Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Another Tuesday ...

There is nothing like a newborn to get you to pack your bags and get on a plane.

That's exactly what we did this last holiday weekend.  We spent these last few days in CO visiting some of our best friends.

Today we are flying home to Kentucky.  Hopefully it will be business as usual next Tuesday!  Thanks for checking in with me.

Love ya,
Anna Lee

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Is It Fall Yet?

Hey Guys - Below is a video of yours truly talking about some of the things I'm excited to wear/use this fall.  Enjoy your Tuesday!

Anna Lee

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Tuesday Update

If you didn't already know it's TUESDAY!

I'm so happy to have short and sweet video for you.  

Below is a pic of Avery's first day of 7th grade.

Thanks for hanging in there with me this summer.

I'm looking forward to a great fall and winter.

Anna Lee

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Summer's End

If I had to choose a theme or phrase for my summer it would be … expect the unexpected.  I would be lying if I told you that I was sad to see the summer end.  It has been one of the emotionally hardest I can remember.  During these last few months I have personally experienced or someone close to me has … separated from their spouse, received devastating health news, there have been hospital stays (both people and animal) and finally one of my best friends had her first baby out in CO.  We are super excited about the baby, but totally bummed that we couldn’t be there to welcome her into the world. 

We are all experiencing transitions this time of year so I thought I would share with you three strategies I used (some more successfully than others) to navigate my difficult summer. 

Give yourself permission to grieve the transition.  Good or bad change is hard.  Some are more welcome than others.  I remember when Avery started kindergarten.  I was happy that she was moving on to the next stage of life but I was also terribly sad that our time together was now going to be dictated by the school schedule

Avery on her first day of kindergarten. Circa 2007

Hold everyone and everything with an open hand.  This has been my biggest challenge.  Being willing to let people or things go is extremely difficult.  Love does not bind another or demand it’s own way.  The best explanation is a quote by Maya Angelou, “Love liberates.  It doesn’t hold – that’s ego. “.  At every turn, I’ve had to step back and ask myself what would Love do?  Am I saying or doing this from a place of love or fear?  If my answer was fear, I forced myself to stop and reconsider.

Sophie (aka the fur child) was rushed to the animal hospital and spent the night there this summer.

Celebrate small pleasures.  Some days it’s the little things like $3.99 bouquet of sunflowers from Trader Joe’s.  Or maybe your favorite song keeps coming up on your shuffle.  Whatever makes your heart skip a beat – pause and say, “thank you”.  It’s in these quiet moments that we connect with ourselves and others.

$4 never looked so good!

What strategies have you used to get through transitions in your life?  Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see ya next Tuesday.

Anna Lee 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

My Current Career

I firmly believe that life is about seasons.  My time and resources are spent much differently today than 10 years ago (when Avery was two).  In my current season of life I've begun a career as a professional volunteer.  This began slowly last fall.   I was praying for something that would be a good fit for my schedule/ responsibilities and interests.  Soon after I began this prayer an opportunity arose.

 Imagine that!

I don’t mind telling you I was scared.  Make that terrified.  There was training involved and a system that was something I had never done before with people I didn’t know.  Did I mention this was outside my comfort zone? Anyway, everything turned out great.  Did I mess up? Yes – many times.  After a while, I decided that I need to be more comfortable with making mistakes.  How else was I to learn?

In March this last year one of my best friends asked me to consider volunteering at Radio Eye in addition to my other commitment.  Radio Eye is a reading service for the blind in KY. Here is a link to their website.  Anyway, she had started volunteering there about six months earlier and wondered if I would be interested.   I agreed to go and check it out.  Guess what, I loved it. 

This was an opportunity to read and help other people.   Sign me up!

Photo credit - Avery

Why am I telling you this? 

To challenge you to start thinking about your life as something you are creating.  I don’t know what season of life you are in but sometimes you need to figure out where you need to grow.  Say a prayer and take the leap.  You won’t regret it!

Reading my girl Brene in the above photo

Sending you virtual hugs,

Anna Lee

PS - I'm remembering my brother William today.  He left this earth too soon 14 years ago today.  Here is a post I wrote about it a few years ago.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Super Simple Eye Make-Up Look

Pull out your make up and brushes for an EASY eye make- up looks that is perfect for every day.  Using neutrals this is a bright and open look that would look great on anyone.  This video is one of my longer ones so get comfy and enjoy!

PS – At the end of the video I mention my Stila eyeliner in TOPAZ.  Love this product.  It’s so soft and creamy.  I also talk about it in the video I did last Christmas.  If you are interested/curious, I've added it below.

With all my love,

Anna Lee

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Telling Stories

Last Sunday night Danny and I watched a movie on Amazon Prime titled, The Stories We Tell.  We had seen it before at the Kentucky Theater in 2012 (I love independent films).  It’s a documentary by a young woman that found out in her twenties that she was the result of an extra-marital affair and began looking for her biological father.  Here is the trailer.

What I really appreciated about the film was the way she approached the topic of her mother.  She gave everyone in the family the space to tell the story from their own perspective.  No single point of view dominated the story line.  You began to see that though everyone had their part in the narrative some remembered what happened differently or not at all.  It beautifully illustrated the role of storyteller as someone that comes to every story with their own bias and filter.

After I saw the film in 2012 I began to ask myself about my own story.  What are the stories I tell myself?  Are my stories true?  Did I remember things correctly or did I make things up?  This began an evaluation of my own bias and filters and how they were affecting my thoughts and feelings.  Who was it that said, “The unexamined life is not worth living”?  I think they maybe onto something.   

So this Tuesday, take a moment and ask yourself about YOUR story!