Courage, Dear Heart: How do we build a life around our priorities?.


Our podcast has become a kind of free counseling for us. We are processing life as mid-thirty-something people that want to live to the full and not settle for life just happening to us. It sounds so cliche…but if we don’t stop and consider what we really want from our life - sometimes life just starts to happen, leaving you to find yourself someday as a person you never intended to become doing something you never intended to do for the long term.

This year has been huge for our really trying to zero in on what are priorities are and organizing our lives around them.

How do we build a life around our priorities?

This kind of thinking takes risk & courage. It feels weird to not just maintain the status quo. It feels irresponsible to make life decisions based on what we think our priorities are rather than just getting a job for the sake of getting a job.

In Gary Keller’s book ‘The One Thing’, he writes that figuring out the ONE thing that is most important to get done - the one thing that will do the most to help you achieve what you are heading toward in life or business - is the essential thing to figure out in order to successfully live according to your priorities. My husband and I both really enjoyed this book (but I don’t know that we have mastered this concept yet).

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The Prioritizing your priorities worksheet in our printable library might help you if you are processing the same thing.
We personally, settled on three things in our family life & future that we wanted to serve as filters through which to process what we want to do in our next phase of life and the kind of people we want to become:

  • We want to live simply, but while leaving room for fun. We like minimalism - but want to enjoy life!

  • We want to live in community (we want to do life with friends, family & neighbors - not live in isolation)

  • We want to keep a healthy work/life balance (we want to work - but we want to be able to be together as a family and not let work consume us)

Join the conversation on our podcast this week. And stay tuned to One Delightful Creative where are hope is to offer design services that help you create spaces in your home and life that remind you of what’s most important in life and leave room to enjoy it!

We made the Courage, Dear Heart print line over in the shop as a reminder to take courage and keep moving forward towards living out for what’s most important in life.

We’d love to hear if you have gone through a reflection process or are intentionally living for what matters most to you.

10 awesome target finds

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one of my spiritual gifts if shopping. so i am highlighting some of my favorite finds this week!

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Magic Light Trick

I got this idea from the lovely Brooke of Nesting with Grace.

The basics! No electricity is needed for this sconce.

The caveat - not a TON of light - but adds a little light & a nice aesthetic.


This is what you’ll need:

  • Drill to Hang the light

  • Puck Lights like these ( & batteries)

  • A light like this (this is the one pictured - and an awesome value! (similar in white) You’ll want to make sure you cannot see the light bulb because you are going to be using a puck light instead.

Beyond that - instead of the light bulb - you will attach the puck light with a 3m strip - usually included like this.


You will not need any of the electrical wires - you’ll just tuck these in and attach the light as you would hang a picture frame since no electricity is required.

Let me know if you have questions!

Thank you Grace for the awesome idea!

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I have always loved this quote, but in life the season I’m in, it resonates with me more than it has before. Maybe it’s a quarter-life crisis, but instead of being satisfied with wondering what could have been - we are choosing to pursue our hearts.

Do you ever wonder what might have happened if you took a different road?

And then maybe you start to fixate on - why did I not do this years ago?

In college, I wanted to study graphic design, but the application process was confusing & I didn’t take any art classes in high school (another thing I regret - why did I pick band instead??).

When we were first married (2008), I decided I wanted to open some sort of creative shop & opened a jewelry business, which still exists. I wanted to do something with homes, but fear always kept me back from trying.

I have always loved houses - especially old houses. I know they can be impractical, but I love the stories behind them, the worn wood floors lasting over years and years.

One of the ways we are shifting is changing our business to fit our hearts. In our shop - I create designs that remind you to live for and enjoy what’s most important in life.

But we are also taking a leap of faith & adding a design business to our company, One Delightful. Our hope is to run a business that helps you create spaces in your home that help you to enjoy what matters most in life. More time for playing, hugging, and appreciating the beauty of it all. Less time spent overwhelmed, cleaning up the clutter, and wishing things could be different. My design style is unpretentious, eclectic, functional, yet beautiful. I love using old pieces from my home that have a history, but incorporating the new, too. I’m the creative brain of our projects & my husband, Philip, is often the voice of reason and the self-taught handyman, helping to bring the dreams to reality.

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We have loved renovating our three homes with our little people in tow. Our kids have taught us already that babies don’t stay small forever & that now is the best time to create a life and home that creates space for what matters most. They have also taught me that visual clutter really wears on me - & that creating a beautiful space is good for my well-being. We’ve started to see how amazing beautifully designed, simple spaces can be in helping to remind us to live the kind of life we want. We would love to help do the same for you!

  • Help bring the dreams you’ve pinned on Pinterest into reality through online or in-person home design that will make your spaces more functional, simple, and beautiful.

  • Create custom, hand-lettered designs for your home + business that will remind you about the things in life that matter most.

  • Shop our current selections of hand-crafted prints at One Delightful Shop!

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The Painted Piano


We (errr…I) finally decided to paint my hand-me-down family piano. I am so grateful for the gift of our family piano - but I always wished it fit my aesthetic is a little more.

There are lots of reasons not to paint a piano. It may distort the tuning is the main one I know of. We have not followed most piano rules - we keep our piano on an exterior wall & haven’t had it tuned in years. Because we are not planning on becoming pianists and with my mom’s blessing - I decided to go to it.


Chalk paint supposedly requires very little sanding. So I decided to just give it a good wipe down & go for it. I did not use a special brush. I found Chalkpaint at Home Depot because I really wanted to move forward quickly on my process. I also did not seal it because I want to possibly paint it another color in the future.

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