Catching the Joy as It Flies

“Catch the joy as it flies.” – Emily Wadsworth, one of my favorite life quotes This December has rushed up and disguised itself as a warmer month — maybe September or October? Daisies and roses still bud and bloom beside the foundation of my house, and I picked my last round of tomatoes from theContinue reading “Catching the Joy as It Flies”

The Essential Hour

“Women have sat indoors all these millions of years, so that by this time the very walls are permeated by their creative force, which has, indeed, so overcharged the capacity of bricks and mortar that it must needs harness itself to pens and brushes and business and politics.”- Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s OwnContinue reading “The Essential Hour”

14 Favorite Quotes on Life and Laughter, Travel, and Daring Greatly

I have always loved inspiring quotes and photographs. In college, I taped cards from Successories to the side of my dresser–photographs of mountains and paths through enchanting forests, of oceans and eagles soaring, all with quotes to remind me that the goal was somehow bigger than the Calculus problem I struggled to finish. Quotes seemContinue reading “14 Favorite Quotes on Life and Laughter, Travel, and Daring Greatly”

The Importance of Free Time, Especially While Juggling a Busy Schedule

Margin is the space between our load and our limits. It is the amount allowed beyond that which is needed. It is something held in reserve for contingencies or unanticipated situations. Margin is the gap between rest and exhaustion, the space between breathing freely and suffocating. – from Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and TimeContinue reading “The Importance of Free Time, Especially While Juggling a Busy Schedule”

Craving Roses, Grasping Thorns

“But he that dares not grasp the thorn should never crave the rose.” -Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights June is a beautiful month in Czech Republic. Everywhere, outside of Prague, vast fields of grain stretch out across the hills and into the mountains. The fields’ seafoam green coloring in June could almost pass for ocean. Here, two photosContinue reading “Craving Roses, Grasping Thorns”

7 Ingredients of a Great Getaway Vacation

Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.”Continue reading “7 Ingredients of a Great Getaway Vacation”

Writing Wednesday: How to Make Time to Write

“Serious writers write, inspired or not. Over time they discover that routine is a better friend to them than inspiration.” -Ralph Keyes “The scariest moment is always just before you start.” — Stephen King , On Writing About seven years ago, I attended my first big writers conference. I remember being so very overwhelmed, asContinue reading “Writing Wednesday: How to Make Time to Write”

Live Simply, Live Well

Live simply, live well. -the sign that hangs above my kitchen sink Have you ever noticed how children seem to love things that are not “toys”? You know … the pans and spoons a toddler chooses over the latest singing gizmo that cost $29.99. Or my boys’ favorite when they were younger– measuring cups andContinue reading “Live Simply, Live Well”