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renewed by nature

You, Renewed. Five Solid Things You Can Do to Take Care of You!

“Taking care of yourself doesn't mean me first, it means me too.”~L.R. Knost   Here's an all-too-familiar 5:30 PM scenario. You, frantically racing through the grocery aisle hoping to find something tasty you can throw together in 20 minutes. You've been at work all day and soon you'll dash off to meeting, a ball game, or out to tackle your shaggy, over-grown lawn. OK, maybe you just...

veneer

The Veneer Stops Here, Get Real

"The gentleman is solid mahogany; the fashionable man is only veneer."~J.G. Holland   My husband and I spent several deeply satisfying years buying, restoring and selling antiques. That guy has a genius for spotting a diamond in the rough. He Cinderella-ed many pieces rescued from junk piles, old barns and granaries. Those once beat up and homely cupboards, dressers, benches and tables became treasures after he worked...

love

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

“When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.” ~ Paulo Coelho   There's no such thing as an ordinary day but I love Wednesdays! Every Wednesday afternoon I have the incredible privilege of picking my youngest grandson up from school. I look forward to it all week. He's usually ravenous...

New Eyes See Right Through Old Obstacles

“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.”~ John Lubbock   It's really easy to get discouraged. Life can feel like a losing game of chutes and ladders. All downhill slides and no rungs headed back up. Other times, our world can seem like one big round of whack-a-mole and it sure appears that the moles are winning. We've all had a turn like that. Just...

morning perspective

Change Your Perspective. See Life With New Eyes.

(A three-minute read) “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”~ Max Planck   I love walking through the hallways of an elementary school and checking out the artwork. Self-portraits always make me smile. And then there are the wonderful, clumsy first pictures of buildings and boxes with smudgy lines and erasures. Think back to learning perspective. Remember when you found...

all different

So Different. But Very Much Alike.

(A three-minute read)"Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else."~Margaret Mead   We've all heard a person described as "one-of-a-kind." Or, someone might say, "they broke the mold when they made her." The truth is that could be said about every single one of us! The number of possible mathematical combinations of traits and characteristics in the DNA cocktail is infinite. That means it...

Take Five, The Power of A Pause

(Read this in under 4 minutes)"Don't miss anything. Don't miss the game. Don't miss the performance, don't miss the movie, don't miss the show, don't miss the dance. Go see everything and experience all you possibly can." ~ Jim Rohn   Autumn is a glorious time for a road trip. The skies are bluer, the weather is kinder and the crowds are smaller. Most likely we still...

I Need Your Help. Got a Minute For a Few Questions?

(Read in a minute and a half)“If you do not know how to ask the right question, you discover nothing.” ~ W. Edwards Deming   I always say there's no such thing as a dumb question. If someone asks me, "Can I ask you a dumb question?" I always answer, "sure, they're my specialty." So, I have a few questions for you. And, your answers will help me make...

Lessons from an Oak Tree, Are You Well Rooted?

(Read in :04)"Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots."~ Victor Hugo   I'll never, ever get enough of staring out at the wooded area behind our home. Someday, I'll linger long enough to watch the sun rise and set through the divided panes. Then I'll sit back and wait until the Big Dipper twinkles through the branches. As long as I...