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inner excavate-along 2016

liz lamoreux


Join me this summer for another round of the Inner Excavate-along! 

It's the read-along meets create-along six-week journey into my book Inner Excavation

It's my way of helping you take my book off of your shelf and actually work through it so you can get all the juicy goodness and learning you can out of it. Yes! 

All you need is the book, the course itself is FREE! We'll share our stories and what we're creating and finding in a private Facebook group. 

And for a limited time, Inner Excavation is just $16 plus shipping (list price $24.99). You can find it right here in my shop and then sign up for the read-along below.

I hope you'll join me and invite some friends to come along.



A Little More About the Book

In Inner Excavation, I gathered up many of my favorite ways to unearth pieces of who you are using the mediums of poetry, photography, and mixed media.

This book is really about using self-portraits to tell our stories.

Through the prompts and examples in this book, you'll be inspired to take photos of the everyday beauty around you (and even turn the camera on yourself), find the poet inside you, play with the art supplies you probably already have in your home, and take time to seek stillness in your daily life.

Most importantly, you will explore new ways to dig deeper into the stories just waiting inside you.

How the Inner Excavate-along Works

Each week you'll receive 3-4 emails from me that follow along with the chapters. I've chosen one prompt to dive deeper inside each week, and you can play along with that one or choose the one that speaks to you the most from that chapter. I share some more words about the chapter and my take on the prompt I've chosen to explore. There are videos that I recorded during the first round of this course a couple of years ago, and the course also includes some updates from when I played along last summer. And of course, there will be some new surprises along the way as we journey through it together again.

I can't wait!

What you'll need:

A copy of Inner Excavation

A journal to hold your responses to the prompts

A camera

Simple art supplies if you'd like to play with the art prompts in the book (here's a peek at what I took into my dig site last year)

How to sign up:

First you need the book. After you have the book in your hands, all you need to do is sign up below. (And after the course is over, you'll receive my (almost) weekly newsletter about more adventures in telling our stories and creative self-care, which you can unsubscribe from at any time.) 

If you signed up last year and want to come along, you'll need to sign up again.


Join the Inner Excavate-along

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Be sure to take the time to confirm you signed up via the confirmation email you'll receive from me via MailChimp. This step is really important or you won't receive the course emails. 

To answer a few questions I've received:

Is this only for people who buy the book from you now?

If you already have the book you are invited to come along! I'm so delighted to have those of you who have had my book from the very beginning join us. You can also check my book out from your local library and you might even find a copy at a used bookstore. You can also buy Inner Excavation online atAmazon and other online bookstores.

What supplies do I need?

I've listed a few above, but all you really need is a notebook and your curiosity and an open heart. You could just work through the writing prompts. You could use your phone to have fun with the photography prompts. And you could take simple art supplies like crayons and colored pencils and magazines to dive into the art prompts. 

Let this be simple.

I will share supply resources as I share my own responses to the prompts along with a brief supply list of items I'm carrying with me into my dig site. 

Do I really need the book? 

We'll be reading through the book together, so the stories being shared and prompts people will be responding to in our Facebook group are all in the book. They won't be listed somewhere else.

And, there's an energy exchange here that is really important to me (and hopefully is to you too). Meaning, I gathered up all these juicy prompts and shared stories in the book and asked a few artists to join me, and I put them all together in a book that I'm holding out to you right from my heart. And now I'm inviting you to come along and dive into it all with me in a private Facebook group where I'll be holding space and cheering you on. So yes, the course is free, but having a copy of the book from whatever means works for you feels right to me. If you don't have the book and don't plan to get a copy, this course really isn't for you.

What if I'm traveling during the course?

The awesome thing about this course is that the emails arrive in your inbox and you can work with them whenever you have time. So you really don't get behind, you just go through the course at your pace. The Facebook group will remain open indefinitely, so you can share and connect whenever you want to. 

I signed up but I haven't received any emails yet. What's going on?

Your first email should come within hours after you sign up. If it hasn't arrived, be sure to check your promotions folder. Often course emails appear in different folders in your inbox, so be sure to watch for it there. Also check spam and even do a quick search for my name to see if your email is hiding somewhere. Because so many of us check our email on our phones, often it's been accidentally deleted or archived. Also, if you use a plugin like unroll.me, you might not receive the emails due to your settings, so be sure to check them.

Why is the course free?

One of my biggest hopes is to help women get out of this loop: Buying more "stuff" and ecourses and books to help them tell their stories and live their dreams only to watch them get overwhelmed and not actually do the "stuff" they want to do. 

This is my way of saying, "Let's take one of the books off of our shelves and really dive into it in community and see what we find. Let's get out of the gathering of ideas phase and actually get to the doing. Let's hold hands as we go so we can gently hold each other accountable and help one another push through the hard moments." It's my way of helping you build a bridge from your daily life to more really good days.

Yes. Yes. Yes.

I hope you'll come along.



dreaming of summer {be the blogger contest}

liz lamoreux


This post is sponsored and part of my ongoing collaboration with eBay.

Over here, we've had so many blue sky days that it's been easy to start dreaming about summer. And I'm so excited to be thinking about spending summer days in the backyard of our new home.

One of my favorite things about summer is the way time seems to slow down, at least on some days, as Ellie and I gather up our favorite vintage quilts and beads and watercolors and crayons and hang out in the backyard just being together creating.

And then there's the color! From the fruit and veggies bursting at the farmer's market to the flowers to the clothes I'm drawn to wear, there is also so much color in this corner of the world that can sometimes seem like it's just gray and green.

I can't wait!

I've been collecting ideas for all the ways I want to transform our backyard into an oasis and put some of them together in a guide over on eBay that you can read right here. I hope it inspires you to write your own guide and enter it for the next theme in the Be the Blogger contest (read on).



Be the Blogger Theme 2: Getting Summer-Ready

The Be the Blogger contest is your opportunity to write and share your own eBay guides just like I've been doing for over a year now. You have until June 1 to create a guide all about this theme of Getting Summer-Ready.

Some ideas to get you started with your own brainstorming: 

  • Share about the ways you get ready for summer
  • Gather up some of your favorite ideas for a party to kick off summer
  • Write up some tips about how to handle the changes in schedule for your family in the summer
  • Share your favorite go-to summer products and favorite things



Visit the Be the Blogger Contest page and check out all the juicy details and fine print. You will submit your guide on that page too, and be sure to choose my name as the blogger you follow when you submit because I'll be choosing the winner and will highlight the winner's guide on Pinterest to my 3.7 million followers.

Check out my first post about the contest with more tips right here

Most of the answers to your questions about how to enter can be found on the Be the Blogger Contest page and in the Terms and Conditions found there. Remember to also read my guide on How to Create an eBay guide for more tips and answers to questions. I look forward to reading all of your guides!

And note that I'll announce the Theme 1 winner soon. Stay tuned! And eBay will be in touch as well.

the peonies are here.

liz lamoreux


My love affair with the peony continues.

Last year, I tried to articulate why they affect me: "These huge heavy bursting blooms are an access point to wonder, to that unwavering truth that spring comes again even when our hearts try to convince us it won't."

This year, I find myself just whispering, "Yes, yes" whenever I walk by them in my new house.

Follow along on my love affair with peonies on IG at #allpeoniesallthetime



current favorites {may}

liz lamoreux


Over here, May is all about being in the midst of moving and choosing paint colors and kitchen cabinets and getting the last of all the things from the old house into the new and putting that house on the market. It's a beautiful and messy time. (And I'm sharing peeks at the new house over on IG using#thehouseofmagicalbluesky.)

As lots of stories are stacking up, waiting to be shared, I thought I'd make a list today of my current favorite things. These are the things that are keeping me going over here - from helping me stay organized to inviting in some deep breaths.



The "hello" welcome mat from Target makes me smile every time I see it at the front door. It's possible this house is going to have just about every shade of blue in it.

I'm rereading the Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny. I. Love. These. Books. She's an incredible, thoughtful writer who happens to write detective stories. They aren't gory mysteries. They're beautiful stories about what it's like to be human - the setting just happens to be a small town in Canada where murders seem to happen. Highly recommend them.

After visiting Lori Portka last month and drinking her delicious coffee, I bought a milk frother. (It's possible I can't stop myself from sharing photos of foam and froth on IG. It's crazy how happy it makes me.)

I'm using my Trust Yourself perfume oil from Anna Wingfield daily. Always. It is my favorite scent to wear (photo from Anna's shop).

I've been eying the "OK" vase from the Oh Joy collection for a while now and finally bought it. Those of you on my newsletter list know that our golden Millie died the day before we got the keys to our new home. These letters are helping me just remember that all is okay, even when it feels upside down, like it has without her.

My favorite go-to inspiration deck from Kris Carr with illustrations by my friend Lori Portka. I'm choosing one every day. Lori's illustrations are like balm for my heart.

Love using Staedtler pens in my planner and my journals. Whenever I share them on social media, someone asks about them. They are awesome for coloring too! And because I (mostly) keep them in their case, I can usually find them amidst the chaos.

My Get To Work Book is helping me hold it all together. From ideas for articles I'm writing to paint colors to notes for future ecourses to just noting the days I do my practice - I'm finally getting into a groove with using a planner. I'm so glad I didn't give up. I'm a person who holds my to-do list in my head, which really is never the way to go. And it's taken me months to finally use it (almost) regularly. The new school year planner is out and I'm loving the black covers! (In the next few weeks, I'll share a post about how I'm using the GTWB and what I love about it.

The beanbag pouf from Pier1 (shown above) is my new favorite chair. It's possible my mom bought one for Ellie's new room and then when it was our only chair in the new house, I couldn't stop myself from buying one for me. It's my current go-to perch for working.

And pictured in the photo at the top, my vintage suitcases are acting as tables and desks right now in my studio. I've found several at flea markets and antique stores, but Etsy has some awesome options too.

Note that some of these links are affiliates, which means I receive a small commission if you purchase through the link. All photos are copyright to the businesses and makers mentioned.

To check out other posts where I share my favorites including the "I heart makers" series, click here.

be the blogger {a contest with eBay)

liz lamoreux


I'm so excited to share this new opportunity for you as part of my ongoing collaboration with eBay! 

For over a year now, I've been writing guides all about self-care, gift-giving ideas, books, and other fun topics over on eBay.

Now it's your turn to dive into the world of creating fun and interesting content as part of the Be the Blogger Contest with eBay.

There will be four opportunities to win over the next 12 weeks as you write your own guides inspired by the themes eBay will share every 3 weeks. Visit the Be the Blogger Contest page and check out all the juicy details and fine print. (But first read below for some more info including the opportunity to have your guide spotlighted by me over on Pinterest!)

The first theme is: Express Your Passion(s)

Your guide will need to:

  • Be at least 400 words long
  • Include at least 5 photos (that you have permission to use - so they should be your own or photos found on eBay)
  • Include at least 5 links to eBay searches (for example, if you're writing about How to Make Your Famous Red Velvet cake, you could link to searches for your secret ingredients, fun cake pans, your favorite apron your wear for baking, etc)
  • Focus on/be inspired by the current theme

And here's something fun: I'll be choosing the winners! 

Every three weeks, I'll choose one winner who best followed the guidelines and created a fun, interesting, and informative guide. That winner will receive $1000! eBay will get in touch with the winners, and I'll be sharing them here on my blog.

I also plan to share the winning guides with my more than 3.7 million followers over on Pinterest. And if there are quite a few entries that I just love, I will probably not be able to stop myself from sharing them as well (so you should probably enter because that alone is a pretty awesome thing).



For more information about how to writing a guide, check out my guide all about creating eBay guides right here. There I give you lots of ideas and information so you can learn best practices and get right to the fun part of writing and sharing what you love. I also link to a few of my guides that give you examples of what your guide should look like etc.

Remember: When you're ready to start writing your guide, you'll want to be sure to head over to the contest page to read all the details. And after you complete your guide, be sure to submit it through the submission section on the contest page. Also, when you submit your guide for your contest entry,remember to select my name so that your guide will come my way to be part of the guides I'll be reviewing, selecting from, and sharing over on Pinterest. 

Some tips about the first theme:

As you think about writing a guide inspired by the theme "Express Your Passion," spend a few minutes brainstorming topics that you really love. From cooking to entertaining to Doctor Who to gardening to collecting posters from old movies to meditation to homeschooling, just about any topic is fair game here. What do you get excited about? Write down all your ideas.

Then choose an idea that you can't wait to write about, and make sure that it lends itself to images you have access to.

Also, you want to choose a topic you know quite a bit about because your writing voice in the guide will reflect this.

In other words: You want your audience to trust you. You want them to want to read your other guides. So start with what you know. And be sure to let your passion for the topic shine in this first guide.

Head over here to start writing a guide (when you get there, just click "write a guide" in the blue box on the right).

This is going to be so much fun! I can't wait to see what you create!  

Please note: This post and my participation as a judge in the contest are sponsored by eBay. All opinions shared are my own. 

Most of the answers to your questions about how to enter can be found on the Be the Blogger Contest page and in the Terms and Conditions found there. Remember to also read my guide on How to Create an eBay guide for more tips and answers to questions. I look forward to reading all of your guides!