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Monday Motivation - Trusting the Process of Beginning

Starting something new can be exciting and turn into frustration for many people. It’s exciting to start a new project, exercise plan, career, or anything special; however, frustration can develop in the early beginnings of starting something new. Frustration can develop due to high expectations of wanting success NOW instead of trusting the process to success. These are the results of a “microwave” society; we want instant success instead of slow-cooked, marinated, flavor-rich success....more

Guardedly Grateful

NaBloPoMo day 11 and I'm hanging on by the hair on my chinny chin chin!It's been a pretty amazing month so far. Actually, I can pinpoint it down to a pretty amazing week.Why has it been great? Because......more
@alienbody  @Laine Griffin I love you too!more

Poetic Risk Taking and Leaping

Realization At The Park

I realized something today while taking Arthur out to the park.Seeing as it was the nicest weather we’ve had yet the park was full of happy kids and parents.  I disentangled Arthur from the Ergo and set him on the ground.  Immediately I had a mini conversation with a mother about how cute my son’s jacket is.  Another young mom came over to coo over Arthur and her little girl gave him a pat on the head....more

The Perfect Shade

My exhaustion is exhausted.I'm too tired to write, but the NaBloPoMo beast must be fed.  So, I'll leave you with this - the perfect shade of red (so far).  This is totally going with me to Chicago...(fingers crossed).SMOOOOOCH!...more

Still Bottomless

My shopping day started with two very simple missions: buy a pair of pants and a new shade of red lipstick. The pants were a ginormous fail. Losing 28 pounds has been wonderful, but it has stranded me in the dreaded purgatory of In Between Sizes. The Gobi desert is more habitable than living in a state where you almost fit into one size, but not quite. At least in the Gobi they wear flowing material. ...more
@HomeRearedChef Boy, I sure understand that sluggish motivation! I'm just hoping my motivation ...more

My Kids Help Me Grow and Learn

Lately I have been so stressed out. About a lot of things. My children seem to want to compound this stress.Genevieve will not stop getting into stuff. Her new trick is putting things in the toilet. Washcloths, hand towels, cups....more
@elaineR.N. Yes, Elaine, you hit the nail on the head about working from home. It's not ...more

Noodling Chinatown, Wash., D.C.

In the fall of 2010, I became fascinated with Chinese noodles called La Mian. How could I help myself with this video to watch? ...more
Still haven't had thin Chinese noodles.  Came back to read comments and now want them more.  ...more

She Wore Red

It often lay there, at the bottom of the special little pocket in Her purse, buried beneath the less cheeky colors. She shied away from this particular color, it always made too much of a statement. The other colors dressed her in subtlety - no flash, nothing to draw and unseen. ...more
@cescilay I totally agree! For me, it is red lipstick. For you? For her or her or her? A color ...more

Mental Conversation of a Risk-Taker

RISK... This month's theme for the National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo). The writing prompt for yesterday--which I delayed writing because yesterday was Wordless Wednesday for my blog--asked the question:"What is the riskiest thing you've ever done? How did it turn out?"At the beginning of this year, I took the riskiest step in my life....more