The Wiegands

9:06 AM Mallory Nicole 1 Comments



I am usually a sucker for design blogs, but for a couple of months now I have been reading a blog written by Casey Wiegand; she has a beautiful soul, full of compassion. God has used her posts to comfort me and challenge me to have more faith.
At times, when I get caught up in daydreams about a new car, or the couch that I want for my library I get overwhelmed by the lack of freelance work I’m getting. I worry about how I’m unable to get nicer things, forgetting that I have more than I need already.
Casey and her husband have so much faith that God will provide what they need when they need it, not just for them, but their two beautiful children. Reading her words has moved me in many ways to be a better person.
I don’t want to give away all of her awesome qualities and details; you can check that out on her blog here.
Photos are from here.

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Illustrating

12:00 PM Mallory Nicole 0 Comments

Drawing is one of my favorite things to do. Unfortunately, I don't take the time to brainstorm many ideas. I just wanted to share a couple of my favorites.

Before Daniel and I started dating, I drew him a photo of a man in a top hat. Soon after we were dating a lady with a parasol came about. This is the first of many "Daniel and Mallory" drawings that were made.

I really wanted to draw something with a lot more detail than I normally put in, and I love birdcages. Thus, the birdcage body was created.
 

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2012 Goals

9:56 AM Mallory Nicole 3 Comments

Last January, I decided I would create goals for 2011. Daniel and I make a list of goals together, and then I make one for myself. We are so happy to have completed all of our goals!
Between the two sets, I had 11 goals I was trying to complete. Some are one time, but most are long lasting and I hope to carry them on.

2011 goals as a couple:

Buy a House - we were planning on buying one in November, and ended up buying one in March.

Travel out of State - Our honeymoon was the last time we left Texas. We went to Missouri and Florida this year.

Hang out with 2 married couples a month - If you're the first of your friends to get married, there is no one to tell you how important it is to connect with married couples. We maintain our college friends, while still hanging out with our new married friends.

Give to our church

My list (only a couple that I'm most proud of):
Get a New Job - In August I was let go with no reason, and since I've worked at freelance. It barely brings money now, but it is work, and I'm happier than I was when we had two incomes going.

Be positive - The stress from work made me a negative person. I took things out on Daniel, things that didn't matter. When I talked to people I talked about how horrible I felt at work. In April, it was like a switch was flipped. I tried my hardest not to talk negatively about work, not to allow anger to get a hold of me at work, and I became more of a wife and friend that I knew I needed to be. It's a goal I will continue to work towards, but now I feel it's part of me, striving for joy.


I wanted to share my own goals for 2012. They're written on my chalkboard wall, and a paper that I'll hang up somewhere I see often.
1. I need to build up a base clientele. I have a couple of things in the works, and hope they work out.
2. An idea for a book came into my head. I've researched and daydreamed about it, but I have never focused. It's time to do that.
3.The larger you draw, the more detail you have to put in to complete it. This is my way of working on a big project with lots of focus and time.
4. I need to do this for me. To encourage myself to seek out work, and to feel useful. If I have to work part-time to supplement my freelance income, then that's what I'll do.


Creating a set of goals is so great. Do you set some? If yes, what are some of them? If not, I encourage you to, and display them where you'll see them everyday.

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