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Color. I don’t believe anyone can deny the fact that colors trigger emotions.Read More

Kat -Dec 11, 2015, 8:38PM
I thought your blog post was very true and inspiring so keep up the good post
amal -Dec 08, 2015, 8:46PM
As a Moroccan I find your words heart warming to read, thank you for speaking about this side of my beautiful country, I hope you enjoyed your stay. xoxo

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Tour Morocco via Melodi Meadows’ Polaroids, captured on our December Catalog shoot…Read More

Lah -Jan 10, 2016, 4:29PM
This is great article about Morocco, it reminds me of our Morocco tour.
danaeL -Nov 30, 2015, 5:46AM
Amazing pics! So dreamy

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All we need are our own two hands…Read More

Anna -Dec 08, 2015, 6:48AM
I know that feeling... and I absolutely love it, it's my favourite place..!
michaela jean -Nov 30, 2015, 2:22PM
Totally needed this. It's funny how just discussing creation brings forth creation. xo Michaela http://michaelajeanblog.com http://michaelajeanart.com

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Join the final discussion of M Train by Patti Smith…

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fp julie -Dec 01, 2015, 10:51AM
Kirby - I completely agree - I love how unapologetically enthusiastic she is about her passions.
Kirby -Nov 30, 2015, 2:39PM
M Train is one of the best books I've read in a while. It is a book that sucks you in. Just as Patti talked about being transported into Murakami's world...we are transported in to hers. Her writing is so rich. So hypnotic. So full of life. I love her enthusiasm for all things. In a day where most people are ashamed to talk about their passions, Patti is a light in the darkness. x Kirby KirbyJoanna.com

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Heading out to shop Black Friday sales today? Here are fives ways to keep sane.Read More

Sabs -Nov 28, 2015, 2:52AM
I did it Thanksgiving evening (when a few min before, we were all complaining ab the evilness of starting black fri on Thanksgiving, lol). Sneakers are a Must, along w/ water and fruits. Snagged a few great deals incl a maroon bedding set for my mom :) it seemed EVERYONE walked out w/ pillows, bedding, and blenders lol. I missed Santa at Macy's Santaland :( but the FP dept soothed my broken heart :)
Victoria -Nov 27, 2015, 10:14AM
I never take part of Black Friday, too chaotic for me. However, I do really enjoy Cyber Monday haha! xx Victoria | Chronicles of a Mermaid

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It starts with gratitude…and so important to count our blessings as often as we can. Read More

Ainee Beland -Feb 07, 2016, 7:39PM
I am thankful for these little reminders.
Valley -Dec 08, 2015, 9:44AM
Thank you! Thank you for giving me so many inspirations all the time. I like you.

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I picked up a letter from the post office the other day, addressed to me general delivery…Read More

Annie -Nov 28, 2015, 11:13PM
Totally lovely post
Lana -Nov 26, 2015, 3:37PM
I've been closing my eyes a lot today and envisioning Thanksgiving's from a few years past. Where I'd walk into my mother's house, she'd greet me with her sing-song "Helloooo..." and we'd smile at each other. We'd laugh and talk about life, and how funny it is to be a grownup. We'd do puzzles, decorate the house for Christmas, watch a musical, and maybe make cinnamon rolls. The small town where she lived has a holiday craft bazaar every weekend after Thanksgiving, and we'd make our way up there to see all the handmade goodies. Sometimes I'd play the piano while she'd make some treats, and she'd stand behind me reminding me of all the little piano rules I have forgotten since I quit taking piano lessons from her in 1996. "Remember? That means crescendo, get louder and then there, that means to go soft again." I'd laugh and tell her to stop looking over my shoulder because she was making me nervous. She died in 2014 at age 58 from cancer. Since then, this holiday has never felt right. It was our holiday. Last year I spent it in a fog, it was my first holiday without her. This year I've foregone the family festivities and my husband and I are having a quiet one at home with ribeye steaks, and for good measure we've bought a puzzle to do. But when I close my eyes, I can see it all like it's happening now. I just hate opening them up and realizing it can never be again.

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

fp joanna -Dec 04, 2015, 6:43PM
Thank you for sharing, Kimberly and Erin. We're all in this together, though we're countless miles apart. I appreciate you extending your words to me and I wish you both great luck in the future. Keep smiling, Joanna
Erin -Dec 04, 2015, 3:05PM
Hi Joanna, Thanks for sharing a bit of your story. I once heard that sharing your personal story can be throwing someone a life vest who is in need. I always try to share my weaknesses with others as well as strengths. How are we supposed to feel normal if everyone only talks about the good times?! It is oh so important to embrace the bad times with an optimistic outlook as you were saying. I am a senior in college and it is an uphill battle to the finish line but I am grateful for my friends here who lift my spirits every day. While reading your post I was also reminded of a study that I read. It was about the brain and happiness. It was proven when you are feeling sad and you switch your mind to thinking of something you are grateful for your brain will automatically start releasing happy hormones. (Like my scientific terms?) But just a change of pace in the mind helps. Pretty cool. I love this post and I am sorry for your loss. Take care!

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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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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. https://www.makeandmess.com/

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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

Olivia -Jan 02, 2016, 6:28PM
I loved your blog post! I have been to Joshua Tree once and it was amazing, and I'm planning a trip to go back. I'm so sorry you guys missed the Integratron, but awesome you found the magical traveler's retreat! Does the traveler's retreat have a name? Or could you provide any more information about how exactly I can find this traveler's retreat? I'd really love to visit but I can't seem to find much when I google it... thank you for sharing!
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!

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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

Sean -Feb 06, 2016, 9:57AM
Love to you!
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?

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