Reason to smile

Here are a few smiles from the week. This sweet sentiment at the Foundry during a celebratory dinner with a few of my favorite people. This chubby baby bird at the park, pushing the limits of a nest where I’ve been used to seeing the mama. A brave iris who decided to lead the way…

Extraordinary

“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.” – Brené Brown Otherwise known as a walk in the park.

Believe

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe I spotted this little sign peeking out at the bottom of an office window during a walk downtown. Even with the random Christmas lights, I thought it was worth sharing.

Good Choice

“Every day you have an important choice to make. Whether to cherish or to waste the most valuable blessing that you have — time. Today you have the choice to spend it wisely, appreciating every moment of your life, loving the people that love you, focusing on all the good that you have. Find what…

Special Day

“Your life journey is a special one. Cherish every single day of your life, because if you won’t, who will? Time flies so quickly and every day is a blessing. Don’t take it for granted. As you wake up every day, put your heart into every breath of yours. Be grateful to be able to…

Miracles

“The whole world is a series of miracles, but we’re so used to them we call them ordinary things.” – Hans Christian Andersen The tiniest reassurance: Spring really is coming.

Little joys

“If today gets difficult, remember the smell of coffee, the way sunlight bounces off a window, the sound of your favorite person’s laugh, the feeling when a song you love comes on, the color of the sky at dark, and that we are here to take care of each other.” – unknown Also, remember that…

Love and…

“Okay, I know that there are terrible, terrible people out there, but listen… I also know that there are people who stop and smile at tiny plants growing out of sidewalk cracks, people who laugh so loud they snort, people who compliment others randomly, people who take pictures of their friends because they love seeing…

Good Stuff

“The true happiness of your life lies not in the events that are happening, but rather in the quality of your own thoughts. Train your brain to see the beauty around you, to notice the little details, to see the good in people. Positivity is a choice. Your choice.” — @highperspective So, the Lou got…

No matter what

“Some days you feel great, some days not so much. But, remember, today is a blessing. You woke up, you see the sun and everything around you. You breathe. You are able to smell your favorite tea or coffee or your meal. You can smell a flower on your way to work or during a…

Did that really just happen?

Upon arrival to Kansas City this weekend, if I couldn’t remember why I was there, the entire city skyline would’ve reminded me. Absolutely every major building — and even Union Station’s dinosaur – was lit up red. Kansas City Chief’s red. But of course I never would’ve forgotten my reason for the trip: this was…

Smile

“Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.” – Thich Nhat Hanh Good grief, 2022 is the gift that just keeps on giving, isn’t it. Among the many other recent deaths making…

Rule of Nature

“Rivers do not drink their own water; trees do not eat their own fruit; the sun does not shine on itself and flowers do not spread their fragrance for themselves. Living for others is a rule of nature. We are all born to help each other. No matter how difficult it is. Life is good…

Reflecting on Betty and Bob

“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn, is just to love and be loved in return.” – Eden Ahbez, “Nature Boy” Gotta give credit to 2021 and 2022; it’s been a fairly seamless handoff of bad news. Somehow we managed to close one year with the death of Betty White and open another with death of Sidney…

Last page

“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.” – Brad Paisley Looking forward to a new year and new hope. But before bringing 2021’s book to a close, I got to spend a fun evening with my kids at Union Station and the Foundry – which were still decorated…

Soy Amada

I spotted this tonight after dinner with my older son and his girlfriend. I wanted to learn what it meant, so I took a photo so I wouldn’t forget. When I got home, I googled it and found: “I am loved.” I always like to interpret the little hearts I spot in nature as life’s…

Smile

“But God can only smile because only God can know what is coming next.” – Desmond Tutu This was the oddest and most unexpected sunrise through the fog this morning. The color literally only lasted a few minutes and then faded back to gray. It was like a momentary gift for those lucky enough to…

Finnegan

“When was the last time someone was so overjoyed to see you, so brimming with love that they literally ran to greet you?” – Mark Twain We’re just shy of reaching the one year point since this very good boy became mine. I brought him home right after Christmas — my beloved pandemic pup. It…

Winter Solstice

May the longest night and the shortest daybring rest to your mind and soul, I pray. May you find guidance and may you find peace,as the cycle of light will slowly increase. Embrace the magic that the darkness bears.Breathe deep in the chill and shift in the air. May you always be blessed with the…

Hope

“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.” – Anne Lamott Took a quick drive through the town where I grew up — right through a neighborhood that…

Highest compliment

Day 26 of the 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge: A compliment that’s stayed with you. Answer: My favorite compliment is when someone forwards a photo of a heart or unusual photo and they tell me that it reminded them of me or they thought it looked like something I would see. I share my photos in the hope…

The Best Medicine

Day 25 of the 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge: Something that always makes you laugh. Answer: Oh goodness, it’s impossible to narrow that list to one thing. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Random faces and smiles in nature. My kids. My best friend and our shared warped sense of humor. Trevor Noah. Tik Tok runner Mrs. Space Cadet. My…

Everyone

Day 23 of the 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge: Someone in your family. Answer: When you have more than one someone, your gratitude expands and encompasses everyone. So here’s my everyone. (Obviously my children are included, just not pictured.)

Joy

I spotted this little heart yesterday and it felt like a love note from earth. Day 22 of the 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge: An everyday item that brings you joy. Answer: The little heart leaf brought me a great deal of joy, but that’s not something you see everyday. So I will say my standing mixer….

Beyond Work

“Just be kind. Please. Just be kind. Especially during the holidays. Have an extra moment of grace, of understanding, of love. There are so many with stories of loss and struggle and hardships. And the illusions of the holiday and perfection and celebrations can make the hurt magnified. So just love. Smile more than you…