1st Day of School

22 Aug

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Can We Change the World?

20 Aug

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
–Margaret Mead

Gemininity

19 Aug

I’m fascinated by astrology. It’s vast and complex and it boggles my mind, but it intrigues me. This may be due to the fact that  my personality traits are described almost to a T, when the Gemini  horoscope is discussed- which happens to be my sign.

Sign of the Twins

What are the traits of a Gemini?

Adaptable, Intelligent, Unreliable, Youthful, Clever, Witty, Communicative, Flighty, Intellectual, Uncommitted,  Lively, Adventurous, Diplomatic, Cheerful, Impatient, Indecisive, Talkative, Mutable, Restless, Impulsive, Social and Playful.

That’s soooo me right?

I came across this horoscope for a Gemini in 2011. I must say, this is eerily accurate thus far.

Let’s take a look.

Your social life picks up its pace from January to June this year, dear Gemini. It’s a time of interesting connections, and for some of you, partnering opportunities can be made through or with friends and group associations. You particularly enjoy sharing your expertise with your associates and networking. From June forward, you can experience a greater love of solitude. It’s not that you’re unsociable during this period – it’s more about feeling quite comfortable when alone, and there’s an important difference between the two states of mind. As well, you will find that putting others’ interests ahead of yours tends to bring you the most rewards. You may be doing a lot for others, but you’ll be enjoying doing it! For some of you, in the second half of 2011, partnering opportunities may be made through the Internet or other channels that allow you to connect anonymously at first before meeting. Again this year, those of you who are dating or involved in a more casual romance will find that you’re a little more serious and selective. For all of you, in the second half of the year especially, you tend to go with the flow in romance rather than rush in. Parents might invest more money and time into their children’s hobbies, or find themselves creating more structure for their kids. Creative pursuits that most attract you now are those that generate tangible rewards, and you may be putting more energy and work into your own hobbies. A long-term cycle that’s influenced your career for many years is coming to an end in March, 2011. With this cycle’s end, dramatic ups and downs in your career path tend to subside, although you are still required to adapt to more subtle shifts. Your aspirations begin to change. The cycle that begins with this one’s end is bound to shake up your social circle. Some friendships may be left behind, and new ones are made, although they may not be quite as reliable as the ones you had in the past. July through October can be a strong period for finances – both material and emotional support is more readily available to you. June is an important month for taking charge of your life and beginning new long-term projects. The second half of the year can bring more emotional energy to a partnership, and for singles, the possibility of a new partnership altogether. Overall, Saturn’s influence this year is good for feeling on track, stable, and strong enough to meet life’s challenges. You are less inclined to rebel or react in 2011, and more inclined to live in a more authentic manner – true to yourself.

According to this horoscope:

Your social life picks up its pace from January to June this year, dear Gemini.
Hmmm… interesting. I went through my dating frenzy and subsequently overdosed on romance in about May.

From June forward, you can experience a greater love of solitude. It’s not that you’re unsociable during this period – it’s more about feeling quite comfortable when alone…
What?! I just wrote about this yesterday. See blog post here.

For some of you, in the second half of 2011, partnering opportunities may be made through the Internet or other channels that allow you to connect anonymously at first before meeting.
My dear blogger friends, the very conception of this blog was in early July.

Again this year, those of you who are dating or involved in a more casual romance will find that you’re a little more serious and selective.
From my point of view, there has been slim pickings as of late. Hence, my current dating hiatus.

For all of you, in the second half of the year especially, you tend to go with the flow in romance rather than rush in.
Sounds aaaaaaa-mazing.

Parents might invest more money and time into their children’s hobbies, or find themselves creating more structure for their kids.
I have been searching for the perfect residence to provide more stability in Carter’s life and in mine. A post featuring my house hunting adventures coming soon.

A long-term cycle that’s influenced your career for many years is coming to an end in March, 2011.
I have been in the beauty industry since I was 16 years old. Finally, I have given it up in pursuit of something more substantial and fulfilling. My beauty career peaked in March and April. And then, I moved on.

Your aspirations begin to change.
New ideas and goals have surfaced. Simplicity rules the day lately and a recent epiphany is in accordance with this.

The cycle that begins with this one’s end is bound to shake up your social circle.
Let’s just say I have had to do an inventory of relationships this year. A few didn’t make the cut.

You are less inclined to rebel or react in 2011, and more inclined to live in a more authentic manner – true to yourself.
True. Very true.

So is this astrology stuff nonsense? Rubbish? Hogwash?

Check your 2011 horoscope and tell me what you think. Any truth to it? Comment below!

How To Be Alone

18 Aug

Saw this video floating around on the internets.

I love it.

For most of my life, I have required, no I have commanded, that I am with people at all times. I was never comfortable being alone. I was the child that would sneak out of the house to go play with my friends at six years old (Carter has repeated this very thing recently) and to be alone was akin to death in my world.

Being a divorced woman and single mother, I was forced to be alone for a time.  It was hard. I hated almost every minute of it. But guess what? It was healing.

Years later, I find myself willingly, longingly even, looking for these quiet moments of peace. I look forward to every moment spent alone; whether it be reading a book in the park or driving home from work in the car.

I finally have embraced me. I no longer look for validation in that of others company or companionship. And when people do show up in my life, I invite them in knowing that if I was fearful of being alone, they may have never showed up anyway.

Lonely is a freedom that breathes easy and weightless and lonely is healing if you make it.

Business Time

17 Aug

(My blog title makes me laugh. It’ll make you laugh too if you are at all familiar with this.)

Two items of business today:

First, the Top 3 color schemes for my blog design (in no particular order). Almost every single scheme had votes on it. It was a close race but here is the final outcome. Drumroll please…….

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I am confident I can select the final color scheme for the blog! Yes! Blog design shall be under way soon!

Second item of business:

The winner of the $20 gift certificate to Rice Asian Fusion! This is going to be a tough call- I had better enlist the help of random.org to select a winner {sar-cough-casm}. I know I said we needed at least 32 comments for the contest to be valid, but what can I say?

Rules are made to be broken.

The winner is #1 – Timm Summ! Congratulations! I’ll get your gift certificate to you ASAP.

I’ll leave y’all with a video with beautiful images playing to a song that is serving as the soundtrack to my latest epiphany. Details of said epiphany coming soon.

Silver Queen Fine Art – Park City Art Gallery

16 Aug

I have been MIA for a few days. Sorry about that.

On to bigger news:

One of my best pals Timm Hilty and his art gallery Silver Queen Fine Art was featured in In This Week this week, which is Northern Utah’s guide to what’s the what in town.  Since the article was published, I see my friend Timmy’s face everywhere! It makes me feel important. Yeah, I live vicariously through my much more popular (and in this case, famous!) and cool friends.

Check the article out.

Scratch that.

Check the Gallery out (ok, ok, read the article too!).

This is the warmest, friendliest, most comfortable and fun gallery you will ever step your foot in. Oh, and the artists’ talent is INSANE. He features 21 different fine artists in the gallery, a couple of which are local, like this guy, whose work I absolutely adore.

One of my favorite artists‘ work is prominently displayed here. I actually had the pleasure of spending a weekend with him and his lovely lady when they were in town from New York City back in February for his showing at Silver Queen. I acquired my first original piece. See below.

Frank Gonzalez

Second Attempt

I could literally spend thousands upon thousands of dollars at the gallery. If I literally had thousands upon thousands of dollars to spend. In the meantime, I will just enjoy the gallery located in beautiful and historic Park City, lounging on the custom sofa, enjoying a beverage with the gallery cat, Midas and my dear friend Timm.

Do yourself a favor and visit.

Commitment Issues

11 Aug

I have commitment issues.

Case(s) in point:

I buy a new duvet cover. I enjoy it for a few days and then I realize; This duvet cover is tying me to this robin egg’s blue/orange/yellow/lime green/pink color scheme! What if I wanted to add Navy Blue  into this scheme? Impossible. I need a new duvet cover.

 I intend to bake a delicious pastry. I get out all the ingredients and even tie up an adorable apron. Recipe. Ingredients. EXACT measurements. This is too much pressure! I opt for a bowl of cereal instead.

I am going to be a body builder (I really thought this…). No, a photographer. I’m going to start a social media firm. I’m going to make A LOT of money and become a famous makeup artist! I am going to build an empire on lash extensions. I’m in love. No, I’m not. I’m going to homeschool Carter. I’m going to travel the world with just a backpack. I’m going to buy a house and start a farm. I’m going to the big city and living metro in a high-rise condo. I am going to start a day spa. I am going to run a marathon! Heck, I’m going to do an Ironman triatholon! I might marry this guy. No, I won’t. I’m going to wake up every morning and do thirty minutes of yoga every day. I am going to pray every morning and every night. I am going to read a book a week.

 I am going to blog every day.

Hey! I have fulfilled my commitment of blogging kind of consistently for one entire month!

Yes! Today is my 1-monthiversary!

In honor of this magnificent day of devotion, I am doing a giveaway if I can actually part with my beloved prize! You can win a $20 gift certificate to Rice Fusion Cuisine (featured on my blog here)!

*This prize is ideal for those who live in the Wasatch Valley or those who travel or will travel to Salt Lake City within the next 4 months.

In order to qualify for the giveaway, comment in the section below with your greatest commitment. If you share this link on Facebook or Twitter, comment below with the link to your post! You can enter up to three times this way! Oh, and we need a certain number of posts to get this giveaway going- let’s say 32, since it’s been 32 days since my first post- so share away! The winner will be selected randomly. Winner will be announced next week, Wednesday, August 17th.

And by the way, my greatest commitment is a great one. It’s this little guy.