Setting an Intention for the New Year

Often at the beginning of yoga the teacher will talk to students about setting an intention for their practice. This is designed to help students focus their awareness and attention on a quality or virtue they want to cultivate on the mat. The thought is that by incorporating a specific quality or virtue into your practice, … Continue reading Setting an Intention for the New Year

Trusting God

I’m struggling today to come up with a topic to write about. I thought I’d go back to procrastinating but that doesn’t really interest me. My thoughts are split between planning for the New Year and reflecting on this year. It’s been a tough year. That goes without saying. Experiencing all the painful “first” while still … Continue reading Trusting God

Writing and the Procrastinator – Part One

One of the biggest problems I have with writing is staying put in the chair. Whenever I’m sitting in the chair to write, I want to run. Anything and everything is a void excuse to get up and do something else. And if I make myself stay there, then my back or my neck starts to … Continue reading Writing and the Procrastinator – Part One

Remebering His Birth Day

Today is my son's birthday. He would have been twenty-seven years old. And for some reason I keep replaying the intricate details of his birth in my mind. I spent the evening of the 26th watching Yentl on VHS with my husband and sister. We had to pause every three to five minutes for my … Continue reading Remebering His Birth Day

Boxing Day Hike

Today is Boxing Day, a holiday celebrated in Great Britain and most countries that were settled by the English except the United States. Some historians believe it started back in the Middle Age when the servants who had to work on Christmas Day took the next day off. As the servants left to visit their … Continue reading Boxing Day Hike

Merry Christmas 

It's Christmas morning and I'm waiting for my kids to wake up. It's crazy how things have changed. It used to be that my husband and I would have barely fallen asleep before they'd come barging into our room ready to open gifts. Now I'm the one who can't wait to see what's under the … Continue reading Merry Christmas 

Christmas Eve Triggers

The last few days have been full of triggers. First, there was the photo that popped up on Facebook. Even though I see the same picture several times a day when I look at my phone, it hurt to see it paired with a post that I had written in that moment two years ago.  … Continue reading Christmas Eve Triggers

Twenty-two days and counting 

Day 22.  I count the days much like I did when I quit smoking. Three days since my last cigarette. Ten days since my last cigarette. Twenty-two days since my last cigarette.  Counting reminded me of how far I had come. It helped strengthen my willpower when I wanted to quit. Did really I want … Continue reading Twenty-two days and counting 

12 Hours of Christmas Shopping. 

One morning hike.  Two almond milk smoothies.  Three near collisions.  Four big box stores.  Five different gifts.  Six drinks at lunch.  Seven separate stops.  Eight hundred spent.  Nine arguments.  Ten swollen toes.  Eleven leg cramps.  Twelve thousand steps. 

The Sunday before Christmas

The cardinal was the first this morning, followed by a woodpecker and then a blue bird. Each pecks at the feeder a few times and flies away. But the cardinal stayed the longest. He didn’t exactly look at me, but he turned toward the window. Some believe that cardinals carry spiritual messages from precious love … Continue reading The Sunday before Christmas