Feeling ALL the Things with a Joyous Spirit and Content Heart

Do you ever stop and check in with yourself?  You know, a slow down for a moment, take a few deep breaths, and pause to notice what's going on inside type of deal.  In doing that this week I realized my heart was sobbing and my eyes wanted to water my face ... but my … Continue reading Feeling ALL the Things with a Joyous Spirit and Content Heart

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“Disabled” but Not Different or Diminished

Since my eyes became crooked from slipping off a cliff and smashing my face into a boulder 11 years ago (you should see the rock!), I've noticed kids who are too young to know "better" will often stare at me without shame for a laughably long time.  While I'm definitely disabled, when I live into … Continue reading “Disabled” but Not Different or Diminished

The Freedom of Shifting from a “Got to” to a “Get to” Mentality

Growing up, and as a young adult, giving money/time to charity, church, or to help others was like pulling teeth.  I did it ... reluctantly.  My now teenage daughter, though, gleefully had a garage sale to raise money to get 25 Christmas presents for less fortunate kids.  My sister and brother-in-law are joyous foster parents.  … Continue reading The Freedom of Shifting from a “Got to” to a “Get to” Mentality

A Letter to My Daughter as She Starts High School

Since 2014, when Lara starts school I've written her a letter to encourage her, remind her what matters in life, and assure her she's extravagantly Loved exactly as she is.  I don't know about you, but the messiness, stresses, and hurts in life make it easy to forget kindness, courage, worth, vulnerability, our own unique … Continue reading A Letter to My Daughter as She Starts High School

We are What We “Eat” (Mind, Body, & Spirit), Let’s “Feast” Upon Beauty & Goodness

You know the saying, "you are what you eat"?  The further I adventure in life, the more I realize this is True on pretty much ALL levels.  What I'm saying is: Spiritually, emotionally, physically, mentally, and relationally we become who we spend time with, the types of images we gaze upon, the ways of behaving we … Continue reading We are What We “Eat” (Mind, Body, & Spirit), Let’s “Feast” Upon Beauty & Goodness

Finding Santosha (WOWness) in All Situations

One of the benefits of having a bit of OCD is my daily workouts aren't options, they're what I do.  A downfall of this mentality, though, is it can sometimes get in the way of important stuff, like, you know, connecting with people!  Ridiculous as it may sound, on Saturday Lisa's daughter, Tiffany, invited us … Continue reading Finding Santosha (WOWness) in All Situations

The Path to Awesomeness in Life is ALLSOMENESS

10 years later, I still sometimes get really frustrated I can't drive.  Or agitated the lack of peripheral vision preventing that, imagine missing 50% of your field of vision, also leads to knocking over and breaking things, hitting my head on walls as I turn, or painfully smacking a knee or toes on hard objects … Continue reading The Path to Awesomeness in Life is ALLSOMENESS

Where the Streets Have No Name

The name for the yoga practice I crafted for August is "Where the Streets Have No Name".  Partially because we'll be doing some creative things, but mostly because lately I've been finding an extra yummy part of life's menu exists in the section that's "Beyond Words".  For instance, not only do words fail to capture … Continue reading Where the Streets Have No Name

The Preciousness of Pauses in Life

As embarrassing as it is to admit it, there have been plenty of times when I was so caught up in the hustle and bustle of DOING life, I completely missed that my wife was hitting on me.  And even worse, I occasionally even got irritated Lisa was "interrupting" my dinner making, bill paying, blog … Continue reading The Preciousness of Pauses in Life

Our Brain is like a Superhero(villain)’s Weapon, Let’s Use It for Good!

I can't smell.  At all!  Wouldn't that be weird?  The craziest part is, after my surreal and nearly fatal hiking accident in 2008, it took more than a year to realize I couldn't smell anymore.  THAT, is how POWERFUL our brains are!  I expected to smell the coffee aromas at Starbucks, the fresh spring smells … Continue reading Our Brain is like a Superhero(villain)’s Weapon, Let’s Use It for Good!