Personal Reflections + Sarah Richardson Decor Inspiration

May 23, 2013

Bonjour, peeps.

Hope this post finds you happy
and healthy.

I slept brilliantly last night and feel fierce.

Even though it's a busy time with graduation
and houseguests and various stressors,
we're feeling blessed and very peaceful
on the BRCA journey.

Not unlike the results of this project by
Sarah Richardson.


I love this woman, and call me whack on crack,
but I believe it's a magic wand she wields
in the image above.

* * *

If there is anyone left in the blogosphere feelin pity for me
about the genetic cancer stuff and hearing Angelina Jolie's
story, SNAP OUT OF IT.
I'm so ready to move past this chapter.
I may be missing from blogland for a bit.

My grandma would have said of me today:

The rare diagnosis, God's goodness, the journey,
and the discoveries have prospered and strengthened me.

Fully recovered from the first surgeries, I'm set
for the bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction which
begins June 13...I'm not crazy about the 'previvor'
label you may have heard floating around town.
Too confusing. A little gimmicky and soft for me.

Mine's a gentle soul, but I'm tough.
Am I a warrior?
Hmmmmm. Yes. With the upperhand in a battle.
Just an ordinary intellectual girl willing to
walk through some fire
to prevent cancers which have tortured
and proven deadly to my family.
armed with hope and cute earrings,
which has got to just scare
the friggin devil out of cancer.

Peace to you right where you are.

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  1. I am with you about Sarah Richardson, she is one designer I would feel comfortable letting loose in my very own home and there is only one other person I can say that about!!
    Cheers to you for taking on your battle like a warrior. You have the armor of God and that will keep you safe. Love you girl,
    xoxo Kathysue

  2. You know how to pick them Michele, this home's a winner! As for feeling sorry for you...nope, I know how hard we all must fight in this life for anything. Personally I'm a tad jealous that you're getting new perky ladies! Mine are sad and have fallen down dang it!

    We Love you my friend!

  3. What a gorgeous home! I love Sarah's work. Good to hear you are in a good place of mind for all that is ahead of you. You will come out of it stronger than ever.

  4. Didn't realize you had another surgery thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you. Glad you have found a positive state of mind!

    I love everything sarah Richardson does and I do believe that is a magic wand....

  5. Yes you are a warrior..a glamorous beautiful one at that who with wickedly great style and witty prose!Always enjoy your musings!! I know we will all be here waiting with open arms if you need to take a break:)

    This apt is AMAZINGLY gorgeous..totally perfection and love the magic wand reference...see only you could come up with that, a true "Micheleism"!! Feel well my sweet friend, sending a big hug and prayers.

  6. Blogland loves you and I send wonderful healing hugs to you. Di@Cottage-Wishes

  7. Your outlook is amazing, thank you for a lovely post and brave warrior spirit!
    Xo, Tanya

  8. Dear Michele -
    You are a warrior, indeed! I admire you on so many levels. Most importantly, your generosity and ability to share. I have been traveling, and only heard the news of Angelina today. Take care and enjoy the long weekend, my friend!
    PS - Divine kitchen! Love the antique French vendage table with the painted chairs. Yum!!!

  9. pps - I'd love to borrow that magic wand :)

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  11. Sarah has such a
    knack for making
    a house feel timeless,
    don't you think? I',
    smitten with her work,
    and her magic wand!

    As to you my warrior
    friend, wear your armor
    proudly. I just know that
    someday when there is
    a cure for this beast called
    Cancer, we'll {or our
    descendants will} be amazed
    at the length people went
    to beat it back. You are
    a pioneer on this journey
    towards a cure.

    Enjoy your family, the
    graduation {I'm in the
    same boat--family, grad
    party, graduation all
    swirling around me} and
    keep that fabulous spirit

    xo Suzanne

  12. Funny, I am watching Sarah on HGTV while writing this! (Not kidding, she is fixing up her cottage on a remote island - which should really should belong to me!). I like that she always wants her homes to feel lived in.

    Yes, you are a warrior and a tough (wild?) cat! Whiskers up my friend - is the right attitiude. my friend. And never, ever lose your sense of humor!

    Love love love to you sis,


  13. Love it.
    xo Nancy

  14. good gracious i love it when my bloggy friends catch my drift. thank you for reading me, gorgeous friends.


  15. have such a wonderful out look...I will be thinking of you as you go through the next surgery...just think...there going to be as Debra says it...Perky again!

  16. I just love your sass ;) Beyonce ain't got nothing on your fierceness, kid xxx

  17. Dear Sarah.....she can do no wrong. I also feel bad for complaining about my stupid colonoscopy. I have never spent a minute in a broken bones ( except for a toe!) no stitches....and shit like that scares the poop out of me. You are brave. You are my hero.

  18. Dear Michele, your are inspiring beyond, a heroine to me.
    I am here for you anytime night and day...I mean that!
    Your spirit and determination tell it all. The thing is...we are stronger than we look because we are survivors!

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  19. Ooooo, pretty rooms. I really like the rich dark wood with all the white. And the living room colors with the rosey red against the white are yummy too. And, ok, i'll snap out of it, you warrior princess you....!



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