I am Casey Leigh. I love to share my life through this little blog. When you stop by you can expect pieces of my perspective on life, faith, kids, marriage, loss... with touches of art, creative inspiration, fashion, projects & things I love along the way.
Y'all I love purchase with a purpose and I adore Beautiful&Beloved. I adore my clothes from her and Apple is literally obsessed with the sweet quilt we have from her shop. " When you purchase Beautiful & Beloved products you tell survivors of slavery all over the world that their work is valuable. You empower men and women to be beauty makers, to believe that they are loveable and capable of new life. You make it possible for our partners to continue their good work. Your support through purchases is the life blood of aftercare for survivors of slavery throughout the world."
So honored to share today!
"Beautiful & Beloved believes that all people are valuable and worthy of love, and that everyone should have a chance to create, be empowered, and live a life of freedom. Our vision is a marketplace that combines global efforts of recovery through an economic engine of empowerment for the formerly enslaved. We offer you the opportunity to join us, to change lives with your purchases, and to be filled with the joy that comes with knowing that you have loved another well."
sometimes I don't know what to say. there is always so much to say yet day after day the words come up dry. I have had so many life changes this year it feels like how could I even begin to process it all. It feels like years of searching and somehow where I never expected to find it... I did.
It feels like for years of searching for who I was or trying to fight "who I should be" or what box or mold I need to mesh into, I found myself.
Most people care what people think. Even the toughest and the loudest, even the most distant, the ones who have up walls and shields...they care. And with all the voices these days telling us how to be, how to parent, how to love, how to think....who we are can get clouded. We have to fight for it. So this year (yes all this time later), I found true freedom.
I found freedom to be me.
I decided to live by "audience of one".
Who knows me? Like truly knows me?
Who created me?
What did He create me for?
Life change right there. That was the key, it was the key to everything. This isn't me writing out to the world to say that hurtful words don't sting, that assumptions don't put my stomach in knots but when I walked away from the negativity. When I walked away from putting my hope in people and how people viewed me (whether it be good or not). When I was able to just be. Not the me trying to appeal to a certain crowd or the me doing this or that for whoever. Not me trying to seek approval from others. Just me, no excuses...then I was able to breathe.
There is so much irony in it. When we let go of trying to please everyone, it's when we find the peace to be able to be the best version of ourselves. It feels good to be in this place. It feels good to step into your purpose and know that your goal is "audience of one". He made me and as long as I am being true to myself, I can walk unashamed.
So friends whether we want to wear pjs to the grocery store or high heels. Whether we want to cosleep or not, whether we want to chase dreams or not, whether we want to post photos that look like this or like that, let's all agree.... who cares, just be you. We are all moved by different things, we are all raising different kiddos, in different life stages. We all have different backgrounds, we all have different purposes. Do what you want to do. Live for one. Live for him...not the approval of man. Love well and big and let the rest go.
(linky tool is broken, working on getting it fixed for us! )- if not...we'll be back up next week for the linkup!!
I am so smitten with The Vintage Pearl and could not be more excited to have her in my Holiday Giveaway lineup! Her jewelry is AMAZING, the necklace and rings in this post I wear ALL THE TIME. I adore having something personalized and think this would be such a special gift for the Holidays!!
"The Vintage Pearl first began in 2007 as a creative outlet while staying home with our 4 young children.
I had never made jewelry before but was determined to figure it out by googling and reading magazines,
and I quickly fell in love. It allowed me to help bring in some income while still staying home with our children. Over the years it has blossomed into a business- faithful friends jumped in when I became overwhelmed, and now we have a small but talented team of artists. Together we handcraft each piece from start to finish in our studio in Tulsa, Oklahoma -- we are 100% made in the USA! Our custom jewelry is handstamped with your names, dates or meaningful phrases, making them a special keepsake and the perfect gift. We have a big heart for people in need, and the success of the company allows us to give as we feel led. When you buy one of our pieces you are blessing someone in need. God has blessed our business and we use His blessings to bless others."