Thursday, March 12, 2015

Live: In Late Winter

I know spring is coming because the light is changing, the low winter sun is giving way to brighter beams. I know spring is coming because the scent of hyacinth welcomes you as you enter the grocery stores. I know spring is coming because the snow is getting soft in a way that means the earth will soon be warmer. I know spring is coming because the river is flowing a little quicker than it was only days ago. I know spring is coming because it takes twenty minutes to make it through the line at the car wash. I know spring is coming because I want to throw open my windows and fill my house with fresh air.

But mostly I know spring is coming because I'm finally ready to let go of winter. I'm ready to pack away the snow and cold for another day, a day a long ways off one that follows new growth and hot sun, a day that comes only after thunderstorms and new school supplies, a day when finally I'll step outside and sniff the wind and think to myself: I know winter is coming I can smell it in the air!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

In Pictures: February 2015

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Friday, January 9, 2015

2015: Year of Action

Well here we are a little over a week into 2015. We've reached that cold and snowy part of winter - the part I love best of all. It is now in the snow and cold that we welcome the New Year. Did you make a resolution or two for this year? Maybe you like to have a motto or a bible verse that you use to shape your year. Personally I like words. A lot of people like to pick a single word to act as a guidepost for their year. You see words like: Hope or Brave, Peace or Purpose, Care, Authentic, Open and Joy. Every year I think it is hard to pick just one word. There are so many good options. In fact in the past I've chosen more than one. Last year I had four words I used as guides: Read, Walk, Make and Live - they were symbols for the way I wanted to live, I want to live a life were I learn and create and grow. I loved those words and going into 2015 I thought I'd just keep them around for another year.

But then as 2014 was fading I had this thought, a silly thought really, I decided I needed to get up and see the first sunrise of 2015. I just had to greet the New Year at it's first light. So I did, I woke up in the dark, pulled on a sweater and my boots and armed with a cup of gas station coffee I climbed a little hill at a near by nature preserve and I met the New Year at the break of it's first day. In the cold and the wind I shot up prayers like fireworks, prayers of thanksgiving and hope and peace and promise. My hands were red and my nose was numb, but my heart was full. In following through on this one silly thing I was so filled with joy. I had acted on this little thought and it was wonderful.

And then I knew. I knew that I wanted to have this be the thing that I chose to guide my year. I didn't pick a word for 2015, it came to me. Right there in that morning sun: Action.

When I take personality tests I am firmly in the "thinker" camp, never am I ever categorized as a "Doer". Ask me how to solve a problem and I can give you 17 options. Ask me to actually solve the problem and I can find 17 ways to distract myself from the task. I have a list a mile long or people I'm planning to call or email or get together for coffee with. I have selves of supplies for never started projects and stacks of half finished books. I So you see Action is a good word for me. I could use a little more follow through in my life. So maybe it's getting up to see the sunrise or actually getting that cup of coffee with a friend, it might mean taking a step out of my comfort zone or inviting someone new into my world. I know been writing much lately, but I think in a year being guided by the word Action I'll end up having a lot more to say. I'm not sure how 2015 will shake out, but I'm really looking forward to seeing it unfold!


P.S. I have a sneaky suspicion that part of why my word for 2015 is Action is because I've been reading Annie F. Downs book Let's All Be Brave. If your looking for something to read to help you with your 2015 goals, you might want to check it out!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

In Pictures: August 2014

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Ten Things . . . That Made Me Love Today

Today was one of those really good regular days, so I just had to record it.

  1. A latte & almond muffin from Sweetwaters to start my day.
  2. Rain that reminded me of the Rain, Rain, Rain song from Winnie the Pooh
  3. Taking the back roads out to visit my cousin and seeing all the beautiful farms out her way.
  4. Snapping green beans while visiting with my cousin.
  5. Natalie Merchent on the radio. 
  6. Watching my nieces and nephew play pirate ship in laundry baskets. 
  7. Picking bright green and dark purple tomatoes from my yard.
  8. Chatting with my sister in-law Lauren while we worked on ironing and folding clothes at her house.
  9. Playing a rousing game of peek-a-boo with Emmylou.
  10. A new Joy the Baker Podcast.
What made you love today?

P.S. Slugs

Friday, August 1, 2014

Ten Things . . . Totally True Facts About Me According To Online Quizzes

So I might have just justified spending an hour taking online quizzes by telling myself I would write a post about them. Yep that is all the thought I put into this. But you know what these quizzes were like totally 100% true so maybe they are on to something.

  1. My life is just like the classic novel Charlotte's Web, I'm just trying to figure out if I'm more like Charlotte or Wilber?
  2. I have a brand New Soul. Right.
  3. I'm an Independent Woman. Need I say more?
  4. I was meant to be a Writer.
  5. Zac Efron is my celebrity boyfriend. #backoffgirlshesmine
  6. Oh and went Zac and I finally tie the knot I'll be wearing an A-Line Dress.
  7. You guys must think I'm really Artsy
  8. This one says I should have been born in the 90s, but I think they mean I should have lived and loved in the 90s.
  9. I look like Pocahontas. Actually when we were kids my brother Andrew thought I was Native American, true story!
  10. And finally My 1990s Theme Song is . . . Spice Up Your Life!
P.S. An interview with Ryan Goslings from 1999. You are soooo welcome!
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