Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Happy Mother Earth Day!

Happy Mother Earth Day dear friends! The above quote is one of my favorites. 

I believe Mother Earth also speaks to us through birds - bluebirds, hummingbirds and eagles speak loudly to me, bees, sun, rain, green grass, blue skies, snow, mountains and water. 

Mother Earth is speaking loud and clear to us right now - she needs more love from us! For all of the love she gives to us. 

This is another favorite quote. 

How will you love and celebrate our beautiful Mother Earth today - on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day - and EVERY DAY?

I am an Earth Citizen! 💚 (You can read about the Earth Citizen movement here.)

Friday, December 6, 2019

Pantone's 2020 Color of the Year: Classic Blue!

I am so excited about Pantone's 2020 Color of the Year selection: Classic Blue!

It's not as edgy or unexpected as years' past but I believe it's just what we need right now... stable and sturdy... a salve for the craziness in our country and world! I also see blue as a unifying color (who doesn't love blue?!), which is desperately needed right now.

Color is highly correlated with emotions - it's one of the reasons I love it so much. Every color elicits an emotion whether you realize it consciously or not.

In explaining the 2020 Color of the Year selection, Pantone said Classic Blue instills "calm, confidence, and connection" and that the blue hue "highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era." I love that!

In our overstimulated world, stability and simplicity are just what we need!! I also love that Classic Blue encourages us to expand our thinking and challenges us to think more deeply - definitely themes in my life right now.

How the Color of the Year is Selected I know a lot of people are curious about how Pantone selects the Color of the Year. Since I trained and worked with color expert Leatrice Eiseman (who leads the Color of the Year selection process for Pantone) I have a bit of "insider information" to share with you. "As the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, I lead a team of 10 color experts that travels the world to search out trending colors and new color influences across many industries," states Eiseman.

We look at the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, playstyles, and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures, and effects that impact color, relevant social media platforms and even up-coming sporting events that capture worldwide attention. We also try to read the pulse of the public. What are people asking for? What are they saying their needs are? What are they hoping for? What are their aspirations? We try to then pick out a color that speaks to that cultural reaction to color, the collective consciousness’s reaction to color, and the psychological and emotional impact. We consolidate all of these findings and then start looking for proof points and imagery to support the selection. The process starts in the spring of the preceding year. By the end of the summer we are pretty certain of what the color will be. It’s a very exciting, collaborative and intense process!"You can learn more on the Eiseman Color Blog here.

A Few of My Favorite Things
One of my favorite things when the Color of the Year is announced is to look at the imagery and products in the hue. Here are a few of my favorites so far. This new "give" glassybaby is right on trend and I received it for my birthday last week!!
This Limited Edition Color of the Year mug would be a great addition to my collection of colorful Pantone mugs!
I always love a good journal!
See lots more great products here!

Classic Blue Travel Destinations This fun piece in Forbes explores Classic Blue travel destinations around the world. Of the destinations on their list, I've visited Jodhpur in Indian (photo below), known as the "Blue City," and Crater Lake, OR. I'm now adding the other stunning blue destinations to my travel bucket list!
I have one more very special and very blue place that Forbes missed: Lake Tahoe, of course!! Their motto is even "Keep Tahoe Blue!"
I'd love to hear your reaction to this beautiful, classic hue!

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Curator of Joy No. 3

Happy December friends! 'Tis the season for gratitude! 

Instead of viewing Thanksgiving as the time to be grateful, I'd like to encourage you to extend it through the upcoming holiday season and into the new year. 


by Kathryn Carole Ellison

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life;
It turns what we have into more.
It's the healthiest of all human emotions,
The highest form of thought and furthermore...
It's the greatest of virtues, the parent of all.
Gratitude helps us grow and expand;
It brings joy and laughter into our lives.
It makes sense of our past;
We know where we stand.

And as we express our gratitude
We must never forget this wisdom:
The highest appreciation for what we have
Is not to utter the words, but to live by them.


If you enjoyed this poem, please share it with a friend.

And if you're looking for the PERFECT gift to show your gratitude this holiday season, I suggest Kathryn Carole Ellison's latest book of Poems of Life and Love aptly named GRATITUDE, available here.

It truly is the perfect gift for every occasion, every celebration!

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Curator of Joy No. 2

For my second "Curator of Joy" post, I'm sharing the above quote a friend posted upon her return from a soul-feeding trip to Argentina. 

I agree, travel is such an important part of our "education for living." It opens our hearts and minds to other cultures and lifestyles. 

Reflecting on some of our travels, when we returned from a life-changing trip to the Middle East several years ago, I wrote this on my blog:

"I have a renewed sense of confidence, perspective, humanity and happiness after going on this trip." 

After hearing about our trip, my Uncle Jim put it so well: "International travel is so important and allows us to much better understand points of view, beliefs and needs of other cultures, but in fact, we are all one."

I'm not even sure it needs to be international travel. At this point, it would probably benefit us all to understand the values and beliefs of our fellow Americans a little better.

Until next time, happy travels!  

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Happy 90th Drees!

It's a very special weekend in Olympia - my hometown! Beloved Drees is celebrating 90 years as a retailer in downtown Olympia. A huge milestone for any business much less an independent retailer. Congratulations Drees! 

Drees has always been a special destination in downtown Olympia for exquisite gifts and an unmatched shopping experience; even more so now in the age of one-click shopping. 

Before I go any further, to set the stage, here is a little about Drees from their website:

Welcome to Drees
We are committed to creating shopping experiences that enhance your home and life. We believe Drees offers more than great products; we create traditions, nurture relationships, enhance homes, and provide a respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Our unique product assortment includes exquisite gifts, home furnishings, decorative accessories, fine stationery and season décor, all chosen with great care and a focus on quality and great design.

"We take great care to select high quality items that will stand the test of time. I have always wanted people to love and keep the things they buy at Drees for a long time, like friends," says Drees owner of 43 years, Ruthann Goularte.

Learn more about Drees here

An evocative term coined by Drees combining "browse" and "hospitality," shopping at Drees is relaxing and inspiring as you discover new, beautiful things around every corner. It's like being in Willy Wonka's chocolate factory or your favorite art gallery. The products are beautiful and unique and the merchandising is exquisite and pleasing to your every sense. 

Celebrating 90 Years
I attended Drees' 90th anniversary celebration on Thursday night. Leading up to the event I reflected on what Drees means to me and how it's impacted my life. As you'll see in the reflections below, Drees has had a huge impact on my life.


I grew up AT DREES.

My earliest memories of Drees:
at the shop on 5th Ave,
I ate lemon bars dusted with lots of powdered sugar
my mom drank coffee
nutcrackers – lots of nutcrackers!

Later on Washington Street:
Holiday open houses
My first job
Baking brownies after school
A barista at the espresso bar – before Starbucks!
Mrs. Herring (a favorite regular)
Mary Gates (bought gifts for Bill's executive team)
Assembling special Christmas boxes 
for special customers (lots of work!)
Unpacking boxes of merchandise
Pricing products in the backroom with the 
manual pricing machine (old school!)
Packing popcorn everywhere – boxes stacked high 
to the ceilings during the holidays
Watering plants outside 
(in my cute school clothes – usually in flats!!)
Breaking boxes down and taking them to the 
(scary) garbage room in the alley.
I fell in love with Haviland Imperatrice Eugenie in high school -
my wedding china. I STILL love it!
My wedding registry – the best gifts are always from Drees!
And those beautiful handblown wine goblets with 
a pink flower. I bought one with each pay check!
Colleagues Gwen, M.J., Lisa and Ruthann of course!
Lessons learned from Ruthann's parents 
Madge and Anton (a few tears too.)
Pretty gift wrap and perfect bows.
Quality, quality, quality.
Wish lists and special orders 
handwritten on index cards.
Drees aprons – a classic!
Sequined nametags for staff (after me!)
The Scent of Spring potpourri 
wafting through the shop signaling a new season.
Best greeting cards – 
Madge’s domain when I worked there! 
Personalized stationery
Black shop cat – Espresso…
Then shop dogs…
The soundtrack of Drees: Louis Armstrong

The wise one. Merchant extraordinaire. Impeccable eye. Pisces.
My first boss. 
My mentor.
My friend.
My first client for Fleurish Partners

Fast forward:
Drees' website was born in 2011…
Social media too!
We had fun bringing Drees into the 21st century!

It’s time to celebrate 90 years of browspitality 
in Downtown Olympia!

Cheers to many, many more! 

With love and gratitude,

Amy Hermes Anderson
November 7, 2019

Cheers to my first boss, mentor, client and friend, Ruthann Goularte who 
has owned and stewarded Drees for 43 years.

Holiday Magic
Drees is magical year round but it especially sparkles and shines during the holidays. Here are a few photos of the shop right now. Hoping they might inspire you to make a trip to Drees to experience the one-of-a-kind magic for yourself!  

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Oh Sedona!!

This past weekend, I spent three days at a Body and Brain Yoga and meditation tour in Sedona, Arizona! It was incredible, transformational, deeply healing, and majestically beautiful. 

Sedona is known for its massive red rocks and energy vortexes. From the minute I arrived in Sedona I could feel the energy vibrating through my body. It was incredible! 

It’s the perfect place to re-connect with yourself and with nature. 

The bright blue skies of the heavens, the warm solar energy from the sun, and the deep red earth make it a truly magical place. Heaven on earth!

Sedona feels sacred in every way!

It’s really hard to describe my experience in words. I feel peace in my soul, joy in my heart, and hope for my future and for our world.

Here are some of my highlights:

Walking the labyrinth on my first morning...

Beautiful purple flowers...

Water in the desert... yes please! At the Healing Garden....

At Bell Rock with Master Sky, my team leader for the retreat... what a loving spirit and a blessing she is!

The sunrise meditation on our last morning was so special...

A reminder that we are all Earth Citizens...

Messages I don't want to forget...

On my last day, totally blissed out! I want to hold onto this feeling forever!

One more labyrinth on my last day...instead of walking it, I danced to Michael Franti's "Stay Human!" Such a great way to end the retreat!

As an added bonus, I enjoyed incredible, delicious, healthy food and made new friends! Some of the most authentic, warm and loving people I've ever met! 

It was good, no, GREAT, for my soul!!

I highly, highly recommend you put beautiful, sacred Sedona on your list!

Here is a link to the Sedona Mago Retreat Center where I stayed.

You can learn more about Sedona in this wonderful book, The Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart, by Ilchi Lee, the founder of Body and Brain yoga and tai chi and Brain Education.

To get a flavor of the Korean-based Body and Brain yoga and tai chi practice I've been doing for over a year, check out the Body and Brain YouTube channel for exercises you can do at home. 

My Body and Brain practice has changed my life! It's my gym, my church, my therapy, and my community. I love it! 

Friday, October 4, 2019

Curator of Joy!

Inspiration is everywhere! I am feeling called to share bits of joy that I come across... possibly as an antidote to all the craziness in our world right now. 
So, periodically I will curate and post quotes, pictures, products, people 
and more that I think will bring you joy! 

I hope you en-JOY!!