Hope y’all can make it out to shop Saturday @hearthsoulatx- Make sure to try @ranchriderspirits - their ranch water is soo good made with simple ingredients: tequila, lime and sparkling water- perfect for days on the lake, beach or tubing!

Grieving the death of David Dorn, a police chief who was shot protecting a shop from looting (and his death filmed on Facebook live). Police are not the enemy- most of them are good, and have bravely been risking their lives every day to uphold law and order in our communities for years without much pay or recognition. While we all agree the death of George Floyd was horrific and wrong, our police are being villainized and losing power to do their job. I personally am grateful for the APD who showed up at our house a few years ago after my husband and I caught a man attempting to break in our house in the middle of the night. The police apprehended the man in front of our home within the hour and I felt safe knowing the man was in their custody and not in my home. My friends who serve on Austin’s crime commission are asking us the following: Tomorrow, the Austin City Council will discuss the police department's response to last weekend’s demonstrations, and there will be demands by social justice groups to reduce police funding. The city council needs to hear from those who support both the Austin Police Department and reform. Please call and email the mayor and city council today. Tell them you support Chief Brian Manley and 1,793 police officers who are keeping us safe under extraordinary circumstances. Our city is already under-staffed with police. We don’t need police cut in a time of chaos. I am against racial injustices but am for a peaceful world, upheld by the law. Let’s love each other. I love you all deeply. I love our country and am praying for all of you and the injustices in this world. Praying that God will heal our broken world.

Just had some hand painted wallpaper installed in the dining room by @austinpaperhanging and totally love it! Thank you to @kristennixinteriors for the room refresh. Photo: @ginobarasa who was part of the paper hanging and turns out, is an amazing photographer too!

Thank you @texaslivingmagazine for this beautiful cover story on this remodeled home in Northwest Hills. Builder: @davidwilkesbuilders Architect: @sandersarchitecture Designer: @meredithellis

Happy 16 year anniversary to this cutie! I couldn’t do life without you. Thanks for always taking good care of me. I need it! (Ps- the photo was taken a few months ago back when i actually fixed my hair and went to parties, but I’m kind of liking this whole quarantine thing. This guy makes it fun!....Dress by @estilo_austin)

Great quote from Bill Gates. PR gives brands third party validation and exposure. A good story can be used to boost your brand forever. In addition to the initial publicity from the first article or tv segment, many of my clients have these articles posted permanently in a “press section” on their site where potential clients can always view it. PR is always a brand booster!

During this pandemic, there has been such a range of emotions. What I’m realizing is that the current situation has taken down many of our “foundations”- the things we unknowingly placed our security or trust in. What was your security? Money? (down) Position or power? Friends? (Social distancing made it more difficult to see the ones we love). When our foundations are removed as they are being right now, it makes us feel lost and we look for something to give us peace. John 16:33 says “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” The Bible says He will keep those in perfect peace whose minds are focused on Him. ... Also, even though it looks like chaos, God is ultimately in control and using this for good. The Bible says He makes “beauty from ashes” and causes “all things to work together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.” We’ve all heard it said- Diamonds are formed during pressure. This is just our season of pressure and uncertainty. But God says in Proverbs 3:5-6 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. God is always there for you- He is just waiting on you to open the door: Revelation 3:20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. Romans 10:9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Hi friends, @austinwoman magazine will be hosting guest children’s book author Katie Jaffe this Wednesday at noon on their Instagram for a live reading of her book: Fly, Fly Again! Great kids activity! Check out @austinwoman for other great guest speakers and content too!

Hi friends, If you are looking for a kids activity, Austin author Katie Jaffe will be doing a virtual reading of her new book on Instagram @tkckindness this Friday at 10am and next Wednesday at noon for Austin Woman magazine: @austinwoman - hope your kids can join us online to watch!

Anyone else had way too much screen time lately? 🙋Getting a physical copy of @austinwoman’s april issue provides the perfect break while staying connected to the community. Plus, you can check out my client @estilo_austin clothing on this inspiring cover woman in the feature. They’re mailing out issues with donations of $10 or more so you can #supportlocal and #readlocal at the same time! Head to iamaustinwoman.com to get a copy and donate! #austinwoman

2 Samuel 22:6-8 New International Version 6 The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me. 7 “In my distress I called to the Lord; I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears. 8 The earth trembled and quaked, the foundations of the heavens[a] shook; they trembled because he was angry. My sweet mom is recovering from being deathly ill with a 12 day fever/body aches (she couldn’t get a covid test but I’m so grateful she is on the mend!) Psalm 116 1 I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. 2 Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. 3 The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow. 4 Then I called on the name of the Lord: “Lord, save me!” 5 The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. 6 The Lord protects the unwary; when I was brought low, he saved me. 7 Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. 8 For you, Lord, have delivered me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, 9 that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living.

I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me. ... And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4: 11b-13, 19

CS Lewis wrote on fear “Living in the Atomic Age” (1948) - strangely comforting to know generations before us all faced fears of some kind. He said: In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. “How are we to live in an atomic age?” I am tempted to reply: “Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.” In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics; but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty. This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds. Note: of course, we are all social distancing at home (so some words don’t apply) but I think the point is to not let fear (of death, of quarantine, of running out of toilet paper) rule our minds- Let us enjoy the every day tasks at home with gratitude: cooking, caring for family, reading, learning on the Web.

Praying this verse over you all today: 1 Thessalonians 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Inspired by St. Patrick... This quote was his response to his captain after they’d spent 28 days on land and were out of food when the captain challenged Patrick’s god to provide...According to Patrick’s autobiography, after he gave this response, when the men turned around, a herd of pigs was standing before them. They feasted for days and gave thanks to God. .... I know many of you may worry about the future. My prayer for you today is Philippians 4:18 that “my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches and mercy in Christ Jesus.” PS: If you have free time, I highly recommend reading some on St. Patrick- he was sold into slavery to Irish pirates at 16; six years later, Patrick had a dream in which he heard a voice telling him, “Soon you will be returning to your own country.” In another dream, he received the instructions, “Come and see where your ship is waiting for you.” At age 22, Patrick escaped and traveled 200 miles to the coast of Ireland. “I turned on my heel and ran away, leaving behind the man to whom I had been bound for six years,” he wrote of his journey. “Yet I came away from him in the power of God, for it was He who was guiding my every step for the best.... He later felt called to return to Ireland to start his ministry there...starting with his former master.

Hi friends, I woke up in the middle of the night with this verse in my head. There are lots of translations of the Bible verse with many using the words “confusion” or “disorder” instead of chaos. The original Greek word means “instability”: “disturbance, upheaval, revolution, almost anarchy, first in the political, and thence in the moral sphere. ... I know there is so much fear and panic right now and I’m praying for peace for each of you. Please know that is NOT who God is or how he wants you to feel...God is the God of peace. “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” —1 John 4:18 The Bible says over and over: “do not fear”. Isaiah 41:10 ‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ The best recipe for fear and worry is prayer. Philippians 4:6-7 says “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all [a]comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Wishing peace to all...

Praying for your peace, health & safety today. Here’s some words of encouragement... Psalm 55:16 “As for me, I shall call upon God, And the Lord will save me.” Psalm 91:15 “He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. Psalm 118:5 “From my distress I called upon the Lord; The Lord answered me and set me in a large place.” Matthew 28:20 says: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” John 16:33 says: These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” The Bible says: “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me.” -psalm 50:15

Doing my part to eat and shop local this week to help in small ways I can. Guys, I know everyone is fearful and uncertain about the future- my kids school was cancelled today and our spring break plans got cancelled due to an outbreak where we were going... but, I have an inner peace. I don’t know what the future holds but I know who holds my future. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 NIV. Proverbs 31:25 Strength and dignity are her clothing, And she smiles at the future. .... I always find comfort in the Bible so for the next several days (or maybe weeks), I’m going to start sharing my favorite Bible verses in my feed. They always comfort me. I’m praying for each of you- for peace, comfort, health and safety and know that “my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19. There are 365 bible verses telling us not to fear, worry or be anxious. Hopefully, His word will give you some peace too. His “love never fails” and “His promises endure forever.” (Says 1 corinthians 13:8 and I Peter 1:25). And, if you don’t know my friend (Jesus) in a personal way, He is the best. He loves you so much and He promises in Jeremiah 29:13 “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 23:23 says “Am I a God who is near,” declares the Lord, “And not a God far off? Romans 8:38-39 says “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” And finally Romans 10:9 says that “if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved”

My client @storybuilt_co has 2 new projects in Dallas. With the stocks the way they are today, real estate is another option for investment and StoryBuilt actually has a real estate fund as well.

We ❤️ these bathroom remodeling tips from our client Catherine Wilkes of @davidwilkesbuilders in this month’s Austin Woman magazine. Check out the magazine for page 2 with photos...