Thursday, January 31, 2013

Around the Corner

What's around the corner this year?  Hmmm??? 

Is a trip...
        to the grocery store, to the doctor's, to the mall, to... Hawaii?

                        Maybe it's an upcoming anniversary, or a birthday.

Perhaps it's a favorite TV show like NCIS, or Downton Abbey!

It could be something you've looked forward to for a loooong time, or, it could be something totally unexpected. You may be prepared or you may not.

Now that Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are over, and the decorations have been packed up and put away... What's NEXT?

Maybe it's time to relax a bit and take a deep breath as you realize just how far you've come. Sometimes I get overwhelmed when I look at the haystack in front of me and I realize I need to find the needle... NOW! 

This year I want to celebrate the little things. I don't want to take my eyes off my goals. I don't want to ignore my responsibilities, but I do want to CELEBRATE, in spite of the haystack, which I've come to realize will always be a part of my life. :)  Whatever comes around the corner, if it's planned or if it's not, if it's pleasant or even if it's a bit not-so-good... I want to find a nugget to celebrate.

There will always be corners to turn,

        and stairs to climb...

Whether we chose the view from the top...


            Or the view from below...

Once we make the decision to CELEBRATE we will find all the little pockets of JOY scattered across our path.
Thank-you for sharing the journey!

Monday, September 03, 2012

Changing Seasons

September 3, 2012

A journey into a new season... ushered in with a Blue Moon  Ours actually looked Pink when it first peeked over the horizon.

Blue Moon 08/31/12 - Allentown, NJ

We stayed well into twilight, one of my favorite times of the day, to soak in the splendor of the evening, watching the moon rise and the sky darken.  Just before we left the field we looked up just in time to see a hawk fly overhead.  It's wonderful to live so close to farmland.  There's a stillness that speaks louder than a marching band, and a comforting blanket of reassurance which comes when I take time to stop and take it all in.  I felt a wiggle of JOY way down deep, starting right in my heart, spreading out in all directions until I was filled with happiness and peace all at the same time. After such a stressful week at work... this was just what was needed  :)

Swall Dairy II - Allentown, NJ
To celebrate this once-every-just-about-three-year event we capped off our evening with some hand dipped ice cream at Swall Dairy II 

I chose a double dip with 2 different flavors, toasted coconut with almonds and vanilla mint chocolate chip! They were both equally delicious! Needless to say, it was a great ending to a magical outing.

Blue Moons, ice cream, falling leaves, pumpkins, indian corn... Autumn is here.  What will the season bring?  When we bring joy to each day we will always reap a bountiful harvest.