly that I am fucking exhausted. I turn my attention back to the window and the falling flurries of snow that I swear are bigger than they were ten seconds ago and just as suddenly, can hear what Nature is trying to tell me to do…
Rest. Hibernate. Be still.
Embodied Integration is the process of making new awarenesses, stories, experiences, and beliefs a truthful and inherent part of you. As newness unfolds in our lives and we expand, there must be a pause to let the work find its way home to its resting place on our insides. Information comes in, gets processed, and paints colors a bit differently on the horizon. Pursuit of ourselves requires action. Pursuit IS active. Because all things in The Universe require + self-create balance, Pursuit must also make way for energy that is passive. It’s like taking a steak off the fire and letting it rest before you slice. You let it settle in so you don’t release all the good stuff you just worked so intentionally and so hard for inside.
I’m not the same person I was a month ago. I’m not the same person I was a week ago. On this path of Pursuit, I am constantly letting go of conditioned patterns, old stories, small beliefs. I am constantly in expansion. There’s a throbbing quality there that just becomes part of the song as the sun rises. But I’ll never BECOME the embodiment of those new programs if I don’t slow down and let them come home in here.
All of that is a v dramatic and v poetic way of saying this:
Stop and be still long enough to become who you’re becoming.
Let this be the permission you didn’t know you were asking for to pause.
Woke up thinking I should buy a ticket to enjoy this evening all cozy at my favourite cinema (we always go for the bed with cashmere blankets right in front of the screen and it’s as heavenly as it sounds 🙌🏼), ended up buying a plane ticket to Brazil instead... Definitely a strange Thursday 🤔 now let’s finish packing because our flight leaves tomorrow morning (!) and I can’t find any bikinis among all my winter stuff 🤷🏽♀️
🇧🇷 Acordei pensando em comprar um ingresso pra curtir o friozinho no meu cinema preferido (a gente sempre escolhe a cama pertinho da tela, assistir aos filmes deitada e enrolada no cobertor é divino 🙌🏼), acabei comprando uma passagem pro Brasil pra amanhã de manhã. Não foi uma quinta normal 🤷🏽♀️
Photography is everything to me. Im too excited to go back up the coast with my little babe and hubby in tow just so we can explore together and take lots of beautiful photos. Phoenix is one lucky little girl because she is going to have a million photos of her throughout her life to look back on. We are going to do so many photo shoots! 😊
Merry Christmas from the Halls!
It’s ok to break, to fracture and fall apart, to come undone.
It’s ok to need to watch the edges fray and unravel in order that they come loose enough to be reset.
The still knotted threads, interlaced and bound, cannot be wholly re-knit to renew you.
There is a benevolent and blessed way at work that tugs and pulls apart for you to shed and relinquish that which no longer needs to be held in that weaving.
Allow that slackening of your grip, drop the too-tight hold on the reins for now so that what is necessary to release can pass away beyond your reach.
And the open ends that you are left with can be refreshed and woven back inward with ample space for the next growing edge.
This undoing is a way that you are being loved and attended to.
A disentanglement leaning toward freedom.
Want to make your Instagram a client attraction magnet?
Start with updating your IG bio 🙌🏻
Your bio is that first impression and the perfect opportunity to show exactly WHO you help, HOW you help them and the RESULT they receive
✔️ remove fun facts like that you’re married with 4 kids. Your audience doesn’t care about that. Make a family highlight instead
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I am SO bad at keeping exciting secrets. Veryyyy soon I’m going to be bringing you all a ton of free content and part of that is about how to make your bio attract your client like a SUPER MAGNET! Stay tuned 🤭
Have you seen my IG stories today? I shared some fun things about new features you should definitely check out! What is your favorite IG stories feature?👇🏻👇🏻
In between moments are my favourite moments. Sincere mummy/daughter conversations. 🌿
Oh hey, don’t mind me sneaking onto Instagram with a late night post after coming back from pantomime rehearsals... 💃🏻 .
Speaking of pantomime, I went to watch this year’s pantomime, Peter Pan at @royalderngate
on Tuesday and it was FABULOUS ✨ and with that, I can announce that I am now writing theatre reviews for @onstagenn
which means I get to write about lots of local theatre which is one of my favourite topics (stagey and proud!) 🎭
You can read my full review of Peter Pan on the OnStage Northants website (or check my bio for a quick post on my blog that has the link to the review!) 🎄 #NicoleNavigatesNorthants #NicoleNavigatesChristmas
Christmas shopping today! ✨🎁🏃🏻♀️
What are good tea mix? I’m loving the Yogi Ginger with the Trader Joe’s raw honey. 😋
first time touching an east coach beach and it was coooold + we didn’t see any of the chincoteague ponies so I guess that means we have to come back out @olivia.bardsley
🤷🏼♀️ ps. this isn’t mer this is cam who may as well be my second dad because he gets mad at me all the time smh
Healing yourself will ask more of you
More self love
More letting go
More time for learning
More space for transformation
More honesty about how you feel
More time developing new habits
More courage to try new practices
More time cultivating your inner peace
More faith in yourself and your process
- yung pueblo
Love this from @yung_pueblo
✨we forget how much time is necessary to process our feelings and experiences as we move through change, growth and transformation. When I became a yoga teacher the days I once spent in the office became the afternoons I spent meditating on the beach and learning how to cook. Then when I became a mom the days I spent teaching and driving all over LA became the long naps with Clover on my chest and walks down to the park. Be gentle with yourself as you move through different chapters of your life. All is happening right on time. Keep growing. Keep learning. You are evolving.
** Twelve Rings of Christmas ** - Ring number Four 🌸
Vitea ring. Peachy oval tourmaline, with a pair of recycled diamonds tucked in each side of a twisty, leafy setting.
We have a number of Christmas-y wallpapers for you! Head to our story highlights to screenshot & apply your favourite. 📲🙌🏽⠀
Chocolate donuts type of bonding 🍩
Can you believe Christmas is less than 2 weeks away? We do the holidays pretty low-key, which keeps things stress free. It didn’t always used to be that way, but you live & learn. Do you have a long holiday to-do list, or are you laying low? xoxo
I regularly take stock of my day at this moment in the evening, when the children have just fallen to sleep. I remember the moments of joy, and think about the general flow of the day and how it might be improved. Today is one of those days where barely any of the jobs on my list got ticked off, there were toys everywhere all day, the mountain of laundry didn’t get put away, It felt like I was in a tired daze and there are moments that literally felt like a blur. It would be really easy to be a bit hard on myself thinking about all the things I should have done ... But what I do more often than not these days, especially since having Ahden, is be really kind to myself and list in my mind the small things that I choose to see as big achievements! I didn’t get all the laundry put away but I did get it all washed! And managed to make the beds with fresh linen, I took Niah to the park whilst Ahden slept in his pushchair when I would have loved to have curled up for a snooze myself, I cooked a yummy nutritious dinner and I even managed to make salt dough Christmas ornaments with the children.
Kindness in this life is imperative and I believe it starts with the kindness we show ourselves, especially when we’re showing up each day and trying our best.
Start to take notice of your inner dialogue, is it kind?
We’re looking forward to decorating these tomorrow, look out on my stories for a whole lot of glitter!
Because pom Pom hats inside a warm home are totally necessary.
I can’t get over these gorgeous holiday installations ❤️🎄✨
Happiness is not out there, it's IN YOU! Find out what that is and DO what makes your soul happy! 🦋Once you've figured that out, you can be your best for everyone else, and the rest is gravy!♥️
My mantra for 2019... travel and get lost often. What’s yours?
I won't lie, this one was a struggle to come up with!
As part of our last Mastermind of the year, Jakolien of @thefempreneurcollective
Members Club had all of us ladies complete a Farewell 2018, Hello Profitable 2019 workbook. One of the last prompts was to decide on your word for 2019.
Y'all, it took me DAYS to think of my word. I have lots of goals, have great direction and a plan in place but I could not think of one word to encapsulate all of that.
Finally last night I said "screw it, it'll come to me" and decided to stop being hard on myself. And wouldn't you know it, I was working on something totally unrelated this afternoon when "Growth" just magically popped into my head.
Growth perfectly encapsulates EVERYTHING that EBC is going to be working on next year. It motivates me just to type this out!
What's your word for 2019?
(and I'm testing some new colors out around here...as well as some fonts. They are giving me all the feels!) #wordoftheday
To celebrate the silly season we are treating you to 10% off our 2019 Summer workshops.
Grab a mate and treat yourselves to one of our awesome screen printing classes. Just use the code BESTIE at checkout. Offer ends 25th Dec.
Fab snap of Print Safari besties by @jakeroden
I think I like who I'm becoming 😘💜
One year ago 😭 I absolutely loved being pregnant and can’t wait for that feeling again (not a hint, just some thoughts). I can’t believe I have an almost two year old already!
Just listening to this quote read by our guest pastor at church last Friday really hit me hard. I mean, just how often do we find ourselves in a situation where sometimes it's just easier to push aside something that God has been putting in our hearts because we got something else to do? I surely am guilty when it comes to this, but if there's one truth that stuck with me from that talk last Friday, it's that I don't really have to know the details of what God is working out in my life, I just have to obey Him and let Him take the lead in my decisions big and small.
Also, I totally love it when new people come to share different perspectives when it comes to God's word that even if I've already heard those same verses over and over again, God has always something new to say. Long story short, we can never really discount portions of the Bible just because we're familiar with them already. God makes sure we learn new stuff when we most need them.
What has God been trying to remind you/ or teach you lately? Would love to hear your stories!
🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 Lately I’ve been trying to really wrap my head around how much I am loved. Have you ever tried that? It’s hard!
Be a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. .
Original post by @kimblackwellpmm
For most of this year, I've had a vision.
It started out pretty fuzzy. I knew in some way, I wanted to pull together a small circle of smart, insightful women on a regular basis. I wanted us to gather, find comfort in each other's company, and have the space to do something meaningful together.
A few months went by, and the vision got clearer.
All that time, I'd been wrestling with the guilt of being the kind of person who talks constantly about the importance of reflection and introspection, and who rarely carved out the time to do any kind of meaningful writing for myself.
Then, as I started listening, I started to see it: there are plenty of us — smart, insightful women — who do this.
We know the value of journaling, we still avoid doing it while our stash of notebooks collects dust, and we quietly beat ourselves up about it. But… there’s a better way. ✨ And so, Ignite was born - and it’s now OPEN for registration! ✨
Ignite is for you if you're ready to: - Build a journaling habit that lasts, and works with your (real) life, - Learn new techniques to help you avoid blank cursor syndrome when you sit down to write, - Discover new tools to shake up a stale journaling routine, - Connect with a small group of likeminded women who are in it with you, and - Carve out time to actually write (instead of just talking or thinking about it.) To check it out and register, visit theheartyfig.com/ignite (link in bio 👆). I’d love to see you in the program!
They get their extra from me 🍑
Theatre headshots for my favorite homeschool family