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Like every year, 2017 was filled with let downs and major disappointments along with a good handful of sweet morsels. With every year being so unpredictable, I feel it’s best to approach it in a mentally less emotional, shallowly high, blissful bubble of expectation of ‘this year is going to be the best year yet!’ way. Especially given how emotionally drained both 2016 and 2017 left me. There’s nothing worse than holding high expectations that something would work out your way, and then things don’t turn out as expected. So, in order to be less disappointed with whatever 2018 brings, I’ve decided to approach this new year the way I used to when I was in my teens and twenties. Curious? Here it is:

Have no dawg on expectations! Why? Well, because if you have no expectations, you have no reason to be disappointed. Some might be quick to say, “how cynical!” Yet, having expectations that are flawed because they are based on a distorted interpretation of reality not only will confine you, but limit your potential because it restricts what you will do at any one moment in time. Letting go of them - makes us just go with the flow of life, which allows for more spontaneity, creativity, and opens the mind to new possibilities, perspectives, and opportunities. Now, it’s not to say I won’t have small reachable goals along the way, but you can potentially be pleasantly surprised where life leads you unexpectedly when you don’t set everything in stone. 

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Everyone has a story-I will listen to your story-Readers Voice Series-Speak Up
The implication of these three simple little words “I hear you,” is one of the most important and valued phrases to me. They imply a deeper meaning beyond the simple act of hearing. It’s the ultimate sentence as it refers to true understanding coupled with empathy. It’s a way to reassure someone they’re being listened to, that their feelings matter, and their voice is heard. That’s why I value the meaning of this phrase so much, especially living in an age where selfishness is highly promoted, robbing us of the ability to develop proper empathy. As a result, we do not listen to understand. We listen to reply.
Not being heard or someone talking right over you while you’re speaking is one of those things/pet peeves that make me the saddest and angry. I often think, how many lives could possibly be saved, if only we could give someone a little bit of our time by hearing them out. Especially, in this social media crazed world where reality is overly distorted, causing some to feel miserable about their own accomplishments or perceived ‘lack thereof.’
Personally, knowing what it feels like for someone to utter those three-sweet-little-rare-words, “I hear you,” has always made me conscientious in creating a friendly environment for those in my life who need the emotional support to be able to open up and express themselves in conversation. That one conversation could be a turning point in someone’s life. For this reason, one of my resolutions this year is to finally create that exploratory space I’ve been wanting to do for a couple of years now. I’m one that’s all about inclusion, not exclusion, and knowing that everyone has a story that needs to be heard, I want to let everyone of you my dear readers know I will listen to your story.
This new Readers Voice series is meant to allow others the opportunity to share their stories and be heard, especially those who might feel left out, or invisible in the world. So, don’t be shy about writing in with your story. It could be humorous, heartbreaking, a decorating question, tips on anything, or someone you admire and want to thank and see them featured. 

Simply email me at, and I’ll pick one story to feature each week.

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It’s about time I filled you in on one of my decorating projects that is now completed. It's really the only area of the house that I could finally pull together because I’m not waiting on items that are on back-order ‘til February like with the other rooms. The moment I saw this TV alcove next to the fireplace in this room of the house which the previous homeowner used as a TV room, I knew it would be better suited as a dining room since it's right off the kitchen and leads straight into the backyard. That's why upgrading this nook's wall into a bar area made all the more sense, especially when there's already another large living room space - perfect for TV watching and reading. I can't wait to reveal the whole package when it's all done!