intentional gratitude

There are times when it is difficult to be grateful. Life gets crazy. Stuff happens. People get sick.  Jobs become stressful.  Hearts break. Loves ones die. Natural disasters happen. Physical pain overwhelms and cripples the body. Violence breaks loose. Relationships struggle or are severed. Or maybe it’s just been a really difficult week. All of […]

when your ducks don’t line up

Finally. The excuses have run out and I am finally taking action. Back in December I started my official website, the one I had been wanting to create for way too long using my name as the URL and that would not have any advertising (unless I were to choose to advertise). I sought and received […]

facing difficulty

I’m climbing. It’s a huge crag, one that takes learned skill – training, practice and experience – before climbing. This is the crux point, the toughest place on the climb where I have to muster up every ounce of strength to trust my training and ability in order to keep going. Soon it will get […]

be refreshed

Grateful this morning for a pretty little front yard where I can sit on a bench in the sunshine while watching and listening to the birds. A mourning dove coos softly. The water in the pond trickles from one level to the next. The sparrows and chickadees flit from the fence to the feeder, chirping playfully. […]

love it or hate it

There are two kinds of people when it comes to April Fools’ Day. Those who love it… Those who hate it. Those who love it are great at coming up with pranks and even better at pulling them off. It’s an art, really. And it’s totally fun to see these pranksters in action as long […]

don’t settle

A month or so ago I finally talked to my husband about something that had been on my mind for a long time. After all the work we have done individually to make our lives new and different and better, and the way we have waited patiently for one another in order to heal this […]

see the forest

On my daily walks through my local forested fitness trail, there are several places where there is a tree in the middle of the pathway.  That’s where the path splits and goes around the tree. It makes perfect sense.  And yet in life, I sometimes get caught up by the “tree” in the middle of […]

new tools

No one ever wanted to peel potatoes at my house.  For years there were two potato peelers in the mess that is my utensil drawer, one of them old and a bit rusty the other relatively new. Neither worked great but I held on to them because one had been my grandma’s and the other […]

sunrises

Oh this sunrise! I see it often. It is my view any clear morning when I’m on my way to work. I am ALWAYS grateful and filled with wonder and joy when I see this mountain. Today though, it was different…Extra special. I love the way the mountain is reflected in the clouds above.  Don’t […]