Sunday, May 11, 2014

Hello, goodbye - Aloha

Our epic trip (a little work, a little play and a celebration of five blissful years) has come and gone! Stay tuned for a few upcoming posts (including a few video's) on our incredible trip! 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Spring (finally)!

This was the first week in FOREVER that I was in NYC for the whole week (and I'm not sure if I can count this whole week as I leave for a business trip tomorrow).

Every time I have a long break from the city (as in, gone for a week) my re-entry feels like a date. I'm trying to figure out if I like the person...do I want to hang out...can we make it to third base?  NYC never ceases to amaze me and every date end in the words " I love you".  I may be forward with those words, but NYC is a forward kinda town so it seems to work! 

This week was especially amazing as "she" (NYC) decided to morph from winter to spring. I could not be happier!  No more boots, puffy coats, hats, gloves, scarves, etc! Not only do we get to shed our winter skin, we get to actually see blue skies. Again , I could not be happier! 

Dear NY - I love you...a lot! 





(All photos taken this week) 






Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Fog

Fog is like a cozy blanket that begs you to stay and snuggle a bit longer with your love.



Monday, March 31, 2014

When a house becomes a home!


There is a special time in the life of a house, almost like a transition between adolescence and adulthood. This is the first time I have experienced this magical feeling. This is my first [house] home.

This house started as a concept and a dream. Last year the dream transpired to a vision and a declaration was made. I said to the universe in March of 2013 "in five years I will own a home in the Catskills".  

At that moment I had no idea that 11 months after the declaration a sweet reality would appear. The excitement with the potential is overwhelming.  The financial process happened. Towns were explored. The house was picked.  The reality is indescribable.  Vision to reality, wow! 

This weekend was the first weekend we had guests and the house went through a puberty of sorts. A sparsely decorated home was finally full. The fullness was not physical but spiritual. The home was for the first time serving its purpose. The house became a home. 






Friday, January 24, 2014

Follow your vision to achieve your goals!


Creativity is the driving force of balance in my life.  Brene Brown said it best (this is paraphrased) "there is not such thing as a creative person or a non-creative person.  There are people who use their creativity and people who don't".  Creating is almost like breath for me.  Weather it is a painting, creating cards, writing a letter, writing a blog post, photographing, drawing, etc...I HAVE to use my creativity daily to feel whole.  

One of my beautiful friends just decided to take a big step in life by moving on from a job she has been at for over 5 years.  She is leaving stability behind to follow her dreams of writing and yoga.  This step that she is taking is very inspirational and I am so proud of her.  I was sitting at my dining room table tonight and wanted to do something special for her to encourage her.  This was kind of an easy project as I knew I needed to do something writing related (hello cards) and mash this up with gorgeous yoga words.  

I recently purchased a silhouette portrait die-cut printer and have been having oh so much fun creating.  I have been experimenting with different card designs and am really loving cut out cards (the words are not printed they are actually cut out of the card.  I LOVE how the cards look and feel and I can't wait to give them to my beautiful friend. 

Check back for more designs and an exclusive giveaway soon :) 



PS - I am not loving the photo quality (its dark out and the lighting was not cooperating/I didn't want to set-up my lighting), but in the spirit of being good enough I am hitting post :)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

I'm Imperfect and I'm Enough

I took this photo with my iphone and its blurry - the imperfect photo is kind of perfect for this post

One of the problems with keeping this blog updated is my perfectionism is I rarely hit post on this blog (I have a lot of half written drafts for blog posts).  I start writing a lot of entries and then decide that its not good enough and just don't hit post.  I am learning a lot about vulnerability (its a tough one for me) right now and am learning that I am good enough.  Side note - if you have not watched Brene Brown's Ted Talk called The Power of Vulnerability - watch it now!

When I started this blog it was about sharing fun stories that are happening and the accompanying photos.  Somehow I have morphed between fashion, make-up, food, travel and so much more.  Part of the continuing transformation is being okay with who I am and what I want to share.  But part of the continuing transition of this blog was trying to conform to the angle other bloggers were taking and ultimately trying to fit in.  I am also a fiercely private person that doesn't like to share too much but...my life is absolutely AWESOME and I should feel totally comfortable with this blog just being me.  I also love this public journal and love looking back.  Ultimately I wanted to monazite this blog but if just being me means it will ultimately be my journal then that's good enough for me.

I am giving myself permission to Be Imperfect as well as lots of other things.  As a perfectionist it makes me cringe to say that statement, but ultimately we are all imperfect and the more I understand it the easier life can be!