Women with Money: Using It to Build A Life You Love

“‘Money isn’t pink or blue, it’s green.’ She’s right of course. But my years of research and experience also tell me that we, as women, view money through a different sort of lens. And that is why we need a different sort of book.” —Jean Chatzky, author of Women with Money: The Judgment-free Guide to […]

287: 5 Things to Do to Build Healthy Relationships and 4 Things to Let Go

“We are born with a capacity to dance together but not with the necessary training.” —David Richo As soon as I read the first line in chapter one shown above, the analogy made crystal clear sense of my ignorance about relationships and how to navigate past it: I needed to learn HOW to love, not […]

10 Favorite French Cookbooks for Your Kitchen Library

A well-written novel, many classic novels and contemporary highly acclaimed novels, share a human story revealing the journey of struggle, discovery, awakening, undeserved or unwanted pain and navigation to a larger truth that humans of all generations can connect with in some way. A good cookbook, a classic, one that is and will be pulled […]

5 Ideas for Strengthening Your Courage When It Comes to Creativity

“Creativity takes courage. ” —Henry Matisse The last home I decorated, the last home I owned, I played it safe in the living room and in the kitchen (see here). I kept to beige in the living room and white in the kitchen – walls, furniture, dishes, you get the idea. After all, I told […]

15: 7 Components to Building Your Signature Style (a top episode from Season 1)

Building our signature style takes time. As well, it evolves. While some components – the best color tone for our skin, hair and eye color – may remain the same, the fit, the lengths, the necklines, as well as styles we discover and wish to welcome into our wardrobe will change. Over the years, as […]

10 Ways to Cultivate a Mental Diet that Elevates the Quality of Your Life

“I’m not so worried about the dangers of mental junk food. That’s because I’ve found that many of the true intellectuals I’ve met take pleasure in mental junk food too. Having a taste for trashy rom-coms hasn’t rotted their brain or made them incapable of writing great history or doing deep physics. No, my worry […]

The Rambling Rose for Your Home & Garden

“Roses do not bloom hurriedly; for beauty, like any masterpiece, takes time to blossom.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo A cottage is not a proper English cottage without a rose or two or many (but that might just reveal I have watched and read far too many British cosy films and stories ;)) , so when I decided to […]

The RHS and The Chelsea Flower Show – Enjoy from Your Own Home + 10 Things to Know

“[RHS is] driven by a sheer love of plants and the belief that gardeners make the world a better place – this underpins all we do.” —RHS guiding principle It is by no mistake that I have chosen to hold TSLL’s annual British Week during the similar annual time of Britain’s annual well-known and beloved […]

Why Not . . . Try Gardening? Part Une – 10 Whole Life Benefits

“Life is short and absurd and run through with pain and sorrow. But even in the face of real suffering, gardening can make our days shine with joy.” —Monty Don Today is Earth Day, and so I chose today’s topic as a way to celebrate the good fortunate we have to live on our amazing […]

23 Petit Plaisirs for You to Enjoy, Part Deux

With the arrival of spring this weekend and the first few days of the new season offering upper 50 and sometimes 60 degree weather (Fahrenheit), I found myself spending time on the porch in my yard enjoying the sunset, listening to the birds gaggle about, watching Norman rest and sometimes writing in my journal or […]

Podcast Episodes to Suit Your Mood

Just this morning a TSLL reader and listener of the podcast, who works in the healthcare system, asked that I pulled together a list of podcast episodes from the archives to help us all navigate through this time of self-containment and uncertainty, as well as more time at home with available time to be outside […]

274: Quality Friendships = A Quality Life: 10 Benefits of Cultivating Healthy Bonds

“By comparison with relationships forged in blood and love, science has historically given friendship short shrift . . . biologists ignored friendships because unlike romantic or mating relationships they were thought not to affect reproductive success . . . most of us are as guilty as scientists of failing to take friendship as seriously as […]

273: 12 Key Factors to Life-Long Physical and Mental Good Health

“Vitality means moving through life with energy and vigor, making deliberate choices and putting to good use the time and energy that we have been granted.” —Twyla Tharp, author of Keep Moving: Lessons for the Rest of Your Life Knowing how to care for our body which we must not forget includes the mind is […]

Paris Runways Tease a Lovely (and Effortlessly Stylish) Spring 2020

Spring is far, far away, yet watching the runway collections in Paris these past few days as made me oh so eager for it to arrive. From Altuzarra’s collection (see above and two items just below) sharing classic stripes, midi shirt dresses and timeless colors that will last for years making sure our wardrobes are […]

254: 26 Ways to Ensure Happy Singledom at Any Stage of Our Life’s Journey

“Across the world, despite all prejudices and beliefs against it, singlehood is the growing trend.” —Elyakim Kislev , author of Happy Singlehood: The Rising Acceptance and Celebration of Solo Living It is highly beneficial to understand the construction of our beliefs regarding singledom, so that after discarding the myths and acknowledging the realities, we can “freely […]

Two Secrets to Living a Life of Quality

“All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.”—Baruch Spinoza Quality over quantity. A quality, handmade item takes time. Consider the work of a haute couture gown which can take as many as 800 hours to create. Or the choice to make homemade croissants. Arguably, it is significantly harder to make a haute couture […]

251: Celebrating the JOMO and Enjoying Your Unique Chosen Journey of Life

“Most people are in a constant state of falling for whatever the most interesting thing is. Falling for whatever the most popular person is doing . . . This introduces the endless cycle of constantly ‘shopping’ for experiences. An endless search for novelty, hedonism, and just a dash of escapism. Because they do not conduct […]

How to Create Your Own Magic

“If I sit around and wait for other people to create magic in my life then I will be waiting until the day I die.” —Kerry Washington, on CBS Sunday Morning, October 7, 2018 The magic of life is tangible, and actually not magic at all. For the purposes of today’s topic, the definition of […]

246: Why Not . . . Tailor Your Life to Fit You?

“A well-designed life is a life that makes sense . . . a marvelous portfolio of experiences, of adventures, of failures that taught you important lessons, of hardships that made you stronger and helped you know yourself better, and of achievements and satisfactions.” —Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans At the heart of choosing and the actively living a simply luxurious […]

245: 10 Ways Resilence During Good Times Can Elevate Your Everydays

“Resilence is more than bouncing back from adversity. People who are resilient keep pursuing their goals in the face of challenges. Consequently, learning how to regulate your brain’s motivational machinery is a key aspect of resilence.” —Rick Hanson, Ph. D, author of Resilient: How to Grown an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength and Happiness Living […]