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Taking a Trip but Enjoying the Journey

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I am taking a short trip today to my parent’s lakehouse to enjoy family for this holiday weekend. And just this morning one of my daily email subscriptions I have spoken about to you before, en*theos, got me to thinking about journeys or more importantly our life’s journey.

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The email included an article by Ran Zilca that referenced the Bhagavad Gita, the sacred Hindu script considered to be one of the most important texts in literature and philosophy and it also referenced the Tao Te Ching, written by Lao Tzu, the father of Taoism. Both of these works are familiar to me because they are often referenced in the practice of yoga and by my favorite spiritual thought leaders including Wayne Dyer. And it is actually on my “to do” list to read them both in their entirety–I guess you can say it’s on my bucket list.

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And that brings me to the point I am trying to make here. We spend a lot of time thinking about our future. What we want to cross off our “bucket list” or even what we “should” be doing in this life. And we often get more preoccupied with the destination we are trying to get to rather than enjoying the journey. And sure, we have all heard “Enjoy the journey”, or “the journey IS the destination”. But I can’t say that it really sunk in for me until this morning. Here’s what what Ran said that gave me my Ah-ha!

(from the Bhagavad Gita)…
You have a right to your actions,
but never to your actions’ fruits.
Act for the action’s sake.
And do not be attached to inaction.
Self-possessed, resolute, act
without any thought of results,
open to success or failure.
This equanimity is yoga.
It’s hard to find text that encapsulates so much wisdom in so few words. Inner peace comes when your reward is simply being proactive, liberated from preoccupation with future results.  You just go on the road and enjoy the ride, leaving your comfort zone to face the challenges of being out there. When you do that, results follow, but perhaps not the way you’d expected. As Lao Tzu, the father of Taoism wrote in the Tao Te Ching:
the more we don’t desire something,
the greater the chance of getting it,
and all the more exciting.

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So there it is…another epiphany for me. It’s not just about enjoying the journey while still keeping your eye on the ball of the destination. It is forgetting the destination completely and the reward itself is just taking the journey.

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Talk about living in the present! Can you do that? Not sure that I can, but my heart and my gut sure want to try. Can you begin to practice creating your goals simply for the joy in the journey itself? Can you write a book because you really are fulfilled by writing, not because it will make you loads of money and bring you fame? Can you design a room even if it is never published because of the sheer joy and fulfillment of creating a successful and meaningful space? Can you get healthy and change your habits just to make yourself well and whole each day, not to fit into a certain dress or swimsuit or impress another person?

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I recently read in The 4-hour Work Week this profound statement…

“Time without attention means nothing, so value attention over time.” 

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It made me think of my daughter. And it made me realize that just being with her and not giving her my undivided attention (which I have done so many times) because I am working, or on my phone or iPad, is the same as not being with her at all. In fact, it is actually worse, because it reinforces to her that she is less important than all these electronics. Or she is less important than the person on the phone. And why would I ever want her to think anything is more valuable to me than she is? Yikes! What a gut check, right?

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So I think all these ideas come full-circle for me today. It is not just about enjoying the journey. It is about being 100% present in the journey knowing all the while that if nothing comes from the journey but the journey itself, it was more fulfilling than any future result we could ever imagine and strive for. And if valuing those on the journey with you by giving them time AND attention is your only success, then what a blessed life you have had. It’s like the Tao Te Ching says…The more we don’t desire something, the greater the chance of getting it and all the more exciting.

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Will you enjoy the ride? Will you leave the “baggage” of your past and your future and just live for today giving both time AND attention to the people and the moments that are most important to you?

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Remember my resolution for this year to “Collect Moments, Not Things”. Well things are the destination and the moments are the journey.

Wishing you a safe and happy weekend with family and friends and hoping you enjoy the ride!

xo,

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And for those of you design-lovers here are a few AMAZING rooms that leave the “baggage” as gorgeous elements of design and not limiting beliefs that hold us back. Enjoy…

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p.s. To see all these great room images and travel inspired photos visit my Pinterest Boards called Destinations and Trunk Love. And while you are there, feel free to daydream about all the amazing places you want to travel and visit in this life, simply because the journey would fill your soul! Bon Voyage.

Your Toes Will Be Tapping! My Design Work Makes an Exciting Cameo! And a #HPMKT Playlist for YOU!

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Remember the room that I designed for Traditional Home in the Holiday Showhouse in NYC?

It appears as a set in a Justin Timberlake video!!!!!!! So now I can add “Hotshot Music Video Set Designer” to my resume. You can watch the video below. My room (sans furnishings but still decked-out in this gorgeous Phillip Jeffries wallcovering) is the room in the shot, starting at minute 4:10. This is so cool and exciting.

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Cheers to Phillip Jeffries and their Union Square grasscloth for this amazing cameo! Here’s a close-up of Union Square:

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Lovely, am I right?!

On another note (pun intended!), a handful of #HPMKT style spotters and trend watchers have created playlists in anticipation of High Point this month! You can find all of them HERE.

My own playlist is themed “Gold Standard,” and you can play it here (see the playlist right under my signature?), courtesy of Spotify and #HPMKT! I hope it gets your toes a-tappin’. Enjoy!

Xo,

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p.s. Tomorrow we are announcing our exciting special guests for the May 7-9th session of Design A to Z! Don’t forget to check back in and see what we have in store for you for this exciting training!

It Ain’t Easy Being GREEN!: Pantone Color Forecasting

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Oh. My. Goodness! Can you believe that as of TODAY we are only TWO WEEKS away from 2013?!?! And you already know how much I love New Year’s resolutions and turning over new leaves and any chance to make a fresh start, right? So it’s no surprise that I also like New Year trend predictions…especially COLOR trend predictions!

You can read all about the Pantone color of 2013, Emerald, and how I’ve incorporated bold greens into lots of design projects over the years in my latest installment of “Color Confidential” over at the At Home in Arkansas’ blog.

 

I’m extra-excited THIS year, because…well…it’s a GREEN. And green is very possibly my signature color (man! I wish there were some way to type that with a Steel Magnolia’s drawl!). When I speak in public or appear at events  people are always surprised if I wear any other color, so it’s become a kind of joke around here.

Maybe it’s just because of these headshots…

Or just because I love to collect jadeite…

Or probably just because my own home has a splash of green or two…

Or, uh, well…maybe my daughter is under the GREEN influence, too?

Well, fine! I have a green addiction! Does that mean it’s ok to act surprised if Santa brings me something special in GREEN this year?

 

For more green-spiration from me, visit my Pinterest board: Green With Envy!

And if YOU have a talent for forecasting color trends…you’re in luck! TODAY is your last day to enter the Olioboard contest to win great prizes, including a ticket to a Camp Tobi Fairley event and a Benjamin Moore Paint Prize Pack! It’s also your last chance to cast a vote for your favorite entries, so go and enter to WIN!

Xo,

 

 

 

p. s. It’s not too late to give the gift of Designer MBA, our signature Camp Tobi Fairley event on the basics of the business of design! And, since it’s the season for giving, I’m extending the Bring a Friend for FREE offer for our January 8-10 session. That’s the very last time you’ll see such a good price on Designer MBA in 2013! So drop a hint! Or buy for a friend and tag along! You’ll be giving the gift of success! Click HERE to learn more!

 

Mother’s Day Goes Bold

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Mother’s Day is just two weeks away!! So, naturally, now is the time to choose the perfect gifts for all of the special mamas in your life.  As a mom, I’ll tell you that the best Mother’s Day gift is one that will make her feel appreciated and loved for who she is.

I have one other shopping suggestion to you this year: as you consider what kinds of things your mom would enjoy and what gifts would show her how grateful you are for all she does, don’t be afraid to go BOLD. Every mother–not just color lovers like me–are ready for a fresh splash of color this time of year. Below are some of my favorite picks to brighten her day.

1. biltmore® floppy hat / 2. Tory Burch ‘Robinson’ Nylon Tablet Sleeve / 3. boardwalk flip-flops in bloomsbury blue / 4. Melody mid-length voile bathrobe / 5. mini-dress nightgown in tangerine / 6. Lagos Fluted Station Caviar™ Rope Bracelet / 7. Essie’s Geranium nail polish

Since I really keep my office staff on their toes…I’m inviting them to join me, along with my mom and daughter, to have Mother’s Day pedicures! What a treat!!

I know you, too, will find just the right way to make it a special day.

xo,

Tobi

Day 10: Pink Resort Wear

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Here we are at Day 10 in the 29 Days of Love, and I have to admit this is another case of love at first sight. You know I love pink, so it’s no surprise I think the Michael Kors Spring Resort Collection has my name written all over it. How fabulous would these be for a February getaway?? I’m dreaming of one piece (any piece!) for my upcoming trip to Morocco for the Design Leadership Summit.

[From Top Left: Poplin Shirtdress, Kimono-Sleeve Caftan, Dolman-Sleeve Shift Dress, Crew Tee & Mini Shorts, Scuba Swimsuit, Slash Gown.]

Looks like I’m not the only one…Check out these chic stars who’ve been spotted sporting it!

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Where To Find It: Michael Kors or Neiman Marcus

xoxo

-Tobi

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