Have a well-designed day,
“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”
Have a well-designed day,
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I recently dedicated 12 days to gratitude and consciously began each day with a grateful heart. I focused on something for which I was truly thankful and reflected on it throughout the day. My mother was the inspiration for this gratitude journal and I thought I’d share a few excerpts with you:
Today is 12.12.13. Two years ago today my mother passed away. In some ways it feels like I just hugged her yesterday and on other days, the sad days, it feels like an eternity. I miss her terribly. Christmas was her favorite time of year and I can truly say that my love of Christmas decorating came honestly. I saw the joy it brought my mother. She saw Christmas as a time of purity, love, generosity and kindness and she passed that spirit to me. So instead of the ‘12 Days of Christmas’, I will honor my mother for the next 12 days by sharing the ‘12 days of Gratitude’.
“Gratitude is the memory of the heart.” Jean Baptiste Massieu
Day 1 of the ’12 Days of Gratitude’
How blessed I am to have known the unconditional love and acceptance of a truly devoted mother.
Day 2 of the ’12 Days of Gratitude’
“My socks may not match, but my feet are always warm.” Maureen McCullough
More than a third of the world’s population lives on less than $2 a day. So to say that I am incredibly privileged is an understatement. I am blessed.
Day 3 of ‘The 12 Days of Gratitude’
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” John Fitzgerald Kennedy
I’m a member of the Happy Wives Club. It’s wonderful to be loved and appreciated by the man you love.
Day 4 of ‘The 12 Days of Gratitude’
“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” Cynthia Ozick
My husband says I’m happy because I’m an optimist. I say I’m an optimist because I’m happy. I’m just wired to be happy. I suppose that is my greatest blessing.
Day 5 of ‘The 12 Days of Gratitude’
“Wherever I have knocked, a door has opened. Wherever I have wandered, a path has appeared.” Alice Walker
It’s a wonderful thing to be doing what you love EVERY DAY! My business is growing and evolving and it’s so exciting! I have found that at every junction (high or low), I have learned the lessons necessary to propel me forward. Doing what you like is freedom but liking what you do is happiness.
Day 7 of ‘The 12 Days of Gratitude’
“The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields and sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of, is people to appreciate and enjoy it.” – Michael Josephson
My father has always believed that world travel is a form of education. I inherited his love of travel and the understanding of its importance. Our planet is so colorful and diverse! I’m blessed to have been able to make memories all over the world. Life is short and the world is WIDE.
Day 9 of ‘The 12 Days of Gratitude’
“The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.” John E. Southard
The universe has placed so many amazing women in my life: friends, acquaintances, colleagues, mentors, coaches and even clients. I am so very grateful for the lessons they have taught me, the fears they have quelled, the tears they have dried, the victories they have shared and the laughter…oh, the laughter! My life is rich and I am so grateful.
Day 11 of ‘The 12 Days of Gratitude’
“Gratitude is the music of the heart, when its chords are swept by the breeze of kindness.” Author Unknown
While neither my husband nor I are musical, there is always music in our house. Music has the amazing ability to speak to your soul. Music can make you sad, lift your spirits, calm you, help you pray or even make you laugh. Today, it will be gospel music, Christmas carols and some WXRT-FM in the afternoon. But first, Perry Como’s “It’s a Good Day” because IT’S A GOOD DAY!
Day 12 of ‘The 12 Days of Gratitude’
“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” Thornton Wilder
I began the ‘12 Days’ in memory of my mother. I bring it full-circle by being grateful for my immensely interesting and diverse family. My father, whose desire to learn and grow is inspiring; my brother and sister whom I greatly admire and who happen to be two of my best friends. We thought our family was complete until my brother married his wife, and we realized, NOW we are complete. More than that, I’m thankful for my loving extended family – my aunts, uncles, cousins……and when I married my husband I gained an entirely NEW family. And my life became even RICHER - sisters & brothers-in-love; nieces & nephews that I adore and of course every family needs a Funny & Gramps! We have countless shared memories – we have shed tears over our losses and helped one another up; but the greatest gift has been the gift of love. To love and be loved, appears to be the only thing in life that matters.
It’s a wonderful life.
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As someone who received their degree in interior design, it’s safe to say that I fully support the arts. Music, theater, dance, poetry, creative writing, art, sculpture…they all contribute in enriching our lives. As does interior design. Study after study show how well designed interior spaces make people happier, healthier and more productive. What an amazing job I have. It’s work that matters.
“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”
Have a fabulous week, everyone!
I don’t know about you but my Sunday evenings just aren’t the same without Downton Abbey.