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Living Your Best Life

I recently celebrated my birthday and I celebrated it with one of my nieces. For some years, we’ve celebrated our birthdays together because her birthday is a day after mine. For a few years when she lived in Germany, I would travel to see her and we’d spend several days crisscrossing Europe and having a fabulous time.

Now she’s back in the states, but due to the pandemic, neither of us have done much traveling. This year, she travelled to Texas to celebrate with me. We spent the weekend visiting various destinations in Dallas, Waco and my town of Tyler, Tx.

If you follow me on Instagram at, you know that I enjoy decorating, cooking and making my home environment a haven. I don’t do it for social media likes, I do it just for me. I have a very creative side and it brings me joy to create through my decorating, cooking, and writing.

After my niece left to fly back home, she sent me a beautiful text the next morning. She said “I just had to tell you that you have really motivated me and showed me truly what ‘living your best life’ means as it relates to all aspects of life.”

I learned how to make my home environment pleasant and functional from my mother. She would often say that if you kept your home clean and tidy, and took the time to make it your personal retreat then you could have a “vacation” in your home every day.

My home is filled with vignettes that I’ve created that remind me of my travels and special times. I use touches of color and texture that provide a relaxing vibe in every room. Those who know me, know that I love a good tablescape and I set both my formal dining room and kitchen tables at most times. And, yes I eat at my table, even if I’m dining alone.

I’ve found that I’m content whether I’m sitting alone or with family and friends, I think this comes from a sense of self love, but it’s also (I believe) from making my home a comfortable and beautiful space.

I encourage you to make your space a haven. Not only will you enjoy it and find comfort, but those who visit your home will feel the love and serenity in your home too.

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