When I was growing up, we had a wooden puzzle in the house, something like this one:
To get all the pieces to fit together right took a bit of finagling. Many times I’d almost get it — but just one piece would be off. I’d want to just chop off the part that didn’t fit, and tuck it in where it was supposed to be. But of cour [...]
Some food for thought for today.
As mentioned a few days ago, I’m currently listening to Brené Brown‘s book, I Thought It Was Just Me.
In the section I was listening to today, Brené talks about the shame a vast majority of us have around appearance and body image.
According to Brené, Americans spend more each year on beauty than w [...]
Woke up with this song in my head. I’ve always thought it’s odd how our brains do that, have songs in them when we wake up. Regardless, it’s a good song to wake up to. Give it a listen and see if it doesn’t lift your spirits!
Also, I’ve changed WordPress themes, and the new one wants to put a static image (as [...]
A little bit of bliss for your day … take five minutes to savor the beauty of our world with this “BEYOND NATURE II – Bolivia & Chile Timelapse.”
BEYOND NATURE II – Bolivia & Chile Timelapse from aprilgarden on Vimeo.
When I work out, I prefer listening to podcasts and audio books over music. I think it has to do with the fact I know the approximate length of each song, so I don’t lose track of time; whereas with a book or podcast, if it’s a good one, I can get absorbed and time can fly. Well, time can walk a little faster, along with me, on th [...]
This is what I believe. Sometimes I believe it more than other times.
Writing isn’t hard. Simply writing isn’t hard at all. Put one letter down after another, form the letters into words, put one word down after another, keep at it, you’re writing.
Good writing, well, good writing is harder, that’s true.
But the obstac [...]
For some reason, lately I’ve seen a lot of people describing themselves in profiles or introductions as “aspiring” and “would-be.” “Aspiring artist.” “Aspiring writer.” “Would-be self-publisher.”
Life is short. Time flies. Don’t be an aspiring something, a would-be anythi [...]
The thing about vulnerability is that it’s like gambling. When people gamble, they don’t do it thinking they’re going to lose. If they thought they’d lose, why would they do it? No, people gamble with hearts full of optimism and hope. This time, this time, maybe they’ll win.
Vulnerability is like that. We’r [...]
It’s almost June, which in Seattle means we finally get some of this:
(For those of you from warmer climes: that’s a week of 70+ degrees, which means it’s finally getting warm for us.)
What this also means: time to put a new razor blade in the razor.
So this morning, I went to the drawer with the razor blades. This drawer a [...]
The fact is, I have had far more love in my life, far more loving people in my life, been loved far more than any person ever has a right to hope for or expect in one lifetime. It’s easy to forget that sometimes when life gets hard. But it’s true, and I’m grateful.