Meditation: 5 Inspiring Quotes

fc2f5e51d8cefb67ae77243616ac55841d565fcdb90f93978826a62d371dfdacedbf7f7a6b92f56afe103db50bed13ea3ff44383f80b5ac1164553b6a05d2763be7c98109d990506aefa5a56a9865cf4 For a long time I resisted pinning inspirational quotes on Pinterest, but at some point I came across a quote that resonated with me and I decided to start a  meditation pinboard.  From time to time I read through it and somehow I manage to find sayings that reflect how I'm feeling at that particular moment.  Today I'd like to share a few of my favorite ones.  They all encourage authenticity, courage and self love.  

Do you have any favorite motivational quotes to share?


Scenes From A Holiday Tradition

IMG_4291 Two and half years ago (when we first moved to California) we embarked on what has become a brand new Christmas Eve tradition.  With few friends and family members nearby, we felt the need for a new way to mark the holiday for the children and for us as well.  Honing in on my  Italian heritage and our love for pasta, we decided that an early, hearty dinner in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood would do very nicely.  Combined with a Christmas Eve service, some shopping for last minute gifts and yummy regional treats to savor at home while preparing for Santa's imminent arrival, this new tradition felt just right.  Our return home later in the evening (physically and spiritually fulfilled), still allows for time to tend to unfinished holiday details.  This outing has become something we all look forward to and our very own hallmark for the holiday.  We hope that in years to come both local and visiting friends and family members can join us in our  [fairly] new Christmas tradition.

I hope that all of you are enjoying a wonderful holiday season filled with fond memories of old traditions and/or  fun times creating new ones!IMG_4293IMG_4294



The Power Of Simplicity

706065c938020881465a125da90ebdb3 I often leave books and magazines open to pages with images or texts that inspire or resonate with me on our coffee table.  One of my all time favorites is the cover page of  the November 3, 2013 issue of The New York Times Style Magazine.  The title:  "The Power Of Simplicity"  is as relevant today as it was a year ago when I first read it.

I'm not sure when it became a direct influence on how I've been approaching life lately, but regardless, I'm pleased to announce that I've been applying its simplifying message to just about everything.  The daily expectations I create for my personal and professional life seem to subconsciously prioritize themselves in my mind.  This  allows me to organize tasks more efficiently or remove some altogether.  I must admit I'm not feeling any shame in doing less, I would rather be grateful for the ability to embrace more.

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season,  let's  all remember to keep things simple and enjoy the quieter, less frenetic times.  Simplify and allow them to happen.

Happy Thanksgiving!


A Family Photo Session

debra-19 During our stay in Cambridge this summer, I had the chance to catch up with my photographer friend Kristen of Kristen Joy Emack Photography.  Having always admired her personal style of portrait photography, I asked Kristen to take pictures of our family.  She accepted and invited us to a spot that she chose very carefully.  Her ease with the lens and the people in front of it shows through the realness of her approach to photography.   Here are a few images from our morning session with Kristen.  I'm so pleased with the results. debra-5




debra-9Over the summer, Kristen was named best photographer by Scout Cambridge Magazine.  To see more of Kristen's work check out her website here.

Thank you Kristen for capturing the essence of our family.