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the Lainie List.

Last day of school photo.
Summer has officially started for The Holmes’
  1. Chocolate fudge brownies. this recipe was delicious. instead of chocolate chips (we didn’t have any), I swapped in small Lindor chocolates.
  2. LOVED this interview with Elizabeth Gilbert about her new book, City of Girls.
  3. cute outdoors sweatshirt.
  4. An interesting story about Agatha Christie and how she disappeared…
  5. to all the great dads out there (a great piece from Todays Parent)
  6. feel like getting crafty this summer? try my new Printmaking on Fabric online class! it’s lots of fun and easy to do.
  7. there are only 4 times you should agree to work for free.
  8. free is not appreciated. an interesting read.
  9. where to find free online photos online.
  10. the death of the family secret. implications of 23andme and ancestry.com. (Huffington Post)
  11. I want to go to this conference someday. Creative at Heart.
  12. LOVE the personality test from 16personalities.com (it’s creepy accurate)
  13. STORY. another conference I’d love to go to.
  14. 8 talks on cultivating self love.
  15. My Top Picks for an Entrepreneur Summer Reading List – Jenna Kutcher
  16. Crowns for the People. Fun fabric crowns for grown ups (who are kids at heart).
  17. Old-Fashioned Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp Recipe – Rollie Wesen | Food & Wine
  18. Great places to go hiking this summer (without a vehicle to get there) | CBC

Can you tell I haven’t written a list lately!? this is a long one 🙂 Hope you find something interesting in here for you.

I also want to share that I’ve been thinking about no longer writing my Lainie Lists. will let you know before I wrap them up.

hope you’re enjoying your summer!

Lainie

planning for the ultimate adventure.

it’s time.

I’m about to go somewhere
I need to go
but I’ve been avoiding.

I’m great at finding
random projects
to keep me busy
and away from the place
that’s been calling me.

What is it?

A place with scary shit.

A place with
anger,
sadness,
fear,
and hurt.

A place I try to move beyond
but end up back where I started.
I’m lost
and going in endless
circles.

But I know
it’s on the way
to this amazing place
I want to go.

A place that is bright
and beautiful,
full of inspiration
and pure joy.

A place where I feel
at ease,
playful,
and grounded.

I’m going to pack my bags.

What will I need?

Hiking shoes,
my turquoise ones.
The ones I wore in Iceland.
A bright splash of colour on my feet
as I trudge through this rough terrain.

I’ll bring my notebook and pen.
I will record and observe
what I see and feel.
I don’t want to forget these things,
they will be important.

I’ll pack a camera.
I want to document everything.
I want to remember what I came across
so I can write about it later.

I will pack layers of clothing.
A light coat.
My bright pink fleece.
Depending on how I’m feeling,
I can either shed some heaviness
or add a layer for warmth.
I’ll see what I need
as I go.

And I want to go alone.

I don’t want to be distracted.
I don’t want to worry about others
and their experience.

Are they okay?
What do they need?
Would they like to do something different?

I need to focus
and take it all in.

I need to see
that I can do this
on my own.

What’s Ahead?

I might come across
things that scare me.
I’m going to be unsure at times,
but I’m going to trust
my gut.

I will want to push myself
to go
as far as I can
in a day.

Instead,
I will tell myself
to soak it up.
I’m only going through this
once.
I need to make the most of it.

And in the end,
I’ll come out the other side
with the most unbelievable story
and a sense of accomplishment.

I did it.
I’m better for it.

I’m ready to get started.


I wrote this over a year ago.

It has definitely been an adventure – the last 12+ months. Through writing and making, I continue to work my way through the scary shit and I’m starting to see the beginning glimpses of that amazing place where I want to be.

So I’m ready to begin my next adventure.

In the fall of 2019, I will begin writing a book for our kids. The kind of book that every mom should write for their children – the story of their life. I’ve decided to create a space where others can join me as I tell my story. My hope is that others might feel inspired to write for their kids or for themselves. coming soon!

3 magazines for creatives to check out.

  1. Flow Magazine

Celebrating creativity, imperfection and life’s simple pleasures…

This Dutch magazine is a gift. With monthly international issues (available in English), it’s filled with surprises. You might find cute stickers tucked inside, a little notebook to jot down your gratitudes, or bookmarks for your next read. The articles span topics of self care, enjoying life, and creativity.

They are pricey at $24.99 but I find them well worth it. They can be hard to find at times. You can order them online but I’ve also found them at: Walmart, some Shoppers Drugmarts, and Chapters.

2. smith JOURNAL


smith JOURNAL is published quarterly out of Australia. It’s filled with great little stories and eccentric pieces. For example, in the issue above, was the story of an artist who loved the typography and design on old racing cars. He found old cars and removed their doors to create an exhibit. It’s a fun read that aims to take unexpected, interesting, funny and sometimes complicated stories and tell them the way you would to a bunch of friends at the pub.

3. In Her Studio


In Her Studio is just a fun one to flip through. The magazine gives tours of creative spaces of female artists, designers, and makers. It’s fun to see where they create and what they make.

the Lainie List.

my favourite moment of the month. kids in pajamas. at Walmart. being able to choose one toy each. absolute excitement and joy.
  1. Company of One: why staying small is the next big thing.
  2. 7 quick ways to stop being irritable.
  3. business basics by Wandering Aimfully: expenses
  4. 3 ways that writing with a pen positively affects your brain.
  5. incredible typography cheat sheets
  6. a really interesting interview with Elizabeth Gilbert and how she wrote City of Girls. so cool to hear her creative process.
  7. my new Printmaking on Fabric course is live now! get crafty and learn a new skill right from your own home.

the Lainie List.

being good brothers.
  1. my Creative Type. a fun creativity test.
  2. window box goals.
  3. 3 keys to selling with confidence
  4. overlooked. obituaries overlooked in the NY Times
  5. prompt talking. it might change how you tell stories.
  6. we’re all making parenting harder than it needs to be.
  7. Canadian play money for kids
  8. create a professional looking email address with gmail.
  9. healthy snacks for kids
  10. Bob + Paige. I want to get my haircut here sometime.
  11. Teva Harrison remembered.
  12. How to use your enneagram type for content creation.
  13. why flight attendants don’t drink coffee or tea on flights. and why you shouldn’t either.

the Lainie List.

just over here, playing with playdough in a captain’s hat.
  1. Business owners, don’t build your digital castle on someone else’s land.
  2. Google’s CEO Doesn’t Use Bullet Points and Neither Should You | Inc.com
  3. Olympic medalist, Rebecca Twig, is homeless in Seattle.
  4. would love to do this in our house.
  5. this quilt is gorgeous.
  6. mycreativetype.com is a fun and insightful quiz for creatives. Try it.
  7. incredibly meaningful gifts you can give to your kids.

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