Permission to thrive

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When I first arrived in Maui, the two big aloe vera plants beside my outdoor lanai had seen better days. I’ve frequented this condo many times over the years and honestly, their current state shocked me.  They were both orange and dry. I honestly thought they were on their way out.  So I decided to […]

The next chapter

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cabin getaway in front of Cultus Lake, BC Canada

Hello from the lake! As you’ve likely noticed, this little ‘ol blog had become quieter the past little while. My time and energy simply took top priority to other things. We all have our stories, so I know you get this. I promised myself that once I reached a certain achievement, I’d start to be […]

A message for those fearing to be different

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When I first started blogging, well before the art of repurposing became ‘a thing’, the ideas that popped into my head were… unique. Maybe even forbidden in the ‘real world of decorating’. I didn’t even know how to swing a power tool back then. Yet, because I desired to decorate my newly renovated home without […]

Downgrading the ‘ol bike to…

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As the regular readers of this blog will already know, this is kind of a big week in my imperfect little world. I was scheduled for the pulling of a failed tooth and an upcoming surgery I talked about in THIS post. So while I’ve been fussing and worrying and preparing and trying to forget […]

A bike ride in the snow… and 4 brave things.

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Yesterday was NEARLY thee day… but not quite. I had been patiently waiting for the remaining ice on the road to leave the premises so I could finally hop on my bike and hit the trails. However road shoulders were still inhabited by those annoying little ice glaciers. So I set off on foot instead, […]

A finished story through a photo studio reshuffle

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Right before Christmas I went on a rampage to make my son a gift. Who builds 1 week before Christmas?! Apparently I do. While you were wrapping and baking and shopping, I was tripping over power tools late into the evening in this very room, building, painting, then finally staging said gift. Coming soon. After […]

Getting stuff done with the 20 Second Rule.

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There are certain tasks throughout the day that I stumble over. Yet there are those things that I jump right into without barely a though. Hmmm… why is that?! I originally thought it was because I just enjoy doing some things more than others. Such as, it’s no effort to jump on my bike each evening, […]

For those afraid to start living again after crisis mode.

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Ever hear of the phrase, “It’s always easier giving advice, rather than taking it.”? Well, I needed advice. So I wrote myself a Dear Abby styled letter. And then I answered it with an accumulation of advice I received from a course and therapy. I truly hope it helps anyone that needs it! Here goes… . […]

Ditching stress through the art of doing fun stuff.

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Being that I bike ride nearly every evening, you’d think I’d see the same things each day while on the same trail. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth.  Through a ‘mindful’ course I’ve been taking, it’s really taught me to focus on something specific. And this special trait has me seeing the bike trail in […]

Have faith! The best is yet to come.

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When I use to go camping back in the day, a new batch of books from the thrift store generally came along for the ride. Reading at bedtime or on the beach is a fav thing to do when I’m out in vacay land. The escape is like a holiday within a holiday! Especially if […]