Off to NaNo Land

For the month of November I’ll be off to the land of NaNoWriMo. What’s that you say? Click on the link to find out. Maybe you’ll decide to join me there next year.

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Okay, so where I live it looks more like this in November…

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NaNo Land

Sometimes even like this…

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NaNo Land

But regardless of what lies outside, I’ll be in my den creating my own the-sky’s-the-limit reality with 50,000 words of screaming fun for NaNoWriMo.

Have a beautiful, bountiful November, a blessed Thanksgiving, and a month filled with grateful hearts.

See you in December! :)

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T.G.I.F. – Gratitude Friday

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The Week’s Top Three:

3.)  A brilliant pink cloud hanging in the evening sky. God’s hand print.

2.)  Learning limits on what I can take on and how to say “no” so as not to take away from my family, writing time, or recovery maintenance.

1.)  Watching both of my boys working in my older son’s garage, interacting with each other, talking and laughing. My heart swells with so much love I think it will explode. :)

What’s on your list?

“As each day comes to us refreshed and anew, so does my gratitude renew itself daily. The breaking of the sun over the horizon is my grateful heart dawning upon a blessed world.” ~Terri Guillemets

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Timeout Tuesday

As I prepare to take on the whirlwind joy ride of NaNoWriMo Friday at midnight, I’m finding joy in taking deep breaths of relaxation this week.

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“Keep your faith in all beautiful things. In the sun when it is hidden. In the spring when it is gone.”
— Roy Rolfe Gilson
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Living with Intention

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Life is often lived in such a rush, as if we’re racing to get somewhere, that so many blessings go unnoticed. The only place we will get by racing through the day is one step closer to the end. I don’t know about you, but I want to experience all that I’m given, tasting and savoring every morsel of the day, every sip as if it’s the finest, most luscious cup of coffee (perhaps wine for those of you who partake).

I want to feel the cool breeze through my hair and the raindrops splash against my cheeks.

I want to feel that lingering stretch in each muscle upon awakening in the morning, right after I’ve lifted my spirit to my God and given Him my day to orchestrate as He will.

I want to feel the sweat bead on my forehead as I feel the invigoration of a good workout.

I want to hear the birdsong of early morning, the doves calling out peacefully.

I want to hear the crunch of the leaves beneath my feet as I drink in the beauty of the fall colors.

I want to hear the crackle of the fire in the fireplace and feel its warmth on a cold evening, snuggled beneath a fleece blanket and cup of herbal tea or sea salt caramel hot cocoa.

I want to feel my lungs expand with each breath, as my heart expands with gratitude for that breath.

I want to feel the arms of my husband circle around me unexpectedly as I stand at the kitchen counter preparing dinner, his lips warm on my neck.

I want to savor that first sip of coffee each morning as I revel in the stillness of morning, when all the world around me is peacefully asleep.

I want to feel the miracle of truly living each moment of each day.

I want to take nothing for granted, but swell with gratitude for each gift given, no matter how insignificant it may seem.

And for all this, I don’t have to do anything. I simply have to be. A human being rather than a human doing.

“Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen Hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.”

– Mary Anne Radmacher

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T.G.I.F. – Gratitude Friday

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My Top Three for the Week:

3.)  An exhilarating run on an exceptionally warm October evening, followed by a hot shower, a bowl of popcorn, a glass of A&W, and watching an episode of Castle. The ingredients for a perfect evening. :)

2.)  Finally, after several years, finding strength to truly forgive myself for a mistake, allowing the healing process to begin.

1.)  Time spent with my beautiful granddaughter and the joy, innocence, and heart-melting moments she brings to my life.

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Carpe diem, friends. Truly seize and live this day.

What tops your gratitude list this week?

Compassionate Living

Asking someone how they’re doing makes one look compassionate and caring. Taking the time to listen to the answer, no matter what the answer is, means one is compassionate and caring.

Today, may we all strive to live compassionately and truly care about one another.

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Timeout Tuesday

Monday is over (though in truth, I’ve never minded Monday’s), and it’s time to take a breather before beginning your Tuesday. Happy Tuesday my friends! :)

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“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
— Albert Camus
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