2020 Year In Review / 2021 Word of the Year

Once again a year has come and gone at a pace that seems to increase the older I get. For 2020 though, there were plenty of reasons; and many of them were not good. My intention to choose a word of the year for 2020 was lost in the churn.    An inevitable journey we will all one day make, set its course for my mom during the summer of 2019 and came to its…

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2018 Year In Review / 2019 Word of the Year

Happy New Year!  As has become a tradition for me, I am closing chapter 2018 with a review of how my word of the year turned out, and choosing a word for the new year.  For those of you that don’t know, back in 2015, at the beginning of a journey that would change my life, I came across a blog post from my friend Melissa Dell that talked about the concept of choosing a…

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2018 WORD of the YEAR

Happy New Year! It has become a tradition for me that, as we start another trip around the sun, I choose a word to guide me through the coming year. I started this back in 2015 with the word Emergent, and then Resilient in 2016.  Both proved to be prophetic. 2015 was the year that I really started coming into my own. I stopped trying to fit or judge myself by conventional standards and just…

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Happy New Year!

As I sit here in the last hours of 2016, I look back on a year that continued in the arc that was started in 2015.  I continued to nurture and grow my creativity. I finished my first novel, The Empire, that will be published next week, and had one of the happiest and fulfilling years ever. I feel really lucky. For me, 2016 was a fantastic year! When I started thinking about my Word…

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2015 – Emergent – A Year In Review

  2015 was a very productive year for me, personally and creatively. The word “emergent” proved to be an accurate choice.  As I had promised myself, I kept my eyes and self open, and let the universe chart my course. I was not disappointed. There were challenges and lessons to be learned, and also a lot of wonderful adventures and opportunities. I pushed myself in directions that were not always comfortable, but usually fulfilling. I…

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Pavlova Nests With Raspberries and Dark Chocolate

Pavlova. I wasn’t entirely sure what it was when a friend suggested it as a way to use up some of the bumper crop of raspberries I had posted a picture of.  I had heard of it, but never had it. I vaguely knew what it looked like, but had no idea how to make it. I was intrigued. So, off to do one of my favorite things, research recipes! Pavlova, is a meringue based…

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Lessons Learned: Tips and Tricks for Constructing and Decorating a Cake When You’re Not a Cake Boss

My creativity continues to emerge  this year, and I’m enjoying every moment of it! I have found that my perspective – keeping my eyes, ears and heart open to new possibilities, and opportunities has determined my outlook, and I have not been disappointed. Life is full of exciting and fun adventures if you choose to look at it that way. Perspective is everything.  My latest creative adventure begins with preparing for a wedding and a…

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2015 Word of the Year

I read a wonderful blog entry from my friend Melissa of MelissaDell.com about the idea of having a word of the year. The word being chosen would be a running theme or framework for the year. I had no idea this was a thing. I know the media keeps track of popular and trending words, but apparently defining one’s individual word, as well as exploring and incorporating it in daily life, is a very popular concept…

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2015 New Year, New Adventures

2015 New Year, New Adventures   Out with the old. I stalled and sputtered with this blog last year…I guess I just wasn’t ready.  2014 was a busy year. It was full of discovery, loss, heartache, joy, restoration, evolution and many creative adventures that have now begun to fill me up. I began pushing out all the negativity, stress, unhappiness, and soul sucking day to day living that had left me feeling like an empty shell.…

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