CREATING SPACE FOR YOURSELF

I believe that it is more important than ever to create a beautiful space for yourself. We all need a place to get away from everything, and the space to reconnect with ourselves.

All this time at home has given me time to look at my house and ask myself if it is working for me? My kids and husband are all home now. My home is now a gym, workspace, movie theater, school, library, restaurant, and more! I had to go outside to find my own space. I have been working on my backyard, changing it from my dog’s area to my garden retreat. In October I added a pergola, in April and May I began the process of adding several garden beds, including a shade garden, raised vegetable beds, and three flower beds.

How are you making space for yourself? Let me know by commenting or liking the post.

Best,

Celia

Finding Joy In Everyday Tasks

I have been on a personal journey over the last year and a half. My goal was to remove negativity to make space for more joy and gratitude. I started with a meditation class; meditation did not come naturally to me. I grew up in a loving but traditional family. Meditation and self-reflection were too new-age for my parents. So I need help with this concept. I took a class that opened me up to the beautiful world of inner peace. The practice of meditation has helped me change the way I react to external stresses. I am now taking the next step and trying to find joy in everyday tasks. I have committed to spending time outside in nature; to be honest, some of this is due to my new puppy Georgia, but I am enjoying being outside even in the pouring rain or freezing temperatures! I am also trying to learn from Marie Kondo and her method of decluttering. I realize that there is a connection between a cluttered home/workspace and a cluttered mind. I love Jay Shetty’s podcasts, and if you have not heard of him, I recommend looking up his videos on youtube. He suggests we create more positive experiences in our lives, and for me, that starts at home. I want to not only create a beautiful clutter-free lifestyle for myself but also my clients. I want everyone to benefit from the power of an uplifting environment.

Today I am going to tackle the category (as Marie Kondo suggests, choose a category not a room) of clothing. I was going to start with paper to clean up my office, but, Konmari method teaches that you need to learn the techniques slowly. Clothes are easier to organize and I am looking for immediate gratification!

I will find joy in today by spending time in nature, meditating, working (I love my job), and cleaning my closets.

What will bring you joy today? Let me know by commenting or like my post. Thank you for stopping by. Wish me luck!

Best, Celia

This is the place that sparks the most joy in my life! I love Rome!

Inspire others by living your best life

What makes you happy? Family, friends, work, home, travel and my dogs are the things that make me happy. I have committed to being grateful for something each day. I am grateful for sleep these days with a new puppy who rises well before the sun, I am thankful for my comfortable bed.

These are my goals, hopes and dreams for 2020.

1. EXPLORE MORE & LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY!

2. EAT EVERYTHING IN MODERATION.

3. READ, WRITE, COMMUNICATE & MEDITATE MORE.

4. TRAVEL MORE…TO ROME AND BEYOND!

5. EMBRACE LOVE!

6. THE BIGGEST GOAL…LIVE TO INSPIRE!

My goals for 2020 are simple. Enjoy life more, and stress less! Live in a way that inspires people to enjoy their own lives more!

Please share your goals by commenting on this post! Thank you for stopping by. Best, Celia

Liz Donnelly thank you for these amazing photos.

Yippee it is Wedding Planning Season

It is the best part of the year for me! Wedding planning season, my creative juices are flowing, I wake up at 2am in a dreamy state thinking about my wonderful brides & grooms. This is one of my vision boards, I can totally visualize this couple’s big day!

It makes me so happy to be working on next season’s weddings! I hope you like the feel of these boards, I am inspired by my brides & grooms.

Thank you for stopping by.

XO, Celia

5 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT ROMA

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I LOVE ROME!!!! I miss it when I am not there. My senses are alive in this wonderful city. We will be introducing our tours in the spring stay tuned!!!

Best XOXO

The streets of Lisbon are full of art!

Every where I look I see art in Lisbon! I love it!

Hope you enjoy it too!

Best,

C

Sell your inspiration to a client through photography

We all know at a restaurant we eat with our eyes first. How many times have you looked at what other diners have ordered and commented on it? “That looks good” or “let’s ask the waitstaff about that”. Well, wedding design is the same; we need to sell our concept with images that excite our clients and explain our vision. Below is my concept for a wedding I am designing in July.

I can’t wait to get started! I think the colors are so pretty and they will pop against the navy patterned tablecloths, shown below!

Hope you like the vision, thankfully my clients did!

Enjoy Summer!!!

Xo

Celia

Missing Rome

Life gets so busy in the new year. I think we all look at the new year as a way to reboot our lives. I certainly do this. I am trying to wrap up projects that I have been working on and make room for my new projects. I miss Rome as it is the city I go to when I need to recharge my batteries.

Whenever I get overwhelmed with my to-do lists, I think of Rome, the city where my heart lives. This is a form of meditation for me. Because I am a designer, I guess it makes sense that I use visualization to relax. As I look through my photos from my December trip,  I am back in the eternal city meandering through the narrow streets, looking into shop windows and breathing in the warmth that radiates from the buildings.

There is something magical about the light in Italy. I look at these pictures, and I can feel the stress leaving my body.

One of the other things I love about Rome is that it is such a walkable city. I rarely drive, walking is just my prefered mode of transportation. Even on a cloudy day this city is stunningly beautiful. 

Italians understand the concept of living in the moment more than most cultures. For example, they don’t get a coffee to go…they go to get a coffee. It is so much more civilized, I am always doing more than one thing at a time. Italians also take time to eat, put family first, hang out with friends, eat good healthy food, surround themselves with beauty and walk!

I need to listen to my own words, eat healthy food, meditate, surround myself with beauty, walk more (this is difficult in Maine during the winter), hang out with friends and enjoy a cappuccino.

How are you dealing with the stresses of the new year? How do you relax? Tell me by commenting on this post. Ok off to meditate, then to the gym and the office…it is snowing again so no long walk today.

Best,

Celia