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Hello and Happy June 1st to you!

May I be the first to welcome to you to The New Art of Living Beautifully website. Although I have posted off and on over the past few months today is the official re-launch! Wahoo! From now on, we will publish quarterly magazines (1st due in September,) monthly events calendars and weekly posts to keep you updated and in the know about everything happening in McKinney.

Three years ago this very weekend I published my first article…the recipe for Panzanella salad…and embarked on my journey into the digital publishing world. My prayer on June 4, 2014 was that the creation of the TAOLB lifestyle blog would improve my writing skills and lead me to the next step in my career, whatever and wherever that may be. Little did I know what the Lord had in store–a digital magazine dedicated to promoting the commerce while preserving the culture of my hometown, McKinney, Texas.

Creating the new format of TAOLB has been exciting and terrifying for me these past few months. Don’t you love making life-changing decisions based on ideas you know nothing about? Thank goodness for kind friends and colleagues to guide me through: Shannon Ksenak is the brilliant designer behind She created my first site as well…remember this:

Shannon is truly gifted in branding and concept design. Thank you dearest for your dedication, vision and commitment to The Art of Living Beautifully.

Additional love for Blake Boring, Corrie BartoKathy Campbell and especially to Elizabeth Au-Yeung with RazorEdge Marketing and Communications for all the answers to my endless questions…and they truly are ENDLESSSSSSS!

Enormous praise for Julia McNally, the incredible artist responsible for the masthead painting. Her abstract portrait is the perfect representation of The Art of Living Beautifully–my sunglasses reflecting two of McKinney’s major culture hubs: MPAC, the longtime heartbeat of Historic Downtown McKinney Square, and Adriatica Village the one-of-a-kind/up-and-coming dining and music scene in west McKinney.

And thank you to Brian and my boys for your patience and belief in me. Although I’m not sure what it means or how it will happen…that voice within that tells us to go for our crazy ideas is shouting at me, “in the end the reality will be even better than the vision!” Thank you for allowing me to believe that voice.

So how about some June events?

Below is our monthly events calendar. You can also find it under the SOCIAL tab on my website. The little green dot indicates an event on that day. May I ask you pay special attention to two events in particular?

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First, SOHO McKinney is having their 1 year anniversary party THIS EVENING and the details look like so much fun!

And second, The Art of Living Beautifully re-launch party is scheduled and we want YOU there! Mark your calendars and get excited about wine, bites a shopping night…and a BIG REVEAL! See the calendar for details!

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