My word for 2021: Wholehearted

My word for 2021: Wholehearted

One of the life lessons I was reminded of frequently in 2020 is that we all have the power to choose our attitude regardless of our circumstances. We can spend our time complaining about our situation. We can long for the past or sit around just waiting for things to...
Finding freedom in a locked-down world

Finding freedom in a locked-down world

For much of the year, it seemed strange to me that I had chosen “free” as my word of the year during a 12-month span that restricted so much of my freedom. “Stay at home” was the mantra of 2020. We lost our freedom to see family, gather in...
My favorite photos from 2020

My favorite photos from 2020

As I look back at 2020, here are 10 of my favorite outdoor images that I was able to capture with my camera. Photography for me is like a little treasure hunt. It helps motivate me to go outside no matter the weather. And it totally changes my perspective when I am...
The hands of Christmas past

The hands of Christmas past

Last night, I traced four sets of hands, and one set of paws on our tree skirt. It’s a tradition I started 18 years ago when Matthew was just a baby and Andrew was two years old. I always laugh when I look back at that first set of hands because I placed them so...
Getting creative in the kitchen

Getting creative in the kitchen

This past week, a friend described me as “artistic.” Another friend said I’m “crafty.” I don’t see myself as either. I don’t have a natural artistic talent, like drawing or painting or sculpture. And I really don’t think...
Emotional Support Dog goes to college

Emotional Support Dog goes to college

We have always joked that Cooper is such a smart and hard-working dog, that he really needs a job. And this past weekend, he finally got to go to work. We decided to take him to visit his big brother at college. Andrew has been longing to see Cooper, and it was his...
Seeing what’s right in front of me

Seeing what’s right in front of me

Earlier this week, I experienced a traumatic moment with my puppers that was like nothing I’ve been through so far as a dog mom. Most days, Cooper and I meet up with another dog and her mom to play in a large open area near our homes. The two dogs have a similar...
Breaking through the barrier

Breaking through the barrier

I’ve now worked at my “new”-ish job for a year. I’ve reached a strange point in my existence in which my pre-pandemic experience is starting to become less than my current reality. More than half of the past year – seven out of the 12 months –...
Creating a life map

Creating a life map

Have you ever thought about how all of the twists and turns you have taken in life have led you to the place you are today? What were the consistent ideals and interests in your life that led you to choose one path over another? And now that you know what happened...