Feb

17

Golden Hour

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IMG_8099Want to know what I love more than the weekend?    Weekends where I don’t have any specific plans or anything that ‘must’ be done, but rather can be filled with doing things that I ‘want’ or ‘like’ to do.

Had I kept to a stringent schedule- I may have missed out on one of those simple joys-    of seeing these gorgeous tulips Marcel gave me for Valentine’s day- basking in the afternoon light- also what I called Golden Hour.    It’s my favorite time of the day and even though I grabbed a couple of shots of them, I mostly sat and admired their beauty and how the light accentuated the shadows.   There is beauty in the everyday ‘little’ things if we take the time to notice.

What is something you noticed that many tend to overlook in the every day?

Tonight-  I’ll spend my evening home alone.   Some may think that’s a horrible thing, but me-  I use that as a time to relax and enjoy doing what I want to do without having to consider another.  There would be some who would consider that selfish.   I consider it self-care.   After all- If we can’t take care of ourselves- how can we expect to care for others?

Wherever you are and however you find yourself spending your Saturday afternoon/evening- I hope your golden hour is as magical as you are.  Yes, you.

Jan

14

New Year- The Hum of Life

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My last post back in September talked about how I felt that I was on the cusp of something different- about how I wanted to make a change but was unsure to take the leap- Not long after that, I began to implement change- that only in reflection I realize.

First, I was bitten by a cat- Yes- a cat. Not my cat, mind you- but a cat at a car dealership where we were taking our car for maintenance work. That resulted in a tetanus shot, a round of antibiotics and a lot of lectures from well meaning people about petting cats I don’t know. I ignore that advice, because to know me is to know how much I love cats and since you can generally tell when they are agitated and avoid an attack- I don’t feel the need to ignore cats. This one- gave no warning, but I’m fairly certain it was in heat, but I digress. The bite was nasty, but thanks to modern medicine, I didn’t have any nasty infections to accompany the painful bite.

It was in the days of antibiotics that I took a trip to the Apple store and stood there for thirty minutes trying to decide if I wanted to spend the money and buy the latest Apple Watch. I had the cash in hand, from birthday and other money I had saved, and I have an iPhone and a couple of iPads- but the idea of spending that much money on a watch that wasn’t the Movado watch I’ve wanted since they came out or to udpate my vintage Gucci watch seemed quite crazy. So I stood there trying on watches- and thinking about the intention behind WHY I wanted that watch.

I’m a firm believer that intention behind every choice we make says a lot- and my only intent was to use it as a tool to motivate me to move more- I am very visual and those Red, Green and Blue rings, plus the gentle reminders motivate me, or that was my intention when I finally decided to make the purchase.

Since then- I have closed every single ring- with the exception for the first couple of days when I was still on antibiotics and one day when I missed my activity ring by 2 minutes simply because I got so tied up in a project I was working on that I forgot- which was a lesson to me to make sure I get my activity done first thing in the morning- so I can’t forget.

SO that is how change started- I would love to say that I’ve made massive changes, but I haven’t as of yet- I spent the entire holiday season with family indulging a lot, but I kept on moving.

I signed up to be part of a 5k mud run for breast cancer awareness with friends in September of this year- so that’s another motivator for me- Its a step outside of my comfort zone, but at the same time- it’s also something to work towards.

This space- which has been unused or hap-hazardly used will be a space where I write about things I love in regards to my health and well being. One of the things I missed most last year- was writing. It fell to the wayside when life kept me so busy, but it’s time to get back to that.

So expect to see a lot more from me and I hope you’ll follow along on the journey.

Sep

9

I’ve been thinking a lot about change lately- and how some things seem to happen easily and others- well, for whatever reason seem to yank us right out of our comfort zones.

I’ve been on the cusp of the latter for quite some time- a year, quite possibly. I will ‘think’ I’m going to take the step- and then for whatever reason (fear? ) I don’t make the leap, but I haven’t forgotten it- it’s there- so I haven’t given up- therefore I know I have not failed.

There was a time when every time I didn’t do things exactly as I had planned, I would have considered myself a failure. Thankfully, I am older and wiser now and while I am far from perfect, there are plenty of lessons I have learned and continue to learn- this one being one of them.

So I’m standing at this cusp- and rather than staring into the unknown- I’ve decided to start using this space or some space to write about it.

One week from Sunday- Change is coming. I better get ready- Life as I know it is about to turn upside down- Join me for the ride if you will.

Aug

11

Hint of Fall- in August?

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Hey y’all- It has been a while. Life has been going at its usual fast pace and I’m yet to find the balance that I need to manage work, blogging, social and everyday life stuff. I’ve decided that it’s about time to work on a schedule that will work best for me- Something that will give me more structure to be able to get things done that I want to get done.

I have created schedules but they aren’t with everything and I need something that has everything- work-exercise- social- etc..

In the meantime- I’ve started to detect a hint of Fall in the air. I know some people may not recognize it- but the air has shifted. The feel is different, crisper, cooler. It’s my favorite feel. I’m excited for the Fall and all that comes with it. It brings me joy.

In the meantime- I’ll continue to enjoy the beauty that summer has given us. After all- my tomatoes are just starting to get ripe.

What are you feeling joyous about as we head into the weekend?

Jun

13

Self Care and Dentistry

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Growing up I was no stranger to the dentist after falling and breaking my two front teeth. As children and adults, it is so important to have dentists like Powell Dentist who not only offer great services, but also offer a feeling of compassion and understanding for the client, who may feel nervous, anxious or even scared. Having professional services by people who care, make all the difference in the total experience.

I don’t think anyone jumps for joy at the idea of visiting the dentist, but knowing that you will be met with a smile, a kind word, plus get the care you need, creates a positive experience rather than something to dread.

Since my own dental experience as a child was so positive, I grew up not being fearful of the dentist and also knowing it was someone I could trust to give me the professional care for my teeth that I required. From the regular cleanings, to crown work, referrals to the orthodontist, tooth extractions (when my mouth was too small to accommodate all of my permanent teeth, to the occasional cavity- I always knew that I was going to be heard and would be given the proper treatment for whatever I may need.

Those early experiences had such a positive role in my life, that as a teenager I became a dental assistant for several years, before deciding to change my career path and move towards something different. Even to this day though, when others moan and groan about going to see the dentist- I take it in stride, as I know that I’m getting the best care possible.

What about you? How do you feel about going to the dentist? When is the last time you went? I don’t know about you- but for me, it’s time to make a routine appointment.

Jun

3

Tick Tock

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Things have been Cray to the Z around here lately with work and also getting back into my regular exercise routine. Thursday is the lunch I’m catering and fingers crossed that it all comes together well and that everyone enjoys themselves. Since I’ll actually be there during the entire time- It will be odd hearing people talk about my food. I do believe that’s the one thing I struggle with the most with what I do- I’m so grateful for feedback, but at the same time, it feels so odd when people are oohing and aahing over things I’ve created.

Tonight I overheard someone say- “You know- everyone sees people make cakes and thinks- Oh I can do that- but then they make it, and it’s disgusting. THIS is cake- and not many can do this.” This was over the cake I’d made for a customer and it made me so happy to hear. It’s why I do what I do.

Once this week passes, I’ll be on the downhill slope to vacation in London. I still have work, but not so much that I feel like I’m swimming in work. I’m grateful, but I have so much to do before my guest arrives and the fun begins.

Happy weekend y’all. I promise I’ll get back to regular posting again soon.

Jun

3

Good Neighbors

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I love it when my musician neighbor sends me emails that say check it out! I know that it means he has something new he wants me to go have a peek at and see what kind of deals I can find. He’s so funny, but one of the most passionate people I’ve ever met about doing what he loves. I love seeing how his band has evolved over the years, even when it means a few hours of lost sleep here and there because of his late night practicing. He always lets us know ahead of time, so I can’t complain. I love having great neighbors

Apr

30

Work

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Work has had me really busy the last months and while I am extremely grateful for that- I also know that some things have lost priority in life- one of those things being this space. In the midst of April, not long before Easter, my computer also decided to have a mind of its own and passed away an untimely death- so it’s been in the shop since it was under warranty.

I saw this morning that the repair has been made- but what exactly was wrong with it- I still have NO idea. Hopefully I’ll receive it this week and I’ll have more of an idea of what happened and also if I need to purchase an extended warranty to keep myself protected. It isn’t exactly what I want to do, but since this computer went haywire I don’t want to be without protection.

I am making some big changes in my life- which is going to also mean re-prioritizing life in general & that should mean more time for blogging, as well as other things.

Live continues to move at a quick pace- vacation planning in the making along with so much else. What’s up with you?

Apr

30

Research for Friends

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I was visiting with a friend a few weeks ago and he wanted my opinion on something. He knows that I am one to do research when it comes to online shopping- so I usually am fully informed as to what’s out there before I make a purchase. Because of that- he asked me what I thought about http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/alesis-io4-4-channel-24-bit-recording-interface. I love helping people and being able to give an opinion, especially when it’s something that I ‘know’ about- but since I don’t know much about purchasing musical equipment, I told him I’d have to do some research and get back to him. Does anyone ever have that with friends? Thankfully he was excited that I would be willing to do the work for him- so that’s how I’m spending part of my Sunday.

What are y’all up to?

Mar

18

Time Flies

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It has been a busy few weeks and with us being gifted some pretty amazing weather, I’ve been hard pressed to find any desire to come inside, much less sit in front of the laptop. Today, the weather shifted and it was not only rainy, but also chilly and seemed more like Fall. I did manage to duck out between rain showers and get in good 5 mile work out- so that was the silver lining. I’m on day 18 of Whole 30, and I am feeling fabulous.

I am finally back in my work out groove and adding the Whole 30 for an extra reset is the boost I needed. Bring on London! I’ll be ready!

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