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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

DO DO DO!!!!

I must have scribbled this quote on the back of my planner a long time ago and completely forgot about it. I came across it this morning looking for an address which I have yet to find. But since I like to look for meaning in everything I feel that the universe made sure that I noticed it today.

I've spent hours (probably months/years) of my life thinking about and making lists of goals for myself. I am SO GOOD at making goals/plans/lists/etc...I am a big picture thinker, idea generator....we'll get into personality types one day but this is SPOT on for me. What I fail miserably at is the follow through.

Monday, May 9, 2016

More of this.....

We held hands and jumped from rock to rock. Taking a moment in between jumps to stop and think what our best next move should be. We landed on a large rock next to the rushing water in the middle of the river and took a moment. Both of us kneeled down and placed our hands in the water feeling how powerful it felt moving along almost sweeping us away if it could. Cold. Refreshing. Majestic. It  was just me and my boy enjoying this free gift that Mother Nature has given us all.

The fact that we shared this moment on Mother's Day made it all the more special. It also solidified in my heart that burning desire to share these moments and experiences with my children and husband. I happily posted the hashtag #experiencesnotthings on Instagram and meant it with every fiber of my being. The things I 'want' can be found in the aisles of REI because it is in nature where I want to spend my time. I'm okay with that investment.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Not This....by Elizabeth Gilbert

                        Elizabeth Gilbert's photo.
I have been so inspired by so many authors over the last year. Shauna Niequist, Jen Hatmaker, Tsh Oxenreider, Cheryl Strayed, Brene Brown and Elizabeth Gilbert to name a few. The books I have read have really touched me in both little and big ways. Dare I say that some have even changed me? The words have lead me to moments of clarity and realization about myself. They've helped confirm things about myself I already knew.  Elizabeth Gilbert (author of "Eat, Pray, Love") is one of those authors. I'm reading (again) her book "Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear". Below is a post that she shared on Facebook recently.

I'm not one for just copying what someone else has written but this is powerful. I need this post to live somewhere permanent so that I can read it again and again. The two words that keep creeping into my mind are "And Yet..." and that has really given me something to work with. Perhaps you will find something in here that speaks to you as well..... ENJOY. XO