What is your biggest dream?

Create a Lifestyle, not an Outcome. We all have fantasies about lifestyles we wish we could have. Perhaps it’s wandering the world to eat exotic cuisine, living in a cottage in Scotland, or cruising a boat around the Caribbean. What if you decided TODAY to make that dream happen? The only thing stopping you is […]

Patting the Tail

So we all hold on to things that have meaning to us – old letters, pressed flowers, mugs, books, etc. We call them mementos and we cherish them, even as we shove them in a box and set them way back in the closet.   However, sometimes, for some people, what starts as one box […]

Long Distance Learning

I just got back from a wonderful vacation in England and, as always, the act of traveling taught me some great lessons. 1.) Less is more. 11 days with temperatures ranging from low 50’s to mid 80’s rain and sun. Here’s what I packed/wore: 1 skirt, 1 pr jeans, 1 pr black pants, 4 sweater […]

I’m Moving: Please Handle (Me) with Care

I’m Moving: Please Handle (Me) with Care

My husband and I are really excited about the home we’re moving into this summer.   It’s a beautiful old house near the Gloucester Harbor.   There’s a big front porch, a deck off the back, a little yard, and – possibly best of all – lots of storage space! But I don’t want to move in […]

Don’t just have goals. Create a Lifestyle.

If you would have told me over a year ago that my life would include daily beach walks, writing in cafes, and only about 3-5 appointments per week, I would have said “That’s a dream.” But I’m living the dream. Did it take a ton of hard work? Yes. Did it happen overnight? No. But, […]

“The Fringe Benefits of Failure” – J. K. Rowling

  J. K. Rowling, Author of the Harry Potter Series, is beloved world-wide, and remains one of my all-time favorite authors. But, listening to this speech makes me wish I had graduated Harvard a few years later. For, Laughter, Joy, and Inspiration- Don’t miss these videos. Yes, it’s 20 minutes of your day, but it […]

Organizing is in the Air

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had several friends and aquaintances say that they are feeling compelled to sort and weed through their homes. Of course, it is spring and, for some of us, spring cleaning can feel like a biological imperative.  Others of us are moving in the near future and want to prune […]

The Spirit of Organization

I was chatting with the minister of my church the other day before a meeting when he mentioned that my Facebook posts made organizing sound like a spiritual event. ( DC please forgive the paraphrase!)  And you know what?  I was thrilled – because that is exactly what I intend when I spend time organizing- […]

The Journey of a Lifetime

Last Saturday night I went to sleep with the words from Alexandra Stoddard’s 1992 book Creating a Beautiful Home on my mind.  She described home as “an outward expression of an inward journey.”   Sunday morning I woke to Ashley Gilbertson’s photo essay The Shrine Down the Hall ( 3/21/10 text by Dexter Filkins) in […]

You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling

…and it’s gone, gone, gone Have you fallen out of love with your home?  Do you remember when you decided to live here?  Was it love at first sight?  Did you dream of possibilities?  Can you conjure up the  hope you felt as you first walked through those empty rooms on moving day – ready […]