Sunshine

Oreo cookies, candy melts and chocolate sprinkles = the easiest cookie pops ever. Sometimes you just have to make your own sunshine.

More

More sunshine. More lemons. More sunsets. More bananas. More sunflowers. More yellow. More happiness.

Transition

From sunsets… to sunrises… and everything in between… I’m noticing a definite shift in nature’s color palette lately. Fall is most certainly headin’ this way.

Take a moment

You’re so hard on yourself. But remember, everyone has a chapter they don’t read out loud. Take a moment. Sit back. Marvel at your life, at the mistakes that gave you wisdom, at the suffering that gave you strength. Despite everything, you still move forward; be proud of this. Continue to endure. Continue to persevere….

Turn the page

This weekend I began the process of purging my house of all the things I don’t need — starting with stuff in my room. I started with my closets, dumping the contents of each old purse and bag. One by one, ticket stubs and other mementos started dropping out, until a pile of memories sat…

Bigger

“Be humble. The world is bigger than your view of the world. And certainly, God is much bigger than your view of God.” – Eugene Cho

Proof

Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens, every day can end beautifully. This was last night’s sunset. I can only vaguely remember what happened yesterday or what kind of day it was, but I can clearly remember how perfectly it ended. So I’m calling it a very good day.

Four

Four little birds, so many perch choices.

Just one

You have this one life. How do you want to spend it? Apologizing? Regretting? Questioning? Hating yourself? Dieting? Running after people who don’t see you? Be brave. Believe in yourself. Do what feels good. Take risks. You have this one life. Make yourself proud. — Beardsley Jones By the way, these are photos from today’s…

Bright side

If you have to have an ugly run, it’s good to have it in a beautiful place. Geez, that was brutal. Here’s hoping for a stronger run tomorrow.

Impression

“My hope is still to leave the world a little better than when I got here.” – Jim Henson

Amazing

“Because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing.” – Dr. Seuss

Colors of Summer

On the heels of a full weekend, these are a few photos I have to show for it. They include…dinner in Forest Park. Gorgeous flowers along my running route. And some funky tomatoes at the Farmer’s Market. Beyond having a timeframe in common, I thought the colors oddly tied them together. I’m going to miss…

Happy

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery — air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.’” – Sylvia Plath Swap out “lake” for “mountains” and this quote describes my morning run today. Of course with a cell phone camera, it’s hard to do the scenery justice….

Where’s the line?

Tonight I was able to visit Paul Gauguin: The Art of Invention at the Saint Louis Art Museum. I’ve always been kind of indifferent when it comes to Gauguin’s work, but I was still anxious to see this exhibit.  I enjoyed seeing Gauguin’s work, although I learned more about his person than I cared to….

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,…

Godspeed

“Your life is already artful — waiting, just waiting for you to make it art.” – Toni Morrison

Perfection

“The summer night is like a perfection of thought.” – Wallace Stevens, American poet