Thursday, April 18, 2013

YOU are more beautiful than you think . . . .

Watch as this forensic artist draws how women see themselves vs. how others see them. It is the sad truth that if we feel we don't live up to what society believes is beautiful, it comes through as a negative self image.  Thank you DOVE for conducting this wonderful social experiment, and I hope that more women begin to realize just how beautiful they really are. 

You really are
more beautiful
than you think. 

Friday, March 22, 2013

Happy Friday, my friends!
Have a lovely weekend!
(and, behave!)

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Let it go . . . .

Hello friends! I hope you are settling into the New Year, and approaching it with hope and optimism. You have new aspirations for yourself, right? A personal goal? Here's something you can do for yourself that will move you towards your own goals faster than any other motivator. Not only that, but it will free your mind and open your heart more than you can imagine. 

If you are holding on to hate, anger or resentment, it can prevent you from moving forward in your life. Freeing your mind from these ugly emotions will leave room in your heart and mind for you to embrace new possibilities. If you are cluttering your mind with hurtful feelings, it is you who is quite possibly sabotaging your own goals. It clouds the mind! Do it for YOU! When you hold on to hurtful feelings, it is you who suffers. Do not allow the offender to continue to have this hold on you any longer. Do it for your own well being. Holding on to resentment is destructive, and you have the power to stop the ongoing pain, anger or hurt. Let it go! It will do more for your mind, body & spirit than a year's worth of therapy! Forgiveness does not mean that you are wrong, or the other person is right. It simply means that you have made a decision to stop letting it eat away at your soul. Think of it as today's gift to yourself. 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Make an effort to connect . . . .

In my mind, there is no substitute for an amazing conversation with someone whom you feel a connection. The benefits feed my soul in a way that is irreplaceable. It truly is priceless. I had a lovely conversation with a friend last night about this very topic.........what it means to have meaningful relationships. We both realize the importance of taking a closer look, and making an effort to nurture those connections.  You have to be willing to open your heart, however, to get there. It's easy to make small talk, right? Shallow acquaintances are around every corner, and at every holiday party, but they usually leave us with little or no lasting worth. Healthy, caring relationships can give our lives immeasurable joy and meaning. Like most things with value in life, these relationships must be sought and maintained deliberately. Are you willing to make a conscious effort to develop meaningful relationships? Open your mind to the possibilities! We have a chance to learn something from everyone we meet. What a gift! Life moves so make time for those who make you laugh, pay attention to what they value, then make an effort to connect with them on that level. 
I read an article online about the misnomer of how easy it was to "keep in touch" with people these days on Facebook, via email or texting. But the truth is, it's not the same as real time. Replacing face-to-face or voice-t0-voice time with brief contacts online does not make up for real time together. Reach out. Make the effort to have friends and meaningful relationship. For me, it is the key to my happiness and well being. 
"For those who are willing to make an effort, great miracles and wonderful treasures are in store."
-Isaac Bashevis Singer

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Friday, November 16, 2012

Happy Friday, my friends!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Friday, September 28, 2012

A gracious heart . . . .

Hello friends!  May I share something very special with you? I am so incredibly happy to tell you that I was able to spend an evening with someone that I "met" via blogging 3 years ago. I've been following a lovely blog out of South Africa, that is designed and written by Lana Kenney, called
Lana is a Cape Town resident, an amazing photographer, a talented designer, and she has a beautiful blog. She is the reason that I am in Cape Town, South Africa at the moment. Lana blogs about her hometown, and the beautiful surroundings in which she lives. She features and photographs hotels, restaurants, shops and the pure beauty of this area. (As I mentioned, she is also a designer, so you will find plenty of beautiful posts on home decor, fashion & color.) Reading her blog was the very reason that I decided to make it a priority to visit Cape Town. 
It is stunning! Its beauty is breathtaking. The people are incredibly kind. The food is exquisite, ........and last night, I had the honor of spending the evening with Lana. She was so gracious to pick us up at our hotel, then accompany us to 2 fabulous restaurants. We went for a sundowner at The Leopard Bar at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa. This place is beautiful and has received endless awards. Afterwards we worked our way to Kitima for dinner .... another restaurant that is draped in awards. It was fabulous as well, but getting to know Lana was the bonus. She is truly one of the sweetest people you could wish to meet. It is obvious that she loves her hometown, and enjoys sharing it with the world. So don't be afraid to reach out! You never know when the person on the other end will respond in such a gracious way. 

We talked afterwards, and both realized that we parted without taking a photo. We were so preoccupied, we completely forgot. (I told her it was a sign of a successful evening.) 

When you get a minute, check out Lana's blog.

"If a woman be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows she is a citizen of the world, and that her heart is no island cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins them."
-Francis Bacon Sr.

Just a side note.......

Earlier this year, I received an email from Groupon Getaways featuring this trip to Cape Town. I immediately contacted Lana about it because I wanted to make sure it was a worthy one. I emailed her, asking her advice on the activities and the accommodations that were being offered in the package. Her quick response made me realize that this was a trip that I didn't want to miss. So at the moment, I'm half way through the most amazing adventure I could imagine. My friend and I were not sure what to expect, but I have to say that our expectations have been exceeded. Groupon was great to work with, answered questions promptly, and even with a sense of humor. We literally saved thousands of dollars on this trip. Check them out!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Notes from The Universe

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Garden of Your Mind . . . .

Have you heard of The Symphony of Science? It's the work of musician and producer John D. Boswell. His goal is to bring scientific knowledge and philosophy to the public, in a novel way, through music. His goal is to bring meaningful messages to listeners, while simultaneously providing an enjoyable musical experience. I adore the remix video below called Garden of Your Mind, featuring Mister Rogers. Watch and enjoy.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Give a Damn.
Many Damns.
More Damns than Anyone. 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Your own words are the bricks and mortar of the dreams you want to realize. Your words are the greatest power you have. The words you choose and their use establish the life you experience. 
-Sonia Choquette

Be sure to taste your words 
before you spit them out. 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Learning the rhythm of my day . . . .

Good morning friends! I hope your week is going well. I'm sitting in my blogging chair this morning! It's the same chair that I sit in every time I post. I've missed this chair. It's in a quiet spot in my family room with a view out the back, and nine times out of ten I see deer pass by, stopping for a bit a breakfast. Most often there is a beam of sunlight streaming across the floor, forcing me to shift my position so I'm not blinded by the light, but I'll take that any day. I've definitely missed this chair. 

Not only has my schedule changed, but so has my mindset. I never really seemed to have much of a problem coming up with things to blog about because the topics were always close to my heart and on my mind. Today, I have processes, procedures and thoughts about employees rattling around in my head. I'm not's all good....really. I'm just trying to figure out the balance that will allow me to concentrate on both work & play. Play, meaning blogging. ....and I'm getting there. I have said it over and over blog is as much for me as it is for anyone who might be reading it. My posts are my own reminders of what is important in life. 

So I'm figuring it out. I'm Prioritizing; looking at my day, setting my schedule, and I'm moving forward, all the while trying to fit it all in. Dr. Edward Hallowell says it best...

"Everyone will have to learn a rhythm for their day; everyone will have to learn to do what matters most first; and everyone will have to find ways of connecting face to face to create the positive emotional state requisite for our best lives." 

What matters to you? And are you making room for what matters most? The topics that I write about matter to me. They matter because they remind of me of what is truly important in life. They keep me centered. They give me clarity. They help me let go of the things that aren't important. All the things I need for daily balance. And all of which are important reasons to get the hang of my own rhythm. I'm getting there. I'm gettin' my rhythm on!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day . . . .

. . . . and happy Summer kick-off-weekend! 

Be safe, my friends!

Photo by me

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

When the time comes to chase your dreams,
and it will,
they may seem elusive;
but know you won't catch them all at once.
Just one challenge at a time. 

When success comes, 
and it will,
don't gobble it up--
savor and share it, and it will last.

When love comes,
and it will,
don't bury it in expectation and projection--
be prepared to fall in love all over again,
every day.

When the unexpected and inconceivable 
intrudes your life,
and it will,
deal with life's actual events--
don't obsess about perceived eventualities.

enjoy the ride.

-Michael J. Fox

Friday, May 11, 2012

Day 1 - Grand Cayman

It was clear we had reached the Caribbean Sea when I looked out the window and saw the incredibly beautiful turquoise water below. I'm thinking I should make it my mission to find the most stunning blue shades of water in the world. Do you think I could find someone to pay me to gather results? If I could, I'd take that job in a heartbeat!
Beautiful turquoise water 

"There's never enough time 
to do all the nothing you want."
-Bill Watterson

Above photo's by me

We had dinner at a place called Ragazzi, which means "good buddies" in Italian, so needless to say, it is owned and run by two good friends, Paolo Polloni & Andi Marcher, and it was fabulous. It's hip and stylish and offers a variety of dishes including pizza, pasta, seafood & steak. My husband & I shared a Caprese Salad, the Blue Crab Spring Roll, (just because we had to try it), and a Margherita Pizza that was made in their authentic wood burning pizza oven. We were looking for a more casual evening, so we sat at the bar, had a martini, and enjoyed the company of two very sweet bartenders. We would go again, but the plan is to try a different place each evening. Hmmmm, not sure we can pass up the chance to go one more time! If you get a chance, visit Ragazzi. You won't be disappointed. 
Ragazzi photo's via Google Images

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

And we're off! . . . .

As fun as it is to return to a place that you are familiar with, I am always excited to venture into new territory and explore. And that's exactly what my husband & I plan on doing over the next 10 days. It's time to explore a new place! I'm packing and getting ready to board a plane to Grand Cayman Island, which is located in the western Caribbean Sea.  I have been watching the weather forecast and it's interesting.....the highs are 80-82 and the lows are 79-80, so there is very little temp change between day and night. We have decided to take in several adventures, and make the most of our time there. A few of them include swimming with the dolphins & stingrays, snorkeling, and a possible helicopter tour. And if our internet cooperates, I'm hoping to share some photo's with you while I'm there. If not, then perhaps I'll post a few in the next few weeks. Take a look at that gorgeous turquoise water below! Beauty awaits!
Beautiful Grand Cayman Island
Swim with the Stingrays
....and shopping, of course!

"We may run, walk, stumble, drive or fly,
 but let us never lose sight of 
the reason for the journey, 
or miss a chance to see a rainbow on our way."
Bye-Bye, my friends!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

We have a winner! . . . .

Applause! Applause! 
Linda from Canada, 
please contact me at
for mailing instructions,
and Congratulations again!

"You will never win
if you never begin."
-Helen Rowland

And don't forget to visit Leah at
for more stunning pieces!
(Pssst...I'm heading over there now 
to do a little shopping of my own!)

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams . . .

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams . . .
Follow your heart