Every once in a while I have an “ahh haa” moment that sticks with me for a very long time. This past week I surprised my best friend’s (Amee) little girl at her 7th birthday party. Greeting me with open arms and an excited “I’ve missed you so much!” wearing a beautiful green velvet dress with her hair up and adorned with a tiara. As she bounced around from friend to friend, opening presents, eating cake and candy I remembered how she inspired me in writing an article several years ago. I shared that memory with her and how she taught me a lesson even as a little girl. She kissed my cheek and hopped out of my arms and went about celebrating her birthday with her friends. The following day I received a message from my Timehop app on my phone and much to my surprise this week marks exactly four years since I wrote that article. In honor of my sweet little seven year old bundle of giggles and wisdom, I am re-sharing those thoughts in hopes that they cause you, the reader to stop and ask “why not?”Continue reading
Tis The Season….
While traveling along one of my favorite stretches of a rural Virginia roads this week I noticed shriveled brown stalks of corn filling the fields where just a few weeks ago tall green ones stood in their rows pointing toward the summer sun. In a matter of what seems like a blink of an eye the lushness of summer has been replaced by the fading shades of fall. There’s a crispness in the early morning air and multi-colored leaves have begun to clutter the back yard. Numerous social media posts filled my newsfeed this week regarding the sadness of the last day of summer as we rang in the first day of autumn. Maybe, just maybe I am a bit of a weirdo but I am excited about the change in seasons. As much work as it is to gather the leaves, deal with the acorns scattered across the deck I view fall as the window to winter the season of slowing down, warm blankets, bulky sweatshirts, crackling fires and the pre-cursor to spring the season of renewal and re-birth. You see, each season has a purpose and in order to get to one we must go through the others. There are four seasons, each bringing about its own uniqueness and serving a purpose. There is a reason for each season.Continue reading
Pretty Shouldn’t Hurt….
Australian author Markus Zusak wrote “Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks. Not in what they say. Just in what they are.” American writer Amy bloom wrote “You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.” And American comedian Ellen DeGeneres said “Beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are.” More than a year ago I wrote about beauty and shared thoughts from what some would consider unlikely experts on beauty; two men. Those men shared that “beauty is a moving target. It’s ever changing. The playing field is level; it’s a matter of where you are on the field and what beauty means to you” and that “beauty is personal and that true beauty is about make-up; the best kind, because a kind spirit, love, compassion, humor, and attitude are in fact the “make up” that will make anyone beautiful. Often times women seek and search for just the right make up to help us look great. The most important make up can’t be bought. You have it or you don’t. And if you don’t have it, it would be far better to search the world for it rather than a better foundation or blush.” Beauty I believe begins in the soul and radiates outward.Continue reading
Mark Twain wrote “Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been”. With my 48th birthday on the horizon I have upped my skincare regimen a bit more lately. Perusing the skincare section of the local mega pharmacy I struggled to make a choice. As a teenager I remember using Ivory soap to wash my face. At 16 there was no need for moisturizers, buffers, polishers and who knew what the heck SPF was. Flash forward to my thirties and now forties and you will find me paying close attention to those little (and getting bigger) wrinkles that have managed to take up residence in places I’d rather they not be. The Ivory soap is gone and in its place is a wide variety of creams, lotions and potions that claim to cover up, hide, fill in and diminish the wrinkles. Do they work? I like to think they do.Continue reading
The Importance of Being Nervous
Author J.K. Rowling wrote “Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve”. Rowling herself proved that she had the nerve to set her mind on becoming a writer and well, we all know how that turned out. I received a text from my daughter on Friday morning just before 8 a.m. stating that she had arrived at her new job, was sitting in the parking lot fearing she may throw up as she felt like it was her first day of kindergarten. Assuring my girl that she would be fine and that it was indeed her first day of kindergarten; her first real job since graduating from college this past spring. Assuring her that there will be more jobs in her future, each one I am sure will be another stepping stone in the path of her career; much like moving from kindergarten to first grade and beyond. Landing a great job in the medical field finally became a reality and she was nervous as in ready to throw up nervous. Flash forward about 8 hours she returned home and couldn’t stop talking about how great her day was. My guess is there were at least“bajillion” kindergartners across the country that came home recently talking endlessly about their first day of school. The very same children who cried as they stepped on the big yellow bus in the early morning came bouncing through the door filled with excitement that afternoon.Continue reading
Try A Little Kindness…
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote “Life is short, but there is always time enough for courtesy.” British author and Baptist preacher John Bunyan is quoted as saying “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” This quote has been one of my favorites for a long time and ironically Bunyan died on this day (August 31) in 1688. While the message originated over 300 years ago the sentiment remains the same; kindness matters.Continue reading