Be…

“Be the person who cares. Be the person who makes the effort, the person who loves without hesitation. Be the person who bares it all, the person who never shies away from the depths of their feeling, or the intensity of their hope. “Be the person who believes  — in the softness of the world,…

Now more than ever

“Wherever you go, be brave. To whomever you meet, be kind. With whatever you have, do good.” — Leigh Standley, artist, writer

Summer gratitude

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky is hardly a waste of time.” – John Lubbock  Yesterday I took a much-needed day off from work. While I didn’t lie on the grass, I…

Mistakes happen, fortunately

“I always find beauty in things that are odd and imperfect — they are much more interesting.” — Marc Jacobs Today I picked up some film I’d had developed and the photos are a total mess. I don’t know what I did or how I did it, but something went amuck. While most of the…

Remember

Remember when you go into the world… To keep your eyes and ears wide open and be kind. Love one another. Take care of each other. Tell the truth. Always do your best. Listen to the big people and the little people. Explore new paths and have fun. Know that you are loved like crazy….

I hope

“I hope you live louder. I hope you laugh more. I hope you sing at the top of your lungs. I hope you drive with the windows down and let the wind rustle through your hair.  I hope you hug. I hope you kiss. I hope you surround yourself with people who make you feel…

Beautiful slime

“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” – Pablo Picasso Tiny neighbor: Do you just love my beautiful slime? Me: I just love your beautiful slime!! Yes, I really did. And I hope she never, ever, ever loses her imagination or stops loving her creations.

I can and I will

“I’m never gonna put boundaries on myself ever again. I’m never gonna say I can’t do it. I’m never gonna say ‘maybe.’ I’m never gonna say, “I don’t think I can.’ I can and I will.” – Nadiya Hussain, The Great British Bake Off  After countless weekly trips to the local bakery to admire their…

Gratitude check

Closing out the weekend and preparing for the new week with a gratitude check. Thanks to this weekend, I’m grateful for: Two strong runs — even in this unreasonable heat (above photo was taken during today’s run) Almost a full day spent with my younger son — and the fact that he still enjoys hanging…

Consider this

Consider this permission to: 1.) Say no to a request that you know in your gut isn’t right for you. 2.) Set something aside for a season. 3.) Unfollow anyone on social media who makes you feel “less than” in any way. 4.) Be the person you are, not the person you think you should…

Much

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” – Vincent Van Gogh 

Good start

Five things to do before you get out of bed: 1.) Express gratitude 2.) Set your intentions for the day 3.) Take five long, deep breaths in and out 4.) Smile for no reason 5.) Forgive yourself for yesterday’s mistakes.

Notice

“Train your mind to see the good in everything. Life is a series of tiny miracles. Notice them. Notice again and again how fortunate you are. The evidence is all around you, and it’s beautiful, and well worth gathering into your awareness.” – marcandangel

Kindness Matters

This morning I found a great blog post called “22 Tiny Random Acts of Kindness You Can Do in the Middle of Your Day.”  While I’ve heard of or done many of these, there were a few new ones that I’m going to give a try. And I’m passing along because I figure the world…

Pretty Simple

“Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.”  – Mary Oliver

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…