in-spi-ra-tion (n) : the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative
I'm just so thankful!!
The Little Things:
Flowers, Starbucks, Cloudy Days, Sunglasses, Working Out, Trips to Disneyland, Sparkles, Baking, New Office Supplies, Sweaters... It all makes me happy and puts me in the mood to create!
My eclectic collection has a little bit of everything to fit every occasion, every project and every mood. Edith Piaff, Sugarland, Bing Crosby, Aaliyah, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ingrid Michaelson, Reba McEntire, Queen, The Beatles, The Andrew Sisters, TLC, Vitamin String Quartet, Notorious BIG and of course Paul Simon
Let us not forget the two most important musical influences on this HistoryGirl: The Backstreet Boys
and Michael Jackson
There's nothing better than completely escaping the day-to-day. Traveling means walking in the footsteps of one's ancestors, being immersed in history, reconnecting with family and learning more than you expected to.
"History is a ribbon, always unfurling. History is a journey. As we continue our journey, we think of those who traveled before us, and we see and hear again the echoes of our past." -Ronald Reagan
Friends and Family:
It is difficult to describe just how amazing my family is and how thankful I am to be related to such a wonderful group of people. In my darkest times, it has been my family who has loved and listened to me most. I don't know what I would do without them!
My relatively new friends NP and MF, who know all my craziness, weirdness and grossness yet still don't hide from me in public and who answer my calls in private- I am truly thankful for them!
Calli Flex- My new puppy who I know was sent to me by my Lily Monster. Hopefully she'll grow into half the painting assistant that Lily was!
(My Dog Lily aka Monster, LilyPants, LoveBug... She comforts me, keeps me company, and recharges my spirit )
Holidays and Changes of Season:
The Smell of a Burning Fireplace
I get excited just thinking about it all!
In preparation for vacation to the Panama Canal, I enlisted the help of David McCullough's The Path Between the Seas, to get me fully informed and provide me with the colorful history of this engineering feat. I mostly listened and learned while at the gym. When that book was over I decided that I enjoyed the multi-tasking and story telling so I purchased more. I'm now listening to The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough and Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yoganada