I can and I will

“I’m never gonna put boundaries on myself ever again. I’m never gonna say I can’t do it. I’m never gonna say ‘maybe.’ I’m never gonna say, “I don’t think I can.’ I can and I will.” – Nadiya Hussain, The Great British Bake Off  After countless weekly trips to the local bakery to admire their…

Gratitude check

Closing out the weekend and preparing for the new week with a gratitude check. Thanks to this weekend, I’m grateful for: Two strong runs — even in this unreasonable heat (above photo was taken during today’s run) Almost a full day spent with my younger son — and the fact that he still enjoys hanging…

Life lately on the run

I haven’t shared a distracted runner post in a long time, although I have shared a lot of photos from my runs lately. But here are a few that I’ve missed: Two flamingos. No idea why. I saw a heart, but a friend saw a Mickey Mouse head — which I loved. It’s so fun…

Hello, little one

Tonight I left the front door open so the cats could watch the outside world through the glass storm door for awhile. (We call it cat television in our house.) As the cats hunkered down and I tidied up around the living room, I heard the sharp, alarmed chirp of a robin outside. Repeatedly. I…

Awestruck

Last night brought with it one of the strangest skies I have ever seen. Typically I think of sunsets as something viewed on the horizon, something at a distance. Not this sunset. It was like you were in its midst, and it was enveloping you. It was heavy, with a rich orange hue saturating the…

Consider this

Consider this permission to: 1.) Say no to a request that you know in your gut isn’t right for you. 2.) Set something aside for a season. 3.) Unfollow anyone on social media who makes you feel “less than” in any way. 4.) Be the person you are, not the person you think you should…

Yikes

Can you see the shadow that looks like a big spider going for my leg??

Much

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” – Vincent Van Gogh 

Good enough

She’s not at peak bloom, but she’s strong in her purpose. And what a timely sighting she was. During my run early this morning, a pair of younger women were walking in my direction. I marveled at how put together they were — slim with coordinated, sweat-free clothes and stylish hair. Especially in the heat…

Good start

Five things to do before you get out of bed: 1.) Express gratitude 2.) Set your intentions for the day 3.) Take five long, deep breaths in and out 4.) Smile for no reason 5.) Forgive yourself for yesterday’s mistakes.

Creatures great and small

“Surround yourself with animals and people who are kind to them.” – unknown This squirrel sprawled on my neighbor’s chair cracked me up. It’s hot and he is so over it. This baby bunny, on the other hand, broke my heart. He was pawing at my back door and wanted so badly to come inside….

Close enough

“The way we choose to see the world creates the world we see.” I spotted this at a stoplight in the middle of my run tonight. I thought it sort of looked like a smile, so I had to smile back.

Notice

“Train your mind to see the good in everything. Life is a series of tiny miracles. Notice them. Notice again and again how fortunate you are. The evidence is all around you, and it’s beautiful, and well worth gathering into your awareness.” – marcandangel

Yes, it does

“It takes great courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it.” – Oscar Wilde

Kindness Matters

This morning I found a great blog post called “22 Tiny Random Acts of Kindness You Can Do in the Middle of Your Day.”  While I’ve heard of or done many of these, there were a few new ones that I’m going to give a try. And I’m passing along because I figure the world…

Pretty Simple

“Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.”  – Mary Oliver

Good Graffiti

“It’s good as an artist to always remember to see things in a new, weird way.” – Tim Burton Photos from the river wall in downtown St. Louis. Weird and wonderful stuff.

Either way

 ‘I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink? And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or…

Before the Rain

…today in Lone Elk Park: Some gorgeous reflections… …a startled raccoon… …an indifferent elk… …and a couple of cranky geese parents and their awkwardly unattractive offspring. Not shown: a deer, turkey and a heron. Not bad for an impromptu drive through the park.