“The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness.”  - Joan Miro - BUILDING A HOME FROM SCRATCH I write this article with a twinge of pain still felt from open wounds. I  spent 14 months planning, designing and then custom building our  home.  I can tell you with complete certainty that Building-From-Scratch is not for the faint of heart! The stress involved in making decisions about your new home 24 hours a day while simultaneously maintaining … [Read more...]

Fantastic Friday -Hard Goals

“The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium.” - Norbert Platt I’m not sure if it was just dumb luck that I stumbled upon this book days before my first weekend alone in a hundred years, or if the universe had, yet again, orchestrated another opportunity to kick my butt, either way, reading Hard Goals by Mark Murphy* was nothing short of a mind blowing experience for me, both … [Read more...]

In the Que -Lovely Loft

“There has never been a house so bad that it couldn’t be made over into something worthwhile.”  -Elsie De Wolfe  (1865 – 1950) * PROJECT: Lovely Loft I really do get giddy at the prospect of starting a new project and every once in a while I am fortunate enough to be involved in what I call “Design Utopia” tackling an unusual, quirky, original space that is anything but “typical”! On this project, these are the unique challenges I face: Less than 650 sq/ft Pitched … [Read more...]

Fantastic Friday

Clarity From Goal Setting – Mark Murphy. Hard I can only explain the clarity I feel today, like stepping on a scale and having hit my proverbial goal weight. (I love analogies – not a woman in the world that doesn’t get this one?) Now admittedly I have done this before and as we all know to well its never loosing the weight that’s the biggest part it’s keeping it off that is the largest challenge. As with weight loss, goal setting is not a diet. It’s a lifestyle – … [Read more...]

Fantastic Friday: Now accountable to you! (Short term goals)

This post is admittedly perhaps a bit self endulgent. I just thought we’ve all had a tough week, getting busier day by day. We can all use a bit of good news! Fridays are my favourite day of the week, but not because the work weeks is complete, but because its Family Night!! • I set my goals for the following week. • I love beginning the weekend feeling mostly free of stress. By sharing some of my short term goals, I hope to encourage you but also to kick my own butt in terms of … [Read more...]

A goal is a dream with a deadline; Blog Gone Live!

I didn’t think it was possible to have writer’s block on your first post. It’s not actually a block; it’s more of a writer’s pause. Far too many, ideas buzzing around my brain, this morning. I am uncertain where to begin. Who knew? My motto has always been as Nike says so eloquently “Just Do It”. So here it goes! Who Hoo!! Today is an awesome day! I’ll start with offering a bit of info about myself and what you can expect from posts …moving forward. My name is … [Read more...]