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I’m entering the second half of the Contentment Challenge, and can definitely admit I’ve been hoodwinked by the machine of consumerism and Americana. I just … honestly didn’t think twice. When I needed or wanted something, and we had the money, I got it.

Here are the 7 light-bulb moments in Part 1 of my Contentment Challenge.

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Half-way Point: What I’ve Learned from The Contentment Challenge So Far

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But 3 days in community with these women was just what my head AND my heart (and my marriage!) needed, and today, I wanna break that down a little bit. Most of us have a small group or a BFF circle or a mentor. But I’m realizing there’s something to be said for strategic, peer-to-peer feedback on your life.

And to prove it, here’s 7 things I learned in Savannah — and info on how to start your own!

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What’s a Mastermind? 7 Things I Learned in Savannah on #TheMastermindRetreat

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A couple of sweet girlfriends asked me for some book recs, so I wanted to give you the 22 books I read in 2016 that moved the needle on my life and business. Below are the categories I tend to pick books in, butttttt … if ya look at my 2017 book list (link here!), you’ll see I’m branching out to add a couple … think marriage, finance, etc. 🙂

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My 2016 & 2017 Book Lists

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I’ve been fangirling Nancy Ray for months: she’s a small business owner, photographer, shop owner, and Jesus-loving wife and mama. I spied her Contentment Challenge on a PDF buying spree (see the pattern?) last fall, and read the guide. TOTALLY hooked, I slammed my laptop and told Wes I was doing a “Contentment Challenge — so make sure I don’t buy anything for 3 months.”

Needless to say, it didn’t work. With a heart fixed, I’m ready to go again! Here’s how I’ll do it.

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How to Start Your First Contentment Challenge

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The champagne sweated outta my body during our 108 sun salutations practice at my gym had New Year’s Day — and while my chatarunga-sore shoulders are still achy, I’m all kinds of pumped about the first official work day of 2017! Here’s the 10 things I’m shooting after this year … hold me accountable, will ya?

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2017 Goals

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Like nearly half my Instagram feed (it feels), I read Present Over Perfect ... and got more business advice than I was expecting.

Here’s what I learned!

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3 Business Tips I Learned From Shauna Niequist

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On the Southern Weddings/Powersheets team is a cute little lady I’ve looked up to for years. Emily Thomas blogs at Em for Marvelous, and I stumbled upon her 60 Before 30 blog post list one day. Since my 28th year starts this week, I decided to follow her lead, and craft my own 60 Before 30 list! Many of these goals are scribbled on my Powersheets and business plan, but like Emily says:

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60 Before 30

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Hustle. It tends to be a rally-cry for the creative tribe. But to be honest, hustle didn’t work for me. Instead, I’ve learned I want to work as a creative small business owner from a place of rest, not hustle.

And I believe it’s possible. Read on to learn why!

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How I Learned to Work Well Alongside Anxiety & Depression

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Welcome to this week’s How Do You Do Monday, where I tackle a “how to” question that’s popped up in the ‘ole inbox! How do you live and write as a woman of influence?

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How Do You Do, Monday: How Do You Have Influence?

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Dear sweet sister dealing with anxiety, depression, or an eating disorder: How I want to hold you today. The ladies of Scarlet & Gold shop (a precious company on the rolling plains of Auburn outside my hometown) mailed me some sweet gold foil tats to share, all in the name of the #GiveGrace campaign.

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On Giving Grace: Letter for the Girl in the Trenches

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