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a curated resource for those who want more than just a pretty, well-styled image (and trust me...I love creating a pretty, well-styled image). Some of you wake up in the morning and think, “There is more...right?” For others sometimes need to shift things and look for ways to improve your own life and by extension, the lives of those you love.

a curated resource for those who want
more than just a pretty, well-styled image
(and trust me...I love creating a pretty, well-styled image).
Some of you wake up in the morning and think,
“There is more...right?” For others sometimes need
to shift things and look for ways to improve
your own life and by extension,
the lives of those you love.

Picture this: One cold damp and down right dreary fall morning in 2018. I had recently walked off of a 20-year path that was rooted in floristry and blossomed into a glittery and successful career as an award-winning event designer. Why leave, you wonder? Many did. Despite the glamour of being in high-demand in a glitzy field, the role was enshrouded in ego, which left me frustrated and unfulfilled. I started selling off everything that I owned and ran for the door. Goodbye, my darlings! 

Craving something more meaningful, while simultaneously focusing on my physical health, I seriously considered the idea of helping people on their wellness journey as my new, full-time career. "Hey! Let's help everyone feel better!" I thought. It was certainly a worthwhile endeavor. Making a difference in people's lives was part of my new gig and included recommending new living practices while empowering them to be their best.

But let's be honest here... I am a designer at heart. As those new shoes in the window of your favorite boutique that call your name without ceasing, design was calling mine. Ever light up when you see an extra special person? My heart beats truly for design.

What I discovered at that juncture was that what really inspired me was the the act of helping others to live better, or perhaps I should say, to live... beautifully.

living beautifully is

living beautifully

At the intersection of where these ideas meet is where Living Beautifully began. 

At the intersection of where these ideas meet is where Living Beautifully began. 

Picture this: One cold damp and down right dreary fall morning in 2018. I had recently walked off of a 20-year path that was rooted in floristry and blossomed into a glittery and successful career as an award-winning event designer. Why leave, you wonder? Many did. Despite the glamour of being in high-demand in a glitzy field, the role was enshrouded in ego, which left me frustrated and unfulfilled. I started selling off everything that I owned and ran for the door. Goodbye, my darlings! 

Craving something more meaningful, while simultaneously focusing on my physical health, I seriously considered the idea of helping people on their wellness journey as my new, full-time career. "Hey! Let's help everyone feel better!" I thought. It was certainly a worthwhile endeavor. Making a difference in people's lives was part of my new gig and included recommending new living practices while empowering them to be their best.
But let's be honest here... I am a designer at heart. As those new shoes in the window of your favorite boutique that call your name without ceasing, design was calling mine. Ever light up when you see an extra special person? My heart beats truly for design.

What I discovered at that juncture was that what really inspired me was the the act of helping others to live better, or perhaps I should say,
to live... beautifully.

is

Living Beautifully gets it’s multidimensionality from a much deeper calling. (See the “...Let’s help everyone feel better….” part above). LB breathes with life so others may breathe. 

The deeper calling is serving others with truth, integrity and my own vulnerability.

This space is for you to gather and grow. The journey of Living Beautifully is as much about me as it is about you. For you my dear reader, I am compelled to create this space. TO continue with my first love, design, and share my second which is to elevate the human spirit.

Here you find solutions and inspirations, growing and gathering a beautiful existence. Here you learn how to receive beauty, fully, not only in your daily life, but receive beauty within.

Can I share something personal for a moment?

Can I share something personal for a moment?

If there is one thing I learned, is that...
Through transmutation, ugliness becomes beauty. 
It’s the space where many creatives, singers and artists pull their inspiration.  

My own journey began with the ugly truth that who I was
not sitting well with others.
Through a long, arduous struggle of personal acceptance, all the while bearing the weight of ridicule and threats from peers, I spent a long time
fearing for my own safety.
Being a 14-year-old, hiding in a closet to eat lunch to avoid having food thrown at you changes something at your core.
 For me safety was not available.In short, I pulled in and fell deeply into depression. Later, I was diagnosed with PTSD that resulted from 12 years of relentless bullying.

Well into my adulthood - 15 years after college - It owned me to the degree of a week’s hospitalization. But it no longer does. I worked my tail off to empower myself. Through the transition from beaten down to empowered, I realized there were others whose stories were different, but who suffered all the same.

SAY HELLO

connect with me

You deserve to know that beauty is a divine gift. A sacred gift that is shared with you.

From the ugly, beauty springs

Sharing the whole truth of beauty with you, not just the surface,
but the rough and rocky, unsightly layers that shapes
 Living Beautifully is my fuel. The reason I share this space.

The nickname, “Petah” came about in my early career and stayed with me. It goes back to a time I didn’t know who I was. When design was all that gave me hope. 
So I carry it with me, like an old friend, remembering just where I came from. xo

I love game night!

Let’s break the ice with a Questionnaire

Drinking Water (world of difference)

Favorite Beauty Hack?

Is this a trick question?

Cake or Pie?

White Lilies and white double tulips 

Flower Favs?

What is your favorite personal attribute?

High Level Integrity 

Vintage milk glass and vintage fashion accessories

What Do You Collect?

Not binge watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maizel sooner

Greatest Regret?

The Marvelous Mrs. Maizel
I mean seriously...she is marvelous.

Last Binge Watching Session?

Pale Blue (as you might have suspected)

What Color Brings You Joy?

Standard Jazz 
Ella Fitzgerald is magic in my ears... "April in Paris"

Favorite Music?

Sophia… I live for sarcasm.

Which Golden Girl are You?

Navigating through severe depression and PTSD to a life of achievement that now benefits others

Greatest Achievement?

Diana Vreeland, Nelson Mandela, Joan Rivers, Audrey Hepburn 
and  Julia Child

Fantasy Dinner Party Guests?

CAN I SHARE SOMETHING PERSONAL FOR A MOMENT?

Living Beautifully gets its
multidimensionality from a much deeper calling.
(See the “...Let’s help everyone feel better….” part above).
LB breathes with life so others
 may breathe. 

Living Beautifully gets it’s multidimensionality from a much deeper calling. (See the “...Let’s help everyone feel better….” part above). LB breathes with life so others may breathe. 

The deeper calling is serving others with truth, integrity and my own vulnerability.
This space is for you to gather and grow. The journey of Living Beautifully is as much about me as it is about you. For you my dear reader, I am compelled to create this space. To continue with my first love, design, and share my second which is to elevate the human spirit.

Here you find solutions and inspirations, growing and gathering a beautiful existence. Here you learn how to receive beauty, fully, not only in your daily life, but receive beauty within.

If there is one thing I learned...

Through transmutation, ugliness becomes beauty. 
It’s the space where many creatives, singers
and artists pull their inspiration.  

My own journey began with the ugly truth that who
 I was not sitting well with others.
A struggle of personal acceptance, bearing
the ridicule of peers and fearing for my safety.
When you are 14 and hiding in a closet to eat lunch so you don’t have food thrown at you, it changes something at your core. For me safety was not available. In short, I pulled in and fell deeply into depression. Later diagnosed with PTSD from 12 years of relentless school bullying.

For a time (15 years) after college, it owned me to the degree of a week’s hospitalization. But it no longer does. I worked my tail off to better myself. Through that passage, I realized there were others with different stories, but suffering the same.

SAY HELLO

FROM THE UGLY, BEAUTY SPRINGS.

Sharing the whole truth of beauty with you, not just the surface, but the rough and rocky, unsightly layers that shapes Living Beautifully
is my fuel. The reason I share this space.

Sharing the whole truth of beauty with you, not just the surface, but the rough and rocky, unsightly layers that shapes Living Beautifully is my fuel. The reason I share this space

The nickname, “Petah” came about in my early career and stayed with me. It goes back to a time I didn’t know who I was. When design was all that gave me hope. 
So I carry it with me, like an old friend, remembering just where I came from. xo


You deserve to know that beauty is
 a divine gift. A sacred gift
that is shared with you.

You deserve to know that beauty is a divine gift. A sacred gift that is shared with you.

FROM THE UGLY, BEAUTY SPRINGS.

The nickname, “Petah” came about in my early career and stayed with me. It goes back to a time I didn’t know who I was. When design was all that gave me hope. 
So I carry it with me, like an old friend, remembering just where I came from. xo


I love game night!

Let’s break the ice with a Questionnaire

White Lilies and white tulips 

FLOWER FAVS?

Drinking Water (world of difference)

FAVORITE BEAUTY HACK?

Is this a trick question?

CAKE OR PIE?

Vintage milk glass and vintage fashion accessories

WHAT DO YOU COLLECT?

High Level Integrity 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PERSONAL ATTRIBUTE?

The Marvelous
Mrs. Maizel
I mean seriously...
she is marvelous.

LAST BINGE WATCHING SESSION?

Not binge watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maizel sooner

GREATEST REGRET?

Pale Blue (as you might have suspected)

WHAT COLOR BRINGS YOU JOY?

Standard Jazz. Ella Fitzgerald is magic in my ears

FAVORITE MUSIC?

Sophia… I live for sarcasm.

WHICH GOLDEN GIRL ARE YOU?

Navigating through severe depression and PTSD to a life of achievement.

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT?

Diana Vreeland,
Nelson Mandela,
Audrey Hepburn, 
Julia Child


FANTASY DINNER PARTY GUESTS?

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