Five Minute Friday: Opening Up to the Here & Now

Five Minute Friday: Opening Up to the Here & Now - - A reflection on living moment to moment instead of "when to when." by Lauren from

Usually when I see the one-word prompt for Five Minute Friday, a specific story will flash to mind, and I'll know exactly where to begin when the timer starts.But not today.No, when I saw the word "when" as the topic on which to write this week, absolutely nothing came to mind.  No story.  No vision.  No ideas.  Nada.I thought, "Well this should be fun!" (apparently my subconscious has a sarcastic bent), but I decided to go through with the exercise and see if anything share-worthy Read more

30 MORE Last Minute DIY Gifts for Your Valentine

30 More Last Minute DIY Gifts for Your Valentine | No more stress-outs allowed! Here's more than enough inspiration to help you come up with a creative and meaningful gift idea in 30 minutes or less. These are great ideas for your boyfriend or husband for Valentine's Day, anniversaries, birthdays, Christmas, and beyond!

I'm not a procrastinator.  I just work well under pressure.  At least that's how I'm choosing to see it!  {Smile.}The tick of the clock, the quickened beat of my heart, the rattle of the impending deadline like a freight train charging down the track...they have been the soundtrack to some of my very best gift-giving.Because while last-minute gift-giving can be frenzied, it doesn't have to be.  What I've come to realize is that the key to an epic gift is not in epically huge investment Read more

My One Word for 2015

My One Word for 2015: SURRENDER...and what that might mean for a control freak like myself! | reflections by the thinking closet

For the last two years, I've chosen one word for the year.  One word to inspire my dreams and help focus my goals.  One word to help me see the bigger picture.  One word to give a name to the tugging on my heart.Though the truth of the matter is that I don't really choose the word.  Rather, the word chooses me.In 2013, it was LEAP.  And you can read more about the leaps I took in this end-of-the-year reflection.In 2014, it was BALANCE.  And before I share my word for this new year, I Read more

“What I Love About You from A to Z” Mini-Book Gift

"What I Love About You from A to Z" Mini-Book | Creative gift idea that will lavish your recipient with love through 26 different affirmations, one for each letter of the alphabet! Gotta love it when gifts are inexpensive, yet oh so meaningful.

So, I'm sort of a gift fanatic--we've established that fact--and some of my favorite gifts are the ones that just keep going and going (insert token Energizer bunny reference here).And going.  ...  For instance: Why give the gift of one date night when you can plan out 12 Months of Dates? Why give one birthday gift when you can give 30 Gifts to Celebrate 30 Years? Why share just one thing you love about someone, when you can share 26 things you love about them, from A to Read more

Reader Showcase: A Look Back at Fall 2014

Fall 2014 Reader Showcase at where we turn the spotlight onto the readers and check out the inspirational creations they've been working on. They knock the ball out of the park, every time!

Apparently, I've been living under a rock......and we underwent a season change from fall to winter over a month ago.  Of course, can you blame me for being out of touch when we've had shorts weather recently?  (Northerners, please don't send me hate mail.  Instead, come and visit sunny Florida!)That said, I'm lonnnnng overdue for our quarterly installment of The Thinking Closet Reader Showcase.  And we have quite the case to show today.What exactly is the Reader Read more

Five Minute Friday: Half a Cookie

Generosity is Contagious | Five Minute Friday: SHARE - What spilled onto the screen when I set a timer for five minutes and wrote on one word: share.

I felt a yearning I haven't felt in a while...a yearning just to freewrite!  The kind of writing inspired by a creative prompt where you set a timer and just let the thoughts spill onto the page or screen, scritchity scratchety or tickity typity.  You don't censor yourself.  You don't correct yourself.  You fly forward with the freedom to just write.Well, this yearning couldn't have been better timed because there's an event that happens across blogland every week around this time called Read more

Our Budget Binder & Simplify eBook Giveaway!

Our Budget Binder!

G'day, mates!Yesterday, I shared how Mark and I are venturing into uncharted financial waters this new year: we're going to try a cash budget envelope system.  I have to say, I was really encouraged by the flood of comments, many from others who have adopted the same system!  I've enjoyed seeing all of the Dave Ramsey fanatics come out of the woodwork.  Now, if you're just tuning in and are like, "Dave Who?" be sure to catch up by reading yesterday's post HERE; it includes a free printable Read more

DIY Cash Budget Envelopes: Free Printable

DIY Cash Budget Envelopes: Free Printable | Learn how to create your own wallet-sized envelopes using any paper or scrapbook paper. Free downloads include a PDF Printable & Silhouette cut you've got options! Great resource for anyone wanting to take their monthly budget under control with Dave Ramsey's Cash Budget Envelope System!

Mark and I are taking a leap this year and venturing into something brand new on the financial front: we're preparing to try out a cash budget envelope system.  I know, your eyebrows just furrowed a little, didn't they?  Mine did, too, pretty much for an entire year.  Here's a little background on what changed that furrowed brown to an intrigued eyebrow raise that said, "Okay...let's give it a go!"We are both avid podcast listeners, and one of our favorites of 2014 was The Dave Ramsey Show. Read more

Why I’m Taking a True Day of Rest Each Week & How It Has Changed EVERYTHING


It was late August, and Mark and I found ourselves in the cool quiet north of Wisconsin.  I had just started amping up my eBook writing and was feeling the impending crunch of deadlines.In some ways, it seemed like the worst possible time to adopt a new habit that meant less work time.  And yet, it was exactly the right time.  I needed a break somethin' fierce, and I recall that first week of trying it out: I could not wait to start.  I powered down the computer, put away the TO DO list, and Read more

The Top 10 Posts of 2014

The Thinking Closet's Top 10 Posts of 2014!

Happy New Year, friends!I hope you all had a blessed holiday and that your 2015 is off to a fantastic start.I recently took two weeks off from the blog--the longest break I've taken since the inception of The Thinking Closet in September 2012.  But it has been a much-needed time of rest and renewal for me after a busy year.  It turns out that the pace I had worked up to in publishing my eBook is not one I am capable of maintaining on a regular basis.  #humanproblems(Actually, Read more