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Though the ups and downs, it’s important that we still give thanks. Read More

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Join artist Melodi Meadows and I as we discuss what sparks our creativity. Read More

fp joanna -Nov 23, 2015, 4:00PM
Hi Faith, thanks for your suggestions! I love the idea of you and your daughter making collaborative work. xx, Joanna
Laila -Nov 23, 2015, 4:57AM
This was so lovely to read. I didn't know how much I needed some creative renewal until I read this. Also, I love that the structure itself was so organic and flowed so naturally, (instead of being a type A list with bullet points.) Thanks for sharing this! xx

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Post image for California’s Golden Hour: A Time To Reflect

With every changing season comes an opportunity to reflect and renew. Read More

Michelle -Nov 19, 2015, 7:48AM
First of all, those pictures are beautiful! Every time the year slowly starts to end I reflect on the things that were good that year, and try to see things that didn't work out so well as meant to be.

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Post image for FP West Coast Field Trip: The Magical Side of Joshua Tree

Ever wonder what a Free People inspirational field trip looks like? Join the West Coast team as we travel to the beautifully bizarre world of Joshua Tree. Read More

Andrea -Nov 19, 2015, 1:21PM
This is so weird I grew up here! Just moved to Oregon a few months ago. I miss the magic but see everyone else is enjoying it :) I love the end. Kime is so nice and has the greatest stuff!
Lindsay Bosworth -Nov 18, 2015, 11:39PM
Wow what magical photos! Check out my inspirational blog

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It’s early Monday morning, and I notice someone behind me in line at the coffee shop is scattered and in a rush.Read More

Freya -Nov 16, 2015, 8:58PM
Ah I am in love with the journal in the photo! May I ask where you bough it from?
nancy -Nov 10, 2015, 1:18PM
I leave £5.00 notes in random places. Not necessarily in plain site. Sometimes I will pick a random address and put money in an envelope with a note that says 'buy something for yourself' and post it. My thinking is that if I do things anonymously even better. Saturday a lady was choking in a restaurant I didn't hesitate to help, I was surprised that only me and the one staff member were the only ones to help.

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Post image for Cobalt Blue is the Warmest Color

Share in the bittersweet nostalgia of a yesteryear…as found in our November magalog.
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Michelle -Nov 07, 2015, 9:44AM
There is actually an old photograph of my (sadly too early) passed away grandmother, and I sometimes look exactly like her in this picture. It always makes me think of her, although my memory of her slowly starts to fade away. My father always says that I'm a lot like her.

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Post image for Celebrate National Novel Writing Month With A 30-Day Writing Challenge

November is Nanowrimo — celebrate by putting pen to paper for 30 days straight.

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wichintown -Nov 12, 2015, 7:06PM
It's crazy but today I was thinking about this... and write... and I wrote, and I found this. It's ins spanish, i hope u can read it without problem. It's about your 12th day ;)
Megan b. -Nov 11, 2015, 3:08PM
I'm gonna be starting this a little late, but I really want to do it. Think of the Novel you will have written if you do this every year for 10+ years. And it could get better and better every year.

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Post image for Book Club: M Train by Patti Smith, Stations 6, 7 & 8 Discussion

Join in on this week’s book club discussion…

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alyssa (AKA Lily) -Nov 04, 2015, 5:51PM
– Do you believe it’s possible to live without time, the way the author and her husband did? I think there's something fantastical in nature about the idea of living without time. I'm currently in my last semester of college. My days are still ruled by a clock that pushes me from point A to point B from the time I roll out of bed in the morning until I go to sleep at night. I do, however, remember my summers spent in grade school not being sure (and not caring) what day of the week it was. In childhood it's easier to lose track of time and live in a timeless state. Maybe Patti Smith and her husband were living a sort of second childhood in that chapter of their lives. I'll even go further to say that maybe there are still hours that go by where we don't think about the time. When I'm on stage singing, when I have a day off and I'm sitting in front of my piano writing songs, I do not consider time. I don't glance at the clock in my house, I don't notice the time on my phone. Time doesn't seem to exist when I'm immersed in music. – Have you ever become obsessed with a fictional place or thing, the way the author did in Station 7? What was it? Why was it intriguing? Books have been my escape since childhood, and I've often gotten attached to fictional places and even people. I also obsessed over Stars Hollow (the fictional town in Gilmore Girls), and I was really upset when I learned that it only existed on a studio lot. I think the intrigue comes from the fact that it's already an escape for the viewer or reader, so it becomes a safe place, or at least a place of fascination. I've often found that I tend to obsess over fictional places that are very much so different from my environment. – Do you remember your dreams? Do you have a tool for remembering them, similar to the way Smith uses the alphabet in Station 8? I have insanely vivid dreams. Sometimes my dreams even seem to be slightly prophetic. I have conversations with people that are very meaningful, and I find myself picking them a part throughout the day. I don't really have a tool for remembering my dreams. I feel like I remember the ones that are most important, but I do write down the most intriguing ones in my journals. – Is there a landmark, like Casa Azul, you dream of one day visiting? Traveling in general is important to me. I've seen different parts of Europe--London, Paris, Barcelona, Rome, and Florence. Oddly enough, I've seen more of Europe than I have the US. I would definitely love to see more of the east coast, especially this time of year when the leaves are changing, and there's a lot of history there. I find myself in awe of Patti Smith and her travels. She just seems so worldly, and I think that makes her such an influential poet. – Do your dreams have repeat characters? What do you think they represent? I rarely have recurring dreams, so when I do, I pay attention to them. There was a girl named Lily who started making appearances in many of my dreams. Lily is also my nickname, so I connected her to myself. She was always giving me advice, telling me to take a leap, so I can only guess that she's representative of the risk taker in me who is somewhat timid at times. – What do you think The Cowboy represents? The Cowboy is an interesting guy. I think the first line in my journal from the day I bought this book was "It's not easy writing about nothing." It's still baffling to me.

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Post image for The Desert of Sisterly Love

Two sisters embark on a long-overdue pilgrimage to Joshua Tree desert. Read More

Michelle -Nov 03, 2015, 10:02AM
Thank you for this post, it was very inspiring and reminded me to contact my best friend again, we really need to reconnect since she moved away a few months ago!

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Post image for 10 Things…To Do When You’re Feeling Nostalgic

Next time you’re feeling nostalgic, embrace the past with one of these 10 things. Read More

Gail Lloyd -Nov 06, 2015, 12:08PM
Loved your ideas, as I love to reminisce. Scents trigger memories for me, along with songs. The smell of a child's baby doll, the scent of a hand or body cream, certain food smells, or when I get a whiff of someone's cologne it can take me back to my childhood, watching my mom getting ready to go out with my dad and spraying on her favorite cologne. I love drifting back to my past.
Suzee -Nov 06, 2015, 10:03AM
Listening to Vinyl is the ultimate way to feel nostalgic

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Post image for Fall Back, Sleep Better: 5 Ways to Conquer Daylight Standard Time

Tackle Daylight Standard Time like a boss and make the cold weather months ahead the best ones yet.

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fp julie -Nov 02, 2015, 9:41AM
Amy - How embarrassing! Thanks for pointing that out -- all fixed :)
Kiss & Make-up -Nov 02, 2015, 7:00AM
Lately I have been sleeping really bad again, so I can use all the help I can get right now...

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Post image for Book Club: M Train by Patti Smith, Stations 3, 4, & 5 Discussion

A web of dreams and realities, today we’re discussing Stations 3, 4, & 5 of M Train by Patti Smith.

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Martina Ventura -Oct 30, 2015, 5:37AM
I haven't read this book yet but i love book club posts so keep it up :)
Alla -Oct 28, 2015, 2:32PM
Went to see Patti Smith a few weeks ago in Boston when she was signing her book and giving an hour talk! What an interesting woman! Haven't finished reading the book yet, in the middle of my reading. Beautiful narrative!

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