“If we are strong, our strength will speak for itself. If we are weak, words will be no help.” -John F. Kennedy
No matter who would have won the vote, with either of the two biggest candidates, we were bound to venture into new waters, whether it be the First Woman or the celebrity business man. One thing is clear: we as a nation are ready for a change. The biggest problem, aside from having to live with each other, is pinpointing a change we can all agree on. We need a change that doesn’t currently seem achievable because we don’t know exactly what kind we need, what we can agree on, and what we can live with.
Have I formally announced how much I love fall? I love the crispness in the air more than anything. It makes me feel alive. I love the changing of the leaves. It adds romance to the air. It serves as a reminder of change. Summer feels too much like the same day everyday, but you can see the change in the world when fall arrives. The days get shorter. The bugs are gone. The leaves change colors. It was always my favorite time of the year to ride horses. I could enjoy the view and the company. I could enjoy the sound of the leaves crackling underfoot. It makes more sense during this time of the year and through the winter to light candles and enjoy not only its scent but its light. And I enjoy hot drinks more. More tea, more hot chocolate, and- dare I say it?- more coffee.
And that’s the truth. There are days when I feel like I’m riding this train (called Life) that’s flying down the tracks at 100 mph and it’s a major gamble to figure out which one is going to be my next step before I miss the chance. Or to even plan what my next stop will be. Sometimes I feel like even when I’m planning, time is going by so fast that I’ll miss it. It’s too easy to get caught up in trying to keep up. Everyone should have the privilege of having a second home in the country to escape the fast lane and disconnect to reconnect with themselves to figure things out. I definitely don’t have it all figured out. I’m just trying to enjoy the view on that train while checking out all the stops. Right now, I’m looking for a stop that makes the most sense in the next step for me to become an interior designer. In the meanwhile, working on this blog helps me to learn and focus on the interior design business. It never hurts to learn who the experts are and to try to learn from them. Do you have it all figured out or are you watching for that next stop?
This quote is exactly how I look at luxury. To me, luxury has never been about having the biggest mansion or having 10 fancy cars. It’s not about having all the expensive things. It’s about quality. It’s about being surrounded by beauty and what makes me happy. It’s about spending quality time with my husband and my dog. It’s about appreciating someone’s handiwork on a vintage rococo furniture. It’s appreciating the way the world is when you’re traveling. It’s taking the quality time to grow a garden and admiring it some time later. It’s appreciating the good food that’s been cooked. It’s a luxury to live a life in which you can appreciate things and take the time to be grateful for such a life.
The Beautiful Elements
Welcome to The Beautiful Elements. The very definition of beautiful is to please the senses or the mind aesthetically. When your surroundings, your elements are aesthetically pleasing, you feel better. It’s like taking a deep breath and feeling like you can take on the world.