My Mom – The Multi Media Artist!

Brought to you by my most creative, amazing mother! Her talent and passion has always inspired me through the years. Up until recently she has been traveling the Chicago-land area to sell her high quality, always beautiful (in my humble opinion), hand-made products to her loyal customers. We have now just opened up her Etsy shop to get her more exposure and I’d be so delighted if you took some time to check out all the great stuff she has! Her shop can be found at
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Kaliopee

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Coffee + Connections = Afternoon Happiness

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There’s nothing like spending some quality family time over a nice cup of coffee! It’s the simple pleasures in life. ❤️

Merry Christmas and a {Healthy} New Year!

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas from my family to yours! Christmas is always a great time of year to spend with the ones you love and reflect on the blessings you have in your life. Although life may not always seem perfect there’s one thing we can never take for granted and that is our health. Health and happiness go hand-in-hand so please take some time to reflect on this and prepare for a healthy and happy new year ahead! Peace and Love ❤️

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Beauty is all around us

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When I come home from NYC to visit my parents in Chicago my mom always leaves me flowers next to my bed. It’s such a sweet and kind gesture that means so much to me. It’s the little things like this that really make you stop and think and be thankful for the beautiful things in life.

Always remember to be grateful!

Breaking Bad: How Walter White’s Motive Continues to Replay in My Head…

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I’ve been wanting to write this blog post for some time now, since the final episode of Breaking Bad was aired. I, myself, have not been a Breaking Bad fanatic like many of you but I did see several episodes including the grand finale that sparked my interest.  This post will not be about the morality of the show but rather a quote that was said by Walter White in the final episode that spoke to me on a deeper level that continues to replay in my head.

Walter White lied, broke the law and killed, all for his family {so we thought} up until the very end when he confessed his true motive. It was near the end of the episode when Walt said to his wife, Skyler…”I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. And I was really … alive.

Nothing too dramatic but yet so powerful – it’s brilliant! Not the lying, cheating, or killing of course but the mere fact that Walter White did something he liked, he was good at and something that made him feel ALIVE.

What makes you feel alive? Often times I think we go through our day to day life feeling monotonous with very little room for highs and lows. I mention lows here because I feel that you can’t get to an extraordinary high or feeling of liveliness unless you’ve struggled with a few lows. But how often do we really feel ourselves feeling alive, amazing and purposeful? If you experience this often and have found your true passion, what an amazing success!

Like many of us, I have yet to capitalize on what makes me feel alive but I can tell you one thing, I am in the process of making my passion a reality. I look at the contestants on The Voice and see the passion and excitement in their eyes as they get up there on stage and sing their hearts out. It’s so touching to me because I can see in their expression how amazing they feel. Or I experience yoga instructors who seem so at peace with life and purpose that they want to share their practice with others.

It’s an amazing feeling when you walk away from a situation or an event that leaves you feeling alive. I truly believe that we all have a purpose in life and should have the opportunity to chase our passion. If financial issues get in the way or motivation is a road block for you, get back on your horse and give it another shot. See how it makes you feel, follow your passion in your free time and see what comes of it. You never know, you may be surprised to see what it can do in your life and your overall happiness.

Follow your dreams…come alive!