2020 Vision

Posted by on Feb 3, 2021 in Blog | 0 comments

2020 Vision

You’ve heard the saying, Hindsight is 2020? That phrase certainly has new meaning now! Over the last 10 years or so, there were hopeful and predictive articles and books anticipating the year 2020. It seemed like 2020 was going to be the year we all got clarity and inspiration and found our way. January 2020 brought lots of blogs and posts about 2020 vision and living your best life…yada, yada, yada. Then, 2020 actually happened…a global pandemic, social unrest, an upside- down economy, political battles, violence and divisiveness. With quarantine, people ill and dying, job loss or changes,...

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What CAN I do?

Posted by on Nov 18, 2020 in Blog | 1 comment

What CAN I do?

Like many others, I’m exhausted from the uncertainty, isolation and restrictions brought on by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. In a word, I feel…depleted. We humans like to be in control – of our daily lives, our destiny and our choices. Any semblance of control has been thrown out the window by a global pandemic wreaking havoc on our lives. In order to be safe, we are told we can’t be with people, can’t visit other cities and countries, can’t go to entertainment venues, can’t go to workplaces or schools unless we are essential workers or strict protocols are in place to minimize exposure....

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Who Defines YOUR Life?

Posted by on Apr 14, 2020 in Blog | 1 comment

Who Defines YOUR Life?

Widow. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear that word? I asked over 80 people that question, and answers ranged from: sad, lonely, empty, and displaced; to awakening, beginning, resilient, strong and courageous, with everything in between, including “spider” (aka Black Widow). Many explained that the word they chose reflected their personal experience, perceptions or fears about widowhood. As a recent widow, I’ve been reflecting on what this change means and how to boldly venture into this new chapter of my life. At times, this transition has felt like walking through a...

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Winter Solstice

Posted by on Dec 21, 2019 in Blog | 1 comment

Winter Solstice

As a gardener, I feel most alive in nature, especially during the growing season. My least favorite time of year is late fall as plants die or settle in for the winter, as days get darker and temperatures colder, culminating with the winter solstice. I look forward to December 22, when the days start to lengthen and lighten, offering hope for Spring’s new growth.  Advent is often described as a time of waiting, of expectations, of hope for the Savior’s birth—the beginning of a new life.  As our family navigated my husband’s terminal illness and death, we experienced a different...

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It’s all just stuff…

Posted by on Feb 4, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

It’s all just stuff…

Two recent events have me to thinking about the stuff we accumulate in our modern lives: My daughter and son-in-law are moving almost half-way across the country. Their months-long journey to find a new house while preparing to sell their current house has involved letting go of stuff they won’t need, as well as defining what they will need in this next chapter of their lives. A few months ago, my husband was diagnosed with an illness that has upended our lives, requiring us to redefine what is important, and how to fill our days without knowing what the future will bring – spending time and...

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Intentional Acts of Kindness

Posted by on Nov 20, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Intentional Acts of Kindness

The phrase “random acts of kindness” is often used to describe things that catch us off guard. After my husband was diagnosed with a serious illness, we received many acts of kindness, but they didn’t feel very random. That got me to thinking–what if acts of kindness are not random, but intentional? What if we’re just not fully paying attention to the kindness of others? Let’s start with the premise that kindness is being friendly, generous, or considerate. The word random suggests something done without conscious decision, while intention implies purpose or deliberation. Given those...

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