Good Morning Sunshine! Beautiful Inspiration

The beautiful photography of @anatseem

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It seems that now-a-days we find our selves, more often than not, in serious need of inspiration, a lift, a push, something…. Perhaps it’s because we have access to the news 24/7 in so many ways that it’s impossible to escape all the emphasis in the negative. There must be countless acts of heroism and kindness happening all over the world every second but those are not reported. We need them, we need to know of them. How are we supposed to hold on if we only focus on how horrible we are and how low we have allowed our selves to descend?

My heart breaks with so much sadness for all the cruelty and craziness we are exhibiting as a human race. Animals have proven by far to be infinitely better than we are.   In the midst of all this madness I find myself  uplifted and renewed when by chance I get smashed in the face with the beauty of art. Yes, as always and from the beginning of creation, we have the privilege through art to have a glimpse into another soul, the soul of an artist that through his craft show us or remind us of how beautiful life is or can be.

Today I want to share the work of a gifted photographer whose name I don’t even know. I stumbled into her work in Instagram where she goes by @anatseem   I googled her, of course, but couldn’t find any additional information. While looking at my IG a new post of hers showed up and left me speechless. She takes mostly photos of who I imagine is her daughter, silhouettes of her playing in the light. There is a purity and innocence about them and so much love and artistry. I can’t judge photography or other art forms because I’m totally unqualified for the task. What I can do is share the things I love and move me.  I needed this today. I was in serious need of inspiration, my heart needed a hug and she gave it to me through her art. Enjoy and let me know what you thought of her work please and definetly visit her in Instagram.  Have an awesome weekend and make it count!  Thank you so much for visiting, I can’t believe we are aproching 18,000 views already!


  
  
  
  
  
  
  


  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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What a wonderful world…

I see trees of green…

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I see….

Red roses too…

 I see them bloom…

For me and you…

for me and you

for me and you

And I think to myself…

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what a wonderful world…


What a wonderful world!

  

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I see skies of blue…

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and clouds of white…


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And clouds of bright…

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the bright blessed day

The bright blessed day…

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The dark secret night…

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the dark secret night…

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And I think to myself, what a wonderful world!


The colours of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky…

so pretty in the sky 
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Are also on the faces of people going by…

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Klimt 
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of people going by…
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are also on the faces….
on the faces…
beautiful faces…

I see friends shaking hands, saying, how do you do?…

Friends
old friends…
shaking hands…
They are really saying….

They are really saying, I love you!

I love you 
I love you…
I love you, I do…


  
  

I love you 

I hear babies crying…

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I hear babies crying…

I watch them grow…

I watch them grow…

  

They’ll learn much more than I’ll ever know!


  


And I think to myself, what a wonderful world!

and I think to myself…
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what a wonderful world…

And I think to myself, what a wonderful world!



Louis Armstrong 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grey is Beautiful … or is it?

I know why this is considered beautiful all over the world…. I feel the same way, hands down!   -Gorgeous, attractive, interesting, magnetic, enigmatic, … and so many positive adjectives more.

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Aiden Shaw
And who could argue about this man’s beauty and sex appeal?!   Nobody, I know.  Not me.  I really feel like I am dreaming looking at him…. ok, not really, but you get the point.  (Model: Aiden Shaw)
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This man probably never had to considered a nose job to feel attractive, captivating, gorgeous and confident. He never had to fight to attain an impossible stereotype of what beauty is or should be.  His wrinkles only added to his natural rugged beauty, his nose gave him character, made him more interesting.  All his irregularities made him even better, manly, unattainable, unique.  Absolutely. I agree.   (In the picture: Andrew Lucchesi.)
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We loved them even more when they started wearing pink!   -How daring, masculine, confident, awesome they looked… – It takes a real man to wear pink! That is what we all said…
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But….. What happens when it comes to WOMEN?   Why is there such a difference between men and women regarding age and beauty?    To me is all a matter of habit and perception.  A very bad habit due to the crap we have been fed forever.  We are so used to have men portrayed as handsome and interesting regardless of their age, grey hair or wrinkles. What I call, natural wear and tear, and that is fine, the way it should be. We are what we are inside, it reflects on the outside.  A leather sofa or jacket for instance, they become more beautiful and valuable with time, when they start looking aged and weathered. It gives them character like it happens with men.
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Yasmina Rossi

Women, on the other hand, we have always been portrayed as beautiful only when we are really, REALLY young and with almost ridiculous standards of beauty, so hard to attain and maintain. We  have a very short expiration date!   We are expected to look like plastic. The less pores and lines we have, the better… Is this a joke?  Really, have we gone insane? I see more and more women going for extreme treatments to make any lines or blemishes disappear. Their faces look like plastic and unreal. Expressionless. All this while, mostly men collect their money for the services they perform on them…

Lauren Hutton at 70 years old. She loves her lines and expressions and so do I.
Lauren Hutton at 70 years old. She loves her expression lines and so do I.

Even worse, the sickness of some designers and most of the media turned teenagers and pre-teens, with an androgenic look, -which is perfectly normal and natural for their age and the changes they are going through-  into an ideal of beauty. They wanted to turn them into sex symbols and objects of desire. They wanted to perpetuate the look forever, they tried to force us to feel guilty for not looking like a malnourished teenager. Women started taking pills, even their kids pills, like adderall – another crazy subject- to stop being hungry.  How sick and disgusting is that?!  And our children bought into that. MEN bought into that.  WOMEN bought into that.  Who is and was so afraid of women, that wanted to perform a media lobotomy on us?!     – In the picture: Model Lauren Hutton, Gorgeous, vibrant, interesting, fascinating, intelligent, challenging.

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It is not that easy to attract the interest and keep the attention of these accomplished, attractive and independent women, a total challenge. It is very hard to control somebody who knows her value and own strengths.  (In the picture: Linda Fargo)

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Who could argue her beauty, even more so with grey hair?   There is nothing more attractive than self confidence and self worth, knowing who you are and of course your talent.   (In the picture: Writer Annika Von Holdt.)
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I think he is extremely attractive and 30 years ago I would had felt the same way.
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Elle MacPherson, 51 years old. I know she is a supermodel and stuff but this is what 51 is looking like, more and more, now that we women stopped believing the crap we were fed before!
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Lauren Ezersky. What a gorgeous woman! When you have the power inside, you can wear and do whatever you want, the way you want it. Grey is not only beautiful but awesome, so gorgeous!
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Aiden Shaw, I love his style, those shoes are to die for! Love the grey everywhere, people love grey … only not on women’s heads.
Why? ! Many people start going grey even early in their 30's. How can that be perceived as old age when we are suppose to live more than 80 years?!!!! Does it make any sense?
Why? ! Many people start turning grey even early in their 30’s. How can that be perceived as old age when we are suppose to live more than 80 years?!!!! Does it make any sense? It would be like believing High School was the best and most important part of your life!
Gorgeous!
Gorgeous! Come on people!  Could she had looked any better if she had dyed her hair?!  I have nothing against colouring your hair, my two sisters colour their hair, my mother colours her hair, most of my friends colour their hair. They look great.  What I am against is the perception of grey being ugly in women, the perception of grey meaning you are old, done and approaching your grave.   And only for women! What the bloody hell.
Damn he looks amazing! One I met my husband, one of the things that attracted me most was his hair, he had dark hair with grey, almost white above the ears. So elegant and distinguish... do you think he would have felt the same about me if I had the same thing going one? Hahaha! I know the answer to that....
Dang he looks amazing!   -When I met my husband, one of the things I found myself more attracted to,  was his hair, very dark and with some brushes of white and grey above the ears.  So elegant and distinguished … That was my perception! …do you think he would have felt the same way about me if I had the same thing going on!? Hahaha!   We all know too well the answer to that….
Sarah Harris, authenticity and style.
Sarah Harris, authenticity and style.

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She is really cool.

Elle MAcPherson, the new 50s
Elle MacPherson, the new 50s.  She is fantastic. Perfect is an expression I use probably too often.  But she is. Healthy, strong and confident. I don’t care if she colors her hair or not. That is not the point. The point is that she can do whatever she wants and still look young and sexy, she has the option.  Nothing to do with the models Karl Lagerfeld, a disturbed excuse of a man, uses in his work.   There is something so creepy about him. He gives me the chills, he says he hates ugly people and I am like… Hello! Look in the freaking mirror without your stupid glasses!  I don’t know how he can be Channel’s and Fendi’s head designer…
Criminal in my opinion.
This is criminal in my opinion. Wait, this is plain criminal. Not just in my opinion.  I don’t think for a second Coco Chanel would had agreed with his insanity and sickness. He must hate women. That’s why he wants them to look like that.
How could he ever compete with this ?
How could he ever compete with this? Natural, fresh beauty of Cindy Crawford.
How can we even compare the madness...
With this?!!!   How can we even compare the madness…  Karl Lagerfeld’s girls….
Gianni Versace's Girls.
Gianni Versace’s Girls…. look at the smiles
This is beauty, the world has since gone insane.
This is beauty, the world has since gone insane.
Mario's Girls! Beauty and class.
Mario’s Girls! Beauty and class.

And now, back to Grey!

Sarah Harris started going grey in her early teens and decided to keep her natural colour. It takes personality and guts to dare to go against the current, specially in the world of fashion where she spends her life as the fashion director for Vogue Magazine UK. She is a fashion icon now.
Sarah Harris started going grey in her early teens and decided to keep her natural colour. It takes personality and guts to dare going against the current, specially in the world of fashion where she spends her life as the fashion director for Vogue Magazine UK. She is a fashion icon now.
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Curly, natural, grey hair.  So pretty!
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Richard Gere, he made us dream as an officer and a gentleman and continue to do so now. That hair of his… don’t you want to run your fingers through it? 😉
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Statuesque beauty, her hair makes her look even more gorgeous.
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: Sarah Harris is seen wearing a jacket from Lilly e Violetta and jeans from Paige on the Streets of Manhattan on February 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images)
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The one and only Miranda
The one and only Meryl Streep ! She can make any hair color work, because it is she who is the star, everything else follows.
George
George, famous for being handsome. Pretty much.  I still love him. Again it comes to self confidence, he carries himself with such ease and charm that most of us melt. He looks even more handsome since he turned grey.
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Many women start turning grey at 30, that means they “have” to colour their hair for the next 50 or 60 years.?! … If you want to do so, that is great, but not because we are so used to the images of grey haired women we’ve been fed forever.  Those images of old ladies ready to kick the bucket, retired, bored, sad, waiting for nothing and hopeless. That is a lie. It is not the way it is. This can be and often is, the best time of our lives, when we know who we are, we know what we want and we have the time and the means to do it, to start a new path in life.  Now I am going through a phase.  I can’t wait for my hair to be all grey, white or whatever it is going to be. It doesn’t mean I won’t color it at some point in the future if I feel like it, it means it is what I want NOW.  I find it so attractive and interesting, I feel excited about it  like if I was a teenager again.
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Oh my gosh …. you see, this is my point exactly. They don’t feel old at all. They didn’t stop taking care of themselves and dressing like they were in the prime of their lives because they got grey. I believe they have never felt this confident and attractive in their lives.  And THAT is what I want us WOMEN to understand and to have. Regardless of the hair colour we choose to keep or to get. It goes well beyond that.
Sting!!!
Sting!!! He’s definitely gotten better with age. If that is possible. It is possible, we see the proof over and over again. I’m surprised he allowed the photographer to photoshop him. Where are his awesome expression lines?
Yasmina Rossi
Yasmina Rossi, no comments necessary. Fifty Nine years old.
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This is 59 years old, grandmother and model, Yasmina Rossi. Could she be more stunning?
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Greys are the natural highlights God gave us to look more radiant!
Sir Sean Connery!
Sir Sean Connery! I want to scream at him: Stop it already!  not fair being so good looking for so long! I’ve been needing to give you a hug since I was a little girl….
Yasmina!
Yasmina!
Linda Fargo
Linda Fargo
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Another young and gorgeous woman rocking her silver locks!
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Any length, any age, any type.
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So attractive and grey. The shoes are the perfect touch of colour.
Andie McDowell
Andie McDowell
Carmen Dell'Oriffice
Carmen Dell’Orefice.  Iconic beauty. Too made up to my taste, but who cares?! 😉
Pia Gronning
Pia Gronning, that is the way I would like to look as I get older.
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You are so welcome!

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Aiden Shaw
and so is he!    (Aiden Shaw)
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Wow! Amazing. Lovely hair, gorgeous eyes, perfect outfit.
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Pia Gronning, class act.
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Omg! I’m running out of comments already!  Love the man, love the fashion, thank you God. That’s it.
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Do you see any “old” and “dated” here?  Should she go home and knit?…. I think most people are afraid of women in their prime.  We are a force to be reckon with.
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Danish writer, Annika Von Holdt.
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Cindy Joseph.
Andy Lucchesi
Andy Lucchesi
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Silver on silver
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She looks classy and sexy at the same time.
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Her freckles look even cuter with silver hair.
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Classy and sexy lady
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Yes please, I’ll take one.
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The right amount of color.
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I’m very happy that in Europe they don’t have people older than 30 doing only viagra or insurance commercials. They are actually the ones who can afford most of the things they advertise and the ones who look best on them.
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Love everything.
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59 year old lawyer Jenny Hirschowitz. Spectacular!
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All these exquisite women exude confidence, intelligence and poise.
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I wish I knew who she is…. flawless beauty and style
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Naturally gorgeous
Jasmina
Jasmina,  what a photography of strength and beauty!
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What can I say in the face of reality?!
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I think I don’t need to argue my point anymore. The pictures talk by themselves.
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Sigrid Rothe
Sigrid Rothe
Richard Gere
Richard Gere
Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
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What a cool guy!
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Since I have some Elle Macpherson pictures in this post, I found only fair to include this guy as well!
Aiden Shaw
Aiden Shaw
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Jodee Anello, 51
Jodee Anello, 54
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I love her.
Beautiful Yasmina
Beautiful Yasmina
Helen
Grethe Kaspersen
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Wow! those eyes and that hair!
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Sarah
Sarah
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The beautiful Pia Gronning
The beautiful Pia Gronning
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Mr Clooney.
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Outstanding!
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Grandma Yasmina Rossi.
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Beauty at it’s best.
Jo Skinner
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This is life.
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Carmen Dell’Orefice. Unbelievable!  84 years old….
Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet.
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Love it!

And last, but not least,  last pictures and a question about insanity.

When did this become better ...
You sicko!  Who are you catering to?  Child predators?  Are you trying to make her look like she is a baby and about to be baptised?  How old is she?  Is this legal?   When did this become better …
Than this again?!
Than this again?!  Never.

This long labour day weekend, I hope you have fun, enjoy life and accept yourself the way you are. I am sure you are more than beautiful for many people around you, now be beautiful for yourself!  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Behold your own.

And this would be me, trying to find my own! It's in the process and so far I am the only one who loves it in the family! We will see. xx
And this would be me, trying to find my own!  It’s in the process, it’s going to be a year since I started growing it. The picture is a month and a half old, and so far I am the only one who loves it in the family!    Oh well, we’ll see!  
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FOOD FOR THE SOUL ~ INSPIRATION

TO BE CONSIDERED…..

WITH COURAGE..
WITH COURAGE..
WITH COURAGE ...
WITH COURAGE …

FOOD FOR THOUGHT!

WHITH COURAGE..
WITH COURAGE..
HERE IS TO THE ...
HERE IS TO THE …
Here is to the crazy ones...
Here is to the crazy ones…
TO THE TROUBLE MAKERS...
TO THE TROUBLE MAKERS…
THEY CHANGE THE WORLD..
THEY CHANGE THE WORLD..
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ABOUT THE ONLY THINGH YOU CAN’T DO IS IGNORE THEM, BECAUSE THEY CHANGE THINGS
THEY PUSH THE HUMAN RACE FORWARD..
THEY PUSH THE HUMAN RACE FORWARD..
SHE STOOD IN THE STORM
SHE STOOD IN THE STORM
SHE STOOD IN THE STORM..
SHE STOOD IN THE STORM..
THE BEST PEOPLE..
THE BEST PEOPLE..
THE BEST PEOPLE..
THE BEST PEOPLE..
WHEN GOD PUSHES YOU
WHEN GOD PUSHES YOU
WHEN GOD PUSHES YOU... (OH, I SURE HOPE SO!)
WHEN GOD PUSHES YOU… (OH, I SURE HOPE SO!)
IT'S NEVER TOO LATE..
IT’S NEVER TOO LATE..
IT'S NEVER TOO LATE..
IT’S NEVER TOO LATE..
TO BE HOWEVER YOU WANT TO BE
TO BE WHOEVER YOU WANT TO BE..
IT'S NEVER TOO LATE ... (93 YEARS YOUNG)
IT’S NEVER TOO LATE … (93 YEARS YOUNG)
YOU ARE NEVER TOO YOUNG..
OR IN ANY CASE, TOO EARLY…
I FELL
I FELL…
I FELL IN LOVE WITH HER COURAGE...
I FELL IN LOVE WITH HER COURAGE…
Style:
Style: “Mad Men”
Joan Holloway (Christina Hendricks)
L'AMOUR EST COMME LE VENT..
L’AMOUR EST COMME LE VENT…     LOVE IS LIKE THE WIND, WE DON’T KNOW WHERE IT COMES FROM.
LOVE IS LIKE THE WIND, WE DON'T KNOW WHERE IT COMES FROM!
LOVE IS LIKE THE WIND, WE DON’T KNOW WHERE IT COMES FROM!
WHAT IF...
WHAT IF…
WHAT IF YOU FLY?!!!!
WHAT IF YOU FLY?!!!!
THE WOMAN WHO FOLLOWS THE CROWD...
THE WOMAN WHO FOLLOWS THE CROWD…
SHE DIDN'T FOLLOW THE CROWD..
SHE DIDN’T FOLLOW THE CROWD..
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DON’T YOU DARE..
THE BEST WAY..
THE BEST WAY..
TRY TO
TRY TO CHEER SOMEBODY ELSE UP
WE ARE OUR CHOICES...
WE ARE OUR CHOICES…
WE ARE OUR CHOICES..
WE ARE OUR CHOICES..
FALL IN LOVE WITH YOURSELF
FALL IN LOVE WITH YOURSELF
FALL
FALL IN LOVE WITH YOURSELF..
WHAT IF YOU WOKE UP TODAY WITH ONLY...
WHAT IF YOU WOKE UP TODAY WITH ONLY…
WITH ONLY THE THINGS THAT YOU THANK GOD FOR YESTERDAY?
WITH ONLY THE THINGS THAT YOU THANK GOD FOR YESTERDAY?
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WHAT IF YOU…
WOKE UP TODAY...
WOKE UP TODAY…
WITH ONLY
WITH ONLY THE THINGS YOU THANKED GOD FOR YESTERDAY?….

And now what? Just being me…

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I don’t know if there’s anybody out there that is ever going to read my words and I’m a bit scared of beginning this journey…. I’ve wanted to do this for a while and just postponed it over and over again …

After my youngest child of five left for college, I understood well the empty nester’s feelings!  Thirty-six years of being a full time mother!  I couldn’t figure out what to do with myself!   All that time I used to dream of having was now leaving me with an empty hole in the stomach and heart!  Oh the mixed feelings!!!… I was so used to being a mom that I wondered…. COULD I JUST BE ME?

What does it even mean being me?!  Who am I?!   What is left of the person I used to be? I hope I am a better version of my younger self, but who knows?!  We usually are, we are supposed to be …. Who doesn’t remember her younger self?  I do!   That girl full of passion who dreamt of being a lawyer, an interior designer, an artist, is still here, somewhere…  Why would I feel her so much otherwise if she wasn’t here, inside of me, kicking and screaming: Let me out of here!    It has become harder and harder to recognize the person in the mirror…

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It feels like Spring!

My flowers, one of a kind

Where did time go?  Am I still on time to live my own life, experience my own dreams?!   –  I have loved being a mom, totally and completely and still do.  My best moments are when I visit my children or they visit me.  Now for example, I have three of them home for a week, two of them on their way back to school and one on her way back home, my daughter, and I have her, literally  on my butt, following me around, asking me to start this!

This is supposed to be a blog about Interior Design, art, travel, photography and all the lovely things that make life worth living…Actually, I don’t really know what is it going to be about, but I should share a little bit of who I am while trying to discover it myself…

One of my flower arrangements

One of the reasons I found it so difficult to start writing is that English is not my first language, and obviously I’m not a writer.    Does it matter?  They say not to sweat the small stuff! Isn’t the content more important than the vehicle?  I absolutely think it is.   Never liked perfect things, never will. I think they are boring, uncomfortable and unnatural. I like things that feel real and possible, unique in a way, unaffected and spontaneous !    What this first post is about is … Do I have something interesting enough to say? Don’t we all?   Thanks to the awesome Belgian designer Greet Lefèvre from Belgian Pearls, a wonderful blog about design and lifestyle, I decided to venture into this unknown territory…. (Greet is from Belgium and has never allowed the fact of English not being her first language stop her from writing and sharing all the beauty that surrounds her, inside her home and out!  Go visit her blog, http://www.belgianpearls.blogspot.com  if you haven’t done it yet, you’ll be happy you did!   Thank you Greet for being an inspiration.

Little vignette using my flower arrangements

While my youngest boys were finishing high school, I went back to school to study Interior Design, I had always loved decorating and everything related to design and art and frequently have helped family and friends with that.   It came so natural to me, but I needed the title to feel I could have my passion become my business.  Now it’s time to start…  How to start? Where to start? – While I was in school,  I received some  generous comments about my work, telling me I was an artist!  I didn’t know what to do with that, it was so good to hear, but so hard to believe…. I always wanted to paint but never did, I kept telling myself, I wasn’t an artist!  It seems like I was expecting to be given permission to dare to try …  What is art if not an honest expression of your soul? A higher and universal language of communication…  Life’s too short to waste just wondering “What if…”.   Thanks to the encouragement of people in my family, I finally started painting this summer while on a three month trip overseas!   …  Being in South America, looking at the Pacific Ocean every day, made me feel inspired, like I could accomplish many things,  I guess I’ll have to press forward and keep trying … So, what is it going to be?  Who am going to become?  Let’s find out, shall we? Well, not you, just me 😉

A little vignette with my flowers

Hopefully you’ll find me in this magic cyber world and decide to keep me company for a while, perhaps you are in the same situation or going through a big change or discovery of your own? … If you happen to stumble by, please say hi!   Let me see if I can figure it out how to upload some pictures here.   …. AND IT WORKED! (These are some flower arrangement I made)  –  Just learning how to work this WordPress thing!

Next time this will be about something more interesting. Today I just needed to vent…

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