We were living in a great neighborhood, in a nice home in one of the most family-friendly cities in America. Our kids had coveted spots in the area’s best charter school and were progressing. I was lucky enough to be a full-time mom and have a little creative business on the side. My husband Jeff, was providing well, working from home as a software engineer.
Picture perfect, right? So, why did I feel that every part of our lives was so rushed? Why did I feel so disconnected from myself and my family? Why did I have a nagging feeling that this was not where we should be – that our family needed something different, something more? I concluded that maybe we needed to make a change – something that if fulfilled – would make a positive difference for ALL of us.
Our Journey to an Intentional, Creative Life
After a lot of thought, prayer, blood (okay, maybe not blood..), sweat (mostly Jeff’s), and tears (mostly mine), we traded our big house in the suburbs for a smaller house on an acre and a half of beautiful (muddy) land. We traded our spot at the charter school for a comfy spot on the couch at home (that makes homeschooling sound so easy…), our textbooks for living books, our over-scheduled lives for nature walks and read-alouds, and we began our journey to a purposeful, creative and truly intentional life.
If you made it this far, I’m guessing that my story resonates with you in some way. Maybe you are experiencing the same frustrations and want to make a change. Or, maybe you are on a similar journey – looking for inspiration or just a friend who “gets it”. An intentional life is, of course, the ultimate goal for all of us. But, when it comes down to it, living intentionally and growing creatively doesn’t just happen. It requires dedication and skills that need to be learned, practiced, and fine-tuned. It requires going against the grain, trusting yourself, and having the courage to do what might not always be easy.
Welcome to Lily and Thistle
Lily and Thistle is here to provide plenty of resources and encouragement to help you on your journey. Here, you will be inspired to improve your creative self and find tools to help make your precious time on this planet meaningful to you and to those whose lives you touch. It’s a comfortable landing spot tailored to you – full of helpful tips and tricks for everything from raising great kids to drawing nature in your own backyard. It’s where art, nature and real, messy life are revered and where education in any form is celebrated.
So, if you are a creative mom who is trying to live with intent and make more time for what really matters, you’ve found a friend in the trenches. Welcome to Lily and Thistle. Let’s do this together!