Weekly Update: Won’t You Be my Neighbor?

Apr 17, 2015 | Life in Progress

I’m obsessed with Instagram – it’s my favorite online home! Here’s a recap from the last two weeks, and for those of you who aren’t on Instagram, come and join me! And you can click here to see all the Instagram updates right here on my blog!

Friday April 10


PS: Didn’t get all you wanted done this week? Putting pressure on
yourself with deadlines (I prefer “alivelines”)? Were there things that
you didn’t do perfectly? I don’t believe in perfection.
Let’s all let it go. And be gentle with ourselves. Permission granted.

I love that three poppies bloomed on our porch this week. One poppy for each of us.

Today is red cowgirl boots. All day long. I wore them to help me kick bootie as I do a full days work of admin stuff.

Hello weekend. So glad you are here! 

Saturday April 11

You guys. We put up a poetry post in our front yard. I’m in love. In our last house we had a Little Free Library, but when we moved to his street last year they already had three libraries on the street (hello Portland!) so we opted for a Poetry Post.
The plan? Weekly poetry or love notes or art or or or or. I am loving
how folks are stopping to read. Great way to build neighborhood
community. Love.

Another view of our new Poetry Post. Big thanks to my dad for building it for us! Ps: you can see that our fairy garden is growing in the background!!

Sunday April 12

Sunday’s are for Pip’s donuts that have heart-shaped donut holes.

Sweet, full weekend with my boys. Now I’m in bed, heading to sleep with lots of gratitude in my heart. Looking forward to the week ahead: hanging with my online students, creative play on the canvas, writing The Wear Your Joy Project ecourse, a birthday party, a fundraiser, a dinner party, and even gonna
try to finish the last room in the house (the spirit room), which at
this moment looks like a storage unit. Taking it all one day at a time
and giving myself lots of permission to take it slooow. ps: on “full” vs “busy”: full life feels like I own it it all, and at my own pace. Busy life feels like a constant nagging to-do list on someone else’s (usually my own gremlin in my head) terms. I prefer full.
Know what I mean? Full=full of love. Busy=a race. Words matter. Lots of
intention behind how we speak about our lives. This I believe!
Monday April 6


Seeker of all things brave. “I learned that courage was not the absence
of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not
feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
― Nelson Mandela
Let’s seek bravery this week. Let’s acknowledge the fear , sit with it,
and see what happens when we move beyond it. I deeply believe in
practicing courage everyday. In those hard conversations. In self care.
In setting boundaries. In creating new ways of being and living in the
world. Yes yes yes.

Current view. This is the very last room in our home that needs some
love. It’s been a storage room for a year (it’s been sllloooww going,
this moving in and making it our own, which has been a beautiful and
sometimes hard journey of lessening the grip and hold on control. All
good.) We have just cleared out all the boxes and made piles for
donation, trash, etc. Now begins the fun: transform this room into a
Spirit Room using stuff we already have. Intention for this room: a
quiet calm place to meditate, stretch, think, read, relax, and cultivate
awakening. A true bonus room for our little family.

Current view. I’ve had an urge to splash some paint around. Gonna start
with this current background and see where it goes. Staying late at the
Current view. Long way to go with this one but I’m so glad to have made
some time for playing, experimenting, unleashing, and having zero idea
where this one is headed.
 Goodnight studio. 
Tuesday, April 14
You can rest inside the truth that you are enough (as is). Live this truth, love this truth.
Pink leaves everywhere this morning. Love.

Also, woke up on the wrong side of the bed today. Dragging, a little
grumpy, and little bleh. Forced myself to unhook from stories in my head
and decided to wear something I haven’t worn in a loonng time. It
worked and I got dressed up in joy in an old ruffly skirt and ruffly cardigan. Result: still a hard morning, but this project helped lift my spirits.

Current view. He’s on one side of the easel, I’m on the other. He will
spend long stretches of time painting and marking up the canvas and I
love watching him. Today he said, “mama, painting is worth it.” When I
asked him what he meant he said “because markers take FOREVER and it
wears me out.”

Stormy sky. But do you spy a heart?

Her favorite moments were those when she let go
Of all expectations and worries
And just simply celebrated the very moment she was living.
A daily reminder for me….wanted to share it with you, too.

Lunchtime walk. After a few days of cold rain, I am savoring this. This. This. This.

Another found heart. This time over chips and drinks with John this afternoon.

Thursday April 16

Total bliss for me to hang with preschoolers this morning. They are the
most loving, sweet, fun, imaginative bunch. My love well is FULL.


Always a favorite manifesto:
I heart your heart
Because you inspire me to reach and grow and become who I was meant to
Because you’ve taught me so much above love, trust, friendship and hope.

Because you have been a witness to my life in progress, always showing
grace in times when you could have shown judgment. Because when I think
of those who have deeply, profoundly affected my life, I think of you.
Because you always know what to say and how to kindly nurture my tender
Because you’ve laughed with me, cried with me, celebrated with me.
You see me clearly, and I see you.
May we always be connected in our traveling journeys, and may you always
know how deeply you are loved, how your life shines brightly, and how
your heart is never alone.
I count my lucky stars for you, every single day.

Today was a day of being mama all day long in the middle of the
workweek. Bliss! There was a hike with 15 preschoolers who hugged me,
kissed me, and put flowers in my hair. There was an after school play
date at the park where I got to hold a precious 5 mo baby for a bit. And
later there was even a magical birthday party for a sweet 4 yr old girl
where good, connected conversation was had with other mamas. I managed
to squeeze in a trip between dates to the Spirit bookstore where I
bought some soul fuel in the form of an angel card deck (my first) and a
poetry book by David Whyte (a fave). Verdict? A really good day.
Tomorrow I’m back to work work for real and I’m feeling mighty inspired.

That’s it for this week! Check back here next week for another update, or join us over on Instagram for daily photos and thoughts!

Kelly Rae

Sending much love,

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