the fresh perspective…

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mom, dad, amd 2/3 brothers.

mom, dad, and 2/3 brothers.

Now that the holidays are pretty much here (my last day is the 23rd) family members and loved ones start to stream into the city in a steady trickle.  I’m sure there are many people headed to the airport this weekend.  Maybe you’re picking up a family member, or getting away for the 25th, the airport is a buzz.  The city is alive and you can feel the energy in the atmosphere change.

Christmas is around the corner and my family and I enjoy it with a good dose of basketball.  I know it’s bizarre but our family tradition does include a good dose of sports.  As 2014 comes to an end, I’m again reminded about how important my relatives are to me. We expanded our family by one this summer as well!  To be able to just unwind, rest, and love all these people makes me feel complete.   I’m excited, I’m grateful and I’m very happy.  Happy holidays to all of you from all of us!

That’s the fresh perspective…

the fresh perspective…

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slideshow_1This jewelry is stunning and now available in our shop!  Come check it out! It’s hand-made, in Seattle, with quality materials that make it a great gift for the holidays.

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That’s it, that’s all.  That’s the fresh perspective…

the fresh perspective…

How much is too much?

How do you know when you have let yourself be overcome with ‘stuff’?  During this season of giving and getting, it’s a wonder we have space in our lives for the things we will be getting…

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….how do you tell the time on this?…

We go from shop, to boutique, to mall, looking for that perfect something to give the ones we hold the nearest and most dear to us.  We anticipate seeing their faces light up when they open their gift.  Something about that, I guess, is why we give.  But why must we give things?  Why do we fail to see that the gift of time-spent is something much more valuable?

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Giving time instead of material things seems easy but let me tell you, it’s harder than you think.  Even now as you read this, your mind has already traveled to all the places you need to be by the day’s end.   All the things you need to accomplish before you sleep, gently nudge you through your day.  So to think that you would need to spend little or no money, but time, might be challenging.  Let’s face it, it’s easier to buy someone a gift than to give them four uninterrupted hours of your evening.

just chillin' with the homies...

just chillin’ with the homies…

I’d like to challenge everyone this year to maybe give time as a gift.  This holiday, begin with one or two people.  Start small because your time is valuable as well and if your family or group of close friends are many, all your time will be gone.  That’s the fresh perspective…

It’s good to be back…

Just returned from my summer break and it was great! Got a road trip into the states so I got to finish a book. Bonded with the family during an Okwumabua Family reunion, took in a safari and spent a lot of time with the kids at water parks in Toronto.  There’s nothing like the summertime to make you feel so good!

It’s good to be back and to get my hands in some hair.  It’s good to be back and hang out with the freshair gals.  It’s good to be back and get into wedding season.  It’s good to be back…

Peace