Julie Kittredge: Artist, Speaker, Coach and Course Creator for the Intentional Woman & Creative Entrepreneur
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Day 20: 100 Days
 

"I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. You get busy living, or you get busy dying.” – Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank Redemption


Small Wall Hanging

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Day 19: 100 Days
 

Adventure days are important days that I schedule in at least once a month. Sometimes I'll rent a kayak at the Skokie Lagoons, sometimes I'll drive to the beach, sometimes I explore a new area of the Windy City, sometimes I take my camera, sometimes I take my planner, sometimes I take a friend but most of the time I adventure alone. These adventures feed my need for discovery and they keep me inspired.  They help clear my head and help me to observe the world around me. But the truth is they don't happen if they aren't schedule on the calendar. Adventure days are like a non-negotiable meeting with myself. 

Recently my daughter and I took an adventure to Chinatown for the quirky shops and the bubble tea. They were selling these little stalks of bamboo and I thought -- what a perfect thing to put in a pot for YOU! If you struggle to keep plants alive -- these might be even easier than a succulent! 


Bamboo and Planter

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Day 18: 100 Days
 

If it isn't a "Heck Yes" then it's a clear "No." 

"No" is an awesome word. It was even the One Word I choose a few years ago. I learned this "Heck Yes/No" mindset in the book Essentialism, by Greg McKowen. It may seem too black and white but for me, it's been a a great tool to identify what I REALLY want to commit to. Using this filter has helped me maintain a simple lifestyle, save money, control my schedule, and more.  I practice this when I'm shopping. Accepting invitations to speak. Considering volunteer opportunities. It's a fabulous way to make sure I"m living inside of my priorities. If it isn't a "Heck Yes" then it's a clear "No."  It gets easier with practice. I promise.   

For the record ... this mug is a HECK YES! :) 


Single Mug

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Day 17: 100 Days
 

"Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed... Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders." -  Henry David Thoreau

The the zinnia and vegetable seeds I plant in my garden each spring thrive when I water them ... and they shrivel up and stop producing blooms and veggies when I don't. It's uncanny how that works! Often, the weeds thrive too when I don't take precautions.

The same is true with the seeds you plant in your life. What you plant and nurture is what will grow. Think about what you're cultivating in your life. Are you marinating in discontent,  negative mindsets, or toxic relationships? Or are you cultivating gratitude, change, good health, positive relationships and faith? You only get one life. Plant and nurture what you REALLY want to grow in your life. Be ruthless about pulling the weeds and focus on nurturing the seeds of change in your life. A seed of change planted and nurtured is truly a wonder. 


Garden Herb Stakes

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Day 15: 100 Days
 

"For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands."     - 2 Timothy 1:6

When you light incense, you strike the match and light the end of the incense stick so that it has a burning ember hot enough to remain burning without a raging flame. In order to do this, I will often gently blow on the tip where the spark sits to encourage it to take on a life of it's own as it slowly burns through the stick. Fan into flame. To keep alive. To put into motion. This is what this scripture is referring to when Paul writes to Timothy, encouraging him to keep the gifts alive that have been given to him through the power of the physical act of laying his hands on him in prayer. There is a confidence in Paul's voice that believes Timothy has what it takes. His mentorship has to have been a pivotal element to Timothy's ministry. 

The world needs your gifts. The world also needs people to speak life into those gifts - bolstering the confidence of those with less experience or with fewer people in their court. Who can you invest in? Who can you help fan the flame of their gifts today?  I know I would not be where I am today without the encouragement and prayers of a few special people in my life. 


Incense Holder

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Day 14: 100 Days
 

I spent some time in counseling after a rough patch that left me confused, alone, and pretty battered emotionally. I discovered some things that have changed my life in that process. Like my power of choice. Fill in the blank with the same exact statement. I can say "I *can't* ________."  Or I can say, "I *choose* not to ________." Fill in the blank for yourself. Do you hear the difference? By owning your choices, you give yourself power. You regain freedom. You develop that "choice" muscle. By changing one word from "can't" to "choose" -- you become much less a victim and much more intentional. What are some things that you feel you can't do? What if you tried the word *choose* in place of that? Own your choices. How would that change things for you? I think this is one of the most powerful lessons I've learned as I journey live more intentionally.


Set of 2 Spice Spoons

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