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NataMari Designs Store Now Open!

12 Jan

Hey! Remember me? I’m still alive and blogging! I’ve been pouring all of my energies into the blog and online store for NataMari Design’s, our textile design business. Yep, the day is here and our online shop is now open and the blog is alive and kicking.

NataMari Designs Store

NataMari Designs Blog

So, stop over when you get a chance and tell me what you think, you can even purchase a pillow or two 🙂


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Don’t You Hate it When…

18 Nov
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Someone calls you defensive, and they don’t know you?  I got into a discussion someone called me defensive.  I took offense 🙂 My first thought was, “there is a lot of things I could to call you, but I won’t.” Fortunately I didn’t say it out loud.  Over the years, I have gotten better at keeping my thoughts to myself.  But, I recognize I’m a very opinionated person and some people take that part of my personality the wrong way.  One thing I don’t do is psychoanalyze people.  I didn’t go to school for that, nor did I stay at the Holiday Inn.  🙂  Me, being the introspective person I am, when I got home I Googled defensive personality.   I came across a comment on a forum that helped me to understand what was possibly going through that person’s mind when they called me defensive:

What has helped me in the past is to remind myself that most of what people do or say to me in a day has little to do with my words or actions, and a lot to do with their own internal struggles and dialogue. How does that quote go, “Every person you meet is fighting a great battle?” Give someone the benefit of a doubt in their intent, and realize that in most situations it’s not you that’s under the microscope, it’s the situation and how THEY will fit into it. Someone asks about a project that you both are working on? They’re probably wanting to know how things will affect THEM down the line, not analyze your past or current performance.

When their intent isn’t clear and you think your words or actions are under scrutiny, ask questions until you know which words or actions they are specifically concerned about. By breaking it down to specifics you can eliminate most of the general worry that causes defensiveness and see that whatever problem there is just one small thing. Easier to manage that way.

I realize that to an extent we all can be defensive at times.  That’s how humans survived on Earth all these years.  But, to think you know someone well enough to analyze their personality on the spot… in my book that’s not acceptable.  Have you ever been in a discussion and someone tried to dissect your personality?  How did you handle it?

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Personal Style Redefined

21 Oct

I was browsing in Anthropologie yesterday when I came across the book, I Love Your Personal Style: How to Define and Refine Your Personal Style by Amanda Brooks.  I purchase the book, since it hit on a topic that I’ve occasionally thought about the this year, my personal style evolution.  Every since I can remember my style has revolved around showing off my legs.  I have always believed they were and are my best asset, at 5’9′ I’m taller than your average woman.  I remember thinking long and hard about what to wear when I was going out with my sisters (I have 3 beautiful sisters) and trying to differentiate myself from them.  In my mind, my legs were the key.

Now that I’m older I continue to wear clothing that highlights my legs, which is easy when you live in Florida like I do. Back in the day 🙂 when I worked, my style of dress for the office was classic with a modern twist, now I like to mix several styles.  Here are a few highlights from the author Amanda Brooks on personal style and how to find it:

  • Personal style is a look that is all your own.
  • Embrace yourself and your history.
  • Self-confidence is good for both your soul and your style.
  • Celebrate your creativity, express your different moods, and show off all the faces of your personality.

I believe your personal style will shine through even if you change your look from day-to-day.  Now that I’m not in a structured work environment, I am having fun experiment with different looks, and shopping in a wider range of stores from vintage clothing boutiques to Bloomingdale’s.  I don’t feel any pressure to conform to any rules or trends.  Also, I don’t feel the need to dress like a “wife” ow that I’m married. In the book, there is a section on things to consider when you are working on defining and refining your personal style, one being age.  Amanda writes:

“The word ‘appropriate” gives me the chills and has nothing to do with age when it comes to style.  Women look best when they wear what they look good and what works for their budget and lifestyle.  Everybody’s style evolves over time, but if you know what works for you and what you like you will never have to worry about dressing “appropriately” for your age.”  Not that is some great advice!  Gotta go, I’m headed off to the Bahamas for the weekend…. What should I wear on the plane? :=)

Have a great weekend!


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The Road Not Taken

12 Oct

Recently Seth Godin blogged about Roads Not Taken. He discusses how we are inclined to  keep track common mistakes we make such as, eating that forbidden bowl of ice cream, or failing to keep a promise you made. We ALL have been there.  But, why don’t we kick our selves in the butt about the risks we failed to take?  How many of us are pursing our dreams?  Are you doing what you love to do, or did you take the ‘less risky route’?

Perhaps you should think about the stock you didn’t buy, the innovation you didn’t pursue, the compliment you didn’t give?

Way more productive, I think, to push yourself to be more in the world, not to encourage yourself to hide.

The past few months I have been pursuing a road that I’ve never taken before, starting my business.  Years ago I realized I wanted to own a business, but I never pursued that desire.  I chose to keep doing what I was doing.  Thankfully, I have a husband that recognized my desire, potential and ability to do what it is I really wanted to do, and he backed me 100%  The idea of failure is scary, and intimidating, even writing this post was difficult.   The realization that dreams are wishes that seldom happen, and life does not hand yo your dreams you have to make them happen.  So each day I continue to walk down that road that I passed by many times before.  As Seth put it, “I’m pushing myself to be more in the world,” instead of hiding from it.

I’m on course to open an online ’boutique’ where I will sell home decor (throw pillows, shower curtains, etc), and a few other items made from textiles that I designed!!!!  I received the fabric samples yesterday, and I’m very, very happy with the way they came out.  Now I can take the next step which is getting samples products made.  There so many elements that I have to think of , but everything is starting to come together.  This road is exciting, scary, long, hard, fun, rewarding…. but I’m not looking back.


Need motivation to walk down a road you’ve never taken?  Here is one of my favorite poems, written by Robert Frost.

The Road Not Taken

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference
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Blogging My Way

5 Oct

  I’ve been blogging since 2007!  In Internet years that seems like a lifetime.  And in that time I’ve had 3 blogs.  What I really enjoy  about blogging is that it allows me to combine my love of writing with my creative side.  So, imagine how happy I was to have come across Holly Becker’s blog Decor8 several months ago.  Holly’s blog has been very successful over the years and she is well-known in the design and home decor world.  She is also a Wall Street Journal best-selling author of the book Decor8, and she developed an e-class, Blogging Your Way, in which I readily enrolled.  I  am always looking for ways to become better at what I do regardless of what that it.  Blogging Your Way goes beyond basic blogging 101, it takes a creative, personal approach to blogging.  The e-class is designed to “help bloggers get in touch with why they are blogging, or want to blog and it shows you how to use your blog as a catalyst to create your best life.”  So you see this class isn’t just for design and decorating enthusiast, It’s designed for anyone who enjoys blogging. I’m looking forward to learning new things that will help me to be a better blogger.  If your interested in the course, there is still one day left to register.  To learn more about Holly, her blog and the course the course click here.

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The Park

27 Sep

I was feeling antsy today, so I decided to sit out in the park near our new digs and read for a bit. Were still having beautiful sandal weather! I hope your enjoying your day as much as I am!


Fly Gurl

11 Feb

Whenever Dr.B and I fly, he likes to sit in the aisle seats which leaves me in the middle seat 😦 I usually depart the flight with a stiff neck and a headache, after trying to sleep sitting up while sandwiched between two people. On previous flights I tried to roll my pashama into a pillow, but that didn’t help. Some I scoured the luggage store until I found this

(sorry the pic us upside down, I’m blogging from the WordPress iPhone app)

The first leg of our trip to Salt Lake City is three hours long, so I knew I would need something to keep me out of the chiropractor’s office next week 🙂 Hopefully it will help. I’ll keep you posted.

What are your goto travel essentials? Any tips for making it through long flights?

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