thanksgiving

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in the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.
~ elizabeth gilbert ~

wishing a happy thanksgiving to those of you celebrating this united states holiday.
and to everyone…wishing a day {a life} of love and forevers.

sending a little love your way, m

 

 

catching stories

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this time of year always has me feeling quiet.  it’s not as if i’m not busy and it’s not as if my to-do list has gotten any shorter.  but i move into a stillness.  even on a morning like today, when i’ve practiced yoga, run to the grocery store, done 2 loads of laundry, and been out for a run by 9:30 am {no, this is not typical}, i feel a hush.  i feel soft, subdued, muted.  and not muted in a silenced sort of way…rather a silent sort of way. i am doing, yes.  but i’m also listening…listening to all the stories around me.  i want to catch them all.

wishing you silence in your days so that you can catch some of your own stories…

sending a little love your way, m

 

p.s. i share a bit more about how i feel this time of year over at secret rebel club.  you can read my piece by clicking here.

 

 

voice

 

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over the weekend, i finished knitting a cowl.  now i must tell you that i’m not much of a knitter.  some of you out there are amazing…i know. me…well, i know one stitch, that’s it.  but it’s enough to make myself a cowl.  i’ll also tell you that it took me a long time to make this simple thing.  i started last year, i think about this time.  i have a tendency to get excited about projects and then let them fizzle, simmer, go out. ahem.

but not this one.  i wasn’t going to let this project fizzle.  the blue is in honor of my throat chakra, and i couldn’t let this project slide…because i’m over here working so hard on my voice.  the genuine one, the me one.  not the one i grew up thinking everyone wanted to hear, {good lord} not the one i used in high school or college.  but the one i know to be true, the one that is me.  and so i picked up the needles, and i finished.

and it’s not a big deal really.  but it kind of is.  i needed to get it done.  and as i type this, the cowl wraps my neck on this cold november day… keeps me warm, reminds me what happens when you show up and move and get things done.  its reminds me that i need to be true to me, that i must walk through this world singing my own song in my own voice.

truthfully, i’m still figuring out the voice thing {who am i really?}.  i’m working out the notes and cadence…with pen, with camera, and some days, with knitting needle.  last year, this year.  last week, this week.  yesterday, today.  now.  here i am.  and here i go.

you too?

sending a little love your way, m

 

p.s. you all rocked my gratitude world last week.  thank you.  xo

 

 

gratitude week :: day seven

gratitude…
the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness

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for the sweet light which shines through the windows of our home.  for the quiet spaces within our home.  for fresh flowers and the daughter who requested that we buy them.  for the way the petals open and curl and lean for the light.  for a day full of sunshine and nowhere to go.  for blackened mahi mahi sandwiches. and pumpkin pie. for the three people who share this home with me…who are my home.  for extended family and for friends {both online and real-time} who touch my life in ways large and small.  for exhilarating experiences. and for humbling moments.  for lessons in patience.  for the practice of gratitude.

 

sending a little love your way, m
thank you for sharing gratitude with me this past week.  xo

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pick your favorite way(s) to play along on our last day:

1. share your gratitudes on instagram with the hashtag #gratitudeweek_2014
2. leave a comment sharing your gratitudes in the comments below 
3. if you have a blog, write a post and share a link to your post in the comments below
4. send me an email…i love them, i read them, i respond to them all…your voice, your presence matters xo
5. reflect privately at home…and carry on with your gratitude practice

 

 

gratitude week :: day six

gratitude…
the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness

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fresh food on our table every day…and the farmers who grow our food…and the grocery stores who stock that food…and the car which enabled us to get to the store…and my husband’s job which pays the grocery bill…and the table on which our dishes rest and around which we gather…daily

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she woke me in the middle of the night after having a bad dream and asked me to sleep with her…i treasure every night that we snuggle like this, even if it means restless and squished sleep for me…to listen to her slow breathing and feel her still-small body smooshed against mine and for her sweet face to be the first thing upon which my morning eyes gaze…i will say yes every time

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this desk from which i type every post, from which most of my writing is done, from which all of my photo uploading is done…old and warped, but mine…my sacred space in the midst of our family home…given to me by a furniture designer {and amazing lady} for whom i once worked {i thank her in my heart time and time again for handing off this desk to me instead of donating it elsewhere}…just looking at it from across the room {even when covered in papers} gives me a rush of peace

sending a little love your way, m

600gratitude week 2014

pick your favorite way(s) to play along:

1. share your gratitudes on instagram with the hashtag #gratitudeweek_2014
2. leave a comment sharing your gratitudes in the comments below 
3. if you have a blog, write a post and share a link to your post in the comments below
4. send me an email…i love them, i read them, i respond to them all…your voice, your presence matters xo
5. reflect privately at home
6. sign up for gratitude notes