Just one more thing

I love this. So simple, so doable, yet so impactful. From Psychology Today, here are seven* ways to make the most of your daily life: 1.) Learn something new. Look for an opportunity to expand your knowledge every single day. Listen to a podcast, read an interesting article, or learn something from a friend. Remember,…

Small Stuff

“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in our hearts.” – Winnie the Pooh For me, the smallest things include: nature’s love notes… …fresh flowers… …and really gorgeous light. Not to mention sugar cookies, the tears that flow every single time I hear Whitney Houston’s performance of the national anthem, air conditioning, Peanuts…

Bee Blossoms

The flower doesn’t dream of the bee… …it blossoms and the bee comes.

Before

“Before you speak to me about your religion, first show it to me in how you treat other people; before you tell me how much you love your God, show me in how much you love all His children; before you preach to me of your passion for your faith, teach me about it through…

Sunday Blessing

May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use the gifts that you have received and pass on the greatest of these gifts — the love that has been given to you. May you be…

The Journey

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you — it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you…Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” –…

Every Adventure is Worthwhile

“Adventure starts where plans end.”  Late last Sunday afternoon, on a whim, I set out on a little adventure. A local artist had left a clue to the hidden location of one of his “finders keepers” pieces on his instagram page. Oh, I really wanted it. I didn’t have any plans left for the weekend,…

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…