embracing change, embracing this moment

adventures, finding beauty By September 24, 2015 3 Comments

It has been such a season of change! In some ways, fall feels more like the ‘new year’ than January 1st. The kids started school and have new teachers. It’s a new rhythm. It’s exciting, disorienting and it’s life–life is full of change. Sometimes I wish things didn’t have to change–but looking back I see the blessings of change. I’m glad these moments have been captured on my blog and instagram. I can look through photos and remember little details. I can see that we’re different today than we were then.

When I’m in a season of change, we like to stop and reflect on where we’ve been, where we’re going and where we want to be. I like to reflect and plan. I like making lists and setting goals.

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 10.36.22 AMThe boys have changed so much since I started blogging 10 years ago. {Check out this post–the boys were so little, I stamped jewelry in my garage, we celebrated David taking 6 steps. Crazy!} Heck, BLOGGING has changed so much since I started blogging ten years ago.

My boys are in 6th grade and middle school. They are full of thoughts and opinions. Their needs are so different than they used to be–but no less important. Steve is CEO of our business that started at our kitchen table. When I wanted to quit, he gave me hugs and pep talks. When I needed a break, he would jump in and help. When I didn’t know what to do next, he took brave steps to make the business stable. Steve has not only supported the business but visioned how to grow it and make it thrive. There would be no Lisa Leonard Designs without him.

We are literally moving our workshop as I type. I’m typing among packed boxes and empty tables. We are scheduling utilities to be turned off in our current space and turned on in our new space. We’ll be downtown in San Luis Obispo–more on that soon. It’s exciting. It’s crazy. It’s kind of hard for me to believe it!

We are partnering with artisans in the Dominican Republic to hand-craft our jewelry. It provides life-changing jobs for these people–which means they will have food, housing and education. I never thought the hobby business that started in our kitchen would touch hearts around the world. I haven’t built this business alone. We have a team of amazing people here in California and in the DR that make this business work. They believe in the heart of Lisa Leonard Designs.

And YOU have supported this little business. You’ve loved me and my family. You’ve prayed for us when David had open heart surgery and you’ve cheered for us in the good and bad. You’ve cried with me on hard days and laughed with me on good days. You’ve shared your own journey with us–the beauty and the pain. I am so thankful for this community. I’m thankful for you.

We are all in this together–and I’m so grateful.

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hello celebration

adventures, family, inspiration By July 27, 2015 3 Comments

Later this week we’ll be up in the mountains celebrating my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. It’s sure be fun with a lot of crazy mixed in. How about some hellos for a new week?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***
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Hello cousins and aunties and uncles and grandparents. Hello big family!

Hello mountains, cabin sleeping, and starry nights.

Hello driving winding roads and trying not to get carsick.

Hello swimming and hiking and board games.

Hello making memories.

Hello breathing deep and letting life be imperfect.

Hello celebrating 50 years of marriage. I think you have to be a little bit crazy to be able to stay married that long, don’t you?

Hello to YOU! It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. What are you saying hello to this week?

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insanely beautiful views to be found {knapps castle -santa barbara}

adventures, hello monday By July 6, 2015 3 Comments

Hello friends! We returned from a weekend in Santa Barbara where we spent time as a family and celebrated David’s birthday. One of the highlights of our weekend was a hike to Knapp’s Castle. It’s an old estate that burned down 70 years ago. I first heard about these ruins in Santa Barbara Magazine–they did a beautiful photoshoot there–and I was so inspired! {Click here to see the shoot} And, I’ve wanted to see it ever since! So we made the drive {about 15 miles from Santa Barbara} and it was so beautiful! The hike is super easy–not even really a hike. For more info on finding the unmarked trail that leads to the castle, click here. I took lots of pics for you. How about some hellos for a brand new week?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

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Hello driving uphill. Even before the hike started the views were insanely beautiful.

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Hello open to the public. There has been a lot of talk about whether or not the owner will continue to allow people on the land. But for now, it’s accessible. {And you don’t have to climb through the gate, Matthias did that just for fun!}

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Hello archways. I wonder what these looked like 70 years ago?

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Hello amazing views! We could see lakes and mountains for miles.

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Hello high up. Hello touching the sky!

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Hello amplitheater or staircase? Not sure what this was or how it fit into the house?!

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Hello hot sun and no shade. We made sure to drink plenty of water. It was a lot warmer up there than in Santa Barbara.

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Hello family trip. Overall the weekend was exhausting and imperfect. We couldn’t seem to find our rhthym. But we had some sweet moments and some good conversations.

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Hello steps leading to the edge of the mountain.

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Hello holding hands and a cuddle. Love these moments.

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Hello to a pic with the two of us! Yay! Matthias is pretty good with the camera.

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Hello getting back in the swing of things–including grocery shopping, laundry and getting the house back in order.

Hello haircuts for the boys. Feels like we just got haircuts last week?!

Hello new jeans and shoes. These boys are outgrowing everything!

Hello keeping busy on these summer days. Matthias wants to stay home all day and draw or play video games and David wants to be outside playing. It’s balance keeping them both happy.

Hello tickets to Peter Pan for Friday night. I love that play and I can’t wait to share it with the boys.

Hello working out and working hard and playing too!

Hello brand new week with beauty waiting to be found. Join me?

What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link your own hello monday post there!

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What Will Sunset Be Like In 100 Years?

adventures, family By July 2, 2015 3 Comments

We went camping with friends earlier this week. We’ve done this every year for the last six years. We borrow a tent trailer from our very generous friends and this year we camped at Sunset Beach in Watsonville {near Santa Cruz, CA}. These are the guys Steve graduated from high school with {and their families}. Miraculously, the kids get along great and the wives are some of my closest friends. It’s pretty awesome.

Camping is a mixed bag for us. David is super tricky because he has a hard time sleeping away from home and he wants to wander and explore. Mixing those things in with a campground {lots of people trying to sleep, hot stoves, campfires, and wide open spaces} it means that we have to watch him every second. So camping isn’t relaxing for us, but it’s tons of fun. And even more, David slept like a CHAMP this year. Getting a good night’s sleep makes the days so much easier.

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The kids are getting so big! I love watching these kids grow up together and collecting memories they’ll treasure forever. This is the stuff of childhood summers!

Do you like camping? What are your favorite spots? Do you tent camp or use a trailer?

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hello cousins in carpinteria

adventures, hello monday, san luis obispo By June 29, 2015 2 Comments

Hello Monday! We are in the thick of summer fun and business craziness. The two seem to go hand in hand–and we’re doing our best to roll with it. Last week the boys and I met up with my twin sis and her twin daughters to kick off summer with some swimming, good food and hotel silliness. We had so much fun! How about some hellos?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!

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Hello sunscreen! Sometimes putting on sunscreen feels like a part time job!

Hello swimming and sunshine. David loved the pool–it was nice and warm. And of course the other kids swam for hours.

Hello email and meetings between trips to the beach and the ice cream shop. Sometimes it flows and sometimes I feel pulled and frustrated.

Hello camping. Which means hello dirt and sand and roasting marshmallows.

Hello time with friends. That’s the best part of summer, I think!

Hello s’mores and cinnamon rolls and eating waaay too much sugar.

Hello to YOU! It’s a brand new week with beauty waiting to be found. What are you saying hello to this week?

Leave some hellos in the comments or link your own hello monday post there!

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hello yucca ridge trail

adventures, hello monday By June 22, 2015 Tags: , , 3 Comments

Hello friends! We had a weekend packed with fun and productivity. We saw Inside Out {which we loved!}, ate at our favorite restaurant, celebrated Father’s Day and hiked Yucca Creek Ridge. It was a very warm day and the hike is steep with little shade. But we pushed out at had a great time. How about some hellos for a brand new week?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

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Hello yucca plants. They are actually quite sharp and we all got a few scratches during the hike.

Hello sun on my shoulders. I loaded up on screen and still managed to get a little sunburn.

Hello happy David on the hike, happy David during the movie and miserable David during dinner. Thankfully we had a server who was super speedy and we were in and out of the restaurant in 30 minutes.

Hello Matthias getting so good at hiking! I love being outdoors with him.

Hello hearing a rattlesnake on the trail and picking up the pace to get away. We never saw it, but it sure sounded like a rattle!

Hello working on sprucing up the master bedroom this week. Fun!

Hello exciting things to share with you this week. Stay tuned!

Hello to YOU! It’s a brand new week with beauty waiting to be found. Will you join me?

Leave some hellos in the comments section or link your own hello monday post there.

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hiking the bluffs montana de oro

adventures, family, san luis obispo By May 27, 2015 7 Comments

We’ve been hiking a lot lately and it’s been so fun! One of the easier hikes we’ve done is off the beaten path and absolutely breath-taking. It’s land owned by PG&E so you have to enter by walking past a gate and sign into the ranger station. The views are staggering and the landscape is easy to navigate. Check out these pics.

Maybe we should have a gathering in San Luis Obispo and I’ll take you to my favorite restaurants, show you some beautiful hikes and of course we could do a little thrifting too. Wouldn’t that be fun?

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hello home {the best!}

adventures, dominican republic By May 11, 2015 4 Comments

Hello friends! We are back home and soaking up lots of extra cuddles and family time. We had a great time in the DR–very productive with some fun and even a little bit of sightseeing! It’s beautiful and I love the DR–but there’s no place like home, right?

Today I’m sharing pics of our time last week and saying hello to a brand new week. Join me?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

Hello Altos de Chavon. It’s an artists colony with incredibly stone work. Truly breath-taking!

Hello finding love. It’s everywhere.

Hello time with my love. So thankful for him.

Hello stone steps–so much detail.

Hello hard working rhino.

Hello golden flowers, golden sunset.

Hello church built 50 years ago that looks thousands of years old.

Hello breeze through the palm trees.

Hello nighttime at the marina.

Hello little star twinkling above the trees.

Hello fresh fish. Very fresh. I don’t think I’ve ever had such fresh fish.

Hello delicious. I wan’t sure how to eat it but I figured it out.

Hello all done. Yum.

Hello color and light.

Hello laundry and emails. {I’m always saying hello to those!}

Hello snuggling with my boys. So happy to be home!

Hello sipping an extra cup of coffee to fight the jet lag.

Hello needing a day off to get the house in order.

Hello new designs to photograph and share with you!

Hello getting back into our rhythm with eating good and exercising.

Hello to YOU! It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. What are you saying hello to this week?
Leave some hellos in the comments section or link your own hello monday post there.

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hiking bishop’s peak, san luis obispo

adventures, san luis obispo By May 8, 2015 2 Comments

Last weekend we hiked Bishop’s Peak off Foothill in San Luis Obispo. It was harder than I thought! It’s do-able, we just took our time. Steve carried David in the backpack. At the end, we all had a huge feeling of accomplishment!

Going down was a little scarier than coming up. So good for us to stretch ourselves and try new things.

It’s Friday and we are heading home to the boys. I absolutely cannot wait to see them. What are you weekend plans?

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hello hiking, hello happy

adventures, hello monday By April 20, 2015 6 Comments

We’ve been wanting a really good backpack for David for years. We’ve researched online, debated and waited. And yesterday we finally broke down and bought one. The one we got–a Deuter kid carrier II–is big enough for David. {It holds up to 48 pounds and he’s about 40 pounds} He was comfortable and happy. It has shoulder straps so even when Steve slipped one time, David was secure. It’s an investment but so awesome. We headed up to Montana de Oro to try out. Why didn’t we do this sooner? We had so much fun! It was a gorgeous day–the sunshine on our shoulders, the birds chirping. I can’t wait to go again.

It’s Monday and a brand new week with beauty waiting to be found. How about some hellos?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

Hello exploring our own backyard and seeing things we haven’t seen before.

Hello moving and stretching and laughing and getting out of the house!

Hello laughing and climbing trees and running ahead on the trail. Matthias would prefer to stay home and play video games and draw–but we dragged him outside and he had a blast. Listen to your parents–they know best! 😉

Hello chillin in the backpack. David loves to be outside. He was happy the whole time!

Hello tree climber. I knew you had it in you!

Hello cross trainers instead of heels. Feels good.

Hello little quail perched in the tree.

Hello breath taking views and feels overwhelmed by God’s creation.

Hello blooming flowers and blue skies.

Hello butterfly with painted wings.

Hello family and being together. Hello connecting and talking and making memories.

Hello sunscreen and water and potty breaks.

Hello stepping away from my desk and email and the to-do list.

Hello lots to do and energy to do it.

Hello getting ready for SNAP! Will you be there? I can’t wait!

Hello groceries and menu planning.

Hello feeling refreshed and thankful.

It’s Monday! A fresh start and new beginning! What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link your own hello monday post there!

 

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