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Thursday, July 31, 2014

What I've learned so far...

Do what needs to be done right now.

Forget the rest.

Be okay right here, right now.

Lean into what is going on around and inside of me right now. 

Sit and smile.

Know that even when things go wrong, that most often, I'm usually okay anyway.

Set attainable goals.

Celebrate baby steps as much
as GIANT steps.

Avoid pressuring myself unneccesarily.

Stop trying to please everyone.

Be good to myself and to others without forgetting myself.

Abstain from wanting what I don't already have (things, people, lifestyle, etc.).

Accept that what I'm experiencing is part of my journey.
Enjoy little moments as much as
big moments.

Enthuse when possible.

Share my passion. 

Focus on gratitude.

My ways of taking in the good

sitting outside near the feeder watching the chipmunk, squirrels and birds
playing guitar and ukulele
writing music
cycling with my partner
baking cookies
taking photos
straightening my back
breathing in
breathing out
good cup of coffee
watching the sun set
watching the sun rise
listening to waves on the water
listening to the frogs at night and the birds in the morning
weeding the garden
sitting and enjoying the garden
warm showers
appreciating the view
writing every day
writing about gratitude in my journal every day
recognizing my good health
eating well
deep conversations with one person at a time

Monday, July 28, 2014


I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization. --Roger Ebert

Anything can be quote

"Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be." 
-- Shell Silverstein

Camping list for a born-again camper

I'd camped as a kid with my family in a borrowed tent-trailer and later with colleagues in a Westphalia. I've only gotten back into camping in the last couple of summers and I'm digging it thanks to my best friend who is all equipped and who knows how to put up a tent, start a fire and laugh at my many inadequacies. I thought that I'd share the list I wrote to get ready for a great weekend.

o   Tent
o   Ground sheet
o   Tarpaulin
o   Sleeping bag/plastic
o   Fleece blanket
o   Mattress
o   Pillow
o   Lantern
o   Flashlight/headlamp
o   Extra batteries
o   Rope
o   Clothes pins
o   kettle
o   Duct tape
o   Picnic back pack
o   Cooler
o   Frozen ice packs
o   First Aid kit
o   Candles
o   Matches/lighter
o   Bug spray
o   Bug jacket/bug hat
o   Garbage bags
o   Chargers
o   Small dust pan
o   Towel/shami
o   Polar fleece blanket
o   Parasol
o   Chairs
o   Rain gear
o   Hat
o   Sunglasses
o   Pants
o   Shorts
o   Underwear
o   Socks
o   Long sleeve shirt
o   T-shirt
o   tank top
o   polar fleece
o   Crocs/ flipflops for showers
o   Sandals
o   Running shoes or hiking boots
o   Bandana
o   Scarf
o   Tuque for cooler nights
o   Night shirt
o   Jogging pants
o   Bathing suit
o   Journal
o   Kobo/ ereader
o   Kobo light
o   Mp3 player/Ipod
o   Camera
o   Camera charger
o   Water
o   Water bottles
o   Deck of cards
o   Backgammon game
o   Thermos filled with ice
o   Paper towels
o   Kettle
o   Coffee
o   Milk
o   Sugar
o   Reservation info
o   Umbrella/Parasol
o   Advil
o   Feminine hygiene
o   Reusable bags
o   Ziplock bags
o   Bungee cords
o   Towel/pack towel
o   Contact lenses
o   Contact lense liquid
o   Glasses
o   Case for glasses
o   Sunglasses
o   Prescription sunglasses
o   Backpack
o   Toothbrush
o   Tooth paste
o   Mouthwash
o   Honey soap
o   Mascara
o   Make-up remover
o   Make-up wipes
o   Q-tips
o   Floss
o   Deodorant
o   Powder
o   Razor
o   Small mirror
o   Toilet paper
o   Wet wipes
o   Snacks
o   Extra pair of glasses