Hello, hello! I’m a little late to the little things post this month because… well, Easter was coming. And before Lent started I didn’t think about the fact that I work for more churches this year than I did last year, which means more work in preparation. But Easter came and now I can take a breath… and blog again. How was your month?

At the beginning of March my coach and I talked about planning and I started to incorporate a new question into my planning routine: how do I want to feel? It was a great month to ask that question because I had a trip coming up at the end of the month. I asked myself how I wanted to feel on that trip. The answer: not as frazzled as I did when I went to this same place the previous year. And I actually wanted to get more than 3 or 4 hours of sleep while I was gone. As I planned out my month I made sure that I wasn’t going to take a lot of work with me.

Let’s take a look at all the little things that made March great (or, in one case, made something sad a little bit better).

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What better way to start than with Miss Mina? She’s the sweetest.

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In addition to talking about planning, my coach and I talked about perfection and imperfection. She suggested I read Brene Brown’s book on the topic.

Reflecting on the little things from March. // dreams-etc.com
Reflecting on the little things from March. // dreams-etc.com

When I sit on this couch Mina likes to wrap herself around my shoulders and I 💙 it.

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My nephew had a jazz concert and it inspired Hold Her Mic.

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Just a little Ash Wednesday selfie with the pup and the accupressure pillow. And a Snapchat filter, so unfortunately no, that septum piercing is not real.

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This was in some way weather-related. And also pretty.

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The things you find when you repot plants. There was a step growing off of the roots of one and I had to cute the nursery pot off of this root system. It was intense! (Also, this plant is growing, but it’s kind of weird. The new branches are so much longer than the old ones. And it’s a fern, so I’m still kind of waiting for it to die since I usually don’t have much luck with ferns.)

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I went to see the Corpse Flower at the University of Minnesota conservatory with my niece and a friend of mine. The corpse plant is a rare plant that smells like rotting meat when it blooms. He didn’t smell when we were there, but my friend went back on Tuesday. He hadn’t bloomed yet (like they anticipated), but apparently, he smelled like dead mice. I don’t feel bad about missing out on that smell. 😂



Reflecting on the little things from March. // dreams-etc.com
Reflecting on the little things from March. // dreams-etc.com

We toured the conservatory (more on this another day) and then went out for lunch.

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Spent the night at a friend’s who lives closer to work and grabbed a cup of coffee from Bruegger’s Bagels on the way in. I love, love, love their handcrafted vanilla hazelnut creamer.

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I also liked this iced coffee from a gas station that we stopped at on the way to my uncle’s burial.

Reflecting on the little things from March. // dreams-etc.com
Reflecting on the little things from March. // dreams-etc.com

My uncle died in February and was buried in March. It was a sad day, but the service was everything he would have wanted. Afterward we drove by the farm he owned and I saw the fields he let me “drive” the tractor through when I was younger. (With his help, of course.)

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Reflecting on the little things from March. // dreams-etc.com

And then it was off to New York. The first place I toured was the New York Botanical Gardens to see their orchid exhibit and everything else they have.

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The next day I went to the Museum of Modern Art and saw Van Gogh’s Starry Night. I can die happy.

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Reflecting on the little things from March. // dreams-etc.com
Reflecting on the little things from March. // dreams-etc.com
Reflecting on the little things from March. // dreams-etc.com

It’s a must-visit museum. But more on this later.

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Whenever I see a cathedral I have to go in. (Also, you know you work in church communications when you grab all the marketing materials you find in churches while you’re on vacation.)

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I went to New York for a conference called VoxCon and it started that night. (I also went last year and shared 5 Lessons I Learned at VoxCon.)

Reflecting on the little things from March. // dreams-etc.com
Reflecting on the little things from March. // dreams-etc.com

I loved the nighttime view and the lighting from this window. (I look a little tired even though I wasn’t. 🙈😂)

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Reflecting on the little things from March. // dreams-etc.com

There were a lot of great speakers, like Jad Abumrad, Jonathan Merritt, and Kirsten Powers. But more on the conference later.

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Reflecting on the little things from March. // dreams-etc.com

After the conference was over I toured the Guggenheim and made my way over to Times Square to have dinner with a friend.

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I’m kind of enamored with nighttime views of this city.

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I spent the last day of March with family in New York and it was beautiful.

I’d love to hear about your month!

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  • I wasn’t particularly close to my aunts and uncles growing up. I was born when my parents were a little older and I always felt like my aunts and uncles had done the aunt and uncle thing and didn’t need more of it by the time I was born.

But my Uncle H and Aunt J were different. When my uncle was dying I was asked what some of my biggest memories were. This question came up again over the weekend. And there were so many to choose from. The biggest was, of course, sticky buns on Sunday morning. (And usually going to the store with him to get them.) There was also ✨ “driving” the tractor through the fields on the farm
✨ fishing during the summer
✨ trips to the store and getting a candy bar that I didn’t have to tell my parents about (but always did)
✨ talking about his Spanish classes
✨ “scaring the fish away” by talking, but he was fine with me talking anyway
✨ driving the boat...and starting to fill the boat with water when I went too fast, but he wasn’t upset
✨driving the golf cart around the golf course
✨ listening to his stories about his time in the army

He wasn’t a perfect man and I saw that once I was an adult. But for someone who was only close to one uncle growing up, he’s part of some of my best childhood memories. 💙
  • ”I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen.” [Anne Lamott]

The last time I was here it was cold and the ground was covered in snow. I said goodbye to my uncle. (That sentence still brings tears to my eyes.) Now it’s (slightly) warmer and the world is waking up after winter. This weekend I was thankful for 🌻 the chance to enjoy a beautiful view of Lake Michigan with my dog in my lap
🌻 a family brunch
🌻 followed by a family dinner the same day
🌻 fresh WI cheese curds
🌻 long talks with my cousin

What were you thankful for this weekend?
  • Lake Michigan was barely visible when we left this morning. It was fun to see how the view of lake changed each day—and throughout the day!—this weekend.
  • I guess I didn’t have to worry about whether or not the dogs would get along. 🤷🏻‍♀️😂
  • Hello, Lake Michigan. 👋🏼
  • When you think they finally placed an order for you...and then they make you get off the chair. 😒 Swipe to see other photos from my day: 🐾 Met my human’s aunt and I was cute.
🐾 Asked my grandhuman for tummy rubs.
🐾 Realized my tummy rubs weren’t his priority. 🙄
🐾 Met two Doodles and my human pet one of them... so if you’d like a human, I’m getting rid of mine. No time for that kind of betrayal.
  • We’re headed on an adventure! Mina’s handling the longest road trip she’s been on like a champ. While at a rest stop we met a man wearing a “Dogs are my favorite people” shirt (👏🏼👏🏼) and his German Shepherd, who fell in love with Miss Mina. Can you blame him? Who wouldn’t fall in love with her? #littleonesadventures
  • Goodnight moon. 🌙

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