“All I have is all I need … and it all comes down to you and me. How far away this world becomes in the harbor of each others arms.” Beth Nielsen Chapman
Barbara is a woman of many parts. She is a renaissance woman who has not stopped creating and living life at full tilt since marrying at 18 and having two children before turning 21. She is a mother, wife, an author, a traveler/adventurer, blogger, an artist, entrepreneur, a floral designer, VW car lover, friend, sister and more. I met Barbara back when I was a lone ranger blogger trying to build connections with others. We connected over a post on gay rights and why everyone should have the right to live their lives as they deem fit. I admired her honest and thoughtful post and we started what remains a wonderful blogging friendship. Barbara became my first blog buddy and has stayed close as a blogging friend I love and respect…
When I think of Barbara, I see a colorful whirlwind of activity swirling around her head and I often wonder: How does she do it and still maintain a sense of humor? Well, to get the answer to my question, you would have to visit her blogs; ZeroTo60andBeyond and Petals, Palettes and Parties, to get the full picture of this truly energetic woman. If you were to ask Barb; What do you love about VWs? She will regale you with stories of her adventures in the many Volkswagens (VWs) she’s collected over the years. Barbara has accomplished a lot in her lifetime and she still revs her engine daily, puts a smile on her face, and gets to work; read her top ten lifetime jobs for some insight.
If you asked her; What other things online/offline keep you busy? She will share her spanking new second blog; Triple P: Petals, Palettes and Parties, her partnership in a network that brings bloggers together; The Blogstress Network, her floral design ventures, and the new ebook (her 2nd) she contributed to; Life Lessons—The Best Self-Reflections From 108 Bloggers. Her first ebook; While You Were Sleeping, documented her husband’s battle with cancer, and her popular pet book; The Duffy Chronicles, she illustrated/drew the cover, can be purchased at all the top booksellers sites. As you can tell, Barb is incredibly busy, so I am thrilled that she agreed to be our featured blogger today. Please welcome Barbara and leave her a comment here and then go visit her blog and enjoy your journey through it.
Where did you grow up and why do you blog?
I grew up in Toledo, Ohio and couldn’t wait to get out of there! I went to 14 schools in 12 years and was the 1st in my family to graduate from high school. That helped me realize anything is possible. I didn’t know, at the time, that my difficult and troubled childhood could become a memoir. The blog is my way of testing the waters, so to speak.
I started my blog in February 2010 while being stuck in the house, due to yet another blizzard and feeling depressed about facing my 60th birthday in a few months. It was the most cathartic and freeing thing I’ve ever done. In my heart I will always be 30, and that’s the way I intend to keep it.
I’ve attached a photo of me, taken recently at my daughter-in-law’s birthday party. The other photo is one of my very favorite shots from our trip to the Mediterranean. It’s the rooftops in the village of Fayence in Provence, France. I have tons of pictures from that trip that I love, but this one really touches me on an artistic level, as well as a memory.
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman
What is most important to you/about you?
The most important thing to me is having love and laughter in my life. That’s not possible without honesty, in my opinion, so I value that trait more than any other in a person. I try to find the good in everyone and will continue to believe in them until they prove me wrong. Like you, I have quite a collection of quotes. One that I live by, it is sort of a mantra, ‘All I have is all I need.’
I just recently learned how important it is to rid your life of ‘psychic vampires’. You know the people who are all about the drama and focus on the negative, instead of finding solutions? I used to think I could fix them… you can’t. You can’t fix anyone but yourself, so it helps to be able to recognize these people early on and not waste much of your time.
What motivates you to get out of bed?
Being motivated to get out of bed got a lot easier when I started blogging. I love it so much. When someone tells me that something I wrote helped them deal with a problem in their life… there’s nothing like it! Better than any drug. I recently launched a 2nd blog, Triple P: Petals, Palettes and Parties, devoted to exploring my art, floral design and gardening, photography, party planning and cuisine; all the things I love about entertaining. Stay tuned.
My dogs staring into my face first thing in the morning with that needy look in their eyes gets me up and at ‘em, too. Nothing compares to the unconditional love of animals, does it?
How would you like to be remembered?
How would I like to be remembered? Tough one….
A woman who learned that happiness has nothing to do with money or things, but with a truthful heart. Who doesn’t suffer fools very well. Who was able to finally realize that when your intentions come from love things happen as they are destined to be.
When my son was in his late 30′s he told me, very offhandedly, one day “I always knew I was loved.” I cried. It was the most wonderful thing anyone had ever said to me. I think I’d like that on my epitaph.
You may connect with Barbara through her Blogger blogs - ZeroTo60andBeyond and Triple P: Petals, Palettes and Parties, on Facebook at Zeroto60andbeyond and Petals, Palettes and Parties, and via her Twitter handle – @hammondartbiz. Again, take a moment to leave a comment here for Barb, and join me in saying a big hello and welcome to our blog friend/buddy — Barbara Hammond.
What are your thoughts? Do share? If you’d like to be featured, leave a note and let me know how to reach you. Thank You!
Positive Motivation Tip: Life is full of adventures; ups and downs and ins and outs. Seek your path joyfully and discover new ways of being.what you choose to make of it.
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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Featured Photos are courtesy of Barbara Hammond