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Lisa Gillund

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- A deep thought for a Monday. Yesterday morning we received a phone call that my littlest, B's favorite bus driver had passed away from cancer. It was a fast and aggressive cancer and unexpected. Norm was a wonderful man who spent time taking B to watch baseball games, drove B around on his golf cart, was quick to give him treats and hugs. The friendship they shared was special, unique, and one-of-a-kind. Norm treated B like a grandson and lit up at just the sight of him. How do you explain loss to a seven year old? How do you navigate the questions of his friend not coming home from the hospital? How do you explain that memories are all he now has? Last weekend we had taken B to see him at the hospital and while they shared jokes with one another, Norm said something that has been sitting in my heart all week; and especially the last 24 hours. He said: "... they say there isn't much that they can do at this point. There are just so many things I had wanted to do yet." Are we doing all the things we had wanted to do? Are we living fully? Are we living our best life with the time we are given? Are we living in our joys? A lot of reflection these past days. A lot of hugs and many I -Love-You's. Many, many I-Love- You's.
- A deep thought for a Monday. Yesterday morning we received a phone call that my littlest, B's favorite bus driver had passed away from cancer. It was a fast and aggressive cancer and unexpected. Norm was a wonderful man who spent time taking B to watch baseball games, drove B around on his golf cart, was quick to give him treats and hugs. The friendship they shared was special, unique, and one-of-a-kind. Norm treated B like a grandson and lit up at just the sight of him. How do you explain loss to a seven year old? How do you navigate the questions of his friend not coming home from the hospital? How do you explain that memories are all he now has? Last weekend we had taken B to see him at the hospital and while they shared jokes with one another, Norm said something that has been sitting in my heart all week; and especially the last 24 hours. He said: "... they say there isn't much that they can do at this point. There are just so many things I had wanted to do yet." Are we doing all the things we had wanted to do? Are we living fully? Are we living our best life with the time we are given? Are we living in our joys? A lot of reflection these past days. A lot of hugs and many I -Love-You's. Many, many I-Love- You's.
- A deep thought for a Monday. Yesterday morning we received a phone call that my littlest, B's favorite bus driver had passed away from cancer. It was a fast and aggressive cancer and unexpected. Norm was a wonderful man who spent time taking B to watch baseball games, drove B around on his golf cart, was quick to give him treats and hugs. The friendship they shared was special, unique, and one-of-a-kind. Norm treated B like a grandson and lit up at just the sight of him. How do you explain loss to a seven year old? How do you navigate the questions of his friend not coming home from the hospital? How do you explain that memories are all he now has? Last weekend we had taken B to see him at the hospital and while they shared jokes with one another, Norm said something that has been sitting in my heart all week; and especially the last 24 hours. He said: "... they say there isn't much that they can do at this point. There are just so many things I had wanted to do yet." Are we doing all the things we had wanted to do? Are we living fully? Are we living our best life with the time we are given? Are we living in our joys? A lot of reflection these past days. A lot of hugs and many I -Love-You's. Many, many I-Love- You's.
- If you had asked me twenty years ago what my life plan was I would have told you law school, a loft in Uptown, zero kids, and travel. Fast forward present to a 1920 brick two-story in the corner of Minnesota, a floral studio in my basement, three kids (and one very big dog) and yes, some travel. It's funny how life happens, isn't it? Stay curious. Be open. Let the lines of what you think should be your path stay fuzzy enough to let the possibilities in. That's where the magic of being, begins. That's the jam center. The good stuff. That's the creative flow. #choosejoy #thecreativelife #motivationforcreatives #thatfloristlife
- If you had asked me twenty years ago what my life plan was I would have told you law school, a loft in Uptown, zero kids, and travel. Fast forward present to a 1920 brick two-story in the corner of Minnesota, a floral studio in my basement, three kids (and one very big dog) and yes, some travel. It's funny how life happens, isn't it? Stay curious. Be open. Let the lines of what you think should be your path stay fuzzy enough to let the possibilities in. That's where the magic of being, begins. That's the jam center. The good stuff. That's the creative flow. #choosejoy #thecreativelife #motivationforcreatives #thatfloristlife
- If you had asked me twenty years ago what my life plan was I would have told you law school, a loft in Uptown, zero kids, and travel. Fast forward present to a 1920 brick two-story in the corner of Minnesota, a floral studio in my basement, three kids (and one very big dog) and yes, some travel. It's funny how life happens, isn't it? Stay curious. Be open. Let the lines of what you think should be your path stay fuzzy enough to let the possibilities in. That's where the magic of being, begins. That's the jam center. The good stuff. That's the creative flow. #choosejoy #thecreativelife #motivationforcreatives #thatfloristlife
- Anyone who knows me knows I am not a resolutions girl. I actually refer to this day as #noresolutions because I feel it's a daily practice and we are human after all. 2017 was dedicated to #presence and guess what: I failed more than I care to admit. I once again got lost in the hustle and only found glimmers of presence and when I did, it swept me off my feet. Made me kick back, heart palpitations, tears wiped, and a profound beating in my heart saying 'Enough. You are more than enough.' My regret is not seeing all of those in the moment because of the noise and clutter that surrounded it. I set goals and crushed them and still felt empty because I wasn't present. The moments were missed. I broke my own heart in many ways. I beat myself up this year A LOT. Then 40 happened and these past few weeks have been the sort of rebirth that can only be explained as the thing your mother tells you about as a teenager and you think she's lost her mind but then BAM you GET IT. What I feared was a number versus understanding all the life I have lived and what is left yet to be discovered. So 2018 is about JOY. Joy in all of it. Finding Joy in the good. Finding Joy in the mess. Seeing Joy in victories and Joy in the fuck ups. Joy when it doesn't go as planned and Joy when it is a moment of perfection. Finding Joy in chaos because that means life is being lived all around us. Finding Joy in the departure of things that no longer serve us because it allows freedom. So much Joy to be had in 2018, Friends. The best is really yet to come. 🎉🎉🎉❤ #choosejoy #theyearofjoy #noresolutions
- Anyone who knows me knows I am not a resolutions girl. I actually refer to this day as #noresolutions because I feel it's a daily practice and we are human after all. 2017 was dedicated to #presence and guess what: I failed more than I care to admit. I once again got lost in the hustle and only found glimmers of presence and when I did, it swept me off my feet. Made me kick back, heart palpitations, tears wiped, and a profound beating in my heart saying 'Enough. You are more than enough.' My regret is not seeing all of those in the moment because of the noise and clutter that surrounded it. I set goals and crushed them and still felt empty because I wasn't present. The moments were missed. I broke my own heart in many ways. I beat myself up this year A LOT. Then 40 happened and these past few weeks have been the sort of rebirth that can only be explained as the thing your mother tells you about as a teenager and you think she's lost her mind but then BAM you GET IT. What I feared was a number versus understanding all the life I have lived and what is left yet to be discovered. So 2018 is about JOY. Joy in all of it. Finding Joy in the good. Finding Joy in the mess. Seeing Joy in victories and Joy in the fuck ups. Joy when it doesn't go as planned and Joy when it is a moment of perfection. Finding Joy in chaos because that means life is being lived all around us. Finding Joy in the departure of things that no longer serve us because it allows freedom. So much Joy to be had in 2018, Friends. The best is really yet to come. 🎉🎉🎉❤ #choosejoy #theyearofjoy #noresolutions
- Anyone who knows me knows I am not a resolutions girl. I actually refer to this day as #noresolutions because I feel it's a daily practice and we are human after all. 2017 was dedicated to #presence and guess what: I failed more than I care to admit. I once again got lost in the hustle and only found glimmers of presence and when I did, it swept me off my feet. Made me kick back, heart palpitations, tears wiped, and a profound beating in my heart saying 'Enough. You are more than enough.' My regret is not seeing all of those in the moment because of the noise and clutter that surrounded it. I set goals and crushed them and still felt empty because I wasn't present. The moments were missed. I broke my own heart in many ways. I beat myself up this year A LOT. Then 40 happened and these past few weeks have been the sort of rebirth that can only be explained as the thing your mother tells you about as a teenager and you think she's lost her mind but then BAM you GET IT. What I feared was a number versus understanding all the life I have lived and what is left yet to be discovered. So 2018 is about JOY. Joy in all of it. Finding Joy in the good. Finding Joy in the mess. Seeing Joy in victories and Joy in the fuck ups. Joy when it doesn't go as planned and Joy when it is a moment of perfection. Finding Joy in chaos because that means life is being lived all around us. Finding Joy in the departure of things that no longer serve us because it allows freedom. So much Joy to be had in 2018, Friends. The best is really yet to come. 🎉🎉🎉❤ #choosejoy #theyearofjoy #noresolutions
- I woke up to forty years here. Immersed myself in the ocean waves, ate amazing foods, spent an afternoon at the most incredible spa, and celebrated with endless champagne and desserts. One thing I know for sure is that life, even when it isn't easy, it certainly goes by quickly. And for that I know: More waves. More salt. More self love. More laughter. More joy. More bucket list. Fifty years more of that...at least. #birthdayweek #thisis40 #excellencepuntacana #choosejoy
- I woke up to forty years here. Immersed myself in the ocean waves, ate amazing foods, spent an afternoon at the most incredible spa, and celebrated with endless champagne and desserts. One thing I know for sure is that life, even when it isn't easy, it certainly goes by quickly. And for that I know: More waves. More salt. More self love. More laughter. More joy. More bucket list. Fifty years more of that...at least. #birthdayweek #thisis40 #excellencepuntacana #choosejoy
- I woke up to forty years here. Immersed myself in the ocean waves, ate amazing foods, spent an afternoon at the most incredible spa, and celebrated with endless champagne and desserts. One thing I know for sure is that life, even when it isn't easy, it certainly goes by quickly. And for that I know: More waves. More salt. More self love. More laughter. More joy. More bucket list. Fifty years more of that...at least. #birthdayweek #thisis40 #excellencepuntacana #choosejoy
- There are a lot of special moments that go in the 24 hours of a wedding day. Over and over again I tell my clients, the best investment you will ever make on your wedding day is to invest in a wedding planner and designer so that you can take those 24 hours (and all the hours prior to that), living your life and being absorbed in the moments. For twelve years, I have heard time and again how fast the day goes by, how they wish it would have stayed a bit longer. Having a planner and designer allows presence in the moment, and looking back at my seasons, and now looking at where I am in my life (I'm looking at you 4-0), I am seeing now more than ever just how valuable moments really are. We don't get moments back. We don't get do overs. And if we play our cards right, we don't need to. Late yesterday afternoon before the storm hit, I met with my beautiful Bride to go through images from her day and this one brought me to tears. The moment of the room reveal with my most devoted and loved Mother of the Groom (and Bride!) and the pure joy in this image solidifies everything I have spoken of to my clients all these years. All of the love and hope and wishes I have for every family I am honored to venture through these life moments with are not taken for granted and better me as a creative and a person. This moment. Pure joy. Something that will be in my heart for all my seasons. Photography @emilysteffen #johnnyanddottie #jdweddings #mplsweddingplanner #mplseventdesign #mplsweddingflorist #minnesotawedding #midwestwedding #choosejoy
- There are a lot of special moments that go in the 24 hours of a wedding day. Over and over again I tell my clients, the best investment you will ever make on your wedding day is to invest in a wedding planner and designer so that you can take those 24 hours (and all the hours prior to that), living your life and being absorbed in the moments. For twelve years, I have heard time and again how fast the day goes by, how they wish it would have stayed a bit longer. Having a planner and designer allows presence in the moment, and looking back at my seasons, and now looking at where I am in my life (I'm looking at you 4-0), I am seeing now more than ever just how valuable moments really are. We don't get moments back. We don't get do overs. And if we play our cards right, we don't need to. Late yesterday afternoon before the storm hit, I met with my beautiful Bride to go through images from her day and this one brought me to tears. The moment of the room reveal with my most devoted and loved Mother of the Groom (and Bride!) and the pure joy in this image solidifies everything I have spoken of to my clients all these years. All of the love and hope and wishes I have for every family I am honored to venture through these life moments with are not taken for granted and better me as a creative and a person. This moment. Pure joy. Something that will be in my heart for all my seasons. Photography @emilysteffen #johnnyanddottie #jdweddings #mplsweddingplanner #mplseventdesign #mplsweddingflorist #minnesotawedding #midwestwedding #choosejoy
- There are a lot of special moments that go in the 24 hours of a wedding day. Over and over again I tell my clients, the best investment you will ever make on your wedding day is to invest in a wedding planner and designer so that you can take those 24 hours (and all the hours prior to that), living your life and being absorbed in the moments. For twelve years, I have heard time and again how fast the day goes by, how they wish it would have stayed a bit longer. Having a planner and designer allows presence in the moment, and looking back at my seasons, and now looking at where I am in my life (I'm looking at you 4-0), I am seeing now more than ever just how valuable moments really are. We don't get moments back. We don't get do overs. And if we play our cards right, we don't need to. Late yesterday afternoon before the storm hit, I met with my beautiful Bride to go through images from her day and this one brought me to tears. The moment of the room reveal with my most devoted and loved Mother of the Groom (and Bride!) and the pure joy in this image solidifies everything I have spoken of to my clients all these years. All of the love and hope and wishes I have for every family I am honored to venture through these life moments with are not taken for granted and better me as a creative and a person. This moment. Pure joy. Something that will be in my heart for all my seasons. Photography @emilysteffen #johnnyanddottie #jdweddings #mplsweddingplanner #mplseventdesign #mplsweddingflorist #minnesotawedding #midwestwedding #choosejoy

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