These Are A Few of My Favorite Things

I turn 55 in just a few days.  I share the day with my dear twin brother, Craig.  So, I don’t turn 55, We turn 55.  (Although I am 55 minutes older and wiser than Craig!) You see, I never think of it as my birthday.  I think of it as our birthday.  Any of you readers that are a twin, you know what I mean.

Anyway, I thought turning 21, 30, 40 and then 50 would be the most memorable birthdays for me.  Certainly, to this day I remember specifics of each of those milestones.  But, absolutely positively this birthday is gonna be the Mack-Daddy.  I can feel it brewing already.

Why you ask?

It is simple.

Once I flew only while no one was looking.  Now I soar all the time.

In other words, I have learned to be me… Embracing the good, the bad and yeah, the ugly.  How freeing.  How exhilarating.

So, since it’s my party I will celebrate because I want to!  (Remind you of a 1960’s song though different words?!?)

And, what better way than to share with others a few of my favorite things!  Originally, I planned to list 55 things.  You know, one thing for each year.  My David chuckled over this and said no one would last through the whole article, not even him!  So, instead I am listing  5/5 or five faves in five categories I want to share.  I hope you enjoy!

My Top Five Products

  • My Cutco Knives
  • My Kayak
  • My Dyson Vacuum
  • My Apple Ipad
  • My Trek Cruiser Classic
Trek Cruiser Classic

My wheels. Photo credit: David Solganik

My Top Five Kitchen Must Have’s

  • My Pampered Chef Garlic Press
  • My Aprons
  • My Iron Skillet
  • My Bamboo Pot Scrubber from Crate and Barrel
  • My Ceramic Spoonrest
Well seasoned iron skillet

My well seasoned iron skillet. Photo credit: David Solganik

My Top Five Gifts I Have Received

  • My Faith.
  • My family, with the newest addition being “Little Bits”.
  • The chance to be with my Dad as he neared death and to witness him seeing “The other side across the bridge” he described to me as he saw departed family beckon for him to cross over.
  • My David, who has given such unconditional love that I have had the room to spread my wings and fly – and then, soar!
  • My necklace that David gave me to commemorate Benjamin’s upcoming wedding.
David Solganik

My David. Photo credit: Jamie Balzer

My Top Five Tips For Creating Homespace Beauty

  • Less is more.
  • Color means everything.
  • Decorate and design with a sense of studied indifference.
  • Make all your senses come alive in your Home Décor.
  • Your Homespace begins at the street or door to your space.
Beautiful entryway

Beauty begins at the street. Photo credit: David Solganik

My Top Five Quotes For Inspiration

  • “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.”  Ecclesiastes 3:1
  • “Two roads diverged, and I - I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference” Robert Frost
  • “Live the life you love.  Love the life you live.” Bob Marley
  • “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” Jimi Hendrix
  • “With every challenging situation we experience, we can choose to be a ‘Victim’ or become a ‘Victor.’  The choice is ours to make.”  Jamie Balzer’s Mantra
Road less traveled

The road less traveled. Photo credit: Susan Muehl

In sharing these favorite things of mine, I hope you take the time to reflect on your favorites as well.  Share them with someone you love.  It reminds me of one other quote I live, “It is in the giving that we receive the most”.   Pay it forward to someone and share yours!

Today might not be your birthday but, you have cause to celebrate regardless.  Every day is worth celebrating.  Seize the opportunity!

Enjoy the moment, enjoy the day and enjoy life!

Oh, and here’s to you Craig!  I love you!

Craig Balzer

My twin, Craig Balzer. Photo credit: David Solganik

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Jamie Balzer

About Jamie Balzer

Jamie has worked in the field of interior decorating for over 10 years and has owned B&A Interiors, LLC for almost as long. Partnered with her daughter, Sammi Blake, Jamie has been honored to work in homes and businesses across the country. Knowledge and experience is but part of what she has to offer. As a young girl, Jamie intuitively understood that the placement of things, the color of things, and the arrangement of things evoke certain feelings. Working together with this knowledge, experience and intuition Jamie has answered the call to her life’s purpose- teaching the spiritual truth of what she believes- “Everything begins in the home”. As a branch of B&A Interiors, LLC, Living In Perfect Harmony emerged to teach her philosophy. Jamie believes, “if you live peacefully and beautifully at home, you are well, your family is well and that helps to make the world a better place”. Jamie's most passionate role is as a mother and grandmother. Jamie currently lives and works in the Chicago area but also continues her business in Charlotte, NC as both a decorator and a homespace coach. She is certified in Reiki Therapy which she believes broadens her success as a homespace coach. Jamie is available for private consultations, lectures and seminars.

16 thoughts on “These Are A Few of My Favorite Things

    • Thank you dear cousin. And, I am honored that you feel inspired by my words. I believe that each of us can choose to live in ways that inspire others. What greater good is there? Enjoy the day!!!

  1. I Love and Enjoy your Blog everyday…Happy Early Birthday to You and Craig!..

  2. Great post! Sometimes it is hard to find the positive things in life, no matter how small they seem to others. I am excited to see we share a favorite. The Dyson vacuum. I received it on Mothers Day and I can’t help but to stare at the canister each time I vacuum to see what I sucked up! Crazy, I know but I love it!

    Happy early Birthday to you and also to my Dear sweet Father In Law who would give anyone the shirt off of his back and ask for nothing in return, my children are so blessed to have such a great Pop Pop.

    • Thanks Crystal. You are right about looking for the positive things in life. I decided a few years back that I was not going to look at the glass and say it was half full (as opposed to half empty) – instead, I was going to visualize it as brimming over. What a difference it makes to look at things this way! And, as for my Dyson- L.O.V.E. it!!! Who knew you could get such joy out of watching the dirt go away from your floors! My dear twin, Craig is truly the best of the best. Sometimes we focus on people that get on our nerves and overlook the ones that shine. Craig- he shines!!!!

  3. Dear Jami,
    As always I love your outlook on life. Wouldn’t our world be a much better place if we all could look at the positive in all people.
    We hope you have a wonderful birthday and are having great fun. Wish we were there to celebrate with you but please know we are in our hearts:-) Becky

  4. Dear Jamie…..Wish you a wonderful year ahead. I love how you refer to your husband as “My David” that says you dearly love him. I have three sons and a husband and I also refer to them as “my ?”.. Each one. My 5 fav products are grandchildren gifts, IPAD2, all found objects, built-in vacuum, van. Kit. Must haves are cutco knives, steamer, insta hot faucet, popcorn popper and slow cooker. Are we not blessed to have such wonderful gifts….all. Hugs, Joy Stark

    • Thank you so much Joy for the birthday wishes. And yes, I do love “My David” dearly. As for your central vac- my last three homes had it and boy, is it the best. I do have to say the Dyson is a close second! Cutco Knives never ever give out. I bought mine while in college as part of my “Hope Chest” (Oh what an old school southern tradition!). The knives have lasted but, not so for that marriage!!! Love your other faves as well, especially your “anything found” ones. What fun! Keep loving life and thanks again for your input!

  5. OK sis, I have been busy with new grandson, happy belated birthday to you and Craig. I tried to call you both, Great post, vacuuming must run in the family, I vacuum everyday. : )

  6. Oh sis, thank you for another beautifully written article. We share many favs! My dyson is 4+ years old. Mom taught us to own a good vac. When I got my very first apartment in Tulsa in1978, I splurged on a good vac while I could barely afford a little B&W TV. That vac moved with me to Cincy, Alexandria and Arlington outliving my first TV.
    Hey when did you get cutco knives? -B

    • How did I not know you had a Dyson? Definitely pricey but, the best of the best if you ask me! As for my Cutco Knives- I bought them while in college from David Landau (it was his summer job). I am sure you remember my antique hope chest. I had begun collecting things and storing them in my hope chest for when I got married and I bought the knives for the future. I remember making payments on them for a good while. Back then I was a real dreamer ( I guess ) of having the ideal life and marriage! I laugh now and say, “The knives have lasted but, the marriage didn’t”. I guess that means some things are meant to stand the test of TIME and others are not. Cutco Knives go the distance…
      Thanks for your kind words about this post. Everything I write comes straight from my heart. There is no better place to start from…

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