Spring Affirmations

A walk through the Botanical Garden this morning revealed some glimpses of color and earliest signs of spring, as well as some fun shapes, patterns and even a few stories. The Garden always seems to be the place I can go to decompress and re-center when life gets busy. Today was no exception. With gratitude, here…

A Very Good Day

In anticipation of the holiday next week and in an effort to get somewhat caught up, the boys and I all took yesterday off for a full day of shopping and cheer. We went across the river over into downtown Saint Charles for some lunch and a bit of shopping. I don’t get over there…

Walking Miracle

“People say walking on water is a miracle, but to me walking peacefully on earth is the real miracle.” – Thich Nhat Hanh Apologies for the poor quality of this photo. I took it through my front windshield on the way to work this morning. I was startled by the posture and gait of these two…

9 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude

So I found a new website that’s kind of fun. It’s called “unstuck” and you can find it here. It bills itself as A Practical Guide to Gratitude (so you can see and think differently). There’s some really great stuff in here. One thing I really loved was a graphic that included “9 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude.”…

Yes, Indeed. So Glad.

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” – L.M. Montgomery For any number of reasons, I haven’t wanted to resume training since the Chicago Marathon nearly two weeks ago. A little tired…a little sore…a little burned out. I’ve needed a break. But at the same time, I cannot bear to…

Self-Reflection: Meaning and Purpose

“The meaning of life is to find your gift.The purpose of life is to give it away.” – William Shakespeare I read this quote earlier this week and it’s served as a reflection ever since. What is my gift? Am I giving it away? Have I found meaning? Am I fulfilling my purpose? Honestly, this was…

Half Full

Last night, I was able to go for a nice long walk with two lovely people who I work with while I was out of town for a meeting. Along the route, I noticed this “Half Full” message painted along the ground a number of times. I have no idea what it was about. Construction…

Wednesday Walk

Went for a long walk with Tanner this evening after work for no other reason than we could. It’s spring, it’s beautiful…why not. So I grabbed my camera just in case. Oh, the variety of colors, shapes, sizes and scents. Lest it appear that my only focus is flowers nowadays, may I present this. As we walked,…

Walk in the Woods

For two days in a row, I’ve taken quick laps around a small local conservation area in attempt to find a very specific tree and recreate one of my favorite photos. Muddy and cold, these weren’t exactly the prettiest walks through the woods I’ve had. But I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. Unlike…

“Adventurous”

Adventurous (adjective): willing to take risks or to try out new methods, ideas or experiences. “Let’s be adventurous.” When I jokingly said that I was itching to go for a walk in the middle of our ongoing snowstorm, Drew said, “I’ll go with you! C’mon. It’ll make us adventurous!” When I started to protest, he…

Christmas on Ice

When we left our house on Christmas Eve morning, it was cold…and dry. But by the time we’d driven about thirty or forty minutes, the entire world was sparkling. It was stunning. Every twig, berry and blade of grass was coated in ice. Here are a few glimpses from the past three days, that, I might…

Sometimes…

….God smiles in color. And this year, God seems to be smiling a lot. In fact, I’d call it a full-on belly laugh. The trees in our neighborhood don’t even look real this year. It’s absolutely spectacular. A number of four-legged friends were out and about enjoying the colors and cool temperatures. Including this big…

New Blog!

Welcome to the new prettykitty03! I hope you like the new look. Above are a few results from a walk with the kids at Powder Valley this afternoon. Some things obviously don’t change. 🙂