2017 Resolution

When writing this blog about my New Year’s resolutions, I thought “Well, that’s going to be easy!” My New Year’s resolutions really never seem to change that much from  year to year; lose a little bit of weight, exercise more, get more sleep – the typical, classic resolutions.  I’ve always enjoyed writing down my goals and resolutions, it gives me tremendous satisfaction just to see them on paper and I actually get quite ceremonious about it! However, this year when I sat down, I found it hard to find my focus and writing down the same thing just wasn’t doing it for me.

I’m very blessed that my family life is amazing and my work life is a dream so my resolutions always seemed to end up being about my own personal growth and improvement year after year.  But wait, maybe that was the problem!  Maybe that was the reason why my resolutions always felt so empty and unfulfilling. My goals have always been focused on…me.

After much thought of what really mattered to me, what made my heart feel full, what made me smile every day, what made me feel so blessed, (outside of my family, of course),  I finally figured out what my biggest resolution and focus of 2017 was going to be:

CHERISHING, LOVING and SHOWING GRATITUDE TO MY FRIENDS!

I’m going to start bringing my resolution to life with my absolute dearest friend who has looked out for me since I was five years old. She knows me better than nearly anyone and has been by my side for all the highs and lows my life has experienced so far.  She loves me unconditionally and I love her the same.  From a young age, she instilled within me a discipline and work ethic that was well beyond my years.  She taught me the importance of chasing your dreams, even though sometimes it was hard to keep the dreams in your sight through the fog of the “failures” along the way.  She taught me poise, grace, manners and respect.  She opened up doors of opportunity and helped me to not be afraid to walk through them.  She taught me humility and to always remember where I came from.  She was my comfort as I was losing my mom and reminded me that she was my “second mom” and will always be there for me.  Her name is Judy.  She doesn’t live close to me anymore, so I am committed to calling, texting, and sending her little gifts more just because she is “My Judy.” There really are no words to describe what a force she has been in my life and how I know, without a doubt, that my life would have turned out very differently if not for her.

So there it is, my goal for 2017:

To tell and show my friends that I love and cherish them with my whole heart.

Judy is just the beginning. Gratefully, I am blessed with many more friends who I will show my love and gratitude to as we journey through 2017 together.

It’s going to be an incredible year.

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Treasures from my Desk

I love my office at home!  While sitting at my desk, there are three different views. To the front, I have a view of a quiet, small, beautiful lake, large trees and my gardens. In the early morning hours there are ducks and geese relaxing on the water, giving me a very serene and peaceful view to start my day.  At dusk, the western facing sunsets are simply magnificent.

To the back of my desk is of a wonderful credenza filled with framed photos of my mom and dad, my nanas and papas, my honey, children and our pets. Then there are the hundreds of books, some enjoyed and some that have been on my ‘to read list’ for years.

The third view, the worst view of my office – is when I open the many drawers below the desk that are full of files, documents and clutter, accumulated for almost 20 years.

I recently decided to go through my files and do some purging and organizing.  I discovered many long-lost love notes from my sweetie, notes that were tucked into the lunchboxes of my children, outdated insurance info, garden blueprints, important company e-mails (why was I saving these?), my first professional reel, and my first contract with Evine 18 years ago. But then I hit the jackpot . . . photos, taken over the past 15 years, of promo and marketing pieces that my network has done. I knew many of you would recognize some of my friends and colleagues and enjoy them just as much as I did when I first pulled them out of my messy files!

Lynne blog 2 Tuscon remoteMy first Tucson remote 12 years ago! I was so nervous to be traveling with such industry professionals as Kendy Kloepfer, Karen Connelly and of course, Chuck Clemency. What if I goofed it all up? Chuck would never, ever let me live it down!

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Shooting the annual holiday greeting card was always such a hoot!   We would sometimes have to shoot for hours because we had such hard time being serious when we all got together!

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This promotional piece was for one of the first shows I ever did with the CEO of Invicta, Eyal Lalo. There was so much anticipation because this was the first big diamond piece we had ever done on the network. Every executive of the company was in the audience watching and I remember it sold out in minutes.

 

 

 

Lynne blog host pick 1RThe beginning of ‘Host Pick’ at the network . . . and still one of my favorites to this day. It was so much fun to enjoy such elaborate hair, make-up and wardrobe (and of course, Photoshop!) on some fabulous off-site location. I must admit . . . I felt a little like a movie star . . . if just for a day.

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Now that my drawers are cleaned out and organized, and I’ve found my little ‘treasures from my desk’, I don’t think I’m going to put them back into the same cramped files. I’m not quite sure what I’ll do with them yet . . .  I think I’ll just let them sit on the top of my desk for a while as I decide.

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The lazy days of summer?

As a girl who was born in Scotland and raised in northern Minnesota, no one appreciates the beauty of summertime more than me.  However, I’ve noticed a few funny contradictions . . .

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I love the feeling of the warm sun on my skin and all of the benefits of Vitamin D it provides. I love the warm, beautiful, sun-kissed glow my skin will have by summer’s end and look forward to the spattering of freckles across my nose and cheeks.   But, at that summer’s end, I’ll look in the mirror and panic! I ‘ll immediately return to the serums and creams I’ve so religiously applied morning and night to eliminate the new sun damage I just created with the goal of looking like I’ve never spent a single minute in the sun.

The ‘lazy days of summer’ is a concept that my brain has never quite figured out. It implies that I’m supposed to be snoozing in a hammock, sipping ice tea, sunning by the beach, dining al fresco every night and being stress free without really not accomplishing much. While great in concept, this whole idea totally stresses me out. I am a consummate list maker and list crosser-offer. As long as I can keep doing that while sipping ice tea in a hammock on a beach somewhere, I’m good.

One of my biggest passions is gardening. In Minnesota, we really get to enjoy the fruits of our gardening labor for a short 5 months. In my excitement, I usually start way too early. Inevitably, an early frost arrives and I’m covering up my pots and window boxes with blankets and will always lose some of my beautiful new flowers to the cold. Also in my excitement, I’ll spend a small fortune on flowers for my gardens. My rationale is that summer is such a short season so I just have to spend . . .  with my husband’s rationale is being that, since summer is such a short season, I shouldn’t spend!

In the end, come Labor Day Weekend I’ll do what any good Minnesotan will do when it really kicks in just how glorious (but short) a Minnesota summer can be.   I’ll wish I had soaked up the more of the goodness of the sun, I’ll wish I had relaxed and chilled-out just a wee bit more, and I’ll wish I had designed another colorful and beautiful back-yard garden.

Cheers to making this summer the best one ever!

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