Archive for July, 2012

Not Lost Forever..

DAY 213

“I also believe very, very strongly that everybody is the hero/heroine of his/her own life.” – Meave Binchy RIP

“If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” – Sam Walton

“The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“I always thought good photos were like good jokes. If you have to explain it, it just isn’t that good.” ~ Anonymous

“What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?” – George Eliot

“Life is either daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller

“You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.” – Dr. Seuss

One of the most important things I’ve learned – you eventually understand who you are. It’s a priceless aha! moment that can go one of two ways. One, you can accept and begin to encourage activities and adventures that allow you become a more complete You. Or, two, you can shy away from it, perhaps influenced by the words, thoughts, actions of others. Sometimes we choose both. We let the idea of branching out from who we might possibly be at the moment pinball around inside our minds for a while, continuing on whatever path we’ve become comfortable with, & realize at some point that there is more for us to become and discover. A good thing to remember is this: We’re almost home. We’re not gonna be lost forever! [A quote from R during our mid-morning hike behind his house.]

I find it interesting & unique (I like to think so, even though it’s probably not) that I can relate two events, concepts, lessons, textures, etc. together when they’ve had nothing to do with each other.

On a truly unrelated note, a beloved book from my childhood surfaced today! J is now reading The Phantom Tollbooth. I fall more in love with that book each time I open it.

I am thankful for: hikes to far away lands that take place right in your own backyard. aka: imagination.


PS: A very happy 4th birthday to a very special little lady, M!!


It Ran Out Of My Head..

DAY 212

“When we accept tough jobs as a challenge and wade into them with joy and enthusiasm, miracles can happen.” – Arland Gilbert

“Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” – J.K. Rowling

“Like what you do. If you don’t like it, do something else.” – Paul Harvey

“Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.” – Vernon Law

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” – Albert Einstein

First thing this morning, I wanted to make sure I woke up & did yoga. It’s something I’m trying to make sure I do on a daily basis, if only for a little bit! How did I ensure that I’d do it this morning? A Post-It of course! And it worked! I did about 10 minutes of a morning routine from Yoga Cures by Tara Stiles. The boys then wanted to workout this morning shortly after they woke up! We hit the P90x at their request until they were tuckered out. I enjoy being active & miss it when I’m not!

My Post-It to myself helped me to remember yoga, but there wasn’t one around to help R remember what he was going to do next today. Hence, the title for today’s post. : ) R: “It ran out of my head!”

I am thankful for: exercise. yoga.


Think & Wonder..

DAY 211

“Think and wonder, wonder and think.” – Dr. Seuss

“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.” – Lao Tsu

“The ultimate reason for setting goals is to entice you to become the person it takes to achieve them.” – Jim Rohn

“The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when someone asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.” – Henry David Thoreau

I feel like the Olympics always inspire & unite people. And that is something I love! There’s nothing like that feeling when you’ve finally discovered what it is that drives you, propels you to do more, be more. For me, massage therapy & photography are it. There is no better feeling that holding my camera, or hearing that someone feels so much better after coming to the spa!

I am thankful for: books. inspiration. unity.


Excellently Fabulous..

DAY 210

The only way to learn it is to do it. –Archimedes (The Sword in the Stone)

“One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.” – Elbert Hubbard

“In a still photograph you basically have two variables, where you stand and when you press the shutter.” ~ Henry Wessel

life is like riding a bicycle. to keep your balance, you must keep moving. ~ Albert Einstein, in a letter to his son, feb 1930

“When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.” – William Arthur Ward

An amazing day, truly. I had some of the sweetest people in clinic today! I was blessed with a gorgeous drive to & away from the spa – sunrise there, puffy cotton ball clouds with a blue sky back drop. It really is the simple things that make me most happy.

Have a great weekend!

I am thankful for: smiles. clouds. my adorbs new planner!!


It’s Getting Hot…Outside..

DAY 209

“If I saw something in my viewfinder that looked familiar to me, I would do something to shake it up.” ~ Garry Winogrand

“Be the change that you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“It’s simple … go the extra mile and you will stand out from the crowd.” – Robin Crow

Hire the best people, give them information + resources, let them have the freedom to build great stuff. – Do Something

“He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.” – Lao Tzu

The temperatures – they keep rising! But today was great! I was told I was the Hulk (M was Thor), I ran errands and got to chat with a few peeps I’ve been missing, & how could I forget the Olympic Opening Ceremony?!

I absolutely love The Olympic games. Especially the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. There’s always a great sense of community, appreciation, respect, loyalty, love, creativity, pride, originality. I could keep going, but I’ll stop there. I think that’s enough freebies for MadLibs for ya!

On my walk with Jac today (in the hot hot outdoors), I got some lovely pics!

I am thankful for: the Olympic Games.


PS: No yoga today. : ( My migraine had other plans. I’ll see you next week Bull City Yoga!

The Way Back From Lala Land..

DAY 208

“Inspiration grows into full-scale creation through persistence and imagination.” – Carol Lloyd

If camera lenses are round, why are all the pictures square ? – @LifeQuestions

“Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” – Charles Kettering

You know you’ve been to Lala Land a few times! It’s ok to admit it. Throughout most of the day, I caught J&R zoning out & taking unplanned trips to Lala Land. Too funny! But the minute I brought up this Lala Land, they looked at me as if I was from another planet. “What’s Lala Land?” I think I’m the oldest 21 year old I know, but I’m just beginning to realize it! I know many pop culture references from before I was born & I shock people with my knowledge (or use it to entertain myself and my mom on roadtrips!). My kind is a rare breed, but I’ll take it! And own it. Which brings me to the pictures I found in one of the books we read today..on being different.

I am thankful for: diversity & quirks.

PS: YOGA TOMORROW!!! SO EXCITED!!! You should join me in the Bull City!


I was running so ahead of schedule this AM that I had time to stop for a photo of the morningness!

‘Twas me yesterday.

‘Tis me most days.




Life Is The Bubbles..

DAY 207

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” – T.S. Eliot

“One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Humans are divided between those who can still look through the eyes of youth and those who cannot.” Dave Eggers

“It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.” ~ Paul Caponigro

If you can name where the title tune came from, we can be friends! We could probably still be friends even if you don’t know [or like] the song, but my Disney knowledge may just become a bit irritating. : )

Speaking of knowledge, I’m choosing to relish in my delight of being honored with the Student of the Quarter award. : ) The ironic thing? [My life is terribly ironic, but those moments make for laughable memories!] Due to the fact that the awards ceremony slipped my mind combined with traffic on 40, I missed the Massage Therapy section of the awards. I was late to my own 30 seconds of fame! The faculty & students were very kind and shouted congratulations as we passed one another. [I love my little school!] A huge “thank you” to the teachers in my program and my classmates who help me daily to become a better me!

On a totally unrelated note, I’m obsessed with! Like entered so much info that I had 41 new leaves in under 20 minutes kind of obsessed. (41 is a lot!)

I am thankful for: bubbles.

PS: Did you know just how amazing bubbles are for holding the attention of children? (and me) They are awesome! Besides the fact they are fun, you can turn them into a science experiment, or a way to get kids moving.



We all matched today & totally didn’t plan it!