Rest in Peace

My sweet kitty passed away recently. She was a frequent subject of pictures and even a few stories on this blog.  She will be missed.

Find Your Sanctuary

The Importance of Finding Your Own Sanctuary

This is a picture of my sanctuary. While there are many definitions to this word, I choose the most simple: “a place of refuge or safety.”

In our lives, we all have need of a sanctuary at some point or another. Sanctuaries allow us to reconnect with ourselves. A sanctuary doesn’t have to be a solid structure. For some, it may be found in nature, others through meditation, or the simple act of taking a long nap.
Everyone has a sanctuary, but finding it can be a challenge. Only you can discover YOUR sanctuary, but when you do, you’ll know it. Because it’s where you go…
when things seem dark and unforgiving;

…when your heart feels like it’s breaking;
…when you need to pray;
…when you need to meditate;
…when you need to heal.

This list could go on and on, but the most important thing is to figure out where YOUR sanctuary is. Let your heart lead you to it.
For me, my sanctuary is my screen porch. I’ve written about this before, but given the trying times today, it deserves a second (or third) appearance.

I didn’t know my sanctuary until I got my cat, Aggie. She needed time outside in the fresh air and made lots of noise to tell me this. So, I cleaned up my porch, made it safe as I could and let her spend time there. It wasn’t long before I joined her and discovered the peacefulness of nature. Next thing I knew I had bird feeders, comfy chairs, wind chimes and those silly little gnomes.

Sitting out on my porch makes the difficulties of my day seem less important. I listen to the birds chatter and sing, watch the seasons change and breathe in the nature around me. It doesn’t take long before I forget what I was fretting about… at least during my porch time.
In this new year, I encourage you to find your own sanctuary. Take my word for it, you will not regret it.

HAPPY 2019


Being Brave

What does “being brave” make you think about?” What initially came to mind for me was the man who stood in front of the line of tanks in Tiananmen Square. But the more I thought about it, I realized bravery doesn’t always have to be as dramatic as that iconic image.

Sometimes being brave is just doing something that scares the living daylights out of you, but you do it anyway!

I’ll bet if you think about it, you’ll remember a time when you were brave either for yourself or someone else. Take another brave step: Tell someone about your experience or write it down. When you finish, say these words out loud, “I was brave to do what I did!”

~ This is dedicated to a good friend of mine who did something very brave and shared it with me!