I’m so glad you are here!
My name is Karilee. Some call me Kare. My love for the hygge (cozy) lifestyle ~ which includes tea! ~ comes from my Danish ancestry, and for as long as I can remember, I have loved the simple things in life… but I am a dichotomy. The other side of me loves lace, sparkles glitter, elegance, having fun and being impulsive. I love the outdoors, all types of weather, any kind of cozy fire ~ especially if someone is playing guitar ~ reading a good book, doodles (poodle mixes), being with my favorite people, singing, hand-crafts and so much more.
I am definitely not traditional. I don’t fit well in boxes. What I am best at is connecting. I am passionate about friendship and family. I am known for being genuine, compassionate and encouraging. I am a 50-something wife, mom, Gigi and soul sister who loves living in Montana, and working from home. My husband and I have been married for about 30 years and we have 5 beautiful children and 1 grandchild (so far). I believe HOME is a cozy, cheerful haven where you are respected, loved and cared for. It is there that you can create memories, be truly alive, laugh and hang your heart. Home is where your hopes and dreams begin. Home is you. My desire is for this blog to be a reflection of my hopes and dreams as well as a beacon of hope and encouragement to you, my dear readers, my soul-sisters (and brothers) that we can each create the lifestyle we love.
A Short Story
The businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The businessman complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The Mexican replied only a little while.
The businessman then asked why he didn’t stay out longer and catch more fish? The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs. The businessman then asked, but what do you do with the rest of your time? The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos; I have a full and busy life, señor.”
The businessman scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and I could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats; eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman, you would sell directly to the processor and eventually open your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually New York City where you would run your expanding enterprise.”
The Mexican fisherman asked, “But señor, how long will this all take?” To which the businessman replied, “15-20 years.” “But what then, señor?” The businessman laughed and said, “That’s the best part! When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You would make millions.” “Millions, señor? Then what?” The businessman said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”
The fisherman, still smiling, looked up and said, “Isn’t that what I’m doing right now?”