“When you’re standing in the moment, every life has a soundtrack.” ~ Brett Eldredge
In this hectic world we live in, there never seems to be time to slow down and just enjoy life. As a child, cell phones, computers and social media did not exist. My sister and I colored, rode bikes, and played in our swimming pool. My mom discouraged us from being inside, unless the weather was bad. Instead we were encouraged to be outside and enjoy the fresh air, albeit, sometimes it was a bit hot, our only rule was to return home in time for dinner. That was how life was thirty plus years ago.
“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.” – Voltaire
While listening to the radio the other day a song by Brad Paisley began to play. The song is called “Letter to Me” it talks about writing a letter to your seventeen year old self. It made me think about what I would write if I wrote that letter to my seventeen year old self. Many thoughts started running through my mind. Once I arrived at work I tucked the thoughts away for later in the day when I could really think about what I would write. Continue reading “A Letter to Me . . .”→
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” ~ George Bernard Shaw
The journey to creating oneself is not an easy road. As children I think we mostly try to fit in with others, I think this is true for most children. We all just want to be liked and accepted.
As teenagers, we become a bit rebellious, trying with all of our energy to stand out, something that brings independence. In my experience, most teenagers, try this rebellion with their parents. If you rebel against the people who love you most, you are not in jeopardy of losing anything. They will still be there to love you, maybe a bit tired, but still there. Continue reading “Creating Yourself, Your Brand”→
“Never underestimate the power you have to take your life in a new direction.”
― Germany Kent
What’s in a name, anyway? If you are a parent, you know how difficult it is to choose the perfect name for your baby. If you own a business you may have been faced with the same difficulty. It can take agonizing hours to find just the right name that will express exactly what you do, and more importantly, what your business is trying saying.
I found this to be so true with the name I chose for my business, many years ago. I tossed around many names and in the end I chose my own name, but never really felt it said what I wanted it to say. So after much soul searching, I decided to change my business name, along with my approach to what and how I portray me and the direction I want my business to go in.
~ my new name is based on my childhood nickname ~
I hope you will continue to follow along. I will still be posting my weekly blog, accompanied with beautiful photographs, stories and what adventure or event I have going on. Along with my blog, will be a newly revamped Etsy site where I will begin to sell greeting cards, thank you notes and paper items.
Life is a journey, sometimes we need to stumble before we can find our way. I look forward to meeting you all on the other side of the new me.
Thank you for following along, may you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving . . .
“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.” ~ John Grogan
If you follow me on Instagram you have seen many photographs or our Westie, McKenzie. McKenzie has been part of our family for twelve years now. I guess it was about one year after we had to put our Akita, Teddy, to sleep that I decided it was time to have a dog again. My husband and daughter knew they wanted another dog after we lost Teddy, but I was the hold out. I just didn’t want the responsibility of owning a pet again. My daughter was getting older and we weren’t home much anymore for a pet. Logical, right? Even though the logical part of my brain knew we really shouldn’t own another dog, the emotional part of me knew the house was lonely and we needed to get a dog. Continue reading “the inevitable . . .”→
Good morning yesterday, You wake up and time has slipped away …
Time is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as “the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole.”
This week my daughter and son-in-law will celebrate their first wedding anniversary. I cannot believe one year has gone by so quickly. Last year was so busy, so many plans and events, it’s difficult to remember all of the little details. We seemed to be living in a wedding frenzy, joyful busyness that encompassed our lives. This year has been the complete opposite, quiet with no big event to plan.
The quote above is from a song titled “The Times of Your Life” by Paul Anka, (oddly, that song was an advertisement for Eastman Kodak) my sister played that song at her wedding when she danced with my father. That too is so long ago, I was pregnant with my daughter and life just seemed to move at a steady pace back then. I’m not really sure when it seemed to move as quickly as it does now, but I know that it moves much faster the older I get. Both of my parents are gone now, just the three of us left, me, my sister and my brother, who is the youngest. I remember when my parents brought him home from the hospital, we are five years apart and, I can remember it like it was yesterday.
This week, I started thinking about time, with Cristine’s first wedding anniversary approaching, I thought, how did it all go by so fast? She was just a newborn last time I looked, 26 years could not have gone by that quickly, could they? I can still see my mom bouncing (yes bouncing) down the hallway of the hospital, on her way to meet her first grandchild. Presents and pink balloons in hand, she was so excited to be a Grandma.
Maybe being nostalgic is part of getting older, you see things differently as you get older and become more sentimental about so many things, at least I seem to be. That being said, life is a gift and it should be lived to the fullest. Sadly, when you’re young, you don’t think this way, but as you get older, you realize how precious every moment is and how it should be cherished. Looking at photographs is one way I enjoy remembering all of those special moments, now just memories and such good memories they are! I sometimes find myself laughing when I look at how silly my daughter was when she was young and her smile, how it brings me such complete joy. I’m sure you have similar photographs which bring utter joy as well.
As always, thank you for stopping by and I look forward to hearing some of your memories. Until next week . . .
This past week I began cleaning out some old art portfolio cases I had from college. I hardly remember those days, some 30 plus years ago now. When I was young and had dreams, that never became a reality. Sometimes I wonder what my life would had been like if I had gone to art school instead of college? or if I hadn’t worked in New York City; or if I moved to California when I had the opportunity. Continue reading “Where from here?”→