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Hello Gratitude

Hello my friends!
I'm back today talking about gratitude.

I am always in awe
when I remember to slow down
 just think about what I'm grateful for in a day
how much better my life actually is.

So this week I have spent much time focusing on being grateful
for the small things 
the big.

From simple alfresco meals in the backyard …

to simply taking the time to sit
watch the afternoon sun flicker through the trees
 paint shadows everywhere it falls.

Just taking the time to sit
watch our trees dance in the wind
the sky changes color.

I have had so much fun this week
'playing in my own backyard.

From doing little projects to fluff it daily
to making sure to take the time
to slow down
savor and enjoy it.

I am absolutely loving my summer tepee still.
I know it will only last through the summer
so it's impermanence 
makes me want to savor time in it everyday.

Up until this year 
I have always loved fall best of all
summer was something to almost 'get through'
waiting for fall.

But at my age now
I realize the importance of
savoring and enjoying every season
to the very best of my ability.

This summer I definitely have.

With a fully emptied nest
the wedding behind us
Jeff and I have set out to change up our lifestyle.
To find something fun to do nearly everyday.

Even if it's a small way to find simple joys
or a mid week champagne harbor cruise.

I have been intent on spending quality time
with our kids every two or three weeks.
I am now always on the lookout
for new and creative things to do
with our wonderful beloved adult children.

I have moved on from grieving their departure
to marveling at
what wonderful adults they all have become.

I have moved to adoring spending time with them as adults
moving happily from the parenting role.
Now they are truly some of my favorite people to hang out with.

On that note
I am ever so grateful
Jeff and I were able to go back down to San Diego last weekend
to take our kids to brunch
at a brand new spot in North Park.

I got to see Ellis's favorite store Pigment
that I will share more of at a later date.

I am very grateful to have time to finish up some mosaics
that have been on my list for oh so long!
I am taking back all of my backyard
one area at a time.

I have even returned to working in my studio
in the hopes of reopening my shop
with a fresh new collection!

One of my favorite things this week
besides my weekly kayaking 
that is always on the top of my list …

sunset beach picnics with lovely friends!
Jeff and I are lucky enough
to go to many different types of restaurants
a sunset beach picnic
is really hard to beat!

Every time we are at the beach at sunset
gratitude rushes into my heart.
Just the immense grandeur and beauty
speaks right to my soul.

This has been a beautiful week.
With a lovely balance of

My heart is full and ever so grateful
for all the big things
 each of the little things
that make up a wonderful  full life.

Intentional gratitude truly can be life transforming.

As always my friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life


  1. Tamera! Beautiful and gracious! Earlier today my daughter and I were sharing the very same sentiment about not wishing summer away to fall. Thank you for your heartfelt words and stunning images. You always inspire me! w/L

  2. Gorgeous pictures! My husband and I are planning on moving to the Oregon coast next year. We have spent several months travelling in a RV finding our next home. We have fallen in love with the state and it's people :)

  3. How wonderful that you are back in your studio, and the shell crown is exquisite. Creativity is so important in our lives. Thank you for this very timely post. HB and I have been crushed by Wedding Expectations and Difficulties - and after reading this we decided to have a date night at a new casual restaurant. It was the best thing we did all week! You are a gift to us all. xx

  4. Dear Tamera. How lucky to have such a wonderful family and to live at à marvellous place at seasight!! And to create and all you get in your lifestyle..... Can you imagine to be alone in a dust country, not very often sun... So, you really may have gratitude for your life! And your age is still very young nowadays.... What a fantastic life. Kind regards

  5. What a beautiful, heartfelt post Tamera. Intentional gratitude makes all the difference. You are the real deal. Fab photo's too!