Five Words

Five words to keep in your vocabulary (even when you’re facing the unknown): 1.) Rest The act of ceasing to work in order to be refreshed and recover your strength (even when you don’t think you’re worthy of it). 2.) Play To engage in an activity just for the fun of it (even when there’s…

Musings on a Monday

“The breath that you just took…that’s a gift.” – Rob Bell What a wonderful weekend filled with lots of celebrations with family and friends, including a gender reveal (my brother is going to be a grandpa!) and a bridal shower (my son is tying the knot!). And the best kind of exhaustion you can feel…

Everything is new

“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” – Hal Borland It’s no secret that I love spring and I’m always a total geek for its flowers. But I can’t remember the last time I was this relieved to see some blooms. Winter has a way of making you feel stuck. Stuck inside the…

Love Until…

Love what you do,until you can do what you love. Love where you are,until you can be where you love. Love the peopleyou’re with,until you canbe with the people you love most. Put your heart and soulinto the present!This is the waywe find happiness,opportunity and peace. — @marcandangel (Instagram) I really liked this. It takes…

What’s on the horizon

“What I know for sure is that every sunrise is like a new page, a chance to right ourselves and receive each day in all its glory. Each day is a wonder.” – Oprah Winfrey I haven’t felt much like writing lately, but I really hit a wall when I started thinking about drafting resolutions…

As it unfolds

“Gratitude: the daily art of celebrating the life unfolding before your eyes.” – Morgan Harper Nichols And you just never know what you’re gonna see. Today was a really lovely, quirky and often humorous walk around a local lake. From beginning to end, there were so many funky and unexpected finds. Not shown below: a…

Soul

Today I put up my favorite Christmas decoration — my grampa’s chapel that he made for my grandma more than 100 years ago. He modeled it after the first church they attended together, also shown above. It’s one of the most cherished things I own — and not just because it’s adorable. It’s because of…

Truly

“I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful — an endless prospect of magic and wonder.” – Ansel Adams What started as a bit of exercise in the park turned into more than two hours of wandering, exploring and savoring the colors, shapes and textures of the season. What a beautiful day on so many levels….

That One

“Be that one. That one who forgives when deep offense has been committed. That one who loves when no one else does. That one who gives kindness to those who are mean. Be that one who looks past the insult, instead seeing the pain that motivated it. That one who shines light upon those who…

This Moment

“Inhale and exhale this moment, and thank God for the unique beauties and wonders of this day. We should take advantage of every moment we can to enjoy the simplicity of God’s creation – whether it be clear skies and sun or clouded over with gloom.” – Chadwick Boseman

Distance and Presence

“Presence is more than just being there.” – Malcolm Forbes The past several months have been challenging for everyone in a myriad of ways — work, kids, isolation, basic safety, etc. While I’ve adjusted well to the remote work environment and have had the unexpected blessing of my children’s company at different times over the…

God Wink

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalms 37:4 Over the past several weeks, I’ve blogged about the scenes out my backdoor as I’ve worked from home — particularly birdwatching. It’s been one of my biggest sources of joy during this pandemic. In addition to the…

Up and down road trip

Took a fun day trip south of St. Louis to pre-celebrate my youngest’s birthday. First, we went to Taum Sauk Mountain State Park – up to the state’s highest point of elevation (1,772 feet). On our way to our next stop, we saw this salon. I want so badly for someone to build a cafe…

Moments

“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 The anxiety, isolation, sadness and uncertainty of our current circumstances make happiness seem like kind of a tough pursuit. Contentment or even staying afloat from day to day…

All the time

I’m learning that, now more than ever, optimism, hope and prayer are muscles.  And if you don’t use them, they will atrophy.  Today during a run in my neighborhood, a woman drove up beside me to ask if I’d seen her dogs.  They’d dug out out of the yard and escaped, so she was searching…

Exposure

“And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, ‘This is important! And this is important! And this is important! And you need to worry about this! And this! And this!” And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, “No. This…

Gratitude

Social distancing…self isolation…flattening the curve… whatever you call this, it’s a strange, scary time. But as the days drag on, I never forget how ridiculously fortunate I am. – I have a steady income and a home to protect me – My family is healthy and well – Fresh air can’t be cancelled – Spring continues…

Pause

“In all the chaos and hurry, do not forget to notice the beauty and miracle of this world. Slow down. Notice. Observe. Be aware. Allow presence and awe to come back into your life.” – Brendon Burchard I’m a pretty good planner –  especially when it comes to vacations and adventures. In fact, I’m a…

Smile

There’s always a reason to smile… …and sometimes it smiles back. (My raisin toast from yesterday morning was very chipper.)

New Chapter, Old Favorites

The new decade began as so many of my days do — with a sky show and nature’s love notes. New chapter, old favorites. Hello, 2020.

Ahh, yes…

I had today off, so this morning I decided to take a walk through Laumeier Sculpture Park. It was brisk, beautiful and unexpectedly profound. As I was heading back to my car, I noticed two elderly gentlemen chatting on a bench under a maple tree, bright yellow leaves casually dropping around them in the breeze….

Sweetest Day

I learned that Saturday, October 19 was something called “Sweetest Day.” I don’t know much about Sweetest Day, but I do know that October 19 is also my mother’s birthday. So that works out well. Very appropriate. And for my sweetest mother’s birthday, we spent all day Friday celebrating around St. Louis — starting with…

Either way

In less than a week, I’ve seen two different rainbows under completely different conditions. Friday after work, I went to the camera shop during a downpour. On my way out, the salesman saw sunlight through the front door and he immediately bolted outside with a coworker to look for a rainbow. The conditions were perfect…