Saturday, January 19, 2008

I had the pleasure of meeting a very special customer in my home town a while back and never forgot her mesmerizing presence and how she made me feel. Maureen Rand teaches workshops in Duxbury Ma. on Creating Inspirational spaces by recognizing our uniqueness and bringing awareness of the beauty around us. Our environment is so purposeful for our health and well being.

She is inspired by many writers such as Sarah Ban Breathnach, who has mentored so many women, in helping us reclaim ourselves in many profound and effective ways.
Maureen's home is everything serene and tranquil, overlooking the quiet Marshes of MarshfieldHills. Maureen is the Author of " We are that beauty". Maureen says, " My desire in writing this story is to rekindle remembrance of ourselves as creative beings and to recognize that, We are that Beauty.
I want to share with you a small portion of Maureen's Book, Enjoy!


We Are That Beauty by Maureen Rand

For over twenty-five years, as an Interior Decorator, I surrounded myself, and brought to others a reflection of their own inner beauty. For I truly believe that as we look around us at our personal spaces, and that of the world at large, we are viewing a reflection of our own inner selves. Often we harbor within, that sense that “ We are not good enough”, “ we don’t deserve, or “ we can’t measure up.” I believe our fear, is of our own magnificence. As children we are often chastised for “ blowing our own horn “, “ Don’t be such an egotist,” “ Oh, excuse me, whose patting herself on the back?” We associate shame with all self accolades, so we gradually, slowly began our descent into self- denigrating thoughts and sometimes behaviors.
The truth is, we are magnificent beings of Light, reflecting our source. Slowly but confidently, many of us are awakening to that profound truth. How could our beloved source have created inferior beings, inferior reflections of self?
With this as my premise, I shall attempt to convey, how we are all beautiful beings, Each and Everyone one of Us, no exceptions, and as we create beauty around us, we will begin to recognize its reflection as our own.
This quote from Nelson Mandella exemplifies this perfectly.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light not our Darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant,
Gorgoues, talented, and fabulous!
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There is nothing enlightening about
Shrinking so that other people won’t feel
Insecure around you.
WE were born to manifest the glory of God
That is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own Light shine, we
Unconsciously give other people
Permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our
Presence automatically liberates others.

I believe it all starts with Self. We often view today what we perceive to be colorless or dreary. How can we change that beauty? Good question! It appears to be the 100th monkey syndrome at work. As I brighten, enhance and beautify my space, the trickle effect takes hold, and others feeling uplifted, create their own form of beauty. I have occasionally dropped off notes in mailboxes thanking the people for the beauty they have created in a neighborhood. We all smile and feel uplifted as we drive by their creative homes.
My husband has taken on, as have many in our town, an Adopt and island, project and as we work on this island, so many smiling people drive by, waving and calling, Thanks for creating a Spot of beauty at a busy roadway. These are our ways of being the Monkey, which affects us all.

By Maureen Rand
You can read more of “We are that beauty” by ordering your copy at- e-mail at- KMRand@aol.com




Returning home on the eve of my Birthday, I was surprised with a cozy home cooked meal. Roast beef dinner, mashed potatoes, green beans and my absolute favorite carvel ice cream cake with hot fudge. I didn't even know my husband could cook. (Boy is he in trouble..) The house was aglow with candlelite, they were everywhere like in a scary way; soft music playing in the background, a cozy fire crackling, with vases filled with pink roses. My husband told me he assigned Andrew whose 12, to set the table, and I had to smile when I walked in.. Everyones setting was the same except for mine. He placed two crystal angels by my special rose plate, he brought out the real silver utensils, one antique goblet, a pink cloth napkin, and a single rose layed across my plate. Sitting on my chair was a hand made card with a picture of a rose, silver glitter and a pink bow that Andrew embellished himself. While hubby was out, Andrew realized there were no birthday candles to be found so he walked to the store and bought them with his own money. I can't express how proud I felt at that moment as a mother of a son. I always hoped they would grow to be loving, thoughtful, and caring men and its a comforting feeling to know he will make a wonderful loving husband one day. I wish I had a photo but I was too much in the moment to pull myself away. Some may prefer dinner out in a fancy restaurant on their birthday but a home cooked meal with my family warms my heart every time...A precious evening I will cherish, always...
Andrew's homemade card...
Thank you Natalie for your yummy goodies, they were delich!
Trish your an angel! The flowers were beautiful!

Wishing you love and sunshine for a beautiful week,
Jo-Anne