Thanks for Being You

The following is an excerpt from an email I received from a wonderful friend on Wednesday, which also happened to be the first day of Spring. I removed a bit of information specific to my friend’s work*. “Hi Laura, Hope all is going well for you. Welcome to spring, even if it’s a little dreary! I’m…

Random Acts of Kindness

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson, writer I spotted this snow angel in the park yesterday and, beyond how well it was made, it gave me a lot of food for thought. As I moved away from it, I wondered if…

The Simple Life

Missing somebody……call. Wanna meet up……invite. Wanna be understood……explain. Have questions……ask. Don’t like something……say it nicely. Like something……declare it. Want something……ask for it. Stressed……let go. Love someone……say it. Simple is good.

You Do You

“Always remember you are just where you need to be. Everything you are experiencing is conspiring to help you grow. So let go and love where you are and the infinite wisdom of your life in this moment.”  This morning I saw snow flurries blowing around in subfreezing gusts of wind, so before I set…

Better

I found some words to make living better….and some blooms to make my house better. Both are below. 1.) Stop worrying. If it’s supposed to happen, it will. 2.) Allow yourself to be a beginner. 3.) Don’t let your happiness depend on anything outside of yourself. 4.) Stay close to everything that makes you feel alive. 5.) Listen to your…

Words Matter

“If you don’t believe in carefully choosing your words, think of the difference between, “You look like the breath of spring” and “You look like the end of a hard winter.”  I’ve been thinking a lot lately about New Year’s resolutions and some things I’d like to work on. I’ve settled on a few tangible…

Distracted Runner – New Year Edition

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” – C.S. Lewis Welcome, 2019! I ushered in the New Year with a nice, easy run — my first since developing shingles after Thanksgiving. So this was a real joy. I really missed it — all…

Reverse Advent

So…I put the tree up a little early this year in anticipation of decorating with my kids when they come home for Thanksgiving. But I’ve also found a neat advent idea that I’m thinking about trying this year. It’s called a “reverse advent calendar.” Instead of opening a door or box each day and removing…

Start Digging

“Finding yourself” is not really how it works. You aren’t a ten-dollar bill in last winter’s coat pocket. You are also not lost. Your true self is right there, buried under cultural conditioning, other people’s opinions and inaccurate conclusions you drew as a kid that became your beliefs about who you are. “Finding yourself” is…

You Got This

For the highs and lows and moments between, mountains and valleys, and rivers and streams. For where you are now and where you will go, For “I’ve always known” and “I told you so,” for “nothing is happening,” and “all has gone wrong,” it is here in this journey you will learn to be strong…

It Was Always About You

“You’re going to realize it one day — that happiness was never about your job, or your degree, or being in a relationship. Happiness was never about following in the footsteps of all of those who came before you, it was never about being like the others. One day, you’re going to see it —…

15 Things to Savor

“Don’t slide though life. Savor it. Slow down, be kind, pay attention. Because this isn’t going to happen again.” – Carrie Fisher I subscribe to a magazine called “Bella Grace” and it’s one of my favorite indulgences in the world. It’s like a deep, relaxing breath of fresh air, offering exercises and activities focused on…

Wonderful

“By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before.” – Edwin Elliot [More fun from our exploration of the Bushwick Collective.]

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…

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…

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…

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…