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2 12, 2014

Thankful and Grateful

By |December 2nd, 2014|Business, Celebrations, Family, Holidays, Inspiration, Loyalty, Marketing, New Businesses, Opportunity, Philanthropy, Products, Retail Stores, Selling, Travel|

Magnificence of Nature is Breathtaking at Amangiri Canyon Point, Utah

 

The Majestic West…appropriately experienced by us just before Thanksgiving. Kept me grounded, in awe, and  THANKFUL to have the FREEDOM to experience beauty with family and friends, and GRATEFUL  for these moments  and shared experiences.

To share this quote from our Thanksgiving table:

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, [...]

2 11, 2014

Shop Today-Gone Tomorrow

By |November 2nd, 2014|Business, Celebrations, Entertainment, Family, Holidays, Home Decor, New Businesses, Retail Stores, Selling|

Decorating your house for Halloween could not have been more fun this year.  Walking the dogs, I had my camera at hand all week taking pictures in my neighborhood. You can tell that families were having fun making their house haunted and scary.

Friday night, Halloween, I called Halloween City, Halloween Spirit, and Halloween Express.  I wanted to know if markdowns would occur and if there might be a DAY [...]

26 10, 2014

The Art of Raising $-it’s Marketing!

By |October 26th, 2014|Celebrations, Education, Entertainment, Family, Food, Friendship, Health and Wellness, Inspiration, Marketing, Passion, Philanthropy|

I’ve been in the philanthropy circuit the last few months,  involved with wonderful organizations and people that do great work in the non-profit world.  Employees and volunteer teams work hard to support families, men, women, and girls. I have had the task of raising money, learning what it takes to get a commitment, and what motivates people to GIVE.

THE RED CROSS-  I had  the privilege of being invited to [...]

15 10, 2014

Fly Me To The Moon

By |October 15th, 2014|Ambition, Business, Celebrations, drive and ambition, Entertainment, Family, Global, Inspiration, Leadership, Loyalty, Opportunity, Passion, Travel|

Remember when Richard Branson started Virgin Airlines before he was crowned SIR?  I thought he was fabulous…I wanted to work for him.  Why?  He said that one of the key differences that made his company a special place to work was the fun and freedom of expression that rested from the absence of employee handbooks that read like some kind of a corporate penal code.  Recently I heard an [...]

5 10, 2014

50 Year Celebrations

By |October 5th, 2014|Celebrations, Entertainment, Family, Friendship, Health and Wellness, Retirement|

I’ve always been a Car Gal.  My favorite car the FORD MUSTANG. Fifty years ago the first Mustang was introduced- 1964. At this time, growing up in the midwest, my father had Buicks, my grandfather had Chryslers, my boyfriend had a Chevy, and my mother had a Nash Rambler.  I knew the names and models to every car on the street.  

My friends in college drove Mustang convertibles.  We were [...]

26 08, 2014

1 Yr of Retirement-What’s Next?

By |August 26th, 2014|Education, Family, Food, Health and Wellness, Inspiration, New Businesses, Passion, Retail Stores, Technology, Travel, Women's Issues|

This month marks one year since my official retirement from a 40+ year career in retail…so how did I do this first year?

I really dislike the word retirement!  We have to find another way to describe the next phase.  I had lots of goals, (on paper) and have achieved many of them.  ‘Slowing down’ was never a goal, as the pitch of my day and calendar is full.  I [...]

21 08, 2014

Do You Remember Camp?

By |August 21st, 2014|Art, Education, Entertainment, Family, Food, Health and Wellness, Leadership, Passion, Sports, Travel, Women's Issues|

Did you go to Girl Scout Camp?  I remember feeling excitement and fear, loneliness being away from home, and liked the new friends I made adjusting to the experience. I loved my counselors and can still remember their names. I remember the smell of the tents and the mosquitoes. It was the north woods of Wisconsin, the land of the vicious bugs! Jumping into the cold lake water with [...]

5 08, 2014

It Must Be Maine-The Way Life Should Be

By |August 5th, 2014|Business, Education, Family, Food, New Businesses, Selling, Travel|

Two glorious weeks at Vinalhaven, an island of 2000 acres off the coast of Rockland and is home to a thriving lobster industry. History of the island includes the granite industry which began in Vinalhaven in 1826 and was one of the largest quarrying centers. Granite from Vinalhaven can be found on the Brooklyn Bridge, Washington Monument, Penn Station, etc. There are 320 hard working year round families that [...]

21 07, 2014

A Tribute to a Mentor and Friend

By |July 21st, 2014|Business, Entertainment, Family, Food, Health and Wellness, Home Decor, Inspiration, Leadership, Loyalty, Passion, Women's Issues|

Barbara Turf, former CEO, past President, and Head Merchant for Crate and Barrel passed away after a short battle with cancer last week.  I felt it was important to write a tribute to her, as she was a Mentor, Leader, and Friend to me my entire Crate and Barrel career.  At the funeral last week, people she touched came from around the world to celebrate her amazing life of [...]