An Eve of Spendor

I have some work to do, but I limit myself per day to preserve my sanity. I’m sure my creatives can attest to this maddening cycle of self-doubt and anxiety. Right now, I sit with wine while making casual glances at the oh-so drool-worthy cuisine in one of my favorite local magazines. I kind of feel like a ritzy local. Kind of.

So, naturally what feels like a Sunday is actually a Monday and on Sunday’s I would normally be questing my toon in a game that I escape to every now and then (this little gamer girl over here!). I didn’t last night and I am not now because I am pleasantly and surprisingly inspired to empty my colorful thoughts in digital ink, pressed into a format that, well, hopefully reaches the best of my readers.

This is the open-thoughts part of my blog- a rarety, at that.

Lately I have been longing for a scene much different from the last 9 months. All I wanted was a clear blue oceanscape with sea water as my perfume and comforting sand as my footstool. Within the last week or so, my mind had detoured into the carefree west, driving until pavement turn to dirt and hiking up mountains so high that all you know is what’s infront of you. It litterally stops your breath, breaks your concentration, forces you to feel the penetrating glow of natures swan song. It’s really an invigorating effect.

 

So, because I have the most amazing husband ever, that’s just we did for four days. We explored the untouched parts of Maine and all of its spendor. We ate authentic seafood from places off the beaten path, we hiked up mountains and hills and rocks that lined the ocean, ate wild raspberries and blueberries and just lived. We live. This is the importance of where we are now verus where we were a year ago.

This evening, home is so present. Its form is real and alive and welcoming and branching out. I love where I live. I wish this for everyone in life. It is so important.

 

 

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Settled.

We are finally settled,  guys!  It only took us since May but we did it!  And not without the help from Jesus Christ. He paved this incredibly, magical way. We left NY on November 1, and for three gruesome, unorganized weeks, hopped from hotel to motel, to inn, trying to solidify a place to stay but no one was biting. We had our heart set on a specific place, but God had even better for us, apparently. We were never expecting what was to come, only planned the way we thought and prepared for. 

I am still crying when I think of what God did for me and my little family through this stranger who offered us his winter rental in a place we didn’t dream of looking because of the cost of living. It was like we had known him for 20 years, just comfortable and understanding that we were just trying to make a living in a new town. 


We have a big upper deck that over looks a quiet and peaceful forest. And just a mile down our same road,  the ocean. 


Just thought I’d share our journey as we head into the winter solstice ❄ 

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I am listening to Chopin, and adding new roll to my blanket. I’ve been so determined this time around that it’s not a dream anymore, it’s a reality. Since the change of plans, I’ve begun putting things up for sale, making more room for warm and comfy stuff. It will be cold, and I’m so enjoying the thought of being wrapped in this knit, over my homemade fleece housecoat, sitting on my porch overlooking the ocean at sunrise.

I will be selling some homemade goods, too, once I perfect it. Etsy will be put to good use this year.

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My cotton blouse I threw together this morning.

Natural Embellishments

Every natural thing can easily be overlooked or taken for an eye sore. All of the landscape down here is pretty cookie-cutter and finely tuned, so much that you forget what a real abandoned piece of land really looks like until you stumble upon it. Lately, our treasure hunts have consisted of gathering natural elements, arranging them, and putting them together to make a gorgeous, unique display.

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Palm tree fronds are so unique and often taken away right when they fall….and that’s when see me chasing down the maintenance truck 😀

There so many different crafty things you can do with these gorgeous elements! For example I made 2 Easter centerpieces with Spanish moss that I picked from the tree, white wooden eggs, birds and Butterflies from Hobby Lobby, and pine cones that I gathered on my hikes. I used polyurethane to keep everything intact and prevent aging and whatnot.

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It was so much fun, and rewarding to make.

~S~

Happiest Valentines ~ God is good

These last couple months have been a doozy, financially, especially living in an area that is a little higher priced than anywhere we have been. My work is starting to pick up but it’s very slow, & a lot of the weight is still on my husband.

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This Valentines Day, we both had many special things planned, none of which actually worked out. And yesterday it hit us hard. In the midst of it all, we just melted, threw our hands in the air, and just went with the flow. Swain and I love tradition and holidays and celebrating, so it has been very stressful on both of us. After all of our plans took a major detour, we found ourselves in the most broken but beautiful place not only in our relationship but in our lives as parents and as husband and wife. So, we bought a cheap bottle of Chardonnay, went over to one of the healthiest spots in Fort Lauderdale, and had one of the best Valentines days that we both have ever had.

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Since my mother owns a restaurant, and lives right on the inter-coastal, we were able to take advantage of this little hidden gem that brought us even closer together (PS. I made the black and white butterfly table cloth).

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Not only did we have the best time of our lives, I got to spend it with my family as well. While my son was at my aunts house, my mom, sister, and my sisters boyfriend came out and brought us all sorts of goodies and the overall ambiance & feeling of love and acceptance and beauty was just all around us. It was magical! My point in this post is to say that God really showed us some major things in the midst of our angst and frustration. He is the one that managed to orchestrate the perfect setting for what we needed on valentines day, not anything that we planned. And that is the most amazing thing about God! He does what He does in His time, what He knows is best for His children.

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In the perfect words of my beautiful husband, “God is good”.

All.the.time 💞

The Best Workout

The adventure never ends. I love it. The Apoxee Wilderness Preserve in West Palm Beach Florida. Our hiking continues as we face windy, cool, and wet bumpy terrain, unexpected tornadoes, and maybe a crazy thunderstorm thrown into the mix ❤ Last week we got our workout as we unknowingly hiked 8 miles through an alley of crocs, gorgeous grazing Roseate Spoonbills, and a few red ant hills (those things hurt for days…). Here are some beautiful candid shots to show for (with the exception of a few, all photos were taken by my talented hubs, and can be found here ).

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Another adventure awaits this Saturday (and probably Sunday), as we gather our hiking gear and discover another new location ❤

5 Wonders of Successful Creative Writing

Whether you’re creating a masterpiece for a client or a novel for your own pleasure, the core of your success comes from your own creative voice through consistent flows of inspiration.
Here are five tips for successful creative writing.
1) View it Differently

Give into the idea that you do need a break from your everyday routine, and take a hike, take a scenic drive, or a relaxing swim. Spend time in another location, and just write.
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2) Play with Children

Kids say the darnedest things…and do the darnedest things too! Draw, play on a playground, take your child or godchild out for a walk in the park. Play at the museum, or a library. I believe that every adult learns unique and valuable lessons from every child they interact with. Plus, did you know that spending time with a wee one can reduce everyday stress? I know that when I break from my ‘adult responsibilities’ and take my son to the park and run around with him I am feeling refreshed and energized. image

3) Meditate

Before I had my son, I used to meditate at least 20 minutes prior to my work day. I noticed a huge mental gap when I did not meditate and I had to work an 8 hour shift. As a mom, a wife, and an entrepreneur, you kind of have to make time to clear your mind. Meditation can help increase the immune system by allowing your mind to let go of the stress, frustration, anxiety, and depression that you may not know you have. That list goes on! Meditation is for everyone…everyone!

more goodies about meditation here ! http://thecertainonesmagazine.com/the-benefits-of-meditation/
more goodies about meditation here ! http://thecertainonesmagazine.com/the-benefits-of-meditation/

4) Go to the Theater

My brilliant and most amazingly talented cousin has been in the theater since she was old enough to know she could act. I love to attend her plays at our local theater because it gives me a fresh perspective of life around me. I always leave feeling inspired by my favorite character of that play. Going to the theater helps one gain knowledge for new words, lifestyles, and cultures. It also helps you understand different emotions and connections that are portrayed through each skit. Check out some local college theater programs, where students are at their beginnings, and most raw emotional state during their performances.

5) Drive

Shut up and drive! No really 🙂 When I was 19, I would take my forest green ford escort out for a long drive, early in the morning, coffee in hand. I wouldn’t stop until I found just the right spot to pull over and write. It was invigoration, to say the least. I didn’t have a cell phone, a lap top, or any other mentally numbing device to distract me. It was euphoric. I am so glad I allowed myself those moments of fresh inspiration to overtake me, and I had nothing to stop it. Driving without a destination or purpose recreates that excitement that tends to get dull and useless. Long commute to work? Leave a few minutes early to take a different route (that’s if your partial to long drives). Sometimes a fresh perspective and new adventure leads to less stress while at work and gets those creative juices flowing again.

Please share your tips or tricks that you find helpful when needing a creative boost! I would love to hear them!!

~S~