Sunday, December 27, 2009

Something to think about...Ringing in the New Year (a few of my favorite quotes)

Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past. ~Henry Ward Beecher

For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
~T.S. Eliot, "Little Gidding"

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day. ~Edith Lovejoy Pierce

A happy New Year! Grant that I
May bring no tear to any eye
When this New Year in time shall end
Let it be said I've played the friend,
Have lived and loved and labored here,
And made of it a happy year.
~Edgar Guest

One half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it. ~Sidney Howard

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. ~Author Unknown

It is never too late to be who you might have been. ~George Eliot

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The One-Minute Writer: Today's Writing Prompt: Award

The One-Minute Writer: Today's Writing Prompt: Award

The One Minute Writer for Tuesday

Come up with an end-of-the-year award (serious or tongue-in-cheek) for someone you work with. If you don't work with someone, give the award to someone you know.

I would give a Best Friend award to my friend Cindy. She is sweet, we hold each other accountable, she is fun and full of energy and inspires me to be a better person every day. She is a true friend.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

A Cozy Evening

The fire is lit in the fireplace
embers dancing to and fro

The warm smell of apples and cinnamon wafting from the candles
a thick blanket to snuggle under
a good book to read from

this might sound simplistic to some
but this is my dream of how to
spend nights with you

You see, as long as I have you
I do not need anything else in this world

Your love and acceptance,and companionship is all I need
Is all I have desired for so long
Promise me you will stay beside me
That we can do life together
Taking life's journey one step at a time
Walking hand in hand
With each other we can only soar
Above and beyond anything we could ever imagine

I see the light in your eyes
when you look at me
I feel the love in your smile
I hope you and feel and see the same things with me

Though we are only beginning I feel like we have
been down so many roads already together

As long as we are together
on cozy evenings such as this
My heart will forever be filled with bliss.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Giving Thanks

I hope everyone had a great and happy Thsnksgiving. I really did. I spent it with dear friends and loved ones. It is so nice to feel a part of something bigger than you are. We had a lovely dinner and plenty pf lively conversation. My heart was so full to sit back and observe the activities. I felt very thankful to be there, to be so blessed with a house full of people and plenty of pretty things to look at. I am so grateful for everything that God has blessed me with this year. Good health, my job, church, my mom and all my special friends. It is so easy to get busy doing and running and miss the truly important moments. I have decided that I am going to scale down my activity and expectations and just be so I do not have to let a single moment pass me by.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Thoughts of You

Sitting by the fire tonight
Thinking of you
As the embers dance against the night sky
I think of you
I remember how you held me
That warm summers night
Under a midnight blue sky
and shared your heart with me
You told me things I never thought I would hear you say
My heart still flips when I think of that

So as you are there and I am here
All I have are my memories of you
And the fire to keep me warm
I get lost in the flicker of the flames
The same way I get lost in your eyes

I just want you to be there
I want you to hold me
tell me everything is going to be ok

I want to stroke your hair and tell you the same
I want to take away all your hurts
and help mend your heart
and maybe draw you closer to mine

When you hold me I feel like I am holding everything
Don't you know you have been my whole world?
I would do anything for you
I want to dry your tears
Erase all the hurt and sadness from your years
Restore you to the man you once were
Inspire you to be the man you could be

You said so long ago
We would be good together
I agree
How can I tell you I have already known you are the man for me

But when will we be joined together as one
I do not know
I have waited and I will continue to wait
My heart is already yours
It's yours for the taking
I gave it to you so long ago

As the fire continues to glow
and the feelings of love for you grows
I sit here with my empty bottle
and pray for you to call
to tell me you are ready
to give me your heart
and knowing that one day you will
I wait for you and
the fire in my heart remains.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Six Word Saturday

My soul has so many questions.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Six Word Saturday

My life is chaotic, but pleasant.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Broken Into Beautiful

This past few weeks my church has been doing a series entitled "Broken Into Beautiful". We have covered such topics as depression, guilt, etc. "Stinking thinking". It is amazing to me that God takes all of our "pieces" : shattered lives, broken homes, illness, divorce, loss, grief and makes something beautiful out of it. We simply just need to reconnect with God, give Him all our worries and broken pieces and let Him do the fixing. It is easier said than done though. In our self sufficient world where we supposedly are "the Master of our Domains", oftentimes God is forgotten and we take our lives in our hands and try to do it ourself often with disastrous consequences. How I remember being a child and crying over a broken toy and being frustrated because I wanted to fix it myself. And try try again until I gave up in anger and frustration. I could hear and see my dad in the foreground saying "Give it to me, honey and I will fix it." How much easier it would have been to hand it to him first and say "here daddy, please fix it for me." I could relinquish all control and save myself anger and frustration. Such as it is with our Heavenly Father. When we are broken, we can just give it to Him and He will fix us or teach us what we needed to learn to move on. There is so much power in that, it is beautiful.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

As I was driving to a babysitting assignment, I noticed several trick or treaters along the way. Little princesses, cowboys, Spider-Man, Tinkerbell. All going door to door to collect goodies for their buckets and bags. It seems like only yesterday I was excited to dress up and go out in the neighboorhood with my dad. Mom would help me get ready in my costume of choice the one I remember the most was a ballerina, homemade of course. I felt so beautiful in my long braided hair, black leotard and pink tutu. My face was shiny and mom did my makeup. I thought I was on cloud nine, feeling beautiful and walking hand in hand with my dad to collect candy and treats. When we got home he would make me dump it all out on the floor and he would inspect it and take a few treats his self. It was all in fun while it lasted. Now that I am an adult Halloween is not so fun. I really do not believe in all of the bad stuff, scary stuff. I believe in light and not darkness like Halloween promotes. But it is just a day and even if only I reminisce about Halloweens gone past, I can treasure the innocence of being a kid again on Halloween. What memories do you have of Halloween?

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Daily Writing

Thursday, October 1, 2009
Today's Writing Prompt: Mess

Is there any part of your life that's a mess? Describe it.
Posted by C. Beth at 5:00 AM

I would have to say that I have such a mess right now in my living space. I am slowly working on getting it cleaned and organized. I recently moved back home for financial reasons and then got stuck. It feels so good and is so empowering to get uncluttered and for me personally, it is so rewarding to throw stuff out! My vision is to have a beautiful, clean, uncluttered and organized space to live and work in. I think the hardest part is just getting started. It is a big project but I feel so much better already just seeing small steps of progress being made.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Beautiful Fall Image

Writer's Block?!?!?!

Well folks, here I am again. I am at the intersection of procrastination and being fed up. I made it one of my resolutions to begin writing more. Of course that seems pretty simple to do but then when you get right down to it it is very hard to include writing in an already jam packed day...! I think, at least for me anyway, the hardest part of writing is overcoming the mental block when you sit in front of the computer or desk with pen in hand. I procrastinate because I am deep down a perfectionist of sorts and deeply afraid of failure. I am fed up with procrastinating. It is such a two-horned monster! I am ready to slay it though. I am tired of literally dredging up motivation through this awful sludge in my brain. I have dreamed forever it seems like that I have wanted to be a writer. Oh, I do not think I will write the Next Great American Novel or even close but just getting a story down on paper (or computer if you prefer : ), something I can call my own. I am ready to begin cultivating this desire into something beautiful. Yes, I have big dreams but what is living if you do not have big dreams? I am reminded of a poem by Langston Hughes


Hold fast to dreams
for if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

In an effort to nurture my love and knack for writing, I have been reading voraciously just to feed my brain with "good stuff". I will also make it a priority to blog. I love blogging because it really can be a "writing laboratory". I will feed my creativity by keeping my environment clean and beautiful because I know that a cluttered living space produces a cluttered mind. I desire to have a beautiful inspiring blog in which people will look forward to coming to and being inspired by. My little blog has been so fun to work on and be creative with. This new season of fall is just the time for me to make this happen. And it will also be a nice creative vacation from drudging through Pathophysiology! : )

Until next time,

Thursday, September 17, 2009

What is My Style?

Just found this quiz thanks to my friend at Inspired Room and I think it is so true!

Phaedra , you are a Country Classic
You have a naturally refined sensibility with an appreciation for tradition and history. You value beauty, craftsmanship, and family heirlooms, but you like to open things up with pretty, easy-going pieces like painted wood or distressed furniture, lovely florals and other patterns, and bunches of fresh flowers that give your home a breezy, relaxed feeling. You love unique finds, have a thrifty, creative side, and can make these things work together.

You value comfort. Your home is a warm and open friendly place, and you feel happiest when everyone is cared for and relaxed in your space. Elements like pillows, throws, overstuffed furniture, and good lighting set the mood. You may also enjoy layering different fabrics or mixing patterns to create a cozy effect.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Back to School Time!

I just love this time of year! Being a "nerd" myself, I have always loved school. This is the time of year that parents get back on a regular schedule and try to get the kids to do the same. I am doing that as well. Back to bed on a regular time, no staying up until the wee hours of the night, time to retire the flipflops and lazy summer days and lemonade stands. Getting organized right off the bat with all the essential notebooks and supplies and a fresh calendar for organizing school dates, tests and activities. I am waiting on pins and needles for fall to usher in. It is perhaps my most favorite time of year and one in which I get a burst of energy and lightness in my step.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Keeping Your Head Above Water

In this day and time of uncertainty and ever changing situations it can be really difficult to maintain a positive outlook on life. With a recent job change myself I know how life can surprise you and knock the wind out of your sails. With every struggle that I go through I try really hard to think about the positive to minimize the negative thoughts and feelings that come my way. Yes, they will come in a flood to try to get us down, distract us from what we know we should do. But it is all in how you handle things that determines the outcome. Sure, I have had days, and will continue to, that all I want to do is pull the covers over my head and block out the world and everyone in it. I have spent enough time in the mud wallowing in my own self-pity and doubt. A certain amount of grief is good and even beneficial but there comes a time when enough is enough and we have to decide to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and determine from this point where we shall go. I have recently read a quote that the "only way from down is up". That is so true. I know that it is not going to be easy and that I will probably get knocked down again a million more times and that is ok. As long as I continue to get up again. I am in the mode now where I am actively seeking for a full time position in my field and in this day and age the job search in itself is a full time job. I know I may have to wait for what I want and in order to get there I may have to take whatever comes my way until I get a more ideal position. Rarely is there a person that desires to be in a top position starts out at the top. In the meantime I have chosen to focus on the things that I know that I can do and continue to perservere in the face of adversity. I want to focus on my talents and things that make me happy. Being able to continue to take my college classes has been such a blessing and the one positive thing that I can actively do towards my long-term goals. Also, regularly taking stock in my talents and abilities and strengths, and when need be, cultivating those. I have had many wise people give me advice and have heard from other people that are in the same struggles as I echo the same sentiment..." you just have to keep going forward". So that is my advice to myself and others as well.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Simple Pleasures

1). Waking up in the morning with energy and feeling great!
2). Friends who support you no matter what
3). English tea for breakfast
4). Staying on task with things to do
5). Finishing a really great book

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Simple Pleasures for 6/10/09

1). waking up feeling refreshed
2). tea with milk and sugar
3). sticking to a schedule
4). dangling my feet in a pool
5). studying

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Simple Pleasures for 5/20/09

1). meeting up with an old friend
2). reading a great book
3). feeling the sunshine on my face
4). knowing I am God's child
5). being able to lay my head down on a cool pillow

Friday, May 1, 2009

Simple Pleasures for 5/1/09

1). Getting hugs and smiles
2). beautiful music
3). being accepted for who I am, regardless of faults and imperfections
4). cool lemonade
5). looking forward to a new day : )


“Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark.”
George Iles

Monday, April 27, 2009

Dinner Recipe

Avocado-Mango Chicken
Serves 4

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons adobo sauce (from canned chipotle chiles)
2 limes
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (4 oz each)
1 large mango, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
2 tablespoons sea salt
4 white-corn tortillas

Mix Worcestershire, soy and adobo sauces with juice from 1 of the limes in a bowl. Place chicken in a sealable plastic bag and pour in marinade. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine mango, avocado, cilantro, onion, salt and juice from remaining lime in a bowl, then refrigerate. Transfer chicken and marinade to a baking dish and cook until tender and no longer pink, approximately 20 minutes. Remove chicken from oven, place each breast on a plate and top with 1/4 of salsa. Serve with 1 tortilla each.

Simple Pleasures for 4/27/09

Simple Pleasures

1). waking up rested after a long night's sleep
2). cleaning
3). receiving an unexpected gift from an unexpected person : )
4). HOPE

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Simple Pleasures for 4/21/09

1). a hot breakfast of toast and eggs
2). going to class and learning something
3). spending time with friends
4). a basketball game on the radio
5). reading a new book

Monday, April 20, 2009

Simple Pleasures for 4/20/09

Simple Pleasures Today

1). A long nap in the afternoon
2). An unexpected email from a friend
3). A cup of hot tea
4). A surprise gift of earrings from a friend
5). Waking up to see a beautiful blue sky and sunshine

Friday, April 17, 2009

Simple Pleasures for 4/17/09

My Simple Pleasures list is something I would like to start as sort of a "gratitude" journal of the little things that make me happy. I have read that we should stop daily and try to remember and be grateful for 5 things that made us happy that day. It is so easy to be negative and bitter and complaining but it is so much more joyful to focus on the positive things that warm our heart and help to make us a better person.

1). the new issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine
2). A trip to the library and coming home with a new stack of books : )
3). a spring breeze
4). a gentlemen who held the door open for me at the post office
5). freshly laundred bed linens

Special Moments to share...

Yesterday Mom and I and our special long time friend got together and had a "ladies day out." We started our adventure by sharing a beautiful lunch at a local tea room. We had finger sandwiches stuffed with chicken salad, pimento cheese, a pumpkin bread with rich cream cheese frosting, hot baked potato soup that was so rich and creamy, and a strawberry dessert that was so heavenly and whipped. I had Chai Spice hot tea served with my own personal white tea pot and cup and saucer. The tea room is called Charleston Tea Room. As you enter it is a gift shop and the dining area is in the back. It is decorated so lovely and you just feel as if you could be in Victorian England having an afternoon tea. We noshed and shared our lives with each other. After lunch we proceeded to make our rounds to our favorite little shops and nooks and crannies along the way, laughing, talking and picking up special little treasures as we went. It was visually stimulating and so much fun and very special to me as I love these ladies very much and they are so important to me. In this day and age as everyone is so busy, special times spent with friends and family become more precious to me, and means so much more than my "to-do list".

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Dinner Anyone?

Quesadilla Pie


1 10-ounce can green or red enchilada sauce
1/4 cup heavy cream
4 8-inch flour tortillas
2 cups (8 ounces) grated Monterey Jack, plus 1/4 cup for the top
1 3 1/2- to 4-pound rotisserie chicken, shredded
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
1 zucchini, quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced
1 cup salsa
1 avocado, diced
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves


1Heat oven to 400° F.2In a small bowl, combine the enchilada sauce and cream. Spoon 1/4 cup of the sauce mixture into the bottom of a shallow 2-quart casserole or 9-inch springform pan. Top with 1 tortilla and a third each of the cheese, chicken, onion, and zucchini. Repeat twice to form a total of 3 layers. Top with the remaining tortilla, sauce mixture, and cheese.3Cover loosely with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 minutes more. Slice into wedges and serve with the salsa, avocado, and cilantro.
By Sara Quessenberry, March 2007

My Spring Reading List

Books I plan to read for Spring Reading Thing 2009

1. Sunday's At Tiffany's - James Patterson
2. A Homemade Life : Stories and Recipes from my Kitchen Table- Molly Wizenberg
3. Oolong Dead - Laura Childs
4. Love Your Life: Living Happy, Healthy, Whole - Victoria Osteen
5. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly- Jean Dominique Bauby
6. Summer at Tiffany- Marjorie Hart
7. Redeeming Love- Francine Rivers
8. American Wife - Curtis Stittenfield
9. The Forgotten Garden - Kate Morton
10. Love or Something Like It-Deidre Shaw
11. Lady in Waiting- Jackie Kendall
12. The Great Gatsby -F. Scott Fitzgerald
13. The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway
14. Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut
15. Henderson the Rain King- Saul Bellow
16. My Stroke of Insight- Jill Taylor Ph.D. 17. My Guy Barbaro- Edgar Prado
18. Frill Kill- Laura Childs
19. Consider the L ilies- Elizabeth Buchan
20. Gift From the Sea- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The books I complete are in italics.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

My favorite bedroom rugs!

I have two of these, one on each side of my bed and I love the design!
Would really like to continue the scroll theme in the room as well.

This is a picture of a picture I made. I started out with an empty picture frame, added scrapbook paper and some favorite quotations and Voila! Instant Art!! : )

This is my wall of faith/inspiration, in order so that I can see it when I come in and when I go out..

I have a black and white duvet cover, it is just not in the pic and I have a piece of art I have my eye on to go above my bed... this is just the beginning but a little change will do you good.

My Room Redeco Part 1 !!

This has been a while in the making but I am finally redoing my room!
Here is some of the work so far...





Of course, this is a work in progress. I would love to paint soon...I am trying to decide on colors right now... oh which shade of green shall I choose?

My color scheme I am going with is black, white with an accent of green. I am adding French and Parisian accents with wrought iron, hopefully some architectural art, etc... I am excited with the change already though!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Inspirational quotes

“If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I would go to more dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies.”
Nadine Stair quotes

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

New Orleans Toile Items for every room in the house

Thanks Pretty Organized Palace for having a Toile Party! I thought i was the only one who still enjoyed this lovely stuff!

Everyday Simplicity: Crazy about Toile

Everyday Simplicity: Crazy about Toile

Crazy about Toile

Here are the Toile curtains I ordered for my bedroom, just yesterday. My room is going to be black and white with an accent of apple green. It is coming along, but slowly. These curtains will really help.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Thought for Today

The Choice to Worry or Worship.

When we worry, we lay awake at night and ponder Satan's lies. When we worry, we have pity parties where the guests of honor are Negative Thinking, Doubt and Resignation.
But we can make the choice to worship. When we worship in these hard places, we are reminded that none of this is about us- it's all about God. We turn our focus off of ourselves and back onto God Almighty. God can use empty places in your life to draw your heart to Him. He is the Great Love of your life that will never disappoint.

We all worship something. We must choose whom or what- we will worship. Will it be the opinions of others, our fears or even our own comfort? Or will it be the One who created our souls to worship? Whatever we worship, we will obey. As we choose to be radically obedient and say yes to the Lord, we must be radical about choosing to worship Him and Him alone.

The result of choosing to worship Him, and Him alone is peace. Isaiah 48:18 says, " If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea."

-Selection from Lysa Terkeurst book, What Happens When Women Say Yes to God.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Thought for Today

“[More Than Conquerors] And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”- Romans 8:28
Today's passage is from the New International Version.
courtesy of

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Dinner Ideas

Grilled Scallops and Succotash

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 ears corn, or 2 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels, thawed
1 (10-ounce) package frozen lima beans, thawed
1 medium zucchini (about 1/2 pound) quartered lengthwise and sliced
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1 1/4 pounds large sea scallops (about 16)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
Parsley Drizzle, recipe follows

If using ears of corn, cut the kernels off and set aside. Discard the cobs.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Stir in the corn, lima beans, zucchini, and tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, about 7 minutes.

Spray a large nonstick skillet or grill pan with cooking spray, and preheat it over medium-high heat.

In the meantime, prepare the scallops. Pat them dry and season them with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Add the scallops and cook until the inside is opaque, 5 to 6 minutes, turning once.

Stir the vinegar and basil into the succotash, season with additional salt and pepper, to taste, and serve topped with grilled scallops. Garnish with Parsley Drizzle.

Parsley Drizzle:
1 cup lightly packed flat-leaf parsley leaves
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons water, as needed to slacken
Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree.

Yield: 1/2 cup

Recipe Ideas for the weekend

I like to cook on the weekends and so I was perusing the web for interesting things to add to my recipe book.

** Pictured above is the perfect breakfast parfait I enjoyed every morning while in Australia: a local mango that would make my fingers smell wonderful all morning, Mundella natural yogurt, and Good Girls' Summer Fling muesli with macadamias and cranberries -- just thinking about it makes my tastebuds tingle. (And it is pictured here in a proper bowl, because I took that picture in Albany, where my room was equipped with a kitchenette -- oh, the luxury.)

Courtesy of Chocolate and Zucchini

I found this on Healthy and Fast Recipes
Warm Bacon Spinach Salad

10 ounces pre-washed baby spinach
2 slices bacon, finely chopped
3 ounces Canadian bacon, finely chopped
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 red onion, sliced (about 1 cup)
1 pound button mushrooms, coarsely chopped
1 cup apple cider
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper
Place spinach into a large bowl. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat for about 4 minutes, or until it is just crispy. Add Canadian bacon to the skillet and cook for 2 more minutes, stirring frequently. Remove meat from pan and place on a plate lined with paper towels. Drain any remaining fat from the skillet. Add olive oil and onions to the skillet and cook for about 2 minutes, or until onions soften slightly. Add mushrooms to the pan and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 more minutes. Put onions and mushrooms on top of the spinach. Add apple cider and vinegar to the skillet and turn the heat up to medium-high. Stir to scrape up any bits that are stuck to the bottom of the pan and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until cider is reduced to about 1/2 cup. Whisk in mustard, salt and pepper, to taste. Pour warm cider dressing over the mushrooms and spinach and toss until the vegetables are well coated. Sprinkle the bacon on top and serve.

Fabulous Friday

I apologize for Fabulous Friday being on Saturday, but life gets first priority to blog.

This fabulous friday post leaves me desiring to revisit past resolutions. In January I made a resolution to live a simple and beautiful life. As we close out this month, I have made an inventory on how that is coming so far. February was a great but hectic month. I learned a lot about myself and my goals stayed intact. The world goes so fast that we must resolve to stop and take time to reflect. Plato said: " The unexamined life is wasted." I leave you with these pictures to help you reflect and ponder your goals and being fabulous.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Beauty in the simple things

I receive such great joy in life's "little things". Here is one of them

Fabulous Friday

Well here we are again, another Fabulous Friday has come upon us!

Another element of being fabulous is not limiting yourself and not getting settled into the "comfort zone". Wikipedia defines the comfort zone as: "A comfort zone denotes the limited set of behaviors and environments that a person can engage in without becoming anxious." It is our "boundaries", if you will, or our "box". In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with boundaries and living in the box, myself I do much better when I stay in the box consistently instead of living outside the box in a chaotic existence that I naturally gravitate to. The problem is that it is all too easy to get settled into your routine and get so set in your "box" that you can't see out beyond the box. Doing the same things day in, day out kind of lulls you into an inertia state, a monotony. You tend to go on "auto-pilot" and run the risk of becoming numb to life around you. That is where you do not want to be for very long. Life is beautiful, inspiring, there is so much around us to feed on and enjoy and use to make us who we are. Try new things. Take a different route. Sit in a different area at lunch, anything to inspire change and creativity and add a little spice to your life : ) Embrace life for what it gives you and don't be afraid to be fabulous!

Here are a few things that I think are fabulous this Friday:

This Sunday is the Oscars, for those of you that are into movies, as I am. Here is a great article I found about having a "Hollywood Glam" theme Oscar Party

Let me just say, if I had the room, I would so love to put this in my "boudoir" : )
It would definitely help you get into the "fabulous" frame of mind.

This is my new book I am waiting to read!

And for a fabulous way to start your day-
courtesy of Chocolate and


- 250 g (2 C) flour
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 L (1 C) milk
- 100 g (1/3 C) sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla sugar or vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 Tbsp rum (optional)
- 1/4 L (1 C) still mineral water
- butter for cooking, and an assortment of toppings

In a large mixing-bowl, roughly combine the flour and eggs. Whisk in the milk, adding it slowly to avoid lumps. Add in the sugar, vanilla, oil and rum (if using), and whisk to combine thoroughly. Whisk in the water. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least two hours, preferably overnight.

Take the bowl of batter out of the fridge, and give it a whisk to "revive" it. Put a thick-bottomed, low-rimmed frying pan over high heat. Wait until it gets very hot (hot enough to make a drop of water sizzle). Melt a dab of butter in it, and spread the butter evenly in the pan with a wadded paper towel (watch your fingers).

Ladle a little batter in the pan (just enough to cover the pan thinly, we are not making pancakes here), and move the pan around so the batter forms an even disk. Wait until the edges of the crêpe start to pull slightly away from the sides of the pan, peek underneath, and flip the crêpe with a spatula when it is nice and golden. Cook for a few more seconds (the second side cooks much faster) and serve immediately, topped/stuffed/rolled/spread with the sweet condiment of your choice.

(This recipe can be used for savory crêpes also -- just hold the sugar, vanilla and rum.)

Have a terrific Fabulous Friday!

Thought for today
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I am more and more convinced that our happiness or unhappiness depends more on the way we meet the events of life than on the nature of those events themselves.
Alexander Humboldt (1769 - 1859)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A Lovely Poem

THINK not of it, sweet one, so;---
Give it not a tear;
Sigh thou mayst, and bid it go

Do not lool so sad, sweet one,---
Sad and fadingly;
Shed one drop then,---it is gone---
O 'twas born to die!

Still so pale? then, dearest, weep;
Weep, I'll count the tears,
And each one shall be a bliss
For thee in after years.

Brighter has it left thine eyes
Than a sunny rill;
And thy whispering melodies
Are tenderer still.

Yet---as all things mourn awhile
At fleeting blisses,
E'en let us too! but be our dirge
A dirge of kisses.

John Keats

Monday, February 16, 2009

Today's Inspiration

You are the embodiment of the information you choose to accept and act upon. To change your circumstances you need to change your thinking and subsequent actions.”
Adlin Sinclair quotes (British born Businessman, motivational speaker and Humanitarian, )

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Today's Inspiration

“Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of ourselves we give away.”
Barbara De Angelis quotes (American researcher on relationships and personal growth)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

It' s the little things....

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Love is in the air today! May you all be hit with cupid's arrow : )

Being a single woman I have mixed emotions about the holiday. But, I do like it because it helps people show love. I believe we should not save it for one day but find ways to show and give love every day.

To me that is easy because I was blessed with the gift of loving people for who they are. Love comes easy to me, even when it should be hard. Someone told me that I "exude" love. That is a beautiful comment to receive and I try to remember that even when I am tempted to be less than lovely. I believe that it starts by first loving yourself. If we cannot love ourselves, how can we be expected to give love to everyone else?

How can we love ourselves? By taking the time for ourself, I believe, is number one. The little things like a new lipstick and a soak in a bubble bath makes me personally feel like a million bucks.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Valentine's Bouquet

Being a hopeless romantic, this is what my dream Valentine's Day Bouquet would look like:

Daily Inspiration

"Love comforteth like sunshine after rain."
Shakespeare, from Venus and Adonus

Fabulous Friday!

As part of my meaningful word resolutions for this year, I decided to make February be fabulous! I wanted to be different and that word kept coming to me. Last month was Simplicity and hence my blog title was born, and now February is Fabulous! I will make the remainder of the Fridays in February be Fabulous Fridays here in blogland.
Here goes and I hope you are inspired to live a fabulous life! : )

What is fabulous? defines it as:
1. almost impossible to believe; incredible.
2. Informal. exceptionally good or unusual; marvelous; superb: a fabulous bargain; a fabulous new house.

How to be Fabulous
• Embrace and Love Yourself
• Don't limit yourself ~ step outside
your comfort zone
• Live by your own rules ~ set
your own standards
• Grow older gracefully ~ don't shrink from it
• Own Your Face ~ it should tell your story
• Practice self-care ~ your body and spirit
will thank you
• Be Kinder to Yourself
• Appreciate all of your life lessons
~ call it wisdom
• Embrace Your Inner Goddess
• Celebrate Your Age Milestones
adopted from

What is Love?

1 Corinthians 13:1-8 1

If I speak in the tongues[a] of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames,[b] but have not love, I gain nothing.
4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8Love never fails.

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The meaning of Valentine's Day

February 14th - The Day the Birds Began to Mate

The Europeans also believed that on February 14th the birds began to choose their mates. In fact Chaucer, in his "Parlement of Foules," wrote: "For this was Seynt Valentine's Day when every foul cometh ther to choose his mate."

John Donne wrote:

Hail Bishop Valentine! whose day this is;
All the air is thy diocese,
And all the chirping choristers
And other birds are thy parishioners:
Thou marryest ever year
The lyric lark and the grave whispering dove;
The sparrow that neglects his life for love,
The household bird with the red stomarcher;
Thous mak'st the blackbird speed as soon,
As doth the goldfinch or the halcyon . . .
This day more cheerfully than ever shine,
This day which might inflame thyself, old Valentine!

The Christian tradition of drawing names on St. Valentine's Eve continued in England and other places. The tradition of birds choosing their mates on St. Valentine's Day led to the idea that boys and girls would do the same. Now when a youth drew a girl's name, he wore it on his sleeve, and attended and protected her during the following year. This made the girl his valentine and they exchanged love tokens throughout the year. Later this was changed to only men giving love tokens to females, usually without names but signed "with St. Valentine's Love."

Later, in France, both sexes drew from the valentine box. A booked called Travels in England, written in 1698, gives an account of the way it was done:

On St. Valentine's Eve an equal number of Maids and Bachelors get together, each writes their true or some feigned name upon separate billets, which they roll up and draw by way of lots, the Maids taking the Men's billets, and the Men the Maids'; so that each of the young Men lights upon a Girl that he calls his Valentine, and each of the Girls upon a young Man which she calls hers. By this means each has two Valentines--but the Man sticks faster to the Valentine that is fallen to him than to the Valentine to whom he is fallen. Fortune having thus divided the company into so many couples, the valentines give balls and treats to their mistresses, wear their billets several days upon their bosoms or sleeves, and this little sport ofen ends in Love. This ceremony is practised differently in different Countries, and according to the freedom or severity of Madame Valentine. This is another kind of Valentine, which is the first young Man or Woman chance throws in your way in the street, or elsewhere . . .

St. Valentine's Day was mentioned by Shakespeare. The poet, Drayton, wrote verses entitled "To His Valentine," in which he expressed the idea of the birds' mating on St. Valentine's Day.

Each little bird this tide
Doth choose her beloved peer,
Which constantly abide
In wedlock all the year.

Love is in the Air

Beautiful words and photos to commemorate a beautiful day.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Simple but beautiful bathroom inspiration

In this busy hectic, multitasking world, it is an absolute necessity to have a beautiful, clean, organized space in which to both retreat and get ready for life's business. Spaces and beautiful necessities that inspire me to do just that:

These pictures are from Pottery Barn, IMO the BEST in Inspiring Decor!