12 Ways to Survive A Breakup & Stay Focused On Your Dreams

12 Ways to Survive A Breakup & Stay Focused On Your Dreams

I went through a breakup late last year. It sucked, like most breakups do. When it happens, all you want to do is hit the fast forward button, zip past all the upset, and get back to business as usual. When you head your own business, you kinda have to bounce back sooner rather than later. After all, you do have a business to run. It's not that easy. As entrepreneurs and stewards of our own career destiny, we can get especially hard hit when going through difficult times like a breakup. I wanted to share my greatest lessons and insights that helped me through the worst of it so we can learn from each other.

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Sweet Abundance

I met with a dear friend of mine yesterday at Martha’s Bakery in Forest Hills.  On my way to meeting my friend I couldn’t help but think about the history of our friendship.  I met her when I first started on my path to becoming a photographer.  Her boyfriend, now her husband, led these photography meet up groups that I attended regularly.  That was about four years ago and I never would’ve known at the time that our friendship would grow into what it is today.

I experienced a sweet feeling of gratitude for the friendships and the people I have in my life right now.  A treasure that I’ve always had but it went unnoticed for a long time until now.  It’s like reaching your hands into your pockets and pulling out a crisp twenty dollar bill that you didn’t know you had. Our lives are rich with abundance that we’ve created for ourselves over the years.  When changes take place in our lives it sometimes clouds our ability to see the treasures that exist in our lives.  But the beauty is that it is always there waiting for you to find it.

Reach into the pockets of your life.  What treasures will you find…?

See Beauty…

Ariane

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

The Power of Friendships | Personal Reflections

It’s amazing how two people who met over ten years ago, become bff’s, drift apart because of life’s current, and then come together again more dynamically than before.  Yesterday I reunited with my dear friend from middle school.  Back then I remembered her for her beaming personality, beautiful ear-to-ear smile, and infectious laugh that made me always laugh along with her.  It was so refreshing to see her again in that same light and even more in an life-has-been-good-to-me sort of way!  Seeing her was the spark I needed to take a trip down memory lane to reconnect with all of the people and experiences that made me who I am today.  Talking with her showed me how differently our paths in life have taken us.  But that no matter who we become, life always brings you back full circle and puts you back in touch with those who loved and supported you.

Everyday, we go through life, faced with so many decisions and experiences that have the potential to change things at a moment’s notice.  Life ushers us by and sometimes pushes us further away from the things, and in this case, people, that matter the most.  But somehow solid friendships with those that have helped to shape and mold you, are truly one of those things in life that will never leave you.

"A friend is one before whom I may think out loud". - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Ariane 

My Little Treasures

These teacups once belonged to my grandmother.  I remember when I was a little girl, I would look up at them through the glass cabinet that she used to keep them in.  They were so fancy  and carefully placed; I dare not touch them.  I would describe the teacups in the same way I would describe my grandmother: charming, strong, yet delicate.  My grandmother loved these beautiful little cups and brought them out proudly whenever she entertained guests. Teacups She has since passed on and I now keep these little treasures proudly in my cabinets.  And on special occasions, as well as ordinary days like this, I'll drink a cup of tea and feel closer to my grandmother with every sip. Teacups2 Do any of you keep a cherished item from a loved one who has passed on?  What is it and what memories does it hold for you?  I'd love to hear your stories. Thanks everyone...
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My Little Momma

Ok, I had to do this one for my Mom!! My mother moved to Florida almost a year ago but up until then we were like two peas in a pod.  Frequent shopping trips to the mall, long conversations about anything, or just hanging out at home watching a movie.  Sounds more like a best friend then a mom.  But that's how I look at her, even to this day; my mom is one of my best friends.  She's like this little lady, 5 feet 4 inches, so cute, full of life and loving.  I call her "my little momma" :). She flew up to New York to visit with me for two weeks.  It was like old times.  We stayed up late at night reminiscing about old times when I was growing up, strolled around Union Square admiring the artwork from the local vendors, and even pampered ourselves with a trip to the nail salon to get mani/pedi's.  We did so much in the two weeks she was here but the time that stood out the most to me was taking her to the Japanese Stroll Garden in Oyster Bay, Long Island.  One thing you should know about my mother is that she absolutely loves gardens, flowers, and anything nature related so this was the perfect place for her.  It felt good to be able to do this small thing for her after all the things she's done for me in my life.  Here are a couple of photos from that day that I also plan on putting into an album because I would love to look back on this experience 5 or even 10 years from now.
Look how beautiful!!  Initially she didn't want me to take any pictures of her because she doesn't think she's photogenic.
And by far my most favorite picture of my mom.  Really captures her spirit and her beauty from within.
It's funny how when you grow older you look at your parents and appreciate them in different ways.  Now when I look at my mom I really see and understand who she is.  Being a parent can be a very difficult thing and I realize that now as an adult and hopefully a future parent.  I am grateful to have such a fulfilling relationship with my mom and I'll always cherish the times that we spend with each other.  Love you Mom!!
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