Distracted Runner

A couple of really good runs this weekend brought the most distractions I’ve had in awhile. It was remarkable. I didn’t even get photos of everything.  I marvel at some of the random stuff I find along my routes. After four years, I just now spotted this peace sign — the fourth one of these…

Hello, Lovely.

This lovely little creature tried so hard to visit my office today. He unsuccessfully fluttered and flitted against my window. He eventually gave up, but he brightened my afternoon just the same.

You Are What You Notice

A cat’s purr in my ear. An easy morning commute. Homemade pumpkin bread. A thoughtful note from a friend. Rainbows appearing at my feet. Texts from both of my kids at the exact same time. The arrival of a new issue of my favorite magazine. Sparkles dancing under a bridge. A cute couple picnicking under…

Be Vibrant

We’re all crayons in the world’s coloring box. We’re all a little broken, but we can still color. 

Ah, yes.

“If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.” – Banksy

Sometimes

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”

Always Remember…

You are braver than you believe, Stronger than you seem,  And smarter than you think.” –A.A. Milne Since the mind behind Pooh Bear said this, I’m going to trust it is true. Because Pooh is never wrong. But if you figure out how to accomplish all of the above, please let me know. Because sometimes it’s…

And Again…

Another glasses sighting. (And another.) This is so weird. If there’s a message there, I’m sure not getting it.

Sometimes

“Sometimes I need only to stand wherever I am to be blessed.” – Mary Oliver, poet

Hello, July!

First day of July and day 11 of my 21-Day Gratitude Challenge. I start the month grateful for… 1.) The beginning of a three-day weekend! (Duh.) 2.) Seeing a dear friend’s success. 3.) Finally being able to make a (somewhat significant) appliance purchase that I’ve been wanting to make for so long but haven’t been…

So Good…

Sunshine, comfortable temperatures, and a fantastic long bike ride on a Tuesday night. Technically, I have all three gratitude items for today covered right there. But I’ll roll that up into one big item. Coming in a distant second and third: hot showers, and fireflies pulsing softly outside my window as I get ready for…

Cheat Sheet…

I had to laugh when I received my daily email from Tiny Buddha this morning with the subject “100 Reasons to be Grateful Today.” I had just said in yesterday’s blog post that I wanted to start working on a gratitude list. Only mine wasn’t as ambitious as a list of 100 things. I could…

21 Days of Gratitude

I’ve been slacking on the blog front lately — and on the gratitude front. So I’ve decided to do a 21-day gratitude commitment to help me with both. I’ll list three things each day for which I am grateful for 21 days. (It’s a tool rooted in Shawn Achor’s 5 ways to create positive change.)…

Did You Know…?

Happy Full Moon June solstice! Enjoy! The next one won’t happen until 2062! 

Enough.

“Your job is not to judge. Your job is not to figure out if someone deserves something. Your job is to lift the fallen, to restore the broken, and to heal the hurting.” – anonymous Bam.  My only quibble with this quote is the assumption that this job belongs to someone else. This is our…

Powerful

“I’m convinced that the negative has power – and if you allow it to perch in your house, in your mind, in your life, it can take you over. Those negative words climb into the woodwork, into the furniture, and the next thing you know, they’re on your skin. A negative statement is poison.” –…

Just for Today* 

*Or tomorrow.  Because I didn’t do so hot with a few of these Reiki principles today.  But tomorrow is a new day. And by God’s grace, I get to try again. 

Full

Tonight I made dinner.  I realize this is neither extraordinary or newsworthy. I didn’t make anything complicated. Just homemade calzones. Strawberry (and blueberry and blackberry) shortcake. Garlic breadsticks. Simple stuff.  But I put it together. We were all home to be able to sit down together at the table and eat.  And I’m happier than…

Fairy Tale Tea

“Never look back. If Cinderella went back for her shoe, she would never have been a princess.” This past weekend brought a unique experience for this mother of boys. I got to take my Little Sister to Fairy Tale Tea with Cinderella. My Little was so excited that she called me the night before to…

Life Lately

…according to the iPhone. And a few small lessons learned: – Life would be better if approached with the enthusiasm of a dog. – Sometimes it’s liberating to run in the rain. – With photography, sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. – Sometimes fixing things in your house – even if it costs a…

Reverence: The Sacredness of Existence

“The stronger the reverence for natural life, the stronger grows also that for spiritual life.” – Albert Schweitzer, French-German theologian Today I signed up for KindSpring.org’s 21-Day Reverence Challenge. I’m super excited about it. Here’s how they describe it: “Beauty lies in details. To notice it, you have to be paying attention. In a world…

Siblings

The difference between our cats: a photo essay. These two. They look exactly alike, but they could not be more different. Can’t tell who’s who? Hint: Murphy loves us; Violet loves gravity.

This.

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” — Pablo Picasso   

I Stand Corrected.

Today was the first day of the GO! St. Louis Family Fitness weekend. First stop: Forest Park. I was set to volunteer for the elementary school races, but I went to the 5K first to see a few friends and colleagues race. As I waited for the 5K to start, I checked out the racers at the…

Reminiscence 

 Take care of all your memories, for you cannot relive them. – Bob Dylan