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Some Wisdom: Nothing Even Matters

 

I was recently involved in a situation where I was very very upset with a few folks. I was repeatedly being disrespected…in the subtle, passive aggressive way that only nasty folks know how to do…

The evening of the “most recent encounter” I went into my studio to dance (and sing) my stress away…

And since I was feeling “creative” I started looking for other dances to inspire me.

I stumbled upon this dance by one of my favorite choreographers, Galen Hooks.

her movement really is amazing. (I’m still learning it…it looks simple but it isn’t)

Well, from there I found this You Tube cover of Lauryn Hill’s Nothing Even Matters and it is Sick! (Galen’s dance reminded me of how much I love Lauryn’s song…)

So in love with their voices, I began listening to it again this morning–and then it hit me–It doesn’t matter! (duh I know, but still…). We all know about ignoring petty, angry, insecure people, but when they strike it’s hard not to retaliate.

Although, on the surface the song Nothing Even Matters is about love– but hearing them sing the phrase nothing even matters over and over made me see how small this battle is and reminded me why I shouldn’t engage.

I started thinking about how eagles soar above adversity while chickens just peck and flap on the ground. Arguing with chickens is silly. Eagles and chickens don’t fly in the same air space–so for me to engage would be like residing in the chicken coop. No Thanks!

I have a destiny to fulfill, I have people to inspire, I have dances to create, a family to raise and to love…so no this disrespect doesn’t matter.

Ms. Hill says it best:

Now the skies could fall
Not even if my boss should call

[Nothing even matters]

These buildings could drift out to sea
Some natural catastrophe

It still doesn’t matter,

 

A.G.

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Wednesday Wisdom:Small Life

“Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life. Well, valuable, but small. And sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven’t been brave?”

-Kathleen Kelly (played by Meg Ryan from the movie You’ve Got Mail)

You may already know I love the movie You’ve Got Mail.

In the (oh so long ago) past, I had a (bad) habit of “small” thinking, which leads to the small life Meg Ryan spoke of. I would think that other successful people had/stole my life.

For example JLo, who started out as a fly girl on the comedy show In Living Color, ended up dancing her way into singing and acting– somehow stole my career path. (yeah I know it’s silly, but hey…)

Then, I was also supposed to be one of Janet Jackson’s back up dancers, so Tina Landon (one of Janet’s best choreographers seen below in the front right) also had my job.

It’s easy to think successful people have some special secret, or a leg up that you don’t have. Thinking successful people have an “in” negates the hard work and many hours of practice they put in (even if you think they don’t deserve the success). All that kind of thinking does is gives you an excuse to stay small.

I encourage you not to count yourself out, knowing that you can and should be more. Even if you are deep in the trenches of job and commute land mixed with raising a family (sound familiar?) move bravely towards your aspirations.

Be brave, live big, be bold!

A.G.


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Wednesday Wisdom: Road Cars vs Race Cars

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The other day I heard the best analogy while listening to the radio.

The speaker was explaining some of the differences between how race cars and road cars are built and related them to how we should operate in our everyday lives. He explained that road cars are built with a long life in mind. We expect road cars to perform reliably for hundreds of thousands of miles because they are built to last.

This is not the case with race cars, however. A race engine is built with one thing in mind: power. Race engine components are built to be light and strong, but in most cases, they don’t last much longer than one race.

We, in turn, are not built to run at a race car’s top capacity all the time. Although multitasking and constant working are things our society pushes and even rewards,  it’s not good for anyone long term. Can you handle what’s thrown at you? Can you juggle different responsibilities without letting them see you sweat? Can you manage unrealistic expectations and unreasonable staff while looking flawless? Of Course I can! But at what cost? Like a race car, you may be able to manage juggling everything for a few trips around the track, but you will burn out. Promise. If you live your life for the long term, similar to a road car, you will last much longer. Let’s try to see the long game, slow down!

Chillin in my road car…

 

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A.G.


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Style: In BeTweed

I am a huge fan of tweed, which is a rough, unfinished woollen fabric. It is made in either plain or twill weave and may have a check or herringbone pattern.

Tweed is super comfortable and I just cannot say enough good things about it. Check out some of my favorite looks:

Having some fun with work and tweed.

The black and white almost grey looking tweed is a great staple. It’s good with jeans, dress pants and skirts.

Tweed and Coach

Tweed Pencil Skirt

Jeans and tweed, yes indeed!

Tweed Biker Jacket

My tweed pants, similar to those below, are really a favorite of mine. I really get happy when I realize enough time has passed and I can wear them to work again.
Mustard Tweed

I don’t own a pair of tweed shoes yet, but I’d love to. The blue tweed shoes below are sick!

Tweed Shoes

This monochromatic look incorporating tweed could work for the office or the weekend.

Tweed in Lavender
Stay stylish and enjoy the weekend (I feel spring in the air!),
A. G.


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Pretty Houzz: My Weekend Cabin

Not too long ago, I talked about my dream winter weekend cabin, where I would cuddle up and read murder mysteries…well I think I found it!

It is a big house, but I dream big. I can see many many friends and loved ones coming by to spend time and make wonderful memories with good outside activities, good food, and good laughs. Check it out! (all design by Atlanta Architect Peace Design):

The stone work and large windows caught my eye.

I am a sucker for organization, so mud rooms really get me excited. (sorry they do. There is a place for everything and everything in it’s place). Can you just imagine trudging into this mudroom after a day of snow tubing down hill? I can smell the hot chocolate with marshmallows waiting in the kitchen…
…speaking of the kitchen, how about this one?! I’ve always wanted a pot filler and in the little cave over stove you can see it.
Another (evening?) view of the kitchen. The metal pendant light is beautiful and I love the panel refrigerator.
I’m a sucker for a banquette (this one looks like it would seat 10!). Oh, and the view ain’t too shabby either.
The massive fireplace is just what I’d love as a back drop to a good board game of clue.

I may be wrong (in the tacky sense), but when I saw this little nook I thought it would be great timeout spot for my daughter. (hehehehe)

Ok these sliding barn doors to the master bathroom are sick! I’m also feeling the distressed wood floors.

This looks like the master bedroom. Just the right size. Oh! and I ain’t mad at the fireplace.

I just noticed that the massive tub is set on a stone. Very creative, just don’t stub your toe. That would be ugly, very ugly. And again, I’m not mad at the fireplace. Cozy fire and a nice warm bath are great ways to ward off the soreness from over doing it on the slopes.
The floor to ceiling windows flood this hallway with light. The glass insets in the floor are a nice design feature that adds interest to the room. In looking up this house, I found out that what’s below the glass is the wine cellar. (Perhaps it’s to be able to always keep an eye on who’s in the cellar…)
 
I see this room as the The “kids only” room. The soft ottoman is key when there are kids around. My favorite part of this room, however, is the bunk beds. I just see a house full of kids enjoying themselves and having great sleepovers making great memories.
What a view! Let’s do some crafts here.
Well I hope you enjoyed a tour of my dream cabin meant to share with family and friends.
keep dreaming big,
A.G.