Play!

In my quest to make my life “lighter” I’ve begun to identify what kinds of things make me feel “light”. A book I’ve been wanting to read for a while, and I finally got to read, has helped me see that those things that I’m doing that feel “light” is actually the way that I “play.”

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I’ve had Dr. Stuart Brown’s book, Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul on my list of books to read for a while. I finally got a copy from the library and dove in last month. After all, it seemed like a good idea to read a book on why play is important! Continue reading “Play!”

Good Night, Sleep Light

I’ll admit, one of my favorite moments of the day is when I get to crawl into bed at night!

At the end of the day, when I curl up under my warm comforter and rest my tired body and turn off my overworked mind, it’s a moment of bliss. Well, it is if I can get my body and mind to be calm. I used to (and occasionally still do) have nights when I would climb into bed and my body was still tight and tense and my brain was still spinning in a million different directions. I realized that I was going to have to do a few things before pulling that comforter over my head if I was actually going to be able to fall asleep… and sleep well. Continue reading “Good Night, Sleep Light”

Remember Your Why

My favorite question is, “Why?” I guess I have that in common with every 3 year old. But it’s one of the most illuminating questions I know. And once again, it has shed light on something important in my life. 

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It was 7:30 at night and I had worked my way down a whole list of to-dos that day. I was in my car, running three more errands before I called it quits for the night. But rather than feeling pleasantly accomplished I was feeling rather unimpressed with myself.

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Bringing Back the Block Party

I grew up on a cul-de-sac. There were 10 houses and more kids than you could shake a stick at. And there was plenty of stick-shaking! In many ways it was an idyllic neighborhood to grow up in. That street is filled with so many wonderful memories. One of the brightest was the annual block party.

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I don’t know exactly what year it started. All I know was I was knee-high to a grasshopper when I remember the first one. But somehow, a tradition was started where every year on the 4th of July, all the neighbors on our cul-de-sac came out to the middle of the street and had a grand ol’ block party.

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Summer Light

You know how I love light. I’ve been pretty brazen in my adoration. So, it goes without saying that I would love celebrating the longest day of the year!

Ah, Summer Solstice! You certainly vie for the top spot on my list of favorite days. Here in Northern California you offer me nearly 15 hours of sunlight! Marvelous.

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The Lightness of Being Carried

I’m always trying to notice what things bring me a feeling of happiness. This week I found another one. 

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I haven’t felt this particular source of happiness for years. Not since the last time I was on the back of a magnificent horse.  Continue reading “The Lightness of Being Carried”

Motherhood Lightened

It’s a responsibility with a lot of weight. Physically, mentally, and emotionally, being a mother can get heavy. It’s so important to find ways to lighten the load. Here’s one.

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Am I smiling, or grimacing?? Maybe both?

There was a video that went viral a year or so ago. It showed people being “interviewed” for a position with a company. It was staged, of course, but the people being interviewed didn’t know that it wasn’t for a real position. The interviewer asked questions like, “Are you OK with never having any breaks?” “Are you available 24/7?” And as the questions went on, of course, it became obvious that the interviewer was describing the job of a mother. Continue reading “Motherhood Lightened”

Light in the Valley of the Sun

A first-time trip to the Phoenix area introduced me to the light to be found in the desert.

If you’ve been left wondering what happened to me and which room I was going to de-clutter next… my apologies. I’ve been off on a mid-spring adventure to the Valley of the Sun. Continue reading “Light in the Valley of the Sun”