Looking ahead to 2013

A new year is almost here, stretching ahead of us and holding all sorts of possibilities - some anticipated and others as-yet unknown... some within our control and others beyond... some long-planned and others spontaneous. ...more

Back in Session

Here we are again. Typical coming of age blog post.Hello School, hello death.I think I forgot how to use my alarm clock. Every morning it beeps and beeps but I don't remember what the noise is for. It’s deceiving and evil and gross.I don't think I can get used to it again. I am not meant to stay in a room for 8 hours a day. I have so much more to offer. To give.It seems like every day now people are pressuring me to figure out what I want to be. But why can't I just be? ...more


http://www.crustybeef.blogspot.com HOPE CHEST BlogHer.com http://www.blogher.com/strap-2012-your-happiness-seatbelt-dr-aymee "You are educated when you have the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or self-confidence." ~Robert Frost~...more

New Year, New Start

It's January and a new year.  Most people are happy to say goodbye to 2011.  It didn't work out well for lots of people.  In January people look forward to a new start, a new look, a new job, a new life.  How you look at this new year that we have all laid out fresh before us stretching a long bright way into the future is what matters....more

New Year's Eco-Lutions

Yep, we’ve made another trip around the sun. The new year is upon us filled with brand new opportunities and chances. Let’s do our best to make it an even greener one with these simple tips!...more

My "New Year"

NaBloPoMo Writing Prompt for January 5, 2012: Do you wish the start of the year was in a different season? Which one? Ever since I can remember, September has always felt like the start of my new year... much more so than January ever does. ...more

Maria and Me

If I could show anyone my list of 2012 possibilities, I'd choose Julie Andrews. In her Sound of Music costume.      Surely Maria, a flibbertijibbet, a will-o'-the wisp, a clown like myself would comprehend why I abhor resolutions. How they remind me of jail, all striped vestments and fetters.     I bet she'd bring her guitar and when she opened the case it would be empty but the aqua satin lining would dazzle me. I'd gawk at the luxe beauty of it....more
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New Year, New Me

 My original draft of this weekends column included a look back on the year 2011 in the food world as well as a festive cocktail and appetizer.  It is a new year, after all. What else would a self professed Foodie write about on  around New Years?  This year I am going against the grain here and forgoing this well traveled route. ...more

I'm going to NaBloPoMo! Will you join me?

For those of you wondering what NaBloPoMo stands for, it means National Blog Post Month. NaBloPoMo encourages bloggers to blog a post a day for an entire month. It is a great way to get the creative juices flowing and discover things about ourselves that we may have overlooked in our normal day to day or topical writings.I've decided to join this months NaBloPoMo in connection with BlogHer.com. I figure what a better way to kick off the new beginning of Cellar Door Beauty than a post a day!Today's topic?...more

A Surprising and Tree-mendous Decision

One of my dear friends and I have a tradition of coming up with a word for the new year. It's kind of like a guiding principle that over-arches what we'd like to accomplish in the coming months. We share it with each other and then spend the rest of the year using it to remind and encourage each other through whatever life decides to toss our way. It's a comforting ritual and a useful one, too. Two years ago, hers was "Health", mine was "Embrace the Hotness". Last year hers was "Action", mine was "Clarity"....more