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Common Courtesies: What I’ve Learned From “Breaking Bad”

Life’s a stage, and actors aren’t the only performers.  Each of us has a part to play, whether as a professional, a family member, or a friend.  Regardless of the role, our performance is always enhanced by good manners. (from Modern Manners: Tools to Take You to the Top by Dorthea Johnson and Liv Tyler)

 

I will be the first one to admit that I am not Miss Manners, but I certainly believe in being kind to others (in most cases), in respecting my superiors and elders (in most cases) and that you can gain knowledge in just about any scenario presented to you (in most cases).

 

Although late to the party, I have been binge watching “Breaking Bad” for the past few weeks.  I have lost hours of productive time, but as I’m not much of a sun gal, I’m not missing precious hours in the summer sun, so there is something to gain from my loss.

 

Far from empty formalities, manners translate to common courtesy, simply showing small kindnesses to other human beings. (from Modern Manners: Tools to Take You to the Top by Dorthea Johnson and Liv Tyler)

 

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In every situation Walter White is placed, he is respected by those who interact with him…even when he is there to kill them.  He respects others, even if their choice is to partake of his blue crystal.  When deciding to allow a person to live or die, he will get to know them, take all angles into consideration before completing the deed – all in the name of his family and friends.

 

He commands respect, Jesse still calls him “Mr. White” for goodness sake and his family supports him in all that he does…bad…but oh so good.

 

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His role as a friend to Jesse Pinkman has brought more harm than good to him, but he continues to be loyal and courteous.  He has saved his life more times than I can count.  He tries to control his rage when Jesse does the most idiotic thing to put them in harm’s way time and time again.  In the end his love of his cooking partner gives him an “A” on the friend scale.

 

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His role as a family member can sometimes be questionable, but all his service is in the name of his family – immediate and extended…even though it puts his life on the line.  It is amazing the situations you will put yourself into when you think the end is near.  Providing for his family is priority number one whether he is there or long gone.  Don’t tell me the patience on this man hasn’t been tested (I’ve even wanted to kill his wife a time or ten), but he carries on in service to his DEA brother-in-law, his kleptomaniac sister-in-law, his cheating wife, his winey teenage son and his sweet baby girl.

My name is Walter Hartwell White. I live at 308 Negra Arroyo Lane, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 87104. To all law enforcement entities, this is not an admission of guilt. I am speaking to my family now. Skyler, you are the love of my life, I hope you know that. Walter junior, you’re my big man. There are… there are going to be some things, things that you’ll come to learn about me in the next few days. I just want you to know that, no matter how it may look, I only had you in my heart. Goodbye.”  – Walter White

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His role as a professional sees him thriving in an exciting business world.  His outstanding work ethic would make any person want to do business with him.  He is calculated, he is thoughtful, he is careful, he is punctual, he is an outstanding team member.

 

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Chemistry is, well technically, chemistry is the study of matter. But I prefer to see it as the study of change.” – Walter White

Though life has thrown some curve balls at Walter White he continues on with grace and style (at least through Season 3 – don’t spoil any final details for me) he plays his part in the stage of life with dignity and good manners.  We can all learn a little something from Walter White. {ding}

 

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And if you find yourself in trouble, Better Call Saul!

Clean Spaces, Happy Faces

It is no fun to spend your free time cleaning or organizing. But after seven years of running your own business, things accumulate and attention must be paid. I know I will be happy when it is all said and done. In the meantime, it is hours lost and tons of collected garbage getting in my way to a true day off.
k12050096I’ve also been scouring the internet and local stores to decorate my new office (not pictured below as it is still a work in progress) to give it that nice balance of personality, making it a comforting place to call home during the long, hot summer days and a functional work space to call my own.

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Typically, when my living and working spaces are cluttering, so is my mind and my life.

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I know that it took seven years to get me into my current mess and it won’t go away overnight, but it doesn’t stop me from wanting to snap my fingers like Mary Poppins, Jane and Michael to tidy up my space…and mind.

I’ve been told that letting off steam or meditating is the key to envisioning a new life…in my experience it is time, energy, effort and patience to get you to your happy place.  But I’m open to your ideas if you want to share…

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Why are we in such a hurry?

“I’m late!  I’m late!  I’m late for a very important date!”  You will be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t know that famous line from Alice in Wonderland.  But can you remember what the white rabbit was late for?  I know I can’t.

 

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I’ve always been an observer.  Hell, I even took an observational behavior class in college and found it fascinating.  I’ve been trying to not rush so much in my every day life, not to take things for granted and to be kinder to others.  If only, the feelings were reciprocated.

 

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In my former life, I worked mostly from home and didn’t have a lot of interaction with large amounts of strangers.  The more I’m out, the more I’m horrified by our fast food, instant gratification society.  What has happened in the last ten years?  Is it social media where we can up-to-the-minute news and no longer have to wait? Or does it distract us from paying attention to other deadlines and alarms in our lives, so that we are in a rush to get where we are going or to complete a project?

 

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I’m not sure what the answer is or what the factors that led us here, but I sure hope we can make a change…and quick…or we might miss the important things in life that happen when we wait.

It is a well known fact of life that when you are in a hurry, mistakes are made, people hurt or annoyed and no wins in the end.  The next time you find yourself in a hurry, whether it be driving, talking, working or anything in life, think about who your rushed life benefits and affects.

In business, I believe the saying is

Your lack of planning is not my emergency.

Truer words have not been spoken.  Think ahead, plan and execute within a reasonable amount of time in your everyday life and you won’t miss those important things in life or have to read about everyone else’s moments on Facebook.

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The Last Frontier

I recently visited Alaska and what I found is that it was a feast for the eyes and the soul.  With longer daylight hours, I fought off sleep for fear of missing the spectacular vistas. However, it was such a relaxing atmosphere it was incredibly hard to prevent the falling of my eyelids.

I’m not sure if it was the cooler temperatures, the amazing mountain views, the activities or all the yummy food I was ingesting, but I slept like a baby.  The surroundings were so stunning that I could have sworn it was fake.  That might be the Disney-ite in me, but me (and my camera) could not get enough of the snow-capped mountains. 

 

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It was a trip a long time in the making for me and my family, but with the busy life I was leading, I never had the proper time to plan or get overly excited about it until it was upon me.  This is the EXACT reason I have made the changes in my life…to stop and enjoy the moment in time, to live life rather than watching it pass me by.

 

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I could not have asked for more!  It was a time to unwind from the stresses of daily life and reconnect with my family.  I actually had the time to read a book and delight in an afternoon nap.  It was a time of rejuvenation and indulgence.

Alaska did not disappoint in its incredible scenery, crisp air, sunshine and new experiences.  It has left me wanting more, so I know I’m on the right track in my path of life.  Like the wingspan of the mighty eagle, I welcome with open arms what life brings my way.  

 

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And if that happens to be another trip to Alaska (with my family) I’ll take it again any day…as long as there is running water.  :)

 

Hello World!

Welcome to my new website and blog.  This is a very exciting and yet daunting task to put yourself “out” there for all to see.  When I blogged or posted previously, it was mostly for my company Pearl Beach Paperie.  There was a safety in that, that is now lost or left behind.

It is my hope to post personal and inspirational stories, pictures and videos. I’m unsure how often that will be or if anyone will ever read this – so, in this new phase of my life, I will do it for myself.  It is time for change, a time for a little “me” time.

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The death of my grandmother (Ailene Zelda Kilgore) last Fall set in motion a spark for change.  It was shocking to me the responses I received from clients and vendors during my absence while she was ill.  While many were concerned about me, about her health and overall outpouring of love, there were those few that soured the situation and put a bad taste in mouth for the respect for not only me and my family, but also for human life in general.  It dulled my love for my business ever so slightly and forever changed me and my outlook in life.

I reflected on the last seven years of my life of working in excess of six days a week and twelve plus hours a day on average. This left very little time or energy for the relationships in my life. Friendships have been lost or diminished and the time with my family has been less than quality.  It is my hope that with the closing of my business and looking to the future that I will make waves in my former existence and start anew.  Who knows what the world will present to me, but I’m excited to see where it leads…join me on my journey!

Welcome to my webpage!

This site is a new exciting venture for me. It is still a work in progress, so be sure to come back and visit often or follow me on any of the sites listed at the bottom of the page.  It is a great way to show my work and a little insight into who I am, what I like and what I’ve been up to.

Thanks for connecting with me!

If you are interested in working with me, please fill out the form below or email me directly (hello@darcysang.com).  I look forward to chatting with you!


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Darcy is the most organized and one of the most creative people that we have worked with. It is truly a pleasure to have met her. I will definitely vote “10″ stars for her!!! That’s how great I think she is. If you work with Darcy, you can be assured that your invitation/stationery is always well taken care of. - Linda 

You truly captured exactly what we were thinking and looking for! I couldn’t picture anything better than what you designed and created! You were an absolute gem to work with and so responsive. Thank you for contributing to our fairy tale wedding and making our day so special! - Kristen & David

We were so impressed with how you could take a few of our ideas and put it together and make something that represents us and our vision so well!! Your creative ability is endless. You were so easy to work with, always available and very accommodating. You are fabulous! Leah & David

 

Thank you so very much for creating such an amazing wedding invitation.  You captured my vision perfectly. I appreciate how easy you were to work.  You did an absolutely amazing job! No one cares more about the entire process and creation of a beautiful invitation as you! Thank you for being a part of our special day and capturing our vision so perfectly! Ceci & Chris

I don’t know how to thank you for making my wedding so special.  Little do you know that the stationery/paper products were so important to me.  They could not have been more beautifully designed & produced.  I will love them forever! Thank you for working with me every step of the way and somehow peering into my imagination to interpret my vision that sometimes I didn’t even realize! I can’t thank you enough. Shelley

Darcy, who I nick-named, Darcy Marvelous, is truly marvelous! She has the most incredible balance between organization and creativity. She is on it, she gets back to you quicker than light! More than her timeliness and organization, though, Darcy works so hard to understand your vision, even when you aren’t so sure yourself. Darcy is an incredibly talented, wonderful person to work with. - Anna & Andrew

 

I would like to thank you so much for creating our very unique and gorgeous invitations! You were very professional yet easy to talk to and really helped me to see my vision. Your talent for details is evident in your work! We got so many compliments on our invitations and we are looking forward to working with you more in the future!! We feel so lucky to have found you! - Kelly & James

From the moment I contacted Darcy I felt like I was dealing with someone who really wanted to help me create what was in my head – not just make a sale.  She was one of the few people in the wedding planning process that made my life easier not harder.   She’s just about the easiest person in the world to get along with and that goes a long way with a bride on a rampage. - Raquel

Darcy was very professional and helpful, walking us through the process, step by step. Since this was our first foray into wedding planning we had lots of very basic questions, which Darcy fielded without patronizing us or making us feel silly for asking them. Overall, our experience with Darcy was an excellent one! We look forward to working with Darcy again soon! - Bev

 

Darcy is WONDERFUL to work with and made everything easy.  She is delightful to work with – I have referred others to her and they also agree she is a consummate professional. Thanks Darcy, for everything!  Helen

Darcy!  Meeting you was the answer to my prayers!  You made everything fun and easy.  You are a joy and a true find – your expertise is endless and your enthusiasm is inspiring. Thank you just doesn’t see like enough! Jody

We had the best customer service with Darcy, she met us for a very low-key, no pressure initial meeting to discuss our options and desires. She went above and beyond! We look forward to working with her again soon! - Andrea & Khalil

 

Darcy, I am so happy and excited to have the opportunity to work with you again after my sister’s wedding. You do amazing work!  There are so many choices and decisions…but you made the process easier and enjoyable. You were so patient and had great ideas & suggestions.  You are truly so talented and everything was so beautiful. I can’t wait to work with you again!  Kylie

When we were looking for invitations, we didn’t know where to turn or who to trust. Darcy went out of her way to provide us with incredible quality invitations within our budget and mailing deadline.  We were treated well beyond our expectations and we would recommend Darcy to any of friends and family. - Jill & Martin

Darcy was able to decipher my style and create the vision I had in my head. She patiently explained the different types of paper, printing, colors, and invitation arrangements that I could choose from.  She is very easy to work with, creative, prompt, honest, detailed orientated, and made the whole process stress free. I am so glad that I decided to work with her! - Katie

 

Darcy, I’m so glad you were recommended by Disney to do my wedding invitations.  I think you have a special gift for connecting with people.  It was great to work with someone that is so honest and helpful.  I appreciate the time you spent getting to know me and helping me select the perfect invitations. You were genuinely concerned with helping me find invitations that fit our personalities and wedding.  Thank you so much for helping to make my wedding beautiful!  I would recommend you to anyone!   Melissa

Now that the festivities are over, I want to let you know how much I enjoyed working with you…it was a highlight of my wedding planning process. You were always quick to respond.  You understood and paid attention to my needs.  You were never a source of stress.  Not to mention that the paper pieces turned out perfectly!  The quality of your work was exceptional and your attention to detail made all the difference.  There’s no better way to say it, other than I loved working with you.Jennifer

Darcy Sang is amazing! I planned a destination wedding in Jamaica and a wedding celebration in Nebraska and was real unsure how I wanted to design the invitation. Darcy literally started to build our invitation on the spot once I gave her a few ideas. The invitation she created definitely reflected the personality and style of our event. Our friends and family are still raving about them! Darcy is very professional and incredible to work with. Her responsiveness and flexibility made planning very easy.  Thank you, Darcy! - Emily & Chris

 

Darcy is an absolute pleasure to work with and was always especially attentive when I had any creative vision I wanted to see “come to life”.  - Natalia 

I enjoyed every minute of working with Darcy. She is fabulous…easy to talk to and had great ideas. You won’t be disappointed working with Darcy. Wendy

Your knowledge of stationary and of the wedding industry helped create the perfect Save the Dates and wedding programs for our wedding. Thank you for all of your help Darcy! - Lesley & Ryan

 

Darcy, I can’t thank you enough for creating so many beautiful elements and touches for our wedding. The quality of your work is unmatched. Despite being miles apart you were able to capture our vision perfectly… and, above all else, you are a complete pleasure to work with. Thank you! - Molly 

Darcy is a class act. I’ve worked with her several times. Her commitment and dedication to her clients is remarkable. She is passionate in her field and it shows through all the unique and beautiful options she has available for her clients. I enthusiastically recommend her! - Scott

Working with you was a dream from start to finish! I loved your creativity and ability to understand the feeling I was looking for to a T. Everything turned out better then I ever could have imagined and I would definitely turn to you for my future needs! Thank you! - Maggie

 

Darcy, working with you was a dream come true! Panicked that I was planning my wedding in 5 months (a destination wedding no less) you made my cocktail napkins, table numbers, escort cards, invites, and thank you notes completely perfect! Keeping with my beachy theme we were able to build a beautiful logo my friends are STILL talking about. You answered every question that I had and sent me proofs to make sure my husband and I approved. Your thoughtfulness and expertise were truly appreciated and I can not wait to work with you again in the future! - Katie & Brian

It was a pleasure working with you. The process was so easy and even though it was all done through phone and email it was completely seamless. Between sending me paper samples, ink samples and pictures, there was never any doubt that what was being produced was exactly what I wanted and expected. It was amazing to see everything come together. I would use your services for all my invitation needs and would recommend you to anyone who asked. - Cara

Hi Darcy! There are not enough kind words to describe the work you do and the talent you have in designing beautiful stationery. The invitations for both of my weddings were stunning. I received so many compliments on the simplicity and elegance of finished pieces.  I trust your judgement and talent so much that even though I was hundreds of miles away in St. Louis I knew that when I saw the finished product it was going to be amazing!  Thanks! - Amy

 

In planning a wedding, one of the most vital elements is the invitations. It’s the first impression the guest has of that special day. The moment I laid my eyes on the invitations by Darcy I knew I had to have them. There was such a unique beauty to the way they were done…surpassing all others. Darcy made the experience so incredibly enjoyable. She was efficient, organized and the most pleasant person to deal with. Her knowledge, expertise and delightful demeanor made what could have been an extremely stressful ordeal absolutely wonderful. I can’t imagine going through the planning process without her. I highly encourage anyone to utilize the phenomenal service she provides. - Jacqueline

I don’t know what I would have done without Darcy! She answered my thousands of questions, everything from colors to fonts to proper etiquette, incredibly promptly and always made me feel as though I was her #1 priority.  From start to finish she was professional and wonderful, I cannot say enough good things!! Darcy you were a huge part of what made our wedding so beautiful, we received so many compliments on your creativity and the quality of our details, I smile just thinking about everything. Thank you so much, you are truly amazing!! - Kristen & Jason

Darcy, since we were planning a wedding at Disney World (while living out of state), we were hesitant to undergo the design process for our invitations remotely.  However, after the first week working you, it became apparent that distance would not be an issue.  The invitations were phenomenal!  Initially, we were not quite sure how to express what we were looking for but you worked with us patiently and helped us pin down the exact style we wanted.  The end product blew us away!  You have been so thoughtful and considerate throughout the process, it has been a really joy working with you.  We appreciate your patience, responsiveness and attention to detail. Devon & Eric

 

I want to brag about our invitations!!!! They are STUNNING! You, and the well-designed invitations were a HUGE part of our wedding plans. As you might remember when we first spoke, I had particular visions and needs that I felt strongly about (i.e. environment), and you were able to walk me through step by step, lead me to the perfect invitation that suited my style needs and political needs as well. To make a long story short, your participation was crucial. You were a dream to work with!!!! Patient, understanding, fun, thorough, competent….just great! Thanks again Darcy! - Karen

Darcy is EXTRAORDINARY!! She helped us coordinate all of the paper for our wedding. Her extensive product knowledge is incredible and she is extremely astute. She completely understood our style after our first meeting and everything she presented to us thereafter I absolutely adored. Darcy is professional, accommodating, and a total delight to work with. It’s without hesitation that we recommend her for ANY of your paper needs!!!! - Jamee & Gilbert

Words cannot adequately express how fortunate we have been to work with Darcy. We feel that she truly listened to what we had envisioned for our wedding and thus was able to help us choose an invitation that we not only loved, but one that was within our budget (and that’s no easy task!). Both the product and the service provided have been top notch. As a designer myself, I am both a critical and demanding customer and Darcy never let me down. We cannot stress enough how helpful, cheerful and accommodating Darcy has been throughout our invitation/wedding planning process. - Shannon & Kevin

 

Working with Darcy for my baby announcements has been wonderful! Every interaction with Darcy has been pleasurable. She is very accessible and easy to work with.  To my surprise, she met me in person at my convenience outside my home to deliver the product to me personally. Wow! Now that’s service that goes beyond handing the bag around the front of the counter.  I just love my baby announcements! They are adorable and I have gotten great feedback from my family and friends. - Jennifer S.

I cannot tell you enough how much I enjoyed working with you. You made the process so easy. From the very beginning you were always there to promptly answer my questions, no matter how tedious they were.  The invitations were absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!! Her professionalism and willingness to help out in whatever way she could was something that you don’t see a lot of people do now a days. Thank you for all you did us. 5 stars doesn’t come close to what you deserve! Thank you again and I would recommend you to all of my friends in a heartbeat! - Amy & Tom

We wanted to take this opportunity to express our sincerest gratitude to you for helping to make our wedding day truly spectacular. If it wasn’t for your amazing suggestions and knowledge, we wouldn’t have found the perfect printed pieces. With very limited time before the big day, your expertise and advice were unparralled!! Not only finding me the coolest designs but also complimenting my wedding with the most beautiful colors. You are simply fantastic at what you do and we recommend you to everyone we know. Thank you again for all that you did for us! - Leigh & Howie

 


Thank you so much for such beautiful work on our wedding menus! In my heart, you helped set the whole tone of elegance for our wedding. Every step of the way, you were such a pleasure to work with the final product truly exceeded my expectations. I appreciated how closely you kept in touch with me via email every day to keep this anxious bride updated. YOU ARE THE BEST! - Kay

We are very happy to have found you, pleased with your work and excited with the results of our collaboration. You have been a delight to work with by providing a wonderful service in an easygoing style that made us feel very comfortable from the first time we met you. Thanks for all of your advice and recommendations. You are really impressive and we enjoy working with you. Thank you for all you have done to make our wedding a day to remember. You are amazing!! - Diana & John

Darcy is my first and highest recommendation for all design needs.  It was important to me to not only create an amazing end result, but to make the journey fun and exciting. She was patient, creative and professional through the whole process of designing personalized invitations, menu cards, programs, etc.  I can’t wait to work with her on future projects!  Marissa

 

Thank you so much for all of the amazing work you’ve done for us!! You definitely set the stage for what was a fantastic wedding.  Everything you created was to die for! Right down to the unexpectedly elegant envelope labels. I am so grateful we found you. Betina & Jon

Thank you very much for all of your help in designing such special details for our wedding.  Everything was absolutely perfect!  We look forward to working with you again and again throughout the years! Megan & Sal

 

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DAUGHTER > SISTER > FRIEND > DESIGNER > DREAMER

I have a long and varied history that began in Northwest Indiana and took me to places such as Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Orlando which has been my home base on and off for twenty years.  I took a non-traditional schooling route after leaving my hometown.  I completed high school in a college setting and transferred colleges searching for the perfect major.  Luckily, I ended up creating my own degree combining all the fields that interested me (film, business and law). After a break from schooling to work in the entertainment industry, I completed my formal education at the American Film Institute by getting my master’s degree of fine arts in Film Producing.

With the business skills acquired at AFI and my long love of printed goods, I started my own company (Pearl Beach Paperie), a boutique stationery company that assisted clients all over the world to turn their paper dreams into a reality.  After seven joyful years, decided to phase out my beloved company in search of a more well-rounded life that being an entrepreneur does not typically allow.

In moving forward, it is my hope to bring my love of design to a broader audience.  I have designs showcased with Bella Figura and shopping around other potential designs.  If you would like to work with me on your personal or business project, please contact me with the details.  I would be happy to help in any way!

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