Moments of Happiness

“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness — it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” – Brene Brown, researcher The first flowers of the season… A smile in a tree stump… A smile caught in a window box in the rain… And a heart in a…

In the Now

“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the now the primary focus of your life.” – Eckhart Tolle As daylight has started to linger longer into the evening, my runs have begun that transition to spring as well. No flashlights, no shadows. Just total visibility. And photo opportunities, of course….

No Comparison

“Don’t compare your life to others. There’s no comparison between the sun and the moon. They shine when it’s their time.” — unknown You know, social media is such a mixed blessing. On one hand, it’s wonderful to stay in touch or reconnect with old (or new) friends. On the other hand, it can be…

Top O’ the Run to Ya

St. Louis isn’t perfect by any stretch, but we sure know how to do St. Patrick’s Day. We are ALL Irish on St. Patrick’s Day around here. Yesterday I did our annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Run. It was *awesome*. If you follow this blog, you’ve probably noticed I haven’t been posting much lately. It’s…

40 Ways to Give More Life

“In every encounter we either give life or we drain it; there is no neutral exchange.” – Brennan Manning I saw this article from Becoming Minimalist (link here) on facebook and absolutely loved it. These are little things, such small gestures, but imagine what would happen if we incorporated each of these into our interactions with others? The…

It’s Been Awhile

“Enjoy the little things in life for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.” – Kurt Vonnegut So I’ve been on a little blog walkabout for the last month or so. The absence has not been intentional; time has just gotten away from me. But the days have not been…

Commercial-free and Everyone Wins

Last weekend might have been Super Bowl Sunday, but it also marked the beginning of the Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Show — which is my Super Bowl. Overall, orchids are thought to symbolize love, beauty, fertility, refinement, thoughtfulness and charm. But meaning can also be found in individual colors. Orange: Enthusiasm, boldness, and pride Purple:…

Goals

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you know my longtime employer is Catholic, sponsored by an order of nuns. Over the years, their numbers have dwindled, both in our facilities and within the order itself. With uncomfortable regularity, a death announcement for yet another Sister will appear on our intranet news section. It…

Be Nice.

I saw this out my car window yesterday and it made me laugh out loud. Man, I love this sign. Don’t you wish sometimes that you could be this blunt? Nice people: come on in. Not-nice people: out. Wouldn’t life be so much simpler? But of course, as I smile and as difficult as it…

Better Than Therapy

So normally I wait until the end of the year to complete my annual “Day in the Life” challenge. In fact, I just did mine for 2017 just last month. But this weekend brought with it a work trip that had me feeling pretty anxious. Since this photo exercise tends to keep me focused on the…

Don’t Mind If I Do

I mean, even my yogurt insists that I do it. (With or without yoplait’s permission) I always, always keep at least one fresh bouquet of flowers somewhere in the house. Few things bring me so much joy for so little.

Love is an Action Word

Have you ever noticed how, every now and then, certain thoughts get planted in our minds and then the world around us seems to reinforce that thought? Personally, I like to think this happens because it’s a divine lesson or message. Lately I’ve had the phrase “love is an action word” pop into my head…

Blessedful

“blessed-ful (adj.) Sacred, holy; blessed, blissful” – Middle English Dictionary Earlier this week, I had a woman tell me to have a “blessedful” day. Now that’s  something I’d never heard from a well-wisher before. I honestly thought she’d made the word up. But I looked it up and found the above description in the Middle…

Distracted Runner: Frozen Edition

“When it snows, you have two choices: shovel or make snow angels.” Running lately has been cold. No way around it. But there are two choices: retreat to the gym’s treadmill or work with Old Man Winter. I’ve done the latter, and he seems to appreciate it. And a lot of folks in the community…

Kindness is Magic

“The two most powerful things in existence: a kind word and a thoughtful gesture.” – Kenneth Langone, philanthropist  So I came back from lunch yesterday and found this little guy sitting on my desk, a surprise delivery from a lovely friend and colleague whom I don’t get to see very often. This thoughtful gesture silently…

And So It Begins

“Keep the lessons. Treasure the love and laughs. Ditch the stuff that doesn’t serve you. Embrace the adventures yet to come.” – Nanea Hoffman, Sweatpants & Coffee First adventure of 2018: Lone Elk County Park. Which is the only acceptable outdoor adventure when it is eight degrees outside because you’re not allowed to get out…

So Much More

“When you start to feel like things should have been better this year, remember the mountains and the valleys that got you here. They are not accidents and those moments weren’t in vain. You are not the same. You have grown and you are growing. You are breathing, you are living. You are wrapped in…

Let’s Go.

“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning, but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.” — Hal Borland , author It’s freezing outside and I’m happily hunkered down at home, creating my favorite annual post: the year in review. It’s always been amazing to me that even…

Colors of Winter

“The color of springtime is flowers; the color of winter is in our imagination.” – Terri Guillemets, author Today I decided to follow the herd of bird nerds and make a quick road trip to the migratory bird sanctuary in Alton, Illinois. A young snowy owl recently made a rare appearance, so I wanted to see…

Inside the Garden

In the middle of another snowy day, I took my Little Sister to the Botanical Garden to check out the happenings in the Climatron, etc. The massive train display is still up and active…and even though we’re post-holiday, it is still magical. Large and small, everyone was mesmerized by these miniature worlds. Of course everything…