Throwback Post: Feel Your Emotions with the Lego League Competition with Friends


December 8 2015:

So blessed and excited!!! On Friday, I get to meet with a client to facilitate her desire to release some material items and thought patterns as she heads into 2016. Extremely grateful to share what I have learned and applied over these past 18 years …. “Feel your emotions directly and selflessly, and let their power open you up.” -Dzigar Kongtrul


December 8 2013:

Lego League competition adventures for Thomas! He’s having so much FUN!


December 8 2012:

Lego League Competition Adventures ….this is an adventure fer sure!!!!

Bah Humbug!!!! Team TLC movie night adventures ….


December 8 2011:

Love you Kimberly! So so so happy you were able to be there tonight!I I love you to pieces!!

I am so darn blessed and grateful to have these women in my life . . . we are missing eight of them in this picture (we toasted to y’all though and you were in our hearts)!!!!!


December 8 2010:

Just came from the optometrist – “You have beautiful and very healthy eyes” he says! And, I was in and out in 30 minutes! Love it when visits like that are fast and full of good news! YAY!!


December 8 2009:

Just got my workout! Took a break & pulled Thomas on the saucer sled outside in the snow! Man, I’m outta shape! I feel so completely refreshed though! Ahhhhhhhhh!!

Full of Joy and Sadness As We Say Goodbye to Friends

May 6 2022

Thomas and I spent a few hours on Monday visiting with our sweet friends, Barbara and Bill. They moved out of the area today. My heart is full of joy for their new journey. Yet, full of sadness for the loss of future visits, and the comfort of knowing they were just 15 minutes away.

We’ve known Barbara for about 9 or 10 years. @barbchas, I still remember the first time we met. When you ran Center for Adaptive Riding, I came for a visit to see if it would be a good fit for Thomas. We quickly became friends. ❤️ Those are beautiful, precious memories. I know they are for Thomas, too. You and your horses are what he needed at that time in his life. Love you dearly sweet friend, and I hope we make it your way soon for a visit. ❤️❤️❤️ Here’s to new beginnings!

You Can Share Absolutely Anything

February 23 2019:

Friends who you can share absolutely anything with ….. Parting company still feeling and knowing their love and support.

This I treasure with you, Barbara Richmond Chastain, and Bill. I enjoyed our afternoon tea and sharing yesterday afternoon. A true gift paired with this amazing and magical view.

PS … A poem inspired by Bill’s words came forth in my morning pages. Will share when polished.


Love Lives Here – Groningen The Netherlands Meets Reno Nevada USA

December 27 2018:

What a wonderful day this shall be! And, how lucky can one gal be? Two writer friends visiting from The Netherlands within 3 months of one another!

My writer friend, Jessica Araus, has arrived in Reno! She and her partner are from The Netherlands and this is her first time to the United States.

They’ve been having a beautiful time exploring California and now for Reno and the magical Lake Tahoe! We get to exchange hugs and face to face smiles this afternoon! xoxo (Beautiful sign displayed at South Meadows Great Full Gardens)

This was such an incredible visit. Even though my hands got frozen during our walk, my heart burned with warmth.

What a blessing to spend the afternoon with Jessica Araus and Marten. Jessica and I met in an online (Facebook) writers group. She and Marten are here from The Netherlands and it is their first time visiting America.

I could have chatted with the two of you all night long. What a gift you two are! My heart is incredibly full. 🙏💙💙💙🙏

Had to have a photo shoot for the amazing goodies Jessica brought to us from The Netherlands.

We learned about Sinterklaas and their tradition of the tree going up on December 6th and coming down on January 6th. And the tradition of gifting a sweet treat in the shape of the recipients first initial of first name, along with a poem.

Cannot wait to try this tea!! I love Yogi brand tea; but this flavor is not sold in the US.

The beautiful maxi dress is from Jessica’s online shop, Dressaraz. Although based in Groningen, The Netherlands, her clothing shop supports local Mexican artisans. Each piece is handcrafted in Mexico.

Thank you so very much Jessica!! So much love to you!! 💝💝💝

A few more from Jessica’s visit. Marten took the one of us walking. Sneaky guy! I’m pretty sneaky too! As I got one of him taking photos! Heehee!

Wonderful Visit with Friends

March 14 2018:

What a blessing all of you are … Truly. When we visit …. nothing else matters … Gugga Magga … Love you so much Barbara Richmond Chastain….

It filled me up chatting with all of you … Melinda Bourke Blackwell, Fran Melino, and Carole Bucher too!!! And, what did y’all say to Thomas? He’s been cleaning his “room” since we got home.

It feels like home when hanging out with all of you. Family definitely does not have to be by way of blood. xoxo

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Journey of a Deepening Friendship


November 6 2012:

One last toast with my friend Kimberly Phipps-Nichol before she leaves for Houston in under a week …. I’m so beyond HAPPY for you, and yet, so sad that you are leaving and your light and energy will no longer be here … I have so much enjoyed the journey of our deepening friendship … Will miss you so much … Plus, who will I drink Guinness with now?? I LOVE YOU LADY!!!!

Camilla and Kimberly 11.6.12

Completely and Utterly Oneself

July 28 2016:

Lillian & Camilla May 2016 Date Day #9

When people come into your life who you feel completely and utterly yourself with, spend time with them. It’s inspiring.

Those times when you’re spending time with those who you feel completely and utterly yourself with, talking about things that are meaningful to all of you, with those who get you.

Those times when two and a half hours feels like 30 minutes. Those times when you are saying goodbye all the way out the door and to their cars as they leave …

I got to have one of those afternoons and it blessed my heart and soul. Thank you Melinda Bourke Blackwell and Barbara Richmond Chastain. Our time together today was inspiring and we overflow with gratitude for your support of Thomas and his upcoming book. xoxoxo

Thomas, Lillian and Camilla = Team TLC
See It. Share It. BE IT … Spread Love Everywhere You Go!

Wonderfully exciting news! We’ve completed the first book trailer for Thomas’ upcoming book, Biggest Little Photographer. You can learn more and pre-order here.

February 1 2012: Puzzles and Cupcakes and Friends

Thomas had a GREAT morning today in class! YAY for him! Earned his sucker and playing with his friends after school.

Puzzle adventures for Lillian this afternoon. She loves putting together puzzles, especially this one with a castle and princess!

This afternoon we went on a Team TCL smog test adventure for our car. To hear Thomas and Lillian you’d think we were doing something very exciting!! Tabs expire tomorrow! Suppose it’s time I get on this!

When we got back Thomas made cakes, cupcakes and ice cream for all of us using Lillian’s Cake Maker Playdoh set!

I had an awesome evening with my eWomenNetwork friends. These events are simply the best! Wonderful time seeing friends, chatting, drinking wine and meeting new people and learning a bit about them. Not to mention, meeting local people face to face that you’ve only chatted with through Facebook! Came home to two kids very happy to have Mom home! Nothing better!


Camilla’s Gratitude List: Week of January 15, 2012

January 15, 2012, Sunday, I am grateful for:

A Team TLC stay at home day.
A nice warm house to be inside of while the wind is blowing pretty darn hard outside.
Feeling the force of the wind.
A day spent in “comfy clothes” all day long.

January 16, 2012, Monday, I am grateful for:

The opportunity to make my own schedule.
The walking trail behind our house.
Having a park within walking distance.
Nature and her beauty.
Walks with my kids.
Heat to warm my fingers when they are so cold they hurt!

January 17, 2012, Tuesday, I am grateful for:

Listening to my gut.
A heater that decided to work again while we were at Lillian’s therapies! Baby it was cold in this house . . . 54 degrees!
Unexpected money in the mailbox when we had just spent our last $20 on groceries and the gas tank was nearing E!
Kelley McDaniels of Simply Delegate.
Pizza delivery.

January 18, 2012, Wednesday, I am grateful for:

Thomas’s kindergarten teacher . . . Kim O’Connor.
Reno’s amazing cloud formations.
Friends who give selflessly.
Kymberlee Simantel.
The elderly woman in Walmart I was able to help. She couldn’t find her chips on the shelf. Only one bag left laying flat, pushed back and too high for her to see. Made her SO HAPPY! I floated on down the aisle after that!
Thomas hugs.
Sneaking kisses on Lillian’s forehead.

January 19, 2012, Thursday, I am grateful for:

Supportive friends.
Shelter when the wind is gusting to 70 miles an hour!
The firefighters, first responders, volunteers, police and everyone who worked so hard helping and working on the Washoe Valley brush fire today.
Caring friends.

January 20, 2012, Friday, I am grateful for:

Thomas’s kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Kim O’Connor.
Brian Benson.

January 21, 2012, Saturday, I am grateful for:

Slow Saturday mornings.
Smell and sound of coffee brewing.
Smell of bacon cooking.
The library.
How much Thomas and Lillian love going to the library.
Finally finding unsweetened almond milk – every grocery store I’ve been to in the last week has been out!
Dark Chocolate Almond Milk . . . Mmmmmmmmmm!!
Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Hot Dogs.
Thomas stopping before he left the room, saying he forgot something, then coming up to me and giving me a big hug and telling me he loves me.