#messyliving photos & videos

24 August, 2019
I hate trying to keep on top of this room, the table is used as a dumping ground as well as where we eat.
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#tidyhousetidymind 
#messyliving 
#mrshinch

I hate trying to keep on top of this room, the table is used as a dumping ground as well as where we eat.
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#tidyhousetidymind
#messyliving
#mrshinch

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QUESTION: Is this a workspace OR a collect all? 
I fight with this area the most. Mainly because I have loads of things I need to get done but don't get done for various reasons...ehm excuses. 
Do you have a place like this?? Please comment if you do or if you know how to get rid of it all?!?! #messyliving #desk #organizeme #catchall #howdoyouwork #isthatacat #papers #howmanytrees #findaplacealready

QUESTION: Is this a workspace OR a collect all?
I fight with this area the most. Mainly because I have loads of things I need to get done but don't get done for various reasons...ehm excuses.
Do you have a place like this?? Please comment if you do or if you know how to get rid of it all?!?! #messyliving #desk #organizeme #catchall #howdoyouwork #isthatacat #papers #howmanytrees #findaplacealready

Would you like me to lift you in prayer? I’d be honored to lift you up this day...#messyliving #lifetogether #liftingoneanother
#yogafaithshalom #yogafaith #prayingforyou

Would you like me to lift you in prayer? I’d be honored to lift you up this day... #messyliving #lifetogether #liftingoneanother
#yogafaithshalom #yogafaith #prayingforyou

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25 July, 2019
While I can appreciate and admire the simplicity of a minimalist lifestyle, I definitely can not abide in a clean, clear environment. Somehow clutter and clusters are more comforting to me. So, I look fondly at a cluster of pictures on the wall or a group of jars full of markers as beautiful and inspiring. I am energized by lots of color and lots of stuff around me. .
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Still, with the four of us all home for the summer, a new dog, a guinea pig, and hedgehog, the stuff can become too much. I will look around and see soccer cleats next to a dog leash feet away from supplies for an upcoming workshop, which sits below finished quilts and neck pouches that hang cheerfully from a shelf. .
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It’s a busy household with a lot of creative activity, and I will catch myself tisk-tisking the mess, but this reprimand is usually followed by this thought – “What a beautiful mess!” “Would I want it any other way?” “This is life! This is living!”
We are here in this place together doing the things we love, and it isn’t beautiful! Aren’t we so fortunate to live in this mess – this collage of personalities, art, and dreams. .
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Then I will remember when the house was carpeted in legos or spotted in baby puke? This beautiful mess will shift and change. So, I try to hold on to today’s mess. I will appreciate it. I will joyfully straighten the hallway rug because there will be a day when I won’t have to anymore.  There will be a day when the hallway will be devoid of soccer cleats, violins, and drying paintings. .
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Living creatively is messy, and that mess is beautiful. It’s a creation unto itself! .
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What about you? Do you live in a beautiful mess? Does messiness make you uneasy?
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#annalentzart #practicingcreativity #oneprojectatatime #dailyart #draweveryday #drawing #sketch #art #artist #creativityispower #creativeliving #creativitycoach #youaretheartyoumake #youarecreative  #intentionalliving #beautifulmess #messyliving #creativemess #messmaking

While I can appreciate and admire the simplicity of a minimalist lifestyle, I definitely can not abide in a clean, clear environment. Somehow clutter and clusters are more comforting to me. So, I look fondly at a cluster of pictures on the wall or a group of jars full of markers as beautiful and inspiring. I am energized by lots of color and lots of stuff around me. .
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Still, with the four of us all home for the summer, a new dog, a guinea pig, and hedgehog, the stuff can become too much. I will look around and see soccer cleats next to a dog leash feet away from supplies for an upcoming workshop, which sits below finished quilts and neck pouches that hang cheerfully from a shelf. .
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It’s a busy household with a lot of creative activity, and I will catch myself tisk-tisking the mess, but this reprimand is usually followed by this thought – “What a beautiful mess!” “Would I want it any other way?” “This is life! This is living!”
We are here in this place together doing the things we love, and it isn’t beautiful! Aren’t we so fortunate to live in this mess – this collage of personalities, art, and dreams. .
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Then I will remember when the house was carpeted in legos or spotted in baby puke? This beautiful mess will shift and change. So, I try to hold on to today’s mess. I will appreciate it. I will joyfully straighten the hallway rug because there will be a day when I won’t have to anymore. There will be a day when the hallway will be devoid of soccer cleats, violins, and drying paintings. .
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Living creatively is messy, and that mess is beautiful. It’s a creation unto itself! .
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What about you? Do you live in a beautiful mess? Does messiness make you uneasy?
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#annalentzart #practicingcreativity #oneprojectatatime #dailyart #draweveryday #drawing #sketch #art #artist #creativityispower #creativeliving #creativitycoach #youaretheartyoumake #youarecreative #intentionalliving #beautifulmess #messyliving #creativemess #messmaking

7 July, 2019
In the middle of all the mess of moving, the best thing I can do is make the bed.
It's the one thing I try to do every morning before I leave the bedroom! 
It helps so much with my anxiety.
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#anxiety #anxietyanddepressionawareness #movinghouse #makethebed #livinginmess #messyliving

In the middle of all the mess of moving, the best thing I can do is make the bed.
It's the one thing I try to do every morning before I leave the bedroom!
It helps so much with my anxiety.
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#anxiety #anxietyanddepressionawareness #movinghouse #makethebed #livinginmess #messyliving

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6 July, 2019
And we are in....
Everything is in the house but not in a space yet. .
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#messyliving #movinghouse

And we are in....
Everything is in the house but not in a space yet. .
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#messyliving #movinghouse

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6 July, 2019
Ahhhhhhhh, we are at home getting all the last bits ready to put in a van (I say last bits, look at my highlights or video 😭)
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My anxiety and stress levels are  through the roof! The thought of multiple people being here to help encourages me but also stresses me out as no one has the same ideas on how to do things.
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Here goes nothing.......
#movinghouse #anxietyanddepressionawareness
#messyliving

Ahhhhhhhh, we are at home getting all the last bits ready to put in a van (I say last bits, look at my highlights or video 😭)
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My anxiety and stress levels are through the roof! The thought of multiple people being here to help encourages me but also stresses me out as no one has the same ideas on how to do things.
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Here goes nothing.......
#movinghouse #anxietyanddepressionawareness
#messyliving

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19 June, 2019
Had a great lesson today on paris❤️ she was much more responsive  today  then the last time I rode her most likely due to my corrected leg position it’s not perfect but getting there!

#barnlifeisthebestlife #messyliving #improvement #paris #horse #showjumping #horsesofinstagram #explore #explorepage #equestrian #equestrianlife #horse #horsebackriding #horseriding #hunter #jumper #marestare #sleep #explorepage

Had a great lesson today on paris❤️ she was much more responsive today then the last time I rode her most likely due to my corrected leg position it’s not perfect but getting there!

#barnlifeisthebestlife #messyliving #improvement #paris #horse #showjumping #horsesofinstagram #explore #explorepage #equestrian #equestrianlife #horse #horsebackriding #horseriding #hunter #jumper #marestare #sleep #explorepage

“In the world of hope and fear, we always have to change the channel, change the temperature, change the music, because something is getting uneasy, something is getting restless, something is beginning to hurt, and we keep looking for alternatives.” -Pema Chodron 
#whenthingsfallapart #pemachodron #authenticity #scio #authenticliving #change #messyliving

“In the world of hope and fear, we always have to change the channel, change the temperature, change the music, because something is getting uneasy, something is getting restless, something is beginning to hurt, and we keep looking for alternatives.” -Pema Chodron
#whenthingsfallapart #pemachodron #authenticity #scio #authenticliving #change #messyliving

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18 June, 2019
Beauty.
You are not perfect. 
You aren't ever going to be perfect.
I am not perfect either. 

And do you know what?
Thank goodness!
Because, how unrealistic... and BORING. 

I don't know about you, but the best bits of life are the messy bits. 
The day-to-day living that isn't polished. 
The parts that aren't edited with a filter. 


Welcome to the club of vibrant living where everyone steps into their messy awesomeness. 
Where real living happens.
Where we slip and fall down, but also get back up.
Where we cry because we are frustrated and laugh because we are scared. 
Where we love and let love happen.

Where we FEEL! 
And eat. And play. And fight. And work. 

Today (and let's be real EVERY DAY) I am living my best messy life.  Messy bun and all. 

How are you living your best messy life?

#mindfulwholehealth #findingmywaylivingthisdream #messyliving #lifeismessy #abeautifulmess #vibrantlyliving #nosuchthingasperfect #messybun #realliving #letgoofexpectations #knowyourworth #ownyourawesomeness #wellnessjunkie #healthandwellnesscoach #livelifealltheway #lifequotes #quotestoliveby 



Beauty.
You are not perfect. 
You aren't ever going to be perfect.
I am not perfect either. 

And do you know what?
Thank goodness!
Because, how unrealistic... and BORING. 

I don't know about you, but the best bits of life are the messy bits. 
The day-to-day living that isn't polished. 
The parts that aren't edited with a filter. 


Welcome to the club of vibrant living where everyone steps into their messy awesomeness. 
Where real living happens.
Where we slip and fall down, but also get back up.
Where we cry because we are frustrated and laugh because we are scared. 
Where we love and let love happen.

Where we FEEL! 
And eat. And play. And fight. And work. 

Today (and let's be real EVERY DAY) I am living my best messy life. Messy bun and all. 

How are you living your best messy life?

#mindfulwholehealth #findingmywaylivingthisdream #messyliving #lifeismessy #abeautifulmess #vibrantlyliving #nosuchthingasperfect #messybun #realliving #letgoofexpectations #knowyourworth #ownyourawesomeness #wellnessjunkie #healthandwellnesscoach #livelifealltheway #lifequotes #quotestoliveby 



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17 June, 2019
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6 June, 2019
Chewy being a goof ball🤪🤩
If you didn’t see my last post you should go check that out but if you did you would probably know I’m switching barns! I’m supper excited but also it’s hard leaving such good friends behind as this was the first riding center I went to. I’m really happy with my decision because this place was becoming super toxic and creating lots of stress So I’d thought I’d just let you know for when you see a different place and bunch of horses♥️ hopefully I’ll finally get some vids of me riding😭

Chewy being a goof ball🤪🤩
If you didn’t see my last post you should go check that out but if you did you would probably know I’m switching barns! I’m supper excited but also it’s hard leaving such good friends behind as this was the first riding center I went to. I’m really happy with my decision because this place was becoming super toxic and creating lots of stress So I’d thought I’d just let you know for when you see a different place and bunch of horses♥️ hopefully I’ll finally get some vids of me riding😭

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1 June, 2019
🎶 Released from my chains, I’m a prisoner no more. 🎶My shame was a ransom He faithfully bore. He canceled my debt and called me His friend, when death was arrested and my life began. 🎶 .
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Shame is not for me anymore. He paid my debts and calls me friend.
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So many days go by where I don’t feel like a deserving friend or worthy of anything good. But then God smiles at me and says “I did it all for you, and I would do it all over again.”
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It’s in these views where my heart swells with praise or in the little things that make me smile when I’m frustrated. It’s in the messy, mundane living. It’s in the hustle and bustle, and also in the stillness.
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If you’re not feeling worthy of being His friend- I assure you He doesn’t feel that way. He paid a price for your heart to spend eternity with Him. Look around and He will show you just how good He is.
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#sunset_hunter #encouraged #worthy #praisehim #mountains🗻 #liveintentionally #messyliving #livingonpurpose #liveintentionally #hecallsmefriend #deathwasarrested #waitthatshaiti #ayiticherie #caribbeanliving #tropicallife

🎶 Released from my chains, I’m a prisoner no more. 🎶My shame was a ransom He faithfully bore. He canceled my debt and called me His friend, when death was arrested and my life began. 🎶 .
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Shame is not for me anymore. He paid my debts and calls me friend.
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So many days go by where I don’t feel like a deserving friend or worthy of anything good. But then God smiles at me and says “I did it all for you, and I would do it all over again.”
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It’s in these views where my heart swells with praise or in the little things that make me smile when I’m frustrated. It’s in the messy, mundane living. It’s in the hustle and bustle, and also in the stillness.
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If you’re not feeling worthy of being His friend- I assure you He doesn’t feel that way. He paid a price for your heart to spend eternity with Him. Look around and He will show you just how good He is.
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#sunset_hunter #encouraged #worthy #praisehim #mountains🗻 #liveintentionally #messyliving #livingonpurpose #liveintentionally #hecallsmefriend #deathwasarrested #waitthatshaiti #ayiticherie #caribbeanliving #tropicallife

28 May, 2019
Here’s a rly cute picture of nova since I don’t have much else to post anyway riding td which will be exciting💗 probably will post abt it on story so make sure you check it in a couple hours✨ *EDIT*

Had an amazing lesson today and felt so good about it can’t wait for school to end so I can be at the barn a ton more ☀️💙
#horsebackriding #equestrianlife #geldingsfordays #geldingsofinstagram #horsesofinstagram #horsebackriding #equestrian #equestrianlife #jumper #hunter #showjumping #equestrianproblems #adorable #barnlifeisthebestlife #messyliving

Here’s a rly cute picture of nova since I don’t have much else to post anyway riding td which will be exciting💗 probably will post abt it on story so make sure you check it in a couple hours✨ *EDIT*

Had an amazing lesson today and felt so good about it can’t wait for school to end so I can be at the barn a ton more ☀️💙
#horsebackriding #equestrianlife #geldingsfordays #geldingsofinstagram #horsesofinstagram #horsebackriding #equestrian #equestrianlife #jumper #hunter #showjumping #equestrianproblems #adorable #barnlifeisthebestlife #messyliving

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26 May, 2019
Søndagsstemning 🚴🏼‍♂️

Søndagsstemning 🚴🏼‍♂️

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22 hours ago
Ny fin vase fra #messyliving 😉

Ny fin vase fra #messyliving 😉

11 May, 2019
Smukkeste vase 😍Lavet af  @messyliving #messyliving #glassblower #glassart

Smukkeste vase 😍Lavet af @messyliving #messyliving #glassblower #glassart

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21 April, 2019
EASTER SUNDAY- When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they could go and anoint Jesus’ dead body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they came to the tomb. They were saying to each other, “Who’s going to roll the stone away from the entrance for us?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away. (And it was a very large stone!) Going into the tomb, they saw a young man in a white robe seated on the right side; and they were startled. But he said to them, “Don’t be alarmed! You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised. He isn’t here. Look, here’s the place where they laid him. Go, tell his disciples, especially Peter, that he is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you.” Overcome with terror and dread, they fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid. - Mark 16:1-8
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Made by the Families of First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor 
#blessedinthemess #lentenjourney #holyweek #worshipart #messyliving #messyart #ChristisRisen #Easterart #Christisrisenindeed #eastersunday

EASTER SUNDAY- When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they could go and anoint Jesus’ dead body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they came to the tomb. They were saying to each other, “Who’s going to roll the stone away from the entrance for us?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away. (And it was a very large stone!) Going into the tomb, they saw a young man in a white robe seated on the right side; and they were startled. But he said to them, “Don’t be alarmed! You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised. He isn’t here. Look, here’s the place where they laid him. Go, tell his disciples, especially Peter, that he is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you.” Overcome with terror and dread, they fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid. - Mark 16:1-8
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Made by the Families of First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor
#blessedinthemess #lentenjourney #holyweek #worshipart #messyliving #messyart #ChristisRisen #Easterart #Christisrisenindeed #eastersunday

19 April, 2019
GOOD FRIDAY- “Jesus’ mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene stood near the cross. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
After this, knowing that everything was already completed, in order to fulfill the scripture, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar full of sour wine was nearby, so the soldiers soaked a sponge in it, placed it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips. When he had received the sour wine, Jesus said, “It is completed.” Bowing his head, he gave up his life.” - John 19:25-30
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Check out our @firstpresa2 Family 🖼 projects.  #blessedinthemess #lentenjourney #holyweek #worshipart #messyliving #messyart #goodfriday #goodfridayart

GOOD FRIDAY- “Jesus’ mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene stood near the cross. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
After this, knowing that everything was already completed, in order to fulfill the scripture, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar full of sour wine was nearby, so the soldiers soaked a sponge in it, placed it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips. When he had received the sour wine, Jesus said, “It is completed.” Bowing his head, he gave up his life.” - John 19:25-30
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Check out our @firstpresa2 Family 🖼 projects. #blessedinthemess #lentenjourney #holyweek #worshipart #messyliving #messyart #goodfriday #goodfridayart

18 April, 2019
MAUNDY THURSDAY- While they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take and eat. This is my body.” He took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from this, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many so that their sins may be forgiven. I tell you, I won’t drink wine again until that day when I drink it in a new way with you in my Father’s kingdom.” Then, after singing songs of praise, they went to the Mount of Olives.
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Follow along during Holy week and check out  @firstpresa2 Messy Living 🖼 projects.  #blessedinthemess #lentenjourney #holyweek #worshipart #messyliving #messyart #lastsupper #maundythursday

MAUNDY THURSDAY- While they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take and eat. This is my body.” He took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from this, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many so that their sins may be forgiven. I tell you, I won’t drink wine again until that day when I drink it in a new way with you in my Father’s kingdom.” Then, after singing songs of praise, they went to the Mount of Olives.
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Follow along during Holy week and check out @firstpresa2 Messy Living 🖼 projects. #blessedinthemess #lentenjourney #holyweek #worshipart #messyliving #messyart #lastsupper #maundythursday

14 April, 2019
Holy Week is HERE!!!
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.  PALM SUNDAY: “As Jesus approached the road leading down from the Mount of Olives, the whole throng of his disciples began rejoicing. They praised God with a loud voice because of all the mighty things they had seen.  They said, “Blessings on the king who comes in the name of the Lord.  Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heavens.”
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Check out our @firstpresa2 Family 🖼 projects.  #blessedinthemess #lentenjourney #holyweek #worshipart #messyliving #messyart

Holy Week is HERE!!!
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. PALM SUNDAY: “As Jesus approached the road leading down from the Mount of Olives, the whole throng of his disciples began rejoicing. They praised God with a loud voice because of all the mighty things they had seen. They said, “Blessings on the king who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heavens.”
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Check out our @firstpresa2 Family 🖼 projects. #blessedinthemess #lentenjourney #holyweek #worshipart #messyliving #messyart

7 March, 2019
✏Day 7: Less Glam Side
What's less glam for a crocheter than their messy work space, tangled yarn, photography, uncooperative designs, the occasional achy joints, just all the STUFF involved in running things and let's not forget weaving in ends! Those pesky pesky ends!
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🙋🏿‍♀️What are ends?👇🏿
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Whenever I make an item that has colour changes like the picture above [Pattern:@morines_shop (link in bio)😘], I'll need to stop the colour I'm done with and then add a new one on. This produces dangling strings/pieces of yarn that are called 'ends'.
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Ends are always there though, even when you don't change colours. The beginning and end of you work will have ends and if you're working in big projects, you'll have to work with multiple balls of yarn and that will also produce ends where you joined the yarn together.
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Of course you can't just leave the dangling bothers there, so you have to weave them into your work and that's such a hustle😥
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You have to weave them in, and weave them in well and that requires a lot of attention and maneuvering because you want the best and neatest looking work.
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Most people never think about this and they shouldn't have to if you do a good job.
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What isn't glam in your craft?
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✏Day 7: Less Glam Side
What's less glam for a crocheter than their messy work space, tangled yarn, photography, uncooperative designs, the occasional achy joints, just all the STUFF involved in running things and let's not forget weaving in ends! Those pesky pesky ends!
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🙋🏿‍♀️What are ends?👇🏿
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Whenever I make an item that has colour changes like the picture above [Pattern:@morines_shop (link in bio)😘], I'll need to stop the colour I'm done with and then add a new one on. This produces dangling strings/pieces of yarn that are called 'ends'.
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Ends are always there though, even when you don't change colours. The beginning and end of you work will have ends and if you're working in big projects, you'll have to work with multiple balls of yarn and that will also produce ends where you joined the yarn together.
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Of course you can't just leave the dangling bothers there, so you have to weave them into your work and that's such a hustle😥
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You have to weave them in, and weave them in well and that requires a lot of attention and maneuvering because you want the best and neatest looking work.
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Most people never think about this and they shouldn't have to if you do a good job.
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What isn't glam in your craft?
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6 March, 2019
This frame hangs by my desk in my home office. It’s a constant reminder to me that life is about choices. I’m a work from home, homeschooling, blogging wife and mami. My desk at times is the messiest place in our home. I have piles of opened and unopened home and office mail, piles of paper to shred, kid’s drawings, school work, medical requisitions, tax paperwork and the endless pile of what I call the s$&t work. It’s all the stuff that my MD husband hates, avoids and quiet honestly sucks at. It’s the pile of stuff that I honestly put off until the last minute and don’t enjoy doing. I use that stuff to teach our kids lessons about hard work, dedication and the fact that life is full of having to do stuff that sucks, but imperative. Social media and in particular Instagram is full of overly edited and staged snap shots of life. Folks can create a false image of life and portray here with no hesitation. I intentionally try to not only post the good and insta worthy moments. My life is messy, though messes cause me angst and I am a list making, over planning person at times. My desk is a hot mess, especially pre or post a trip or in my most recent case two back to back trips. As I stare at my desk this morning and sigh because I know that I could tackle this if I had a few interrupted hours, I know that it will probably take me weeks to do it, Bc I’d rather take a break to snuggle on the couch with my 6 year old and get through his school work with him. I’d rather help my 7 year old with her reading and writing and supervise my 10 year old’s work. While I agree with T. Roosevelt that “comparison is the thief of joy” I also think that comparing ourselves to others can help keep us focused on choosing to see the good in our circumstances. I’m working on a workshop for a homeschool conference titled “no, I’m not more patient than you!” Just because I don’t share all of my struggles online, doesn’t mean that life is perfect. I’ve made a commitment to choose joy daily. That’s the bottom line. #bloggervibes #teachingkids #parenting #familylife #messyliving #choosingjoy #homeschool #workfromhomemom

This frame hangs by my desk in my home office. It’s a constant reminder to me that life is about choices. I’m a work from home, homeschooling, blogging wife and mami. My desk at times is the messiest place in our home. I have piles of opened and unopened home and office mail, piles of paper to shred, kid’s drawings, school work, medical requisitions, tax paperwork and the endless pile of what I call the s$&t work. It’s all the stuff that my MD husband hates, avoids and quiet honestly sucks at. It’s the pile of stuff that I honestly put off until the last minute and don’t enjoy doing. I use that stuff to teach our kids lessons about hard work, dedication and the fact that life is full of having to do stuff that sucks, but imperative. Social media and in particular Instagram is full of overly edited and staged snap shots of life. Folks can create a false image of life and portray here with no hesitation. I intentionally try to not only post the good and insta worthy moments. My life is messy, though messes cause me angst and I am a list making, over planning person at times. My desk is a hot mess, especially pre or post a trip or in my most recent case two back to back trips. As I stare at my desk this morning and sigh because I know that I could tackle this if I had a few interrupted hours, I know that it will probably take me weeks to do it, Bc I’d rather take a break to snuggle on the couch with my 6 year old and get through his school work with him. I’d rather help my 7 year old with her reading and writing and supervise my 10 year old’s work. While I agree with T. Roosevelt that “comparison is the thief of joy” I also think that comparing ourselves to others can help keep us focused on choosing to see the good in our circumstances. I’m working on a workshop for a homeschool conference titled “no, I’m not more patient than you!” Just because I don’t share all of my struggles online, doesn’t mean that life is perfect. I’ve made a commitment to choose joy daily. That’s the bottom line. #bloggervibes #teachingkids #parenting #familylife #messyliving #choosingjoy #homeschool #workfromhomemom

22 February, 2019
Maybe next week I’ll clean #thepocket #messyliving

Maybe next week I’ll clean #thepocket #messyliving

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21 February, 2019
I got foundation on my boyfriend's gaming chair...

I got foundation on my boyfriend's gaming chair...

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1 February, 2019
Joy is...messiness - and a bit of dirt.. "Water which is too pure has no fish" says an old Afghan proverb. When we look into a pond, we see that underneath the serene surface there is a gloriously messy and muddy world. Tangles of waterlilly stems, sedges and waterweeds grow in a soupy mix of mud and silt, leaves and rotting plant life. And it's this murky mess that supports so much life - insects, frogs, turtles, eels, fish and birds. Creation, renewal - life - flourish in the murkiness. No wonder our unconcious minds resonate so well with ponds! And when our own lives seem messy, unclear and full of swirling eddies of too many things, perhaps that's the very time to go with the flow and celebrate life... Happy weekend!

#pond#water#creativity#mess#life#messyliving#metaphor#unconsciousmind#joy#nature

Joy is...messiness - and a bit of dirt.. "Water which is too pure has no fish" says an old Afghan proverb. When we look into a pond, we see that underneath the serene surface there is a gloriously messy and muddy world. Tangles of waterlilly stems, sedges and waterweeds grow in a soupy mix of mud and silt, leaves and rotting plant life. And it's this murky mess that supports so much life - insects, frogs, turtles, eels, fish and birds. Creation, renewal - life - flourish in the murkiness. No wonder our unconcious minds resonate so well with ponds! And when our own lives seem messy, unclear and full of swirling eddies of too many things, perhaps that's the very time to go with the flow and celebrate life... Happy weekend!

#pond #water #creativity #mess #life #messyliving #metaphor #unconsciousmind #joy #nature

1 January, 2019
F I R S T S// First day of a new year. First ornaments to come down off the tree as we pack it away for next Christmas. Reminiscing all the firsts before this one. My first Christmas ornaments that my mom carefully stored and packed away until I had a home of my own. Each of my littles’ first ornaments that I hold a little more carefully each year, imagining their first homes and first trees and their little box of firsts they’ll get from us. I’ll never have a “perfectly” decorated tree and that’s exactly how I always want it to be. Our tree is full of memories. Special moments, adventures, and passions of our littles. Like paper sheep ornament for the year that our oldest was obsessed with Shaun the Sheep. I don’t consider myself very nostalgic...but clearly there is a strong thread of it that runs thru me when it comes to all the crazy things we hang on the tree. .
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What are your favorites from this season? Are you a take it all down the day after Christmas or a “let it linger” a little longer?

F I R S T S// First day of a new year. First ornaments to come down off the tree as we pack it away for next Christmas. Reminiscing all the firsts before this one. My first Christmas ornaments that my mom carefully stored and packed away until I had a home of my own. Each of my littles’ first ornaments that I hold a little more carefully each year, imagining their first homes and first trees and their little box of firsts they’ll get from us. I’ll never have a “perfectly” decorated tree and that’s exactly how I always want it to be. Our tree is full of memories. Special moments, adventures, and passions of our littles. Like paper sheep ornament for the year that our oldest was obsessed with Shaun the Sheep. I don’t consider myself very nostalgic...but clearly there is a strong thread of it that runs thru me when it comes to all the crazy things we hang on the tree. .
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What are your favorites from this season? Are you a take it all down the day after Christmas or a “let it linger” a little longer?

15 December, 2018
C.O.N.N.E.C.T.I.O.N 
How do you connect with other people?

Loneliness, isolation, lack of social interactions - all of these are slowly making us feel less and less together. Here at Singing Mamas, we welcome ALL women to join us and become a part of a singing community! Even if you have never sung a note before or the thought of holding a harmony-part terrifies you, there is no need to worry! We are all levels of ability and no one is ever put on the spot! After we have sung there is time for some socialising over tea and cake, what's not to like about a singing mamas morning?
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#connection #womenconnect #singingcommunity #womenscommunity #singingmamas #harmony

Image credit @agnes_cecile

C.O.N.N.E.C.T.I.O.N
How do you connect with other people?

Loneliness, isolation, lack of social interactions - all of these are slowly making us feel less and less together. Here at Singing Mamas, we welcome ALL women to join us and become a part of a singing community! Even if you have never sung a note before or the thought of holding a harmony-part terrifies you, there is no need to worry! We are all levels of ability and no one is ever put on the spot! After we have sung there is time for some socialising over tea and cake, what's not to like about a singing mamas morning?
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#connection #womenconnect #singingcommunity #womenscommunity #singingmamas #harmony

Image credit @agnes_cecile

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11 December, 2018
Vulnerability and intimacy. Fierce love and protection. The mother-child bond, the closeness, the trust, the freedom to let loose and not always having to be "ok". #motherchildbond #unconditionallove

Photo credit @sparrowsflightphotography

Vulnerability and intimacy. Fierce love and protection. The mother-child bond, the closeness, the trust, the freedom to let loose and not always having to be "ok". #motherchildbond #unconditionallove

Photo credit @sparrowsflightphotography

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2 December, 2018
This reminder felt important. To all of the mamas whose work can feel unseen, wondering if this is all significant. To the ones doing this thing alone. To the ones whose title will always be mother, even in the face of great loss and waiting. To the ones standing in the gaps. To the ones mothering without any promise of permanency. The ones tired. The ones desperate. The ones grieving. The ones hurting. You are so brave, mamas.

Photo/text credit @haleydeprato

This reminder felt important. To all of the mamas whose work can feel unseen, wondering if this is all significant. To the ones doing this thing alone. To the ones whose title will always be mother, even in the face of great loss and waiting. To the ones standing in the gaps. To the ones mothering without any promise of permanency. The ones tired. The ones desperate. The ones grieving. The ones hurting. You are so brave, mamas.

Photo/text credit @haleydeprato

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29 November, 2018
"All the feels with this one, it stops me in my tracks every single time.
Motherhood is all-consuming. Sometimes there's not much left for you and only you.

How does this image make you feel?" Photo/text credit @spiritysol

"All the feels with this one, it stops me in my tracks every single time.
Motherhood is all-consuming. Sometimes there's not much left for you and only you.

How does this image make you feel?" Photo/text credit @spiritysol

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24 November, 2018
"I am not just fascinated that I made a little person but that other women can do it too!"
Photo Credit @fromthepine

"I am not just fascinated that I made a little person but that other women can do it too!"
Photo Credit @fromthepine

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23 November, 2018
Here's my at home, day after Thanksgiving workout - short (just 22 mins!) and challenging (I was out of breath in the first 30 secs 😆)! Shown are 3 of the 7 moves we did, 20-50 (oh my! 😅) times each, 3 rounds total! 
Did I earn myself a drink and a slice of apple pie now? 😁

#atxvegans #atxfit #veganmamas #momswholift #momswhoworkout #skinnytofit #skinnytomuscle #veganww #atxvegan #fitherbivore #plantpowered #plantbasedhealth #veganmoms #fitvegans #fitmoms #postpartumbody #postthanksgiving #22minhc #homeworkoutswork #workoutathome #messyliving #dontmindthemess #hiit #hiitworkout #shortworkouts

Here's my at home, day after Thanksgiving workout - short (just 22 mins!) and challenging (I was out of breath in the first 30 secs 😆)! Shown are 3 of the 7 moves we did, 20-50 (oh my! 😅) times each, 3 rounds total!
Did I earn myself a drink and a slice of apple pie now? 😁

#atxvegans #atxfit #veganmamas #momswholift #momswhoworkout #skinnytofit #skinnytomuscle #veganww #atxvegan #fitherbivore #plantpowered #plantbasedhealth #veganmoms #fitvegans #fitmoms #postpartumbody #postthanksgiving #22minhc #homeworkoutswork #workoutathome #messyliving #dontmindthemess #hiit #hiitworkout #shortworkouts

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16 November, 2018
Because when one of your children accidentally poops in the bathtub🤢🤦🏼‍♀️ So entirely grateful to have my Thieves Spray to clean it up and so happy for nontoxic cleaning that my boys can go back in the bathtub without worrying about them touching toxic chemicals 🌱
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Because when one of your children accidentally poops in the bathtub🤢🤦🏼‍♀️ So entirely grateful to have my Thieves Spray to clean it up and so happy for nontoxic cleaning that my boys can go back in the bathtub without worrying about them touching toxic chemicals 🌱



#YoungLiving #YoungLivingEssentialOils #YLEO #NaturalLife #NaturalLifestyle #NonToxicLiving #CleanTub #ThievesCleaner #HonestMotherhood #MomLife #OilyMama #OilyBabies #MessyLiving #GreenLiving #WholeLiving #HippieMama #JourneyToWellness #SimpleLife #Holistic #ChemicalFree #ChemicalFreeHome #DitchAndSwitch #ToxinFree #Oopsies #Thieves #THHC #ThievesForTheWin

Top messyliving photos & videos

24 June, 2017
Operation Mary Poppins! My house is an utter disgrace right now, every room (and the loft) is chaotic & littered with 'stuff' that somehow has spilled out of its rightful place. I'm feeling disorganised & incomplete - they say that your environment is a reflection of your mind.... here's the proof! 😳
Time to blitz the crap out of this sluggish funk - what recommendations have you guys got for a soundtrack to get me moving! 💪🏻
*pings rubber gloves #standbackimgoingin

Operation Mary Poppins! My house is an utter disgrace right now, every room (and the loft) is chaotic & littered with 'stuff' that somehow has spilled out of its rightful place. I'm feeling disorganised & incomplete - they say that your environment is a reflection of your mind.... here's the proof! 😳
Time to blitz the crap out of this sluggish funk - what recommendations have you guys got for a soundtrack to get me moving! 💪🏻
*pings rubber gloves #standbackimgoingin

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7 November, 2014
Got home just in time to prevent a serious coconut kefir explosion!  For those who will be sampling this at tomorrow's FOOD IS MEDICINE workshop at the @minddfoundation , from cleaning up the spillage I can attest that it's a delicious batch!

Got home just in time to prevent a serious coconut kefir explosion! For those who will be sampling this at tomorrow's FOOD IS MEDICINE workshop at the @minddfoundation , from cleaning up the spillage I can attest that it's a delicious batch!

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7 March, 2019
Day 7 of @joannehawker #marchmeetthemaker is the 'Less glam side'. This is what I came down to this morning. At the end of a day of knitting from home our house looks like a yarn bomb has gone off and you'll be lucky if there's a square inch to sit down! #creativemessylife
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#messyliving #marchmeetthemakerday7 #knitlife #knittyboss #workingfromhome #knittersofinsta #reallife #lessglamside #behindthegram #notpictureperfect #woolandthegang #crazysexywool #laurenastondesigns #merinoyarn #marchmeetthemaker2019

Day 7 of @joannehawker #marchmeetthemaker is the 'Less glam side'. This is what I came down to this morning. At the end of a day of knitting from home our house looks like a yarn bomb has gone off and you'll be lucky if there's a square inch to sit down! #creativemessylife
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#messyliving #marchmeetthemakerday7 #knitlife #knittyboss #workingfromhome #knittersofinsta #reallife #lessglamside #behindthegram #notpictureperfect #woolandthegang #crazysexywool #laurenastondesigns #merinoyarn #marchmeetthemaker2019

17 April, 2016
Who has time to clean when you're busy making memories? #itmaybemessybutitsfulloflove #messyliving #mess #toddlerlife

Who has time to clean when you're busy making memories? #itmaybemessybutitsfulloflove #messyliving #mess #toddlerlife

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13 May, 2018
Trying to sort out this mess today! What’s on your To Do list for this Sunday? I’ll be so jealous if you say “lounge about...” .
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#artiststudio #messyliving #artistsaremessy #tidyingup #makersgonnamake

Trying to sort out this mess today! What’s on your To Do list for this Sunday? I’ll be so jealous if you say “lounge about...” .
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#artiststudio #messyliving #artistsaremessy #tidyingup #makersgonnamake

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9 August, 2019
When things fall apart they gotta fall somewhere, that’s just how the world and gravity works. Trusting fully in the universe creates a belief that they land exactly where they are meant to. Reflect on your past and try to realize all that you worried about that brought you to this moment in time. Slowly you realize how many times things had to fall apart to build something even better.  It’s all about perspective and realizing even disasters can be blessings. This excludes certain traumas that occur but for most of life situations this perspective shift applies. Im thankful for the many times I have fallen apart. This is my opportunity to grow and change. We aren’t broken when the pieces fall all over the floor. With those pieces we become beautiful stain glass windows reflecting light, color, and beauty. The journey of growth is an endlessly beautiful one❤️
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When things fall apart they gotta fall somewhere, that’s just how the world and gravity works. Trusting fully in the universe creates a belief that they land exactly where they are meant to. Reflect on your past and try to realize all that you worried about that brought you to this moment in time. Slowly you realize how many times things had to fall apart to build something even better. It’s all about perspective and realizing even disasters can be blessings. This excludes certain traumas that occur but for most of life situations this perspective shift applies. Im thankful for the many times I have fallen apart. This is my opportunity to grow and change. We aren’t broken when the pieces fall all over the floor. With those pieces we become beautiful stain glass windows reflecting light, color, and beauty. The journey of growth is an endlessly beautiful one❤️



📸: @cherrysnapshot

5 October, 2014
SOCORRO! Decoração constante da sala rs 🙈 #decoracaoposbebe #everysingleday #messyliving #help

SOCORRO! Decoração constante da sala rs 🙈 #decoracaoposbebe #everysingleday #messyliving #help

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