Happy Halloween everyone! I love to decorate for Halloween almost as much as I do another holiday (that shall not be named yet!). My style has evolved over the years from cutesy Halloween to a little more spooky…though not horror. Due to my schedule, I had my house decorated by October 1 so I could enjoy it all month-long.
Halloween Tea Parties
These two table arrangements are from the same tea party. I hosted 12 friends and family. One table was done in purples and greens with a witch theme. The other a vampire theme with bats flying out of the centerpiece. No costumes were needed for this party, though I did ask everyone to wear hats. So much fun!
This table was done with a witch theme, as well, in collaboration with my aunt. She brought the magnificent witch and the gorgeous purple plates. By the way, you are looking at a prize winning table design! (I spent that $10 at Starbucks wisely)
Would you believe that we have Christmas trees up all year in my office. Mainly one nine footer that we have no place to store during the remainder of the year, so we leave it up and decorate it for the other holidays. Above is last year’s design. A ghoulish creature is climbing over the top of the tree. He really creeps me out…and I put him there! I don’t know how I was able to even touch him.
As you can see I really like to use crows in my designs. There’s just something about them that is eerie without being grotesque. The top design with the houses in the back remind me of a scene from The Birds. The little pumpkin artwork in the bottom picture was made by my son, Alex, in elementary school (late 90s). I always make sure it is part of my Halloween décor.
Below, is a flower arrangement I did in class a couple of years ago. They are real flowers…not real eyeballs. I loved making this arrangement and was so happy with the end results.
May your day be filled with beautiful flowers
(and a spooktacular Halloween)!
I really can’t believe a month has gone by and that we are heading into the final months of the year. Crazy.
My month of commitments to myself was a struggle at times. Mostly with setting aside the time commitments. At the same time, it was extremely rewarding in other areas. Sometimes the simplest task that was completed would bring the most reward because it was something I had avoided or put off.
The biggest struggle for me was on the business side. After working an 8-hour day, the last thing I wanted to do was to think about work again. The 4 hours a week I set aside was too ambitious. Trying to keep to the days and times I had allocated was extremely hard to do. I needed rethink my commitment…augment it in some way. I never quite got anything concrete down. However, because I recognized my struggle, thoughts of the business were forefront in my mind more so than ever. Lists were made, marketing plans in place, and increased social media presence. I didn’t abandon it completely. I just did things in littler chunks of time. Honestly, I’m still trying to figure out how to fit all this into my schedule in bigger chunks. Where there is a will, there is a way, though, and I am hopeful to get this working smoothly.
As for the personal side…well that just went splendidly. Every morning I sat down for 20 minutes and wrote in my journal reflecting on the previous day and looking forward to the day ahead. Within my journaling, I would make a daily commitment to myself. Sometimes it was the same commitment day after day because I wanted it to become a habit. One day I was running late and I only had 12 minutes to write. I got in such a dither about it. Such a silly thing to be worked up over but nonetheless, I was quite upset. Once I got myself controlled, I made a commitment to make up the time later that night. And guess what? I did! By taking 20 minutes each day I learned and gained so much.
A better understanding on how I sometimes go blindly through the day without being present. Ask me at the end of the day how it was, who I saw, or what I did, I would struggle to recall. Because I wasn’t present in the moment.
By reflecting on the previous day and the way I felt, I could change up the current day.
There were several times I would say “no” to something during the day because that morning I had made a commitment. I set goals that push me further yet are easily attainable.
I always wrote the next day’s date on the top of the next page. This would just reinforce that I was going to write again the following day.
All-in-all, I think this was a very successful journey and I will definitely continue to make commitments to myself…and keeping them.
If you made a commitment to yourself this month, I would love to hear about it. We can all learn from each other.