I hope you meet an Eva P. and a Hang D.

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{Hang, me, Eva}    Ladies, if you are reading this, we need an updated photo:)

Greetings Everyone!

It’s that time of year again.  It is usually the time when I sit and reminisce about my life, about the year, what I accomplished, what I didn’t accomplish, what I could do better, and of course the people who has influenced it.  I have sooooo many people I am grateful for but today I would like to thank two of my dearest friends Eva P. and Hang D.  If it wasn’t for them, Youtique Bridal probably would not exist.

I am a dreamer and often not a very practical one.  I constantly have ideas coming out of my ears and when I hear myself speak, I can actually sound “out there”.  But thank God, really, thank God for these two ladies, who have prayed with me and taught me to discern.  When I presented one of my crazy ideas of starting a “wedding business” about 13 years ago, Eva and Hang actually supported it.  Hang gave me the opportunity to design her wedding gown and over the years, Eva encouraged me to open my private studio. She helped me find my studio space and “officially” made my dream of starting a business come true.  And can I admit this?  I get scared…a lot!  My fear has always been….what if I fail? what if I don’t live up to others’ standards? what if I just plain suck at what I do?

Well everyone, the honest truth is….I have failed (many times), I won’t always live up to other’s standards and according to some others’ opinion, I suck (I learned that from some of the Youtube comments:).  And that’s OKAY! All I know is that I gave it my all in each of my projects, had fun in the process, and learned from it so I can improve…that is what counts.

So I just wanted to thank Eva P. and Hang D. for believing in me even when I didn’t believe in myself, for always showing me the power of prayer, and for guiding me through my fears.  So, if you have a crazy idea or planning to start something new for 2015, I truly hope you have or meet an Eva P. and a Hang D.  They will be the people who will help you dream big-GER:)

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Let’s start this New Year out right…DREAM BIG! PLAY HARD! WORK HARD!

Hugs!

Ann

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By the way, I named one of my first videos after Eva and two of my tutorials after Hang’s daughters.  Eva and I recently laughed hard about the clicking noises in my early videos.  You probably will too…well, we all have to start somewhere:)  Enjoy!

Merry Christmas 2012! : Don’t sweat the small stuff

 

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Our Christmas Tree in 2012

Yes you read that right – Merry Christmas 2012!  As a Christmas gift this year, my husband Mr. T upgraded my phone and somehow old photos from 2012 showed up on the camera.  My husband presented the new phone with our practice session of the photo above as the screen saver.  Don’t worry, no children were hurt during the session :)  Well, this photo brought back a lot of memories…2012 was the year we moved to our new cozy house in the burbs, the year my husband went back to school full time and worked his job the hours he wasn’t in school (he barely slept), the year we first celebrated Christmas in the house (hence the bare tree), and the year we decided together as a family to live simply so I can comfortably stay home with our three young children (and take the leap of faith to slowly build Youtique Bridal online)…..wow! How much can change in 2 years.

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Our Christmas Tree in 2014

Well, I recently broke out in hives around my neck and face and also pulled a back muscle:(  Don’t ask me what happened because I honestly do not know.  Friends and family are speculating different things — holiday stress (although I didn’t feel stressed this year), change in weather maybe? Allergic reaction to a certain food (I’m not allergic to anything that I know of), getting older and my body reacting to different things in the air?  Well, whatever it was, it left me in bed for several days.  While in bed, I tried to convince my body that I was still young….lol! I know I sound pathetic:(  But anyhow, I couldn’t wait to get better and just celebrate the holiday season.  Thank goodness I healed just in time to attend my friend Mollie’s bridal shower.  I couldn’t be more appreciative of my health, of my husband and children, and quality time with family and friends.  O!  And I can’t forget…quality time with Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus thanks to the Scarlatella Family:)

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Scarlatella Family Christmas 2014

Yes, that is truly what is important…spending quality time with friends and family.  No, I didn’t get to send out Christmas cards this year…but I am not going to sweat the small stuff:)

Merry Christmas 2014 to all and many many hugs!

With lots of love,

Ann

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Mollie at her Mad Potter Bridal Shower

Below is the mug I designed at Mollie’s Bridal Shower.  Since it has to be placed in the kiln, I won’t be able to see it until after the New Year…hoping it turns out nicely:)

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Guest Gentleman : Eddie Ngo, 39 from Guadalajara, Mexico

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Hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving:)  Since November was dedicated to the gentlemen, I thought I would introduce a friend very dear to me.  Since we are transitioning from November into the “CHRIST”mas holidays, I thought this would be the perfect time to introduce him.  You will understand why in a little bit:)  Eddie Ngo does not wear fancy tie styles like the Eldredge or Trinity Knot but he wears a special collar for his fashion statement.  And in case you are wondering about the same last names, we have no relations beside the fact that he is my brother in Christ.

I knew Eddie before he became a medical doctor and before he decided to become a priest.  Yes, you read that right — a priest!  He and I met while searching for a deeper meaning to life and for a faith.  He had a Buddhist background and me, well I had ran away from any type of religion during my college days.  Somehow we crossed paths and discovered, or for me- rediscovered, our faith together.

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I remember the day Eddie gathered a few friends together at Thuy’s house to make a special announcement.  He announced that he had quit his job at the hospital (as a medical doctor) to join the Jesuit priest order.  I was like “WHAAAAAAAAAAT!?!?!?!”  Honestly, I was excited for him but at the same time, I knew he had a challenging road ahead of him.  I have to say, I am proud of you Eddie :)

Eddie recently took his vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience this past August.  He is currently serving in Mexico right now.  Till this day, I find it so hard to grasp or understand how he can leave his extremely comfortable doctor salary and take on these vows.  For that, I want to introduce you to a special gentleman, Eddie Ngo.  Here are some questions I asked him.  This is one of my ways to keep him, those called to religious vocation, and all those called to missionary work in my prayers.

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YB: What inspired you to become a medical doctor? EN: I did not love the study of medicine itself or even the practice of it when I first started.  But as I continued, I realized that I loved my relationship I had with my patients and the care that I gave to them and the trust in that.  I loved my patients really. That is what kept me going.

YB: What inspired you to become a priest? EN: For a year in high school, I knew what it was like to be without friends and to be without family, to feel on the margins.  Or at least, to feel that way because I always had friends or family.  That left a profound impact on me.

 And I know what it is like to feel ashamed, down, and out.  And I also feel that I have been loved by a God that made me and did so design and wants me to be surrounded with people that love me.
 As a priest, I get to be a representative of the community and of a God that accepts other people as they are, to tell them they are good, they are valued, and they have a place amongst others in this world.

YB: What are your hopes and dreams for yourself?  EN: The same hopes and dreams as I have for others… to be happy.

YB: What are your hobbies? EN: I am big time TV show junkie. Love “Walking Dead.” Finishing up the “Breaking Bad” series on DVD.  And I am a Dallas Mavericks fan. I just recently changed my bucket list from playing a one-on-one game with Michael Jordan to Dirk Nowitzki.

YB: What makes you happy?   What makes me happy… is being in community really.  Being with a group of people that share their lives that help bring each other up and supports one another.  Every place I have been I have needed the support of people to help me be who I am.  Meaningful, deep relationships give me life.  Hobbies, music, especially meaningful music for me, it is songs that speak of relationships.  

YB: Why did you give up becoming a full time M.D.? EN: In life, I think there are some risks you take.  People who marry, they have a hope, I think that the next step in marriage leads them to be better people, leads them deeper to enjoy life, to see themselves with a family they can envision together.  

And I felt like the time was right to take the next step to figure out if I was being called to the priesthood or not.  I had made money.  I had received a certain amount of love from friends and family.  I needed to see if this next step, with the hope that it could make me happy would work out.

After I stopped my practice to discern priesthood more fully with the Jesuits, I had a chance to practice medicine again.  For a period of 5 months, I helped with migrants across the border.  And again I would say it was the relationships that I made with my patients that mattered to me. I guess that is why I chose family medicine as a specialty.

YB: What would you want others to know about your faith? EN: I think sometimes people do not feel like they can be themselves and be loved by God,  like God does not love everything about them or that they have to behave in a certain way or do things in a certain way to be loved by God.  God loves you. Period. Nothing more. Nothing less.

 YB: In your opinion, what does it take to be a gentleman? EN: I think if it is a lesson I know, it does not apply just to being a gentleman to a woman but to all people.  I think it is about accompanying people, to be there, to know what another is going through without judgment, with compassion.  To be there, you get a sense of the person.  There is no judgment because you understand what the other is going through and to be strong in that you do not have to solve another person`s problems but to provide that sense of security that you are there with them. And that means a lot I think. 
Well, thank you Eddie for being such a gentleman and answering all the questions.  Below is a special song written by Eddie and Tracy Vo.  They wrote it a few years ago while on a retreat leading music for young adults.  The video is produced by the talented husband and wife team, Landy and Nick of Red Sole Studios.
Enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving!

November has been dedicated to the gentlemen this year.  I wish I knew who this little gentleman is in the video below…he knew how to tug at my heart.  May we always be appreciative of EVERYTHING.  Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Hugs!

Ann

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Guest Gentleman : Ash Pagelsdorf, 35 from Richfield, Wisconsin

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Happy Saturday!

Today’s gentlemen is Ash Pagelsdorf, 35 who is a huge gamer from Richfield, Wisconsin.  He owns Pixels n Prints which specializes in Web & Print Media Marketing.  He had shared his photos of the Trinity Knot and the Eldredge knot with his Facebook community — thank you Ash!  From our brief correspondence, I can tell he is very enthusiastic about networking and supporting community artists.  Of course I love finding out what inspires people, so I asked him a few questions:

YB: What inspired you to attempt the Trinity and Eldredge Knot? AP: I love artsy styles and being unique, why always follow when you can lead

YB: What was the occasion you wore it to? AP: “Rock Be Their Voice” Charity Event. Raise awareness against animal and domestic abuse, and child bullying. 

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YB: What are your hopes and dreams for yourself?  AP: I am working on building a network of artists and businesses. Through this network I want to open a retail store that will help both artists and new business owners be able to connect with each other while they strengthen their own business. This will allow me to hire others and support the community through various programs.

YB: How did you discover my tutorials? AP: I have had ties custom made at wedding parlors and was looking for another place to have a new tie made. I searched for Unique Ties and this is where I started to see interesting tie knots.  I saw the Eldridge one first and then the trinity knot. From here I found your youtube channel.

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Thank you Ash for kindly answering the questions.  Ash is also a Carlson Craft Dealer and can print Wedding Invitations:)  If you would like to find out more about what Ash does professionally, feel free to visit his sites at:

Ash’s Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pixelsnprints

Pixels n Prints: http://www.pixelsnprints.com/

Well, thank you for reading and visiting.  Have a great weekend and I hope you have an EXTRAordinary day:)

Ann

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Guest Gentlemen : Jayson Magin Rivas Rys, 17 from Honduras

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Greetings Everyone!  Hope you are enjoying life right now.  I just got back from a special trip with Mr. T and I am on cloud 9.  I would like to share the experience with you one day:)

However today I would like to take the opportunity to thank a gentlemen from Honduras.  He wrote a genuinely sincere message of thanks for my tie tutorials.  I more often receive emails and messages from women but it is rare to hear from a gentleman.  So this week I would like to introduce 2 gentlemen who sent me images of their ties and kind messages.  I asked them a few simple questions and wanted to learn about their dreams and aspirations since we all have them regardless of where we live in the world:)

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Today is Jayson Magin Rivas Rys from Honduras.  Happy Birthday Jayson!  Actually Happy Belated Birthday.  He just turned 17 years old yesterday November 16.  I hope you had a wonderful celebration:)

Jayson is a student in the eleventh grade and during his free time, he likes to play with his dog, watch TV, play video games, and play the drums.

Here are the questions I asked:

YB: What inspired you to attempt the Trinity and Eldredge Knot? JR: I found it very interesting, bold and beautiful.

YB: What was the occasion you wore it to? JR: I wear it sometimes in the church and my father does also.

YB: What are your hopes and dreams for yourself?  JR: Growing up I want to be a successful person, a professional, forming a beautiful family. I dream of being a great drummer.

YB: How did you discover my tutorials? JR: One day I was bored of using the same tie knot, then decided to look on youtube. After watching some videos, I found yours, and I like the way you explain.

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Thank you Jayson for sharing your tie pictures and sending a kind message.  Also, thank you for being a gentleman and answering my questions.  I would like to leave this quote with you from my favorite talk show host…

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Kind regards,

Ann

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