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I’m Famous!

Ok, so maybe I’m not famous! …In fact, I’m pretty awkward in front of a camera. (I know this, so no need to point it out to me!) When asked to participate on the Rhonda Shear segment, I didn’t know what I had signed up for and I was nervous. Then, when I missed the segment that aired on HSN, I had convinced myself that they just cut me out. If you didn’t see it, it didn’t happen, right? Easier for me to believe.

Honestly though, I had such an amazing time on the HSN set for Rhonda Shear’s bra and leggings session. Rhonda is a hoot! She is so much fun and very animated. She had us laughing the whole time. All the lovely ladies on the set with me were wonderful to hang out with as well, many of which are devoted HSN shoppers excited to get not only a peek behind the cameras but to step out in front of the camera at one of their favorite places. The staff at HSN was incredibly nice too, giving us a tour, providing lunch between sets, and hanging out with us in the dressing room telling us stories from behind the scenes.

Although I was hesitant when asked to participate at first, I’m glad I didn’t turn down this opportunity to step outside of my comfort level and try a new experience. As someone who grew up a perfectionist, scared and often unable to try something new because I knew it wouldn’t be perfect from the start, I now strive to reprogram my thinking. Life doesn’t need to be so serious! Mostly, that’s what this blog is about, branching out and trying new things. (I actually had anxiety attacks over writing papers in school!) Many times, this is hard for me, but I do notice that it is getting easier with each new thing I push myself through. In fact, sometimes, I even crave it now. I’m not planning on going skydiving any time soon though. For now, sewing, crocheting, crafting and blogging are daring enough, but who knows where that will lead next. Most importantly, I’m learning to laugh at myself, something that has taken me a long time to accomplish. Ten years ago I probably would have cried from embarrassment and that’s no exaggeration! (The perfectionist in me is hard to please!) I know, especially for women, we tend to be out own biggest critic, seeing problems with ourselves that no one else sees, and I try to remind myself to give me a break. Due to this harsh judgement, in the past I’ve always shied away from the camera, so the fact that I went on HSN, and am now sharing it with you is HUGE! Conquering my fears one adventure at a time.

Check out the funny faces I make in these clips! Apparently I still try to hide my teeth! A practice I started in 4th or 5th grade to hide my braces and never got over.

Rhonda Shear “Ahh Bra” Clip

Rhonda Shear “Shaping Leggings” Clip

How about you? Any self improvement projects you are working on?

Home Sweet New Home

As new Saint Petersburg residents, my husband and I have decided to have touristy dates to explore our city. We were born Tampa Bay Area residents, but I’m sure this isn’t uncommon, no matter how long you live somewhere, the experience as a resident compared to a tourist is very different. As residents, I find we often take our landmarks for granted. I can’t tell you the last time I went to the beach! Yesterday was our first trip out, doing something other than trying the many restaurants, which I very much enjoy.

Sunken Gardens in St Pete

This sunday, we took a trip to the local tourist stop, Sunken Gardens. In truth, we had considered it a venue for our wedding, before we found the Powell. The pictures I found only though, just didn’t do the gardens justice. Sunken Gardens is absolutely gorgeous though. The experience, as new home owners, is likely different from the average visitor, but maybe not. We couldn’t help looking for what might look nice in our own yards. The previous homeowner loved her garden, and we found that many of the plants we saw here we already have! After leaving, I wished I had taken more pictures. I was too busy enjoying my time with my husband. Not a bad thing! I also find myself now wishing that I had a nice ‘real’ camera. For now, my images come to you via the have-with-me-everywhere iPhone. I will say, I don’t recommend visiting the Sunken Gardens in the summer. Spring is probably best. We were a little cold in all the shade and wind this weekend, but it was still lovely.

Now that some of the craziness is dying down for the early part of the year: Moving, Holidays, Bridal Showers, Baby showers, (because you know there will be much more this year!,) we can now enjoy each other and our new home…. and of course, get to crafting. I haven’t posted anything here yet, because I’m really just getting started, but if you are on Twitter you can follow along here.

Happy Monday.