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Time to get cozy!

I love this season.

I get excited for jeans and scarves and sweaters and football and chili.

However, I also get a little spazzy.  Because to enjoy those things, I MUST clean out all the closets, organize everything, buy new clothes and possibly new furniture.  I tend to rearrange, clean, and rip out hundreds of pictures from magazines of what I want my cozy home to look like. It always happens this time of year.

I did do one awesome thing in my house this summer.  I made myself an office.  Here it is:


I already had everything I needed, I just had to put them together and paint the room pink. Actually there are two new things in the picture.  One, the chair from TJMaxx and two, the new Apple computer from heaven.  Seriously, miracles happen when you turn it on.

I’ve decided the rest of my house looks like crap and must be changed immediately.  I’m starting with this.


I don’t even know what to say.

I hate it.

But I need the storage and my room is the size of Texas so we need some heft in there.  You know what I mean? I need big pieces to balance out the cavernous space.  However, I have another armoire in there too so now it’s just like an armoire store except I don’t think anyone would buy them.

Those of you who know me can tell what’s coming next.  I’m painting it.  Damn straight.

If my husband is reading this right now, he is in a full body sweat and steam is coming out of his ears.

Remember the pink office?  Well, I kinda sorta started that with a lot of enthusiasm and then I lost steam.  I started listening to music and looking for ideas for the next project when the walls were half painted and the ceiling had pink splats on it.  So, being the kind, loving, generous and very handy husband he is…he finished it for me.  There was only a little huffing and puffing.

I promise not to get tired halfway through on this project.  I will commit to finishing.  Unless I start thinking about the family room.  We really need some new furniture in there…

On another note, I’m linking up to my friend’s blog today.  Susan is my Holy Yoga Sister and roommate from our instructor retreat.  I love her.  Also, I think her whole farm lifestyle is really cool and I’m encouraging her to build a barn for us to have yoga parties/retreats in.  Of course, we will need to hang chandeliers and paint it and have lots of cozy stuff in there.  I’ll start gathering ideas on Pinterest.  Oh wait, I’ve already done that.

Her link party has to do with music which of course I love!!  She is asking us to share music that is feeding our souls right now.  What is totally amazing but not really very surprising, is that the song she shared is by the same person who sings the song I’m sharing!  LOVE HIM! This is my favorite song that I play in Holy Yoga.  I also like to listen to it when I want to be totally inspired.

Listen here, enjoy, and check out Susan’s blog!   http://www.avintagefarmwife.blogspot.com

©2013 Sue Bidstrup, Great Big YES™ All Rights Reserved


Do what you do.

This is what a friend told me.  I told him that someone said I wasn’t “what she expected”.   She said she had been reading my blog and she expected something different. 

Here we go again with the expectations…

When I was in driver’s ed in high school, our teacher put the word ASSUME up on the board.  He then broke it up and said, when you ASSUME, you make an ASS out of U and ME.  I’m sure many of you have heard that before but don’t you love it?  It’s true and easy to remember!

We all assume.  We think we know what someone will think about a topic because they are a woman or a man.  We think we can pigeonhole everyone who says they are Christian or Jewish or atheist.  We think we can determine what people think or what they will act like based on where they live or if they like the Cubs or the White Sox. (Really.)

Maybe that’s the lesson.  Maybe God introduces us to people who challenge our stereotypes and our assumptions.  Maybe we are supposed to surprise each other.  It’s definitely more fun that way! 

Think of how many times we hold ourselves back because that’s not what we “should” say.  That’s not what we “should” do.  Who says?  

I remember someone said to me once that she wasn’t sure if she wanted to be a Christian because then she’d have to stop having fun.  SAY WHAT???

I saw a lady with an awesome sticker on her motorcycle helmet.  It said, “I ride a motorcycle and I love Jesus.” 

My friend just introduced me to a blog you should checkout.  It’s called Parisienne Farmgirl and you can find it at  http://www.parisiennefarmgirl.com/

One of the things she writes in her bio is “Drop a cuss word and mention how much you love Jesus in the next sentence and I am prone to want to be your best friend.”  Ha!  I love this.  

I also love the song “Heart Like Mine” by Miranda Lambert.  She sings,

I ain’t the kind you take home to mama
I ain’t the kind to wear no ring
Somehow I always get stronger
When I’m on my second drink
Even though I hate to admit it
Sometimes I smoke cigarettes
The Christian folks say I should quit it
And I just smile and say “god bless”
Cause I heard Jesus he drank wine
And I bet we’d get along just fine
He could calm a storm and heal the blind
And I bet he’d understand a heart like mine


Amen, right? 

Here’s the song if you want to listen.  It’s good.  I think you’ll root for this girl.  She’s familiar.  She’s real. She’ll have you singing along in no time. 12 Heart Like Mine

©2011 Sue Bidstrup, Great Big Yes™ All Rights Reserved

Your song

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.
-Henry David Thoreau


Ugh. That is really sad…All of those unsung songs.

I recently went to hear an author speak about how to get a book published.  I was joking that I’d be sitting there with all the other people who have an unpublished book within them.  Or an unsung song.  Or an unfinished screenplay.  Or a degree not finished or a mountain not climbed or a race not run. 

Let’s not let that happen to us. 

What is your legacy?  

What if the book never gets published?  Write it anyway.
What if the song never gets heard?  Sing it anyway.
What if the degree doesn’t matter?  Pursue it anyway.
What if the screenplay doesn’t sell?  Write it anyway.
What if I can’t reach the summit?  Begin and climb as high as you can.
What if I can’t finish the race? Begin and run as far as you can.
What if the book is published?
What if the song is a hit?
What if you get your Ph.D.?
What if you win an Academy Award?
What if you summit Everest?
What if you run a marathon?

How do you want to be remembered?

I love that quote that says…

Life is not a journey to the grave with the
intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body,but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming –
WOW – What a Ride!


Jordan Romero, 13 years old, the youngest person to summit Everest.