A Busy Schedule and Sunday Morning Coffee
Why do I allow myself to have a busy schedule every single week? I love to get things done but there has got to be a way to slow down.
Every month I think things are going to be less hectic. But then somehow, it never happens. I am always saying “when that project is done, things will be less hectic”. But that never seems to last for more than a few days. Maybe I need your help!
Season 2 Volume 1
Today I am pleased to share with you Sunday Morning Coffee. This is a place to share, learn, explain, dream, and have fun.
My new book, A Home to Share, is available for Pre-order now! Click here for more details!
The work is never done.
Take my book, for example.
Most people think that when you turn in your manuscript and the book is written, then the work is over.
Not true! In fact, that’s not even close.
There is editing and promotion and planning and a book tour and so much more!
If you haven’t heard, my book, A Home to Share, will be released on September 27th! I started working on this book about a year and a half ago and there is still so much to do!
And please know that I enjoy and love all of the work I am doing. I just need to work a little less hard. Does that make sense?
So what I am busy with now? Primarily, it is three big projects for the book.
The Launch Party
The entire time I was writing my book I knew I wanted to host a launch party. I wanted to be at our home, with my friends and family (and all of you) celebrating the release of the book!
And it’s actually happening! I am hosting a party on September 27th and you are all invited!
As usual, I thought it would be a small gathering. Of course, that didn’t happen (we have sold over 200 tickets) and I think I will be cooking most of the food and doing the decor and who knows what else.
Anytime I throw a party it is fun and a lot of work. But this needs to be the party of all parties. So I have quite a bit of work to do!
There are still a few tickets left. I went ahead and added a few spots since it sold out in less than a week. Be sure and buy your ticket here if you would like to attend!
The Book Tour
I am finalizing my schedule for the book tour and it’s the craziest puzzle with many moving parts! My goal is to be able to publish the schedule by September 1st and I will be in a lot of cities throughout the US! I cannot wait to finalize things and announce the cities where I can meet many of you!
The Influencer Boxes
We are creating seventy-five influencer boxes to send out with a copy of the book to some of my favorite creator friends. The book has a lot of amazing goodies inside, one of which required me to cut 75 heat transfers on my Cricut, weed them all, and then attach them with my hot press.
Can you guess what the item is?
Before you say anything, please know that I realize that I could have paid a professional to make this item. But I wanted to include something in the box that was made by me and this is what I decided to do! I promise to share one of the finished boxes as soon as they are all done.
Fall has arrived. It’s a funny thing when it is ninety-eight degrees outside and there is fall decor in your home.
But I like it and the new bright colors have really brightened up our home!
Some of you weren’t so happy that I was sharing fall in mid-August and that’s ok. Please know that this is my job and just like the retail stores, I am here to share lots of ideas before the timing may feel right. Even if you aren’t ready, you may want to make a note if you see something you like and try it next month!
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My Favorite Room This Week
My favorite room this week is definitely our kitchen. We hosted a dinner party last night (more about that later, I promise) and I really enjoyed preparing a five-course meal for eight guests!
It took a lot of coordination and our kitchen was perfect. It’s been so long since we have entertained like this and I loved it.
I spent two solid days in the kitchen getting ready and it was fun! Don’t get me wrong, it was a lot of work. But you know me, I loved it!
Three Easy Decor Changes for a More Efficient Home from Daily Dream Decor
KariAnne at Thistlewood shared The Best Trash to Treasure Project Ever!
Janine at Happy Happy Nester shared an amazing Fall Charcuterie Board.
Chris Loves Julia shared more Progress on Their Outdoor Kitchen. I am so jealous!
Although we have been really busy with the book launch, we did share a lot of great ideas and content last week. Tap on any of the links to see more.
Reap What you Sew
Good Housekeeping shared a great healthy tip.
Mindfulness – noticing your thoughts, feelings, emotions, and bodily sensations – is proven to deal with stress and anxiety, and is even recommended by NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) as a way of helping to prevent depression. Looking for a new way to give it a try? Try embroidery, which ticks all the mindfulness boxes because you must slow down and focus on the task at hand.
I am starting a new needlepoint project later this month and I am so excited!
Next week is all about fall! I am sharing a few DIYs which include a cakestand, fall napkins, and a beautiful foil leaf pumpkin. I also have fall decor to share in our home in our dining room and living room and some beautiful fall branches.
- Welcome Fall – S2/V30
- You’re Invited to My Party – S2/V29
- A Vacation at Lake Oconee – S2/V28
- Let’s Have Fun – S2/V27
- A Big Week Ahead – S2/V26
- Easy Summer Crafts – S2/V25
- Vintage Shopping – S2/V24
- Sunday Morning Coffee – S2/V23
- A Trip to Provence – S2/V22
- It’s Wedding Season – S2/V21
- Two Weddings – S2/V20
- Things My Mother Taught Me – S2/V19
- Ventura Beach House – S2/V18
- Our Small Beach House Remodel – S2/V17
- Vintage Charm – S2/V16
- My Happy Place – S2/V15
- Hedley & Bennett – S2/V14
- My Favorite Potting Bench – S2/V13
- All Things Gardening – S2/V12
- Farmhouse Style Modern Beachhouse – S2/V11
- Gatherings and Sunday Morning Coffee – S2/V10
- The Beach House Kitchen Remodel – S2/V9
- The Airbnb Waco Fixer Upper – S2/V8
- Hello Spring – S2/V7
- Our Family Sports Story – S2/V6
- Abstract Art – S2/V5
- Valentine’s Day Decor – S2/V4
- Winter Home Decor – S2/V3
- Winter Decor Ideas – S2/V2
- A Winter Color Palette, Season 2/Volume 1
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Last week I hosted an Amazon Live Show titled New and Easy Fall Farmhouse Kitchen Decor … and you can watch it here.
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Hi Leslie, Yes everybody needs to slow down, I always look forward to your blog, but sometimes it’s too much information for a day, we get overwhelmed,It’s O.K. to take the weekends off, we don’t need a post everyday. We all need down time to recharge. The blog hops are fun but limit it to five and alternate the people. We all follow many blogs, but if it gets too much on social media, time to move on and get out in the garden and get your hands dirty. Slow down, we will still follow.
Your new colors are nice for an update but I am not ready to stop seeing and relishing summer colors and activities. Life moves too fast to rush into the next holiday tour season till it’s closer to it to savor.
Now needlepoint or embroidery is more what I am interested in as that’s a blast from the past and a relaxing hobby. Home crafts are certainly not going away and I applaud blogs that show creativity.
Being retired, I can so appreciate your thoughts and feelings. There was never enough time to do everything you want to do. It takes time to truly relax. We often did weekends away. But you are always at work in your home. I could always leave work or home. I so enjoy your blogs and look forward to getting your book. Wonder what you might have to let be to find the space to truly relax.
Thanks so much for reading, Marlene
Learn to say no. What’s the worst thing that can happen if you do? Probably nothing very drastic. Don’t get attached to the drama.
I agree, Teddee Grace!
Unfortunately, I like you am constantly busy and I can’t give you any advice on how to slow down. The good news is: I enjoy everything I do and I know you enjoy all the process too. But don’t forget to breathe. I understand about writing for the seasons ahead. I wrote a column for SEW BEAUTIFUL magazine for eight years, and my stitching projects always had to be several seasons ahead. This gave people time to stitch for the correct season. Can’t wait to receive a copy of your book and hope you will have a signing near me. Since I have been in your beautiful home when I was taking an art class from you, it will be fun reading.
Thanks for the advice Jerry!
You need to do what makes your life happy – if that means slowing down a bit, that’s ok. I would imagine writing and releasing a book is fun but exhausting. I love all of your content including the early fall decor! Can’t wait to see your five course dinner menu – love your recipes so much. Thanks for all you do.
Thank you my friend!
I love what Marlene says “It takes time to truly relax.” I would just add that scheduled time away from work is non-negotiable time. People understand, I would even say, respect it. It’s hard when your home is your work. but even more important. Whether it’s a time frame everyday, a weekend, one full day, half a day. Etc. Also, I love your blog and your home and your heart.
Thanks so much Shari, I really appreciate it!
Learning how to carve out downtime can be a challenge to a naturally busy person, but once you master it, you’ll love it and having it will become second nature. We all benefit from your creative and busy schedule, but we’d understand if you took a few days off a week. We’ll all still be here even if you only posted once a week! You just have to do what ever feels right for you.
Thank you so much!
Thanks for the sweet reminder to get that sewing machine back out and relax. You ALWAYS inspire me, sweet friend. Yesterday, I went down the bunny hole of watching your videos and they got my creative wheels turning…and I so needed that! I so wish I could join that great launch party! I’ll hopefully have my book by then and host my own celebration for you here! Why not have some video launch parties join yours? Doesn’t that sound fun?!! I’ll be waiting with my hosting hat and zoom app ready!
Thanks so much Leslie!
I love your posts, ideas and enthusiasm. Everything! We all want you here and rested for the long haul. I would be happy with fewer full blog posts. Maybe Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday coffee? You can still maintain your stories and a post on your feed on the other days to keep those algorithms at bay. Wishing you peace and joy!!
Thanks Laney, it will be something I’ll have to put a lot of thought into.
Leslie~I love your energy, excitement, enthusiasm, and eagerness to share. I think a person’s drive (or lack of) can’t be dictated by someone not in “their chair”. We each have our individual roles on life’s stage, and each day are writing our own story. Whereas for some, you may be doing too many blogs, for others it could be exactly what they need to get through the day. So for those who think it’s too many-stop reading. For those who want more, they can choose to enjoy every minute and soak up all that creativity that you share. The bottom line is that we each have a choice. But you, Leslie, need to be YOU-WITHOUT APOLOGY. Your zest for life and gentle spirit, which comes through on your posts, is heartwarming and inspiring. Whether you push to do more and are exhausted at the end of the day, not being able to turn off your mind, or you spend the day doing nothing-you’re always the best version of you. And that’s what matters. Nobody else can play your role. Don’t apologize for too many place settings or defend buying more. You will never please the world’s critics. Sometimes comments on your posts come across as harsh, abrasive, and hurtful. It would be nice if they were all a little more seasoned with grace. I hope you never change! ❤️