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How I’m Putting Optimism into Action in My 35th Year

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How I’m Putting Optimism into Action in My 35th Year

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a personal update, and there’s a lot happening that I’d like to catch you up on! I recently turned 35, which feels like a significant milestone and the beginning of an exciting new …

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It’s been a while since I’ve shared a personal update, and there’s a lot happening that I’d like to catch you up on! I recently turned 35, which feels like a significant milestone and the beginning of an exciting new life chapter. Knox is starting Kindergarten next year at a new school which is so exciting and hard to believe — I’m not sure how I am the mom to a five year old! Andrew is becoming more and more his own little person (he’s three going on six 😉 ), and he looks up to Knox so much. I’ve been spending a lot of time with my parents helping them with their new ranch house, which we are heading to this week as a family. Between that project and all of the boys’ activities, I feel like the year is speeding by!


I have absolutely loved my thirties so far, and have been thinking about the goals I want to accomplish in the next five years, both personally and for our family. Financial goals are a huge priority in this chapter of life, thinking about the boys’ college tuitions and our retirement. Both seem so far away, but I know it’s best to start planning now. I’m a huge believer that having a positive mindset is half the battle when it comes to achieving your goals, and I was excited to learn about Frost Bank’s Opt for Optimism campaign. Frost has found through research that optimists are 7x more likely to experience better financial health. One habit these optimists have in common is seeking progress over perfection, which is a mentality I can get behind in every area of life! It’s easy to feel overwhelmed or to compare yourself to others in this chapter of life with growing kids, a business to run, financial goals to meet, and feeling not quite as young as I used to be, but I believe it’s so important to think positively and set small, attainable goals (progress over perfection!). Below I’m sharing 4 ways I’m putting optimism into action in my 35th year, and I encourage you to do the same!

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by: Caroline Harper Knapp
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Words of Wisdom and Encouragement from Amazing Women (Pass it On!)

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Words of Wisdom and Encouragement from Amazing Women (Pass it On!)

Photo courtesy of Marie Flanigan Interiors As we celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women's Day today, we wanted to share encouraging advice from the amazing women who have participated in both our Talk Shop and Mom Crush series. If …

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As we celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day today, we wanted to share encouraging advice from the amazing women who have participated in both our Talk Shop and Mom Crush series. If you’ve been in a rut and need a motivational or creative boost, these words of wisdom are for you! They cover everything from starting a company to managing life as a new mom and dealing with an unexpected life change. Read on below and be sure to share with someone you know who might need a bit of encouragement.

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by: Caroline Harper Knapp
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5 Tips for an Adventurous Spring Break (Wherever You Are)

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5 Tips for an Adventurous Spring Break (Wherever You Are)

We are traveling to Florida later this month, but will be splitting time at home in Houston and then heading to the ranch for the boys' actual school 'spring break'. My sister and nephew are visiting us in Houston early …

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We are traveling to Florida later this month, but will be splitting time at home in Houston and then heading to the ranch for the boys’ actual school ‘spring break’.

My sister and nephew are visiting us in Houston early next week so I want to make the most of our staycation. If you’re in the same boat as us, read my five tips below for making the most of a mini spring break staycation and successfully escaping your normal routine for a few days.

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by: Caroline Harper Knapp
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Eight Spring Items I Never Tire Of

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Eight Spring Items I Never Tire Of

The first day of Spring is March 20th -- not that I'm counting ;) -- and I'm slowly dusting off my spring pieces and putting away my winter clothes (although this Houston weather is delaying the process!). While trends come …

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The first day of Spring is March 20th — not that I’m counting 😉 — and I’m slowly dusting off my spring pieces and putting away my winter clothes (although this Houston weather is delaying the process!). While trends come and go, there are a few pieces I always have on rotation during the spring months and I wanted to share them with you in case you are looking to refresh your staples. Read on below for my favorite 10 spring items and shopping links!

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by: Caroline Harper Knapp
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