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Happy 2013

     I am a sucker for new beginnings.  I love sunrises, Mondays, new notebooks and anything that symbolizes a fresh, clean start.  Ironically, I am terrible at endings and good-byes.  I am awkward at the airport, or leaving someone's home when I am not sure when I will see them next, break ups,  graduations, funerals..all of that stuff.  I can never seem to find the words to say good-bye.  I always find comfort in the old saying "Don't be sad because it's over, smile because it happened.

Be the Change

     I have been told on more than one occasion that I think too much.  For the most part, I agree.  I have been like this for as long as I can remember.  When something strikes a nerve, I can't shake it until I wrap my brain around it, come up with some sort of understanding and then maybe I can move on. 
     There has been so much on the news lately about Malala Yousufzai. Her story is one of those things that I couldn't shake. In case you haven't heard, she is a 14 year old girl from Pakistan who has been advocating for education for girls since she is 11.

Autumn musings

    It is the first Monday morning in the Autumn of 2012.  It is absolutely glorious here.  I love the changing of the seasons.  It has become a subtle reminder in my life that everything in the Universe is constantly changing, evolving, growing, dying, being born and re-born.  It is a cycle with no beginning and no end. I like to think of myself like that. I like to think of Life, in general, like that. It offers hope and comfort.  If we look to nature - we get the answers that so effectively evade our intellect.

9/11 Reflections

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Imagine yourself, just for a moment climbing a cold, unforgiving mountain.  Standing at the base, you can't even see the top - but you know it's there and it is your destination.

Sometimes Life Sucks...

     Simply put...Sometimes life sucks. I was reminded of this last weekend at an incredible yoga event, believe it or not.  It was a yogathon for The Retreat Project.  The Retreat Project offers free yoga retreats for women who are surviving cancer. It offers some sense of peace in a world of chaos...fear...pain and that incredible feeling of uncertainty.
     The event itself was inspiring. The studio it was held in upbeat. The live cello music soul stirring.

Field of Dreams

     I have spent the last few days watching my oldest son play baseball in the All American Amateur Baseball Tournament in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. It is one of my favorite past times.   Not just because I am a proud Momma, but because I love watching a young man turning his dreams into reality. HIS journey as an athlete has taught me much about myself and life in general.   He has taught me it is possible to turn a dream into reality.  He has taught me how to follow my passion with no apologies and no regrets.

What did I do to deserve all this?

    Did you miss the blog last week?? I did too!! I had writer's block and I just couldn't gather my thoughts. I could have written some half-truth, but when I committed myself to this I also committed to speaking my truth.  I would rather skip a week than write just for the sake of putting something out there. But- I am back :) Enjoy!
    One of my favorite things to do is to look back on old gratitude lists I have written. Whenever I do this I am amazed at all the awesome things that have happened to me and I sometimes ask myself, " What have I ever done to deserve all this?

Everything Happens for a REASON

   






 
The blog is a day late-I apologize. It was actually written yesterday, but I never published it. It didn't feel right. This morning I deleted the entire thing because I needed to change topics. Everything happens for a reason...
    Maybe that was the lesson that was reinforced for me yesterday...Maybe it is something I wish everyone truly believed...Maybe it is a Universal Truth...Maybe it is all of the above. Whatever it is-I believe it with my heart and soul.

Give a Stranger a Smile

    Today, give a stranger one of your smiles.  It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.  ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You

   Good Morning and Happy Wednesday!! Where I am this morning, the sun is shining and it is a beautiful day. I took my dog for a walk like I do every morning. I love smelling the ocean right outside my door. I admire the landscaping of my neighbors' homes and I chat with the other people walking their dogs as the dogs circle around sniffing each other and saying hello.

Independence Day

           "Why do you stay in prison
            When the door is so wide open?"  ~ Rumi 
  

   Yes-the blog is back. I am sorry about last week. My life has gotten kind of hectic with the kids out of school and I am trying to restructure my time. Such is life, practicing going with the flow:)
   So, Happy Independence Day! Just wanted to take a second to shout out to all of our service members, past and present, for maintaining all the freedoms we enjoy- freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press.
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