Thistlewood News Talk of the Town

Back when I first began my journey to get healthy…..

….I made a list.

I started it because I think I read in a motivation book somewhere that you if you fail to plan, you plan to fail and if you don’t know where you are going, how will you know when you get there and if you don’t stand for something…..

….you’ll fall for anything.

(total aside:  just between us….I think the last one is from a vintage country song).

Whatever.  You get the point….which is that sometimes a list of goals….all those hopes and dreams written down in black and white on the back of a coffee-stained envelope….can be a powerful motivator.

I never really told anyone about writing the list down.  I think I thought people might think it was silly or inconsequential or not even achievable.  And if I failed to plan or didn’t know where I was going or didn’t achieve anything….no one would know.  Then I placed in a drawer for months  and on a really tough day when Pringle’s cans were calling my name and Oreos were asking me to dance and visions of salsa and chips danced ’round my head….

….I would pull out the list and stare at it.

And sigh.

And set my chin up and my blinders on and straighten my shoulders and brush my teeth.

And it worked every time.

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Time passed and I worked toward my goals and so it was that last Friday….

…..those dreams hopped off a coffee-stained piece of paper into reality.

Because I was on a news show called Talk of the Town on Channel 5 in Nashville.

I know….right?

Can we both pause for a moment and let that phrase soak in because I can’t even believe I typed it.


The blazer and I (sans the tag) were live and on the air on Channel 5 at 11:00am.

Thistlewood Farms News Fall Project

For four glorious minutes on Friday morning I demonstrated how to make a set of wood blocks for fall.

And when the camera started to roll….I stood for just a moment clutching my hands hoping against hope that when I opened my mouth to talk…..

…..a squeak wouldn’t come out.

The host of the show, Meryl, (who is totally amazing and wonderful and has a voice that smiles when she talks) started with an introduction that I couldn’t even hear above the rushing in my ears.

So I waited for my turn to speak and stood there staring at her with my hands clutched even more tightly.

Thistlewood Farms News Fall Craft

Have you ever ridden a roller coaster and you know how at the very beginning it ticks and ticks and ticks  and you open your eyes wide and clutch the edges and hold on and at the very top you pause for just a moment and time seems to stand still?

And then in a whooooooosh you are off and running and the landscape is speeding by and before you know it you are pulling into the station.

That is exactly how being on the news was for me.


One minute I was standing there clutching my hands with a roaring in my ears and the next minute it was over.

Thistlewood News Fall Blocks

And I made it.

I un-clutched my hands and showed how to make the project and laughed when I should and pointed where I needed to point and sounded reasonably intelligent (except for the part where I forgot the word “punctuation”).

It was amazing.

And totally life-changing.

Thistlewood News Channel 5

And when I was done and the segment was over and I stood there gathering up my supplies…..

…..and paused for a moment to take it all in.

I was so happy.

The journey to that moment had been full of struggles and challenges and obstacles.

But you know what?  


It was worth every piece of broccoli I’ve eaten and every grilled chicken salad I’ve had for supper and every single mile I’ve walked…..

….and every Oreo that stayed in the pantry.

Because at that moment….I felt like I could scale a mountain like Mount Everest.

Like I could accomplish ANYTHING.

The sky was the limit.  

And so mentally I took that coffee-stained paper out of the drawer…..

…..and added Everest to the list. 🙂

Just kidding.

Maybe. 🙂

PS  Wait until you see the rest of the list.

PPS  If you want to watch the segment on Talk of the Town…… you can see it here.

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  1. Image for May May

    You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I fiknd this topic to be actually something that I think I would never understand. It seems too compliccated aand very broad for me. I am looking forward for your next post, I will try to get tthe hang of it!

  2. Image for Heather {Woods of Bell Trees} Heather {Woods of Bell Trees}

    Woot! How awesome is that girl! And good for you for saying no to Oreos! :D We bought some raviolis that come in a can last night, you know the kind that children's dreams are made of? They've been totally calling my name. LOL Hehe sans the tag! :D You look great doll!

  3. Image for Nancy Carr Nancy Carr

    First of all before I read your blog I saw you had on THE JACKET which gave me a smile to start my day. You are so sweet and honest with your feelings which is refreshing. You did a great job on the news. It would not surprise me if we see more of you on TV in the future. The sky is the limit for your dreams. I might do Everest with you or at least go to base camp. I am not so good at long hikes any more. Love you and your blog.

  4. Image for Sandy Sandy

    Congratulations RockStar. Love those sparkling, dangling earrings. I believe you should have your own DIY Home Show on HGTV. Soon someone from that production will decide "enough with all the house sales around the world." Your show's ratings would skyrocket because your audience would love you just as much as your blog readers.

  5. Image for Mary Mary

    You did a great job! You looked so comfortable doing the segment, it looked like you had been doing it forever. And the jacket looked wonderful on you.

  6. Image for judy tyrrell judy tyrrell

    You did a great job and I was smiling before you started remembering the blazer story! Wonderful . and so much fun!

  7. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Martha Stewart-- WATCH OUT!! There is a new sassy girl in town!!!!And her blue jacket will be her trademark along with the shiny dangley earrings and hot red lipstick!! It's KARIANNE!! You can be a one name star -- Cher, Madonna and the best KariAnne. You know that feeling you had before you started to talk? That's kinda the feeling you get before the gun goes off and and you run a race. I am going back now and listen to your interview and demo!! Way to Go KariAnne!!! YOU can accomplish anything you want. :-) Big Hugs!!

  8. Image for Yvonne Yvonne

    You and your new lucky blazer are now the toast of the town! So happy for you! Thanks for being an inspiration! You rock!

  9. Image for Janet Janet

    You are a Rock Star!! You were a real natural and did not seem nervous at all. Your hard work at getting healthy really shows. You look beautiful! The possibilities are endless! Love your blog and am really excited for you. Rock on!

  10. Image for Lisa Lisa

    I watched the segment and you looked great and didn't seem nervous at all! Congratulations! Now I have to coffee stain an envelope and set some goals!

  11. Image for Amy W. Amy W.

    Wished I could have seen the you look in these pictures that you shined beautifully like none other! Your post this morning is very touching. You've inspired me to get with the stick-to-it-ness! So inspirational and awesome you are! Wishing you the best of days today! Take care!

  12. Image for Shelley Shelley

    You go Rock Star!!!! Curled hair, red lipstick and your beautiful smile. You will have your own HGTV show before we know it and we will all be like "yeah...we've been with Karianne since the beginning...we're old friends"

  13. Image for Jill Jill

    Well done! You look fabulous! So excited that you were on TV! Hope the rest of your list is accomplished. But keep adding to your list because you Rock Star shine like a light in the dark sky!

  14. Image for Lisa ( Lisa (

    Loved your segment. It was fun, simple and adorable. Makes me want to run out to the garage and pull out some old moulding. You were so cute, too. Thanks for sharing KariAnne and congratulations. Many blessings...

  15. Image for Kris Kris

    What? I've been saying your name wrong all this time? I thought it was pronounced "Carrie Anne", not "Car E Anne". Oops! You come across as warm and friendly on air as you do with your writing style. I felt like I was watching an old friend on tv. And, you look mah-velous, dah-ling! :)

  16. Image for dawn@joyfulscribblings dawn@joyfulscribblings

    I'm headed over to watch the segment. I'm so happy for you friend. You look amazing and the blazer looks great on you. You are an inspiration to us all to reach for our dreams, but most importantly to take a moment to enjoy them when we get there.

  17. Image for Polly Polly

    How absolutely super cool for you!! I love the dangly earrings and the jacket, you just appeared so happy to be doing what you are doing!! And I think enjoying what you do is 99% of the total. I am so happy for you!

  18. Image for Linda Andersen Linda Andersen

    You are the all time rock star!! you were awesome and I really want to make some of these, super cute and looks easy enough for me to do! you are a natural and need your own show....xoxo Linda

  19. Image for Steph Steph

    I do not get to keep up with your blog as I used to because the autsim part of my life is more. That said, I love seeing what you share ... through reading you, I know you are a down to earth woman and your are achieving amazing things, being your authentic self. An encouragement to all of us women, living our authentic lives.

  20. Image for Darci Darci

    Fabulous! You did a great job on TV and looked amazing! I love the project too. I always do a craft project with the grandkids to give as Christmas gifts for their parents. I think this one is it! Thank you!

  21. Image for Erin Kaven Erin Kaven

    Great job KariAnne! You're a natural. I can see Carol Duval applauding now. (Showing my age here. ICYDK, Carol Duval was the craft specialist on HGTV, back when HGTV actually had crafts, and others shows.)

  22. Image for Leila Jane Leila Jane

    Just loved seeing you "in person", KariAnne, and hearing you talk. That was a treat for me after reading your blog for so long. I thought you looked simply adorable and gave an enthusiastic interview about the project. Great job! And congratulations on fulfilling one of your "secret goals"! Now I think I'll go write a couple things on the back of an envelope, too, and stick it in a drawer, LOL! Thanks for the idea!

  23. Image for Jerry Stocks Jerry Stocks

    Wow, now you are a TV star! Great job of explaining such a fun to do project. Can't wait to go buy the ingredients and get started.

  24. Image for Jen Jen

    Thank you for sharing the video with us! For those of us that have been friending you across blogland for years it is so nice to hear your voice. I LOVE that you shared your idea for a goal list when you started your journey. I know many like me can use the help and encouragement, you have been inspiring me with your home decor for years and now your journey is inspiring me as well...thank you for really are a beautiful Rock Star!

  25. Image for Sharleen Sharleen

    Great job KariAnne! You look awesome and I love your accent (well, accent according to a Canuck anyways). I am definitely going to make some. One question: where did you get those white pumpkins with the designs on them? Do you have a blog post on them? I want!

  26. Image for Jane Jane

    This is so cool!!! You look and sound wonderful on the show, you are as sweet and bubbly as I've always heard! I love the project, too. I think a lot of gals are going to be trying it. Good for you with your resolve, it applies to SO many areas of our lives! Jane xx

  27. Image for Jill Wendt Jill Wendt

    You are looking so cute KariAnne with your blue jacket and big earrings and red lipstick! Congratulations on your goal to a healthier you! You look fabulous! I love the block letters, and will make some this week.

  28. Image for NormaJean NormaJean

    Congratulations, rising STAR!! Next time you are in Nashville, let me know ahead of time. Maybe we could do lunch or coffee and catch up! I'm so proud of you! BTW, no one would have guessed you were nervous.

  29. Image for just marc just marc

    Great tutorial! Couldn't tell you were nervous - at all! Glad you wore those sparkly earrings (I was hoping for red lipstick as well :-) BIG CONGRATS!

  30. Image for amy watson amy watson

    You look amazing, l wish l had that motivation.....l so need to get rid of some pounds but more importantly I need to get healthy, will you be doing a post (PLEASE) on how you lost the weight and where you pulled your willpower from???? I have been doing a lot of praying about it.....and for some reason I relate to you and live vicariously thru you :).......

  31. Image for Celeste Celeste

    I love to hear the voices of my favorite bloggers in videos. It makes you so much more "real" to me. Now when I read your fun stories, I will hear your sweet, soft voice and I will feel like you're sharing personally with me. And congratulations on sticking to your plans. I'm inspired to write down my goals too because I don't want to "plan to fail".

  32. Image for Ren Ren

    What a fun feature! They will ask you back for sure. Thistle reading is one of my favorite activities. Always so positive. Congratulations!

  33. Image for Regina Regina

    And now I know the jacket has STRIPES! :) I loved the segment! You totally rock. Really, you do!!! And, you are disappearing before our very eyes. But in a good way. Can't wait to see the rest of your list! It's inspiring me to make one of my own! Happy FALL!!

  34. Image for Janet Janet

    Congrats!!! Yes, you can do anything! It was great to be able to put a voice to your posts now! Great job! Keep smiling...and wearing that blue jacket!

  35. Image for Mary Miller Mary Miller

    You sweet thing!! I am so happy for very happy. BRAVO!! Sweet Soles is up and running and waiting for you. The web site should be up by next week...will keep you posted!

  36. Image for Ann Stillson Ann Stillson

    You just gave me the boot in the pants I needed....feeling sorry for myself after losing 21 lbs and gaining it all back after I lost my job after 12 years....I felt joy for you with tears in my eyes, tears of joy...and hope and committment that I can surely be healthy once again and shine......thank you KariAnne.....keep paying it forward....<3

  37. Image for Lori Ellison Lori Ellison

    So excited for you to be on TV! Brilliant! BTW you are looking great, love your new hairstyle and the blue jacket is a great color on you! I need to stay away from the pantry too - guess I need a list because right now I am not motivated!

  38. Image for Theresa Theresa

    I don't think I can add any more excitement to the comments you've received. What a fabulous addition to your resume of accomplishments. I am so glad that I met you at the Becoming Conference; know your voice, and experienced your sweet, welcoming self. You are clearly on your way!

  39. Image for Julie Julie

    Congratulations and cheers! Of course we all wanted to check you your movie star in the making. You are absolutely as adorable and animated as your blog. Authentic perfection...great job! Smiles and smooches

  40. Image for Rosanne Rosanne

    OMG! How cute are you!? But I've been reading your blog all wrong. I always read it in a southern accent, cuz thats how thought you sounded. Someone, please tell me I am not the only one who thought that.

  41. Image for Sara Sara

    You looked wonderful!!! They need to hire you as their full time DIY correspondent. We could all use a LOT more DIY on the news, especially lately. Congratulations rock star, you rocked that segment!! :)

  42. Image for Tauni Tauni

    Television show check. Wood blocks check. Blazer check. But really, I am going to just sit back and think about how AMAZING you look. Wow!!!

  43. Image for Diana W. Diana W.

    Our very own gal is a TV RockStar!!! YAY for you! I'm so proud for you and so excited that you got to do that. I was excited to get to sit in the green room and baby sit for a friend who was going on local TV.... my closest brush to being 'on air' to date. You did so well and are quite naturally MADE for TV! You go girl! I am so glad that you are reaching your goals and staying away from evil oreo's, price tags and pringles.

  44. Image for Anne Anne

    Girl you are a natural! I could totally see you with your own show....just don't forget us little people...mkay ;-) .Congratulations so happy for you! And look at how beautiful you look too! Loving you curly hair!

  45. Image for Sandra Sandra

    Oh KariAnne you looked amazing! That hair style really suits you. You were great, and yes, sounded intelligent and well spoken! Good job, now, I'm gonna go start a list...

  46. Image for Beth Beth

    Congratulations! You are a natural on television and looked amazing. Thanks for being such an inspiration! I'm sure this is just one of many things you will be accomplishing on your list.

  47. Image for Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    Oh you look awesome!! Talk Of The Town is one of the shows I watch almost everyday that I am home. We were at the Nashville Expo that day and I missed it so I am really glad that you shared the link. You did a great job and you are right Meryl is really nice.

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