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Transformation agents are all about the personal expression, growth and development of people.  They are exceptional  individuals who create platforms, artistic or otherwise that inspire achievement and greater awareness.  They are supportive professionals who link their talents and knowledge to very specialized careers that center on implementing changes for others. 

More often than not, they are perfectionists, constantly scrutinizing their communication skills and their expertise so that they can continually improve and strengthen their level of proficiency.  Transformation agents make us think that maybe we too, can  feel or present at our best.

They tend to be attracted to professional positions that demand that they deliver at their absolute best.

The list that follows is in no way complete:

  • Problem solvers
  • Social workers
  • Teachers
  • Public speakers
  • Coaches
  • Instructors
  • Designers
  • Wardrobe consultants
  • Interior Consultants
  • Jewish scholars
  • Pastors
  • Priests
  • Musicians
  • Dancers
  • Florists
  • Nurses
  • Artists
  • Psychologists
  • Beauty experts
  • Aestheticians
  • Massage therapists
  • Rehabilitation counselors
  • Blues singers
  • Politicians
  • Emergency healthcare workers
  • Certified nursing assistants
  • Culinary experts
  • Cartoonists
  • Celebrity hosts

 More on this Topic of Personal Excellence –

Personal transformation tools

 http://www.dragonflyjourney.com/books.html

The Inspiration Brought to us by Ballet Dancers

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUrJuSh0evE

Electric Feel Musical Performance

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALTyUJhjT3I

Descriptions of Agents of Change

http://www.cmperme.com/pdf/cmp9906.pdf

A One of A Kind Cake Designers – you won’t believe their use of their talent

http://tlc.discovery.com/videos/ultimate-cake-off-anne-heap.html

http://tlc.discovery.com/videos/ultimate-cake-off-bob-brougham.html

Exceptional People Magazine

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xioi60_exceptional-people-magazine-premier-self-improvement-magazine_lifestyle

Janis Joplin –

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbGfwzMZAEM&feature=related

Summertime – Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIDOEsQL7lA&feature=related

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What is it that makes the French so interesting?  I think it is:

  • Their history
  • Confidence
  • Intellect
  • Stories
  • Sensuality
  • Language
  • Architecture
  • Gardens
  • Sense of style
  • Way with words
  • Cuisine
  • Wines

Creative “French Thinking is anything pertaining to, but not limited to any one or more of the following items listed below:

  • Seduction of taste
  • Anything aesthetically pleasing to the eye
  • Artist’s society
  • Unique cultural elements and perspectives
  • Intrigue and mystery
  • Elegance and refinement combined with whimsy
  • Luxurious surroundings
  • Eclectic touches
  • Improvisation
  • Enlightenment
  • Vision
  • Inspiration
  • Romantic persuasion
  • Passionate thoughts worth recalling
  • Delight and personal satisfaction
  • Poetry
  • Racy novels
  • Expressive music
  • Humor and folly

Famous Three-star French Chefs –

  • Alain Ducasse 
  • Eric Ripert

Creative French Images –

  • Eiffel Tower
  • Mansard Roofs
  • French Country furnishings
  • Palace of Versailles
  • Tuleries Gardens

Celebrated French Authors –

  • Victor Hugo
  • Antoine de Saint-Exupery  (author of the “Little Prince”)

French Painters

  • Claude Monet
  • Van Gough
  • Renoir

A List of the Famous French who used their creativity in a productive and impressive way:

http://daytranslations.com/Famous_french_people.aspx

Charles Aznavour Mez emmerdes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCP3QioXLHU&feature=autoplay&list=MLGxdCwVVULXdFfYfjdvMaQTbhKRV3Ih68&index=28&playnext=2

Guillaume Apollinaire, Calligram message from a French Poet

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3b79_PJiC5A

Coco Channel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3uoMKlSqS4&feature=related

Brigitte Bardot – Film Star

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mYN_YPNSw0&feature=related

Brigitte Bardot Makeup Tutorial

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1LrkBDUOA4&NR=1&feature=fvwp

French Photographer Willy Ronis  – Master of human interest photography

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEajpQHOvNU

A Tribute to Louis Malle

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBNvQe4vIYw&NR=1&feature=fvwp

Louis Malle Film Maker discusses his process

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUPYOfzFW-4&feature=related

A Tribute to Vincent Van Gough

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XemweIAvi8Q

Ananis Nin and Henry Miller

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6ckT2YNSio&feature=related

Images of French Design

http://www.google.com/search?q=French+Interior+Design&hl=en&rls=com.microsoft:en-us&rlz=1I7GPEA_en&prmd=ivns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=UtW0TfmIA4SDtgfX_unpDg&ved=0CCwQsAQ&biw=1151&bih=554

Rodin Sculpture

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCYjSYfH5zI&feature=related

Camille Claudel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLtz1hTTNy0&feature=related

Clip from the Movie Camille Claudel – Isabelle Adjani

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yT-oSkrrh0&feature=related

French Guy Makes Music -D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gm4E9o67Y-o

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Yesterday, I came across a interesting book entitled: Anatomy for Interior Designers. It was unique because it focused a lot on the value of space. It was written in 1948. At the time it was published people were looking into various living options.

It inspired me to make a comparison between what was happening in the housing market then, and what we see today. I wanted to share my thoughts on downsizing to a studio and how living in a smaller space could actually work.

One of the most affordable accommodations one can possibly find is a one room studio apartment. A popular efficiency apartment has many benefits worth mentioning, with the first two being, less time to clean and more affordable rent.  Efficiencies require less maintenance and minimal monthly overhead expense. Unfortunately, there are drawbacks in such units, mainly a lack of extra space.  But, with the rising cost of rental rates, we are seeing people in and outside of urban environments, scaling down and opting to move into more financially feasible living arrangements.

The good news is that a studio apartment does not need to be a cramped restrictive living space that robs one of the joy of a home.  One only needs to be aware of the importance of certain features that make a room with four walls an ample breathing space.  Apartments with high ceilings can accommodate a built-in loft, which can provide a functional bedroom space by adding another room and creating a fine distinction and a far more charming atmosphere.

Of course, there are certain specifics to consider, most importantly, ease of comfort, considerable natural or correct lighting (unless a darker space is preferred) and any necessary floor plan elements, the most essential being those that meet accessibility requirements, in particular, easy entry to bathroom facilities and to the kitchen area.

There are many proportional furnishing options available to persons who elect to occupy a studio space.  Pieces such as sectional divans, dormitory style storage lockers stow hanging clothes compactly or semi-formal wardrobe cabinet’s house folded garments and numerous articles, while high-mounted shelves provide more surface area for books, CD’s and baskets filled with personal treasures.

In a studio space, day beds look like sofas. More space can be created by replacing standard furnishings with fold up card tables that can quickly vanish when not needed, and drop-leaf tables that can be pushed up against a wall when not in use.  Screens act as inconspicuous room partitions, and pocket doors can function as dividers that slide into walls where they remain hidden and tucked in, completely out of sight.  

Massive wall art of country scenes add to visual distortions, opening up optical fields of exaggerated square footage, which create the illusion of additional space. Track lighting can cast light on accents and draw attention to any number of accessories to create interest.  

Unlike larger apartments, everything in a studio must have its own home.  Smaller living spaces must be neat, orderly, and well-organized.  Variations of console furniture can conceal television equipment and stereos if they are infrequently used and until it is time to enjoy them, when and if the occasion demands.

Special window dressings, mainly wooden shutters or aesthetically designed defusing blinds, make the one room residence cozier and block out the sun’s glare and control morning or mid-day brightness.

Efficiency apartments once thought to be nothing more than tightly compressed, temporary living quarters are now considered a sensible and economical option.  As it turns out, efficiencies provide the type of residence that encourages a more minimal type of lifestyle, creating less demands on time and energy to maintain.

More on this topic –

How to Decorate a One Room Apartment

http://www.ehow.com/how_5699586_decorate-efficiency-apartments.html

Country Studio Decorating

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y27gb7RKer8

How to Chose Window Treatments

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jkKcZjrYYQ&feature=related

How to Create a Faux Headboard

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_a56E_BlBg&feature=fvwrel

How to Create Wall Art

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1We0MBuFSk&feature=related

Studio Examples

http://www.bing.com/images/search?publ=EE32EEEF-977B-490E-A63A-FE224D2F2717&FORM=MFEIMG&crea=STND_MFEIMG_FY11H2_BR_CusImg_1x1&q=studio+apartment#x0y863

Efficency Apartment

http://www.ehow.com/efficiency-apartment/ 

How to decorate a one room apartment

 http://tinyhouseblog.com/tiny-house/ten-tips-for-decorating-a-small-studio-apartment/

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A warm and comfy living space has its advantages.  First of all, it is a retreat where we can go  when we are exhausted and just need time to recuperate.

It is a place that allows us the ideal conditions with which to recover.  It is a safe haven where we can escape the heat or stay out of the cold.  It is a shelter.

It is an oasis, a private dwelling, basically, a place of our very own.

A cozy living environment is essential for entertaining. Home should be all about having friends and family over for social gatherings. 

A carefully planned living room will have enough seating to ensure that everyone has an area that they can make their own, even if it is only for the temporary.

A lot goes into making a space workable so that it suits not just the needs of its residents but their spirits too.  No place is cozy unless it meets the aesthetic requirements of the person who is occupying it. 

What one person considers appealing decor may be completely garish to another – “to each his own,” as they say.

But, one thing everyone can agree on is that there is nothing like the feeling a comfortable living environment offers.

Here are some of the things that make a room a delightful place to unwind in and to  just chill out.

  • Lots of natural light
  • Plenty of skylights
  • Artwork

  • Accent colors on the walls
  • A comfortable couch

  • A huge arm-chair with an ataman
  • Attractive window treatments
  • Thick plush carpeting

  • Wall hangings
  • Lots of light

  • Fresco walls
  • Wallpaper

  • Hand painted furniture
  • Mirrors in ornate or modern frames

  • Built-in shelving
  • Soft artificial lightning  
  • Crystal chandelier
  • A deep bathtub

  • A pleasant view out the windows
  • French doors

  • Rod iron balconies
  • Archways
  • A fireplace

  • Cross ventilation
  • A veranda
  • Bay windows
  • Window seat

  • Tile flooring
  • Parquet floors
  • Well organized closet and storage systems

  • Large flat screen television
  • Persian carpets
  • The perfect bedding
  • Clear passageways
  • Easy to access furniture groupings
  • Highly aesthetic room accessories

  • Wooden cabinets
  • Piano
  • Winding staircase

  • Mahogany or rosewood bookcases
  • Scatter rugs
  • An oriental screen
  • Firmly upholstered chairs

  • Drop-front desk or a wrap-around work surface
  • Stained glass panels
  • Leaded glass windows

  • A romantic dining place

  • A fantastic sound system

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Candlelit Heart
A Christmas Poem by Mary E. Linton                                        

Somewhere across the winter world tonight
You will be hearing chimes that fill the air;
Christmas extends its all-enfolding light
Across the distance…something we can share.

You will be singing, just the same as I,
These familiar songs we know so well,
And you will see these same stars in your sky
And wish upon that brightest one that fell.

I shall remember you and trim my tree,
One shining star upon the topmost bough;
I will hang wreaths of faith that all may see —
Tonight I glimpse beyond the hear and now.

And all the time that we must be apart
I keep a candle in my heart.

Hello,

I love this time of year. What follows are special images to inspire the warmth and momentum of the Christmas / Holiday Spirit!  Here are just a few of my favorite things:


Holiday Favorites Videos

Top 20 Christmas Songs of All Time

Natalie Cole – 12 Days of Christmas

Diana Krall – White Christmas

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LIVING NATURAL

Living natural means merely, living simply and, experiencing a non-synthetic existence. It entails good stewardship and an awareness of measures that lend themselves to the improvement of planetary health. It involves recycling and, not dwindling away earthly resources.  It is all about a toxin-free lifestyle. It includes paradigm shifts for example: exchanging chemical solvents for natural cleansers or, trendy devices for old, fashioned, manual appliances and replacing man-made materials for natural fibers.  Basically, it is living an eco-friendly lifestyle as much as possible.

Life Changing Natural Living Accessories Shopping List –

  • Air purifiers – ionizers
  • Salt ion generator
  • Natural antiseptics
  • Aromatherapy / flower essences
  • Blessing herbs
  • Organic seeds
  • Freshly cut organic flowers
  • Natural fiber clothing / organic silk fabrics / Ethnic handmade materials
  • Natural carpets
  • Linen / cotton bedding / space blanket
  • Natural cleaning supplies
  • Dried Herbs
  • Energy efficient windows
  • Low-flow and composting toilets
  • Solar energy heating and natural cooling systems
  • Baking soda
  • Cornmeal
  • Wood burning stove or fireplace
  • Sunlight-stimulating light box
  • Natural-fiber shades
  • Water from a gravity-fed natural spring
  • Filtered water
  • Herbal teas
  • Wholesome food
  • Organic food products
  • Dried fruit and vegetables
  • Fresh regionally grown produce
  • Wood or bamboo flooring
  • Clear glass – best for recycling
  • Solar garden lights
  • Natural fiber hammock
  • Bagua map to analyze layout of the home
  • Smudge sticks made from sage, juniper, cedar or sweet grass
  • Arsenic testing kit
  • Citrus peel extract
  • Ginseng Root
  • Clearing crystals
  • Certified wood cabinets, doors and window frames
  • Birdbath and bird feeders
  • Homemade moth repellent
  • Sugar ant hotel
  • Body scrubs made up of grains and nuts or sea salt
  • Fruit acid exfoliate
  • Rose water astringent

Living Naturally in a Synthetic World

http://scienceblogs.com/oscillator/2010/07/living_naturally_in_a_syntheti.php

Video – Just Say No to GMO – NaturalNews.com

http://www.naturalnews.com/

Keepers of Life: Discovering Plants through Native American Stories

http://books.google.com/books?id=B4IU8sC6anoC&dq=what+doe+sit+mean+to+live+natural&source=gbs_navlinks_s

20 Steps to a More Natural Life

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/twenty-steps-to-a-more-natural-life.html

How to Smudge your Home with Sage

http://www.ehow.com/how_7337913_smudge-home-sage.html

Introduction Video to Feng Shui – Awareness of the practice of placement and arrangement to achieve harmony

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UfNp6OBnPg

Video on Characteristics of Natural Fibers

http://www.ehow.com/video_4409568_types-natural-fiber-fabrics.html

How to Make Your Own Lavender Essential Oils

http://www.ehow.com/video_5113670_make-lavender-oil.html

Video how to make your own homemade toothpaste and cleansers

http://www.naturalnews.com/028636_toothpaste_cleanser.html

Making your Own Laundry Detergent

http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2008/04/09/making-your-own-laundry-detergent-a-detailed-visual-guide/

Book – The Beginners Guide to Natural Living

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=Books+on+natural+lifestyle+living&rls=com.microsoft:en-us&oe=UTF-8&startIndex=&startPage=1&rlz=1I7GPEA_en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=12490988147820521637&ei=EtrQTKP8Dcb_lgfI3NCSDA&sa=X&oi=product_catalog_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CCgQ8wIwAg#

Natural Life Photography by John Higby

http://naturallifephotography.com/#/page/home/

http://naturallifephotography.com/#/page/home/

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Hello Everyone,

Home, sweet home. How many times have we uttered those words? A home that houses our spirit can be anywhere and we can live in this abode – be it real or, imaginary.

Home, Sweet Home

Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home;
A charm from the sky seems to hallow us there,
Which, seek through the world, is ne’er met with elsewhere.
Home, home, sweet, sweet home!
There’s no place like home, oh, there’s no place like home!

An exile from home, splendor dazzles in vain;
Oh, give me my lowly thatched cottage again!
The birds singing gayly, that come at my call —
Give me them — and the peace of mind, dearer than all!
Home, home, sweet, sweet home!
There’s no place like home, oh, there’s no place like home!

I gaze on the moon as I tread the drear wild,
And feel that my mother now thinks of her child,
As she looks on that moon from our own cottage door
Thro’ the woodbine, whose fragrance shall cheer me no more.
Home, home, sweet, sweet home!
There’s no place like home, oh, there’s no place like home!

How sweet ’tis to sit ‘neath a fond father’s smile,
And the caress of a mother to soothe and beguile!
Let others delight mid new pleasures to roam,
But give me, oh, give me, the pleasures of home.
Home, home, sweet, sweet home!
There’s no place like home, oh, there’s no place like home!

To thee I’ll return, overburdened with care;
The heart’s dearest solace will smile on me there;
No more from that cottage again will I roam;
Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.
Home, home, sweet, sweet, home!
There’s no place like home, oh, there’s no place like home!

John Howard Payne

PoemHunter.com

What constitutes a home –

  • Beauty and harmony
  • A place of solace amidst grief
  • A restful environment that calls to our senses
  • An oasis to turn to in a terrible tide
  • Where we wake fully refreshed
  • A safe sanctuary
  • A space that nourishes our well-being
  • Where we go for centering
  • Where starched white, eye-lit lace curtains can be seen in the front window
  • Where a wreath hangs on the door in celebration of the holidays
  • Where the sound of tingling wind chimes can be heard when a breeze passes by
  • Where shades can be drawn and a feeling of total privacy can be experienced
  • A dwelling where a dim light illuminates from an upstairs bedroom window when all other rooms in the house are dark
  • Where a expectant chime from a door-bell resonates throughout the house when guests pay a visit
  • Where neighbors stop to chat by the front gate
  • Where the postman delivers our packages and certified mail
  • Where a big oak tree with its leafy leaves provides us with shade in the summer months
  • Where we can shut out the world by locking and bolting our interior doors
  • A welcoming place where we love to entertain our friends and family and sit around the dining table talking, joking and laughing for hours
  • A place where we can let down our guard, be real, and abandon all our pretenses
  • Where the aroma of freshly baked bread or home-made cookies wafts from the kitchen
  • Where flowers from the garden sit on the bathroom windowsill
  • Where the slats of white glossy window shutters can be adjusted to modify the impact of bright afternoon sunlight streaming into the front room
  • Where birthday parties and other celebrations take place
  • Where we go to do our homework in our studies or basement recreation rooms
  • Where we work on our hobbies, watch television, play piano or just lounge on the sofa at the end of a tiresome day
  • Where we are greeted by our pets as we walk into our entrance halls
  • Where we finally stop driving after pulling into our driveway after a long, and grueling daily commute
  • Where we keep our china cabinet that houses all our inherited dinnerware and several generations of sterling silver and crystal goblets
  • Where we can sit in front of a crackling fire and read a great book and sip a hot cup of coco and listen to the sound of rain as it hits our window panes
  • Where we can come in from the damp cold and slip off our wet footwear and slide into some, warm and fuzzy slippers
  • Where we can draw a hot bath, light some candles and listen to some classical music while sipping an icy cold glass of champagne
  • Where we can hide under the sheets and nestle deep under the covers of our comforter when we just cannot bear trudging through freezing sleet or several feet of snow if we do not have to
  • Where we can curl up on our coach and read a magazine and sip on a cup of our favorite tea
  • Where we can listen to our favorite recording artists and blast our stereo to our heart’s content
  • Where we can sit on our veranda overlooking our lawn and watch our grandchildren play
  • Where we can lay in our hammock on a Saturday afternoon and hear nothing but the sounds of birds singing
  • Where we can plant a vegetable garden and be restored by reconnecting with nature and Mother Earth
  • A place so sacred and special that all the benefits cannot always be measured is where we call a “Home for the Spirit”

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