Author: <span class="vcard">Ana V. Ramirez</span>

Ever been driving down the highway so deep in thought that you go on autopilot and miss your exit? And then when you look around you have no idea where you are? That’s what happened to me recently—not literally—but with my work. I had been doing things without paying attention and I lost something in the process. Read More One Way Creative Entrepreneurs Can Avoid Burnout

Inspiration and motivation

Oh, the joys of moving… Packing, unpacking and all the heavy lifting in between. Since 2005 I have moved a total of eight times. Maybe it’s time to admit I have a commitment problem? There is one thing I love about it. Decorating a new space! Check out my new home office.

Read More The Fun Thing About Moving: Getting A New Home Office

Home decor

Many lifetimes ago I owned my first creative business: a floral and event design business with my mom. It was called Fiori Event Design and we owned it for seven years. We worked really hard, had fun, and were heartbroken when we had to close it. If I knew then what I know now… I would have done things differently. Owning that business taught me a lot.

Read More Valuable Lessons from My First Creative Business

Marketing and Business

“The home should be the treasure chest of living.” – Le Corbusier

How do you feel when you walk into your home? Does it make you happy? Do you look around and feel peaceful and content? If your space feels blah but you’re not ready to hire a designer to re-do your entire home, there are a few quick and easy things you can do to freshen things up and bring in some new energy.

Read More Seven Easy Ways to Refresh Your Decor

Home decor

Ah, the ocean. Isn’t it wonderful? The sound of the waves, the scent in the air, the feel of the sun and the wind, and to look out into the open and put everything in perspective. Such a calming experience.

It feels like an eternity since the last time I went to the beach but in reality it hasn’t been that long. It just feels that way since it’s so cold here. I can’t go back yet, so I use my beach photographs to remind myself of how wonderful it feels to be there. Want to join me in dreaming of a beach getaway?

Read More Dreaming of a Beach Getaway

Locations

Have you noticed the amount of “top posts of 2016” out there right now? Everybody seems to have written one. For a while I was tempted… well, if everybody is doing it… right? Maybe I should too? But I resisted and instead continued with my last shot tradition.

Read More My last shot of 2016… the tradition continues

The Last Shot of The Year The story

Dear online world, I’d like to formally introduce Bruno. On July 28, 2015 this lovable redhead came into my life. He’s big (80lbs. when all my others have been about 50lbs.), fluffy, bossy, funny, outgoing, and loves to bark. He’s also a head-turner. People look at him wherever we go because he’s so handsome. Bonding with him was challenging given what we have both been through, but we’re both doing really well.

Read More Meet Bruno

Dogs The story

Photography

Home decor

Many people feel this way about art: Art is a luxury. We don’t need art on the walls—that’s for the wealthy. I don’t buy art because I can’t afford it. Do you agree? I don’t. Most of my life, and in all of the different places I have lived, there has been something on the walls. Likely it was my mom’s doing, because she appreciated art, but there are plenty of reasons why it’s a good idea to put something you enjoy on the wall. (and you don’t need to be a millionaire to do so)

Read More Four Reasons to Add Art to Your Walls

Home decor