“Ruin is the Road to Transformation.”

Excerpted from  Eat, Pray, Love: “On my way back home I take a little detour and stop at the address in Rome I find most strangely affecting – the Augusteum. This big, round, ruined pile of brick started life as a glorious mausoleum, built by Octavian Augustus to house his remains and the remains of … Continue reading

I am Me.

  (Photo courtesy Smashapps.org) “Are you still you?” she asked.  I didn’t know how to answer.  Am I still the exuberant, hopeless romantic little girl I once was?  The brown-eyed, full-hearted girl that dreamt too big and loved too much?  I just didn’t know.  It was in reflecting the fellow narcissistic abuse survivor’s question that … Continue reading

Things I [Heart] Right Now…

“I like my money right where I can see it…hanging in my closet” –Carrie Bradshaw Katy Perry OPI Collection–Black Shatter    Wedge Ankle Boots, Billie by Aldo Any Dogeared Jewelry– I have this one and it keeps me inspired–love, love, love! LV 2011 Spring Collection Selena’s 2011 Grammy Look (J. Mendel Dress=Delish!) Louboutin 2011… or … Continue reading

The Solid Truth

“Yet what keeps me from dissolving right now into a complete fairy-tale shimmer is this solid truth, a truth which has veritably built my bones over the last few years—I was not rescued by a prince; I was the administrator of my own rescue.” (–Elizabeth Gilbert) (Photo courtesy of Tumblr)

“I think I deserve something beautiful…”

 “Every once in a while, a girl has to indulge herself.”  (Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City)  I love… My Pom  My Summers at the Beach   Summer Sunsets  Wishes Young love Travel + Louis Vuitton = My Heaven Japanese Fashion Bubbles   Umbrellas (Please note, only first 3 photos from the top are mine, all … Continue reading

V-Day is ‘Me-Day’

For all the amazing women out there, plant your own garden and be your own Valentine “Comes the Dawn” Veronica A. Shoffstall After a while you learn the subtle difference Between holding a hand and chaining a soul, and you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning, and company doesn’t mean security, and you begin to … Continue reading

Surprises over Settling

“God never slams a door in your face without opening a box of Girl Scout cookies…” (Eat, Pray, Love)   They say when God closes a door, he opens a window.  But what happens if you spend your time sitting at the wrong window? Once the book finally slammed shut on my relationship with my psychologically … Continue reading

Picture Pick-me-ups

“I don’t like standard beauty. There is no beauty without strangeness.”- Karl Lagerfeld A few of my favorite things…          (Please note: These photos are not mine)

“It took a while to understand the beauty of just letting go”

“If you don’t want me to write bad songs about you, then don’t do bad things.” (–Taylor Swift) My eyes burned.  Crouched in a pool of tears, I couldn’t see—life and everything around me had suddenly become so blurry.  What just happened and how did I get here?  That Sunday morning began like any other: … Continue reading

Mirror, Mirror on the wall…

“Everyone thinks that I have it all But it’s so empty living behind these castle walls If I should tumble if I should fall Would any one hear me screaming behind these castle walls There’s no-one here at all, behind these castle walls” (Christina Aguilera/T.I. “Castle Walls”) Like most little girls, I dreamed to live … Continue reading