Sunday, January 24, 2010


"She said she usually cried at least once each day not because she was sad, but because the world was so beautiful & life was so short."

"She said she usually cried at least once each day not because she was sad, but because the world was so beautiful & life was so short."

I've been thinking a lot about the
little ordinary details
that I often overlook. They're everywhere,
all around me. And, they are many times
extraordinary when I take a moment to truly see them.


I took some time this week to do just that. A few days away with the family
at the hunting camp in the woods - quiet, peaceful, unplugged togetherness.
It does a heart good.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

a new year...a new space

a space of my own

In keeping with my word of the year, Mindful, I've been thinking a lot about all the things I have in my home that really shouldn't be here. Things like old clothing that should have been donated years ago, old books that I have no intention of re-reading, old knick-knacks that I acquired in my younger years when consumption should have been my word of the year {wink}, and all the things that we don't have a need for that are just taking up space in my home and in my mind.

So, I've spent the better part of the last two days cleaning up and cleaning out. You know how the new year can be so inspiring, giving you a new outlook, and making you want to start off on the right foot. I've gone through clothing and shoes and books and clutter and packed them all up in boxes for donation. Oh...and that was just my bedroom.

My bedroom, in particular, is really a huge room and that means it's way too easy to put things in there to "come back to later" and well, "later" never comes. The next thing you know, I have boxes stacked in every corner and I honestly couldn't tell you what was in any of them. Thankfully "later" arrived this week. And, in the process of removing everything that wasn't useful or important, I was able to clear a space just for me. One whole wall of my bedroom, nestled in between two windows, I was able to fit this old writing desk and chair and a few books and pens to have ready for when I want to sit and write or journal. I do love it and now I don't ever want to leave. It's really making me want to trade my old desktop computer for a nice little laptop, too, but that's getting too far ahead of myself. I foresee quite a few mornings, afternoons, and evenings spent here if for nothing more than the peace and quiet it brings.

I'm hoping my new year induced cleaning spree doesn't end too soon. If I cleaned out all the rooms of my house like I did my bedroom, things would be wonderful around here. Simple and no clutter. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!


You can find more thoughts on this subject here at my new
blog collaboration with Kylie, A Mindful Home (I'm really loving it there!)
and also as this week's entry in Lens.Us.Together.
Come on over and visit me there, too!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010



a cold night
just me and my girls
while the guys are away
hot dogs roasted on the fire
chips and coke
flaming marshmallows
hershey's chocolate
graham crackers
two very happy little girls

mmm....they were good, too!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A Mindful Home

the color of winter

I'd like to invite you to join my friend Kylie and I as we embark on a new project for this year, A Mindful Home. This is a new blog... a new journey together in photography, friendship, and noticing the beautiful details of our two lives from completely opposite parts of the globe.

Our photos will be based on our One Word(s) for 2010, Home {Kylie} and Mindful {Me}. We want to focus on those words as we journey through this year and we are excited to see what 2010 has in store for us. If you'd like to read more about us and our idea for this project you can see our About page here.

We sincerely hope you will join us there.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Happy 2010!

be kind to yourself

I hope your new year has found itself off to a great start! I took the usual break for Christmas Eve and Christmas day and just couldn't find it in myself to step back into this space until now. The break away was just so good. You know, the everyday living...without any expectation, just taking it all in day by day. Sometimes a little break is just what the doctor ordered, right?

I think I could get used to the simple days of doing nothing but snapping a photo here and there. Doing just enough to keep us afloat - no more laundry than necessary, leftovers for dinner, playing, watching movies, listening to music, taking time for some art, eating desserts every day. Yep, that's what it's been like for two weeks here. We had a wonderful Christmas and the new year has been great so far - it's just c.o.l.d! I'm not complaining about that though - I do like cold weather. Anyway, today is the day to get back to reality. Let the normal routine resume.

Last year as the new year began, I picked a word for the year - Commitment. I really enjoyed choosing a word to focus on rather than a set of dreaded resolutions. I tried to remind myself of my chosen word at many times throughout my days and weeks of the year. I thought a lot about commitment through the year and I think that I will continue to keep it a part of my everyday thought process. So for this new year, I've chosen another word to keep with me on a daily basis. The word for this year is - Mindful.

Mindfulness is something that has been on my heart for quite some time now. I want to be in a present state of mind at all times, taking in the good and the bad, the big moments and the small moments. I want to be here... now. I don't want my thoughts to wander around in my head all day, thinking about all the things that I may wish I had, all the things I may wish I was doing, all the things that I let slip past my grateful heart day by day, month by month, and year by year. My life is not going in reverse, it seems to be going in fast-forward motion, as a matter of fact, and I don't want to forget all the little details that make it worth living. My children are growing so fast, my thirties are going so fast, months feel like days rather than a series of weeks, and the things I'm passionate about never seem to make it to the forefront of my life. I want to notice the details of my children - the little hands, the smiles, the kisses, the love. I want to notice the dailiness of my life - the cooking, the cleaning, the lessons, the errands, the messes. I want to pay much more attention to my health and making wiser choices. I want to "be kind to myself." I want to notice when things are seemingly perfect, when things are not. I want to be more mindful of the things that I feel passionate, writing, reading, art. I want to come to a place where I feel more comfortable with sharing those things rather than keeping so much of it secretly hidden away because I'm not feeling very confident about them (take that piece of artwork at the top of this post for example). I suppose I want to find me this year....wife, mother, and woman.

I want this year to be about taking things day by day. No rushing or expectations, no putting off, no pushing aside, no procrastination. I'd love to learn to absorb every minute of the life I've been given and to find myself completely fulfilled with everything it has to offer. I think I'm finally starting to realize that we're here only once. I've got one body, one life. That's all. What will this year bring? Better health, more gratitude, stronger commitment, closer relationships, more giving, lots of positive changes? I'm excited to find out!

What is your one word for the year....what are your resolutions?

I'm wishing you all a year to surpass your wildest expectations!