7 Reasons Not to Not Ask for Help by Pearl Allard (Look Up Sometimes)

7 Reasons Not to NOT Ask for Help

When you’re not good at asking for help (ok, because I am not good at asking for help), sometimes my “question” comes out more like, “My basement sure is a disaster” when what I meant was “Could you find it somewhere in the deepest depths of your huge, benevolent heart to help a sister out and get me over this huge overwhelm of discouragement whenever I’m bombarded by the visual chaos in my basement?”

Discover How to Make Distraction Work for You by Pearl Allard (Look Up Sometimes)

Discover How to Make Distraction Work for You

This post was inspired by Five Minute Friday’s prompt: Discover. Two rules: 1) Freewrite for five minutes 2) Don’t edit. (I broke all the rules.) Maybe this isn’t you – you don’t suffer from distractions. You’re ultra-focused and a productivity maniac. If you are, I’m totally jealous, but I’m also totally willing to learn from you. Would you be willing…

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Inviting Myself to Get It Wrong by Pearl Allard (Look Up Sometimes)

Inviting Myself To Get It Wrong

Today I’m trying something new. I’m participating in Five Minute Friday, a writing community that freewrites for five minutes on a prompt. No editing. (I mostly followed the rules.) Today’s prompt: Invite. Today I’m inviting myself to be wrong. To be messy. To accept grace. To try and fail and learn and get back up again. Today we’re going out…

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Can You Hear Me Now? by Pearl Allard (Look Up Sometimes)

Can You Hear Me Now?

Mornings at our household may or may not resemble a circus getting kids ready for school. (Parents of more than two children – my hat goes off to you.) We prep the night before, but papers teleport, shoes shrink, or clothes disappear. Someone forgets to brush their teeth or hair – or both. Murphy’s Law requires all of these things…

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Butterfly-Sitting & Breakthrough Singing by Pearl Allard (Look Up Sometimes) - the old has gone, the new has come

Butterfly-Sitting & Breakthrough Singing

I had the privilege to butterfly-sit for a friend last week. She was leaving for vacation and afraid the two chrysalises would hatch before she returned. She showed up on my doorstep and delivered two tiny butterfly boxes. All I had to do was hang them by the window, watch the miracle unfold, and release them. The two opaque, mint-colored…

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Pressure, Raw Eggs & Community by Pearl Allard (Look Up Sometimes)

What Raw Eggs Taught Me About Community

My third-grader came home from school on Friday excited to tell me how he watched his teacher walk on eggs. “And she only broke three!” he said. “Hardboiled?” I asked. “Raw! Six dozen,” he answered, smiling. “And,” he continued while heading straight for the fridge, “you can squeeze an egg and it won’t break.” He was already selecting an egg…

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We Interrupt This Regularly Scheduled Program... by Pearl Allard (Look Up Sometimes)

We Interrupt This Regularly Scheduled Program…

Hello Friend! We’ve been sipping tea and absorbing tidbits together this summer, but today I have something different for you. You may have heard the African proverb, “If you want to run fast, run alone. If you want to run far, run together.” I have a tendency to prefer running alone. Group projects at school? Just meant extra work and…

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Tea Party Tidbits #12 - I'll Raise My Teacup to That!

Tea Party Tidbits #12 – I’ll Raise My Teacup to That!

Hello Friend! I apologize for the delayed post! I am on vacation in the rugged beauty of the Pacific Northwest enjoying time with family. Vacation wasn’t supposed to have delayed the post, but forgetting my laptop when we drove to the coast for a few days apparently did. Alas. Vacation has been a lovely adventure, but no adventure is complete…

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Tea Party Tidbits 11 - Need Refreshing by Pearl Allard (Look Up Sometimes)

Tea Party Tidbit #11 – Need Refreshing?

Have you heard of a flowering tea? I hadn’t. Apparently, it’s this hand-stitched piece of artwork from tea bags that expands in a pitcher of water. Think really fancy teabag. I love the description on Teavana’s website: Blooming tea, also known as Flowering tea are beautiful hand-tied tea balls that unfurl as the steep. When they bloom, each artisanal tea…

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