Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Glass Houses

I've been happier than usual the last few weeks because Mark and I have started looking around for our very first 
home together. And as you can imagine, I'm over the moon excited! I mean, who doesn't like a good Open House?

One feature in particular that has caught my eye, has been Glass walls. I've always been a big fan of very bright, naturally-lit 
spaces and have always loved the idea of bringing the outdoors in; but little did I know how much I wanted that in a home. 
So I couldn't wait to put together some inspirational images of a few amazing glass houses I came across on the inter web. 

Hope you enjoy!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Game Changers: Interview with Business Coach Anne M. Molina

I recently had the privilege to interview one of my dearest friends, Anne M. Molina, for the new 'Game Changers' section of the blog. 
This new section will feature those individuals committed to making a difference in the world and impacting the lives of others. 

I couldn't pass up the opportunity to feature this amazing woman whom I've known for almost years, and who has recently followed 
her calling of becoming a business coach.

Anne, tell us a little about yourself and what you do.

I was born and raised around Washington, DC, but moved to Miami 14 years ago. And I am a Business Coach.

What were you doing before becoming a business coach?

I have my Master’s Degree in Teaching and started as a teacher, then moved to a few educational software companies. I wore many hats from trainer, to sales support, to implementation director, project manager, product manager, and Vice President of Innovation.  

Why or what inspired you to make a career/life change? Was the new path motivated by a particularly creative need or goal?

I sought out my true life fulfillment. I had no idea what it would be and felt quite lost. I knew I was educated, had strong skill sets, and solid work experience, but was unclear about what career path would provide fulfillment. I worked with a Career Coach in order to discover what fulfillment is, and I found that it is each person’s unique happiness/talent/ability given to others. Fulfillment is partially for oneself, and partially for others. My unique happiness is to contribute to others so that they reach the goal they want, which led me to Coaching as my new profession. Ultimately what is beautiful about fulfillment is that you must continue to work on your own unique happiness/talent/ability so that you are able to “be” for others too. They go hand-in- hand.

What drives you and/or what do you strongly believe in?

Making a difference for others.

What’s the most rewarding thing about your career?

Contributing to others so they grow to the goals they want.

What has been the most challenging?

Completely starting over requires that you plan financially and seek out new credentials or schooling, so ensuring that I had what was needed while you pursuing this new career path.

If you could go back, would you do anything differently?

Work with the Career Coach immediately upon leaving my last position.  

Best advice you ever received or gave yourself?

If you’re not feeling alive in some area of life, then there is a blockage. It’s only ever “alive” or “not alive.”

What advice would you give other people thinking about or wanting to start their own business or make a life change?

Focus on asking yourself the right questions if you are going through the process of discovering your next chapter. I wrote a blog about this topic and invite you to check it out.!5-Questions-to-Find-Professional-Fulfillment/cz1w/264BFD05-D91A-426D-8135-5CE47DE34CD3

What would you like to change about humanity and how can we do our part?

I would impact the individual to expand our collective humanity. I would teach people how to love and accept each other for all that we are and all that we are not.    

What makes you do a happy dance?

Good food/desserts, hot tea, and my cats.

Sum up your philosophy in one word. 


Anne is one of the most caring, inspirational and successful people I know. She is a wonderful business coach and an exceptional human being. Anne's website is

Friday, March 6, 2015

Inspiring Spaces: Magical Treehouse Retreat in Atlanta

All images via Airbnb
I really enjoy exploring and traveling to new places. Alright, alright... most of us do! But I especially love going 
to places that are enchanting, whimsical and off the beaten path. Where I can experience things that I had never 
dreamt of. And see things that I had never imagined. What can I say, I'm a sucker for adventure and the uncharted.

Even when I have no plans to travel, every once in a while I'll go online (to Pinterest and Airbnb, a couple of 
my favorite sites) to discover these pretty places. And as I daydream of my next journey, I'm overcome with 
a sense of happiness and a strong desire to take-off once again. 

Well just recently, while rummaging through the Airbnb site, I came across the most adorable treehouse retreat; 
secluded right in the heart of Atlanta. I know it's hard to imagine "Atlanta" and "secluded" being in the same sentence. 
But yes, this little gem is located right in Buckhead. However, it's set amongst lush greenery, so you'll feel completely 
disconnected from all the chaos and the outside world. The pictures just won me over. It looks like a little piece of heaven, 
a quaint little paradise with everything you could possibly need to have a magical experience. I just had to share it 
with you guys. I'll be saving this one in my travel bucket list for my next visit to Atlanta. Hope you guys enjoy!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

How to Pull Off the No-Frills Utilitarian Look

Image credit: The Fashioners

The utilitarian look. Enter the carefree side of fashion. It's one of those trends that just seems to 
reappear and make a statement, time and time again. It's a classic and stylish look with loads of 
versatility. The utilitarian trend is known for its simplicity, functionality and elegance, promoting 
the philosophy of casual, chic & sensible comfort. One of the beauties of utilitarian fashion is that
 you could dress it up or dress it down. You can find this look in a multitude of fabrics, colors and 
styles, from cargo pants, to jumpers, from trench coats to footwear. 

To rock the no-frills utilitarian look, search for pieces with cargo pockets, visible zippers, snaps, 
studs, and camo fabrics. You're bound to find something in your wardrobe. But if you have no 
luck in your closet, no worries. Utilitarian pieces come in all price ranges and can be found in 
many department stores and boutiques. Here are some images to get you inspired. What's your 
favorite look from this post? Do you have any looks of your own that you would like to share. 
If so, just post them on the comments section below. 


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