Tagged with Inspiration

Owning It

I figure if I had the audacity back in November to proclaim that I was going to train and actually run a half marathon, I should go ahead and come clean that I’m not. I tried. I really did. I followed a schedule. I was making progress and I was ticking off those miles. I … Continue reading

Joyous Gathering

Joyous Gathering

From near and far we gathered.   Flights arrived from Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Hartford and Boston. Road trips were made from Virginia, North and South Carolina.   Schedules were cleared, time was set aside to gather together, hundreds of emails were sent, maps and directions checked and double checked, party rentals ordered, copious amounts of food … Continue reading

The 17-Year-Old Assignment

The 17-Year-Old Assignment

You’d think after 17 years, a question and assignment from a college professor shouldn’t feel so fresh and haunting. Yet, it does. The reason why has changed significantly over the years as has my perspective on his assignment.    Two months into a black and white photography class, sitting around a dingy studio table with all our … Continue reading

The Legacy

In a recent on camera interview I was posed a question I never saw coming. As the words came out, one by one, forming the sentence and posing the question, the hair on the back of my neck rose. My pulse quickened and my chest got tight. Shit! I thought. Fight. Fight back the tears.  … Continue reading

Patience and Perseverance

Patience and Perseverance

It had been three years. Three years that felt like three minutes once she walked in the door. Our lives have changed dramatically and the challenges we face have grown exponentially in the years since we were last together.  Yet the beauty of our friendship has continued to shine through the years and the distance. … Continue reading

Tree Hunt Beauty III

Tree Hunt Beauty III

We adventured today to our favorite Christmas Tree farm in North Georgia to tackle our day after Thanksgiving tradition. The Annual Tree Hunt. For the past two years, I’ve captured an image of my favorite tree on the farm. Dead and burned from a lightning strike, I’ve written about it here and there. I was … Continue reading

The Unexpected Gift

The Unexpected Gift

My father stopped over yesterday for a late afternoon visit. He kept me company on my afternoon carpool run, took in some snuggle time with Harper, stayed for dinner and entertained the boys with brain teaser games. He arrived carrying a frame. Clearly excited to give it to me, he insisted that he share the story about it before letting me … Continue reading

Living My Mantra: Slow And Steady Wins The Race

Generally operating as an attack at 100 miles an hour type, I’d rarely approached anything slow and steady until the early days after my surgery in 2008.  However, there’s nothing like facing recovery after brain surgery, working to clear the cobwebs and getting cognitive functioning back on track, to drive home the reality and importance of slow … Continue reading

A Long Walk

A Long Walk

I took a few hours today and went for a long, long, long walk. With Harper bundled in her stroller, music playing in my ears and a longing to get out and get away, the two of us fled the grind of the suburban landscape.   Friday can’t come soon enough. The weight of the count … Continue reading

2011 Gratitude Project: 30 Days of Purpose

2011 Gratitude Project: 30 Days of Purpose

Thanksgiving is in 30 days. How that’s even possible is another subject matter entirely. In keeping with the tradition we began last year, tonight marked day one of thirty we’ll spend reflecting on what we’re grateful for leading up to Thanksgiving.   Our tree of thanks, thanks Pottery Barn, is hung back up and leaf number … Continue reading

A BIG Thank You Challenge

Paul took the boys to school this morning and I stayed tucked in bed grateful for a little more sleep as I waited for Harper to rise. As she and I settled into the kitchen together, I started brewing coffee and pecked away checking messages on my phone. One message jumped out from the others. My … Continue reading

Repurposing The Past

Repurposing The Past

Three years ago when I had surgery, I spent a few hundred dollars on a collection of beautiful silk scarves to wear. I’m sure some would’ve had courage to go without a scarf with a 4×6 inch section of hair shorn off, and I’d venture to say most would’ve had more self-confidence that I did too. However, for me it … Continue reading