Posts Tagged ‘Fall’

Are you living your life for you?

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b29c8840505311e3b995125caca955e5_8Thanksgiving (my favorite holiday) is almost here and the new year is just around the corner. It is this time of year I always start reflecting on the things for which I am most thankful. On my daily walks when I am admiring the change of seasons, I assess whether I am truly counting my blessings and living a life of gratitude each and every day. It’s hard not to feel blessed with views like these, but that’s the very time I ask myself if I am living out my passion and my purpose the way I had planned for this year.


While pondering these thoughts last week, Kris Carr, an amazing young woman I have followed for a while through her Crazy Sexy Kitchen cookbook and Crazy Sexy Wellness healthy eating regimes and who has been living with stage 4 cancer for 10 years was perfectly re-delivered into my universe. It was not a coincidence.


You see, last week Kris was an added bonus to Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday with Mark Nepo. And Kris gave me what Oprah would call an A-ha! moment. Here’s what she said…

“I have cancer. I may never be healthy on paper. But I am well.  Life is a terminal condition, we’re all going to die. But how many of us will truly live…for ourselves. Not for our spouse, not for our parent or our careers, not for our illness but truly for ourselves. That’s the golden ticket.”

Kris’s words stopped me in my tracks. It was just another reminder to look at my life and see if I am truly living it. Not for my career. But for me.


I’m still working on my answer. It’s not a simple one. And I will let you know when I have it figured out. But since I have some more work to do on it, you can probably guess that my answer is NOT a resounding yes.


While I’m off on my next walk to think about living my life for me–do tell me, are you living your life for you? And if not, what needs to change?

Let’s get back on track together while we still can. Because as I always like to remind us…life is short.


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Traditional Home Fall Feast Photo Shoot: Let Me Take YOU Behind the Scenes

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I recently hosted a dinner party to share with my nearest and dearest all the stories and photos I brought back from my amazing trip to Scotland! Traditional Home joined me for the preparations, and the story is in the magazine this month. They’ve also included photos and recipes of the event on their website.

And, today, I discuss more about the decor for the event (including how YOU can create a Fall Feast that’s vibrant and fresh), over at my friend P. Allen Smith’s blog. Don’t miss it!

In Designer MBA last week, we talked for a moment about how to work smart at a photo shoot, and it occurred to me that YOU might be interested in a behind-the-scenes peek at what it takes to pull off an event like this, when it’s going to be captured on film. So I pulled together some progress shots for you.

Of course the lighting had to be just right!

And the Palette Catering staff was busting a move in the kitchen! They were fabulous, as always! They helped me re-create this shortbread: a recipe I picked-up on the trip!

And the flan…to die for!

The all-green centerpiece really amped-up the decor!

These favor pouches were a special treat for my guests, and the tag echoes the stagshead motif that’s incorporated throughout the decor!

Whew! These photo shoots take more work than you might think! At least after it was all said and done I had the chance to sit down and enjoy the fine meal and the great company!


p.s. For more on styling your home for parties with a keen designer eye, join me at Camp Tobi Fairley for Design A to Z, November 7-9! It’s a 26-step crash course in the basics of design. You won’t want to miss it! See what people are saying about Camp Tobi Fairley events here!



Falling for Fall

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Good Saturday Morning Everyone!

Today is the first really chilly day of Fall in Little Rock and my little one and I are up early and sitting by the fire in the Living Room while I enjoy an extra cup of coffee.

This first cool October day is in my top 5 favorite days of the the entire year!  The day that I can finally tell that Fall, my favorite season, has officially arrived.

Just yesterday we  loaded up my car with pumpkins and mums for our front porch, an official beginning of our Autumn celebrations!

I adore Fall. The clothes, the weather, the smell of a fire in the fireplace and cooking comfort food on the stove. It all makes me feel so nurtured and cared for. And then there’s my favorite Holiday…Thanksgiving. I love that time of reflection and gratitude for all the blessings in my life!

But this year, Fall is even better than usual for me. Why is that you ask? Well it’s because I have a few things to be especially grateful for. I have made some major changes in my life. I have gotten healthy, both mentally and physically, I have a sense of peace and serenity that I have never had.  As a result, I have gotten really happy. Blissfully happy. And it’s having a real trickle down affect on my family, my staff, and others around me.

Do you remember my series of posts 9 months ago stating my Resolutions, Plans, and Dreams for the year? Well if you missed them, follow the links above for a refresher. And since we are winding down 2012, I thought now would be a great time to see just how many of them I accomplished.

Did you write resolutions? Well if you did, pull them out and meet me back here tomorrow and let’s grade our “resolutions report card” and see what else we want to make happen in 2012 while we still have time. Plus it’s not too early to start thinking about 2013. It’s truly just around the corner.

Wishing you a Happy Fall and Happy Weekend. Don’t forget to nurture yourself and those you love during this special time of year!

Until tomorrow… xo, Tobi

P.S. You can find these lovely Fall photos on my “Falling for Fall” Pinterest Board.  And if you are looking for a creative way to celebrate Fall and nurture yourself, why don’t you come to Camp Tobi Fairley for our Design from A to Z Camp? You can learn more about it and sign up here!

KATV Design Time Reminder

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Don’t forget that tomorrow is Design Time with Tobi Fairley on KATV’s Good Morning Arkansas!  I’ll be on during the 9 o’clock hour.

Autumn box display

Tomorrow morning I’ll be talking about how to get your home ready for fall.  It’s one of my favorite times of year!

Tobi Fairley, Room Rescue Plan

I am also announcing the next installment of the “Room Rescue Plan.”  You’ll have to tune in to get all the details on how to win a rescue plan for a room in your home!

And for my blog readers outside of Central Arkansas, I’ve got great news.  The clips from Design Time with Tobi Fairley will be available shortly for you to view online.  Stayed tuned for more details!

Image via Better Homes & Gardens