what makes your heart feel alive

Marian Parsonsa slice of life98 Comments

Jeff and I have been talking a lot lately about what “makes us tick” or, more eloquently put, what makes our heart feel alive. I think society encourages us from an early age to be sensible and doing the things that make your heart feel alive don’t always sound sensible.  Get on the honor roll.  Your SAT score will dictate how successful … Read More

country living | behind the scenes

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, My House90 Comments

Several of you have already come upon a secret I’ve been keeping since June of last year.  My home was featured in the March 2016 issue of Country Living. AHHHHHH! And, yes, lots of geeking out has taken place.  Lots of high-pitched squeals and pinch-me moments and slowing down to soak it all in. It was the most involved shoot I have … Read More

money talk

Marian Parsonsa slice of life44 Comments

I remember it vividly.  Like it was yesterday.  I was a teenager with my own checking account, which was awesome.  What wasn’t awesome is that my dad had to drive me to the bank, because I had overdrawn the account.  Like, a lot.  He sent me to the desk by myself to tell the manager that I hadn’t reconciled my … Read More

CEO lessons & january goals

Marian ParsonsBalance, my business story, Running a Business52 Comments

Sunday night, I was conflicted.  We had just flown in from our trip to the Vintage Whites Market.  I had been “working” all weekend and I really wanted (and needed) to just spend Monday at home…cleaning, hitting the grocery store, unpacking, etc.  You know the drill.  I own my own business, so I can do that, right? Yes, I could. … Read More

Vintage Whites Market Recap

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint34 Comments

When much of a business is done online and from home, it’s easy to be a hermit.  I’m a bit of a homebody and, while I’m an outgoing person, I just like staying home.  I like being in my studio, creating. But, there are some opportunities that are worth the “disruption”.  When I was invited to The Vintage Whites Market … Read More

Reliving my Andrea McArdle Moment

Marian Parsonsa slice of life49 Comments

If you read my bio or have been hanging around my blog for a while, you know that I have a degree in musical theatre.  I’ve shared before about my dream to be on Broadway and how I’ve kept my dance shoes, scripts and music repertoire binder long after they’ve been useful to me in everyday life.  It’s a big … Read More