Quiet the mind....

You always hear that everything in life is temporary.  All of the good things won't last forever and all of the bad things won't last forever; so in the good times look around, take it in and remember it and in the bad times dig down deep, do the best you can, and weather the storms because good things are just around the corner.

All of this is easy to say but sometimes really hard to do.

And there are times that you have weathered the storms, come out the other side and although you should be celebrating..... you still feel like everything is all wrong.  You can survive hardship and feel like everything still sucks.  It's true...  I know.... I've been there.

It's ok to feel this way but you can't allow yourself to stay this way.

Quiet the mind and the soul will speak
— Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

My goal this summer was to move forward... past the chronic pain, past the anger of stolen time and missed opportunities because there is so much more of life to live and so many people have endured so much more.  So I focused on quieting the mind and it started in Mexico.

It was so great to spend time with two of my greatest friends-- sitting in the sun, laughing, swimming with small fish, hiking along Mayan ruins, floating along the river through little caves, watching tiny crabs climb the rocks, and lizards falling from trees --- great food and a few drinks, brightly painted ceramics, folk art, and some quiet moments with God.

There is something bigger than us.... and when you take a step back, it is easier to see a bigger picture and let go of the pressures of this world.  When you step away from the labels, the expectations, the questions and judgements we put on ourselves, you connect to a truer sense of who you are.

Above all, watch with glittering eyes the the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic won’t find it
— unknown

In some quiet moments.... here's what I found.... 


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sunday snapshot # 15

First day of fall is this week......

Here's a last look at a summer trip to Atlantic City.

Find ways each day to love something..... find something to celebrate; it's what keeps us moving forward on those days when life just doesn't make sense and you want to give up.  There is goodness all around and if you cannot find it, then be it ......... and maybe it will start a chain reaction.

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found a tiny shell (image 3), built our own "shell-henge" (image 11) and think we might have found Van Gogh's ear (image 14).....  sounds a little gross, but seriously look at it; I really think it could be....

ocean waves and salt water taffy....

roller coasters, helicopter rides and the arcade....

and the sunrise on our last day....

sunday snapshot # 14

Right out of college I got my dream job--- retail design.  We designed graphics, packaging, materials, color, furniture, fixtures, signage, lighting, and anything else they would let us!

Still love design and have always loved beautiful things.

Found these vintage ads at the Louis Vuitton in Atlantic City-- The Pier Shops at Caesar's.

focal wall

focal wall

closer look

closer look

And a beautiful sculpture in the front window display....

make a wish....

make a wish....

I just love pretty things.

Always take a moment to admire something pretty.  It reminds us that there is good in the world and helps counteract some of the icky-ness we come across at times.




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A chilly but Zen day on the lake in July.  It's nice to tune everything out and have a few moments of reflection.  I am definitely someone who needs Zen time -- time to do some reading, take a nap, get a little space, gather my thoughts and put the pieces back together.

All that we are is the result of what we have thought -- Buddha

sunday snapshot # 2

One of my besties is off to Paris.... lucky girl.  I loved Paris and not because everyone says it is so amazing but because it really is so amazing.  They say Paris is a real life wedding cake -- all of it's neutral tones of white and cream and blush and griege set against black trim and stone -- and it really is this visually quiet and graceful city.  I was not too excited to go to Paris.  I do not speak any French and the little bit I try to pronounce is embarrassing and then you hear how much they dislike anyone who isn't French so I figured it was going to be miserable.  I was excited to see all of the important artworks and landmarks but I expected the traveling about part to be difficult.  I was so wrong.... honestly everyone I met was so friendly and helpful.... and I ended up loving everything about Paris. 

So this is me in Paris.  In 1994 I took a 4 week Art and Design class that travelled and studied in England, France and Italy with my art school.  This is on the ferris wheel in the heart of Paris.  The baskets went around the large frame but could also spin around individually ..... and this is in the middle of a spin.  

me Paris 1994

me Paris 1994

My friend Aileen was trying to get the conductor to spin another group's basket really fast..... so of course, in return, he spun ours.  As I am holding onto the middle axis for fear of flying out, Hans grabs my camera and snaps a few shots.  This was way before digital.  With film, sometimes you got what you got and you moved on to the next great moment hoping you captured something great.... a true moment.

So this is me in Paris and this is great..... because this was a true moment.  And looking at it now reminds me about all of the great times I had in art school and all of the great people I got to be with, who I don't see anymore but who are such a big part of who I became.

Can't wait to hear every detail of Dawn's trip and see all of her snapshots.... which will probably look a lot like the ones I took in 1994 because Paris hasn't really changed.  Hope to go back someday.

Paris 1994