Monday, August 26, 2013

We Wide-Eyed Butterflies

Alyona Firth with her series of innovative paintings
One of my entrepreneurial friends came by today and dropped off her flyers as I requested because I have been out of them for some time. She looked so lovely, with large eyes full of wisdom, that I’ll admit I thought of more things to say as she started to leave.

Some people are like that, aren’t they? When they come in and bring you news, it’s as if a butterfly has landed on your floral print blouse—you know you cannot offer her a real flower, so you hope that your admiration is enough to make her visit worthwhile.

The news we exchanged was of changes we have made. Opportunities must be leapt at immediately, and then reality catches up to it over time.

I could not sleep last night, my mind was so full of optimism and gratitude for the opportunities presenting themselves. Sometimes as the wheel turns you can feel the combination lock click into place and you know the door to another universe is opening for you.

Sometimes it’s just in time, as you were about to lose faith.

We joke in our family about this life being training for something else, it seems so random and ridiculous at times, so much so that it wakes you up at three in the morning with an incredulous look on your face, staring at the ceiling, asking, “Really???”

It’s exasperating to do the right thing and receive another obstacle to overcome as your reward.

Self-righteous souls come at me to fix impossible things sometimes. I have learned to take my own self-righteous soul to my Creator, «Qu'est-ce que c'est?»

Holding on to the possibilities of tomorrow’s connections keeps me making new friends,
New artwork from Alyona Firth
supporting longtime friends, accepting what is, running on the beach to reconnect with myself, and meeting obligations with a smile when I am trembling inside feeling the hot breath of failure on my neck.

Quitting what is not working and embracing another option is a daily process for entrepreneurs, especially in the disruptive age we inhabit. Disruptions create opportunities that drive us toward the impossible only to find gears clicking open onto a brand new future.

I ask myself this question, as I breathe in and out to slow my racing heart in the face of yet another challenge, “Am I satisfied with survival, or do I want to thrive?”

We wide-eyed butterflies are precious, we are all precious.

This is a really good school, Earth. I am learning a lot.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Silk and Feathers on Fur? They're Not Dog Costumes, They're Doggie Couture!

Moving to Naples Bay Resort has been the best thing that ever happened to a mermaid. The Mermaid's Bite Collection at Watson Investments Gallery has found a venue with a luxurious view. It is exquisite and exclusive, but the generous merchants here, ourselves included, want to share the best kept secret on Naples Bay. It's time you know more about The Shoppes at Naples Bay Resort! 

Fergie's Closet Doggie Boutique at Naples Bay Resort
Jackie and Alexandria
Let's begin with the doggone cutest shop we've ever seen, Fergie's Closet Doggie Boutique. Alexandria Gross has collected a world class selection of puppy products, from organic food and treats to quality toys and accoutrements suitable for a puppy princess. Named after her Chorkie and Morkie pair's baby, Fergie's outfits are available to the exact measurements of your own debonair dog.

Jackie's Sewing Machine & Dapper Doggie Designs
The best part of the boutique, after the free dog treat, is the personal attention your doggie will receive as he or she is measured for a custom dog outfit--not a costume, these are quality garments! Plus, they are sewn with love right in the corner of the shop on Alex's mom's sewing machine. Jackie is the inspiration for the boutique, as her doggie fashion designs have been popular with clients for many years. 

Bring your baby by to be measured for a beautiful sundress or romper for each day of the week! Teggie the Corgi has been measured for hers. Jackie noted that she would want the skirt to end just before Teggie's bloomers so it won't bother her when she sits down. Only a true tailor would consider the comfort of my puppy's peplum!

When not in Naples, shop online at And be sure to "Like" them on Facebook! Fergie's Closet Doggie Boutique is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12 to 8 PM at 1500 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 108, Naples, Florida 34102. 
Call them at (239) 300-0478 or email

Teggie selecting her style

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Boating and the Beach

Like Characters in a play Beach, Dock, and Boat have dominated our free time this summer. Please consider this tutorial on Enjoying Naples Beach and Naples Bay Resort. 

This is what there is to do in Naples!

Naples Beach


Naples Bay Resort

We rented this boat from the Ship Store and...

The Yacht Club Fouth of July Celebration

Mereday's Fine Dining has the perfect trifles

And now you know a couple of places to go, portals to Naples paradise.