Welcome to Somethingville…

Christine Jimenez Sternfels - FEB2012 Profilea place for all the little “somethings” that go on in my world, that for some reason evolve around words that inspire and encourage, pictures, food, adventures and once in a while, something random.


I’m a Mom to two beautiful daughters.  Wife to a wonderful husband.  Grandmother to two four-legged, furry creatures and something floating in a fish tank.  Daughter to two amazing, loving, supportive (and crazy) parents.  Sister to energetic, creative, smart, hardworking siblings.  Niece, cousin and friend to beautiful people.

Enjoying life by pursuing my passion in photography, philanthropy & business while in a constant state of construction.  So here’s my philosophy…  However you want your Eulogy written, live it now.

83 thoughts on “About

  1. I am so amazed at your candor and spontaneity. You are so much like your Papa, but it’s true, one should follow their dreams to the fullest. Sometimes shyness and fear of what people might say becomes a hindrance. But life is full of surprises. It isn’t always a smooth road we travel on. The bumps jolt us if we don’t see it coming, but it makes us aware and fearless of what we might encounter ahead of us.

    I remember one time when we told you about our plans for the future (I was 61 then and your Papa, 64) You told us we should be enjoying our retirement. We told you that this is what keeps us “ageless”, continuing to make more plans for the future.(of course we’ve always made changes along the way, depending on the circumstanses that come our way).

    I’ve had a lot of plans for “my” future when I was in college. Getting married early was out of the question. My father had high hopes for a bright career for me. I was to finish my Masters in Journalism and become an officer in the US Navy (Daddy was a career officer himself). Well, love struck me like a lightning rod, unexpectedly. I said good-bye to my dreams but never regreted a moment at what I have now. I’ve come to realize that my children and grandchildren are living out my dreams for me. I am so blessed to have the best career ever, being a wife, mother, mother-in-law and grandmother.

  2. Nice approach to this mad little adventure called life we’re all living. Good for you! I agree completely … a dear friend of mind said to me once “life’s too short to be a hobbyist!” Have you seen the Holstee Manifesto?( http://shop.holstee.com/pages/about ) I have it taped to my studio door, and read it every day when I enter and leave the space. Perspective is everything.

    1. OMG. It’s like… OMG! Ok, I will now have a series of photographs for these beautiful words that everyone has inside them. THANK YOU, I love it!

      1. Thought it would make sense on all kinds of levels to you! Glad you like it! They do amazing work. Oh … and for some added inspiration, check out brainpickings.org. Great ideas about all kinds of things. Have a great day!

  3. I love your style and humor. I am a dreamer as well and want so much out of this life. I quit my job to focus on my creative side–the side that I all but abandoned for years. Now, I love my life with my husband, enjoy my family and friends, focus on my writing (finished my second novel) and have rediscovered poetry. Travel, photography and taking each day as it comes are all a plus too. I wish you luck in all you do. Oh, and I believe in eating dessert for dinner too! Take care.

    1. Aww shucks!!! I’m glad you’re likin’ it!

      Before I forget, I’d like to thank you for subscribing today. Welcome, you’re officially a “Somethingviller”! I hope you enjoy your visits, have a great weekend. Now go forth and eat dessert!

  4. Hey Christine,

    Thanks for your comment. I like your photographs, and am inspired by the idea behind your blog, to go out and try something new, to make good on all those dreams. Thanks for sharing.


    1. Thank you Peter! I guess the older I get, the better I value time and its short stay in our lives. I’m glad to have inspired you. By the way, I never thought they had wild fires in the South Pole. I thought all that was there was ice! Well, take care, thank you again and be careful while putting out those crazy wild fires!

    1. We should start an army! The “P” army (For positive)… wait… no, that sounds wrong. We’ll figure something out. Welcome to Somethingville! Hope you enjoy your visits!

  5. Thanks for liking my poem that I put on my blog! You are the first person that liked any of my posts, and it means a whole lot to me, especially since I’m so young and new in the blogging world! I love your blog by the way! 🙂

    1. First of all, thank you for subscribing to my blog.

      I think it’s great that you’ve chosen to do something about what you love, especially at a very young age. Please continue to write, so that one day, you can do what you love for a living and you’ll never work a day in your life. Never give up on your dreams and I hope you never have to set it aside to pursue success, fame or riches. Become an expert of what you love most and everything else will follow. Stay in school and live your life with intention, because time goes by so fast.

      Good luck with your blogging. You can call me Ate, I’m from the Philippines too. Welcome to SOMETHINGVILLE!

  6. hi 😉 you left your job to start an NGO? oh that is my dream! i worked with humanitarian and now working again in a private company… and now I am in a crisis thinking what the he** Im doing here when I already found my happiness humanitarian development…. please share your story to inspire…

    1. It was a compilation of many things to get me to this point which started in 2003 when my house in the foothills of Southern California almost burned to the ground, but my daughter was my inspiration to leave corporate america last year. She was 9 when she planted a seed in my heart about a great idea… her story is right here: http://www.sternfels.com/a_dollar_a_day_for_a_year_how_we_started.htm

      Today I am still waiting for my 501c3 determination from the IRS, getting ready to hire some interns, still looking for a mentor, working out of my guest bedroom and having my board meetings in my kitchen. I get rejections and “What the he** were you thinking of, this is NOT easy!” statements. My favorite question is “Do you know what you’re doing?” My answer is “NO. What’s the fun in this if I did!”

      But I tell you this… I am having the time of my life (Now that Dirty Dancing song is playing in my head-thanks)… I’m not afraid of work, losing or making mistakes. It’s only bad if I think it is, and I happen to think it’s freaking amazing! More to come… still working on that book you know, the one that will turn into a blockbuster and Jennifer Lopez will play my character! ha ha…. thanks for stopping by. Stay inspired… stay optimistic. Life’s too short to be miserable all the time and too long not to be happy most of the time.

  7. Hi Christine, Thanks for stopping by my blog. It’s great to hear you following your dreams and cutting lose from creative constraints. Sounds like you have a lot going on, and the talent to support you. I’m looking forward to seeing more.

    1. Yes, my days are full and then there are days when my brain just shuts down on me and so I give in and curl up with a good book. I can only do this guilt free of course, like eating fat free – sugar free – not so chemically free yougurt! Thanks for signing up, I hope you enjoy your visits. Keep in touch!

  8. I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. If you choose to accept the rules are posted here: geniespeaks.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/one-lovely-blog-award-2. If you choose not to accept; that’s okay, just know I really enjoy your blog.

  9. Hi Christine, You are really inspiring. I love that you are following your passions and you feel alive from doing so. I’m working on my path of happiness in my life as well right now. Kristy

    1. It’s rejuvenating when we find out we’ve inspired others just by following our dreams. That’s such an added bonus! Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know. I wish you the best in your journey and am looking forward to sharing our progress. Keep in touch and keep moving towards that path! Take care Kristy ~Christine

      1. Thank you, Christine. I look forward to keeping in touch and sharing advice while we move towards our paths.

  10. Hi Christine the maker of dreams! Thanks for your visit and like – I wonder if we would not ask WP to have a ‘love’ button rather than a ‘like’. Anyway. I looked through your blog and there plenty of good energy there! We have plenty in common it seems – at least the number of dreams we hold and intend to tick off the list! The happiness series is a greta idea! All best wishes and … good luck!

  11. Nice work, Christine! I really enjoyed perusing your blog and enjoying the photography. I think it’s wonderful, awesome, and amazing that you are pursuing your dreams in a way that helps others and creates a healthy, satisfying, and creative life for yourself and those you love. Blessings! Thanks for stopping by Adventures in Thanksliving. Hope you’ll visit again!

    1. Hello Sharron. First of all, thank you for subscribing! I hope you visit often and feel free to invite friends to join the fun! Secondly, thank you for your kind words. I do enjoy what I do while sharing the love. I figure if it inspired me, why not share? Have a great weekend and welcome to Somethingville!

  12. Thanks for liking “No More Teenagers.” Your life adventure sounds amazing. I look forward to exploring your posts. :>

    1. Awww, Mz. Babs! First of all, congratulations! I love your posts too! Not onl do I enjoy them, I also learn so much from it with the historical information you add and facts about species and all…. Thank you for passing the torch, it means so much knowing I have inspired you.

  13. Hello Christine,

    you have a great blog – I love to read your “I’m grateful for…” and “I’m letting go of…” – it´s very interesting and motivating for me! So I can also often think about what I should be grateful for. Your words give me inspiration to think about my life and about things in general which I should let go of, too.

    Thank you for sharing of your impressing words – I´m looking forward to read the next “I´m grateful for …” and “I´m letting go of …”. And also your amazing postings! Thank you for stopping by on Guided By My Heart – let us keep on dreaming and let us follow to our heart!

    Lady Heartfelt

    1. Thank you for your kind words, I’m glad you’re enjoying my posts and my 30 day series on gratitude. “The little things” started when I did the series of re-discovering happiness. Gratitude is something we all have taken for granted, it’s nice to be reminded that we are blessed.

      Thank you for following somethingville.com and WELCOME! I hope you enjoy your visits, take care.

      1. Yes, it´s true – we take gratitude for granted and we forget how many things we have in our life, that make us happy. Contentedness is very important – to be contented what we have, what we already have achieved till now. And to be contented that we are able to dream and take action (if we really want) for our dreams come true!

        Nice to meet you Christine – have a beautiful weekend!

  14. I saw the name of your blog on ‘Katya Kitchen’. That’s a very inspiring thing to say because usually people are just suspicious of each other. Simply seeing those words was a great reminder.

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