Musings

Perfectly Imperfect

Perfectly Imperfect

We define our quest for perfection by all we attempt to do and what we accomplish, not realizing that our perfection comes from allowing ourselves to be who we are, in all our splendid imperfectness. Our imperfections are what make us beautiful—inside and out. It is from our acknowledgment of being perfectly imperfect that we discover grace and humility, compassion and kindness, and above all else, love of self and others.

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Life’s Essential Ingredients

Life’s Essential Ingredients

Through the many decades of marriage (more than four now and counting), what I’ve learned is that we need four main ingredients to live a good life for ourselves and with those we love: ease, grace, and gratitude that I wrote about in Mosaic Heart, along with flow.

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Creating a Space for Our Writing

Creating a Space for Our Writing

Recently, I saw a fellow author’s Facebook post with pics showing the home remodel she and her husband are doing that includes a beautiful writing space looking out at the landscape of their mountain surroundings. Within the space, they’ve included a fireplace and more elements to nurture her writing world. I was immediately envious of what she is creating, momentarily contemplating whether not having a dedicated writing room is part of the reason I’m currently not writing. Yes, I actually went there! So where is my writing space? I wondered. Why am I having such a difficult time finding just the right spot for writing my second book?

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Unfurling

Unfurling

Unfurling … The word itself grabbed me. I love how it sounds. I love saying it out loud. And I love its meaning. According to Oxford Languages, it is “to make or become spread out from a rolled or folded state, especially in order to be open to the wind.” … I love the idea of unfurling in the early spring. Like the fronds, we are beginning to awaken and open ourselves to the growing light of the sun and the warming of our days.

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The Call to Write Your Story

The Call to Write Your Story

Maybe you’ve heard a whisper urging you to start writing your story. Maybe that beckoning began recently or maybe you’ve heard it for years. But maybe up to now, you’ve dismissed the possibility of putting your story down on paper, considering it a silly whim or pipe dream. From my perspective, if there is even an inkling of truth to what I’ve just described, it’s well worth your time and attention to pause and consider why you haven’t yet begun and whether it’s time.

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Celebrations Big and Small

Celebrations Big and Small

I don’t take enough time to celebrate. It’s easy to celebrate the big stuff, like a birthday or the holidays, or big accomplishments, but what about all the small daily moments I engage in, even privately? I made a commitment and set a goal at the end of January to give myself three hours a day devoted to me: to journal and reflect, to move, to read for pleasure, to play piano, to write, to meditate, and to engage in any other activity that is an act of focused self-love.

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Winter Solstice’s Invitation

Winter Solstice’s Invitation

Every religion and spiritual path references the light and the dark. At this time of year, no matter our spiritual path, we sit in the darkness, awaiting the growing days and the returning light. I offer these words to you with the intention that you will connect with your individual light and prepare to shine it into the world, remembering that light can and must prevail.

read more
Grief and Gratitude

Grief and Gratitude

I’ve come to believe that we can hold more than one emotion simultaneously. I used to believe we could only feel one emotion at a time, but life has shown me differently. And in this current season of life, I am experiencing it firsthand. I now find myself in a place of grief and gratitude, experiencing both, along with moments of joy. It’s hard to admit that joy is here, but she is, reminding me that love, friendship, family, and beautiful experiences continue, along with life itself.

read more
Autumn’s Release

Autumn’s Release

The leaves on our majestic backyard tree have begun to turn brilliant colors of golden yellow. After this beautiful, brilliant lightshow, the leaves will begin to die and drop to the ground. She shows me that this cycle of shedding, storing, resting, and awakening to grow and produce is her process. I don’t know if I’ll ever consider the process of letting go easy or beautiful, but I do believe to my core that is it healthy to release whatever prevents the light from entering, just as my special tree, teaches me.

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Fall’s Invitation

Fall’s Invitation

The Fall Equinox reminds us of balance and the interaction of the light and the dark. It is the momentary pause as we take in a big inhale and sit with this balance point before we exhale into the shorter days and longer nights ahead.

read more
Perfectly Imperfect

Perfectly Imperfect

We define our quest for perfection by all we attempt to do and what we accomplish, not realizing that our perfection comes from allowing ourselves to be who we are, in all our splendid imperfectness. Our imperfections are what make us beautiful—inside and out. It is from our acknowledgment of being perfectly imperfect that we discover grace and humility, compassion and kindness, and above all else, love of self and others.

read more
Life’s Essential Ingredients

Life’s Essential Ingredients

Through the many decades of marriage (more than four now and counting), what I’ve learned is that we need four main ingredients to live a good life for ourselves and with those we love: ease, grace, and gratitude that I wrote about in Mosaic Heart, along with flow.

read more
Creating a Space for Our Writing

Creating a Space for Our Writing

Recently, I saw a fellow author’s Facebook post with pics showing the home remodel she and her husband are doing that includes a beautiful writing space looking out at the landscape of their mountain surroundings. Within the space, they’ve included a fireplace and more elements to nurture her writing world. I was immediately envious of what she is creating, momentarily contemplating whether not having a dedicated writing room is part of the reason I’m currently not writing. Yes, I actually went there! So where is my writing space? I wondered. Why am I having such a difficult time finding just the right spot for writing my second book?

read more
Unfurling

Unfurling

Unfurling … The word itself grabbed me. I love how it sounds. I love saying it out loud. And I love its meaning. According to Oxford Languages, it is “to make or become spread out from a rolled or folded state, especially in order to be open to the wind.” … I love the idea of unfurling in the early spring. Like the fronds, we are beginning to awaken and open ourselves to the growing light of the sun and the warming of our days.

read more
The Call to Write Your Story

The Call to Write Your Story

Maybe you’ve heard a whisper urging you to start writing your story. Maybe that beckoning began recently or maybe you’ve heard it for years. But maybe up to now, you’ve dismissed the possibility of putting your story down on paper, considering it a silly whim or pipe dream. From my perspective, if there is even an inkling of truth to what I’ve just described, it’s well worth your time and attention to pause and consider why you haven’t yet begun and whether it’s time.

read more
Celebrations Big and Small

Celebrations Big and Small

I don’t take enough time to celebrate. It’s easy to celebrate the big stuff, like a birthday or the holidays, or big accomplishments, but what about all the small daily moments I engage in, even privately? I made a commitment and set a goal at the end of January to give myself three hours a day devoted to me: to journal and reflect, to move, to read for pleasure, to play piano, to write, to meditate, and to engage in any other activity that is an act of focused self-love.

read more
Winter Solstice’s Invitation

Winter Solstice’s Invitation

Every religion and spiritual path references the light and the dark. At this time of year, no matter our spiritual path, we sit in the darkness, awaiting the growing days and the returning light. I offer these words to you with the intention that you will connect with your individual light and prepare to shine it into the world, remembering that light can and must prevail.

read more
Grief and Gratitude

Grief and Gratitude

I’ve come to believe that we can hold more than one emotion simultaneously. I used to believe we could only feel one emotion at a time, but life has shown me differently. And in this current season of life, I am experiencing it firsthand. I now find myself in a place of grief and gratitude, experiencing both, along with moments of joy. It’s hard to admit that joy is here, but she is, reminding me that love, friendship, family, and beautiful experiences continue, along with life itself.

read more
Autumn’s Release

Autumn’s Release

The leaves on our majestic backyard tree have begun to turn brilliant colors of golden yellow. After this beautiful, brilliant lightshow, the leaves will begin to die and drop to the ground. She shows me that this cycle of shedding, storing, resting, and awakening to grow and produce is her process. I don’t know if I’ll ever consider the process of letting go easy or beautiful, but I do believe to my core that is it healthy to release whatever prevents the light from entering, just as my special tree, teaches me.

read more
Fall’s Invitation

Fall’s Invitation

The Fall Equinox reminds us of balance and the interaction of the light and the dark. It is the momentary pause as we take in a big inhale and sit with this balance point before we exhale into the shorter days and longer nights ahead.

read more

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