Building life beyond builder-grade beige

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Kamaole Beach 2 in Kihei, Hawaii

When I ventured to Maui this last round, it was out of more need than desire. My goal was to recuperate from life for a spell, then to feel out ‘what’s next.’ The length of my stay helped to pave all the steps I knew I had to go through. It’s my hope that I […]

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 […]

On the art of living a real simple life

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I’ve adapted a new habit lately. With coffee in hand, I start each day in front of this big picture window, overlooking the mountain view. No lights need to be turned on. I just walk down the stairs, and allow nature to take its course. I wouldn’t regard this room as ‘cozy’. I’d describe it […]

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 […]

Lessons from the fall rain

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I’m beginning to appreciate the many layers of fall. It seems like yesterday that I was moping about the heat of summer leaving us. It packed its shades and sunscreen and just flat out left our country seemingly overnight, leaving leaves all over the place in complete haste. The nerve! I guess that meant while I moped about being home […]

The modern vanity that amazingly became so much more

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Do you make lots of mistakes? Get ready to laugh AND feel good about it! Because the blogging world’s greatest storyteller just wrote a feel good story book that celebrates the blunders in life! I’m referring to KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms and her new book, So Close To Amazing.   Click to Shop on Amazon (affiliate link) HERE Visit the original […]

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, […]

Musings of the perfect home-shop scenario.

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Dear Donna   I read your blog and am observing change in your life.   Have you ever considered yourself an artist?  I mean, for real. Of course, you are. Basement Paint Studio . It would seem you are somewhat restricted for studio space.  Would you ever consider a small cottage home on some land […]

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… . […]