…kindred spririts

Like Anne of Green Gables and Diana, I feel like we are kindred spirits.

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I think you may find that my new lifestyle blog is more of me…and you! Maybe not everything will be relatable because after all we are individuals, but the last few posts I’ve written have you in mind! My first was how to create a blog, the second velvet pumpkins and today’s post was about building a brunch! Christen Bensten Lifestyle will mirror many of the things I talked about on Blue Egg Brown Nest, but with more – more style, more books, more food/recipes, more decor.

I can’t wait to see you over there! xo

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I’m going to shamelessly lure you with rainbow sprinkled donuts (from my brunch post)

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…invitation

Friends!

I am here to invite you to a very, dear and special event called my life. I’ve shared years with you all and now I want to be closer to you! I want to talk to you about books and food and health and style. I want to tell you what I’m thinking and what I am interested in in the hopes that we can share our life experiences in a more intimate way.

I have created a lifestyle blog, Christen Bensten, and it is a project that I’m excited about because I get to share more. I am not leaving Blue Egg Brown Nest in the dust, but rather adding to my joy!

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I am a very curious person and somewhere in my 30s I realized that this is a precious gift. I not only care about all the wide world has to offer, but I want to participate in it! As a recovering shy girl I want to play too! I feel so strongly about this project that I hired a designer even before the kick off. I am still adding, editing and working out some kinks, but we are live!

I hope you will join me. You have known me for years and have been dear friends, you know a bit about my likes and dislikes. Let’s get to know more about each other. You may not identify with everything, but I hope it becomes a place where we can meet over our computers and a steamy cup of tea in the afternoons. Here is your invitation:

Christen Bensten 

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Deep blessings to you all.

CB

…hello, it’s me.

Hi Friends.

Thank you for checking on me. I love that and I love you! Where have I been? Well, a busy, sunny and family-filled summer ran into September, which ran into school and piano lessons, guitar lessons, tennis lessons, and soccer, soccer, soccer! Threaded in there has been some family and health issues that take time and patience. But, if I’m being honest it’s not just all this. I’m not sure how to put it into words, but since you’ve asked, I guess I would say that for the past few months I’ve taken up all the energy that I’ve spent blogging and painting and business-ing and turned it inward, towards my family and myself. And I’ve stayed there. Because these important people need me big time. And not to sound too yogi, but I’m trying to listen to myself and sit with my feelings – be still – because I think this is where I find answers when they are ready to be revealed. Do you feel this way too?

My birthday is tomorrow. I turn 39. Some people may say that this is really young and others would say it is old. I think it is just about the very middle. And if I stand in the middle I can try to see all the way to the horizon before me and if I turn around I can see the mountains and valleys of the past. I think maybe I’m fully an adult now and I want to be the kind of adult that is quietly wise, bending towards the creative and unique, able to not take herself too seriously, laugh at everything funny and love big. Maybe it starts with these goals first and then finding a way to get there.

What I do know is that all these little choices and minutes and days that go by where I feel tired or anxious or busy or silly or happy or loved are the bricks that are building up a life that is mine. What the final product of what I’m building as my life is never the point – the end result is never the point. We know that, don’t we? It’s the days and minutes and the actual process that is the meat of life and what really counts. I love the quote by John Lennon, “Life is what happens when we are busy making other plans.”

So, I am still here. I still have a full studio space filled to the brim. I still care about my surroundings and creating home. I care greatly about writing and I care about all of you. I am still Blue Egg Brown Nest. I definitely have thoughts continuing to form about the direction that design is taking and like it or not, the tide is turning as it always does and will. Rooms are sleeker, colors are present, brass is beautiful and spaces are minimal. I’m not worried about this for myself, because I’ve always had a bent towards whatever I imagine would be in a Jane Austen novel. I will always love old books, casters on my chairs, glass cloches and old furniture. I think there is a lesson in this about knowing yourself. But, like fashion, cooking, and the great big ocean, tides move in and out. It’s up to you to decide what you want to be surrounded with and how to keep it intentional, which is always the real design challenge in any home.

As for me and my house, I am loving my kid’s teachers, the new yoga studio I belong to, my smaller-sized jeans, pizza night with my neighborhood, DH’s love for hockey, Luther on Netflix and my new kitten, Gus. This is where I am.

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