How Did I Miss It?

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Sometimes what you are searching for has been right in front of you the whole time.

Last year we made several trips to see the beautiful fall foliage. I decided that the area I have lived the last 8 years would never compare to the vibrant colors I remember growing up in NJ. This year my husband put me on a plane to send me back but as bad luck would have it, I was a week too early. Needless to say, I was disappointed.

It’s a beautiful day here in Oklahoma and I came outside to feel the warmth of the sun gently kiss my face. When I looked through the trees in my backyard, I saw a glimpse of color that caught my eye. Funny I hadn’t noticed those trees before. All those trips and searching for something that was in my backyard the entire time. Who would have guessed that all I would have to do was look up and I would find what my heart had longed to see.

Let this be a reminder how easily it is to lose sight of what is right in front of you. Look up from your phone and your work and you may just see the beauty that is right there waiting for you to notice.

A Thoughtful Surprise

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I received the oddest package in the mail today. I cut open the box and pulled out a bag full of leaves. The memories came rushing back as the smell I’ve never forgotten filled the air. Oh how I missed fall. It’s just not the same here compared to where I grew up. Sure a few leaves fall to the ground but I miss the rustling sound under my feet. I still have the urge to run and jump as I picture a bunch of raked leaves set perfectly into a pile. That bag of leaves took me back for a moment to a time I am most fond of. I am so grateful to my brother in law who took the care and time to fill that bag and mail it to me so many miles away. I am tickled pink that he overheard my conversation telling my sister how homesick I often feel during the fall season. It was such a thoughtful surprise. A random act of kindness that completely made my day. I am beyond grateful for the thought. Those are the kind of deeds we must pay forward. When is the last time someone did something kind and unexpected just for you?

A Time of Transformation

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Fall is a time of change. With every leaf that falls from the tree, I think of days of my own life falling quietly away. I imagine them all there, lying at my feet as I rustle through them. Some are beautiful and others aren’t worth noticing but all of them make up my past. They make up a large pile of me. Who I was, who I am and who I am yet to become.  I am reminded that life is a beautiful process and journey of transformation. I often pick a word to set an intention to guide me through this time so that I will come out of it a little bit different and hopefully a little better. I’ve chosen this word before but the time has come again to soften. It’s time to soften those rough edges of myself. Time to soften my words and the tone of my voice. Time to soften my thoughts and my expectations of myself and others. Time to soften my thoughts and the hardness I sometimes carry in my heart. My intention is to soften in the way I react. To use softer words when emotions are raging inside of me. To soften my face to look more loving and less angry. Today starts the unfolding of a softer, more patient, more loving version of myself. Today I will soften. What is your intention today?

You Do Matter

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Fall is a time that blatantly screams change in its magnificent hues and colors. This is always that time of year that I feel a new sense of hope and a burst of enthsiasm. It reminds me that change brings with it so much promise for something better, something different. It’s hard to watch the leaves fall off the trees. Every time I see one, it reminds me of the years I have lost, the people I have lost but it also forces me to remember that those trees will give birth to new leaves and promise of something even more beautiful than the year before. As we celebrate the birth of my nephew I can’t help but see my own place on a very large tree where the branches, although growing apart are still intertwined and very connected. We all have that base. Some call it roots, others family and still others refer to it as being grounded. We are not alone even if we think we feel that way. We are part of a magnificent perfection that grows and changes over time. It is solid and as new branches appear and others break away, every single branch is what makes that tree amazing and whole. Today, look in the mirror and tell yourself, I am important. I do matter and just being alive is purpose enough.

Float Away

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Sometimes it’s great to do something new. Last night, we headed to the city to watch the 1st Annual Pumpkin Float. Sure, it was a bit corny but the fall chill was in the air and it was amazingly peaceful watching the lights dance and reflect off the water. They lined up pumpkins and placed them on small platforms tied together and pulled by someone rowing a kayak. And there it was, a parade of pumpkins flowing down a waterway in the middle of beautiful gardens. It was nice to get out as a family and allow the troubles of the week to fall away. We wrapped up the night with a stop at the Spaghetti Warehouse for some delicious pasta. What a way to end the week and start the weekend? How did you spend your Friday night?

A Little Bit of Gratitude

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Somedays it’s easy to list things to be grateful for. Today is one of those days. The weather is absolutely beautiful. There is a cool breeze and nothing makes me happier than sporting my most comfortable sweatshirt. I do not have a single ounce of anxiety today and I am loving this amazing wave of calm that has luckily embraced me. I even snuck a few minutes of quality time in when I met my husband for lunch earlier. I love days like this when my heart is full. How is your day going today? What are you grateful for?

It’s a Bird, Its a plane, Its a Supermoon!

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Last night, like so many others, I sat outside with my daughter and watched the moon. I don’t normally spend a Sunday evening out under the stars and I must admit, it was kind of nice. I could feel the first hint of fall hidden in the chilly night. There is something about being outside that fills me with a sense of peace. As a kid, I was out there all the time but life is much different now than it was thirty years ago. All these distractions keep us away from what our souls need the most, a little time to be in nature away from the hustle and bustle of the noisy world. I hope you took a few minutes to sit outside too. I couldn’t help but think of how connected I felt to all the others who were out there somewhere doing exactly the same thing. That connection is powerful and it is palpable if you are paying attention. So how about you? Did you spend some time looking at the moon?