One week down-51 more to go and feeling great!

Made it through my first week!  Feeling empowered by my actions, I look forward to a great 2012.  Time for reflection.

Here’s a list of key points I’ve learned this week:

Igniting my Creativity-Thinking out of the box to present topics through my perspective.  Creating images that reflect my topic of discussion and vice versa. Learning to set up photo-shoots…..for clear crisp shots it’s all about control lighting!

Aware and Focus-Grateful for the visual catalog this project will develop. Love being aware of: the moment, and the discipline of the project.  Easy to reflect on my accomplishments thus far and on the ones that will get done!

Reaping the Benefits-The connections, all aspects from existing friends, to new ones, to international ones-the lengths the internet connects you are endless!  Thank you!

Found a great article in today’s NYTimes-Be It Resolved.  Talks about will power, New Year resolutions, and some helpful hints to staying on track!

Now to enjoy my lunch.  A tout a l’heure!

Enjoy and thanks for viewing!


Loose Leaf Tea anyone?

I thought I would share one of my other food loves besides cheese……TEA.  Not just any tea, specifically loose leaf teas.

Here are some of my favorite:

Samurai Chai Mate

Blueberry Bliss


For a little added sweetness don’t forget the German Rock Sugar!

You can find all these great items at Teavana.

Enjoy and thanks for viewing!

Listening to live music!

My husband and I rang in the New Year with live music at St. Bartholomew’s Church lead by the Director of Music and Organist William Trafka.  Accompanied by Chris Nappi & Sam Lazzara’s on percussion.  The hour long concert ended with one of my favorite piece’s-Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland.  A great way to usher in the year!

A close up of the organ……amazing talent to play this instrument.

Here’s a link to Mr. Copland’s piece:

What do you think?  Add it to your collection here.

Enjoy and thanks for viewing!

No TV no cable and still surviving!

No TV-what do you mean?  How do you cope?  Really!  Are a few of the questions/comments people make when we tell them we’ve abandon the whole TV thing since last April.  I must admit when my husband presented the idea I wasn’t thrilled nor sad-I quite didn’t know how to react.  After some thought I said ‘Okay what the heck’, we haven’t looked back since.  It has been one of the best things we have done.  I wasn’t a couch potato but once in a blue moon I would sit and lose myself in front of the TV before realizing a couple of hours had flown by.  Now I have NO time for TV instead I’m reading, exercising, taking classes, living life, blogging and most importantly thinking about what else I could be doing!

This option may not be for everyone, but give it a try-say for a week, 10 days, a month….alright what about 1 day?  You have nothing to lose but so much to gain.

New York Times had a great article this past weekend “The Joy of Quiet”  it resonates with me….check it out here.

Enjoy and thanks for viewing!

Part 1 of The Happiness Project

With a line up of things to do this year, reading is a top priority among many others! So tonight I started reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.

A quote that grabs my attention “What a wonderful life I’ve had!  I only wish I’d realized it sooner”.  This year I will make a valiant effort to be aware of the moment…….giving myself the okay to stop and experience all that comes my way!

The author’s mission is to find true inner happiness.  Each chapter represents a month with 12 distinctive principles-1 for each month.  January focuses on boosting energy: going to bed early (need to work on that), exercise, and de-cluttering.  I have my work cut out for me, will keep you posted.

Are you reading or have read this book?  Let me know your thoughts and outcomes.

Enjoy and thanks for viewing!

The year ahead

Thinking of the year ahead I decided to take a different approach than my normal verbal goal setting. After reading Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain last year I vowed to give her technique a try.  I’m a visual/hands on person, so it’s an ideal way for me to look back and stay on track.  With that said I created a visual/mind map plan.

Please note this is a peak into the preliminary stages of my visual map, phase 1.  To start I wrote down main topics I’m interested in.  Then added key components to each topic.  From here I will develop each component with specific things I need to do or get to achieve these requests.  This will be an on going process but one that I”m excited to see the outcome of.

An example of developing a component will look like:

Travel:  Europe (things to consider)

  • Getting passports
  • Finding a place to stay during the summer.  Anywhere between four to six weeks.
  • How to pay for both the trip and expenses
  • The itinerary

I know some of this may be a little ambition, specifically the Fun/New stuff, but as my mentor Eileen says: Put it out into the universe for the energy to travel and be heard.  It’s out there now!

Has anyone tried this before?  Any feedback?  If not, give it a try and let me know how it works for you.

Enjoy and thanks for viewing!

Plunging into 2012, starts now!

Hello blog sphere,

Welcome to my very first blog post ever!  Wow, I finally took the plunge…..a little nervous but yet very much excited to be a part of an ever evolving creative platform.   In seeking a new outlet, my intention with this blog is to bring images that I take of lifestyle, design, food, art, things I’m digging and awe inspiring things that resonate with me.  My goal is to catalog my journey throughout this year visually!

My husband, Peter, a music composer has set a precedent and inspired me by posting 365 blogs-one for everyday last year.  A little ambitious for me, I thought I would start with images.  Gotta start somewhere!

So here we go:

A fun little treat to start the new year.  Sugar cookies & meringues we made for the holiday season.

Enjoy and thanks for viewing!