Second cups of coffee (with a friend). A long walk (I tired the pup out). Lunch with the kids (just one of the things I love about homeschooling). Emails from so many of you thoughtful souls joining in Gratitude Week (you do my heart good). . What are your gratitudes today? Join us with #gratitudeweek2018 . #gratitude#allyearlong#payattention
Hello, lovely friends. Gratitude is something dear to my heart (I know you know)...practicing it, and sharing in that practice with others. Which is why I’m very happy that Gratitude Week is just around the corner. Did you know?! We begin November 5. It’s a week of...yep, gratitude. And I know many of us practice gratitude all year long (yay for that!) but I lovelovelove when we gather together, and think about it together. Community is so very powerful. . If you click link in my profile, you can sign up for my Gratitude Notes. FREE. From my heart to yours and yours and yours. . I hope you have a sweet Monday, and I hope to see you for Gratitude Week. Kisses to each of you. #gratitudeweek2018#gratitude#mondaymonday#mgdself#payattention#onlineworkshop
Day 7 #quietwriting prompt: I am... . I am...a lover of words. Writing is my meditation. Reading is my inspiration. Together they are my daily dose of calm. But when it came Tom sharing my writing — it’s been outside my comfort zone. . So last September, within weeks of each other, I took two small steps out of the shadows. Step 1: My niece, Krista (an angel in disguise), suggested I set up an IG account. Within minutes, she’d done it. There I was. And here I still am. Thanks, Krista. And thanks to each of you in this amazing community for turning a small step into an enriching experience of beauty and creativity and connection. . Step 2: I submitted a short personal essay to a beautiful print magazine called “Bella Grace~life’s a beautiful journey.” To my utter shock and delight, in December, I learned they’d be publishing the essay in their 2018 Spring Issue 15. . I called my piece “The Beautiful Words Project” (if you look closely, it’s on the cover). . The essay is about my time in the wilderness when a diagnosis of several chronic illnesses changed the trajectory of my life. It’s about how my love of words,writing, and reading became my lifeline. I wanted to acknowledge how the insights and experiences of a diverse group of authors walked with me as I made my way toward living with acceptance, grace, and grit. Ultimately, it speaks to our collective longing for and capacity to find beauty in the midst of struggle. . I am...someone who hopes that by sharing my writing others might find a quiet place to pause, see a ray of hope, or maybe catch a glimmer of beauty. Thank you for reading. . Goodbye, September!
Day 2 #quietwriting challenge prompt: quiet in my life . I live a quiet life — by choice and by necessity. . I find silence in many places, wearing many faces: writing and reading; reflecting and journaling; meditating and gardening. I find it in the rustle of leaves, the roar of rain, the musical refrain. I find it in my husband’s eyes. In the walls of our home. In solitude and togetherness. For as Rumi says, “When I am silent, I fall into that place where everything is music.” . Today’s daily dose of quiet looked like this: I played with flowers — sorting through those I’d pressed and pressing a new batch. I’m learning as I go — how to handle these fragile beauties, which press better, which retain their colour better. That kind of thing. My first attempt was modest — pansies, coral bells, clematis, and ferns. Today’s batch is more diverse, more adventurous. I might make a card or two for friends. Maybe frame some. For now, I’m just enjoying the process, the focus, the quiet. It’s an active meditation and I’m loving it! . What does quiet look like for you?
Something I love about IG is the community. I struggle with being in this space too much. Because I have other spaces in my life that need my attention too. I talk/write about mindful living and want to be honest about how that looks in my life. But this space and those of you here. Ohmyheart. The other day, one of you emailed me in response to my post on Tuesday. A song had been triggered for you, and you shared that with me. How awesome is that? That this dear person reached out to me in that way. I’m currently listening to that song on repeat. Feeling connected. And full, in a very good way. . . Go listen to Alanis Morissette’s “Receive”. . . Thank you, J. You have a big heart and a generous spirit.
possibly the last morning out with the board for a while...it’s been an amazing summer and I’m grateful I managed to get myself out of bed quite a few times. the calm lake managed to calm myself and help me center and to flow with ease... #morninglake#tinytinymoments#turnthelensonself
The feeling of a fullness that is so full surely there will be an overflowing and the overflowing will manifest in the falling of tears from eyes. Yes, that. . I’m signing off for a bit. If you read my blog and Monthly Notes, you know this. If you only see me here, now you know too. Catch you on the flip side. 💗 . #mgdself#turnthelensonself#tinytinymoments#wednesdaywednesday
Monday’s reflection: What The Silence Says ... “I know that you think that you already know but— Wait . Longer than that. . even longer than that.” ~~ Marie Howe ... I want to be silent enough to hear what the flowers have to say. ... Wishing you many quiet moments throughout this new week.Happy Monday!
There’s a lot going on in my corner of the world right now. You too? One of the practices that roots me, centers me, heals me is creative listmaking. Not just the lists of to-dos. But also the lists of me and other: the lists of dreams and questions and musings. The lists of being and seeing. . Consider this an extra-special invitation to join me in making lists for 10 days. Ten days to pause and gather, to reflect and share. The class is called Just Five Things. . Are you interested? Click link in profile for more info. We gather June 11-22, and I’d love to have you. . #justfivethings#onlineclass#creativelistmaking#ilovelists#justshowup#shine
Sometimes I hit upon a prompt for myself that is phrased just so. A prompt that invites me to look in ever so slightly a new way. A prompt that lifts me, pushes me, holds me. This happened the other day. . I share the prompt on my blog. Hope to see you there. xo . #getitdown#justshowup shine #turnthelensonself#mgdself