Collecting Holiday Moments, Away or At Home

Winter Home for the Holidays

Yellowstone Cabin- Courtesy of

I love travelling with my family for the holidays. But I love staying at home too and inviting people over, just as much.  This led me to wonder: what are some of the most memorable photos, the most miraculous moments that you’ve collected with those that you love?  Are they at home or when you’re travelling or are they both?

I was thinking about this recently, when I saw a morning news show interview with a philosopher and filmaker who was talking about inspired living and his study of awe.  Jason Silva has become known recently, for his YouTube video series, called “Shots of Awe.” In one video in particular, he talked about childlike states of wonder.  And I couldn’t help but think about how much we love to travel and experience new things, new places, new possibilities as a way of returning to a more open, childlike state of discovery. Perhaps that’s why it’s nice to go on a vacation for the holidays with family, as you get to experience new things together, and appreciate each other as well as the beauty of life.

In Jason Silva’s video, “Ignite Your Childlike State of Wonder,” I thought this idea regarding inspiration was so apt, especially for the holidays. Haven’t we also sometimes returned to a place we knew in childhood, and seen it differently? Or perhaps went home and appreciated it again, and just walked around and looked up at the stars at night? I think the secret to a happy life may just be in taking that spirit of possiblity and wonder that you might experience as a child or while traveling, and try to experience and appreciate what you have right in front of you, at home.

Cozy Autumn Comfort

Cozy Autumn Comfort

There’s something about Fall indulgences. What’s yours?

Happy November! It’s time to get warm and cozy by the fireside. Do you ever feel like you’re too busy for a little self-indulgence? Perhaps this will help inspire you to take a moment to enjoy the joys of Autumn.  Top decor tip of the week: use brown, orange, gold and red accessories in your room to ensure your space feels inviting and comfortable. And vote for your favorite autumn inspiration here:

Memories Are For a Blessing

Those we love leave an imprint

Those We Love Leave an Imprint and Serve to Inspire

The past few years has been difficult for so many, myself included. I suffered the loss of my Dad, but have been reminded how his legacy and my memories of him have served to inspire me. He left an indelible imprint. There are so many things I’ve learned from him: how to savor chocolate, how to grow a garden, how to capture beautiful moments with photos. And my love of the beach, traveling, cooking and music is directly related to him. I miss him dearly, but continue to learn so much from his example: inspired by both the good and the bad that he experienced to live a better life.

I was able to help him during his last days, by reminding him of many of the things that he enjoyed: things we shared and even things that he taught me. He loved doing crossword puzzles. He used to enjoy listening to the crooning doo-wop music of the Ink Spots, (with gems like “I Don’t Want to Set The World On Fire”) and semi-classical music from Luciano Pavarotti And if he had his choice of Ice Cream flavors, it was usually some kind of Pineapple-Banana-Coconut tropical extravaganza, with Chocolate. I learned how to cook with my Dad. He taught me how to use tools and build things with a hammer and nails, and screwdrivers;  so I could help him fix things. And we both loved the smell of Jasmine. My Dad’s favorite season was Autumn, when you could smell the chimney smoke and feel the crispness of the air. It’s my favorite too.  Continue reading