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Dream Bigger

Photo Credit: Bev Landgren

Photo Credit: Bev Landgren

When you dream, what dollar figures come to your mind? Once upon a time I dreamed in hundreds. Actually, if I am honest, there was a time when I dreamed in pennies, then quarters, then dollars, and then I finally dreamed in hundreds. It is a process of growth, experience, and maturity. (Sometimes the “maturity” stifles the child-like faith necessary for big dreams.)

When we made the leap and moved across the country two years ago, Joe made the comment, “We used to dream in thousands and now we dream in millions.” Now, in this current transition our dreams are moving from millions to billions. These numbers – these dreams – are not fantasies or wishes. These dreams are becoming reality. I can taste them, see them, and almost touch them. My fears are being replaced with excitement and hope.


Move confidently in the direction of your dreams.


Dreams – and pursuing those dreams – are a vital part of living an extraordinary life. It is not simply the size or kind of dream that makes the life ordinary or extraordinary. It really is the pursuit of a dream. Ultimately it is about who we become and who we have opportunity to impact as a result of pursuing the dream before us. This looks different for each of us. In order to grow, to live extraordinarily, our dreams ought to grow so that we are stretched outside of our comfortable status quo.

What grows our dreams? What does it take to increase our ability to dream bigger dreams?

Dream.

If you want to grow your dreams then you must dream. Talk about your dreams. Write and journal about your dreams. Create a dream board filled with photos and words representing your dream. This gives color to and clear pictures of the dreams you are moving toward. Visit your dream. If you dream of owning a Bed & Breakfast, then visit Bed & Breakfasts. Discover what you like and don’t like. Take photos. Fill a notebook with ideas and reviews. Interview the owners.

Believe.

There must be a seed of belief and hope in your heart that you can achieve the dream. Water that seed. Surround yourself with others who believe in you and will fuel your passion of pursuing your dream. These friends do not have to have the same dream, but they must believe in you and your ability to achieve your dream.

Go Now.

Perfect timing and perfect circumstances are impossible to achieve. I often hear people say, “When we have enough money we will start a family”, “When the house is paid off we will take that dream vacation”, “When fill in the blank, then we will fill in the blank.” The reality is that if we wait for everything to be perfect and aligned, then we will never pursue our dreams. It is more likely that a great opportunity will arise at the least opportune time.

What action step do you need to take in order to dream bigger, believe more, and move confidently in the direction of your dreams? The extraordinary life will not likely drop in your lap: you must go after it!

Be Extraordinary!

**We have big dreams as we launch Overboard Ministries full-time. If you want to learn more, check out this 10 minute video explaining how we’re taking Overboard Ministries, overboard! If you would like to join the Overboard family thru prayer or thru monthly financial support, click the links!

Sunrise photo by Bev Landgren.

(I’m Traci, the “Be Extraordinary!” blogger. I share insights that challenge and encourage moms to be the best version of themselves. To me, that’s an extraordinary life! Click HERE to receive blog updates and a free newsletter.)

2819 Miles of Healing

The healing journey is not complete after 2819 miles, but it sure is a great start.

Columbia GorgeLast Friday we began a three week trip that takes us from Traverse City to Flint, MI to Salem OR, to Seattle, back to Salem, and finally back to Northern Michigan. The purpose of this trip is multi-faceted:

– Joe speaking for an all-nighter in Flint

– Joe preaching for Sunday mornings in Flint and in Salem

– Time with Joe’s family (lots of cousin time for the kids)

– Visiting friends from 17+ years of ministry in the Pacific Northwest

– Presenting Overboard Ministries to friends in Oregon and Washington

– Presenting Overboard Ministries in one-on-one contexts

– Connecting with USANA teammates

– Healing, resting, relaxing, and processing the events of the past three months

– Attending a Mariner’s game in Seattle (very important part of healing process!)

I have no intentions of rushing the healing process. As my friend, Amy, reminded me, this is the “Traci Process.” It does not have to follow a specific direction or a specific time frame. The point of the process is to allow myself to be IN it and to heal.

multnomahI learned many things driving 2819 miles these past few days, but the heart of the learning  came in the final travel day to Salem. As we drove along the winding road through the Columbia Gorge, my eyes were met with lush green cliffs, waterfalls, varying colors of green grass, the sun setting across the Columbia River, and the clean air following a stint of rain. It was stunning and I was overwhelmed with emotion.

This was my first drive along this familiar path in two years and my first visit to Oregon in 15 months. So much has happened in our family this past year and I felt the full burden of the journey I have been on since moving away two years ago. I took a step in the “Traci Process” on this drive and I understood a small bit of what it takes to heal.

Creation. God’s powerful, mighty, and beautiful creation is healing all by itself. I can in no way capture the beauty I witnessed on this drive. The green was deep, the hillsides mighty, the river wide, the sun bright, the clouds silver-lined, and the air fresh. God was visible and close in everything my eyes gazed upon.

Home. There is something comfortable about home. I know the roads and I know where items are in the grocery store. It is so familiar that it doesn’t require much thinking. The people at home know your past, your story, and your quirks. No explaining is required. Northern Michigan is definitely becoming home to our family – we deeply love our “family” there. And yet in this season of healing there is a different kind of comfort that comes from being with the family that’s known us “forever.”

Distance. Removing ourselves physically from the daily demands connected with our current situation is allowing our hearts and minds to rest. Do we still face decisions, work, and sharing pieces of our current story? Absolutely! Yet, there is an ability to rest that is different when there is distance. Those of you that head to Florida or Hawaii for your vacations know exactly what I’m referring to here.

family road tripPausing and putting distance between ourselves and whatever situation we are facing are good practices throughout life. Our bodies, minds, and souls need continual renewal if we are going to be extraordinary individuals and do extraordinary things. How is your body, mind, and soul? Are you in need of some rest and refreshment? Do you need to slow down long enough to take in God’s creation? Or do you need a hike in the mountains, a trip to the beach, or a 2819 mile trip across the country to rejuvenate your spirit? All of these things take time and all of these things are worth it!

Be Extraordinary!

 

(I’m Traci, the “Be Extraordinary!” blogger. I share insights that challenge and encourage moms to be the best version of themselves. To me, that’s an extraordinary life! Click HERE to receive blog updates and a free newsletter.)

Strength for the Weary

Ps 34 18I find myself at the computer, once again, attempting to put words together that inspire, challenge, and encourage myself and others to live an extraordinary life. I want to live an extraordinary life – a life of obedience to my Creator, leading me on an adventurous path that impacts the lives of those I come in contact with. Today, as I once again attempt to put words to my story, I realize that I am weary. I am physically, mentally, emotionally, and relationally weary.

Micah 7 7This too is part of living extraordinary. Life is not easy. It is filled with ups and downs, gains and losses, joys and pains. I cannot plow through life like the Energizer Bunny (haven’t seen that commercial in a while!) without refueling my tank. I need good sleep, mental rest, moments away from decisions and pressure, good food, hugs, and some big doses of laughter. I have received many of these throughout this season, but I realize today that my tank is dangerously low.

Is 40Have you ever felt like this? I hope the words found in the photos and links (like this one) on this post will encourage your hearts and lift your spirits for whatever journey you are facing. They are an encouragement to me just like many of you continue to bless and encourage my soul.

Let us not become weary in doing good,
let us continue to . . .

Be Extraordinary!

 

(I’m Traci, the “Be Extraordinary!” blogger. I share insights that challenge and encourage moms to be the best version of themselves. To me, that’s an extraordinary life! Click HERE to receive blog updates and a free newsletter.)

 

 

Big Blessings – Given and Received

better to giveIn the Bible it says that, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” This statement is true. Sometimes I believe truth because I trust the source. In this case I have also experienced the blessing that comes from giving and showing tangible kindness to others.

Based on the amount of giving (in various forms) towards our family in the past two to three months, I would say there are some seriously blessed people walking around. People have shown extraordinary generosity to our family in a variety of tangible ways. So, if it is truly more blessed to give than to receive then their are many blessed givers walking the planet in 2015.

Another statement that I’ve heard at various personal development seminars is that, “The best givers are also those that know how to receive.” This statement is challenging because, in my experience, it is easier to give than to receive.

Based on the amount of receiving our family has done in the past two to three months, I would say that we are going to be some seriously extraordinary givers in the future. I humbly shed tears of gratefulness every couple days. I am beyond words. Often, the only words that I’m able to utter are simply “thank you.” I am so overwhelmed by the generosity of friends, acquaintances, and even strangers from every part of the world.

Challenge for the week:

Receive what others give to you with thankfulness. Receive every gift – a hug and “I love you” from your kids, a kind word or smile from a stranger, a thoughtful email, an expression of gratitude, a gift card, a meal, an apology, or a forgiven debt – with thankfulness. Acceptance of the gift and a simple “thank you” is all that is required. Please, do not rob the giver by down-playing the gift because you don’t know what to say or by refusing the gift because you are too proud. Chalk this up as the experience necessary to be a better giver in the future.

Pay it forward. See the gift as an opportunity to be mindful of others. I love how coffee-shop drive-thru windows are often places to witness this principle. One person buys your coffee and then you buy the coffee for the next person. I may not be able to pay forward a financial gift today, but if I receive well then I can pay that gift forward in another way. Perhaps it will give me more hope, joy, thankfulness, or freedom that can then be expressed in the love I show to my husband or the kindness I show to the clerk at the store.

all others gaveGive generously. In a story about a poor widow, Mark 12:44 says, “All the others gave what they’ll never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn’t afford—she gave her all.” It is easy, when money is tight or problems are excessive, to think we have nothing to give, but it is evident to me that giving is absolutely necessary regardless of how much we have.

Example: Joe and I have been able to go on several date nights because generous friends gave us gift cards. We have used those gift cards as opportunities to bless our waiters and waitresses. One time, last year, we were at the Olive Garden with a $50 gift card. When the bill was totaled, we had $14 remaining on the card. Honestly the service that night was not great, the young gal was tired and stressed. We left her the full $14 tip anyway. I wish I could have seen her face. It felt so good to bless her. The generosity of someone else (gift card) allowed us to be even more generous with the waitress.

I hope you will take the opportunity this week to give and receive with generosity and thankfulness.

Be Extraordinary!

 

(I’m Traci, the “Be Extraordinary!” blogger. I share insights that challenge and encourage moms to be the best version of themselves. To me, that’s an extraordinary life! Click HERE to receive blog updates and a free newsletter.)

My View through the Windshield

I’ve heard life compared to driving a car. From the drivers seat I can either view the road through the rear-view mirror or the front windshield. Anyone who drives knows that intently focusing in the rear-view mirror while attempting to drive forward would cause an accident, or at best a slow and swervy drive. If I want to drive well and arrive at a specific destination then I better be looking out the BIG front windshield. Glances in the rear-view mirror are good when focus is out the windshield.

windshieldAfter two months of processing (no doubt there is more processing to come!) I am ready to put my focus on the windshield. I am ready to move forward, toward a goal, at a quicker and more focused pace. We have not yet arrived at our destination, but today I get to share more specifically what we see through the windshield. And, even better than just telling you about it, we get to ask for your continued and/or increased partnership on this journey.


First:

I am continuing my work with USANA Health Sciences (my 12th year). The products provide the foundation for our  family’s well-being and have been so helpful in maintaining health during this particularly stressful season. The business side of USANA provides me the opportunity to have a flexible schedule, be home with the kids, pay off bills, work closely with Joe and travel for ministry whenever necessary.

Second:

In December, after about five years, I reconnected with The Healthy Edge. This is a great system and program that provides information and tools to continue on my personal health journey. I am also able to receive training and experience to grow my coaching skills and coaching business in an area I care about. In the past I did group classes with weekly meetings. Now I am focusing on online, Skype, and phone connections so that my location does not hinder my ability to coach and have classes.

Third:

As was shared in my previous post, Joe and I are launching Overboard Ministries full-time. This part-time dream is becoming a full-time reality. The small publishing company that began 4 years ago was never the big or final dream of Overboard. Joe articulates some of those dreams in this 10-minute video.

This video shares only the beginning. There are also dreams for ministry centers in multiple locations, and the viral spread and multiplication of Overboard living. This is why we are launching a 6-week initiative (through April 30, 2015) to raise financial and prayer support. This support will allow us to transition quickly into working Overboard full-time, rather than part-time as we have for the past 4 years.


Sometimes it takes a while to have real clarity about goals, dreams, and the future. For us, I think the clarity has been there, but there was uncertainty and fear about how to take that leap out of the boat (how to truly go Overboard)! Well, here we are. We took the leap and we are trusting with full-faith that everything we need physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, relationally, and financially WILL be provided! It is already happening!

Be Extraordinary! . . . It’s worth it!

 

(I’m Traci, the “Be Extraordinary!” blogger. I share insights that challenge and encourage moms to be the best version of themselves. To me, that’s an extraordinary life! Click HERE to receive blog updates and a free newsletter.)

Closing One Door

This past week has been incredibly full. Full of packing, cleaning, sorting, storing, remembering, laughing, crying, and saying farewell. We are now fully in transition.

Closing DoorsYesterday we drove with the kids through the camp property sharing memories of our two years (exactly 2 years!) in this place. We enjoyed so many new experiences, met amazing people, built lasting friendships, and lived deeply. We held nothing back and we have no regrets. Finally, we walked through our empty house then huddled in the living room for a tearful prayer of gratitude.

This sounds kind of dramatic as I write it. And as I lived it these past two months, it actually was intense. This chapter of our lives was both amazing and heart-breaking. So much growth took place in our entire family. The kids went to new schools, a new church, and lived in a new home for the first time ever.

*Celina learned how to ride a bike, become a rockstar reader, and learned to be more independent!

*Bethany is thriving in middle school, joined the dance team, and is becoming a young woman!

*AJ has grown in confidence, worked his first job (shoveling snow), and gone through a voice change!

*Joe stepped into a new role (after 17 years as a youth pastor) and I must say he rocked it! I watched him thrive and grow in his gifts of generosity, connection, and preaching the Word of God with power!

It’s easy to love all of the amazing parts of life, but I can honestly say that in spite of the deep heartache, I would never remove this chapter from our lives. It is part of our story, part of what God is using to shape each of us into the men and women He wants us to be. I am so thankful He knows what’s next and, therefore, He knows exactly how to equip us!

Many have asked where we moved since we are now officially out of our camp housing. As I said at the beginning, we are now in transition! Here’s what it looks like for the next few months. (If you want to read more head over to Joe’s blog.)

Dog-sitting Ruger is a sweet blessing for our whole family!

Dog-sitting Ruger is a sweet blessing for our whole family!

*We are house and dog-sitting for a couple in our church. They are in Florida until March 25.

*March 27-29 we will be in Flint, MI where Joe is speaking at an all-nighter as well as preaching at the Sunday morning service.

*March 29 we will leave for Oregon. We have some appointments set up for one phase of raising support for the launch of Overboard Ministries. Again more details on Joe’s blog.

*We return to Michigan on April 16 and will be living in a mother-in-law apartment of a couple we met through the camp until the end of the school year. This allows us to keep the kids in their schools!

*June 19 I leave for my mission trip to Thailand while Joe and the kids head out west. I will meet up with them after my trip. We have two nephews and one niece getting married in California and will also be taking some vacation, visiting family, and continue support-raising if needed.

*When we return in August we will open a new door at Starwood Ranch in Kalkaska, Michigan. Starwood Ranch will be our ministry location, housing location, and home-base for Overboard Ministries.

Thank you for following the journey, caring about our family, and supporting all of us through words of encouragement, prayers, gift cards, and even cash. You have truly been God’s love in visible and tangible forms.

No matter what chapter we are living, it is an opportunity to Be Extraordinary!

 

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Springtime Creativity!

Thank you Barb, from Second Chance to Dream, for bringing some colorful springtime creativity to the Be Extraordinary! blog. Barb is an incredible teacher and life-coach who also has a wonderfully creative side that she is sharing with us today. Enjoy connecting with Barb today!

Hi “Be Extraordinary” fans!! I’m so excited to be sharing with you some DIY Spring Decor projects with you. It has been one long winter and sometimes our creativity gets frozen with each passing cold day. I LOVE Spring! It means new life! It’s so exciting to see the grass green up and the bulbs pop up. So while I wait for that great thaw I will dream and find a spring project or two to work on. Here are some ideas I gathered.

Second Chance to Dream: DIY Spring Decor

Wreaths are a great way to welcome someone to you home. I usually have a wreath hanging on my door and change it every season. I like to do things frugally so I can change things up. Here are a few wreath ideas.

This beautiful blue burlap spring wreath by Top This Top That is so inviting. I think this would look fabulous on my front door!

Or if you’re looking for a little more natural look this Paris inspired grapevine wreath by Positively Splendid is so pretty.

Floral Spring Wreath at Positively Splendid #MichaelsMakers

Wreaths don’t need to be just round or made out of traditional materials. Check out this Spring Monogrammed Door Hanging.

Here is a fun Grass Easter wreath by Miss Kopy Kat if you want to focus more on Easter than spring.

Each season I LOVE to do little vignettes throughout my house. Vignettes are a great way to add color and interest to an area for little money. You can find lots of great things to use at thrift stores and garage sales. Spring is garage sale season! Look for items like old windows, candlesticks, glass bottles, knick knacks, mason jars, etc. If you don’t like the color you can get out your spray paint. Spray paint is an easy way to change up things. Here’s a few of my favorite vignettes:

These super easy DIY Candlesticks by Chic on a Shoestring would be perfect on my mantel. The candlesticks don’t have to be glass. If you have some old brass or wooden ones give them a coat of paint. You will change the whole look with a coat of paint.

Checkout these Easy Spring Floral vases by Eighteen 25! They scream Spring, New Life, Sunshine… ahhh… everything I’m dreaming for. These vases are just mason jars painted. Super easy, super inexpensive but oh so pretty!

mixed flower bouquet

This Dollar Store Spring decor from Salt and Pepper Moms is so pretty! (and easy!) Keep these inexpensive tricks in mind and use them for other seasons as well.

Look how festive this Farmhouse kitchen vignette is by Stone Gable Blog

Changing up my mantel is something I like to do with the changing seasons as well. Now if you don’t have a mantel use a shelf or buffet or desk. They can all act like a mantel. Here are my mantel picks:

I’m in LOVE, LOVE, LOVE with this mantel by Craftberry Brush. It’s so tranquil and peaceful. Garage sales are great places to find old window frames. I have one that I change up often. You can see that here and here.

This Yellow and Blue Mantel from Yellow Bliss Road is very simple, yet beautiful.

This Springtime in Paris mantel by Sondra Lyn at Home is really fun! Just an FYI Parisian decor is a real trend this spring.

Paris Mantel Detail- Sondra Lyn at Home

Here is a mantel that focuses on Easter using apothecary jars.

Spring Mantel with Egg-Filled Apothecary Jars

Here are a few other ideas I found:

I want one of these trough centerpieces from How to Nest for Less for my kitchen table. One of the great things about this centerpiece is you can use whatever colors you want and change with each season.

how to build a table trough centerpiece

For Spring I like this arrangement bur I like the above trough.

via Planting Happiness

source

These DIY Decorated Flower Pots by Just Imagine are inexpensive. You probably have old pots lying around as well as some fabric. Don’t have fabric? Try pretty napkins instead of fabric. These would be great to grow herbs in.

Flowerpots for Flowers How to prepare and refresh your home

Printables are a great way to add color to your decor for cheap! This Spring has Sprung printable is perfect for printing and framing and adding to a vignette.

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I hope I helped unthaw your creativity. Did you get any Spring inspiration? Which one is your favorite??

Thanks again Traci for inviting me to share with your readers. Have a blessed day!

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In everything you do Be Extraordinary!

(I’m Traci, the “Be Extraordinary!” blogger. I share insights that challenge and encourage moms to be the best version of themselves. To me, that’s an extraordinary life! Click HERE to receive blog updates and a free newsletter.)

 

De-Clutter the Excuses

There is so much written about decluttering. There are books and blogs and TV shows about letting go of the physical, mental, and emotional clutter holding us back in life. Even I have written about clutter in a previous post. (You can read that HERE.)

I am finishing up Tommy Newberry’s book, 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life. Day 39 was about clearing the clutter. With all of the valuable info about our thoughts, emotions, and actions throughout the book, this emphasis on clutter caught me by surprise and also convicted me greatly.

How, in spite of all my knowledge and commitments about clutter, can I still find myself stuck because of clutter? My personal forms of clutter are paper and disorganized spaces. I have tackled both of these before, but just like brushing my teeth, taking my vitamins, or exercising I can not expect to do these things once (or even 100 times!) and have the results last forever.

DeclutterI realize something about myself in all of this: I like to do projects when I can see a difference. For example, I prefer to clean the bathroom when I can see the change from dirty to clean. It is difficult for me to choose to clean when I can’t tell that it’s really dirty. (This sounds so lame as I write!) I would be a terrible worker at DisneyWorld for this reason. At DisneyWorld they paint everything all the time. It never looks old and run-down because there is a constant process to keep things looking pristine. They catch the dulling paint job before there are obvious signs of wear and tear. In fact, of the 62,000 employees at DisneyWorld 650 of them are painters!

So how do I become more like a DisneyWorld worker when it comes to the clutter in my life?

Honestly, it brings these thoughts to my mind.

– Moving along with window cleaner right next to the kiddo with sticky fingers on the sliding glass door.
– Attempting to vacuum up popcorn pieces after they fall from the table.
– Relentlessly replacing the couch pillows off the floor and back onto the couch. (I do this a lot!)
– Yelling at the kids constantly to pick up their things.
– Cleaning the bathroom floor three times a day to remove every little piece of hair. (Ewww!)

Some of you might be saying, “Yes, and Amen!” but this honestly causes me to feel a little stress. I may end up with a spotless home, but I don’t think anybody else in the home would like me very much. There must be some balance.

Here is the bottom line for me and, probably the challenge to all of us in this area or another: We love our excuses!

Is there something that nags at you (a pile of laundry, stack of bills, unfinished project, broken relationship), but every time you see or think about it, you make an excuse? The excuse might even be good, but the next time you see or think about it, you are reminded of yet another excuse. The excuses become comfortable until they become crutches that hold us back. Even the fact that I operate better with projects where I can actually see the progress can become another lame excuse.

The extraordinary life is about progress, not perfection! So, don’t let perfection keep you from making progress today!

Be Extraordinary!

 

(I’m Traci, the “Be Extraordinary!” blogger. I share insights that challenge and encourage moms to be the best version of themselves. To me, that’s an extraordinary life! Click HERE to receive blog updates and a free newsletter.)

 

Plant the Bulbs!

daff bulbsOn a beautiful Sunday afternoon last September, I planted 44 bulbs in my front flowerbed. This ranks right up there with the largest amount of gardening I have ever done. I was so proud of my efforts and my heart welled up with excitement for seeing these beauties bloom come spring. This was such a momentous event in my life that I even wrote a blog about it. (You can read that here.)

Today, I am pretty irritated about those bulbs. It is early March, there are two to three feet of snow covering the flowerbed and more snow is in the forecast for this coming week. Those bulbs will not likely be cracking the surface until late April. As I stated in the September blog post,

“I don’t even have a guarantee that they are going to emerge from the dirt or bloom into color.”

That’s very true! I don’t have that guarantee. I had the opportunity to plant the bulbs and now all that’s left to do is wait for the “fruit”.

Here is something I never considered when purchasing and planting 44 bulbs: What if I don’t get to see them bloom? What if they actually bloom, are beautiful and full of color, but I am not the one who gets to enjoy them? What if all of that work was for someone else’s enjoyment (someone I don’t even know)? Would I have still made the purchase and done the labor?

I guess I can stop there because there is no application to life with this one! HaHa 🙂

This applies to so many areas of life!!

Consider this series of questions:

– How are you currently investing your life?

– Is your investment solely for your own pleasure and satisfaction?

– Are you willing to work hard at the tasks right in front of you?

– Are you willing to work hard even if you have no guarantee of results or any guarantee that you will get to show off your results?

bulbs in handMy first spring at this house, I had no idea what would pop up in the flowerbeds. We moved here in March and the beds were buried in several feet of snow. It wasn’t until late April or early May that the first glimpses of spring peeked through the cold earth.

Imagine this scenario with me . . . Someone is going to move into my house in the next month or two. They won’t know what’s hiding under the dirt, under several feet of snow. The longer, warmer days will begin melting the snow. Slowly, one by one, little pieces of dirt will move out of the way for the growing flowers. Eventually 44 stems of varying heights and varying colors will cover the small flowerbed.

Can you imagine the joy and surprise of this new resident. I bet the woman of the house will check that flowerbed every morning. I can picture a smile on her face each time she approaches the house or enters the driveway. Maybe that color created by those flowers will make her and her family feel welcome and content more quickly in their new environment. Perhaps I will have the opportunity, without ever knowing, to be part of their story.

Plant the bulbs and Be Extraordinary!

 

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Guest Post on Second Chance to Dream!

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Barb and her husband, Jim

I have the honor of guest posting with my beautiful and inspiring friend, Barb! She has an amazing blog that reflects her truly creative, energetic, and loving spirit. Barb is also a life-coach and is so generous with her wisdom and life-experience. I think you will enjoy her (and her blog) immensely!

Today’s post is a story I am living right now that brings conviction and inspiration. You can read the whole story on Barb’s blog, Second Chance to Dream.

Tag+3While you are there make sure you check out her fun, creative DIY ideas, free printables, and tutorials. There is so much there!

You will find one of my favorite projects from Barb, HERE.

If you follow my blog regularly you know that it has been a tough, serious, and heavy season of my life. There is joy in the midst, but my fun and creative side seems a little slower these days. I hope that you will enjoy the creative side of life through Barb’s blog today. Fun, creativity, and joy are definitely part of the extraordinary life!

Be Extraordinary!

 

(I’m Traci, the “Be Extraordinary!” blogger. I share insights that challenge and encourage moms to be the best version of themselves. To me, that’s an extraordinary life! Click HERE to receive blog updates and a free newsletter.)

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