“Be giving, forgiving, compassionate and loving.”
You gotta love a cup of tea that comes with an inspirational message.
Julie gave me this fun mug for my birthday and when I drink from it I think of her and smile. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. I brought her with me to work and it was like having my friend with me.
Speaking of my giving and loving friend, today she sent in a healthy breakfast for our bright and early team meeting. What a sweet and caring surprise. I love her and the breakfast parfait was quite a treat too. I am so lucky!
I am surrounded by giving and loving friends and family and they sure make life sweet. Last night Pat baked three different types of cookies for our PEO meeting to share with all of us. And today Sam took me out to lunch because he thought I needed to get out of the office. I want to be like them when I grow up! Or maybe I am practicing being like them, while I grow up.
Tonight Juliana and I baked Snickerdoodle cookies to share and give away. As she was packing up some up to take with her to share with her friend, she said that I had rubbed off on her. I smiled. Today was good.
Life. Full circle. Karma. Connection. Thankful.
I am content and can’t wait to share cookies and tea again tomorrow.
Hello BeLoveRs! It’s been awhile since I last wrote. More than a year, actually. And since I just renewed my blog subscription for another year, I thought maybe we could share a cup of tea, some thoughts, and to start fresh again, you know at the almost end of February…a perfectly imperfect place to start again.
This year I thought we’d share some tea and the little things. Everyday I enjoy drinking yogi tea because I love opening the little package and reading the paper attachment tied to the tea bag. It makes me smile. I usually take a picture, detach the paper from the string and save the quote to share, to store in my journal, or to post up in my kitchen or on a social media post like this one. I like these little positive living reminders, and don’t we all need a little self-compassion? How have you been taking care of yourself? I’m curious. 😉
I hope that you are well. xoxo
This is one of the perks of working from home. My house stays quiet and clean and I have company, even if they are a bit sleepy during work hours.
Life is good, especially if you’re a cat.
Have a good weekend!
I tricked her. I went in her room while she was studying and said,
“Come out here and be with me, …and unload the dishwasher.”
Luckily she wants to spend time with me. She didn’t however like the idea of doing the dishes, but she did it anyway. I was getting ready to prepare dinner and wanted her company.
She retorted, “Let’s empty it together.”
She unloaded and handed them to me while I put them in their place. Then we switched without exchanging words because she was closer to the place the dishes belonged. We danced and flowed from dishes to conversations about our day, while we began to cut up fruit and prep dinner.
She cut. I boiled. She stirred. I chopped. She drained the noodles. I spiralized the zucchini and carrots. We go well together.
Afterwards, I sat down to relax. She followed me. We read and worked side by side.
She got up and decided she wanted to bake. I followed her back into the kitchen.
She baked. I admired. She shared. I tasted.
We all gathered in the small space together and I called for a group hug. They thought I was crazy. I know they are growing up but they’re still all my babies. So we hugged. In that moment. For a second, because they know their mom is crazy!
Summer is almost here. I can almost taste it.
This is as close as I get to a still life and I’m loving this moment.
Did you enjoy a still moment?
The sun came out briefly today before the rain and clouds returned. The earth looks so differently with sunshine upon it.
The flower petals were heavy with raindrops in the morning and opened up as the sun dried them off.
I enjoyed feeling the sun on my face and being outside, feeling warm and dry.
Today was another beautiful day. I hope you had a good day too.
art shared by juliana
My boy loves cereal and this morning I shared a bowl with him and his dad.
Tonight he decided he wanted to paint a parrot. He even made his own smock out of a trash bag.
I love his interests and watching him be.
How was your day? Hope it was filled with color.
Do you know, where you’re going and how long it will take to get there?
Mikey’s blog on Momentum made me wonder. You can read his post on momentum and happiness here: Momentum is Your Secret Key to Happiness
I’ve never thought about happiness in these terms, but he has an equation that I liked:
“The directional Momentum in your Life = Your Thoughts (Mass) x (Velocity) the number of times you think them.”
How are you moving? What are you thinking about and how often are you thinking your thoughts?
I know where I’m going and you’re obviously on this ride with me, as we’re sharing this happiness journey together every day. It’s a daily practice and I think we have some Momentum.
Just another thought to add to your collection. You’re welcome. And thank you, Mikey for commenting on my blog and leading me to yours.
Do you like them?
I sometimes do. It’s like a fresh start to the week and to start over again.
Today was slow to go though. I had a great weekend and woke up feeling blue, knowing that my sister and my niece were heading home. It made me sad to watch her car drive away, wishing that we lived closer to each other. I wanted to jump in the front seat, right next to her and go with her wherever she went. That didn’t happen. Instead, I wiped the tears away and went inside to clean. That’s what I do when I’m sad or mad. It feels like it gives me a little control over my situation when my emotions are out of whack.
I also had anxiety because our kitten had to have surgery today and I was worried about her all day. We learned she’s basically a freak of nature, and that when she was spayed, they didn’t quite get everything out which is very rare. She’s been acting like she’s in heat, which is no fun either. They had to go and do exploratory surgery to find the extra ovarian tissue. Poor baby, girl. Now she has to wear a cone for 2 weeks before she goes back to have her stitches removed. I feel so sad for her and we have to give her medicine twice a day for two weeks. *big sigh*
The good news was that Jeff came home early to drive with me to pick her up and we had a mini-weird date enjoying the 45 minute car ride in traffic. We brought Zuma home and Juliana watched her and got her set up safely and comfortably away from our other cat.
When everyone and every cat was taken care of, Jeff and I snuck away for a quick Monday night Happy Hour, which made everything all right and settled my mind. We took a moment just for us and this made me happy.
Mondays are good.
Life is good.
How was your Monday?
I still love cooking dinner for my family. It makes me happy to slow down and to slice and dice and provide for my family this way.
Tonight I enjoyed cooking this beef, green bean and scallions with garlic and ginger stir fry over rice. As I was cooking in the kitchen, all the kids were studying together at the kitchen table and Juliana was helping to prepare our Christmas cards. I loved that we were all working together in the same space and I was happy to be off my computer and to have her help.
This was one of the highlights of my busy and fulfilling day.
What was the highlight of your day?
Keep breathing and enjoying this one beautiful life.