big dreamers. and a little about money.

July 05, 2012

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Last week before I went on bedrest Kristen and I had a coffee date.

Kristen is one of my very best friends and something so fun about our friendship is that we are both big dreamers. I love getting together with her not only because she is fun and such a source of encouragement to me but also because  she challenges me and dreams big with me.

Her husband Jordan and my Chris have been friends since year 2000. I met Kristen when Chris & I started dating and we all clicked instantly. Jordan is a musician/ producer...Kristen photographer- both freelance. 
We can relate to them in so many ways.

You know, when I first started this blog CaseyLeigh, I talked a lot about money. 
Looking back I think it was probably a lot out of fear. It was on my mind a lot so I wrote about it alot. Looking back sometimes I roll my eyes at some of those posts or even cringe a little...like "why in the world would I write that??" I did a post somewhere along the way about  

Chris quit his job then and I just wrote and talked about it a ton.
Since then... (he quit march of 2011) Chris bought all of his own equipment (on his own from his own jobs), we went to California for 2 months while he worked on his first feature film,
he started his film company, Noble Lure, and took on clients like RedBull, Tony Parker & Dickie's.
We reopened A Little Artsy and since have moved it/ teamed up with a local school.
I have continued to sell my art and even was the featured artist at a recent Art House Dallas event alongside Jeremy Cowart.


Oh and somewhere along the way, maybe after our California trip last August??, I stopped talking about money.

We have worked our tails off and continue to do so.

Being freelance isn't easy.  My dear friend wrote a post about being freelance here that is spot on.

I never know what the next month holds.


But I do know the past year has been a huge success in my eyes.
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photos c/o: kristen rae photography / necklace c/o: cheerfully charmed /
shoes c/o: blowfish / skirt: target / rings c/o: VonEshna


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25 comments:

  1. Such a pleasure to call you friend and watch your dreams become reality. Good for you ;) Love you!

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  2. Hi Casey.
    I'm a newish follower, and I just wanted to tell you that when I read this post, I was surprised at first(why would she have needed to talk about money?). I had no idea that it was something that was a part of your faith story. I think that looking back and reading those posts made me realize you're a real person (not just a famous blog)! I know you might look back and cringe, but I actually really really appreciate the glimpse behind the curtain of such a beautiful family following God's will no matter what. Keep being vulnerable.
    Lots of thanks,
    Farrell

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  3. I loved this post Casey! God is good!

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  4. Love this! And wow.. she's beautiful (so are you too!)

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  5. You know, when you lay it all out like that, it seems like you had an amazing year. Keep on keeping on, and thanks for inspiring other people who want to do what you do someday. :)

    -Lindsey
    http://ettu-tutu.blogspot.ca/

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  6. i love the light & friendship in your coffee date :) and i went back & read your post on looking back. i understand the eye-rolling thing - everyone who blogs must do it. and i admire your courage in following your heart & your art.

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  7. How wonderful!! Isn't it great when you can look back at a situation in your life when you were clearly scared and trying to trust at the time, but now can see how things were working themselves out to fall right into place? Congrats to you and Chris for chasing your dreams and catching a few!

    I just wrote about a similar situation in my own life, where my husband and I needed a change, and also needed to stop trying to plan out our lives for ourselves. We decided to stop trying to make things happen so hard, trust God, and "put out the fleece," by sticking our house on the market and seeing what happened. It's so hard to just trust, but it can work out so beautifully! We sold our house in record time, found out the day after we signed the papers that he was shortlisted for a job, and he received the job the day of the interview! Now we are headed to London. I can't wait to see how the rest of this story goes. :)

    http://chrisanderinkeith.blogspot.com/2012/07/on-change-part-2-getting-job.html

    Blessings to you guys!!

    Erin

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  8. Hello Casey! I've been thinking about you and I hope you are doing alright. I am so sorry for all that you are going through right now - I am going to search to find your older posts about money - I'm going through a similar situation. Excited to read your thoughts on the matter. xo

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  9. Where is your shirt from?! Horses -> Love! I so enjoy reading your blog and wish you all the best, always!

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  10. SO SO proud of you for this past year. . . in SO many ways! :-) Love you! :-)

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  11. You and your family deserve all the goodness in the world :)

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  12. Love you! You know that I support you everyday and in everything you do! I watched the video for your art studio the other day while designing... and cried. You give so much to the world and it is a blessing. Keep doing what you're doing, love!

    xo.

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  13. This post gives me chills. Such an honest reflection of where you've been and how far you've come.... I remember how different things were last year and it's amazing to see God's faithfullness in your life!

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  14. i know exactly that freelancer life. i'm a freelance line producer. sometimes it can be really challenging :)

    you speak it out perfectly

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  15. you have inspired me so much, friend, to pursue my big crazy dreams - and to sacrifice. and God is doing big things through that. so thank you for being a role model, sweet girl. love and hugs! xo

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  16. I'm so happy for you Casey. I know that when you are not worrying about money constantly it takes a huge weight off your shoulders. I remember reading your money posts when you wrote them, when you had to cancel your health insurance... to be honest I would see all your sponsors and see your pictures and not even think you guys might be struggling, and then when you wrote something like that I thought WOAH! She struggles too! (We have free health care in the UK so I have never known what it's like not to have it but the thought of not having that to fall back on would absolutely terrify me) and then I saw you working hard, loving your family to the fullest, having fun in the yard, following your dreams, pushing through the hard times to get to the better times. And here you are! You are an inspiration to us all Casey. And I know that comments from people may not make you change the way you feel when you read back on old posts but I don't cringe when I read back on any of your posts. I think they're written beautifully and they touch on points of real life that many other people/blogs don't. Which is why I keep coming back here.

    http://myfroley.blogspot.com

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  17. i think your last year has been so successful from what i have read. you and chris must be so proud of yourselves.

    and don't stop dreaming big :)

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  18. Success is seen differently for everyone. As long as we acknowledge where that success is coming from, God will continue to provide. Thank you for always being honest and sharing your life with us.

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  19. You are such an inspiration Casey and I so love and appreciate how honest and open you are about your life. Dream big and dream often!

    And on a side note, that little top is fabulous :)

    ~Amanda
    http://www.binksandfranny.com/

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  20. Casey, thanks for being inspiring, and just real. I've taken on the most responsibility of my life thus far, trying to pay my own rent and pretty much everything else, and its so hard not to stress about money! But like you said, the best I can do is work hard, not knowing what next month holds but doing my very best. Good friends help too :)

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  21. i'm so glad you linked those rings. i want them!

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  22. and, i realize that has nothing to do with the subject matter of this post. whoops! so, with that, i will say...very, very happy for you guys. hope you continue to be successful!

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  23. What a lovely post. It such a testimony to Gods faithfulness. He always provides.

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  24. I didn't catch the older posts about money, but am curious to have a look or to hear more of your current thoughts on it. From what it sounds like you were in the positiion I find myself in. Faith, for sure, is the answer...but advice, support and bloggy-love is always helpful too.
    Thanks for hosting!
    ~Deirdre

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  25. Casey,

    your honesty about your financial situation was a beautiful thing. Im sure a lot of people found comfort in that because they were able to relate to you. I was one of them. So don't cringe when you read those posts. They are raw and honest and deep and just plain beautiful. that is why so many people love you. you are real. and I encourage you to keep doing being real. blessings!

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