11.27

1127 has always meant a lot to me, it’s part of my address but I never thought of it as my lucky number until last year. On the 27th of November I would have to say my life changed for the better. I realized the power of positivity and how wonderful life can be with a positive attitude. Needless to say I ate fast food that afternoon, and haven’t been able to touch it since, after a horrible case of food poisoning! I must say this year with everything that has happened would have been far worse had I not experienced the wonder of that November day. With the loss of my beloved aunt, my two next door neighbors who were father and grandfather figures, and severed relationships, I don’t know where I would be without my gracious outlook.

How fitting that Thanksgiving lands on the 27th this year. You may wonder how I remember dates? I should have mentioned in my “quirky” posts that my memory is startling. I can remember just about anything except things I don’t listen to! šŸ˜‰ At times I love it, while other times it drives me nuts as it doesn’t give me a chance to forget anything. This holiday season I have made it a point to do my best to not “think” about the past, forgive, and go on with my life without them. I’ve realized forgiving doesn’t mean forgetting,Ā  and it sure doesn’t mean having coffee and hanging out with the person. It means moving on with your life and not having to get past something.

With this being said, I must thank all of you for all you do.Ā  I could never have fathomed that the February day when I decided to create an etsy shop, and make a blog to promote them would bring me so much. I have always wanted a career in journalism, and the scarves brought me a little closer to it. You inspire me, and keep me strong when I could run the other direction. You don’t know the joy it brings me to know you visit, and especially when you leave comments letting me know you’re here and you’ve enjoyed what I share.

To those who’ve followed me since my blogger days, I am at a loss for words to know you changed your links and still read what I have to say šŸ™‚ Some were in shock when I left and truth be told, I didn’t know how this would turn out….but I knew it was time for a change. My posts reflected the negative and that wasn’t me, that’s not who I am. Dreams, aspirations, love and strength blossom in positive light.

Much love and gratitude. I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving regardless of what you do, and who you are with. It’s a time to be thankful, and I truly am!

Candi

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I'm pretty thankful for my new camera and my beautiful subjects!

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Strength

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You should never have to justify your own actions, or have to feel guilty for standing up for what you believe in. If people cared more about themselves than controlling others, you’d be amazed at what life can bring. Stay strong and never let anyone make you feel inferior, for they are the inferior ones for never seeing you.- Me

I <3 You 2!

Wooohooo I am so excited to receive this award from my buddy Callie, of Grayson: a different shade of grey. Callie is awesome and has inspired so many posts, especially my floral posts! She has to be one of the most positive people I have ever met, and I’m privileged to call her friend. Plus she has a Weimaraner!!!!!!!!! šŸ™‚ Thank you Callie!

Thank you for this Creative & Inspirational Blog Award!

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Now I have the pleasure of choosing 7 bloggers who inspire me (when in fact ALL of you inspire me.) I just have to get more awards so I can keep recognizing everyone in my blog roll! šŸ™‚

My long lost sister, Kate of She’s Lump

Piper of Steak & Cakes

Kay of Apartment tbd, etc

Fifi of Fifi Flowers Decor

Jamie of PineappleLuv

Amy of Montague

Tiffany of I Am Style-Ish

I <3 YOU!

Sweet long lost sister of mine, Katie of She’s Lump awarded me with another wonderful award this past week. Thanks sis!!! šŸ™‚

I am so blessed and thankful to be awarded by my peers that I ā¤ and respect so much!

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This award states: This blog invests and believes in the PROXIMITY – nearness in space, time and relationships!
These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.

These people are near and dear to my heart. Thank you for all that you do! Your blogs are fabulous, and deserve all the recognition in the world!!! Not only are they phenomenal bloggers, but they’re wonderful people to who’ve assisted me, and left footprints on my heart!

Cindy K, @ Quaint Handmade

Julia, @ The Red Otter Shop

Melisa, @ The Lil Bee

Callie, @ Grayson: a different shade of grey

Maegan, @ Little House On Green

Anne, @ The City Sage

Jennifer, @ Pink Heels

Chris, @ Reverie

Flower Power

If any of you watched the Red Carpet program prior to the American Music Awards, you’re familiar with the dress Colbie Caillat wore to the award show. This beautiful dress was created with fresh flowers by Nelly from Fou Frou Flowers in Los Angeles. Caillat stated in a video on the website that the dress was created the night before. She had seen Nelly wearing a similar dress at an event and asked her if she would make one for her to wear to the AMA’s. Please check out Fou Frou’s website for a great video on this beautiful dress!

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Even More So

I’ve been tagged before to list 6 quirky things about myself, but because I love Blair’s blog, Delight By Design so much, I was more than happy to think of 6 more things.

1) You might think I’m a girly girl from the looks of my blog, but I love sports just as much or slightly more so than I do design. GO COWBOYS! Tony Dorsett, and touchdown were my first words. I was taught well! šŸ™‚ In fact I am watching them beat the you know what out of the SF 49ers. My apologies to my readers who are Niner fans.

Me circa 1981

Me circa 1981

2) I have about 600 songs that I’ve downloaded off Itunes, but I don’t have an ipod. Go figure!

3) I wash my hair with bottled water. I live in the country and we have a well. My hair used to get so fried when I washed my hair, so I started going this route. I have a filter, a Johnathan to be exact, and no that didn’t help.

4) I would rather stay at home than hang out with people who don’t have my best interest in mind. I guess you could say I’ve been scarred by evil girls that I worked with at my previous job. They used to hold up my purses ask how much I paid for them, give me hell because I used to like to dye my hair, would make up stories about me because they couldn’t handle that I won awards for my customer service and because I had internships at two local television stations. Oh and if I couldn’t go to their parties, they’d try to start fights. IĀ  listen to people say how wonderful their girlfriends are to them, and how they couldn’t make it without their girlfriends. I shouldn’t complain seeing as my mom is my best friend, but I would like to know what it’s like to have a bunch of girls to hangout with and that are nice!Ā  I’m jealous of all these people on myspace and facebook…damn them! lol

5) I have a very hard time crying…even when I try. But if I hear, read or see anything on the mistreatment of pets, when someone has lost a pet, or anything that has to do with pets…I will start balling. I think “pets” are the best family! šŸ™‚

My beloved Ricky who is now in Heaven.

My beloved Ricky who is now in Heaven.

6) I won’t back down…I have goals that I want to accomplish, I am pretty competitive when it comes to certain things, and I am my worst critic. I guess you could say one of my favorite musicians wrote this for me- “You can stand me up at the gates of hell, but I won’t back down. I’m gonna stand my ground, won’t be turned around, and I’ll keep this world from dragging me down.”Ā  As quoted by the legendary Tom Petty.

Here are three of my peeps that I’m tagging!

The City Sage

Steak & Cakes

PineappleLuv

Call Me GODDESS!

My lovely friend and mentor, Jennifer at Pink Heels chose me to be the subject of one of her Goddess posts. If you’ve never met Jennifer, or haven’t visited her blog, you really are missing out. I am truly thankful that I stumbled on her blog because it has truly changed my life. Not only has she made me a better businessperson, but I am a better person for knowing her. She has taught me to be tougher, and that it’s okay to not be the person everyone expects me to be. My life has changed over the last couple of months, and for her I am eternally grateful.

I would have asked Ms. Jennifer which flower she likes but she has always liked my sweet pea photos from way back in my blogger days šŸ™‚

PS J- You’re getting a surprise very soon.

 "Peace within, love between, compassion all around."  The DIVINELY FABULOUS, Jennifer of Pink Heels

As quoted by the divinely fabulous Jennifer at Pink Heels, “Peace within, love between, compassion all around.”