#LiftOthersUp Campaign

America needs to find it’s heart again. I need to always be anxiously engaged in a good cause. That is how I can make America great again. My new cause is to lift others up….

    Won’t you join me in my new cause. Post something inspiring, share a story of heartfelt service you or somebody else has done, post a quote that elevates the human soul. Post some positive news story, give somebody some public encouragement. Do something kind for a stranger, a friend, a relative  and share about it.
    Often kindness is best left annonymous, but what the world needs to SEE right now is citizens  “Lifting Others Up”. We need the world to know that is who we are. Everyone is fighting a hard battle… let’s go “Lift Others Up”.
     I don’t have enough Facebook followers to really get a campaign like this off the ground. Yet, I know you all do. So won’t you join me to see how far we can carry this message? 
Please share something to “Lift” someone today and hashtag it #LiftOthersUp  


    I love you all! Even if we have very opposing differences, that is okay, I will still Lift You Up! You have a friend in me. 
    Here is what YOU can do right now. Use the picture at the top for your Facebook cover. Share this post, then start sharing posts, in any form you would like, that show you intend to Lift Others Up! Let’s flood the Net with good will. Make sure to hashtag them. #LiftOthersUp

Fall Wardrobe Capsule… Lessons From French Women

I just love the fall. It reminds me how everything deserves time to slow down and rest. That if you are weary you can let go and if you worn out you can cozy up in comfort.  

One of my favorite ideas that is trending is the wardrobe capsule.The French Women have a monopoly on this idea. I will admit I have played around with this idea for a few years now. This is what I have learned….

1   Find your style first. How do you know?  Easy! Are you childlike, bubbly, and playful; shabby chic, feminme, and romantic; a bombshell, bohemian, or trendy; or are you classic, sleek, and sophisticated? 

There are many books and online tests to help define your look.

2. Clean it all out. You know what I mean, pull everything out and start sorting. My only rules for this are as follows, you have to absolutely  love what you keep, it has to be in great condition, and it has to fit. The rest can be donated or recycled. Consignment shops are great too.

3. Buy new hangers. I love the flat velvet ones. Then my clothes don’t slip off, and you can cleanly store a lot in a small space.

4. Hang clothing in categories shirts, pants, skirts, jackets,and dresses. Hang them in he rainbow pattern ROYGBIV.

5. Set aside a space to hang your capsule for the season. It should be about 3 feet wide with a top and bottom rack. You can choose tops, bottoms, jackets, and dresses. The idea is to keep it small. I tried project 333 and I just never could fit my accessories  and shoes inot the number 33. So I usually choose about 35 iteams of clothing and I add 5 pair of shoes. So 40 is my magic #. I do not put a limit on accessories, I consider them essential  to stretching a capsule wardrobe.

6   Now look through your closet and pick out 5 favorites for fall. These are your signiture pieces.Or these can be your new Trendy pieces.  All the rest will be chosen to complement or enhance your favorite 5 pieces . 

I love looking forward to each season when I get to shop my closet and build my capsule. I usually buy 3 trendy items for my capsule each season. I also make myself get rid of something for every item new I buy. It keeps down the clutter.

 Simplicity is the way of the French women. They don’t overindulge, just discriminate in quality when they shop. Lessons to learn: keep it simple, use neutrals a lot, buy quality not quantity, and wear what you love! 

There you have it! Capsule Wardrobing 101. Now go shop your closet and get ready for a charming fall!

-Wanderology Girl

    Moon Gazing….

    Last night was glorious. The wind gently blew as a perfectly cool and wispy breeze through my hair. I one eye squinting gazed through the long lens to capture her. There she was the beauty I have been waiting for for many weeks now. Lady Moon so magical so mysterious so crisp floating among the dust stormy looking clouds. She really knows how to shine and put on a show for her anxious fans on earth below. How many nights she has ruled the night? How many lives has she graced with her subtle light? How much wisdom she shares in taking her place so still and calm among an explosion of twinkly lights. Oh Lady Moon, you truly are a Super Moon tonight. 

    Manifesting Your Dream

    One of the greatest ways to prepare for the reality of your dreams, is through meditation and visualization. I like to find a quiet place in my garden to relax my mind, heart, and soul. I have encountered a lot of stress in my short life on this earth. The best way to release the negativity that lingers from such events, is to find a place to get still. Then realize your past does not equal your future. If you have a dream, you can make it a reality. Just because good fortune hasn’t felt like it shined on your life yet….doesn’t mean that it won’t….meditation is one more tool in your toolbox of miracles that will assist all wishes into exsistence.

    -Wanderology Girl

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    Roadtrip to “N’awlins”

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    This is it…the beginning of a roadtrip I will never forget! Follow me this next week as I live the dream to wander.  First stop New Orleans. Or as the locals say  ” Welcome to N’awlins!” I will be posting all the juicy details of my wandering on my Blog. So check it out!

    I Wandered into Heaven…Oops! I mean Seaside Florida

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    As I mentioned in my previous post, we need to strive to find out what our real dreams are… and then try ( my strongest virtue) to do them. It doesn’t mean we will always succeed, but if we don’t try, we will never know how far we could have wandered. When you open yourself up for opportunity, it seems to come to you. Stay open, good thing’s are headed your way. I was invited by a friend to stay  in Seaside Florida. An opportunity to wander too good to pass up.

    I  surely felt I had died and went to Heaven when I arrived in Seaside, to stay in an adorable cottage by the sea. It’s a small little town with everything within walking distance. Another famous mode of transportation is bike rentals.

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    It feels like a step back in time, to innocence and charm. Did I mention the beautiful cobblestone streets? They are lined with colorful cottages. So quaint with picket fences.

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    The front porches are to die for. A cozy, breezy place to enjoy breakfast and read local events. Like concerts and activities right in town square.

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    There is so much character in this little town. As I began to unwind and relax, I took an easy wander down these narrow little fairytale streets. They transport you into the most quaint center of town. It seemed like what life in a perfect world would feel like. The yummy cafes and restaurants tickle your taste buds. Treat yourself to some delicious gelato, or enjoy a snack from one of many lunch trucks.

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    I spotted some amazing places to do some souvenir shopping in boutiques that lined the market.

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    I bought a sweet T shirt with the motto of this little slice of Heaven on it. I think of Seaside and my memories of this astonishing place every time I wear it. The motto here is ” A simple, beautiful, life.” I certainly can’t argue with that.

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    When you wander down the steep incline of mounds of sugary, white, soft, sand and sea-grass, you find yourself gazing at waters, so crystal blue, you would think your in the Caribbean. The view is magnificent, breathtaking, beyond what I had imagined. This is a little jewel of a place.

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    Shopping is fabulous, food is wonderful. Historical facts so interesting. Like “The Truman Show” with Jim Carrey was filmed there. You can recognize some places from the movie. In early spring it can be chilly in the morning. Just grab a sweater and hot cup of herbal tea and head to the beach for some real tranquility.FB_IMG_1425415612296

    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g34624-Seaside_Florida-Vacations.html. You can rent a sweet little cottage for as little as $149 a night. There are multiple rental companies in the area.

    All I can say to sum up this magical little place is…. You must wander here sometime, and I promise you will be jumping for Joy! Live your dreams! Don’t just be a good starter of your wishes, be a good finisher!  Where will Wanderology Girl wander next…follow me to find out.

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    Follow your Dream….. Become a Finisher

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         This year is a year of transformations and new beginnings for me. I feel the old clock ticking, and Father Time is not passing me by. I realized there are still so many things I want to do, before my brief trespass across this planet is finished. I used to say oh foo foo to people who sounded like dreamers. I think because I had a fatal fear of realizing I may never even fulfill one of my own. So instead of popping everyone else’s balloons of hopes and wishes, I’ve decided to make a list of my own. You also, dear reader can make a list right along with me. This is it. Our chance, to be whoever we want to be. To do some of those thing’s we only dreamed about.

         I always wanted to take time for my writing. I have been writing since as young as I can remember. My first story was in second grade. It was a flourishing tale of a King who was lion (If i would have got published before Lion King came out who knows) and his servant who was a friendly mouse. Oh! And of coarse an imaginary friend who was an elephant that banged on pots and pans in his mind….every time he was happy. I wonder if that was a metaphor for my childhood. It seems every time  I had a small slice of happiness….something came banging along to mess it all up. This past year I had a terrible slip and fall. Hurt my neck, back, and arm pretty good. I’m still in therapy and trying to recover. So maybe it was not meant to be that I could get to that book I started 2 years ago, or finish those poems I had been working on. Maybe, just maybe my luck was slow as a turtles swag. I needed inspiration to get writing again. So as I recommitted this year to actually take action on some of my unfulfilled, secretly, stowed away dreams…a blog seemed the right place to begin. So look everyone, here I am, see me roar. Well, I’m not really the roaring type, but see me try. Now that I can do…I try really well. I am sure you do also.

         I set a goal to write a poem a month to start, more if I feel so inspired. I will post them under my poetry page on the blog. I will try …remember that word try, to keep my blog up. Now let me explain a little secret here, I am not the most consistent person in the world. That is exactly why I have to try so hard. I also will set a goal to continue work on my book….yep! I’m one of those writers who suffers from, procrastination, writers block, or any other excuse I can have, because I need to do it perfect, and if I can’t…..then  I stall. So I may be off to a rough start, a way too challenging start. Remember, I’m a Pro at trying. I am a great starter….just need to work on that finish a bit. That is how dreams come true. Learning to become a finisher.

         The next dream is to travel, have adventures, meet people, see things, try things. I just can not bare the though of leaving this fleeting life on this sphere without at least experiencing the wonders of this world. How shameful that would feel. So I can start small. Explore my own little world near by, and work on plans to expand from there. Little near by cafe’s to visit, seashores, and museums. Beautiful gardens and interesting places. They all surround me while I sit on my leather sofa just flipping through pint-rest dreams. So I plan to get with it and go see what is near me. I will blog about those adventures as well.

        Last, but not least, one of my deepest and dreamiest, warm fuzzy visions has always been and always will be to become a photographer. Okay just laugh , go ahead. Its OK to pop my balloon, after all I have popped a few of yours, I am sure. My dry, sarcastic , reality checks. This time something is different. I can feel it. I am actually doing something I never have done. And you know the saying “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Well I chose to do something different, and it goes to follow, that something now has to change. I am actually saving up the money to buy my fancy, smancy, camera. Hold on, don’t freak out! I know it’s bizarre. But I will never have the dream of being a photo blogger, or a traveling  photographer without it. I was introduced some years back, to an organization that needed volunteers, to do photography for families who have lost a baby. I had just lost 2 Pregnancies in two years. This subject pulled on my heartstrings so strong. I would also love to help out this organization if I can get my skills up to par. So there…I laid out my dreams….I’m sure more will evolve on the blog. Now let’s hear about some of yours. Post them in the comments if you would like to share. And look forward to future posts about how I’m going to wander into all kinds of dreams…..by not just being a great starter….but becoming a great finisher.

                                                                                           -Wanderology Girl

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