The Best Is Yet To Come – Expect Good Things

The Best Is Yet To Come – Expect Good Things

Good morning. Today, let’s wait, and expect good things—for ourselves and our loved ones. When we wonder what is coming, let’s tell ourselves the best is coming, the very best life and love have to offer, the best our Higher Power and His universe have to send. Then, let’s open our hands to receive it….

Choose to Have a Good Day

Top of the morning dear friends. Today, let’s consider that good feelings can become a habitual part of our lives. There is absolutely no virtue in the unnecessary suffering many of us have felt for much of our life. We don’t have to allow others to make us miserable, and we don’t have to make…

Believe in Yourself

Self doubt is nothing less than sabotage. Others will always have doubt & criticism, both constructive & not. To unnecessarily doubt ourselves just holds us back, closes us off to opportunities & the possibilities for our lives.  For years I doubted my own abilities; in the corporate IT world, “they said” I couldn’t succeed as programmer…

It’s Better to Give Than to Receive

  Good morning.  I hope that you and yours are enjoying the Holiday Season! During this time, let’s consider that everyone wants to be loved. Our common human characteristic is our need to matter in someone else’s life. At least one other person needs us, we tell ourselves, when we feel least able to accept life’s…

The Power in Letting Go

  Good morning dear friends. Let’s consider that sometimes, the picture isn’t finished yet. We may have many ideas, possibilities, hopes, and dreams floating around, like asteroids orbiting a planet. We may think events in our lives are happening aimlessly, without purpose. All we see are disconnected, floating blobs. We reach for them, try to…

Trust What We Know To Be True

On this day, let’s trust what we know. Not what we think we know, but what we know in our hearts. We often know the truth long before we let ourselves see and believe it, long before we’re ready to acknowledge it. For many reasons – fear, timing, and a myriad of issues too long…

An Open Letter To The Conscious

** Disclaimer:  The post you are about to read is my opinion alone and is intended to spark discussion.  If you are not outraged by the eerie similarities between recent events between law enforcement and minorities across the country and pre-civil rights race relations, this post is not for you.  If you go along to get along,…

Inspiration From The Aloha State

We went to Kauai and all we got was: 1. Coco Salmon Actually the inspiration & challenge of trying to recreate the dish from Bangkok Happy Bowl.  It’s “cooked in spicy red curry sauce with steamed baby spinach & Thai basil”.  I’ll give it a try 1 day when I’m feeling ambitious and have all…

Speaking Up For Mental Health

Mental Health.  It is a topic near and dear to my heart, and my mind.  Last year I joined NAMI and (my family and) I went full steam ahead into support mode – assembling a walk team for NAMIWalks, raising funds, getting the word out.  I even participated in Sharing Hope, a program that “reaches…

The Divine Nine

I want to talk to you about a serious matter.  Last night I watched an episode of Deadly Devotion on Investigation Discovery. This episode was specifically about the pledge process of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated at Eastern Carolina University. To be clear, I am not saying anything here that was not aired on national TV…

XbD Receives Best Of Houzz 2015 Customer Satisfaction Award

I am more than elated that Xtraordinary by Design has been awarded “Best Of Houzz 2015” for Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design.   Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014.  That means…

9/11 Memorial Museum – A Life Changing Experience

If you ever have even the remote opportunity to go to the 9/11 Memorial Museum, TAKE IT.  It is arguably THE most emotional, most meaningful American landmark of our time.  Remembering and honoring the men, women, and children who lost their lives and the incredible valor of the first responders who “gave” theirs….  For those…

(Very Important) Design Questions To Ask Clients

Disclaimer: What you are about to read, though actual and factual, is intended for entertainment purposes (mainly) and is NOT (exactly) meant to provide any advice to my designer cohorts.  For that, you should check out the designer questionnaire from Alycia Wicker over at Mupplebee. In the meantime, enjoy this commentary from some lessons learned…

Just Don’t

*** Before reading this post, PLEASE READ THIS “DISCLAIMER”.  I don’t know if I mentioned this before, but I can be opinionated at times.  THIS is one of those times – continue at your own risk. *** If you are a designer (or any creative type), do you ever look at other’s work and wish…

TEXANS, is there $2 million under YOUR couch cushions?

There are some definite advantages to living in Texas.  No state income taxes, little to no snow, low cost of living, and a diverse culture.  There are others I’m sure, but there are also disadvantages like hotter than h*** summer days, hotter than h*** winter days, and Texas politics/politicians (and the folks who cover them)….