How to Give Without Giving Yourself Away

“Learning to let go and how to prioritize me over my to-do lists and everyone else’s wants has been liberating. Although I still struggle with obligation to others and feeling self-indulgent, nothing terrible has ever happened because I chose to do something meaningful for myself once in awhile.”

A New Year’s Hope for Radical Acceptance, Greater Kindness and Deeper Truth

“Don’t you find it odd,” she continued, “that when you’re a kid, everyone, all the world, encourages you to follow your dreams. But when you’re older, somehow they act offended if you even try.” ~ Ethan Hawke, The Hottest State   On this New Year’s Eve, I am looking inward and claiming my personally perceivedContinue reading “A New Year’s Hope for Radical Acceptance, Greater Kindness and Deeper Truth”

Being Thankful for this Blessed Life of Mine

“Remember the past with gratitude. Live the present with enthusiasm. Look forward to the future with confidence. ~ St. John Paul II   At the end of a full and lively week, I am simply grateful for being given the chance to live out this blessed life of mine. Despite the difficult trials I faceContinue reading “Being Thankful for this Blessed Life of Mine”

Thankful for the Practical Things, for Wood Floors and Simple Living

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. ~ William Arthur Ward   The thanks I give today is for the wood floors found throughout the first floor of the home I share with my husband and children. Yes. Wood floors. These Brazilian-red, wide-set planksContinue reading “Thankful for the Practical Things, for Wood Floors and Simple Living”