Monday, February 28, 2011
All Images: National Geographic
When I was a kid, I would crawl up in a corner with multiple issues of National Geographic. No kidding. My heart would skip a beat at the cover of each new issue and I would spend hours reading about fishing villages off the coast of can't-pronounce-it-aisle, remote cultures in far flung jungles, and the lives of endangered fish. I recently started with my obsession of Nat Geo again, which is only feuling the wanderlust in me. Maybe my childhood fascination with this magazine had to do with their incredible photography. Geez, these guys can capture some images! Anyway, as I'm researching Fall colors I turned to one of my favorite resources for beautiful imagery. In case anyone ever asks you, RED is my favorite color. Yes sir. Here's to Nat Geo for still making my heart race after all these years.
Friday, February 18, 2011
I once asked my cousin for her advice in a situation where I felt as though I were being singled out. She said "If you put your ego aside you will find that most situations like that have nothing to do with you". This was about 4 or 5 years ago. As I've grown I began to see it like this: Most people are traveling on their independent journey, and we meet, learn, live, and love along the way (well, we do a lot more but you get my meaning). You never know what your fellow traveler is carrying with them, and most often what you are taking to heart is often just something they are effusing from their own journey. It is a fine balance to learn from one another, yet not take on each others baggage.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
It may be that time of year when I'm yearning to see the first bud on the tree that signals Spring. That might be what is triggering the wanderlust in me. But I know better. It's just me. I'm a homebody in fairy wings, I can be at peace anywhere I land. In particular though, I really need to land someplace warm, sandy, and colorful. When you start a business, you don't really, realllly know just how much dedication it takes. I love it, and I love dedicating myself to it, but sometimes you have to walk away to return with refreshed eyes. Every year I've made excuses why I can't travel. This year, I'm making a pilgrimage somewhere...don't know where, don't know when. Image above of Costa Rica.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
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If you were to ask someone in South America, Ireland, the Caribbean, Central America, etc what being green means to them I would bet you an organic pillow they point to the grass beneath their feet. Every time I think about living "green" I remember growing up in Guyana, where we went to the open market and bought what we needed for the day, every day. We had those old school glass coke bottles that we would purchase by the case, and when it was done we took them back to the store, where it was recycled. The thing is, there was no term for it, no assignment, it was just what we knew.
Of late, I think green has become another term that folks are using to delineate themselves from each other. Do you compost? Have you used a plastic bag in the last year? The opinions of what "green living" is supposed to be can feel like a judgment. What do you mean you don't buy organic? Well, if I may butt in here *squeezes my way in*...I think living green is- doing your very best. with what you have. at that time. Not many people can forget this, it is very real, and it speaks to our need to do better with finding solutions for recycling and consuming less.
Everyone wastes, everyone shops for convenience, and it is easier, much easier to live closer to the land in some areas than in others. Green is a movement. We can all agree that a movement is pretty much a number of smaller components that when grouped together form a greater force, right? Then each one do your best as is available to you. Every person that skips the plastic water bottle in exchange for a water filter has just done something immense, and don't be fooled otherwise. This is how I do my personal best:
-reusable bags, I love these from Baggu , and they really do fit the kitchen sink
- I shop the farmers market in warmer months, it's delicious & less expensive
-I eat the best I can because it makes me feel better anyway
-buy only what I want to live with, even if it means my house is sofaless for months
What about you?
Friday, February 4, 2011
My apologies, I've had this in my inspiration folder for ages, but can't remember where I found it.
It's been ages since I blogged, but there is so much going on just one short month into the year. Aside from just loving how comfy the room above looks, I would also like to take a much needed nap. Nothing like a Sunday afternoon, nodding off over a good book and a cup of tea eh?
This years Adventures in Small Business leads me to participating in my first ever gift shows, including the big guy: New York International Gift Fair (or NYIGF). So much support, so much love for the new collection, so many tweets, blogs, visits. I know I say I'm humbled or moved a lot, but it's because I have no other word that will express it clearly. So there be it..I'm humbled and many thanks for the cheers. I appreciate it to no end, and if this blog, or my tweets, bring you a much needed laugh, some insight, or a pat on the back then I'll have returned but a bit of the favor. I'll be blogging my adventures as they happen, which means sometimes I'll be really quiet because I'm figuring out how to tweet, blog, ship, invoice, produce, etc without any of my hats falling off. If you want to know more about anything in particular, leave me a comment, and I'll do my best to answer.