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Inspiration from a vacation...

Inspiration from a vacation...

It goes without saying that each of us needs time to recharge and refresh.  A summer vacation, no matter how long or short, is ALWAYS a good idea.  Always.

Even with various and unexpected flight "debacles", I arrived in Providence, Rhode Island later than planned but ready to absorb every bit of wonderful family visits, the ocean, the air, and time to think.  The weather was perfect, the water gorgeous, and family fun planned at every step.

This year we decided that a girl's trip to New York City was the main feature and let me just say, "I (heart) NY"!!  It was beyond any expectation I could have had.  The people were so friendly and the environment was over the top!

We took the train from New Haven, CT to Grand Central Terminal and I was met with this...

The hustle and bustle was magnetic and we jumped into the mix!  We stayed at the Hilton Mid-town and it was glorious.  Having no particular plan other than good walking shoes, we hit the road.  We had approximately 24 hours to fit in as much as possible and I can say we took full advantage of every minute and every mile.  According to Missy's FitBit, we strolled a total combination of 15 miles during this time and it felt great!

We had time before checking into the hotel so we started walking.  Along the way, we chatted about our "options" and as if by coincidence, each location magically appeared.  We strolled through Central Park...

saw Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Radio City, and so many other hot spots.  In the evening, we took in a fantastic show, Chicago, on Broadway and visited the Museum of Modern Art.  The architecture was incredible and at first overwhelming...all in all, absolutely stunning...

After checking into the hotel, we took the Subway to Battery Park to see the Statue of Liberty...one thing to see in pictures and another to see in person...beautiful....

Ate chili dogs from awesome street vendors, the best New York pizza, and a few treats for good measure...

Of course there was the shopping and let me say I could spend millions on 5th Avenue.  But since I did not bring millions, we popped into shops that caught our eye and the Anthropologie window and shop displays are always a treat...

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and then on to the location I had most anticipated....the 9/11 Memorial....I have never been so moved by a location in my life.

We had agreed ahead of time that we were not going to visit the museum on this visit not only due to time but also due to the fact that I am a VERY VERY emotional girl.  I can cry watching commercials and just knew what the museum would do to me.  I vividly remember that day and the events that played out on every TV channel....I recall the shock and utter disbelief of what transpired...I recall the scenes of people in panic and cannot even wrap my head around the horror each of them experienced first hand.  I get teary just writing this...

We were met at the memorial site by a wonderful man in an Information kiosk.  He shared details on the memorial site and when we mentioned not going through the museum, he offered to share images from his IPad on the museum tour.....again, feeling the tears well up and seeing these images, decided that the museum would be part of the next trip....baby steps....

If you have followed my blog for long, you will agree that I LOVE design in all forms and I wish to state a profound "thank you" to all those who participated in the planning and design of the 9/11 Memorial.  What most captured me what the simplicity of the pools of the North and South Tower sites and how deep they drew out emotion.  Simply and perfectly done....

To be standing in the EXACT location where all of the horrific actions happened was beyond words....beyond....

My heart went out to each of those affected by the loss, to each who to went to great lengths to help, and to those who had no choice but to be brave....I felt each and every one of you.

And standing proudly above it all...The Freedom Tower...simply magical and so incredible beautiful...a design masterpiece...

There were so many other incredible sites we visited and thoroughly enjoyed.  Every person we met on the streets were so friendly and helpful.  We experienced New York on such a phenomenal level that I can't wait to go back.

My takeaway?

The world is magical and the people in it, including all of you, are a blessing.  Each of our blogs, our thoughts and creations, our lessons and experiences...

  They only affirm my resolve to move myself and Blue Cupboard higher and more imaginative than I could have dreamed.  To create pieces that others will touch with their hands, make memories with, and share with their family and friends is the ultimate gift and outcome.  Each day with family and friends, the ability to create and to love, is a treasure.

I have many ideas and hopes for the future and am blessed that you are here with me.  Many projects currently in the works, fabric to be cut, and sewing to be done.

I wish each of you a beautiful day with many hugs and words of encouragement for your dreams...make them all come true....

JoanMarie 

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