Monday, January 11, 2010

The Secret of Life - Happy 2010

Welcome back...... it's 2010! I feel like a different person with all the rest and relaxation I have had over the past 3 weeks. Spent at the beach of course.

I hope with all my heart that you also had a great break. So now we face a New Year with new possibilities. I am very excited. Are you? I hope Beach Vintage will continue to inspire you.

Do you remember that scene in the Oscar winning movie "City Slickers" when Jack Palance (Curly) said :

Curly: Do you know what the secret of life is?
[and then he holds up one finger] Curly: This.

[And then Billy Crystal replies] Mitch: Your finger?


: One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and the rest don't mean shit.

Mitch: But, what is the "one thing?"

Curly: [smiles] That's what you have to find out.

Would love to hear from you all.

photo of my husband and daughter taken New years Eve 2009


  1. Lovely Simone!! How wonderful it is to see you back, you have been greatly missed! Wonderful to hear that you had such a relaxing and lovely break though:) So looking forward to following Beach Vintage in 2010! Thank you for your sweet comment and your lovely support and encouragement. YAY - today is a happy one indeed! - Tx

  2. Happy New Year Simone! Wonderful pic,heres to a great year full of happiness and love,and finding lots of treasures that make our hearts leap. haha, cheers Katherine

  3. Hello Simone,
    I'm so happy you had a refreshing getaway but it's great to have you back :)
    Here is to a fabulous 2010...I feel it's going to be one terrific year!!

  4. Yippee, you are back!!! At last!! LOL!

    3 weeks at the beach sounds blissful - right now it is the coldest winter in the UK in 100 years.....brrrr!

    Hope you had a WONDERFUL time....I wish you a very very happy 2010 :) xo

  5. Yay......your back. Looking forward to all your posts this year......yes you inspire us!!!!!

  6. Happy New Year to you too!! Glad you had a lovely break and are feeling refreshed! I've been working like a mad woman already for 2010, but plan to take a rest soon. I think I'll start my new year with the Chinese on 14 February.

  7. Welcome back! Your daughter is so gorgeous...she's a mini of you! So true my friend...part of the meaning of life I do believe is finding that one thing!

    Happy New Year!

    Love and hugs,

  8. Hello Simone! Welcome back. I'm thrilled to see you return I love that image. To me the secret of life is family and love. Nothing else. I cannot wait for this year. Bring it on! xx

  9. What a lovely photo! I think I'm still trying to figure out what the one thing is. :) Wishing you a beautiful 2010!

  10. Glad to hear you enjoyed your 3 weeks at the beach, nice and fresh for the new year! I am always inspired by your blog, so can't wait to read more!

    That's the tricky bit, isn't ti? Trying to work out that one thing? I think I try to keep my focus on family and our plans, then hope the rest will fall into place.

  11. That photo you have posted is your secret. That is what life is all about. What a beautiful picture. THANK YOU for sharing and yes I am looking forward to another wonderful year filled with so many possibilities.

  12. Hi Simone
    The one thing.......good health. THE most important thing in your life, ever. It brings, wealth and happiness!!
    So glad you had a great time in Wooli. I love your blog and all your wonderful ideas, you seem like a happy lady. Me too!!
    Di xx

  13. Welcome back, Simone! So glad you had those 3 weeks of rest and recuperation/relaxation. We all need to take time like that...and the beach is the perfect place to do so.(Love the photo of your family!)

    That dialog in City Slickers has stuck with me for years. I am still trying to find that "one thing"...and I think that I have finally broken through. Painting is my one least for now. With the confidence I gained during the holidays (seeing the reactions to some of my work) I am ready to take some pieces to a "jury" and hopefully will be accepted into an art show. It's scary...because it's so personal. But it's time to take that step.

    Looking forward to your posts...
    Happy New Year!!!
    Jane (artfully graced)

  14. Happy New Year Simone! Sounds like you had a lovely break. All the best for 2010 xxxxx

  15. Hi Simone! Happy New Year! I'm so glad your back. I'm also excited about the new year and all the great things to come! It sounds like you had a nice relaxing break.:)-Jennifer

  16. ... you know Simone, that 'one thing' could be so many different things to different people... but I think that the secret to a happy life is to consciously make a decision to be happy... to look for happiness in everything you do and to ask yourself "is this action that I am taking going to make someone else happy too"? I try to teach my boys about living in and appreciating 'the moment'... something that boys are pretty good at anyway. It helps that their school motto is "others first, self last". I chant that mantra daily to drum in the concept that thinking of others makes one happy too. My sentiments anyway! Lovely photo! A-M xx

  17. I love the way Luke 10: 27 states it. And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

  18. I've just found your blog over christmas and look forward to reading it in 2010. We love the beach too although I havent been there much since having Poppy 3 months ago, things just got a whole lot busier!!

  19. Hi Simone,

    Happy New Year! You have a lovely family. Guess you know the secret. Have you done any op-shopping lately?


  20. are back..missed you my friend. Sweet sweet photo.

  21. Happy New Year Simone! Glad you have enjoyed your break! Tracey xx

  22. Welcome back Simone and Happy New Year! I've missed your posts and am looking forward to more of your wonderful blog in 2010. Gorgeous photo - your daughter has such a pretty little face.

  23. Happy New Year Simone - I hope your 2010 is full of happiness and beautiful things. Leigh

  24. Hi Simone glad to see you back, & refreshed from your break by the sounds of it, here's to a great 2010 year of blogging looking forward to seeing what you get up to! :)

  25. Happy New Year to you Simone!!!!
    We are back!
    Hope you had a beautiful weekend.

  26. Love that quote! That one thing..., yep, so true.

    And welcome back!!

  27. welcome back dear friend and happy new year! looking forward for your new posts!
    many hugs,

  28. welcome back! Happy New Year :)

  29. What a beautiful family you have. Your daughter is GORGEOUS!!! Happy 2010, Love....excited for all that Beach Vintage has in store this year.


  30. Happy New Year Simone, great to have you back! I think the secret of life is positivity :) Warm wishes for 2010 xo

  31. Happy New Year Simone. All the best for another year of fantastic blogging!

  32. Happy New Year hun! Good to have you back...the meaning of life eh? Well...I think it is love - that is the one thing...but there's the romantic in me speaking! :)

    Lovely photo of your husband and daughter...I think there is your meaning right there! xxx

  33. Glad u are back!.. omg, your daughter w/those golden locks!... yes a new year and a better one.

  34. Welcome back! Wish you a wonderful year, full of great things, inspiration, fun, laughter and a lot of hugs and kisses from those you love! The picture is sooo cute! :o)

  35. Happy new year!! Look forward to your posts for 2010!

  36. Gorgeous picture darling! I'm so glad to see you back. I hope your feeling splendid.

  37. Yay you are back, have missed your posts and what a lovely photo :)

  38. Welcome back, and isn't your daughter beautiful!

  39. Hi there Simone, welcome back!
    You have such a beautiful little girl!
    I look forward to following your blog through 2010 too.
    Regards from snowy Ireland

  40. Hi Simone - I am glad you had such a nice break. It is good to see you back, I missed you. Diane

  41. Happy new year!!!
    Can't wait to see your new posts!!!

  42. Hi there, what a great start to 2010. Gorgeous photo and something for us all to ponder over.

    So pleased you had a great time away and are all refreshed!

    Looking forward to what 2010 brings us all through our blogworld.
    xoxo DJ

  43. You're back! I'm so glad you had a good time and feel refreshed. Happy 2010! Now let's us women all get down to decorating and all that stuff we do that makes us so happy.

  44. Welcome back and Happy New Year!!!!
    Looks like you had fun-cute picture.


  45. Many Blessings to you and your family in the New Year, Simone!
    All the best to you,


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