So Close to Amazing

This is a little deviation from my normal DIY, decor style post.  But, I think it’s something you’ll enjoy.  I am fortunate to be part of a group of very special people celebrating a book launch.  And not just any book launch.  The book launch of an immensely talented lady.  And let’s just be honest – Pretty much my idol of the blogging world.  And believe me, it’s not just another book about decor (which I love those too).     It’s a story, a journey, and it’ll suck you in from Chapter 1.  If you’re a reader, this one’s for you.  Or if you’re looking for inspiration, this one’s for you.  If you’ve ever felt “so close to amazing”, this one’s for you.

If you’re into DIY, farmhouse style, funny stories, red lipstick, and heartfelt stories, chances are you’ve heard of Karianne Wood from Thistlewood Farm.  I’ve followed her blog for years.  Her house is pretty much my dream house.  Think rescued furniture finished to a T, gorgeous lighting, porches, wood floors, and more.  But – it’s not just the house.  It’s the way she tells her stories.  They are real and honest.  You can tell she’s the kind of person you’d sit and have a giant glass of sweet tea with.  She’s a queen of DIY and story telling so it’s pretty fitting that she wrote a book.

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Image courtesy of Rebecca Parsons of cre8tivecompass

I’m new at this blogging game.  It’s hard, time-consuming, scary, and huge.  I was feeling overwhelmed.  And I know that won’t make sense to some and that’s ok.  But I thought, why not.  I reached out to Karianne for one of her blog consults.

And apparently, I got the last one.

She’s writing and super busy now.  But you know what?  She gave me nearly 2 hours of her time.  We talked, laughed, and I learned more than I ever thought possible.  And honestly, I pretty much considered us BFFs after the talk.  Creepy – probably.  My husband looked at me like I was a unicorn.  He’s not into this decor/blogging world, so he thought it was super weird.  But so what.  I didn’t mind looking like a unicorn for a day.

I was given the opportunity to be a part of the book launch group.  Now, I love to read, but unfortunately, a job, 2 small kids, a house, a husband, and starting this blog doesn’t leave a lot of time for reading.  So when I got the chance to read this book before it’s released, I jumped on it.

And then I started reading the book.  The object of the group was supposed to be like this – read a chapter a week, discuss….  read some more, discuss.  However…. I don’t think many people could wait long enough to go a week between chapters.  Many of us commented they read it in one sitting.

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The title is “So Close to Amazing”.  Just think back on your life for a second and think of all those times you’ve been so close to amazing.  It could be something simple.  It could be life-changing.  Think of the times you’ve considered “jumping” into something that was unknown and scary, but you did it anyway.  If you can relate to anything remotely similar, this book is for you.

And the best part is, if you pre-order on or before September 4th, you’ll get not only the book but some pretty amazing bonuses also.

so close to amazing book launch karianne wood thistlewood farm
so close to amazing book launch karianne wood thistlewood farm
so close to amazing book launch karianne wood thistlewood farm

And here’s an affiliate link (see my disclosure policy here) if you want to get your own amazing copy of this book.  You won’t be disappointed.

So Close to Amazing

And here’s a little funny tale of my own “so close to amazing” moment.  Christmas Eve 2016.  We usually host dinner at my house and pretend we are fancy.

Notice the word pretend.  We are anything but fancy.

Invite some neighbors, all the kids play, and we are all super excited for Santa to arrive.  I have a gorgeous turkey in the oven.  The timer goes off, everyone is starving.  Turkey looks AMAZING from the outside.  Get it transferred to the super fancy platter that I got on clearance at Kroger.  Beautiful.  Let it rest.  Mouths are watering.  Start to carve it.

And just look at all the uncooked pink juice running all over.  Not even remotely close to done.  Not even remotely close to amazing.  Start to panic because we have super hungry kids, not to mention adults.  I think to myself – “nice party lady, your guests will be eating PB&J for Christmas Eve dinner.”  But you know what?  No one is mad, no one is angry –  everyone laughs and back in the oven it goes.  My friends are so kind and understanding.  Even when dinner is nearly 2 hours late. My friends and family are not just “close to amazing” – they are amazing.

And when that turkey finally finished cooking – it was amazing too.

I’d love to hear your “so close to amazing” moments.  

16 thoughts on “So Close to Amazing”

  1. Sweet, sweet friend! This is amazing! You are such a rock star! I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love this post. It’s wonderful! Truly. Just like you!

  2. I loved reading this post!

    We’ve all had those #soclosetoamazing moments and so we relate. What a blessing truly amazing friends and family are! The kind that just laugh and understand because they’ve been there too.

    And yep, as part of the launch team, I read right through the book too. It’s so good!!!

  3. María - Dapper House Designs

    Beautiful post! And what an amazing opportunity for you to be able to be a part of the Facebook group for the book. Congratulations!!

    1. Thank you Maria! It’s been so fun and there are so many sweet and amazing people I’ve met along the way. The book is beautifully written and I’m happy to have been a part of this.

  4. I’m a new blogger too and I hope we can be new buddies like you and KariAnne! I love her and loved reading this post. Feel like I know you better already – even though we’ve never met!

    1. Hi Cindy!! I’ve been following your IG and love it! And I just checked out your blog and love it! Seems we have a lot in common! And yes – I need some new buddies in this big ole blogging world!

  5. Great post! I love being a part of KariAnne’s book launch team as well. Every chapter has literally resonated with me and my life. It is so inspirational and heartwarming and helps you know “you’re not alone”. I’ve been blogging for three years now but I still seem kinda new. Life will get in the way and I forget to post sometimes. This is one of my #soclosetoamazing moments. I hope you have a great week!!!

    1. Thank you Wendy! I agree completely. This has been such a fun experience and I’m so happy to have been a part of it. And I can definitely understand life getting in the way! Have a fabulous week!

  6. I’ve actually been on several book launch teams and I have to say, this one is the best one by far. It has been such an amazing experience.

    PS…I’m pretty sure we’ve all got a dinner #soclosetoamazing story.😍

    1. Glad I’m not alone Lisa! And yes – this has been such a positive, uplifting experience. I know every day even if I don’t participate in the group that day – there will be something happy or inspiring to read! Just like the book!

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