whats up wednesday (august 2023 edition)

August 30, 2023


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Happy Wednesday friends! I am excited to join in on the What's Up Wednesday posts again this month! 

If you are like me then I truly am literally in shock that it is the end of August. I do not believe that I have had a summer go by so quickly since I was a kid. It has just been flying. I am treasuring every single moment and looking forward to the last couple of weeks at the cabin and hope that they go by slowly.

What We're Eating this Week... 
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Black raspberries. And more Black Raspberries. Do you remember me talking about these and how I was freezing a ton of them? The goal was to SLOWLY enjoy them throughout the year... well that is not happening. Haha. They are going so quickly that it is sad to say that I am not sure how much I will have left for the year. *smiles*

In my defense though, this berry is simply incredible and it is so good for you. I shared an entire post (HERE) of the health benefits but if you haven't had a chance to check it out then go ahead and look at it. You will be shocked I am sure as I was to learn about how good it is for you! 

What I'm Reminiscing About... 
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All the back to school prepping things as a teacher and room F112. 

As I am working on final edits and pages for my upcoming book, The Opportunity Cost of the Sun (releasing December 1st!!), I have been remembering the absolute precious times in that classroom above. And during this time of year, not going back into the classroom, my heart honestly grieves where I long to be. It is not the season for that right now, but my heart truly grieves that in many ways. 

Interested in keeping up to date with the book release? You can read more HERE and sign up for updates (on the book and other fun projects) by following along by signing up with your email HERE and also receive a FREE ebook!

What I'm Loving... 
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Any dry day at camp. *smiles* I am somewhat joking, but with all of the rain we have had we have treasured even more any day or evening we have had the opportunity to sit out on our favorite place and look out at the lake.

This is also a place that I find myself spending hours upon hours in prayer. For years I was too sick to leave this porch and now I find myself in a different season... facing huge decisions, looking for huge answers to prayers and miracles and I am grateful to be at this place that is surrounded by so much beauty to have a place of peace and rest to pray and process.

What I've Been Up To...
This summer has been incredible with so many projects that have been worked on for months and years coming to fruition. 
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First, the release of this new FREE ebook! Yes, it's FREE. Passive income has been changing my life this summer and it seemed wrong to not share what I am learning with those I love. You can access the FREE ebook HERE!
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One of the MAJOR announcements was announcing Caravan Sonnet School.

Y'all. I cried at your sweet encouragement, the way that so many of you have signed up for our first course... it is just overwhelming. We are thrilled to have you join us and look forward to SO many things that are coming our way. Want to take our first class (the Digital Marketing Course)? You can read all about it HERE and sign up for it HERE!
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The Digital Marketing Course was a HUGE part of the projects of launching our school and it it is AMAZING. It also comes with Master Resell Rights included so if you have a dream of selling a digital product for passive income this would be HUGE for you too! This course changed my life and I am so excited to bring it to you!

The etsy shop also has had a TON of things added to it this past month! First we added the Back to School Collection:
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The back to school collection (seen above, click HERE to go directly to it) went into the shop on! Are you a teacher and looking for an easy way to keep memories throughout this year? Check out the teacher collection HERE!
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Then last week the FALL collection went into the shop! Y'all these are selling out so quickly and we are so thrilled that you love them! 
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We are working like busy bees and we are now focused on finishing our adorable Christmas collections which will launch Friday, September 15th!! If you would like to receive updates on when this is live (or other new additions so the shop you can click HERE!) 

This shop has so many dreams and plans with it and your support means SO very much. Thank you so much for your support and for purchasing our Key Chain Junk Journals! Each and every purchase means the world to small business owners. Again, you can go directly to the fall collection HERE or the entire shop HERE!
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I mentioned this last month but I also been working so hard on re-branding and updating the Caravan Sonnet Teachers Pay Teachers Shop and adding tons of new resources for the start of this school year! 
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This shop is filled with creative, colorful, and educational history, government, and personal finance items has been so lovely to work on. 

I miss being in the classroom.
 I really really really miss it. 
It is literally an ache many times. 
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Creating for Caravan Sonnet Shoppe is truly a blessing and I hope that it helps other teachers who are currently in the classroom right now. If you are looking for these types of resources or know a teacher who is or a homeschool mama please share the link to the shoppe HERE!

And today is the last day of the Back to School Sale at the shop so head on over to it now! 

What I'm Dreading... 
Honestly absolutely nothing. This summer has been a true answer to so many different prayer requests for the last 15 years. Last summer we were dreading my mom's complicated surgery and to see where she is at this year... we honestly just are grateful for each and every moment. 
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What I'm Working on... 
In addition to the shops and editing, I am working on cleaning out and truly embracing more minimalism in so many different areas of life. It is a long process, but one that I have been truly working on recently and a focus this summer.

What I'm Excited About... 
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Still enjoying this summer. 
Thankful to have still a couple of months at the cabin. 
Treasuring every single moment.

What I'm Watching/Reading... 
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I have been reading a ton of books here at the cabin and honestly... I am working my way through this one again. I have said this almost at nauseum but there has not been a book that has impacted my faith more over the last 5 years then this book. I need to do an entire blog post on why, but for now, my tender heart will just say that if you are living in a season of broken dreams and spending lots of time weeping... this book is for you. You can find it HERE.

What I'm Listening To... 
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I shared this last month, but on my morning walks I have been listening to different sermons and a recent one I have listened to again and again from Joel Osteen was on Supernatural ProvisionIf you are looking for an encouraging and uplifting message during a difficult season, this message from Joel Osteen has been incredibly encouraging and I have listened to it on repeat this week!  You can find it HERE!

What I'm Doing This Weekend... 
We will start the very long process of closing up the camps... we definitely appreciate prayers y'all. Thank you! 

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month... 
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Believing that this next month will see tons of answers to big prayers that we have been praying, crying out to the Lord for in miraculous ways!

What Amazon Purchase I loved this Month... 
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I honestly still don't have words. 
I have to write a review but it was one of the most powerful things I have ever watched. If you haven't watched it yet, set aside the time and do so. It will inspire you to your core.

Finally, after taking a couple of years away, I am back active on Pinterest. Are y'all on Pinterest still? If so, leave your name below and I would love to follow along! You can find me HERE

 Happy Wednesday friends!

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