Friday, May 20, 2011

I Graduate Today

Yippee! Today I will graduate with my Masters of Arts in Arts Management and a Graduate Certificate in Public Relations and Marketing.  On Thursday I was honored with the Director's Award for outstanding Leadership to help advance the Arts Management Program. I am very excited and touched to receive such an award.

Anyways, just thought I would share the good news that today at 2 pm I will official be done with Grad School! I am hoping I can make everyone call me Master Leah for at least the rest of the weekend.

PS. Paul graduates this Saturday! Oh and Charlie will be walking with me across the stage with a green graduation cap. Check out his pre photo shoot HERE.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Cool Artsy Chair I Am Loving

How great is this chair from British company, Graham & Green!?! Love the pattern, love the color palette.  I would love this in my music studio. The colors work great for Charlie Pants Music. Love it!

via ampersand design studio

Sunday, May 15, 2011


I found this beautiful post about Wonderland on the Kiss the Groom blog and it describes exactly how I am feeling today.
some days i get lost…not sure what direction to turn…these are not bad days though…inside of confusion lies little sweet bits of beauty…it is in the pauses, the sense of feeling lost that i find solace in the small things….a soft blanket…a cup of tea…the wind on a lazy afternoon…so what if you the key doesn’t fit….beauty is in the imperfections…may you all get lost in wonderland….xoxo

Happy Sunday! I hope you get lost in the solace of the small things today.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Very Cool Art Made From Buttons

If you have buttons lying around at home and don't know what to do with them check this fantastic project found at the Little Green Notebook.  So clever and so cute. I think I want to try something like this.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Done With Grad School


Tonight was my last grad school class as a student.  I have two more classes as a TA for another class, but all I have to do is sit there and observe final projects, but tonight was my last class as a student.  It was bitter sweet.  I am tickled to be done with school and in awe that I made it and that these two years have gone by fairly fast. 

I loved my program. I have made dear friends with other students, teachers, and directors.  The Arts Management Graduate Degree at George Mason University is a fantastic degree filled with relevant information, great professors, and exciting classes.  I will miss it dearly. The homework not so much, but the feeling of learning something new and the feeling of being energized by learning about working in the arts I will miss so much.  I hope to find a teaching job in this field or a related field like PR, Marketing, music, or business management.  I guess that will be step 2.

Ahh...tonight I might just watch a movie in bed. And tomorrow I am sleeping in until 10 am. Tomorrow night I may watch another movie. Any suggestions?  The joys of no more school.

Graduation Day is May 20.
PS. Did I tell you that I am getting some mystery award at graduation?  I don't know what, but I am hoping it is awesome.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

A Day To Remember: Justice For America

As many of my friends and family know, I flew out of NYC on that somber and horrific morning of September 11, 2001. I remember watching the NYC skyline in the early dawn light.  I remember seeing the twin towers standing strong.

I was visiting NYC to see the Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Concert with the Jackson Five, Usher, Mya, Deborah Cox, Monica, Liza Minnelli, Missy Elliott, and many more performers.  It was a fabulous concert, one that I think back to and say "I can not believe I was there." I flew out alone to NYC to met my dear friend Katelyn, who came up from Washington, DC.

When I was booking my ticket for my last minute, impromptu, once-in-a-lifetime trip, I was using my father's miles.  He told me to use his United miles and as I was in the process of booking my flight with United flight 93 from Newark Airport to San Francisco leaving Tuesday, September 11, 2001, my father was inspired to tell me to change my ticket and use his Continental miles instead.

I will never forget the moment when my plane landed at the Houston airport, my scheduled layover from NYC to SLC, and I exited the plane.  I remember walking to my gate and noticing several people crowded around the televisions.  As I looked up at the television, I watched a building crumble to the ground and was completely unaware of what was going on.  The speakers at the airport announced that all flights were grounded for the next several hours.  I had no idea of the devastation that was happening to America until I sat down and asked an older gentleman what was happening.  As I watched the TV in horror, I saw my original flight, United 93, crash in a field in Pennsylvania. I immediately turned on my cell phone and called my parents and family who were an emotional wreck unaware if I was alive or on a high-jacked flight.  I will never forget the moment I talked to my brother Aaron who got on the phone and was sobbing at the thought that his little sister could have been killed.

I was stuck in Houston for four days.  I was terrified to get back on a plane to fly home.  When I landed in Salt Lake City, Utah I cried with joy.  It was eerie to exit the plane and not have my father waiting at the gate to pick me up, but instead having to walk out of the secured section to find my father in tears.

My brother says one major reason he joined the Army was because of the attack he felt on his little sister that September 11.  He always would say "That could have been you." Today I am grateful that my brother's service was not in vain, that his service and all military service since 9/11was to protect mine and America's freedom and to help bring justice for that horrific day.  Today I reflect back on this terrifying moment that happened almost ten years ago, and think of the loss and tragedy that so many felt in New York and around the Nation, and THANK YOU men and women of the United States Armed Forces for protecting our rights and freedoms.  Thank you for helping bring justice to that horrible day that killed hundreds of men, women and children. Thank you to my father for telling me to change my ticket to Continental. Thank you to the family who hosted me in Houston.

Today Osama Bin Laden has been killed.  I realize it is not the end to the War on Terror, but maybe the beginning of healing for those that lost loved ones due to 9/11. My heart goes out to those families.  I pray that God will continue to protect our great Nation and that one day we will can live in a world of peace and where celebrating one's death is not a triumph, but a day of mourning.