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Pausing

Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
~ Guillaume Apollinaire
This is a quick post to let you know that I am taking a short hiatus from blogging.

Don't worry. Nothing is wrong. I'm just feeling the need to back away from technology and really sink into the world around me. To experience it with all of my senses.

What have I been up to?

I've been working on my garden. No, working isn't the right word. (My husband recently told me he's trying to not use the word "work" when he isn't talking about his actual job. He's changing his mindset. So let me try again.) I've been spending time in my garden. Moving rock, loosening soil, and planting vegetables.

I've also been serving with some other people to set up a community garden. The kale sprout shown in the above photo is from there. I'm really excited about that project.

I also recently finished my first ever painting class. It was a watercolor class of…

Flecks #25

As in flecks of reflection from the week: what I'm learning and celebrating.

So, let's talk about this week.
Things I learned this week:

I can shovel rock. It made me feel a little badass.
Working with other people toward a community goal feels good.
To keep my mouth shut. Unfortunately this lesson comes after not having done so.

Things I'm celebrating this week:

Progress.
Abundance.
Badassery.
Community.
New offerings. (If you're feeling a little overwhelmed in the web world, let's work together to get you calm, comfortable, and empowered. You'll find details by clicking "Web Work" in the main menu.)

Things that are resonating with me this week:
What If the Fear Isn't Going Anywhere? by Victoria Brouhard with this wisdom:

If I wait for the fear to leave, I will never do the thing my heart wants, the thing I believe I’m here to do.
I’m left with two options:
1. Abandon my dream
2. Figure out how to step forward despite the fear

How to Access Our Inner Wisdom by Sus…

For Moms of All Kinds, Sizes, and Shapes

I wrote this a couple of years ago and it still stands true, so I'm re-running it for Mother's Day today. Enjoy the day, everyone!

Mothers come in all shapes and sizes. Some are biological, some are stepmothers, some are adoptive mothers, some are mother-like figures for children's friends, and some are a combination of these.

Mothers hug and heal. They bend down and lift up. They teach and they listen. They know when to hold tight and when to let go.

As a mama and stepmama myself, I understand how hard it is. You don't always know what you're doing, yet there's pressure to appear that you have everything under control. So, you do your best and hope your children are better for it.

In the book The Middle Place, Kelly Corrigan explored the dichotomy of being a parent while also still being your parent's kid. After publishing that book she created a video with Borders (so sad they are gone!) sharing a story about her own mother. I watch it every year and every ye…

Flecks #24

As in flecks of reflection from the week: what I'm learning and celebrating.

So, let's talk about this week.
Things I learned this week:

Advanced preparation makes almost all things better (or easier or less stressful).
Time alone wandering a bookstore, then sitting in the cafe with hot chocolate and my journal is restorative.
Happy faces are beautiful faces.
How to assemble a kite. It came with instructions which were completely unhelpful to me because I didn't understand the terminology. For example, I'm pretty sure a "bridle" is something you put on a horse and I don't know what that has to do with kites.
I love apple trees and apple blossoms. And the smell of apple blossoms.

Things I'm celebrating this week:

My birthday!
This blog's birthday!
My newsletter launched!
My first program (the Wonder Seeker 3-day photo challenge) launched! (I like to launch things the week of my birthday.)
New possibilities
Beautiful weather- the sunny days, the gray days, all of…

I'm 37 and Live Wonderstruck is 2!

It's a big week here. Lots of growing milestones. Okay, really just two. Or maybe three. Or four. I guess it really is a big week.

First, my birthday was this week. I'm now 37 and I feel really good about that. I'm not even sure why. There's just something about that number that feels right.

As has become my custom for the past five or so years, I held a self portrait session in my backyard. This year instead of battling with the timer on my camera, I let my three-year-old stand behind the tripod and click the button to his heart's content. (I highly recommend this method, by the way. He was super excited to take pictures. Who cares if some were blurry or aimed wrong? That happens when I take them with the self-timer, too.)

Actually, I guess that means it wasn't so much of a self portrait as just a portrait. You get the idea.

Anyhow, this is what 37 looks like. Unfiltered. Un-retouched.



But I wasn't the only one with a birthday. Live Wonderstruck turned 2 this w…

You Are Taking Steps

No matter how small and unimportant what we are doing may seem, if we do it well, it may soon become the step that will lead us to better things. ~Channing Pollack
Your work is important. Whatever it is you do with your day - bookkeeping, managing, selling, healing, driving, cooking, laundry, hugging - your work is needed.

Do it well. Be proud of it. Know that you are making a difference.

And if there's something you want to be doing that you're not, take a step toward that today. It can be small. It can be for only 5 minutes. But step into it.

Step into yourself and own who you are now as well as who you wish to be.

You are important and your work is needed.

Flecks #23

As in flecks of reflection from the week: what I'm learning and celebrating.

So, let's talk about this week.
Things I learned this week:

Just when you're getting back into routines and carving out time for work, life will throw curveballs to disrupt it all.
Even though I am extremely perturbed by the curveballs, things will get done.
I'm grumpy in the mornings. (This is nothing new, but I am rediscovering it about myself this week.)
To leave white space on my watercolor painting as highlights.
That excitement and anxiety can coexist.
That I love my husband. (Also not new, rather another rediscovery that I hope to rediscover a gazillion more times in this life.)

Things I'm celebrating this week:

Love and partnership.
Day-to-day life works out one way or another.
Snuggles.
My second watercolor class.

Things that are resonating with me this week:
Overwhelm - It's an Epidemic by Ginny Lennox in which she practices changing the thought. "I am so overwhelmed" becomes &quo…