Sculptures and Structures of Canyon Road ~ Santa Fe, New Mexico

Sculptures and Structures of Canyon Road ~ Santa Fe, New Mexico

Yesterday was one of my favorite days in Santa Fe yet.  Paul dropped me off on Canyon Road while he went off in search of culinary shops.  I planned on taking random photos, but there were so many amazing outdoor sculptures that they quickly became my focus.

I was SO inspired that I have decided to do a drawing.  It has been a while, and I thought it would be fun to do something Valentines-themed.  Simply leave a comment on this post and your name will go into the drawing hat.  You can let me know if you have a favorite sculpture, or share a Canyon Road experience or whatever you want, really.

The Gallery at 822 Canyon Road

The Gallery at 822 Canyon Road

 

Helicon

Helicon

 

Parking Lot Mural

Parking Lot Mural

 

Cool Classic Car

Cool Classic Car

 

Imagine

Imagine

 

Society of Friends (Quaker) Meetinghouse

Society of Friends (Quaker) Meetinghouse

 

Dominique Boisjoli Fine Art

Dominique Boisjoli Fine Art

 

Adieb Khadoure Fine Arts

Adieb Khadoure Fine Arts

 

Adieb Khadoure Fine Arts

Adieb Khadoure Fine Arts

 

Adieb Khadoure Fine Arts

Adieb Khadoure Fine Arts

 

SR Brennen Gallery

SR Brennen Gallery

 

Patricia Carlisle

Patricia Carlisle

 

Shadows

Shadows

 

Street Cred

Street Cred

 

Door Leading to the Santa Fe Historical Society

Door Leading to the Santa Fe Historical Society

 

The Santa Fe Historical Society

The Santa Fe Historical Society

 

Coyote Fencing

Coyote Fencing

 

Street Address

Street Address

 

Morning Star Gallery

Morning Star Gallery

 

Adobe

Adobe

 

Sage Creek Gallery

Sage Creek Gallery

 

Carol Laroche Gallery

Carol Laroche Gallery

 

Mark White Fine Art

Mark White Fine Art

 

Wiford Gallery

Wiford Gallery

 

Canyon Road Contemporary

Canyon Road Contemporary

 

Old, Old Window

Old, Old Window

 

Meyer East Gallery

Meyer East Gallery

 

Meyer East Gallery

Meyer East Gallery

 

Meyer East Gallery

Meyer East Gallery

 

adobe gallery

adobe gallery

 

CVG Contemporary

CVG Contemporary

 

CVG Contemporary

CVG Contemporary

 

CVG Contemporary

CVG Contemporary

 

CVG Contemporary

CVG Contemporary

 

Reflection Gallery

Reflection Gallery

 

Charles Azbell Gallery

Charles Azbell Gallery

 

Charles Azbell Gallery

Charles Azbell Gallery

What a perfect day.  Remember,  I was SO inspired that I have decided to have a drawing.  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and Paul will pull a name out of a hat on February 7th, so that one lucky winner (YOU?!) will receive their prize just in time for Valentine’s Day.  XOX,

Valynne and Paul

 

How and Why We Blog

How and Why We Blog

The Heart of Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Santa Fe Plaza ~ Inspiration Mecca

Recently, I’ve had a couple of  friends tell me they want to start blogging. They want to know how to get started. I’ve referred them to WordPress, because this platform has worked for me more so than the others I’ve tried. I am not an overly techy girl, and WordPress is pretty darn intuitive.

If you are somewhat computer literate, you can start a blog quite easily…and it will cost you nothing but some time and energy. Start with the link above, and then if you decide you love it and want to monetize it and all sorts of other fun stuff, you can upgrade it later like I did.

Backyard Blogging in Nambe, New Mexico

Backyard Blogging in Nambe, New Mexico

That’s my easy answer to the question of how to blog. The more complicated question that needs to be asked of anyone who wants to start a blog, is why? What do you expect to come out of this blog you are contemplating creating? This is important, as blogging can be a real labor of love…it can take quite some time to build an audience, and no time at all to lose said audience if you don’t keep at it.

It doesn’t really matter why you want to start a blog, so long as you yourself know the reason. Do you want to share your travel stories? Build brand recognition? Meet other Harry Potter fans? Post your head shots in hopes of furthering your acting/modeling career? Gauge interest on a new business idea you have? Establish yourself as an expert in your field? Great! Just know your “why”.

I began blogging because I enjoy both writing and photography and the thought of communicating with people all over creation excited me. Initially, I blogged about Mountain Girl Organics, a company that I have since sold. For the past three years, I have blogged mainly about our adventures as Caretaking Couple, throwing in suggestions and support to those who are interested in a similar lifestyle along the way (to date, there are over 160 posts on this site).

Like I said, I am not all that techy. Still, I have managed to capture an audience of like-minded people. My target audience or demographic is mainly caretakers (or house and pet sitters) like us along with people who are looking for caretakers like us. This demographic includes travel enthusiasts, animal lovers, and friends and family who enjoy keeping in touch on a more personal level than our other social media outlets allow.

New Year's Eve in Nambe, New Mexico

New Year’s Eve in Nambe, New Mexico

My main expectation for this blog was that I would get the word out that we care for properties and pets across the US. This I have accomplished. We are now offered sits based solely on the contents of our blog. This has saved us tens of thousands of dollars, owing to the fact that when we caretake, or house and pet sit, we typically have no rent/mortgage/utilities to worry about. I have a looong list of other goals to accomplish as well, including publishing our e-Book and making SEO a priority.

Are you a blogger? If so, how and why do you blog? Has your blog met or maybe even exceeded your expectations? Please let us know via the “comments” link and share your blog address as well, if you wish. If you are considering starting a blog, please let me know if you have any specific questions, and share with us what you expect to receive in return for your blogging efforts.

Vision Board 2013

Vision Board 2013

V’s 2013 Vision Board

Well, here it is…another year, another Vision Board!  Thanks to your interest, I have shared what is one of my favorite New Year traditions for several years running now.  I have had the pleasure of a few of you sharing your Visions with me as well and hope that 2013 is no different.

This year, I created alone.  It wasn’t quite as much fun, but I did get it put together a lot more quickly, which pleases the Brit greatly, as he gets the Ping Pong table back now.

Do you Vision Board?  If so, what do you love about it?  For me, it is a fun and simple way to visualize what I want to accomplish in the year ahead.  I take images from magazines and random mixed media and glue it on to a poster board.  I then display it somewhere obvious for a constant, crafty reminder.

Each year’s board comes out different and always brings with it new ideas, inspiration, and an occasional epiphany or two.  I won’t bore you with every little detail (pictures tell a thousand words, right?) but I *will* happily engage in any Vision Board conversation if you care to comment!  HAPPY 2013, Everyone!

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