Look at you

Just think about it. There is no one else who is the same as you in the world. There is no one who has the same personality, the same tastes, the same smile, the same soul, the same memories, the same loving character, or the same journey. You are so unique and so special. You’ve…

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.

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…

Respect Your Mother

Happy Earth Day! Took a long walk this morning, appreciating Mother Earth — her beauty, her humor and her resilience.

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.

Hold that thought

I went for an unusual mid-afternoon training run today in anticipation of the seven to 14 inches of snow in our forecast (ice is in the mix, too) headed our way that will keep me indoors for the next few days. With all of the preparations for inclement weather, you can imagine my surprise –…

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…

Stop and smell the…

Day 24 of the 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge: A favorite scent. Answer: Lilacs. Any shade, any variety. I routinely adjust my running route based on lilac bushes blooming in my area. And I have no issue coming to a complete stop in the middle of the sidewalk and just breathing it in. I don’t even bother…

This and That

This fading Black-eyed Susan made me laugh. It looks like it has eyeballs. And there are still just a few trees left determined to keep the fall color show going. Day 8 of the 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge: A beautiful sound. Answer: The obvious answer would be music, especially Christmas music. Whitney Houston in the Preacher’s Wife…

Reframing the ‘what ifs’

What if I fail?What if I excel? What if I go and have a terrible time?What if I’ll have the time of my life? What if none of this is worth it?What if I can create my own purpose? What if they’ll hate me?What if they’ll be my new friends? What if I’ll never be…

At-a-glance

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau During this morning’s (struggle) long run, I noticed a man along my route who gave me a bit to think about. As I plodded along (hot, grumpy, uncomfortable), I glanced over and took in the most idyllic scene. A…

Inside

“Maybe the desire to make something beautiful is the piece of God that is inside each of us.” – Mary Oliver I cannot love that quote more – and I absolutely agree with it. I also believe that the desire to see something beautiful is the piece of God that is inside each of us….

Ah, yes…

“Being grateful doesn’t mean you have to love every part of your life. It’s okay to feel hurt when something doesn’t turn out the way you thought it to be, especially for things you have given so much of your heart. What gratefulness means is that no matter what happens or what you go through,…

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…

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…

I spy…

You know, I always thought I was a fairly observant person — until I got a puppy. Everything is brand new to this guy. And I do mean everything. A crow’s cackle, a firetruck’s siren, a squirrel’s chatter…everything requires a pause and thorough investigation. And he doesn’t miss a thing. He forces me to slow…

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…

Saturday Reflections

“Even here, life is a gift. Amidst all that is missing and does not make sense, the fact that we are breathing in this very moment matters. “May we never take for granted the love we have known in this life. May we never take for granted the sense of community, even if our ‘community’…

Wasn’t expecting that

I took a stroll through the Botanical Garden today and saw a number of blooms that surprised me. And here I thought that all of the fall colors had faded!

This and That

Just a quick mix of fun finds. The fluffiest ranunculus I’ve seen. Random sidewalk chalk wisdom in the neighborhood. A feline photobomb…with my fluffy ranunculus. More random sidewalk chalk wisdom in the neighborhood. A beautiful bundle of late-summer blooms from our kind neighbors. And still more random sidewalk chalk wisdom in the neighborhood. And a…

Perfect

Another stop on my day off: the Missouri Botanical Garden. A perfect place on a perfect day. But honestly, if I only saw the Autumn Crocus, I would’ve been totally happy.

A Different Look

My neighbors’ garden is starting to fade, but it doesn’t make for any less interesting and beautiful blooms. Here are a few of my favorites through the lens of the Hipstamatic. I kept thinking that this last bloom looked like Chihuly glass. Then I did a google image search and found this image (source of…