When I Grow Up

“We are constantly invited to be who we are.” – Henry David Thoreau  This week I bumped into a woman at work whom I haven’t seen in several years.  She is exactly as I remembered her: strong, elegant, dignified, confident, impeccable. I’ve always admired her. More accurately, I’ve always been awed by her. Everything about her…

That Was Quick.

How much fun was that?! I had my youngest home this weekend. I took Friday off and we hit the ground running. But just like that, it’s over.  Highlights included “Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds” and a bit of wandering around at the art museum… And our fourth time seeing U2 together (first time here…

Unique Joy

“By being yourself, you put something beautiful into the world that was not there before.” – Edwin Elliott I spotted this quirky tulip during an evening run last week. More than that, it stopped me in my tracks. I marveled at this proud little thing standing where it really didn’t belong. Clearly it was oblivious…

Believe

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” – Audrey Hepburn Our local Botanical Garden has so much belief. And I will never stop returning for their tomorrows.

Best Medicine

“Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.” – Luther Burbank, botanist

I See…

“You see in the world what you have in your heart.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of this. Not sure what any of this says about what is in my heart. But there’s a definite pattern in my worldview.

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…