Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year's Eve!



As another New Year rolls in I am reminded how Lucky I am to get to Experience yet another year... with each subsequent year we have had Losses of certain Friends or Family and that reminds us of our own Mortality, so it is indeed a Blessing to still be here to ring in yet another New Year with those that still remain!




With every brand New Year I like to take Looks Back at previous years and revel in some Nostalgic Moments, perhaps you do the same?   I certainly look Forward as well, with Eager Anticipation of what a brand New Year will bring our way!?!




It is Interesting to me to see how some of my Preferences and Tastes have Changed... and how others have remained very much the same.   I find that year to year I am drawn to some differences that I do want to Explore and perhaps Experiment with when it comes to Style and Decor.




Certain Color Palettes have also come and gone throughout the years with my Experimentation Experience... I had my very brief Fling with a Pastel Palette... a Minute with a Colorless Palette... a full on Crayola Color Box Palette Explosion that was Fun and Festive but not very Restful!  *Smiles* 




Sometimes I even Forget what Phases I've moved through and discarded until I take a Look Back and then Recall them, sometimes shaking my head in disbelief, Laughing... did I REALLY Go There?!?  *Smiles*   A few Cherished Treasures of those Brief Love Affairs and Flings with different Styles and Palettes remain... but not so many... they were more of a One Night Stand Relationship with whatever Styling or Trend it was than a Real Relationship.  *Winks*




Some Discoveries have abided though throughout the years... like my Love Affair with 'Votivo' Brand Candles... which I still use to this day and am so Glad my Friend Kendra had Introduced me to the Line.   "Forgotten Sage" is still my Fav Fragrance in the Line, but I've used a few others... they are harder to Find now that "SAGE" is no more.   Aromas often bring back a flood of certain Memories and Nostalgia, do they to you as well my Friends?




As the many years have flown by I've had the Good Fortune to Reconnect with some Old Long Lost Friends, even quite recently in fact... and if even briefly Connecting again, it's always a Rush to Catch Up with what's going on Now in our Lives and Reminisce Together of the many Shared Memories, History and Good Times we Shared back in da day!  *Winks*




And it's always with Great Fondness that some of us can even go WAY BACK and Recall our Parents during their Younger days and those particular Memories of the Past Shared of those Eras.   Carefree Nomadic days of Childhood and all of the Adventures of frequent Traveling the Countryside and even being the Global Nomad for much of it.  I wouldn't Trade that Experience and Growing Up like that for the World!   How very Fortunate we were... and still are, even if we have put down Roots now to one place!   Okay, maybe not ONE place, but you know what I mean!  *LOL*




And of coarse some things NEVER Change... I suppose even though Time has marched on relentlessly... I'm still that Bohemian often Barefoot Girl smelling of Nag Champa who has a Penchant for wearing Embroidered Velvet, little Make-Up and long straight Hair.   Because it wasn't just a Style or a Fad... it is more about a Lifestyle and way of Being, isn't it?   And I'm still Living it out Daily and Perfectly Content to Be this way year after year... and probably Always...




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Happy New Year my Friends... from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

What Will You Be Seeking In 2016?



Yes, I don't know about you but I'm already compiling my Laundry List of Treasures I'll be seeking in 2016 during my Junquing forrays!




The List will be more Refined and the items more Curated than previous years and that will be Intentional.   No more picking up of items just because they're a Deal.




And yet the Margins will have to be there as well since the only thing I Hate more than Picker's Remorse is overpaying for anything just because I happened to Love it and thought it would Showcase well.  *LOL*




I'll be on the Lookout for more Box Lot Treasures as well... because buying the Coolest Stuff in Volume usually pays off well in Re-Sale.




I will also be Laser Focused upon digging up as many unusual Treasures as I can possibly Find... the Funkier and the more of an Oddity the better.




I want to make it a particular Challenge to myself to Fine Tune my Picks of the Future so that it becomes Second Nature to bypass anything not up to the Standards I've set in my Mind's Eye of what I want to stock the Showrooms with.




Now that they're Purged and I'm totally Seeking to Change Up the Vibe I want the Transformation to be Pleasing to me even if it takes a while to be Received well.




Since I know what I'm totally Diggin' it won't be that difficult to spot it when I come across it and my Hope for 2016 is that the Seed Money for Picks will have increased enough not to have to Pass on any Awesomeness that Opportunity presents!?!




And of coarse I'll still be doing an even deeper Purge of what has been brought over to the New Home and awaits unpacking.   Since it's the better Stuff I was on the fence about parting with during the Epic Move, it will be Perfect Showroom fodder if I decide to Let Go of any of it.  *Smiles*




Rest assured there will be some Letting Go, I've already made up my Mind firmly about that... so there is definitely Inventory Showroom bound from some of those Crates, piles and Boxes that presently are stashed in the Garages.  *LOL*




And I can't wait to Source some Vintage Canning Jars to fill up with Smalls that I Intend to Let Go of and Package in Vintage Containers.   I have this Obsession with Smalls and have more than Enough to Let Go of some now that probably won't end up in my Creative Art Projects.




I like looking at them in the various Containers in my Art Studio Spaces... but it's Time for a Purge of some of that as well to rid myself of the Excess I don't really Need and have an Abundance of.




I'll also either be Seeking the Supplies to Create a Lighting Fixture such as this one for over the Kitchen Island... or have one Fabricated by one of my Talented Friends that Specializes in Creative Lighting Fabrication.   This is the Look I'm preferring overall after pouring over Inspiration Images for Months now of different Fixtures.




And last, but certainly not least, my Hope is that in 2016 we can begin to Seek a Contractor that could fulfill our Vision for a back yard Water Feature as similar to this one as we can manage.  Been pouring over Inspiration Images for Months now too of Natural looking Swimming Ponds and this is the hands down Favorite Visually and for the Purpose we Need.




What will YOU be Seeking in 2016 my Friends?




Here's to us Finding it... and here's to a Happy and Prosperous New Year... Dawn... The Bohemian

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Visions Of 2016 Dancing In My Head



At the close of every year I get rather Excited and filled with Anticipation of a brand New Year beginning.   I don't exactly know why the changing of a Calendar Year does that for me and seems so significant, but it does and is so I don't try to get too Deep about Why?!  *LOL*




I have been thinking about all of the Changes that have occurred this last year... and actually for a few consecutive years really when I take a look back.   So many of my Favorite Shops closed down and so many of my Favorite Blogs ceased... just like that they were no more... and it wouldn't be such a Void if others had replaced them... but they didn't.




I'm very Glad for those that have Endured though... and I feel as though we have Endured too.  Maybe not the same as we were... but any Transformations have been Necessary and in many ways prompted Improvements and Re-Assessments that I'm Glad about.   Maybe I wasn't so Glad in the beginning because significant Change can be daunting and so different that it takes time to adjust.




I have adjusted just Fine... in fact, smoldering Passions have even reignited and are burning brightly now.  There are things I Expected that didn't come to pass and were rather a disappointment... and things I didn't Expect that exceeded my wildest Expectations... so it all balanced out well even if it wasn't what I initially had in Mind.




I'm finding that if I just Flow with things fluidly and Expect the Best, it meets up with me eventually even if what the current brought my way was different than what I was fishing for.  I've been pouring over some of my Inspiration Books and Imagery lately to see what stands out as a definite Connection?   Because patterns do emerge between what is just Lovely to behold and what you Connect to on a visceral level and is YOU.




My patterns are distinctive that emerge so there's no doubt in my Mind or my Heart what I Connect to at that level.   I'm following that Natural Connection more intently for 2016 because I know it will lead me to where I definitely want to go on so many levels.  Of Feathering our New Nest, filling my Showrooms, Creating my Art, Living my Life and Living the Dream. 




I actually feel closer to Living the Dream than I ever have... days are unfolding in such a way that the Destiny of that is unstoppable and quite evident now as barriers are falling away and no longer getting in the way so much anymore.   Maybe I'm just not paying attention to barriers anymore because I have so much Clarity of Purpose that it's all I'm intently focused upon now, I dunno?




I just know there's a difference and doors are Opening and I'm ready to walk thru some without hesitation or feeling like anything is holding me back anymore.   That is a very good feeling because restlessness was not a very good feeling so I didn't mind it being replaced with something so much more Positive!




I know that as 2016 begins I have a lot of Hope of it being one of the best years ever... and a New Beginning in so many ways that I can't help but be Excited about it unfolding.   The Issues of Life will come as they will... they always do, that's almost a Given... but I'm not deterred by what could or might happen that will be something to overcome and move through.




I've been Reflective and in doing so realize how much has already been overcome and we've somehow managed to move through just Fine already.   As the G-Kid Force matures I'm finding glimmers of new found Personal Freedom emerging for myself where I can carve out more Time to Do Me.   Or to find Time to spend with The Man without an entourage in tow, which is Nice because we've never had that Luxury since we've always been Raising Children Together our entire Relationship.




The Raising of Children has been a Great Joy and Calling upon our Lives so we Devoted ourselves to it wholeheartedly and are Dedicated about Parenting.   But I doubt we will be among those morose Empty Nesters, since almost five decades of it will be more than enough by the time the last one leaves the Nest!  *LOL*   Yes, about eight more Brand New Years from now you can come back and touch Base with me about that, but I'm pretty Sure... *Winks*




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With Great Anticipation and Excitement for a brand New Year unfolding... Dawn... The Bohemian

Monday, December 28, 2015

The Benefit and Purpose Of Online Journaling



I Personally have found a lot of benefit and Purpose to Online Journaling... it's a Snapshot of Life frozen in Time... of what's on your Mind and Heart... the Good and the Bad as it's playing out in Real Time on the days you Document it.




It's a Public Diary of coarse, which is a lot more Transparent than those kind you Secretly might Create and Hide Away and not want anyone to look upon or read.   So it is also very Exposing and you have to be Comfortable with that Transparency, to allow People IN... especially anyone that might happen by and you don't Personally know and may never meet!




But in a way that randomness of Connection and semi-anonymity actually can make you a lot more Bold and step outside of your Inner Sanctum with a greater Confidence... discussing those things maybe nobody else much Cares about in your Real World, but which YOU Care about or are going through!   Connecting on a Deeper Level with those that CAN Connect to your Journal Posts and their Topics, whatever they may be!




Sometimes I just need to made Sense and Order out of the Chaos that can become Life as Events unfold and you don't always have all the Answers to those Important Life Questions that pop up from time to time or Control over some of Life's Surprises you might not have Voluntarily Chosen.  I'm not very good with Chaos you see, so I need to compartmentalize things to make more sense out of them and Deal with them adequately.




After I've sorted things out that way there are always those elements that were unexpected... which isn't always a Bad Thing... but you might not quite know what to do with on your particular Life Journey, but you ended up with them anyway and so there they are.




And you Discover those things that don't Line Up at all as you sort thru your Messes to make Order out of the Chaos... sometimes those things don't always stand out in the 'Whole' but set apart they are suddenly Revealed.   And you probably know we're not talking about Scrabble Tiles, this is all quite the metaphor since I like to work with Visuals in my Stories.  *Smiles*




And after I get everything sorted out in a way that I can Deal with it all better and Reflect upon what I have, then I just have more of an Inner Peace.   I find out a lot about myself in this Process of Journaling as well... it is often a Revelation of what is Important to me and what Feeds my Soul, Afflicts my Spirit, becomes a Weakness or builds a Strength!




Knowing Yourself better is always Helpful, because we can go thru Life with Blinders on about ourselves.  What is glaringly apparent to others can remain hidden right there in plain sight and it's as if with ourselves we look with eyes wide shut!   Whether you are the Type that Loves who you are or has Self Loathing of some kind, it's still Healthy to be more in Touch with who YOU are at your Core!




It just Improves upon how your Life will Play Out if you get to know yourself well.   I happen to be Comfortable in my own skin and Like myself quite well... Okay, I Love myself actually... most of myself anyway, there is room for Improvement. *Smiles*  Yet I did Discover in this Journey of Journaling that I did treat everyone else way better than I was treating myself... and for someone you Love, that just didn't make much sense!




Now it wasn't that I was necessarily Mean to myself... I can be very Self-Indulgent and Good to myself regularly enough that I Feel Loved by me *Winks*... but I Worked myself half to Death and didn't cut myself much slack in the way of what was asking too much of myself!  I wouldn't think of doing that to anyone else, I'd be much more Understanding, accommodating and lenient!




With myself I'd see and focus more upon what I hadn't done, what I didn't get accomplished, what I Failed to Cope with adequately and whatever Negative Thoughts, Feelings or Emotions I was Experiencing at any given Time.   Journaling some of my disparaging Posts about me made me realize I was being pretty Critical in a way I wouldn't be towards anyone else!




  It's all perfectly Normal in fact not to do everything... not to accomplish everything you set out as a Goal... to have Issues Coping with some things and to not always have Positive Thoughts, Feelings and Emotions about EVERYTHING... and it just brought it to Light that I needed my Expectations to be Kinder to Self.   Many of your Sweet Comments reminded me that you all were being Nicer to me than I was being to myself and I was just being Human after all.




You see, another benefit of Online Journaling is that you often get more Honest Feedback from a broader Audience than you would probably get in Real Life.    People tend to Keep it more Real here in the Land of Blog and even Share their own Stories more intimately than they might feel Comfortable with in the Real World.   Many in the Real World they've known Forever might not even know what we all feel more Comfortable Revealing here quite Publicly!?




I don't even know Why that is, but I Like it... because the Camaraderie of Shared Experiences, both Good and Bad... the Sharing of Passions, Trials, Inviting People into our Homes, Pursuits and Lives is Refreshing!   In Real Life we've almost become a Closed Off Society of sorts and Insulating ourselves in individual Cocoons.


   

Yes, we might emerge to do things... and then retreat right back into the Cocoon we've so Carefully constructed to keep the World Out!  We don't get Involved... Lord No... each of us has enough we're usually Involved with already, right... to get Involved with too much outside of our own Circle or Sphere of Influence!?   But here we usually DO get Involved with what each other is doing, going through, Feeling!




Maybe it's because there's a Safe enough Distance and we can just Show Up when we can... and we know we don't Need to actually Show Up at all, I dunno?   But when we Show Up and Connect something quite Wonderful happens... and I just Wish that Translated into Real Life more amongst us all... you know, in that Perfect World we all Dream about.  Because Wonderful things happening ain't half bad is it?  *Winks*   We could all get used to that on a regular basis!




If in Real Life things were as Inviting, Connecting and as Intimately Revealed as they are in the Land of Blog... without the Threat of Condemnation, Judgment, Drama or Misunderstanding we would have a lot more Wonderful things happening among people I think.   It's Odd really that an Online Community can get along so much better than a Real Life one most of the time... since we're all People Living Real Life after we leave the Computer Screen.




And then I Realized it's not so Odd when you Step Back and think about it... because Bloggers are a Slice of Humanity that Enjoys doing the same thing... Blogging... or Visiting Blogs... and regardless of Why we do it, we have that same thing in Common... and that Commonality Connects us.  We might not Find that Commonality of Purpose and Interest in such large doses in Real Life out in the Public at large... not in a Lifetime of meeting folks!?!




Now I happen to be Fortunate enough to have met several folks in Real Life that I have such Commonalities with and can Share Life in more Intimate ways because we've Cultivated that Relationship and a Closeness and for that I'm Grateful!   I wouldn't want for it just to be in the Land of Blog that I felt such a Connection and Relationship, it wouldn't be enough!




I think the Desire to Share Life with others is just a deep Need of all of Humanity... and you'd think with so many People out there in Humanity it would be so Easy to make that Connection... but it often isn't, which is Strange indeed!   So the added benefit of Online Journaling is to make those Connections to Share Life with others a bit easier than it can be in Real Life.




And to also make it easier for us to go back and Recall how our own Journey has been playing out as Life unfolds.   I have often thought about deleting my Archived Posts to save precious storage space and Purge files of Images that have grown exponentially... but I've Refrained... at least for now, because in going Back I can often see how far Forward I'm progressing... or where I've Stalled Out or gotten Stuck.




I can see what I've Enjoyed along the way, Survived, Dreamed about, Accomplished, where I've Failed or faltered, what I Needed to Rant about in the Moment but managed to Overcome anyway and move past.   I am reminded that Life's Journey takes a lot of twists and turns and we don't always end up in Expected places or situations... and that's Okay.




And as long as the benefits remain Solid I will probably keep on with this Journey of Journaling because it has fulfilled many Purposes for me anyway... and perhaps for you too?

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Here's looking forward to a Great Journey Together into 2016 my Friends... Dawn... The Bohemian



A life touched by God always ends in touching others. - Erwin McManus

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. - Og Mandino (1923-1996)

For creativity to flourish one should try to look at everything as though it were being seen for the first or the last time. - Quote from "A Thousand Paths To Creativity" by David Baird

Is what I'm about to say an improvement on silence? ~ Galen Pearl