Friday Four No.9


Each Friday, I share “Four Things For Friday” that are a collection of things I’ve seen, heard, or experienced during the week. Thoughtfully chosen, and intended to spark your curiosity, imagination, or inspiration. HAPPY EXPLORING!

Photo from Potting Shed Creations. Used graciously.

Photo from Potting Shed Creations. Used graciously.

What lesson was I reminded of this week?

It takes time to grow something - anything in fact. A relationship, a friendship, a business, a project, a design.

We have become so used to on-demand, rapid living, that sometimes it’s easy to get impatient and want something to materialize quickly.

I love fresh flowers and plants at home and at work. They remind me that if anything is worth doing or being part of, it needs nurturing, it will take time to grow. Water it, give it light, food, attention, devotion, and care - oh, sort of like humans! Or it might start to wither or not be quite as vibrant or as healthy as it could be - also like humans!

It’s easy to get overloaded with work (even if it’s enjoyable), so here’s a gentle reminder and some encouragement to take time to nurture and care for the people (yourself included) and things that are important to you.

The French Quarter. Charleston, SC.

What book am I reading?

I have a new book on the go!

It’s called The Dream Manager and I am so excited to begin tucking into this one this evening. (Yes my Friday evening is going to be a quiet one.)

This came as a recommendation from a true gem that I met this week. She’s an inspiration and a delightful soul doing amazing work in the world. You know when you just connect with someone? Treasures!

So, when she recommended this book I went straight to Amazon and clicked buy. It’s a business parable about how companies can achieve remarkable results by helping their employees fulfill their dreams. Ahhh, it’s a book that speaks my language. More insights to come. Have you read it? Tell me what you think.


What did I do on Monday?

Have you noticed how the way you start the week, for some strange reason, sets the tone for the rest of the week? I have a theory why.

On Monday, I was at the Shoppe Object. The trade show in NYC, showcasing new designers, brands, and makers. I went for my other business, Norsu Haus and met with a number of the amazing designers we partner with, while also scouting and spotting for new designers and seeing what new collections and trends were emerging.

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It’s a true collection of well-made, highly curated designs, where we seek to find the best-of-the-best in gift products that are crafted with passion and purpose. It’s clear to me that when you find people who believe in what they are doing that just translates into what they are doing or making.

Given this was where I began the week, my whole week unfolded in the same way. I met some wonderful people by chance this week, and felt inspired by all sorts of things as I brainstormed prospect and client ideas and crafted new plans and perspectives.

So what’s my hunch about starting the week well? Set your brain off on a path you’d like it to follow. Want to think negatively? Keep going, you’ll receive it in experiences. Want to think positively? keep going, you’ll receive in experiences! It’s a powerful game to play. Give it a whirl and see what happens, let me know. I’m curious.

Photo from Urban Remedy. Used graciously.

Photo from Urban Remedy. Used graciously.

What food did I try this week?

I am really excited to have found Urban Remedy. What a tremendous company to have discovered with a great range of products available in Wholefoods across New York (and throughout the U.S.), and an online meal plan offering too! (can’t wait to try this in the future.)

Organic, clean eating, not-messed-with-much nutrient rich food (that’s a technical term), that just makes you feel fabulous.

Over the years I have become acutely aware of how my body responds to the food that it gets to experience, and while I 100% believe in balance and if I fancy a burger then guess what? I’m eating that burger, but out of choice if I could eat fresh organic veggies and fruit all day long everyday I would. However, access, time, inspiration, and knowledge doesn’t always come together in unison, and so when I need help I love being able to have food like this I can easily find and devour.

Urban Remedy believe food is healing, I agree, and so the collection of juices and salads, and the chocolate protein bar that I’ve tried so far are top of the list in enjoyment.

Have you tried it? What are your other favorite clean eating products and services?