Tuesday I was home sick and started cleaning out desk and kitchen drawers and organizing documents into files. I came across little “words of wisdom”:

“Life is a Journey – and the end of one part is always the beginning of another.”

“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.” – Kenneth Blanchard

“You are entirely up to you. Make your body. Make your life. Make Yourself.” – Nike Ad…I keep this one on my fridge!

The next few quotes are ones from a compilation of quotes endorsed by Alden Aaroe my dad gave us at Christmas.

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Don’t be too big for small things and you won’t be too small for big things.”

“Always forgive your enemies. Nothing annoys them more.” – Oscar Wilde

“Don’t judge a man by his relatives; remember, he didn’t choose them.”

“A smile can add a great deal to one’s face value.” πŸ™‚

“Why can’t life’s problems hit us at 18 when we know everything?”

“Happy memories recquire preparation.”

“You’ll win more friends with your ears than with your mouth.”

“All things are difficult before they are easy.”

“Maybe hard work never killed a person. But have you ever heard of anyone who rested to death?”

“A rut will at least keep you in the right track.”

“If you want to write something thatΒ has a chance of living on forever, sign a mortgage.”

“Most people want to be delivered from temptation but would like it to keep in touch.”

“Your place in the sun is not in the shade of your family tree.”

“Those who laugh, last.”

“It is nice to be important, but it is important to be nice.”

“Chop your own wood, and it will warm you twice.”

Now that you’re all inspired, have a great day!

XOXO,

Ellen

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Words to Live By

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Happy Monday!

I decided to take this rainy Monday morning off from working out and be efficient in telling you all about my weekend. I slept 8+ hours last night, which was MUCH needed as I was out a little too late, okay a lot of late, on Saturday night.

After work on Saturday, my friends came over to my place for a glass of vino before heading to Hardywood Park Craft Brewery for the release of their new and improved Gingerbread Bourbon Barrel Stout!

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The GBS as they call it was robust, with a lot of sweetness. My friend likened it to syrup, but I enjoyed it. The brewery was not as crowded as it’s been before when “new releases” are out, but I kind of preferred it this way. We sipped and mingled while enjoying performances from two local bands who I had not seen live before.

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After Hardywood, we decided to go OOTT and I thought it would be a good idea to continue on the Bourbon train and ordered a couple bourbon and gingers. Let’s just say those were the culprit for my ill-feeling the next day….uuuggh.

On Sunday I went into work for a few hours. In December, the store is open on Sundays, but only for three hours, so it wasn’t bad at all. It actually gave me an excuse to get out of my pajamas and shower on a rainy, icy morning in RVA.

After work I went over to visit my sister and nieces. My 4-year-old niece had the stomach flu all last week, so their house was shut off to visitors. They were away over Thanksgiving, so I felt like I hadn’t really seen the little princesses in a while!

I also wanted to see the pillows that my sister purchased at my store in her new family room. I LOVE how everything has turned out in that room! Complete with the copper-finish mirror above the crisp white sofa.

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And this little elf is always happy to see her aunt πŸ™‚

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How was your weekend?

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Weekend Re-cap

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Happy Halloween

The soy milk bubbles in my coffee look like a spooky spider web! I’m not crazy about Halloween and the whole dressing up thing. I think I wore the same witch costume that my mom made for my sister half of my years I spent dressing up for the scary holiday.

I do like being “festive” whether it’s having two cups of pumpkin spice flavored coffee from The Fresh Market, bringing out my Halloween dish towel, or placing mini pumpkins around my apartment to reign Fall in.

I’m on my second cup of pumpkin spice coffee this morning and enjoying one of my favorite TV shows – Today. I always like to see what the broadcasters dress up as for Halloween.

What are your Halloween plans?

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Happy Halloween

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Hello Friends!

I sincerely apologize that it has been soooo long since my last post, one month and 24 days to be exact! That is too, too long. I’m sorry for that. A LOT Β has been going on in the past few weeks, however. I said goodbye to my former company, and accepted a job at Janet Brown Interiors. JBI has been a staple in Richmond’s home decorating circuit and Janet Brown herself is a reputable designer in the Richmond and surrounding areas in Virginia. I am lucky to be a part of such a successful business.

When I was offered the job, I was faced with a very difficult decision. If I accepted, I knew I would lose the privilege of getting health insurance through my employer and I would be faced with a pay cut. After my second meeting with Janet, I sat down with my mom and we reviewed the hard numbers. We concluded that even with the pay cut and having to pay for my own health insurance plan, my expenses could be covered, even with a little left over.

I thought long and hard about the offer. I talked it over with my family and close friends, and not surprisingly, they were very supportive!! Knowing my passion for interior decorating and my past success in retail sales, everyone thought I should go for it.

I felt like I was taking a risk, not only financially, but in my professional career as well. Most people I know have the typical 9-5 job, sitting in a cubicle setting, attending team meetings, and developing a bad case of eye strain due to writing so many emails or analyzing spreadsheets. Not all of my friends have this kind of job however, some people I’ve connected with travel 75% for their job, their car is their office, or teach, which is a profession that I definitely did not get my calling in, and every day I am thankful for those who did!!

But at the end of the day, I thought, if I didn’t take this opportunity now, in six months or a year, would I have the same desire to take another job, path, career? I could not be sure. I had to go with my gut and weigh my happiness and doing what I truly love to do with the perks of a more “conventional” sales job. AND how much gas I will be saving, not having to drive several miles up and down a major highway every day.

I accepted the job, and have not looked back.

My decorataing juices began to flow when I had the pleasure of dog sitting this past weekend at a lovely home of a famiily friend. I was surrounded by beautiful fabrics and textures that filled the house on pillows, sofas, and chairs. Just in time for my first day of work on Monday!

I hope your Tuesday was fabulous!

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New Beginnings

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Bit by the Run Bug...Again

Well, it’s happened again. I don’t know if it’s something in the universe, the Big Dipper has re-aligned itself, or I don’t have a third reason, but I’ve gotten re-hooked on running!

Jogging is probably a better term to use at this point, as I am starting out very slow – – two miles at a 9:50-10 min. pace.

I can’t give all the credit to the stars though, as I think my twice-weekly Body Pump classes have made my muscles stronger and my pumped up kicks, a.k.a. myΒ Brooks running shoes, that I bought here, has helped me get to the point I’m at now.

This time around, I have started running again without music. Yes, without music. I find that for me, while running, music only distracts me. Earlier this year, when I would go out for a run, I would focus so much on running to the beat of the song, and would forget my breath, ultimately, leading to a crash and burn.

Additionally, if say, “Some Nights” by Fun. was playing, I felt like my pace needed to keep up with the speed of the song, resulting in another crash and burn.

I may turn the tunes back on once my mileage increases, but we’ll see how it goes. I already feel like I constantly have songs streaming in my mind, and besides, what’s better than running to the beat of your own breath??

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Bit by the Run Bug…Again

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Happy Sunday friends!

I’ve been particularly smitten with this top that I purchased earlier this summer at Pink, located in one of Richmond’s most prized shopping districts, Carytown.

This sleeveless blouse is by Tucker, which surprisingly, I bought on sale! Tucker by Gaby Basora, is best known for her bold prints, with most frocks made of a silk/polyester blend. Gaby Basora created the original Tucker blouse in 2005, and has been thriving ever since. (Credit background information from http://www.tuckerbygabybasora.com/about)

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My favorite way to wear it this summer has been with shorts. I scored a great pair of neon peach chinos at Old Navy for $15! Can’t beat that price! Although it is of a silk/polyester blend, the armholes are a little exaggerated, which helps on Virginia’s particularly balmy, sticky nights 😊.

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I’ve also donned this blouse with straight legged jeans and platform wedges.

With its jewel-tones, I imagine it will pair well with a cardigan and jeans as well once Fall rolls in…

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Tucker Top

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Friday nights are a Catch 22. Sometimes all I feel like doing is settling in to a simple homemade meal, indulging in a favorite beverage and watch my favorite movie or catch up on blogs and new arrivals at my favorite online shops :).

Other times, if it’s been a stressful week, I like to celebrate and go out for dinner and drinks with friends. Adopting a balance of each is ideal, however. How do you like to spend your Friday nights?

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Fridays are for…

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