A conference, a bike, some books, and a big sale.

It’s Tuesday.  I got back from The Becoming Conference late Saturday night.  I am just now starting to feel human again.

 I did it!!!  I still can’t believe I got up on that stage and spoke.  I am so proud of myself, doing something so outside of my box.  I was scared, shaking scared, vomit scared, couldn’t sleep scared.  But I did it.  I spoke three different times Saturday and each time I somehow made it through my talk without fainting on stage.  I actually formed words that may have made sense!  As soon as I started speaking the peace came.  It’s a feeling that I just can’t put into words but as soon as I started speaking the fear just went away and I was filled with complete and total peace.  I think all those prayers that I said and that dear friends said for me could be the reason.  God was definitely with me, there is no other way that I could have made it though that experience without his strength and guidance.  Amazing, truly amazing.

Now that I am home and this HUGE thing is behind me I feel light and free like a butterfly.  Sounds cheesy but totally true.  After church on Sunday the family and I went out and bought a bike with my hard earned Becoming money.  I have been wanting a bike for sometime.  I bought one recently from a thrift store but we couldn’t find the right size tires to fix it.  So I have been eyeing this bad boy.

Wal-mart 149.00

Yes that is a bell.  I have been ringing it at everyone I come across.  I made the garbage man smile and have managed to embarrass my kids a good bit.

  Lilly and I went on a picnic last night.  We loaded the basket with our books and fastened our dinner and a blanket to the back.  I wish I took a picture of us lounging on the quilt eating dinner after our bike ride, but I left my phone behind on purpose.  We are planning on riding our bikes with the kids tonight to Jason’s Deli.  I just feel so happy and blessed.

 I love Fall.  Fall makes me want to slow down and enjoy life.  Fall makes me want to cook chili in the crock pot, burn my fall scented candles, snuggle under a blanket reading a book, drinking hot tea, spending time with my family.  I get this way every year.   The thing about fall, it makes me want to simplify my life.  It doesn’t help that I have been reading these three books…

 I want to get rid of everything I own and move to a barn overlooking the mountains.  I want to trade in my mini van for a big ole black truck.  I probably won’t move and I won’t get that black truck anytime soon, but I am getting rid of most of my stuff.  I can’t explain it but I feel cluttered in my head and I can’t create or relax when I feel cluttered.

 I want a simple beautiful life, a life without so much stuff.  I am spending the next few weeks purging everything that I don’t absolutely loveeeeeeeeeeeeee.  I have mentioned before how much I love clothes.  My thrift store and yard sale shopping supports my habit without breaking the bank.  However my closet is so jammed packed I can’t even see what I have.  Do I really need three pairs of black boots? Nope, one pair should cover it.  Do I need 15 sweaters? No it’s Charlotte for pete’s sake, I’m good with 3.  I just cleared out 15 dresses that I won’t be wearing.  Seriously do I need a dress for everyday of the month?  No, maybe two or three to wear to church or to dinner with my man.

On the way to Becoming, Nester and I really got to talking about all the junk that we have collected.  It’s good junk, but junk we just don’t need.  So mark your calendars for November 17th.   Nester and I will be having a BIG SALE in Huntersville, NC.  I may sell all my stuff just so I can buy all of her stuff!hahahaha!


Some of the clothes I cleaned out of my closet today that will be heading to the Big Sale!

Just the beginning of freeing up some space in my house and some space in my head!  I am so excited!  Won’t you join us!?!?!

More details on the BIG SALE coming soon!!!

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45 Responses to A conference, a bike, some books, and a big sale.

  1. Robin Griswold September 25, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    Oh my wow! I love that bike and so much of what you mentioned in this post is what I’ve been thinking since the weather has cooled a bit! You are awesome and I may have to try and make it down for your sale. Seriously.

    • angela September 26, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

      Robin!!!!!!!!! Yes yes yes you have to come to the sale!!!! Bring Kristy with you!! We would have a blast!

  2. {darlene} @ fieldstonehilldesign September 25, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

    YAY!!!!!!!!!! SO glad it went well! Love your bike. And save that cute red jacket for me, m’kay??? HUGS, cutey!

    • angela September 26, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

      Hahahaha! Darlene you crack me up! Red jacket is yours! now we just have to get together and hang out so I can give it to you!
      lots of love

  3. Nester September 25, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    that BIKE. you are so smart. why didn’t I do something like that? so happy to do the conference with you, love you!

    • angela September 26, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

      You made the conference. It just wouldn’t have been the same without you. I still keep laughing to myself about the nature show we watched!
      love you friend,

  4. Eleanor September 25, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

    I am so glad the talks went well. I remembered to pray for you on Saturday. That bike is beautiful and how wonderful to get some one on one thime with your daughter. My husband and I are looking at houses in the country. I wish I was more excited. The kids love the big yards but all I can think about is how far away we would be from everything.

    • angela September 26, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

      Thank you for the prayers Eleanor. Wow I would trade places with you in a second, think about all the beauty and quiet around you. Where are you looking??

      • Eleanor September 26, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

        We are looking in the Binghamton area of upstate NY. We moved here from Cary, NC 3 years ago. My husband loves his job so, we are staying but it has been quite the adjustment. My husband wants to live closer to mountain biking trails. And yes it would definitely be quieter. Our rental house is so convenient to the highway that we hear it even with the windows closed.

  5. Janet September 25, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

    I want to the conference on Saturday and you were the first speaker I went to. You were awesome! You have such compassion for your work and it showed during your presentation. I also have a hard time with public presentations so I admire anyone that can do it. I also can relate to your sense of accomplishment for getting through it. You are definitely one of the reasons that I would want to attend next year’s conference. Thank you for your inspiration :)

    • angela September 26, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

      Ahhhhhhh thanks Janet! Such kind words!!!! Thank you for your sweet comment and your encouraging words! Glad you enjoyed the conference!
      lots of love

  6. Jackie September 25, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    I am in the process of the same thing. We are having a sidewalk sale in a couple of weeks at the place where I have a booth, so it will be headed to that sale. I am feeling very much like everything is far too cluttered around here! Wasn’t becoming great?

    • angela September 26, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

      Becoming was great because I finally got to meet you!!!!!!!!!!! You totally made the weekend for me Jackie!! Ok now about that sale and your booth! I need details on both! photos of your booth!?!?!?

  7. dawn paton September 25, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    LOVE your bike and the fact that you have a coordinating blanket to bungie on the back. : ) I knew you’d do great at the conference. I’m feeling a little guilty about giving you all my junk last week, right when you’re feeling like purging! Please feel free to donate and /or sell anything you can’t use.

    • angela September 26, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

      Dawnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn if it wasn’t for people like you dropping off their junk I wouldn’t have stuff to play with and create with. I loved all that stuff and Lilly had a blast going through everything. Her favorite were the black boots and a little red leather purse. So you bring your junk by anytime! i will send you that stuff about the marketplace this morning.
      love you girl

      • dawn paton September 26, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

        oh do send the info, I totally forgot. I’m going to try the local gallery crawl this weekend after all, just to test the waters. Going in to Ruby’s next week. I need to harness some of your, what?, peace and perseverance? whatever it is that makes you joyful and creative AND so brilliant about sharing it.

        • angela September 27, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

          Ahhhhhhhh Thanks! You think I am peaceful!?!?!? That means a lot coming from you! I hope that the peace I fill inside shows, sometimes I feel like people think I am this crazy spastic person!!!

          I signed up for the market place and it is inside which is awesome. I think that you can also set up the night before. However, I did not realize that it went till 9:00pm:(
          love you girl!

  8. Rebecca September 25, 2012 at 10:03 pm #

    Hey! My sister and I came to your talk on Saturday, and Leda bought your decorated cross! We totally enjoyed your inspirational message. You were so calming, as was The Nester. I loved your ideas and how you just happened to attend the sewing class and discovered something very special to your soul. Wow! Your art is amazing!

    Thank you for taking the time to come and talk and share. You did not appear to be nervous at all! We hope to come back next yr…who knows…maybe we can make your sale!

    Thanks again!
    Lexington, SC

    • angela September 26, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

      Hey Rebecca!
      Thank you so much for your comment! I am so glad you and your sister enjoyed the conference! Please tell her i said thank you for buying the cross, I hope she enjoys it!! Yes you have to come to the sale!!! Lexington isn’t that far from Charlotte is it!?!?
      Great to meet you guys!
      lots of love

  9. ashley @ the handmade home September 25, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    I LOVE YOUR BIIIIIKKKKKEEEEE! so glad it all went so well. We were praying!!! ;} I’m seeking some simplicity, mahself. ;} SO glad you’re doing well. Have an awesome week!

    • angela September 26, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

      Thank you for your prayers dear friend. I think they worked!
      lots of love to you!

  10. Mindy M September 26, 2012 at 12:28 am #

    That’s what 7 will do to you, girl!

    • angela September 26, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

      No doubt!!! I am reading it again! I know some people that are actually doing the monthly thing!!!! I think i will just stick to the sale!hahahah

  11. reeve September 26, 2012 at 1:03 am #

    holy gomola! that bike is AMAZING!! maybe we should have matching bikes:)

    • angela September 26, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

      Do you have a bike!?!?! Meet in Davidson and go riding!?!? We can get Krissy to show us the trails!
      love you

      • Reeve September 26, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

        Oh man, I wish!! I don’t even know if I will remember how to ride. Not sure I believe the whole “you never forget how”.

        • angela September 27, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

          hahahahaha! I ran into a house for sale sign yesterday and wrecked. I may get that helmet that I refused to wear!
          love you girl!

  12. lane September 26, 2012 at 1:05 am #

    is it possible to camp out in your yard so my friend and I can be the first ones there?;) totally joking but we are marking our calendars!

    • angela September 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

      Hi Lane!!!
      Ohhhhhhh a camp out! hahahaha! wouldn’t that be fun! So glad you are marking your calendars, you should see all the stuff the Nester is bringing!

  13. Janet September 26, 2012 at 2:33 am #

    Great to have that peace overcome you! Isn’t God trustworthy and altogether awesome?! I’ve been having the same feelings of “TOO MUCH STUFF” but live in CT, not NC, so I can’t join your sale :o(, keep us posted.

    • angela September 26, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

      Yes Janet, Trustworthy and awesome. I am slowing slowing learning to trust. It’s a hard thing to do but worth it everytime.
      lots of love

  14. Angie H September 26, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    I need to “purge” also… just haven’t found the time….
    But looking at your sale pile…. I love the green boots, and if you have any purses or totes… :)
    Dang I wish I lived closer… :)
    Oh and any scarves?? My sister-n-law is going thru Chemo and I am searching for soft scarves for her to make head wraps out of…

    Love the bike…. and a barn house overlooking the mountains sounds wonderful…. :)
    nice cool weather…

    • angela September 27, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

      Hi Angie!
      I am going to have a ton of bags, mostly ones i have made and used a couple of times. Also lots of scarves, i buy them and then never use them! How far away are you!?!?!

      • Angie H September 27, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

        I am in Mississippi…

  15. Mandi H - Dry Ink September 26, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    YAY! So glad you made it through the conference! I knew you would do awesome!!! And… you have inspired me – I need to clean my closets in a BAD way and… a bike – i need a bike – maybe i’ll pass you on the road!

    • angela September 27, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

      Thanks Mandi!!
      Yes get rid of your stuff and then come to our sale and buy our stuff! hahahahahaha! Do you have a bike? Do you know of any pretty trails around here!?!?!

  16. Dottie September 26, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    I am so glad I attended Becoming and very glad to meet you in person since I really enjoy your art and your blog. I would never have known you were nervous from the graceful way you handled your presentation and interacted with your audience.

    One of my designer friends has agreed to make a day trip with me to visit Sanctuary to see all of the artists’ works in there. I am looking forward to seeing more of your work in person.

    Good luck with the purging. I am doing the same thing as I feel like winter is heavy enough without being weighed down by stuff.

    • angela September 27, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

      Hi Dottie!
      It TOTALLY made my day to meet you!!!! I didn’t put two and two together that you were the one who won the Mason Jar! So great to see at Becoming! Please let me know if you get to Sanctuary! Have you ever been to Davidson!?!? Such a great little town with lots of great places to eat and see!
      lots of love

  17. Cara September 26, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

    You did an amazing job at Becoming!!! I attended your 3rd session. (My sister and I chatted with you briefly after the 3rd session :) I left so… inspired, to take a risk, and dive right into my creative passion that I have let lie dormant while I’ve worked by day job.

    Thank you for sharing your creative processes and work with us. You have given me the motivation and courage to take the leap! I know that God will direct my steps, and I feel like your session has given me the push to start somewhere!! So thank you Angela!! :) Maybe I’ll hit up the sale…I’m in south Charlotte!

    • angela September 27, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

      Hi Cara!
      i so enjoyed talking to you and your sister!
      So happy that you have found your light!!! I went a long time doing stuff that wasn’t in line with who God created me to be. When i finally opened my heart up to him I found my creative self again! I will say prayers for you that you continue to be inspired and continue to find God’s way for your life.

  18. MJ Taylor September 27, 2012 at 2:24 am #

    That bike is KICKIN! You so earned it. I could not tell you were nervous for a second!! I used to be scared of speaking too. Then I ran MOPS for 4 years and by the end they couldn’t pry the mic out of my hands!! I may head down to the BIG sale with Angela C!

    • angela September 27, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

      hahahahahahaha! That cracks me up about not being able to take the mic out of your hands. I could see that, get me talking about trash to treasure and I could have gone on and on! Hope to see you at the sale!!! Do you live in Greensboro?

  19. Jen (Balancing Beauty and Bedlam) October 2, 2012 at 12:04 am #

    It’s so fun to read the comments and see all the people that got to meet you at Becoming! They now live you in real life just as much as I do. :)

    You were amazing!! IT always mystifies me to hear you talk about how nervous you were because it’s so true, once you are up there, you just ooze peace and inspiration!! Love you!

    Thanks for sharing your gifts with the ladies.

    • angela October 2, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

      Ohhhhhh Jen!!!
      I love you too and loveddddddddddddddddd being a part of Becoming! THank you thank you thank you for letting me be part of something so awesome!

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