Monday, January 6

don't stop, talking to me

bookcase

Honestly, who stands in front of their furniture on a step stool with a tube of blue paint in one hand, paintbrush in the other -- and with no plan whatsoever, proceeds to write out a quote on the back of a bookcase that is smack dab in their living room? 

Guilty as charged.

And the thing is-- I love it.  And?  I think (possibly, as we all know how I never follow through on one tenth of the zillion crazy ideas I come up with) I will whitewash it fresh each month and change out the quote accordingly.

So hey!  Happy New Year!  What did you all get up to?  I had two weeks off and they were simply perfect.  I really don't know how else to say it except they completely fulfilled my wild hopes and here I am on the sixth day of January 2014 feeling rested, inspired, engaged and awake.  Wow.

Vacations-- who knew?

One of the funny rabbit holes I dropped down was moving the furniture around a bit and boy howdy-- you would think I would know the power of energy shifts having written a book on feng shui and all -- but BOY HOWDY, the smallest shifts and worlds have opened up to me.

I am here to tell you I believe 100% in the quantum physics that the flutter of a butterfly's wing can start a tsunami on the other side of the world.  Simply turning a bookcase 90 degrees and there I was in the kitchen cleaning out junk drawers!  Plus two other projects have left the confines of my back burner and are now rocketing through the stratosphere-- more on that soonest.

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My right now.  To quote my beloved Mr. Vonnegut, "and I urge you to please notice when you are happy and exclaim or murmur or think at some point 'if this isn't nice, I don't know what is"
Grateful for this sunny day and friends arriving to ring in the new moon and the new year.

Last year's word (ala the lovely Susannah) was HOME.  Twelve months later, I can safely say all that I meant by that intention has come into being and feels so good.  On the dog front, Daisy is doing better week by week and seems to be getting some of her light back.  Ollie runs around with a crazy-ass grin.

Above, you can see him in his wee "thunder shirt."  It's to help him with anxiety-- the idea being sort of like swaddling a baby-- the snugness providing a sense of calm.  I don't know if it's helping or not-- but I can tell you the three of us seem to be emerging from the grief of losing Henry (me and Daisy) and the emotional turbulence of relocation (Ollie) and getting our silly on.

Right now?  It's time for me to take down the Christmas ornaments, tuck them into their giant wicker hamper and heft the basket to the back of the shelves in the basement.  Not sure where I will be this time next year when I unwrap them again-- but I feel giddy knowing it's gonna be somewhere that makes me intensely happy and that I will be surrounded with just what I asked for.

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When I was in Philly I got this running horse shirt. I didn't even try it on, no time - but put it on this morning and so glad I grabbed it! Here's to spontaneous decisions!

I'm a bit embarrassed to admit how loved up I was by gifts and cards finding me here on my little street in my itsy city in the smallest state in the country--- but loved up I was.

Oh.  You CRAZY kids!

Typing to you in this moment wearing wrist warmers knit for me by a darling woman in Ireland!  Drinking tea that landed on my porch all the way from Scotland thanks to one of my oldest bloggy friends and I can't list it all out here because then I'd never get to writing the stack of thank you notes that must get done asap.

Yet, I did want to close out with one share that has me bopping about.

Being the hipsters that you are, you probably already know all about Emily Wells and simply failed to keep me in the loop--- no worries, I know how lame I am about music--- totally and forever dependent on others to turn me on to new sounds-- but this was one of my most cherished gifts-- my friend Meghan (omg!! full disclosure--- I can't believe this, but I actually just typed, my friend Coco ..  . um, Coco is Meghan's dog, people-- oh well, if anyone would understand that mistake it's a dog owner) anyway, Meghan is a total music-phile -- she made me two mix cds and this song was on one of the mixes and oh, I just love it so much.  Had to share -- Emily Wells, Take it Easy San Francisco.


bisous, e

24 comments:

  1. Love that you are back after a wonderful break from blogging and work. I sure missed your inspiring and uplifting posts but kept up with you via Instagram. Hope you are staying warm as the coldest days of the past 40 years is hitting the East Coast. Your home looks so warm and sunny in all of your photos, I can't imagine it feeling the slightest bit cold inside. I am in the process of an internal face lift to our home and would love any tips you have on feng shui. I was not aware you had written a book on the concept. So happy your Holidays were so wonderful and wish for you and Daisy that 2014 be a year filled with love and laughter and more amazing personal growth. LOVE the idea of physically writing out a monthly quote on a wall or bookcase which is easily visible to all. It's like a personal growth chart for your soul :)
    Take care my sweet friend.
    xxoo
    deb

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    1. hi Deb! oh you make me SHINE, baby!! this is the book I wrote (worst publishing experience! hate their cover and you don't even want to get me started on their editorial misconduct-- but, the content is still good for small spaces http://www.amazon.com/Dorm-Room-Feng-Shui-Find/dp/1580175929/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389055169&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=dorm+room+feng+sui)

      Definitely email me about ideas etc-- love talking feng shui! xoxooxxo, e

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  2. the coco-meghan thing. hee hee! love it. home looks so inviting and cozy.... xoxoxoxo

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    1. hee hee I am inviting YOU here!!!! we need some CAT energy with all these dogs ., .. . xo, e

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  3. I get positively giddy thinking about what we'll have to say about THIS year 360 days from now! xoxox

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  4. I love that there is a quote on your bookcase. I have quotes up all around my old computer. I love quotes! I can't read yours, do you mind sharing? I love the idea of moving things around a bit. I have been doing that too, but only in my head. Too much stuff needs to be cleaned out before the moving can begin. I also need to paint. We need a fresh coat. All Christmas has been put away, and I am eager to clean out SOMETHING tomorrow. I am just not sure where to start. I wish my word could be "dabble" because that is what I am best at... Love your "new" space and so glad the new year has begun in JOY. xoxoxo

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    1. here is the quote: “Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”
      ― Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum LP

      I think DABBLE is a GREAT word for the year and will support your gentle, loose approach to projects-- embrace it OWN it. love you so!! xo, e

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  5. Love your horse shirt! Have been searching for some horsey duds myself. Excellent choice on the quote. Nothing is permanent:)

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    1. thank you Brienne and HAPPY NEW YEAR darling! nothing is permanent-- exactly-- and funny thing is-- I just saw a quote this morning I think is gonna be the one to replace it. .. love the flow! xoxox, e

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  6. Well, I barely got an cards delivered, much less through the mail. But I just wanted to let you know that I think you are amazing. Like a breath of the yummiest fresh air. I miss you so! How I long for some of those intense Elizabeth moments near magical Squam Lake ;)

    Happy New Year! <3

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    1. oh girl! I miss you and Daniel TOO thank god for fb and instagram so I can follow along with your amazing dancing and bunnies and life!!!! thank you for loving on me-- it means so much to me! xoox e

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    1. really? must be why I feel so good! ha ha -- happy new year my friend!!! xo, e

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  8. omg…the quote on the bookcase…brilliant. and everything else brilliant as well. as said above, you sound absolutely LIT UP!

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    1. yeah, I feel like the lights are back on for sure-- me, Daisy, Ollie-- life! xoox, e

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  9. Happy New Year :) I am totally feeling your renewed energy and digging the flow of your space. I don't know if I told you but I LOVE that horse top to bits. It looks great on you. Now I'm gonna go listen to that song because I haven't heard about Emily Wells. Love ya. Talk soon. xo

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    1. Replying to my own comment. That is an amazing song. I have to go listen to more...

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    2. and I told you I got it in WAYNE, PA .. . . right? thinking of you, natch!! xoxo

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    3. oh SO glad you like it-- it has completely captured me-- I must've listened to it 100 times, no exaggeration

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  10. You are the darling. And I spot a familiar foxy heart in the corner of your mirror - love that we all have them from fabulous Sarah - who will ALSO be there in JUNE, I'm getting giddy thinking about it! And you know that you secretly believe Coco knows how to make a mix tape ;)

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  11. Hi Lady,
    I love the feng shui'd home- well, I loved it before you feng shui'd it- but it is even more open and beautiful!! Would you share where you found your horse shirt? I would love to wear one in simpatico out here in VA. :)
    xoxo
    Eileen

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  12. Heavens, a busy time of it for you! I love moving furniture around. In my old flat where I had more space and fewer things filling it, the urge to shift stuff around always seemed to strike around midnight or 1 in the morning... The downstairs neighbours probably thought I was dragging dead bodies round or something....

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thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with me-- I love that you stopped by and hope something I shared was what you needed today. xo, e