Hello Gratitude



Hello to learning to focus on the good in life.

As someone who feels life deeply
I have come to realize we get more in life
of what we think of most.

So much of  our life can be affected
by
how we choose to see it.

One of the gifts of aging is
realizing
all of life is made up of peaks and valleys
and
happiness many times is an intentional act.

There are daily decisions to be made
to focus 
on the good and beautiful.


For me
Intentional Gratitude
Changes 
Everything.

I have long known I have a predisposition
to worry and anxiety
but I know now letting that be the driving force
of how I see my world
can suck the joy right out of life.

So I have over the last few years
taught myself
to focus on the beauty and the good in my life …

and 
now I see and have so much more beauty 
in my world.


I have soul connecting times 
riding in nature
stumbling along the most beautiful sights.

And
now
I am ever so grateful to do this with friends.


My heart is so grateful to  also hike with friends
in such majestic areas of nature.

At this time in my life
my heart is full of love and gratitude
for great friendships
which add such a beautiful depth to life
and 
make traveling life's peaks and valleys
a grand adventure.


My soul is always 
beyond grateful
for the privilege of being here.
For me
it's  always where I feel closest to God.


The sheer beauty that abounds.


I am ever so grateful that
I can integrate the beauty of our natural environment
into my home decor.


Sprinkling a little int the backyard …



I have brought it into my candle arrangement
that I light every morning with my coffee 
and
gratitude reflections.


I am grateful I have slowed down my life enough
to make health and nutrition a priority.


I am grateful for the time in the garden.
Trimming for me is a lot like sculpting
cutting back
to find the most beauty. 


One of my favorite recent moments was
sitting in my backyard
during a gentle rain
reveling in the gift from above.


I have found joy this week 
even in tidying and cleaning my house.
Being grateful all the while
for the joy of it all.


I have been stopped in my tracks this week
marveling in the beauty of the sun filtering in ...


or 
just highlighting magnificently the beauty in 
a single bloom.

This is  all not to say my life is perfect …
but only
I have learned 
that 
focusing on the beauty in life
gives me the courage
to continue on the journey
to the next peak.

Life takes courage and conviction
to make the very most of it all.

Intentional Gratitude
makes the travel
of life
all the more beautiful.


As always my friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life










Summer Sunshine















As always my friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life









Accessory Display


I was looking for a Throw Back Thursday photo this morning 
for Instagram 
to share some accessory organizing tips
and 
I thought I would share even more of them here today!


I have mentioned many times 
that I love to have all of my accessories out
and
 work them into my decor.


For me they become a beautiful mosaic
and a wearable tapestry.


And having them out 
makes choosing pieces for an outfit a snap!


I hang my bracelets …


Have my earrings clipped on and hanging …


I fill little Anthro bowls to the brim with bracelets!


Silver plated buckets are also filled to overflowing.



A silver cake plate makes a perfect ring holder!


In my small dressing area
no space is wasted
and 
everything is in easy reach.

My favorite home styling
is always using what I have
in a beautiful and efficient manner .

I absolutely adore this room 
and
consider beautiful organization
an important component in self cafe.


As always my friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life











Beach Day


Friday I had the pleasure of a day at the beach
with great girlfriends!
So my date night outfit was all about
coastal ease
and
setting off the feeling of skin kissed by the sun!


My girlfriends and I got up early
so we could get a hike of the El Morro  hills in before the clouds broke.


After our robust hike we treated ourselves
to a picnic on the beach
and
a few hours of lazing and just talking.



I packed the  set up
and
we each brought something for the picnic.
These two brought the most stylish food
I was absolutely ticked with joy
at how lovely it all came together!

Homemade salsa topped with guacamole
served in lidded ramikens  and chips!

Tiny apple pies  baked in individual jars!

I did a colorful vegetable pasta salad
and
served mimosas
carefully camouflaged in enamel cups!


We had a picture worthy fruit plate for desert!


After we ate we had the most wonderful time
kicking back and lazing in the summer sun!
It felt like vacation mode to be sure!

I have known both of these wonderful women
for over a decade.
We met back when we were homeschooling our children
and
my life has always been the richer for it!


Now to get to a place in our lives
where we have time
for great girlfriend shares
has  me realizing once again
how true it is …

When one door closes
another door will open.

I have writtten often on my blog
about missing my child rearing days …

but prepping during the week
for our beach day
made me realize
all the  new great times still to come!

To everything there is a season.


When  my life was so child centered for a couple of decades
I missed out on great girlfriend time
but now
I can see it as being of such an important part of life.
It makes my heart happy and full
just thinking of life's new opportunities!

Now not only do I have quality time once again with my husband
but
time and opportunity
for great girlfriends as well!

There is definitely a feeling of full circle these days
and
the circle is large and rich.


I let my day at the beach be the inspiration 
for the date night ensemble.

My freshly washed beach hair was tucked easily into a turban.

My clothing choices
were the epitome of Southern California
beachy ease
with wide legged linen pants
topped with a halter cut silk charmuse
shirt by Vince.


I finished the outfit with my newest kimono.
Made of voile  it is light as a breeze 
and
 perfect for the summer temperatures.


I garnished both arms with bangles.




My earrings were Catherine Baba inspired
and
 I am finding fans to be a new summer accessory collectible!


As I write this post
my heart is so grateful.

I am so appreciative of where I am in my life.

I am coming to a place where I can see where I have been
and 
now
I can see where I am heading.

It is a beautiful view.


As always my friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life