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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.

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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

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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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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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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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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