grace notes

Grace Notes by Colore GraceYou have overwhelmed me with your responses via email from [my last post about having a positive attitude, and I cannot thank you enough. I was delighted to get to work on those letters I’m sending out this weekend. Other than working on these letters, I relaxed all weekend. Friday night B and I enjoyed some much needed time out of the house by trying a new restaurant on our list. And we got to spend some of our weekend lounging around the apartment in sweatpants too. After taking my own advice from my latest download, I can confirm — being still is indeed fulfilling. It gave me some time to read, journal, look at Pinterest for a bit, and most precious of all, think.

At the beginning of this year, I started a bi-monthly link round-up I titled ‘grace notes’. Originally I posted these notes on Sundays, because I feel refreshed when I read on Sundays. I found that I was no longer reading for myself on Sundays, but instead I was worrying about having content to use for my notes. Wrong! To get myself back into the routine of reading more often, and especially on Sundays, these post will now be published when I have quality links I’m dying to share. In these notes you can expect to find a variety of articles I’ve recently devoured, products I am looking into, and other random topics I have an interest in but haven’t developed a full blog post for yet.

Here are my most recent notes-

  • There will never be a link round-up where I don’t include a link from Seth Godin: The circus is coming. “People respond to forward motion.”
  • “So, don’t hold back. Deliver the good news. If you’re proud, then say so! Stop downsizing your joy. Of course, there is a graceful way to talk about your accomplishments and then a not so graceful way.” This is a snip of a fantastic article tweeted by my friend Becky about how to talk about your accomplishments in a positive way without being annoying by The Muse.
  • B and I have started thinking about what we want our next home to look like. A lot of the conversation revolves around which neighborhood we want to try next in Austin, but we day-dream about how we want to recreate the inside of our home too. We had decided that our current home is way too big for us, at least right now. We dream of a smaller (comfortable) space, with less things. I’m reading more and more from Becoming Minimalist lately. This article, 7 tips to help keep your resolution to declutter, makes minimalism seem so approachable for me.
  • Oh, and this one too- The Minimalist 90/90 rule
  • Summer is so close, and I have been on the lookout for a few new dresses to replace some old styles and I love the Eva Indigo Stripe Dress from Taylor Stitch. However, I’m nervous to order it because I’m afraid the dress will be too long on my short 5’ frame.
  • I am absolutely in love with this watercolor painting ‘Spring Rain’, by Find and Gather Art by Ellen Sherman. I found this painting, and several others I adored, from my friend Kelly Beall’s online Marketplace! She has rounded up some beautiful things..take a look!
  • This is not usually a place I talk about food, because I’ve never thought of myself as someone who knows anything about food, but I’m actively trying to learn. I have a growing number of food allergies that sometimes make me feel like I have limited options. Instead of sticking to what I know, I’m doing my best to try new things and eat healthier too. The Tig’s Acai bowl definitely caught my eye this week and was added to the ‘must-try’ list.

Do you have any blogs or articles you'd like to share?


restingI’m resting today because I’ve had cold symptoms the past few days and my mind is a mess full of projects that are competing for top priority. Over the weekend, I heard a wonderful talk with Jess Lively and Caroline Rector about living with intention, lessons they’ve learned, and what they’re hoping to learn. A big part of the message was the importance of rest. As creatives, we hustle so hard we end up exhausted, stressed, and not producing our best content because we are not our best selves. Instead, Jess urged us to not make the same mistake she did and take the rest when we truly need it.

I do most of my work for my blog and projects at night, which means I’m staying up late and not getting the best quality or enough sleep. I typically have a “go-go-go” kind of attitude (working as much as I possibly can with the time I have) when it comes to working, which is truly unhealthy for me. B tries to warn me that I need rest, but instead of leaving the responsibility for him, I’d like to take control of my work/rest balance for myself. I would like to avoid the breakdowns, downward spirals, and sickness as much as I can and I know at the rate I’m going I’m bound to have a little breakdown every month or two. Un-acceptable.

So today, I’m choosing to rest, with green tea and blankets, with the best intention of taking better care of myself starting now. I'm going to clean my desk, clean my calendar and to-do list, and start fresh tomorrow.

grace notes

IMG_8166-2.JPG Happy Sunday everyone. Today’s short list of grace notes is being brought to you from a coffee shop just West of downtown Austin. It’s been a cold, grey, rainy, slow weekend for us, and I’m perfectly content with it. Even thought B and I had planned a few things, we’ve both grown to be more accepting when plans change. Most days I liked to have everything planned out: what we’ll accomplish, or where we’ll go. However, since dating B I’ve become much more spontaneous. Yesterday, after canceling our plans because of alleged snow, we had a slow morning and ended up wandering through shops around the city for the rest of the day. Today we woke up and decided to sit and work together over a few cups of coffee. No real plans were made, we just wanted to be together and rest. As we prepare for another week full of work, I’d like to share some links I’ve found inspiring.

  • “‘Used to be’, is not necessarily a mark of failure or even obsolescence. It’s more often a sign of bravery and progess. If you were brave enough to leap, who would you choose to ‘used to be’?,” said Seth Godin. 12/31/14
  • “We refuse to turn off our computers, turn off our phone, log off Facebook, and just sit in silence, because in those moments we might actually have to face up to who we really are.” —Jefferson Bethke, in an article from Joshua Becker, Becoming Minimalist.
  • Lulled by Seth Godin.
  • “Grace means we don’t need to airbrush our lives to make them just look like they’re working,” tweeted Bob Goff.
  • Watch this moving new music video Elastic Heart by Sia. I’m so captivated by this.
  • Lettering by @thefozzybook has been a constant inspiration for me. I’m ordering one of these Wink of Luna’s by Kuretake Zig thanks to her.
  • This lettering and article by Eva Jorgensen of Sycamore Street Press.

grace notes

IMG_7946.JPGAs we prep for Christmas this Thursday, I’m thankful to be taking a second to catch up on my reading and to be sharing some articles and links with you this Sunday.

  • I’ll start by saying how obsessed I am with this crazy adorable frenchie Instagram account- @barkleysircharles.
  • @jojotastic: my feelings need to talk to a burrito STAT.
  • @jcrew_help’s response to my tweet about needing petite sizes in stores: “@coloregrace No plans at this time but will of course share your feedback with the team - we’re always reviewing.” I hope this changes some day soon.
  • “Go all the way with it. Do not back off. For once, go all the goddamn way with what matters.” — Ernest Hemingway
  • This quote about drinking coffee and working hard.
  • I signed up for a subscription to Skimm this week. It’s a daily email that gives summaries of the big news stories happening in the world. I’ve really enjoyed adding it into my morning routine while I sip my coffee.
  • “Write the pages no one sees,” from Jon Acuff’s article titled ‘1 surprising lesson about dream chasing from a Heisman Trophy winner.’ I am not a football fan, but I deeply related to the message behind his post- chase your dreams, change the world.
  • Game changing Seth Godin quotes written by my friend Kelly Beall, of designcrush, with her 365 Quotes project on Instagram.
  • Seth Godin today: Daily.
  • Oh yeah, and don’t forgot to shop at Madewell today for 30%! I got bought a lovely shirt that was already on sale for $14 dollars yesterday!

While you're wrapping up your Christmas shopping or preparations, don't forgot to take a little time to rest and enjoy your Sunday.

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GRACENOTE1 PHOTO One of the the things I’m passionate about is sharing with you, so each Sunday I’ll be bringing you a list of things I’ve found and loved over the past week. In the past, I’ve done various instagram-inspiration posts and a few posts featuring links, but now I’d like to bring them to you all at once. Each week may look a little different, but I’m eager to see how it grows and changes.


  1. @fresh_exchange
  2. @feasting
  3. @laurenswells
  4. @_thetig


  • @joythebaker: pep talk: a talk intended to make someone feel more courageous or enthusiastic.
  • @bobgoff: Do what lasts; get around to everythIng else.
  • @lovedoes: Love more; fear less
  • @drhenrycloud: Sometimes u have to bleed to get better. What if ur surgeon were afraid of blood? Lean into the difficulty if it’s right!


Take this Sunday to rest and restore your heart . Get ready to KILL IT this week with more grace.



For now, I am stuck in bed constantly checking social media, reading, watching Gilmore Girls, and trying my best to focus on work after a surgery on my femur. Of course I love to turn to Instagram for inspiration, so today I wanted to share some of my favorites! Enjoy!

@jengotch | @mollyjacques | @christohercraig_ | @sarakatestudios

use your hands

austinkleonfeat Before moving to Austin, Texas, B and I knew we needed to read the wonderful inspiring books byAustin Kleon who lives in Austin too! One of the first weeks we were exploring our shiny new city, we went to walk around the best local bookstore, Book People. We easily found down these two books and didn’t hesitate to buy them. I’ll admit we intended to read them right away, but it took us a few extra days until we finally started.

We began Steal like an Artist on our way to a wedding in Arkansas. I read to B, and we stopped to discuss and take notes along the way. By the end of our drive there we had devoured the book! It was truly inspiring and I’d love to share a few notes I jotted down.

“…embrace influence instead of running away from it.” “Don’t steal the style, steal the thinking behind the style. You don’t want to look like your heroes, you want to see like your heroes.” “Do good work and share it with people.” “Don’t worry about unit from piece to piece- what unifies all of your work is the fact that you made it.” “The best way to get approval is not to need it.” -Hugh Macleod

instagramAK After reading Steal like an Artist, we were eager to get started on Show Your Work!. Each night we would read a few pages together, still discussing and note taking along the way of course. Here are my take-aways from Show Your Work!

*“Raw enthusiasm is contagious.” “find your voice, shout it from the roof-tops and keep doing it until the people that are looking for you find you.” -Dan Harmon. “Focus on days.” “Make sure you love and talk about stuff you love and you’ll attract people who love that kind of stuff. ” “Whatever excites you, go do it. Whatever drains you, stop doing it.” -Derek Sivers “You just have to be as generous as you can, but selfish enough to get your work done.” “We work because it’s a chain reaction, each project leads to the next.” - Charles Eames

These books were very beneficial for us. I highly recommend them to any artist, and especially artist who need a little encouragement to be proud of work, work hard, and share it with people, and any one who is passionate about whatever they do. I hope to carry the wonderful messages and use them in my daily life going forward.

Again, “whatever excites you, go do it.”

Link list

lovelylinkjulyIt's my second week in Austin, and I'm happy to say I'm finally getting comfortable with driving around without having mini-panic attacks or GPS! I'm learning to tolerate and almost enjoy the crazy heat. And, I am loving all of the friendly people who constantly say to us, "Welcome to Austin". It makes me smile every time. Life is full of happy new inspiration for us! My head is spinning with all of the possiblities. Also, I've been really loving this large framed print I ordered from INK361! It's a photo I took when Bruce and I were leaving Oklahoma City to go to Austin for the first time last March for an Ellie Goulding concert! (what an amazing show!) While we were driving around, we day-dreamed about one day living here. Little did we know, the dream would become reality in a few short months! I ordered the print to surprise B when we moved in last week. We haven't quite decided on the perfect place to display it yet, but it's perfect nonetheless.

I wanted to share a list of a few other things I'm loving too!

  1. Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work by Austin Kleon, who happens to be an Austin local.
  2. Joy Cho's Keynote from Alt. Summit Summer 2014
  3. These desktop wallpapers by Victoria Macey.
  4. Listening to Beyonce Live and dancing while you work.
  5. This comfy Madewell dress on repeat.
  6. Looking for little details for our home, like this L.
  7. A new colorful clutch to take around Austin when we're trying new restaurants and food-trucks.  (P.S. last night we met some friends in east Austin at a food truck named East Side King in the backyard of Liberty Bar. I ate Thai Chicken Karaage, rice, and Beet fries. No joke, I ate beets.) 
  8. This AMAZING quote from Jen Gotch.
  9. Oh yeah, and this Pin too!
  10. Finally this EXTREMELY helpful post from House of Earnest about keeping hydrangeas looking beautiful.



insta-inspirationI am a full on social media addict, and often an early adopter to ANY social media. I've been through all the phases: xanga, AIM, MySpace, Facebook, Tumblr, onto Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Vine, Google+ (total joke when I signed up.. but I hear I need to give it a second chance..), and even LinkedIn. People always ask what my favorite is; it's honestly hard to choose. Twitter allows me to read little 140 character snips from some of my favorite people (like Pope Francis!), funny notes about life, and new articles to read. However, Instagram is one of a kind. If you're following the right people, you'll be inspired by others point of view, their design skills, their color palettes, their life's scenery..and I love reading a photos backstory. Photos can mean so much to a person. I've always been in love with capturing a second to remember it forever. I love to remember the person or place, what I did that day, how I felt in that moment, what we were laughing about and talking about. I've been an Instagram user since 2010.. (four years?! holy guacamole. A lot has happened in four years.) In the beginning, Instagram was simply an app to edit photos or another way to keep a log of your photos. You could post 5 times a day, no one saw any of your photos, and it was almost awkward to get a 'like'. It always interest me to see how social media sites develop and change based on the way users respond to it. It amazes me to see how people can build community out of nothing and inspire each other. The internet is a wonderful place.

Lately my life has been very crazy busy. I am usually very good at keeping up with my twitter feed but I'm at the point where I need to unfollow a few people to really be able to focus on the messages I want to read. So. Much. Scrolling. Because I've been so busy, Instagram has still stuck by my side as a feed for new information, inspiration, and my social media fix. SO, today I wanted to share a few of my favorite photos and profiles. Hopefully you'll be inspired too.  The more I'm jumping into life and getting inspired, the more I'm getting out of life.  A few weeks ago I read this quote:


Following my dreams without doubting myself is getting easier every day. Of course, I still have days I feel like a failure, but I'm lucky to have amazing friends who lift me up, encourage and inspire me. (Sometimes they basically just call me to tell me to "stop it" when I'm freaking out! haha.) It's an important lesson to learn that you can not go through life on your own. You need encouragement, to feel valued, and to be loved. When others believe in you, it gets easier to believe in yourself. As I follow my dreams and others believe in me, I am happy to say I believe in myself more.

Here are a few people who inspire me to be who I am and  inspire me to dream to be a little more.

1. Eva Black / 2. Lindsay Sherbondy (Lindsay Letters) / 3 & 6. Promise Tangeman 4. Julie Doan / 5. Laura

Enjoy your weekend!