#beeskneegrams and an update

Here are some of my favorite moments lately via my Instagram feed.  
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Guys!! It's been so much fun being back in a blogging routine this week! Thanks for all your kind words and encouragement.  I have truly missed this community and creative outlet.

Quick story on that.  After all my computer problems at the beginning of the year, one of my sweetest readers along with her friends, pooled their money to help get a computer so I could get back to blogging.  Isn't that amazing?! I have never met this girl and she blessed me so so much with her generous spirit of love.  Unbeknownst to her, my sweet in-laws had just gifted me a brand new laptop which totally blew me away.  Two months later, while I was visiting at a friend's house, their kids accidentally spilled a glass of chocolate milk all over said new computer.  Our friends were more than gracious in paying for the repairs but it took months longer than expected.

Blogging has always been a bit of an idol for me, if I'm completely honest.  As much as I love it for all the right reasons, I struggle to not let it's growth and vision become an obsession in my heart and life.  God used this year to teach me so much about letting go and I feel in such a healthier place when it comes to priorities and the posture of my heart.

Two other great thing about my forced sabbatical.  First was working with this incredibly talented, sweet girl from Croatia (!!) to revamp my blog's layout.  Guys, if you ever need design work done, I can't recommend her enough.  Her prices are so fair and she is very thorough and quick.  Second, I started listening to these insightful podcasts by Elise Joy about blogging and living as a creative.  They really helped renew and inspire a clearer vision and direction for this blog.  I would  be happy to share more on this if you are interested, just let me know in the comments below.

Okay!! All this to say, I am truly so happy to be back to sharing and connecting with all of you.  You have no idea what this community means to me and I look forward to growing and getting to know you better.

I also wanted to just share a couple ways to stay connected for new readers or for you old faithfuls on the off chance you forgot.  Be sure to hop over to my Instagram account -- shout out to my favorite social media outlet of all times!!  I love sharing bits of our day throughout the day and would be so excited to see you over there.  Also you can get post updates via my Facebook page or Twitter.  I also love curating creative ideas and spaces on my Pinterest page so be sure to check that out as well.  

Thanks as always for sticking around and for being a part of our family's life.  Happy weekend, friends!!


  1. Oh my gosh!! I am so excited to have you back! I have missed you my friend! Btw..I'm an ACTUAL blogger now..lol. Or at least I feel like it now. :) and a lot of my inspiration came from you my dear friend. So thanks for that!

  2. I was just about to say, we love having you back! And all these photos are just so very sweet!!

  3. (sorry if this double posts)

    Nicole, I've just been reading over your latest posts, and it's like it's a whole new blog! There's no need worrying about linking or numbers or updating schedules, or trying too hard to be real (oxymoron alert!)--all that just takes away from your voice, which we're so lucky to be able to listen in on and relate to, as you write about your life, or whatever!
    - a reader who's rooting for you

    Just thinking, of course that's all way easier said than done, it's like being told not to worry about how you look! Guess I'm just talking as a greedy reader, to whom all vestiges of 'promotion', however smoothly put forward, rub the wrong way. Yet that's just a reader trying to get something for free, isn't it?

    I'm thinking of these two books, which changed my Facebooking... the subtitles are worth something in and of themselves! The third book never actually got published (and I don't really like the author's writing), the title just really really stuck with me!

    David Balzer's "Curationism: How Curating Took Over the Art World and Everything Else"
    Andrew Potter's "The Authenticity Hoax: Why the "Real" Things We Seek Don't Make Us Happy"
    Penelope Trunk's "Slave to Happiness: Why Having an Interesting Life is the New American Dream"

  4. Haha, thanks for the shoutout :) Still feel sheepish about the whole thing, not sure why, but whatever brought you back, I'm glad you're here! So nice to "hear" your voice again!