Look Up!

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Today I went walking. I find it is really important to spend some time alone, to hear my own thoughts, my own  soul’s deepest yearnings. I ask myself deep questions….I silently and attentively listen for answers whispered….

….that’s how they often come.  Today miraculously and exactly on time I heard something wash over me saying “Look up!” I am so glad the silence and quietness of my mind, allowed my soul to understand. This is what I saw, when I gazed through the mossy covered oak trees, this gorgeous spring morning. It was brilliant, it was God. It was a message “Keep going! Don’t you ever, ever, ever, ever, ever give up.” That can go for you too, dear reader….sometimes you just have to look up or you might miss something. Don’t give up on your dreams. You were born for it.

-Wanderology Girl

Designing Dreams….My new Blogging Suite

corner blinds open    I know one thing for sure…if you want your dreams to come true you have to design them. I wanted to be a wanderer, traveler, blogger, writer, and photographer.I wanted to inspire, elevate, and bring joy to my readers. So the process for me began with designing the very sanctuary where these ambitions could blossom. My own little haven of blogging bliss. I needed to have a clearing season, to clear away the unnecessary in my life and make room for different, new, goals and dreams. I have always had a desk for paperwork and other tasks. it was tucked back in a dark corner of my dining room. No wonder I never felt inspired there. I wasn’t where life was happening. I wasn’t near an open window with a fresh breeze to inspire my writing. I wasn’t near the light that enlightens the soul and fills the mind with inspiration. So where oh, where would I find this magical spot. I didn’t have a sunny bedroom in my home for an office. That’s when the brilliant idea came to me like a sudden burst of flowing thoughts. I could just carve out my little cavern of peace in the corner of my family room next to three huge windows overlooking my backyard. This will do. This will bring a fresh rush of inspiration. I love the light, the breeze, a place to gave when my mind wanders. So I had found the perfect spot to blog.

Now the designing part comes into play. My Blogging Suite had to have elements of goals, and dreams, and success to motivate my work. I chose a black and white theme to represent my travel dream of going to Paris eventually. Touches of pink that whisper I’m girly. I had to have a living plant to remind me of my wanderology theme to “Live” and a candle to bring light and guidance on my path.Just as luck would have it my husband just bought me a beautiful, pink calla lily. And I purchased a beautiful Fitz & Floyd candle in Rosemary & White Ginger. It’s so yummy! Topped it off with a coordinating water bottle , and thermal lunch bag  from Thirty-One.

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I bought black and pink coordinating file folders and binders from target. Totes and file holder and matching notepad from Thirty-One. It has a sweet ambiance with my Eiffel tower screen saver in a spring setting on the desk. At night I sometimes transition to a sparkly Eiffel tower in a night setting. I have my French calendar by Page-a-day, and a stone throw away is a full size  France calender my dear friend Jewels got me.I have a brass compass that was found on Amazon, to remind me to head in the direction of my dreams, a quote a day book and the reminder “Paris is always a good idea”. I have a water globe from our family’s favorite vacation spot the Florida Keys. If you look closely I keep my Crown from when I was Mrs. Tampa America 2008 in the Mrs. America Pageant near by to remind me the only dreams you achieve are the ones you actually go for!

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I found an adorable black stripe rug to put under my chair at Home Goods. I re-covered an old chair with fabric to coordinate. I tied my nearby love seat in, with a pink chandelier toss pillow, and black & white throw. I just bought a sharp looking velvet pillow of the Eiffel tower and put that on the sofa. It’s all coming together now. I bought a easy pocket size 2015 Paris Planner C’est la Vie. The planning, the designs, and then finally the dreams become realized. It started out I couldn’t find the a spot for my Blogging Sweet…until I allowed myself to think outside the box. To allow myself to have new eyes.The real voyage of discovery consist not of seeking new landscape, but in having new eyes.

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-Wanderology Girl

New Orleans Day 3: Antiques, Boutiques, & Window Shopping

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One of my favorite places to wander in New Orleans is the Antique district. Amazing, copious amounts of boutiques tucked between black french lamp posts and cobblestone streets. There is just something that stirs the soul to go into these historic treasure chests. It seriously would take you weeks to really browse and see all these charming places. I really couldn’t get enough. I was drinking in the atmosphere and had been transported a century or more back into a time machine. If I could have one memento from this place what would transport me back here to my lovely visit, every time I glanced at it, what would it be? Maybe this??????

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Amazing how many sparkly creations are draping the ceilings of these quaint shops. I have always been taken in by chandeliers. But I am afraid I can’t fit this in my suitcase home. I found a great article naming the top 10 antiques shops in New Orleans , that might help narrow down where you want to go if your serious antique shopper. Here is the link. http://www.10best.com/destinations/louisiana/new-orleans/shopping/antique-shops/

What I love about this place is the variety in shopping and eating. You never know what is around the next corner, and to my surprise it’s usually delightful. Here is some of the places I had a chance to browse or window shop.

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When you finally have exhausted your sweet little feet, Pick out your favorite brunch bonnet and escort your famished tummy in a horse drawn buggy, over to hear some Jazz for brunch.Here is a delightful little place I discovered on Royal Street. The Court of Two Sisters   Best Outdoor Dining Spot: AAA Southern Traveler Magazine’s. The adventures never cease in a wonderland of creativity here in The Big Easy. By the Way, many readers may not know how that nickname “The Big Easy” came about. One theory goes the nickname may be related to the rich musical heritage of New Orleans. The city has long been a a safe place for jazz and blues musicians who wanted a place to experiment with their abilities.. The story goes,  that the earliest use of the Big Easy had to do with  there were many different kinds of  ways for a good musician to make it in New Orleans. From performing street performing, to playing in parks. Nightclubs became a hot ticket. It was the most helpful city at the time for a new artist to get the support they needed. The Big Easy may have represented the amount of ease it was for struggling musicians to find place to survive and thrive there.

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Don’t forget to stop by this amazing little shop I saw. Just the charming sign draws one inside. How enchanting to have a signature scent created especially just for you. I had to resist such a temptation on this adventure. It definitely would be a souvenir you would never forget. That is the thing I discovered here. You really feel like thing’s can get personal. People feel free to be real, to share their talents, to find their place. I love the creativity, the charm, the talent, the art, the character this place breathes. It beckons travelers “Come, come and wander my streets….live a little.” The name of the perfumery is  Bourbon French Parfumes http://www.neworleansperfume.com/about.htm

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Then head over for one last beignet for dessert. I just can’t get enough of these delicious treats….somehow they draw the words “Oh,la,la” from my sweet powdery lips. http://www.cafebeignet.com/

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As I was wandering down the street I rushed past a window, and something made me take a step backwards. What was the delight that caught my hurried attention? It was this adorable little dog snuggled on the couch in the window of somebody’s street-side apartment. It was all nestled between mingling homes and shops. This was such a wonderful treat. I had to snap a shot of this. Imagine how great this shot will be, when I get my new camera that I am saving up for (another Wanderology Girl Dream almost fulfilled). This is one of my favorite shots yet! It instantly took me back to the song……

“How much is that doggie in the window?
The one with the waggly tail
How much is that doggie in the window?
I do hope that doggie’s for sale!”

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It was difficult leaving this hip, happy, place. The wonderful thing is, I took a chance, I came, I saw, I wandered. I am willing to find a way, even if it isn’t always in the cards….to live my dreams. I wish for you dear reader to wander….to find your dream….to do something today to start living it. We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.

                                                                                    -Wanderology Girl

                                                                                      

The Mona Lisa Smile

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Welcome to my Blog Wanderology it’s all about wandering into all kinds of things. From art & travel, to thoughts & hearts. Just recently I was wandering through some history books about Leonardo Da Vinci. When you study the life of one who is so talented, so gifted, so extraordinary, one pauses to think, “There must be something I do well.” Maybe it hasn’t been wandered into yet? Hmmm?

As I was reading about the great master piece he painted of the Mona Lisa. I was quiet amused and even plunged into my deepest curiosities, about this woman in the painting. I am not the first and surely won’t be the last to ask….what Leonardo himself questioned…..“Is she smiling at you? Or Is she smiling with you?” Now that is something to let your thoughts tickle.I assume if she is smiling with me….she knows I’m smiling at the beauty within her. But if she is smiling at me ….maybe she’s smiling at the beauty within me. All I know for sure, is letting yourself be open, like the golden gate bridge, or the doors of an elevator, you will find yourself wandering into some pleasant serendipity. So what is it dear reader? Look closely. Is she smiling with you…or is she smiling at you?  –Wanderology Girl Continue reading