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Newsletter
August 2010





Terra Art & Frame

  • Quality Custom Framing
  • Acid-free & conservation mats, backings and glass
  • Thousands of frame and mat choices
  • Samples can be viewed in your home or office
  • Re-framing art to coordinate with new décor OR to up-date to conservation materials
  • Commissioned art
  • Art hanging and rearranging

To set up an appointment for framing, call Deborah at 314-544-2555


Terra Decorating Services

  • Color Consultation
  • "Use what you've got" make-over.
  • An "idea" visit
  • Shopping for your home décor needs
  • Room Accessorizing, art hanging and rearranging
  • Re-upholstery and window treatments Real-estate staging for quick home sales
  • Event décor for a family party, a house tour, a home wedding or event

Call Deb to set up a consultation appointment for your room make-over or for any of your decorating needs 314-544-2555.

Dear :

Here’s a mini-class for you…no college credit, but still worth a gander….

COMMUNICATION SKILLS 101 (for adult women and ?)

I have been privileged to have people in my life who provide me with learning opportunities. As my son returned from a 5 week long trip to China, he was waylaid by Customs, missed his connecting flight, and was generally sleep deprived. By the time we got to talk, we were set for a communications breakdown. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as it engendered a wonderful new set of communication guidelines for us…for me…for MY life. Here’s my new set of communication rules for ME:

  1. Ask for info/ never assume.
  2. Call for updates.
  3. Offer my info…to help others know MY plans …MY desires… WHAT I WANT.

Shortly after this “lesson”, I was telling my first Artists Way Group friends about my son’s return and my new “learning”. What followed was a lively discussion about
gender-based communication styles and gender-based needs. According to our sole male group member, men communicate to share information, while women communicate to feel connected. I heard that couples/ families often FALL into styles of communicating that may or may not serve them well. They might instead discuss HOW they wish to communicate (when a phone call is fine, when a note or e-mail or text would work better for the recipient?  Morning or evening?  A formal time or an informal chat?), what rules would work best for them. My son, for example, says I can ALWAYS call his cell and he will respond as soon as he can…after class…during his break at work. But, we agreed that in an emergency, I would call two times in a row and he would know to take the call at once.

What I learned over all from the events and discussions was that the important part of communicating, for me, is to feel heard. Then, the person can chose to do what I want…OR NOT, but, at least I will feel that he or she showed me love and honored me by hearing…really hearing…ME, my thoughts and my desires. Bottom line for me: how can someone begin to please me if they don’t know what I want!

Hope this is helpful. Anyone have their own communications rules they’d like to share?  E-mail them to me and I’ll include them in next month’s newsletter.
Many blessings…

Deborah


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