Home Sweet Home

iphone photograph from instagram 

Our bags are officially unpacked for the next 2 weeks and it feels so great to not be living out of a suitcase. The last 2 weeks have been a bit crazy, even for our normally busy schedule.

Within 10 days accomplished the following: we drove to and attended the WPPI conference in Las Vegas (yeah – Vegas baby!);  a mere 12 hours later we were on a flight to Nashville to speak at the Blissdom conference;  then after getting home, we had a quick two days to finish preparations for a luncheon and gathering with KitchenAid and 45 bloggers we were hosting in our studio.

We didn’t sleep much over those 2 weeks.

The strange thing is, even though we’ve been going full-throttle the whole time, neither of us feel the least bit tired. In fact, quite the opposite, we are charged and ready to rock and roll.

All of the events were amazing. At WPPI we witnessed passionate photographers sharing their love and knowledge with all of those willing to listen. A couple of the speakers, Jasmine Star and Bambi Cantrell (no those aren’t show girl names – just the names of a couple badass photographers) left us filled with respect for them and we came away with something new to rattle up our mojo. And we got the chance to hang out with some great people (that’s you, Jeremy).

Next at Nashville, we spent several days immersed amongst 700 phenomenal women and 4 or 5 great guys. To watch the sisterhood bonding was amazing and we feel lucky and privileged to have been asked to be a part of it. In a rare solo act, Diane did the session by herself, inspiring and bringing in few heartfelt tears to the audience. She was amazing. For me that was even better than the Grand Ole Opry show we saw later (although that was pretty good, too.)

Once back home, Sierra was given her dreaded bath, but that was only so she could be all soft and sweet smelling cause we missed our little one and needed some puppy cuddles. She gets super pouty when we are gone, even though Diane’s brother spoils her rotten with love and attention while we are away. But a night or two of sleeping on the bed with us and all is right in her doggie world.

Soon we were picking up Rachel from KitchenAid and swinging open the doors to our studio to another set of amazing women. The excitement and giddiness was crazy and after a four hours of mimosas, cupcakes, cooking demos (by the wondrous ladies Cristina Ferrare, Alex Thomopolous, and Joy the Baker), and giveaways (including the Red Goddess) we wrapped up our insane string of events.

And we couldn’t be happier. Filled with inspiration and energy from being surrounded by so many extraordinary people. Everyone supporting, encouraging, and helping one another in their life journeys. Going from total strangers to confidants in an moment. It makes us both truly happy and proud to be a part of the communities we run with.

Or maybe this giddiness is all from the approach of spring. Who knows?

– Todd

P.S. What re-charges you? What gives you a renewed energy, inspiring you to go out and take on the world? Or go out and share with the world? Share your stories and inspirations.



{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. Jennie

    The simple act of waking each morning is energizing, crazy as it may sound considering the last seven months. A ray of sunshine creeping through the curtains is such a renewal of hope. It wipes the slate clean from the darkness of night, and signals that I survived one more day. It provides both inspiration, and a simple sense of accomplishment.

  2. susan

    Welcome home, T + D – enjoy some much needed R+R and your cute dog!

  3. Fuji Mama

    Sheesh, how are you guys still standing? I might be standing, but I’d have my eyes shut and I’d be snoring! 😉 My family re-charges and inspires me. Seeing the world through my little girls’ eyes is a magical thing! And listening to you and Diane speak about what inspires you is also an incredibly inspiring thing!

  4. Jeremy

    Iron sharpens iron, my friend. Great catching up with you and sharing inspiration. Enjoy the two weeks that you’re home.

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Thanks so much Jeremy. It was great seeing and having a bit of time to chat at WPPI. Until next time… cheers – with direct eye contact 😉

  5. Kristina

    when my schedule is clear, I seem to have less energy – when it is busy busy go Go GO, I am energized and get so much done! strange phenomenon…

    directing an event (or involved in any way!), building and opening spas – with the grand opening parties, media and all, these things recharge me!

    all of your recent events sound like they would too – I wish I lived closer – I will have to find my way down there for one of your studio events one day…

    1. White on Rice Couple

      So true. Averie mentioned the same and we agree with both of you completely. Strange how our minds and bodies work.
      Putting on an event is an adrenaline rush for us too. You must love what you do so much!
      Thanks for sharing Krisina.

  6. Maria

    I followed the KitchenAid lunch tweets, what a fun event. Glad you are home for a bit. There is no place like home!
    Our little pea re-charges me every day. One little smile or snuggle from him, makes me ready to tackle the world.

    1. White on Rice Couple

      So sweet. The little ones are amazing.
      Thanks for sharing Maria.

  7. Eileen

    Aww poor Sierra. There are so many different ways to recharge it all depends on my mood.

    1. White on Rice Couple

      She only doesn’t like the water part of the bath. But she loves the shampoo massage and the toweling rub down. Good with the bad 😉

  8. Maureen

    Being around people who are passionate about what they do inspires me. I’m also one who loves to travel but I’m always very glad to get home and even more glad when the laundry’s done.

    1. White on Rice Couple

      It’s amazing how much our every is influenced by those around us. Passion breeds passion. And the reverse too. All the more important to surround oneself with great people.
      Thanks for sharing Maureen.

  9. Veronica for Muy Bueno Cookbook

    Cooking and then sharing what I’ve labored over for hours with family and friends totally re-charges me. Let’s not forget about those long conversations with friends over some cocktails…

    1. White on Rice Couple

      There is no better place than to be in a kitchen cooking for loved ones. Then to finish it off with those late evening conversations… those are the moments of life.
      Thanks for sharing Veronica.

  10. JulieD

    My friends do, old & new. Growing up, my family had it a little rough. Once my mom was strong enough to stand up & divorce my biological father, some of my mom’s family turned their backs on her and us. My mom’s dearest friends helped us out immensely, providing us a place to stay, emotional and even financial support. I truly believe her friends and my mom’s sheer determination is what helped us through those times. My friends today motivate me, inspire me and cheer me on and I like to think that I am continually paying it forward by helping them and others. I am forever grateful for my friends and family. Thank you.

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Thank you so much for sharing Julie. You are so right, good friends are the life blood of happiness and holding them dear is so important. Cheers to you, friends, and loved ones!

  11. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    Welcome home..what a whirlwind it sounds like for you two. When I am busiest, I sleep the least, but am the least tired. Then, life ebbs and flows, and slows down, and I sleep more, do less in the day-to-day, but am more tired. Paradoxical.

    The KitchenAid event was amazing! Thank you!! You know how to throw a great party 🙂

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Thanks so much Averie. It was great having you there!
      T & D

  12. sreebindu

    there is no better place than HOME =)

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