Never Wait For Perfection

If you wait til things are perfect you'll never get anything done.

A white blank canvas can be daunting but, such an exciting challenge #TheFirstMark .

What to do?

Do you feel defeated before you begin?

Don't know where to begin?

Just make the first mark!

Begin.

What's the worst thing that happens?

Seriously, answer that.

It doesn't work? A mistake?

There are NO mistakes only discoveries.

And you can only make discoveries through your mistakes.

So click your iphone and post to Instagram. You don't have to wait for a camera.

Write your blog post and let the words out there! You don't need a computer.

Paint your heart out on as many pieces of paper of canvas as you have. Anything will do!

The point is:

We all have a habit of thinking I'll wait til the environment is perfect AND that will never happen.

I'll wait til I have solitude.

I'll wait for just the right time.

We make excuses.

The perfect studios/offices we see on Instagram they don't exist.

The perfect looking lives of others not real.

Cameras click on the best angles.

Quit being influenced by others.

Quit resenting. Quit feeling without because of those pics! or posts on social media.

Instead:

Become inspired. Break the pics up and critique why you loved the shot! What does it trigger inside of you?

Begin so you can improve.

Begin so you can get on your path.

Waiting will not improve you.

Resentment will weaken you.

JUST pick up whatever you haven't and begin.

Be selfish.

Shut your phone off.

Take a walk return home and

Feel your creative.

Spark your inner magic.

Scream and loosen your voice up!

Click away!

Write.

Paint.

Draw.

Help yourself!

Feel your gratitude.

Jump in and get ready for a fabulous adventure! 

Quit thinking and just feel your inner joy!

BEGIN.

xoxo

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An Evening To Remember

An Enchanting Evening In The Country.

Unexpected.

A night under the stars misted over with rain. The sound of the rain on the roof of the barn,(yes the barn), absolute perfection!

The heaviness of the air brought a blurred lighting to the camera.

Visual Eye Candy.

The barn filled with intermittent giggles and squeals.

An evening of sensory fulfillment.

The theme Indian Sultry.

Cooper Boone hosted an evening at his home in the country with guest chef Heather Carlucci.

The evening began with cocktails inside his home. Walking around, discovering treasures, staring and taking photos of rare and eclectic vintage treasures.

http://facebook.com/coopersfarmhouse

Dinner was announced and we walked across the expanse of the yard to the barn. Most guests used umbrellas which added to the #StyleScene.

Simply decorated hay bales to sit upon and one rustic long table set with charm.

Candlelight, sound of rain, the smell of wet grass, darkness of night, chef announcements, clicking of cameras and ice cubes clinking. The quintessential summer evening.

Each course a revealing of seasonings and textures. Commingling of the senses and fabulous conversation.

Cooper Boone couldn't sit still with excitement all night, eating at various places and joining in  groups clicking selfies! Energized and bouncy!

Friends, family and strangers brought together for an evening of discovery. So many intriguing conversations. Businesses combined and explored.

The art of a dinner party is a delicate balance. Who to invite. What to serve. Choosing a theme. Where to host. The conversation created.

The adventure of the night

you never know. You prep your home, set the table and just when everything is perfect the first guests begin to arrive.

And like a river you let go and let the evening take shape.

So much fun!

Thank you Cooper for setting the scene of a fabulously chic evening! A natural cozy setting ignited through love and passion for friends.

xoxo

ootragirl 

Look for Cooper Boone at his new store opening Foundry42 in Port Jervis!! You will fall in love with him and his aesthetic!!

 http://www.f42home.com/

 http://instagram.com/coopersfarmhouse

 

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My daughter says...

I have the energy of a lion.

The real answer it's a spirit that I embrace and drives me forward relentlessly with pure passion fueling me to see positivity comprehending risks but believing in surpassing the potholes! Understanding the glow of daily gratitude and seeking the "aha" moment within your eyes.

I crave being the one to make mistakes to grow and feel the pain of missteps to the next wrung on the ladder.

Sadness is not my enemy but my awareness of the depth of my soul I draw upon for my creative.

When I feel it creeping in, I throw a movie on and begin to draw and write. I know right there within my reach is something fabulous.

You must be completely raw, vulnerable and open to actually create.

I embrace my uniqueness and know where I'm going. The unknown awaits for me within my goals. The mistakes the sidesteps I take are teaching me what I'll need where I'm going.

Tired?

Forget it. Tired for me

is the result of over pushing, learning, expressing and sharing. And that is a fabulous gift!

I am energized by every meeting and activity. They are my challenges to this life I have been gifted.

I will never waste a moment.

Worry?

The Big picture is all I focus on!

The result is more than I could ever imagine.

I am on a fabulous ride ready for anything I have my map for reference But aching for off road adventures!!

All I can say to each of you.

Enjoy imperfection

Revel in your mess

Quick resenting others

Focus on love,family and sharing, compassion,teaching and smiling!

Feel gratitude daily and reach beyond your norm.

WAKE UP and LIVE!!

xoxo

ootragirl

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Do you Have "It"?

Tireless? Passion?

#Entrepreneur

What does that mean?

Me collapsed unmoving in bed. Head spinning unable to filter the day. Emotionally drained from switching conversations, depleted energy from transitioning from each person place and thing. Psychologically drained from listening, absorbing all the stories from the day and yet advising,creating and being everything to everyone and guiding all. Seeking answers, solutions and fixing continually.

Anticipating the needs of everything.

Thank god for my team, my family,

my friends!

My friends? are what other stores call clients but ours are passionate friends who we love adore and would do anything for.

There is never a person who walks in who we wouldn't know. Yet, if someone did? We would "know" them after five minutes. We sit we talk, the clothing a secondary thing to us.

Our brand is filled with familiarity and LOVE!

This IS being an entrepreneur!

This is how we roll!

This is the life I choose rather than a cubicle and no control.

I am the control panel.

I am the one who charges the scene.

Our team takes my energy lead and runs spreading the 💥Spark!

The gift to me? My team is now independent of me. They are doing it all. I have tears writing this! They have the brand and are running it. Growing it. Doing it. Living it. I saw it and felt it yesterday for the very first time!  They were so fluid. They were a ballet!

I was so proud and felt my release! 

Time away? That is spent thinking, creating being ahead of all. But working every day without overload.

An entrepreneur Does Not need a break away from everything. There is no shut off valve. No matter what you're doing where you are there are sparks! I guess the relevant way to explain! My mind is a LIVE version of that Pokemon go game. You may be looking in your phone for one of those things, but my mind is alive seeing ideas on the street daily!

My every day is visually just like that! AHA moments of vision. on the street. Seeing what's not there.

A creative,thinking mind needs quiet spaces, and moments which allow the ROOM

to birth of spark!

As great art gifts the viewer

Space to process the art

space to ponder and connect. Movement .

I gift myself the space to grow to enlarge the path to envision what will be. Strategy time and  growth for next move. But every day is filled with ideation and meetings and possibilities. My journal grows. My responsibility to myself, my family, my team, my dreams, my vision.

I love opening my eyes today and everything in me shouts do not move!

This IS a sure thing that I did everything I possibly could yesterday! And the best part?

As I assess the day I KNOW

My whole team was a smooth running fluid family effortlessly running, grabbing, showing, sharing, fulfilling and quite the ballet!

 

Want to be an entrepreneur?

Get ready to feel pushed beyond your known capacity and wake up feeling like you just ran a marathon.

And yet, today is a new day to begin again!

You're never done.

There's no ceiling.

Theres no end.

You just go go go!

Your body catching up with your mind that's brimming with ideation and opportunities!

Which way to go and so much excitement!

What's next?

Here we go!!!

Wheeeeee..

xoxo

ootragirl

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Sharing Sources


Why wouldn't you?

Life is short

The world is small

You never know by sharing what bursts of ideation and collaborations can occur.

When in doubt you open your heart and share!

Every moment of my life has been seeking out treasures, sources and corners of wow.

Discovering the right factory, for materials, seamstresses and everything I use to create for whatever I do.

The hunt is time consuming and takes hours,days, months and a lifetime.

But, do you not have the confidence in yourself to know and realize you ARE Unique?!

Share!

The dilemma age old argument

FACT:

Most never want to share info.

I'm sorry but I just don't get it.

There are multiple sources who supply many people throughout the world and need to stay in business.

The more we share the more success is shared by all.

The Copy mindset is just wrong.

Remember to trust in your creative and ability to power ahead. No one can steal your brain. Your creative is your own. No one can keep up with you or replicate you.

The choices you make will be so different from another's let alone how it's merchandised, designed created or pieced together and styled.

Materials, factories, sources for trims or wholesalers no matter who has access will not be you.

Trust in you with your designs your ability and wherewithal!

Share and feel happy you are helping others.

I always share when asked.

Where ,How and the Why.

When I'm out shopping for fun in small boutiques I volunteer  my reps, my brands whatever I think could help them grow. I hand to them the info.

The ingredients to success do not guarantee anything other than their mixture may work or not.

If you take a miserly approach to life and keep an arm around your info you're missing out.

Whatever your business is showing a better way, a concise technique or your style of presentation or business acumen

with another in your industry will not take you down. truth.

Share and feel the knowledge you've helped another person and realize

no else has your mind,

the way you process,

your energy,

the way you interact,

your passion,

your integrity,

your concentration

or personality flair.

You're not handing your designs you're handing your sources, ingredients, who are honorable and helping everyone in the process.

My approach to life if I can make it easier for the next person I will.

Why not?

Why wouldn't I?

I fear no one. I focus about my forward business projections. I never sit huddled around my life sheltering what I do and fear copy.

I challenge anyone to be me.

I have confidence in me

my brand

my way and I know

with ALL of my heart

No one will ever be able to replicate me.

Ishare everything with everyone.

Here's a fact

You can give someone all of your tools and so called secrets, but 98% won't even get off the couch.

Trust in YOU

Believe in YOU

Know your Confidence

Allow your Creative to Flow

Keep your passion fueled

Always work with a deep integrity

Build trust

Remain humble

Share and Love the Feeling

of helping others.

My motto is teach and help others to climb.

Please KNOW you ARE an original and very special.

Always..and Forever!

~ootragirl  

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