I always get very nostalgic during the sleepy week between Christmas and New Year’s. Showrooms and workrooms are closed, clients are travelling, and the quiet time allows for much needed reflection and time to reset goals and intentions for the year ahead. After looking at the past few years of doing these posts, I realize that I have the same resolutions from year to year. Clearly these ideas are on my mind if they make my resolution list from every year in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016!
2016 has been an emotional roller coaster to say the very least…From the desert of Las Vegas to the sand hills of Marrakech, I have had so many extraordinary experiences, but dealing with the grief of losing my mother this year has changed me in ways I never quite imagined. My mother had a zest for life that was contagious….she made our childhood incredibly magical with her sense of adventure and creativity. From dance parties to treasure hunts, she made everyday a celebration that I only hope I can emulate to carry on her memory.
Thank you to all of the stars who shined so brightly in my little world this year to help me through the rough spots…You will never know how much I appreciate your friendship and kindness! Many of you appear in the video below…
Life is short….be grateful, forgive a grudge, tell your loved ones you adore them, take the trip, take a risk, don’t wait for tomorrow!
Click HERE to see the video above…
Could it be possible to find the perfect mix of Amy Schumer, Ellen Degeneres and Wanda Sikes all wrapped up in one hilarious gal? I think not and I am thrilled to introduce you to my hilarious friend Brooke Rasnake Lowry and her new blog True Grit. I first encountered Brooke over 30 years ago as a pre-teen in Atlanta. She had just arrived at our school and all the guys in my class were asking who the HNG (Hot New Girl) was in the class above us. She was pretty damn funny and cool then and is even better now.
Her modern musings on finding the humor in aging, parenting, dieting are not to be missed and I suggest subscribing to her blog to get your daily dose of belly aching laughter by clicking HERE. Also do not miss her article on the Whole 30 at StyleBlueprint where she discusses her journey from eating like a truckdriver to slaying her sugar dragon.
Who is Brooke? Sadly, this was a real question some loser date I had right out of college asked me…right after he scratched his back with his fork. The answer, it turns out, was a mouth full of pinot grigio spit out, with some going up the nose while saying “Wait, you aren’t kidding?”
It wasn’t until I was 41, getting a divorce, with a toddler, that I started really thinking about who I am. To be honest, my Chapter Two has turned out to be quite fabulous. In addition to being the oldest mom in preschool, I am married to an awesome guy who thinks I rock and I have 2 children that tend to like me at least a few days of week . I also have a real job that calls for me to be the consummate professional about 85% of the time. Oh, and recently, out of the blue, I became a writer. While doing the Whole 30 I needed a way to keep myself honest and express my extreme unhappiness of my lack of alcohol, carbs, sugar and dairy. So I started writing a diary on Facebook and it made me feel good. It turned out that people liked it, too. What I like is telling the dysfunctional, albeit funny tales, of my life and family, as well as my general unfiltered observations on just about everything. Beware, I do not mince words. Like my tagline says, I tell the truth- it ain’t always pretty but it sure is funny…..eventually.
What I love most are lists. I like making them and I love crossing things off them, especially “To Buy” lists. I have a serious problem with Coffee Table Books, Pajamas, Pillows and Coffee Cups- these are the things that literally I cannot control myself around. They make me happy.
I am not a trendsetter, I just have really strong opinions on what I like, what I dislike and what I think is funny.
Because I really couldn’t dress myself, decorate my house, keep my job or really do anything if not for my friends- my best friends (aka my Board of Directors) are made up of incredibly creative, tasteful and smart people. They are also likely the only people reading this.
Anyhoo, I am going to start updating this section with more stuff I love and if you don’t love it too we can’t be friends.
Anything written/said by Kelly Corrigan- she is honest and awesome.
Vince Vaughn. He is funny and hot. And this scene is my favorite. Tooo many good quotes in these 3 minutes to even begin to list.
2015 has been quite a year. There have been many highs of adventures and travel with friends old and new, but also lows with loved ones struggling with sickness and health. I always get reflective this time to year to assess what I can do better in the upcoming months. Hopefully, I am leaving 2015 being a bit wiser, more faithful and grateful. Click here to read my resolution roundups from 2015 and 2014.
Cheers to 2016 and wishing you all a year full of love, laughter, adventure, happiness and health!
Click on the image below for a fun look back at highlights from 2015…
The end of the year is always a reflective time for me. It is truly incredible how much can transpire in twelve months which I have been reminded of as I have been doing my annual studio purge this week. I am an incurable sap and get incredibly nostalgic going through pictures and correspondence reminding me of the adventures, memories and friendships I have created over the past year.
Perhaps it is the English major in me, but I am always a sucker for a good quote (which explains why I have a Pinterest board dedicated to 700 of my favorites!) Last year, when I was contemplating resolutions, the quotes seemed to say it better than I could, so I figured I would have another go for 2015! To see last year’s, click here.
All images via Pinterest.
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And now to count a few of my many blessings and things for which I am eternally grateful…
|Surrounded by Good Vibrations|
Forgive me friends….it has been 368 days since my last post! After a year dedicated to volunteering and fundraising for The Mint Museum Auxiliary, I am back to solely focusing on interior design and easing back into the world of blogging. Special thanks to my VERY patient and supportive clients that allowed me to fuel my passion for arts education and acquisitions while working with them this past year.
Over the past twelve months, I have met some of the most inspirational and creative people I have ever encountered. From fashion designers and fundraising gurus to interior design icons and volunteers, I have been blown away by the passion and energy of these talented individuals. The common trait that they all possess is their positive energy and their willingness to share their passion with others.
I was fortunate enough to attend a design conference in Paris this fall and visit Maison & Objet for the first time. I was blown away by the words of the Maison & Objet Observatoire, a small group of French design experts that analyze the current dynamics and changing influences in art, media, home, fashion, and architecture each year. This year’s theme was “ENERGIES” as described below….
The time has come to recharge our batteries. Where design is concerned, we should not save our energies. Quite the reverse. We are encouraging use when circulating GOOD VIBRATIONS… Positive , optimism-inducing waves are electrifying the established order. This is a beneficent motion that is freeing our imaginations, reinvigorating unexpected aesthetics and activating alternative currents. (To see the full video, click here.)
This idea summed up everything I have been experiencing over the past year and strive to apply to my design practice. From collaborating with clients and workrooms to brainstorming with fellow colleagues, feeding off of each other’s positive energy only yields better results.
Tomorrow, I am off to Nashville on another adventure to attend The Southern Coterie Summit with designers Holly Hollingsworth Phillips and Margaret Fisher for more inspiration with some of the South’s most creative minds. The organizers have put together a fabulous line up of speakers to help us connect, collaborate and create. Stay tuned for details….updates to follow!