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An Interview + A Giveaway {Lesley Austin}

It’s been quite a while since I’ve hosted an interview + a giveaway.  This is a series in which I introduce you to very special people…individuals who work equally hard at their craft and at living an intentional life….individuals who share thoughts on creativity and discuss current work dear to her heart. Each individual who [...]

Gratitude Week 2019

for the morning cup of tea.  or coffee. whichever it is, for the ritual of making, of holding, of sipping.  for the quiet beginning. for the succulents by the window.  for their quirky beauty.  for their being hardy enough to survive my non-green thumb. for the nasturtiums that are still blooming.  for the reminder to honor [...]

Three Good Things

I’ve developed a small ritual.  A ritual so small, it might seem silly.  But a ritual nonetheless - one I never miss, one to which I actually look forward.   The ritual involves a few dedicated moments before I fall asleep each night. I don’t need my journal, I don’t need candles or essential oils, I [...]

All In Good Time

The cooler autumn weather has set in and I’m content with pants-sweaters-boots every day now.  Yes, please and thank you.  I’m ready for this turn of season.  Lately, when I wash dishes at the kitchen sink, I look out to our raised garden beds and think about preparing them for the winter months. It wasn’t an [...]

Dear Thursday

Dear Thursday, Thank you for the morning tea and a good book.  Thank you for breakfast with my daughter.  Thank you for the wind, which I know not everyone likes (especially when the power goes out), but which I do.  Thank you for the blustery walk in said wind (I think I cleared a few cobwebs [...]

:: A Tiny Bit of Quiet :: October 11

A quiet journaling series. I'm taking inspiration from my summer journaling series on this autumn day.  Because sometimes a tiny bit of quiet is just the ticket.  Here's a quote + journaling prompts for you...   We cling to our own point of view, as though everything depended on it. Yet our opinions have no [...]

One Thing at a Time

*Sometimes I want to share here what I share with my Monthly Notes readers.  Today is one of those days.  I want to share a version of October's letter because it’s something that lots of us need to hear. A gentle reminder, a little nudge. Maybe you could use this gentle reminder (this little nudge) too. We live [...]

:: Ten Things ::

Ten things.  Right now. 1.  the last hydrangea, clipped and brought indoors 2.  the birch leaves lying on the grass, the patio...autumn is coming, and I'm glad 3.  the pup, lying at my feet 4.  watching a leaf falling from the tree, floating...such a gentle release 5.  a sparrow at the feeder...the birds are happy [...]

Naming (and Claiming) Your World

I read the following passage the other morning, as I was sipping my coffee, the morning light slowly rising.  It struck a chord. Reading and writing one’s world is a way of claiming one’s personhood. …to name your world is to claim your world. …In a real sense, your impulse to write lyric poetry can also [...]

:: Randoming ::

Some random things...   I plan to try the actual, magic ingredient (citric acid) but the article is entertaining. These sneaks.  I love them.  Plus they’re an environmentally-responsible company. Win-win. (thanks, A) These period undies.  For your daughter, for your granddaughter, for your niece.  Or for you (if you're reading this, I'm assuming you're an adult, [...]