The Luckiest

I’ve decided that I want to start every week with an impromptu walk in the park after work with one of my kids. What a wonderful surprise! Now that my boys are grown with lives of their own, even the most ordinary activities together are cherished. A walk in the park – something I do…

I’m in

Yesterday I was on the fence about the 31-day challenge I stumbled upon and finding one small thing each day that surprised me with joy and delight. I had a good start from my walk yesterday, but I wanted to give it some time. Then Finn and I went for a walk in the park…

Surprise

“For the next 31 days, allow yourself to be surprised by joy. Find one tiny thing that catches you by surprise in its delightfulness or its beauty.” – Field Guide to Everyday Magic Today when I stumbled across this book during some fall cleaning, I flipped through and paused at this prompt. I went for…

Naturally

“Pay attention to the things you are naturally drawn to. They are often connected to your path, passion, and purpose in life. Have the courage to follow them.” – Ruben Chavez I am naturally drawn to hearts… …art… …nature… …hearts and nature… …and words of wisdom and love. Don’t know what that says about my…

Six little stories with lots of meaning

Once, a group of villagers decided to pray for rain. On the day of prayer, all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella. That is faith. When you toss babies in the air, they laugh because they know you will catch them. That is trust. 3. Every night we go to…

Surprise

“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a…

Hello, little friend

Hummingbirds are so hard for me to photograph. But this guy seems to be used to me and isn’t in a hurry to leave the feeder, so I was in luck. It is oddly satisfying when these little ones not only stop in my yard for their nutrition, but they feel safe enough to pause…

Found

“And they keep asking me where happiness can be found, but I’m no longer trying to find happiness. I just appreciate where I am and then happiness finds me.” – Soyen Shaku Just a few love notes and smiles that have found me recently.

Dream

Please remember: Your job is the dream of the unemployed. Your house is the dream of the homeless. Your smile is the dream of the depressed. Your health is the dream of those who are sick. Beautiful things happen when you distance yourself from negativity. Find something to be grateful for. I saw that reminder…

Great, Glorious Pieces of Good

“I make a point to appreciate all the little things in my life. I go out and smell the air after a good, hard rain. I re-read passages from my favorite books. I hold the little treasures that somebody special gave me. These small actions help remind me that there are so many great, glorious…

Big L

“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy.” – Thomas Merton What I have…

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…

Throwback Thursday – NYC

I just realized I never posted about one of my biggest personal joys I experienced last month. Something that has been at the top of my running wish list since the first time I learned about it. I’d blogged about my heartbreak in 2020 when it was cancelled due to COVID-19 after FINALLY getting in…

Exactly

“A dog is one of the few things in life that is exactly what it seems.” – unknown *Totally biased, shamelessly and unapologetically proud dog owner post* If Finnegan seems to be the happiest, smiley-faced pup you’ve ever seen, it’s because that’s exactly what he is. And I sure love him.

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…

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…

It all matters

“Your impact on the world is significant whether or not you are aware of it, and even whether or not you desire it.” – Gary Zukav I spotted this little heart with just a mile and a half left to go in my long run today, and it was just the boost I needed to…

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…

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…

Repeat

“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” —Rachel Carson Day 28 of the 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge: Your favorite thing about nature. Answer: Besides everything? The above quote is my favorite thing about nature. I find so much comfort in the rhythm…

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…