When one travels, it is easy to look in wonder at the big buildings, the different customs, the strange food, and wonder, "What is that for? Who made that? Why do they do it that way?"
The truth is, wonderful things are all around us, no matter where we live.
Nothing like a few garden herbs growing inside in winter to bring back memories of summer. Oh, sunshine, how do I miss thee? Let me count the ways...
Tiptoeing through time and space back to India, where we made friends for life--and where our love story began.
I hit a milestone this week. Have you had any milestones towards your goal lately?
Tea, books, knitting, eating, cuddling, chocolate... This is a small celebration of some of my favourite simple pleasures. What makes your list?
Winter arrived yesterday. I miss autumn already.
Some years, the garden just sucks. But this year, my flourishing herbs and giant carrots and surprise petunias all worked together to heal my hurting heart. And I am so grateful for it.
By opening up your heart and showing others your weaknesses as well as your strengths, you become more of who you are, and give others permission to do the same. Isn't that the most loving thing to do?
The theme of my life for the last several months has been about becoming brave. My life has become less about protecting myself, and more about how my life can bless others. Sometimes, the things I have done have cost me. But for the most part, they have helped my heart and my courage to grow. Here are some lessons I've learned on the way.
Patience is what happens when we are presented with opportunity. Because no opportunity worth having ever comes easily.
Sometimes it is easier said than done to be gentle on yourself. Use this wallpaper as a reminder. Happy Friday.
"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It's what the sunflowers do." Helen Keller
"Harmony make small things grow. Lack of it makes great things decay." - Sallust
"I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow." - Abraham Lincoln
"It's your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you." - Rumi
"We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves." - Galileo Galilei
Daisies and chicks with wisdom to share.
For me, the kitchen is the most special room in the house. It's a place for adventure - not drudgery, but discovery, sharing and showing off with friends, trying new ideas.
"You will enrich your life immeasurably if you approach it with a sense of wonder and discovery, and always challenge yourself to try new things." - Nate Berkus
"To get the full value of joy, you must have someone to divide it with." Mark Twain
"Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn't music." - William Stafford
"Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is the remaking of life." - Anne Roiphe
"Each day has a story that deserves to be told, because we are made of stories. I mean, scientists say that human beings are made of atoms, but a little bird told me that we are also made of stories." - Eduardo Galeano
Translating imaginary people into the real world can require quite a bit of research. My hope is that while I entertain, my story makes a difference. My current novel is set in San Francisco, Edmonton, and Mumbai. Here's a sneak preview...
Stories matter. But stories like this--that show real humans being brave and loving and compassionate--they are what matter most.
"Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit." Henry Adams. Boy, do I hope that's true, because chaos abounds right now!
"Knit on with confidence and hope in all crises." Elizabeth Zimmerman
Last Saturday, Levi turned four. It could have been an awful, hard, day of mourning. But it wasn't. It was a day of joy, and remembering, and thinking about our little man. Together.
"Spring will come and so will happiness. Hold on. Life will get warmer." - Anita Kizzan
"I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." John 8:12.