How to do Halloween with Style....

Halloween is just around the corner, so decorating is all the talk in our house.  My daughter loves decorating for all the holidays...but I have such a halt inside me when it comes to Halloween.  I love the pumpkins, yes, love the fall colors....but I just can't handle the blood and guts...what can I say...I'm a sensitive soul and that stuff haunts me.  So, this year I decided we should do a Day of the Dead theme for decorating, because it's a little spooky, and there are skulls, but it's also kind of cheery and happy and colorful and celebratory...and I like that.  

I love the whole idea of the Day of the Dead.  It's a multi day celebration in Mexico where friends and families gather together to pray for and remember friends and family who have passed away and help support their spiritual journey.  How cool is that?  They make the favorite foods of the deceased, create altars for them...it's actually really special.  

Anyway....since I'm so excited about this theme, I thought I'd share some inspiration for you as well!

Happy decorating!!

xoxo

Shannon

 

 

The Mamas & The Papas & their kitchen....

It's been far too long since I've written!  I've been busy with work and trips to see family & kiddo out of school.  What can I say?  Life gets busy...but luckily, it's busy with all good, yummy, happy, designy, delicious things!  If you're interested in staying in touch even through the off weeks when I forget to post on the blog, the best way is to follow me on Instagram.  I promise you it will always be a pretty and inspiriting place to visit! :)

Anyway...back to the topic at hand, I'm in the midst of 2 large home renovations (which you'll hear all about in the coming months)  and just wrapping up my Parent's kitchen renovation!  It has been equal parts fun and equal parts challenging working for my parents.  You know, some days I was the designer and some days I was their daughter....and some days they were my clients, and some days they were my parents.  But, it's all love and we were able to giggle and hug at the end of the day and that's all that matters.  What would any of us do without family?  Sigh.

My parents have been saving for this kitchen renovation for many many years.  They've worked their buns off, put all 4 of their kids through college, just finished paying off their 30 year mortgage (I can't wait for that day!!) and FINALLY they get their new kitchen.  The last time this kitchen was done was when I was 10 years old....calculation = 26 years ago.  I remember that time very well.  I was so intrigued by the process of wiping the slate clean and starting over again.  Which is why I'm sure, to this day, one of my favorite parts of a renovation is when the home is gutted and it's just sitting there SO full of potential.  Then day by day, moment by moment, you see this vision that's moved from your heart, to your brain, to a computer screen, slowly come to life.  It's like the biggest, best, art project ever.  

Below I have included images of the kitchen before, the image rendering of the design plan, and the project as it's progressed.  I will of course do a full photo shoot of the space, once it's 100% complete and share in the coming month or so.  

Enjoy!  

& As always, I'd love to hear what you think, so leave your comments below!

 

 

Finding Joy in the midst of sadness

This morning I woke up and wondered what I could share that felt important in the midst of all this sadness we're experiencing as a country right now.  I wondered how I could write a post about textiles or pillows and actually feel like it had any substance or relevance at this moment. 

I've always been a very sensitive person....when something tragic happens, it gets inside really deep, it lingers, it coats me.  I have to steer clear of certain types of films, imagery...because they kind of scar my heart.  I've learned through different experiences and as I've gotten older, how to get myself back to joy...like a formula that I can use to dig myself out of the sadness. 

When I was coaching people, we used to create these joy lists, that they could use to do the same or anytime they wanted to feel more alive, more inspired, more centered. 

The process of grief is healthy, natural and doesn't need to be rushed.  But, sometimes it's hard to find our way back to joy after grief.  

As many of you have I'm sure, I've also grappled with the feeling of guilt when I find myself laughing or feeling good when something tragic has happened in the world.....  Asking myself..."is it too soon?"  "is it disrespectful to those who have passed that I'm here feeling good in this moment?" 

My heart says no, it's not.  My heart says that those who have passed are in a divine place...they are free of sadness, free of guilt, free of anger, free of any negative human emotion....because now, they are ALL SOUL.  And they want us to find our joy....not let our joy be stolen by hate.  Finding joy is how we fight back....because JOY, LOVE, PEACE, always win. 

Here are a few things on my joy list....I encourage you to make your own for whenever you need to get yourself back to joy.

1. 5 minutes in the sun

2.  Time with my girl

3.  Saying a prayer.  When I really allow myself to let go and let God (whoever your God may be) and trust that it's all in God's hands, I find peace. 

4.  Connecting with my husband.  He brings me back to my center.  Always has.

5.  Weeding my garden.  Such a sense of satisfaction and definitely seems to simultaneously weed out the negative thoughts in your mind. 

6.  Looking at Moroccan Tile....hey...everybody has their thing. 

7.  Pinterest...get's me right back to my happy place. 

8.  Creating something....art projects bring me back to my heart center. 

Love to you, Love to Orlando, Love to Christina Grimme's Family and all the other souls on this earth who are suffering right now.  

So Much Love. 

 

 

 

Design Love from Marrakech

Well that's that, when I finally make it to Morocco, I know where I'm staying.  I found this gorgeous inn when I was googling Morocco and I am so in love.  The details, shapes, the use of color and pattern in Moroccan design have my heart.  Have you seen my bathroom wall that I painstakingly stenciled last summer?  (BTW...I got that stencil from Royal Design Studio) The obsession is real...and I think yours might be too after you see the images of the Riad Goloboy in Marrakech.  

Enjoy!

Talk to you next week!

Before & After Boston Living Room

I love me a good before and after, so here you go!  This is a job I recently finished up for a super sweet couple in a little town just outside of Boston via my work with Homepolish.  They are a totally hip, young couple and as you can see their space beforehand wasn't a good representation of their essence.  It was full of inherited items, tag sale finds...which can be great, but if you don't know what you want your end product to be, you won't know which things to say no to...and that's where it's really helpful to work with a designer.  They were after an eclectic space with a Domino-esque feel.  I'm really happy with the end product.  It's so cheery! :)  I made all of their sofa throw pillows myself and also made the two black and white paintings.  It always makes me extra happy when I can bring some soul art into my client spaces. 

That's it for today!

Talk to you next week & please let me know what you think in the comments below!

Redesigning LIFE

 

I’m in Miami this week with my family.  It’s a much-needed time of relaxation for all of us and I’m so grateful for this moment in time and life.

I forgot to write and schedule my newsletter before I left, so I’m here by the pool while my kiddo swims and my husband naps and I’m all covered up trying to shield my fair skin from further sunburns, writing my newsletter to you.  And I think somehow that my forgetting to schedule the newsletter was an act of divine intervention because I’ve happened upon a deeper message to share while I’ve been here.

As a designer, it’s my job to create beautiful environments for people.  I do this work from a very connected & spiritual place and it’s always my number one goal to create a space for my clients that will make them feel inspired, relaxed, held…and like a true reflection of who they are.  I do this because I love helping people and I know it’s not just about the outer world…it’s about our inner worlds as well.  The two need to work in harmony with one another.  All the outer work is for shit if you don’t have your inner game working in your favor. 

Like many people, my spiritual game sprouted up during a time of personal crisis….I was in my late teens and I was forced to look within for answers because the answers I wanted were nowhere else to be found.  I took it deeper and deeper throughout the years, beyond my faith in a higher power, studying how to heal my body with food and herbs, coaching other people to do the same, I worked as a Reiki practitioner, harnessing and balancing energies, I’ve studied Feng Shui and balancing environments, and even with all these tools at my disposal….I still unravel, I still find myself in these inarguably egocentric human moments.  Yesterday, I had a particularly human moment…when I saw myself in my bikini in a photograph.  I totally lost it.  The negative mind chatter was on full blast for hours afterwards.  After my ego had had it’s fun with me and my spirit was finally audible again, I thought to myself….”Daaaaaamn, that was hot mess of feelings and that did not feel good.”  Note to self: "You need to work on this, Shannon."  And then, I reframed.  Because the bigger, more important question always is….How can I learn from this?  What is the deeper message here?  For me, it certainly has to do with creating a more regular exercise routine that is 100% based in self love and not self loathe….but more importantly it also has to do with, I’m 36 years old, it’s time for me to start being as kind and accepting of myself as I am to everyone else I meet.  It’s time.  It’s sooo time. 

So, for me, this is what I went through…and there will of course be more things… for you, it may be something else.  But, you know what the BEST part of all this is…the BEST thing to realize and remind ourselves of every single day?

WE are the grand designers of our life. 

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We always have the power to re-design at any moment.

Truly. 

It’s a beautiful, empowering and real. 

So, this week while I leave you with these beautiful, inspiring moments I’ve captured on my trip so far, I challenge you to take a look within and see where it might be time for you to do some re-designing in life.

Love love love love always,

Tiny Perfection

My husband and I have been thinking a lot about moving, and of course the question on the top of the list is…..”what would our ideal be?”  The answers seems to vary from day to day, but on the whole, what I have found myself most drawn to are small, but highly optimized spaces.  I’ve been calling it “Tiny Perfection.”

Last year we rented an apartment in LA for a week that was about half the size of our house.  We both commented on how much we missed this kind of “close quarters” living…it felt cozy and comforting and was beautifully balanced by a lot of light, windows and the French doors leading out to the terrace.  

Over the last few months browsing on Zillow and Trulia I have seen tons of homes for sale that just seem so large and but then they have a detached garage, pool house or refurbished barn and I find myself thinking….I want to live in the Pool House….not the big house.  Can I just get that?

And while none of us want to live in an actual Tiny House (maybe good for a backyard office though?) ….this idea of Tiny Perfection really has my heart.

Here are some beautiful small spaces that have been inspiring my BIG (I usually always say “little heart”…why do I do that?) designer heart….

Talk to you next week!!

xoxo

Shannon

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

I Marie Kondo-ed the crap out of my closet.  Have you read the book ?  I’m only on page 30 and I’ve already felt compelled to take action.  I've had friends and clients tell me this book is SO ME for over a year now.  I'm surprised it's taken me this long to get it into my hands.  

I highly recommend you pick up a copy for yourself, but the general rule of thumb she’s presenting the readers, is to touch everything in your home (do it category, by category, not room by room) and if it sparks “joy” within you, then keep it and if it doesn’t then toss it.  It’s that simple.  

After I did my closet, I told my daughter we needed to tackle her room as well.  Gasp....she was NOT into it.  I think all children, have this mild-hoarder tendency and it's difficult for them to let go of things....and it's also hard as the parent to allow them to.  Everything they own seems extra special...because they're your baby.  You know? Anyway...we started on her room and I told her the goal was to keep just what made her happy.  I was floored when she got rid of about 90% of her toys.  Truly, 90%.  I was astounded....but she seemed to get this "sparking joy/happiness" idea quite clearly and she actually commented on how good it felt.  All she had left in her room where the things she truly loved....her stuffed animals, her books, her art supplies and her American Girl dolls....all the rest, she was excited to donate.  

Doing the kind of work that I do, I am always searching for items that really touch my soul….there has to be a “specialness” factor to the things I bring into my home and my clients homes.  I’ve always had this knack for being able to sense the energy of items, (especially those in antique shops!).  I can either feel a neutral/clear energy to them or a dark/sad energy to them.  I think a lot of it has to do with how it’s been manufactured and if it's an antique or vintage item, it has to do with the home it lived in before and what kind of energy it sucked up.   Nevertheless, I always use this energy sensing in my work.  

But, even with this sense of thoughtfulness when we bring new items into our home, we ALL have things around that are either

1. No longer serving us

2. No longer relevant

3. From an old chapter of our lives we need to let go of

4. Simply just garbage that has some how stuck around on our desk, countertop, basement or anywhere else we tend to collect clutter. 

We often get caught up in the “what if” factor of things.  Like, "what if one day I need this?" or "what if it hurts someones feelings that I throw this away?"….and those “what if’s” can turn into having these useless or outdated items in our space for YEARS.  Additionally, on a deeper level we can apply this to our thought patterns, relationship patterns, eating habits and more. 

It’s all the same.  

These items literally begin to feel like weight, but you don’t realize they felt like weight until you actually throw them away….because suddenly you feel Lighter.  You sort of have this sense of dance within you…a sense of freedom and possibility.  You think bigger, you’re more open to opportunity, because what you have done by throwing away what is no longer supporting your highest good is you have told the Universal Powers That Be, that you’re ready to step up your game.  You’re ready for the next level of your life.  

What would your life look like as a whole, if you only allowed in what sparked joy?

The question I leave you with is…what are you ready to let go of?

Talk to you next week!

Design Love- Hmong Textiles

When I sat down to write this article and started researching images, seeing them literally gave me goosebumps.  Like when you hear a song that hits your heart, or see an outfit that you must have...you know the feeling.  

The Hmong people are an ethnic group that are from the mountainous regions of China, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand.  Depending on the region in which they're from, you will find variations in color and design.   I've seen these gorgeous fabrics turned into throw pillows, handbags, coin purses, table runners and more.  They are stunning.  

I have been crushing on Hmong textiles for about a year now and recently used a few Hmong fabric throw pillows in a bedroom I did in Boston.  They, along with most tribal fabrics rich in history are having their moment in the sun right now.  But, in my opinion, they will never go out of style.  They are hand made, intricate, so full of time, energy, history and love....they are each a work of art and soulful art is always in vogue.

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Talk to you next week!

Design Love - Meditation Altars

Meditation has always been something for me that I felt I needed to aspire to, but always seemed to remain just out of reach.  I would try and try but I would never be able to quiet my mind long enough to feel like it did me any good.  I’ve had every single one of my holistic care practitioners tell me that Meditation was my missing ingredient…so it’s always felt extra frustrating that I had such a hard time doing it.  I recently found an app that has completely transformed my experience with meditation and has inspired me to create a meditation altar in my home, to support my new daily practice.  I have always had spiritual elements throughout my home that keep me feeling connected, but there is something inside me drawn to the idea of having a specific space where I can sit and meditate every day…even if it’s just for 10 minutes.

Meditation altars have been around for centuries, to provide people a place to connect to their higher self and support their spiritual practice.  Whatever your spiritual or religious beliefs, they are a beautiful addition to any home and help to remind you of a power greater than yourself along with your ability to rise above any obstacle this human existence may throw at you.  They can be adorned with meaningful statues, crystals, candles or a simply a piece of art that inspires you to be your greatest self.  Whatever you choose to bring into this sacred space, it should create a calm, peaceful and inspiring feeling within you. 

Tiny or awkward nooks that you don’t know what to do with are a GREAT place to transform into altar spaces…although, they can of course be anywhere that you’re little heart (or spirit) desires.   

Before & After Kitchen & Basement!

Hello loves!

It's been so long since I've written.  I feel like I start every blog post like that!  Haha.  Well, despite my inconsistency, I am very excited to connect, because I recently finished 2 projects that have SUCH dramatic "Before & Afters".  One is a kitchen in Florence, MA and the other is a basement in Glen Ridge, NJ.  All the design eye candy is below!

Thank you so much for your support & I hope you have a beautiful, happy, healthy Thanksgiving!

xoxo

Shannon


DIY Moroccan Wedding Blanket Pillow

Hey hey!  Today I'm going to share with you how to make your own Moroccan Wedding Blanket Pillow.  I wanted one of these beauties for our office/guest room, but I was trying to be really "good" about staying on budget and with all the other spending, I decided it made more sense for me to make one myself.  And while I always love an old piece with a lot of soul, I equally love creating things of my own, because they are full of soul too! :)

Below you'll see my step by step process.  All in all, this cost me about $30!....which is also pretty amazing, because a true Moroccan Wedding Blanket pillow will be hundreds of dollars and the full blankets can be thousands.  Well worth it, but if you're looking for an equally beautiful yet more affordable option then this little DIY project will be a great one for you to dive into.  AND, It only took me about an hour to complete!

What you'll need:

1.  a variety of trim styles, you'll need some Sparkle, some Shimmer, and some Tassels & Fringe.  I recommend you get everything in an Off White, rather than bright white, because it makes it look more authentic. 

2.  Sewing machine....unless you have MANY hours to hand sew.  God bless sewing machines!

3.  a zipper

4.  a pillow insert 

5.  simple fabric, Off White, cut to size of your pillow insert. 

STEP 1:

Gather all of your trimmings together, cut them all vertically, the height of the pillow. 

STEP 2:

Prepare to sew in your zipper.  You will sew in about one inch on either end of the pillow, where the zipper will be sewn.  You will then flip it over and iron down the folds. 

STEP 3:

Place your zipper where you want it, face down.  (In this image it looks like it's face up, but that's because it's an invisible zipper) Sew your zipper into place.

STEP 4:

Arrange all your trim pieces where you want them and take a photo...you'll need to reference it later. 

STEP 5:

Remove all of your trim EXCEPT for your thick sequin pieces.  Mark where they go and sew them each down.  They will act as your guide for where the rest go.  Refer to the photo you took on the last step and continue to sew until you have then all down.

STEP 6:

Un-zip your zipper and turn the pillow inside out.  Sew all of your edges closed, then turn the pillow right side out again. 

STEP 7:

Stuff your pillow with poly-fill or your pillow insert. 

STEP 8:

Bring it up to the bed, do a little happy dance and celebrate your new little beauty!!

Speak to you real soon!!

xoxo

Shannon

So excited to welcome you to my new online home!!

I am sooo excited to finally be able to welcome you to my NEW online home!  The last 3 1/2 years have been the most amazing journey for me.  I completely redesigned my life, moved from the City to the Country and started a business that is truly a reflection of my soul.  While I was so grateful for my lovely little wordpress site, because it has stood by me and served me well for so long, I also felt like I was at a point in my own personal and professional evolution that it was time for another re-design.  And you know how I love a re-design.  :)  I am happy to finally feel like my website is a true reflection of the essence of my style....neutral canvas with lots of pops of color and soul layered in top. 

I hope it's a very happy place for you to visit!

Thank you for all of your support in my journey so far & I look forward to many more years to come. 

Please let me know what you think in the comments below!

Happy Mothers Day!

I wanted to take a moment today to wish all the mamas out there a very Happy Mothers Day!!  Motherhood is quite the journey.  I know you know what I mean. To the Mamas:  I hope you take this day to just be, be kind to yourself be gentle with yourself as you are with your children.  There is this inner world of mothers, full of doubt, worry, second guessing, and wondering if we're ever doing enough, being enough, and wondering how we can do more, do better.  Then we have those incredible days when we think "hey, I'm think I'm actually doing a pretty good job at this parenting thing."  I wish for you more of those days and less of the worry.  Take this moment, soak up all of the appreciation being sent your way today and let it sink into your soul.  You are amazing, you are enough, you are more than enough, this relationship between you and your baby (no matter how old)  has been divinely aligned.  They chose you, you chose them, and even when there is struggle, tantrums, upset, there is also the gift of it all.  The gift of learning and moving through it, the gift of getting to know one another better, the gift of being so intimately connected to someone in this life.  We only get to experience that with a chosen few.  It is a gift to be cherished.  Yes, life will feel rushed, it will be easy to take it all for granted, but remind yourself at least once every day what a gift it all is...because it's the greatest gift and biggest honor to be a mother.  Do something fabulous for yourself today.  And when you need a serious laugh on one of those crazy days, come back over to this post, click this link and watch this video.  It's hysterical.

To all the women out there trying to start a family & struggling:  I am sending you love ladies.  SO much love.  I have been in your shoes.  I lost my first baby (a little boy) when I was 6 months pregnant, I had a healthy baby girl and then two other miscarriages.  These experiences of loss are shattering.  I know your heart.  But, I also want to share with you the greatest lesson I have ever learned through those losses and that is, that you're baby will come to you when the time is perfect.  That little soul that you feel you lost, you haven't really lost, they're just hanging around you, right now, waiting for the perfect time of entrance.  Maybe they will come through your body, maybe they will come through someone else's and find their way to you....but your baby will come to you.  I promise.  Keep the faith.  Follow and trust your intuition, it is your greatest gift (I tell my daughter it is the one super-power you get to take down with you from heaven, so use it!) and will continue to be as you journey into motherhood.

Most importantly today, I want to leave you with a laugh!  Because laughter just feels so damn good and is so healing.  I have watched this about 100 times so far.

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Love to you today and every day!

xoxo

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Before & After New Jersey Family Room

I'm so excited to be able to share these "Before & After" images of my clients family room with you! I adore this family. They are such amazing people and I always feel so grateful when my clients also become my friends, which they certainly have.  I started working on this home a few years ago, finishing up their kitchen last summer.  As a designer, this project has been so deeply gratifying, because my clients have been so happy with each space, that they continue to hire me to re-design more and more rooms (will post on their daughters bedroom soon and basement in the months to come!)....and damn does that feel good! :)  Makes my heart so happy. I started on this space in the winter, by making them a custom sofa table to fit snug behind the sofa against the wall...adding a space for lamps, books, tea, wine...whatever their little hearts desired.Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 10.06.00 AM

We were also able to reuse quite a few items that she already had in her home...including her sectional, standing lamp and lucite coffee table.   Yes...sometimes you have some amazing stuff in your house, you just need a new set of eyes to show you!

I added a picture wall, accessories & pillows from West Elm.  Some GORGEOUS pillows from one of my favorite pillow companies, Coral & Tusk, I got an antique mirror for $10!!, fixed it up and brought it over.  I brought in some adorable & beautiful Iranian foot warmers and used them as planter stands, table lamps from Safaveih, and of course the foundation of it all....that gorgeous Ancient Arrows rug from Genevieve Gorder for Capel.  Just love her!

So...without further ado, here are the "Before & After" pics of their space!

Let me know what you think.

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NYC Apartment goes from Modern Shell to Cozy Home

Hello you, It has been such a long time since I last posted and I'm excited to be connecting with you today.  I've been working on a bunch of different projects and I find it super hard to blog regularly when my schedule is full because I'm a One-woman-Show over here!  That being said I have slowly but surely been working on new episodes of Shannon Tate Interiors TV which give you a behind the scenes look into my design process.  Here's the link to my latest episode on an apartment I'm working on right now in New York City.  Thank you so much for your patience between posts and for loving be despite my inability to be consistent here on the blog!  If you're interested in staying in much better touch, you should come on over and follow me on Instagram because I'm constantly posting images of my latest projects, life, travels and more.

I hope you enjoy the new episode and if you do, please leave a comment below!

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Happy Holidays!

Hey all of you lovely people, I wanted to take a moment to wish you all a very beautiful, happy Holiday and New Year.  I am so extremely grateful for your support.  I'll be taking the next few weeks away from blogging to spend some time with my family and create my 2015 vision for Shannon Tate Interiors!  I' ll be coming back to you in January with new episodes of my online show and regular weekly connection full of tips and tricks that will bring more beauty to your home and life.  If you have a design question you'd like to have answered on one of our upcoming episodes, then please email it to me at shannon@shannontateinteriors.com.  I'd really would love to hear about what's relevant to you, so these shows are right on target with your needs.  So excited about all that is to come.

Sending you lots of love today and always!

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Christmas Decor Inspiration

Hey loves! I am fully in the Christmas is only 20 days away vortex...you?  I've been pinning away on Pinterest with Christmas decor that I love and I thought you might enjoy too!

Also, I will be shooting new episodes of my online show in January and I want to make sure the info I cover is right on point for your needs.  So, here's what I came up with...starting today, I will be taking questions about your biggest design & life dilemmas to answer on the show.  If you have a space in your home that you just don't know what to do with, have a limited budget, conflicting styles between housemates or partners....or anything else, please email me at shannon@shannontateinteriors.com with pictures of your space along with your question so I can answer it on a future episode!  I will also be answering questions on life, so if you need some guidance on health, relationships, career, spirituality, please send those over as well.   Can't wait to read all your juicy questions and dive in!

Love to you all & wishing you a very Happy Holiday!

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A love note...

Hello lovely reader, I was wanted to take a moment and write you a little love note.  These past 3 years have been the most personally and professionally fulfilling of my life and I am so grateful and honored that you have chosen to let me into your world and loved me through these years of personal growth.  I think we all start to lead from our hearts more during the holidays and it's my hope that we all carry that heart-centered, pureness with us throughout the year and truly feel what it is to live from that place.

I did also want to share something that feels important in this moment.  Just a little over 3 years ago, I was a girl who was just "getting by", trying to figure out how I could do what I truly wanted with my life, trying to figure out if it was even possible.  I would have moments of belief, followed by extreme doubt.  I was a mother to a little girl, a wife supporting her husband to attain his dreams and part of me thought..."has my time passed?"  "is it too late for me?" The stars seemed to align for us and provided us with an opportunity to move and create a new life for our family.  This allowed me the first opportunity I'd had in maybe my whole life to just sit with myself, my heart and really define what I wanted my life to look like, what I wanted to share with the world, and how I wanted to feel, what I truly desired in my day to day.  I was inspired, I started creating whatever seemed to want to come through me, mixed with crying my eyes out to my husband, my parents, my friends.  I had so much doubt in myself.  It was painful.  But, the more I created, the more strength, confidence and clarity rose to the surface and the less doubtful I felt.  I followed my fire, my desire (thank you Danielle LaPorte) and the more I did, the more I would be supported by the universe, angels, god, whatever you want to call it, and again the more confident, strong and clear I felt.  I felt like for the first time I was maybe doing what I was meant to be doing with my life.  It became more and more clear with each synchronistic event that occurred.  It was like god was giving me a wink and saying "yup, that's it...keep doing that, I'm making it very clear for you"   It has been the most spiritual journey I've ever had because it required me to have absolute faith, no matter what adversity came my way.  And believe me there's been a ton.  And believe me the faith would slip from time to time, but every moment I would choose to go back into surrender and "let go and let god", everything seemed to come back together again.   I have had some incredible teachers, coaches and mentors along the way as well that need some shout outs....Marie Forleo helping me with business know how, being a spiritual entrepreneur and making me laugh my ass off along the way, Christina Morassi helping me to understand how I could bring all of my gifts and passions into one single business, for that I can never thank you enough, Kristen Domingue for helping me to understand our "life purpose" is not "our job", it's what we bring to any job we could ever have, the special essence that we infuse it with.  Thank you, thank you to all of you amazing women.  Thank you to all of my sisters who have supported me, my family, my husband, my daughter and YOU.   

What am I telling you this?  I am telling you this because I want you to see how human I am, how human we all are and I want you to know, Your time has not passed, if you have a dream, go out there today and start walking towards it.  Proclaim it, do something to take you towards it every day until you get there.  Because whatever moment you wake up to realize your dream is the time that you were meant to.  YOU CAN DO ANYTHING!  You can redesign your entire life, you can move somewhere you've always wanted to, you can start a new career, you can literally do whatever you want to do.  The only thing that is ever stopping you from moving forward is yourself, no circumstance and I mean NO circumstance is stronger than the will of the human spirit.  A human spirit that has made a decision, can make miracles happen, a human spirit that had made a decision summons the all mighty, limitless powers of the universe and opportunities will appear as if by magic to light your path.  I know this to be true because I have experienced it myself and I hope with all of my heart that you do to.

I wish for YOU the most beautiful, fulfilling, love filled life and the most happy Thanksgiving surrounded by people that you love.

I love you and thank you so much for your support.  I wouldn't be here without you.

xoxo

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Thanksgiving video + 2 special guests!

Hey loves! I shot a video yesterday for you on how to set a beautiful, boho, hand-made nature themed Thanksgiving table and also have a little something extra to help make you're turkey-day extra delicious.  There are two special guest as well!

Come on over and check it out.  And if you haven't subscribed to the channel yet, please do so while you're there!

Wishing you a beautiful, delicious, love filled Turkey-Day!

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xoxo

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