Julie Kittredge: Artist, Speaker, Coach and Course Creator for the Intentional Woman & Creative Entrepreneur
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Day 81: 100 Days
 

Sometimes all you need is a hug. 

When my youngest was a wee little spitfire, I had heard a speaker or read something that struck me. In the times when our kids are throwing temper tantrums, or acting out ... it's those times when they need us to draw closer to them - not pull away. The temptation and my normal reaction as a parent was always to separate them from me until they could get it together. When they are little it seems they can never get it together fast enough. I still think this approach is appropriate at times, but there is another way ....

After reading this new-to-me insight, I tried something with my daughter that has paid off immensely. When she was a toddler throwing a tantrum, or a tired 11 year old feeling sassy and put out ... I have to make a concious choice not to react ... I try to remember the words of this wise woman who said what they need from us is to draw closer not pull away. In the moments of drama and tears, instead of scolding or threatening time outs and lost privileges -- all it took with my daughter was to kneel down on her level and hold her tight in my arms. The tears, the over-reacting, the carrying on -- within seconds -- would stop. Almost suddenly. Then we could talk rationally about what was going on. But the tight and patient embrace was all it would take to diffuse what would normally be an ongoing and annoying show of emotion. 

I'm not sure this would work with all temperaments, but it sure worked like a charm with my determined little spitfire. And it still works on her today as a tween. What a great tool. A compassionate response. A simple and patient embrace. 


YOU Call it! 4 Mugs

These are ready to glaze! You decide the colors based on what you've seen in the 100 Days. Blues, Greens, or Whites. Available for pickup or shipping in one week. 

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$81

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Day 80: 100 Days
 

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” - Nelson Mandela


Stack of 8 Small Bowls

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$80

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Day 79: 100 Days
 

Winter. Spring. Summer. or Fall

All you have to do is call

And I'll be there

You've got a friend 

~ James Taylor


Set of Four-Seasons Gnomes

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Winter. Spring. Summer. Fall.

$79

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Day 78: 100 Days
 

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle." - James Keller 

Pass it on. Lift others up. Celebrate your peers. Encourage the next person you see. 

Supporting another's success won't ever dampen yours. 


Set of 5 Tealight Holders

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$78

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Day 77: 100 Days
 

“A party without cake is just a meeting.” - Julie Child

Want to really freak your kids out? Make dessert. Set it on pretty plates like these. And serve it up for dinner. 


Set of 4 Dessert Plates

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$77

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Day 76: 100 Days
 

I've been called Spicy. Or was that Spiky.  

It's true. I may have had more defensive barbs a few years ago. Do you have someone in your life who seems sharp, or edgy? Rather than making a judgement about them, consider that they may be dealing with a life issue that has caused some unresolved anger. I know my sharpness with certain people in my life was a defense mechanism. It was a way for me to protect myself from the impending judgement of things they didn't understand or even know about. Dig a little deeper into the wells of compassion when you encounter someone who is a little spikey. What they need is someone to draw closer - to take the time to listen - even though that is the very last thing you or I want to do around a spiky person. Under that hard outer shell is a very vulnerable human.  


Set of 5 Spice Jars + bonus oil or liquid soap jar

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$76

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Day 75: 100 Days
 

What do you do when you hit a wall?

We are at the 3/4 mark for this 100 Days Kickstarter!! Whoo hoo!  I cannot believe we have been doing this for 75 days. In. A. Row. Are you sick and tired of me yet?  I will be honest. At the time of this writing, I am at the point where I'm hitting a wall. The remaining pieces are either drying, firing, or waiting to be glazed, and I'm still writing the posts. I actually think I might have run out of things to say! That can't be! I still have 25 Days of life to write about!

So it's time for me to practice what I preach. I'm going to keep the momentum by focusing on the very next step. For this moment. Which will lead to the next step. For the next moment. And again and again. Which will ultimately lead to the 100th day and the completion of the Kickstarter that is funding the tiny studio. What is my next right step? I'm going to end today acknowledging that this has definitely been an ambitious project. I've learned a lot. I don't regret tackling it. It's been a lot of fun. I am losing steam. We will finish strong.  The wall is real, but I'm going to climb it rather than let it stop me. 


Stacking Container Set

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$75

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