Yes, girl

“If I could tell younger me one thing, I think it would be this: You don’t have to be constantly striving. Measuring. Yardsticking. Trying. You can grow, but you can also rest. You can aspire, but you can also just be.” – Erica Layne This afternoon, I noticed a young lady in a parking lot…

Hello, dahlia

Can we just pause for a moment and admire the gorgeousness that is this dahlia? She’s actually about the size of a sunflower. And I’d like to briefly point out that there *might* be a heart in her center, if you look at it just right. But there is no mistaking this heart. If you…

Shady

Is it just me or does this fence look like he’s up to something? On an unrelated note… so the surprise continues. Check out how our friend is doing. Day seventeen.

The Luckiest

I’ve decided that I want to start every week with an impromptu walk in the park after work with one of my kids. What a wonderful surprise! Now that my boys are grown with lives of their own, even the most ordinary activities together are cherished. A walk in the park – something I do…

Peace

Day fifteen. Good night and God bless.

Flutter

Little surprises fluttering everywhere. Day fourteen.

Peachy

“All wilderness seems to be full of tricks and plans to drive and draw us up into God’s light.” – John Muir Day 13 started beautifully. I could tell by the peach hue cast over my living room that the sunrise outside the window was a stunner. I opened the door and was not disappointed.

Catching up

A few unexpected surprises for days 11 and 12. I ran out of time yesterday, so I’m doubling up today. After a long and stressful day, I decided to put the top down, put the puppy in the car and head to the park. With a zero percent change of rain on my weather app…

I was told there would be no math

Today’s unexpected surprise is that apparently I can’t count. So today is day 10, and I had said yesterday that it was day seven. Seriously? How did I manage THAT? Since I clearly need a reset, I’m just going to share a few photos from yesterday’s walk in Forest Park and resume regularly scheduled programming…

Good Grief

Day seven surprise…the most unbelievably ginormous blueberry I have ever seen. I dropped a fresh pint on my kitchen floor and blueberries went rolling everywhere. I cannot get over the size of this thing. I can’t even bring myself to eat it.

Rainy Sunday

“May you do what is right and kind, for others and yourself. May you attend to your responsibilities but also remember to make time for rest and play. May you listen for what your heart tells you is true and let it guide you. May your coffee and your humor be strong and plentiful, and…

Missed it

Well, I didn’t get a photo of the sixth day of unexpected joy and delight — it disappeared too quickly. It was a brief stare down and funny little exchange between my dog looking out the front door and a chipmunk on the porch. The startled little guy took off before I could grab a…

Yellow

“To the attentive eye each moment of the year has its own beauty and in the same field it beholds every hour a picture which was never seen before and which shall never be seen again.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Day number five … it was all yellow.

A good crappy day

“People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies. Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you. Be honest and frank…

Finn’s fairy find

Today’s walk is brought to you by the letter F. Day three of unexpected joy and delight…Finn finds a fairy village! I knew there was a fairy house in a yard at a corner along one of my routes, but Finn discovered that we just needed to turn down the street to find an entire…

I’m in

Yesterday I was on the fence about the 31-day challenge I stumbled upon and finding one small thing each day that surprised me with joy and delight. I had a good start from my walk yesterday, but I wanted to give it some time. Then Finn and I went for a walk in the park…

Surprise

“For the next 31 days, allow yourself to be surprised by joy. Find one tiny thing that catches you by surprise in its delightfulness or its beauty.” – Field Guide to Everyday Magic Today when I stumbled across this book during some fall cleaning, I flipped through and paused at this prompt. I went for…

Naturally

“Pay attention to the things you are naturally drawn to. They are often connected to your path, passion, and purpose in life. Have the courage to follow them.” – Ruben Chavez I am naturally drawn to hearts… …art… …nature… …hearts and nature… …and words of wisdom and love. Don’t know what that says about my…

Rest

“I suspect that true rest is akin to being truly present, where your whirring mind stills, where you’re not racing ahead to whatever is next.” – Suleika Jaouad Rest. I think this is a little bit of what I find when I go to the park. It’s the one time of day I don’t think…

Wednesday Wisdom

“Find out what makes you kinder, what opens you up and brings out the most loving, generous, unafraid version of you, and go after those things as if nothing else matters. Because actually, nothing else does.” – George Saunders Walks in the park are highly encouraged during this quest.

Gratefully

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” – Maya Angelou Today is my day for receiving gratefully. The above zinnias came from a yard a few streets over, as the gardener was encouraging folks to cut what they wanted from the abundance. And I certainly wasn’t the only one eagerly accepting this…

Six little stories with lots of meaning

Once, a group of villagers decided to pray for rain. On the day of prayer, all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella. That is faith. When you toss babies in the air, they laugh because they know you will catch them. That is trust. 3. Every night we go to…

The Strangest Gift

“The kindest people aren’t born that way, they are made. They are the souls that have experienced much at the hands of life, they are the ones who have dug themselves out of the dark, who have fought to turn every loss into a lesson. The kindest people do not just exist – they choose…

A Wish for the Week Ahead

“May you remember to stay calm in the face of adversity, or at least freak out somewhat gracefully. May you stay hydrated, graceful and kind. May you remember to put yourself somewhere up near the top of your never-ending To-Do list, and may that To-Do list include good coffee and laughter, because you have to…

Surprise

“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a…