A seventh anniversary is traditionally commemorated with the gift of copper or wool; a fact, I will admit, I did not know until I sat down to write this post. But fittingly, the seventh anniversary of TSLL blog arrives with much warmth in my heart for all that conversations with readers and growth that has occurred (offered from wool) and a calm, yet solid determination (available with the use of copper cookware as it cooks quickly and evenly – okay, I know I am stretching the comparison a little bit, but hang in there with me) to exhibit the transformative power living simply luxuriously can manifest when we embrace a life focused on quality over quantity.
Readers of TSLL who have been stopping by since it first went live and those who have just discovered it in the past few months, the blog has evolved in large part due to your curiosity and passion to live your own life in a manner that is congruent with your true potential.
As I too am on that journey of discovery, I feel truly fortunate to be able to continue to share what I learn along the way so that you might avoid dealing with obstacles that can be bypassed, learn lessons that need not be learned by first-hand experience, and discover new ideas that you may not have come across in your everyday life but that would enliven it all the more.
I must say, I continue to be intrigued by life, despite any challenges that I run up against, because beginning with my appreciation for the two furry boys who accompany me through it all, life can and is truly magical. Ripe with opportunities, we are the pickers of the fruit that dangles from the limbs of the world. Sometimes we have to wait for the fruit to ripen, sometimes we have to pay careful attention to how we care for the tree over the seasons, and at all times we need to seize opportunities when the fruit is at its peak to be savored, but we have every capability of being the gardeners of our lives. Sure, some years can bring an early freeze, but there is always another chance, so long as we don’t allow ourselves to become discouraged.
As TSLL enters its eighth year, I am excited to share with you on January 1st what I have in store. Oh, the books that I am reading that are full of topics to enhance our lives, the daily, weekly and monthly habits and ideas I am eager to share to improve each of our everydays all the more – it’s going to be exciting.
In the meantime, the annual Top Posts/Episodes of 2016 begins today on the blog as I take the week off. Stop by each day this week to discover the top posts/podcast episodes from this past year in the following categories:
- Podcast episodes
- Style Inspiration posts
- Why Not . . . ? posts
- Miscellaneous Posts (Petite Posts, Thoughts from the Editor, Recipes, etc.)
- Decor Inspiration posts
- French-Inspired posts
- Top Items from This & That
- Top Letters from the Editor, as shared only with TSLL weekly Newsletter subscribers.
~The first new post will go live bright and early (Pacific time) on Sunday January 1st!
And a last note, I am excited to announce that I was invited back to be a guest on KATU-TV (ABC) Afternoon Live! program this coming Friday (30th) between 3-4pm, and we will be discussing preparation for a great new year. You can see my first interview here, and be assured, if you don’t have access to this channel, I will be sharing the video on the blog after the taping. Have a wonderful last week of 2016 and enjoy a few pics of my boys captured throughout this past year.
~Curious to see where it all began? View the inaugural post on December 26, 2009 here.
~Norman in the fall~
~Norman in the winter after 19″ of snow had fallen this December 14th~
~Oscar gazing at the Pacific Ocean~
~View past blog anniversary posts:
~Something to Celebrate – 1st Anniversary!
~In Celebration – 2nd Anniversary!