January 8, 2016

winter blues?

 “a lot of people like snow. i find it to 
be an unnecessary freezing of water.” ~carl reiner

winter blues was a collaborative effort between myself and artist (friend) rick mittelstadt
winter blues is one of four in our 'transitional reflection' series

January 7, 2016


time to clean the brushes

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(unfortunately, this isn't the area of my expertise, yikes!)
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the only time one should ever look back is merely to see how far they have come! ~unknown

January 4, 2016

dream big
Shannon Adler
 “The problem isn’t that I think so highly of myself. It is just that you think so little of yourself. Live life BIG, BOLD and OUT LOUD!” 

“You will never get what you want if you believe that you are not worthy of having it. God doesn't create us to be defeated.”

Stephanie Lahart 

“I don’t mind failing because that means I’m trying. But giving up, now that’s something that I’m just not willing to do. I will continue to try and try again. I will keep my peace, stay focused, and know that my time will come. My positive attitude will not depart me. I will hold it close and keep on striving, knowing that what’s meant for me, will be. Nothing and nobody can stop it! My dedication and hard work won’t fail me, but most importantly, I won’t fail myself. I’m a winner and I’m a fighter! I don’t allow challenges to stop me.”

January 1, 2016

walk into yes!

walking into yes

"hope sees the invisible,
feels the intangible and
achieves the impossible."

happy 2016!!!!!

may this be the year of
yes...i can!
yes...i will!
yes...to me!

December 28, 2015

oh crap! she's up!

as i imagine me
 i always wanted to be the kind of woman
that when i wake each morning
and my feet hit the floor,
the devil says
'oh, crap! she's up!!!!' 

December 23, 2015

the pedestrian life

chasm of truth
“I have always, 
been waiting. 
Waiting to become something else, 
waiting to be that person 
I always thought I 
was on the verge of 
waiting for that life 
I thought I would have. 
In my head, 
I was always one step away. 
In high school, 
I was biding my time until I could become 
the college version of myself, 
the one my mind could see so clearly. 
In college, the post-college “adult” person was always looming in front of me, 
smarter, stronger,more organized. 

Then the married person, 
then the person I’d become when we have kids. 
For twenty years, 
I have waited to become the thin version of myself, 
because that’s when life 
will really begin.
And through all that waiting, 
here I am. 
My life is passing, 
day by day, and I am waiting for it to start. 
I am waiting for that time, 
that person, 
that event when my life will finally begin.
I love movies about “The Big Moment” – 
the game or the performance or the wedding day or the record deal, 
the stories that split time with that key event, 
and everything is reframed, 
before it and after it, because it has changed everything. 

I have always wanted this movie-worthy event, 
something that will change everything and 
grab me out of this waiting game 
into the whirlwind in front of me. 
I cry and cry at these movies, 
because I am still waiting for my own big moment. 

I had visions of life as an adventure, 
a thing to be celebrated and experienced, 
but all I was doing was going to work and coming home, 
and that wasn’t what it looked like in the movies.
John Lennon once said, “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” 
For me, 
life is what was happening while 
I was busy waiting for my big moment. 
I was ready for it and believed that 
the rest of my life would fade into the background, 
and that my big moment would 
carry me through life like a lifeboat.
The Big Moment, unfortunately, 
is an urban myth. 
Some people have them, in a sense,
 when they win the Heisman or 
become the next American Idol. 
But even that football player or 
that singer is living a life made up of more 
than that one moment.

Life is a collection of a million, 
billion moments, 
tiny little moments and choices, 
like a handful of luminous, 
glowing pearl.
 It takes so much time, and so much work, 
and those beads and 
moments are so small, 
and so much less fabulous
 and dramatic than the movies.

But this is what I’m finding, 
in glimpses and flashes: this is it. 
This is it, in the best possible way. 
That thing I’m waiting for, 
that adventure, 
that move-score-worthy 
experience unfolding gracefully. 

This is it. 
Normal, daily life ticking by on our streets and sidewalks,
 in our houses and apartments,
 in our beds and at our dinner tables, 
in our dreams and prayers and fights and secrets – 
this pedestrian life is 
the most 
thing any of us
will ever 

 ~ Shauna Niequiest (Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life)

September 29, 2015


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