"I have enjoyed greatly the second blooming...
suddenly you find - at the age of 50, say -

that a whole new life has opened
before you."

-Agatha Christie

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Signature Piece...

Everyone should have a "Signature Piece".

A "signature piece" is an item that you wear consistently that is distinct and unique to you.  It says a little something about YOU ~ your personality or lifestyle.

My "signature piece" is a seashell ring that I found during my last trip to Hawaii.  
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 I am telling you the God's honest truth that not a single day goes by that I do not receive at least one comment about my ring!  

If I had a dollar for every comment that I have received since I began wearing my ring regularly, I would have a nice little stash of cash!

I am heading back to Hawaii in a few weeks and my eyes will be peeled for any other pieces that may qualify to have such a title in my wardrobe!

Find your "Signature Piece" and make it YOUR OWN!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Totally Coastal...

I am a "totally coastal" type of girl!

That is how I am going to describe myself whenever I am asked to do that from here on out. ~

I gravitate toward anything that conjures up a "coastal" feeling ~ whether it is the clothes that I wear, my jewelry, or my home decor.

I am so fortunate to be living in a place and have such good friends that allow me to visit coastal areas such as the North Carolina beaches and Charleston, South Carolina on a regular basis! These places inspire me to no end!

In a few weeks I will be heading back to Hawaii ~ yet another one of my very favorite coastal destinations!! I cannot wait to get there!

That place is the ULTIMATE coastal experience for me!! The color of the ocean and the scenery there is beyond comparison!

Here's to us "Totally Coastal" girls ~ Oh, Yeah!!

Peace Out!!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Ocean...

- John F. Kennedy, 1962
I absolutely love the ocean and beach - always have - since a young girl. As a result, my love of seashells developed while I was a young girl as well. My favorite times have always taken place while I have been around the ocean and beach. To me, all of the sights and sounds are so soothing and relaxing. I don’t even care how hot it gets or how hard the sun is beating down on me - I just love it!

I guess that is why it is upsetting me to see what is taking place in the Gulf of Mexico right now with the BP oil spill. I cannot stand to see the ecological damage that is taking place. It breaks my heart. I truly hope that the area will be able to be restored.

I do not want to get political, so that is all I am going to say on this subject!

Here's to my fellow WaterBabes ~ Cheers!!

Sunday, June 20, 2010


Sweet little boy of mine...

However, not so little anymore - but still knows how to be charmingly sweet as he quickly approaches his first milestone of 16!

So hard for me to believe. Time passes much too quickly - but our memories will always be there.

I hope and pray that I have imprinted as many happy memories on his brain as there are seashells on the beach, so that when he reaches the reality of adulthood, he will always have those happy memories to go back to and he will feel safe and warm and loved.

I get teary eyed thinking of his baby days, but I also look forward to his future and to everything that I know he will become!

Dear God,
Please bless this boy and keep him safe from harm each day!
Thank You,
His Mom


As Woody Allen says to Diane Keaton in the movie Annie Hall, "A relationship is like a shark - it has to keep moving or it dies." - every relationship needs to continually evolve.

I finally realize that I must become responsible for the changes that I would like to see in order to keep my relationships alive, active, and moving forward - just like a shark!

By becoming responsible, I am not allowing myself to be a victim of fate, but can move things in the direction of my choice.

Relationships can be tough, but by acting rather than waiting, I will automatically feel less resentful and will feel empowered to the possibility of how great my relationships can be.

So - here's to the shark~ Let's Go Get 'em!!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Mind...

I stumbled across the following quote about a year ago, and it really resonated with me...

"The mind is its own place and in itself, can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven" - John Miller, English poet - from "Paradise Lost".

Since finding this quote, I have really tried to remember it whenever I think that things aren't quite the way I had planned, or when I am feeling down.

You truly are in charge of your own mind set. NOBODY can make you feel anything other than what you allow them to do. You are in complete control!

What a GREAT feeling to know that you can always feel HEAVENLY!!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Age Is Just A Number...

Here I am at 51 years old - right on the brink of 52 - and I have got to say that I don't know if I have ever felt younger in my life!
In the past, I have read so many articles written by women over 50 saying such a thing and wondered if I could feel that way too... Well, I do and it is absolutely wonderful!

Something about being at a "place" where you can pretty much live the way you want to live - being around people and doing things that make you feel alive and fulfilled and happy is totally AGE DEFYING!

And I realize that in the scheme of things, I am not really considered "that old", but 50 is some sort of a mile-marker for your life... It is a great time to regroup and start anew - which is exactly what I am doing and it feels so good!

I am so thankful to be in such excellent health and feeling great!

Age is truly just a number - SO - Enjoy Yourself!!!