August 7, 2013


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“If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” ~ Roald Dahl

July 25, 2013

four days of living in the moment

I am so excited.
We are leaving for Floyd Fest in the morning- bright and early. I’m actually in the midst of packing, but had to stop and document this moment of pure exctiement. Festivals are where I feel most at home- so much love, art and people of every kind. My goal is to be completely and utterly committed to the moment. I am always juggling so much mentally and multi tasking usually every second of the day that I don’t get to fully experience a single thing. And that can be a problem sometimes. Things go by without me even feeling them go by because I’m already on to the next thing!
Living in the moment is so blissful, yet often rare in this busy world.
So for the next 4 days I am pledging to live in the moment. I want to take in the smell of the earth and the sound of each instrument and the taste of greasy food truck french fries and the sight of one-of-a-kind pieces of art. I want to wander through the tents and hear people laughing, like really laughing. I want to let the music move me however it wants to. I want to connect with the people I meet and the people I am traveling with. I want to feel so and and so on. This is life. Right now, is what you have. Feel it. Experience it.
Planning on watching these beautiful gypsies at Floyd.
Enjoy, Amber

July 20, 2013

Opening Day

Today marks opening day for Opal and Wonder and a BIG check mark off my bucket list.

For years, I have dreamed of launching my own business and today it happened. I woke up, had a cup of tea with my  sweet fiancĂ©, went into our office and with a push of a button Opal and Wonder was open for business. This day will be spent celebrating the long, winding, sometimes rocky, often exhausting, eye opening journey.
I couldn’t have done it without the support of my wonderful fiancĂ©, parents, dearest friends, countless cups of coffee and Parker Payge Designs. Honestly, thank you all for encouarging me when I was stressed, picking me up when I was down, listening when I was full of pride  and pushing me when I could be more.
I’m such a sucker for new beginnings and I’m latching onto this opportunity to make a difference in the world- one candle at a time. Who’s with me?
- Amber 

July 9, 2013

Keep Looking Forward

Starting a business can teach you a lot about yourself and one lesson that I’ve held tightly to lately is: keep looking forward. When I’m in the midst of doubt and uncertainty it’s easy for my vision to become cloudy. That’s when I grab some Ben & Jerry’s, muster up some self confidence and turn my focus to my goal- grow a sustainable business and use it as a vehicle to spread kindness with the world.
This process so far has been mentally, physically and even spiritually demanding. And it’s just the beginning! But hey- so many beautiful things are on the horizon.
living and learning-

June 29, 2013

Stamp this on my heart: Read Daily

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” — Oscar Wild
I asked a friend last night if she could give one message to the world- what it would be . She took a moment to think and said, “read a book everyday.”  She talked about the importance of cultivating your mind by reading and how everyone could benefit from it. Of course, I replied back in an exhausted tone, “I just wish I had time to read.” She was quick to tell me that she makes time everyday to read something. Reading is a priority to her because she knows that exercising your mind is healthy. Reading can increase your world view, open you to different perspectives and raises curiosity.
Make reading a habit and expand your mind. Need a new book? Check out Better World Books.
If you have a message that guides your life everyday and you want to share it with the universe e-mail me at I’d love to write about it and help you inspire the world.
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