Archive for January, 2011

January 31, 2011

One Little Word | Captured

Week 5

It was a great, lazy weekend at home with Matthew.  At one point he grabbed my camera and asked me if he could take some pictures.  I’m incredibly nervous letting a 5 year old handle my Nikon but he did great, and he actually took the below shot.  He had me throw the mousie up to Max over and over until he got the shot he wanted.  Not bad, kiddo!

January 28, 2011


So this lovely quote was included in Ali Edwards’ recent blog post and I LOVE it.  I just had to repost so I could remind myself of it when I needed a little boost.

January 25, 2011


I was sitting at my desk thinking about the fact that I haven’t taken any pictures today and Max jumped up for some love.  My iPhone was sitting right there so…

January 23, 2011

One Little Word | Captured

Week 4

This weekend I spent a lovely several hours finally working on my pages for Ali Edwards’ One Little Word workshop.  What a great exercise, I’m so glad I signed up for her class!  It really helped me focus on what my word meant to me, and gave me some new food for thought as well.  It also resulted in my first trip to a scrapbooking store (completely overwhelming…and expensive)!

The most surprising finding from this exercise is that all the synonyms for my word are “re-” words.  Recharge, refresh, rejuvenate, restore, revitalize, reclaim, replenish, rewaken, rekindle.  How wierd is that?  Turns out the definition of the prefix “re” is “again” or “anew”.  That says as much about what I want out of the year as anything else.  Who knew?

January 23, 2011

Week Three: Discipline

This week’s focus is discipline, specifically self-discipline.  I happened to be in Cancun on vacation this week, so I am responding to this prompt from that perspective.  While I am still figuring out exactly what my specific goals are for the year (starting a yoga practice, etc) I am very pleased with how disciplined I was at staying mindful during my vacation.  I tried especially hard to stay in the moment and found that I’ve never enjoyed a vacation more.  Mindfully enjoying a vacation was so much more joyous an experience than simply letting the days flow by.

January 23, 2011

My Wordle

One of the exercises for this month’s OLW project was to look up the synonyms for our word.  I realized that all the synonyms I liked were all “Re-” words.  The prefix re- means ‘again’ or ‘anew’.  I thought that was super interesting, and says as much about my goals for the year as my actual word.

I used Wordle to create this word cloud of my word and its synonyms.  I’m pretty pleased with it.  It may say more about my goals for the year than “renew” does alone.

January 20, 2011

One Little Word | Captured

Week 3

I wish it was always going to be this easy to find the meaning of renew in my daily life.

What an AMAZING week.  My first international trip just me and Matthew, and it was everything I could have hoped for.

He was a wonderful traveling companion – flexible, patient, and open-minded (as much as a 5 year old can be).  I can’t say enough about how wonderful Club Med is for parents traveling with small children – they really have the family vacation traveler in mind when they plan every detail of their resorts.

The entire vacation we just soaked in the warm weather, the beach, and each other.  I LIVED each moment – I was mindful of each moment – and I have never enjoyed a vacation more.

Objectively speaking it wasn’t the best vacation I’ve ever had, but the intention to make it so…made it so.  Amazing how an attitude can so thoroughly impact an experience.

Post vacation note: while snuggling in bed last night Matthew and I had the following conversation.

Me: So now that this vacation is done, where do you think we should go next time?
Matthew: Momma, what’s the country that’s named after the meat?
Me: Um, Turkey?
Matthew: Yeah!  I bet that’d be cool.



January 11, 2011

5 year old Joy

We got 4 inches of snow today.  Matthew got to go sledding on his way home from school (his school is 6 blocks away and the sledding hill is literally on our way there).  One of the other moms offered to take him along with her son and they had a blast.  I ran home to grab his snow pants and my camera and took a few shots before running home for my last conference call of the day.  I love my little community.

January 11, 2011

When you travel

I took a break from working this morning to check out a few of my favorite blogs.  Chris Guillebeau had a poem on his most recent post that was perfect for me as I prepare to head out for a week’s travels.  It’s beautiful, and sums up my feelings about getting out of my comfort zone and seeing the world.  Granted a week on a beach in Cancun is not my typical seeing-the-world vacation, but the spirit of this poem resonates with me nevertheless…

Every time you leave home,
Another road takes you
Into a world you were never in.

New strangers on other paths await.
New places that have never seen you
Will startle a little at your entry.
Old places that know you well
Will pretend nothing
Changed since your last visit.

When you travel, you find yourself
Alone in a different way,
More attentive now
To the self you bring along,
Your more subtle eye watching
You abroad; and how what meets you
Touches that part of the heart
That lies low at home:

How you unexpectedly attune
To the timbre in some voice,
Opening in conversation
You want to take in
To where your longing
Has pressed hard enough
Inward, on some unsaid dark,
To create a crystal of insight
You could not have known
You needed
To illuminate
Your way.

When you travel,
A new silence
Goes with you,
And if you listen,
You will hear
What your heart would
Love to say.

A journey can become a sacred thing:
Make sure, before you go,
To take the time
To bless your going forth,
To free your heart of ballast
So that the compass of your soul
Might direct you toward
The territories of spirit
Where you will discover
More of your hidden life,
And the urgencies
That deserve to claim you.

May you travel in an awakened way,
Gathered wisely into your inner ground;
That you may not waste the invitations
Which wait along the way to transform you.

May you travel safely, arrive refreshed,
And live your time away to its fullest;
Return home more enriched, and free
To balance the gift of days which call you.

-John O’Donohue

January 11, 2011

Week Two: Simplify

How can you simplify your life? How do you make it more difficult than it needs to be? How are you wasting time? What are you holding onto that is not serving you?

I spend a huge part of my life inside my own home.  I work from home and as of last week finally became an official telecommuter.  When I’m not working I prefer to be at home with Matthew, building legos, snuggling, or just being together.  The first week in January I took down the Christmas tree and decorations and also needed to clear space in my home office to bring home files since I gave up my office downtown.  This has sparked a general desire to purge *stuff* and simplify my home. 

I’ve always been a clean-througher, donater, get-rid-of-er.  When my house is immaculately, spotlessly clean – Type A, freakishly organized,  nothing out of place clean – I walk around in a state of bliss.  I LOVE it.  I don’t usually expend the effort to get to that point (last time was Thanksgiving right before family arrived and it was a week’s solid effort to get it that way) but oh did I love it before chaos descended. 

I will continue to purge, donate, and declutter.  One I need to work on is to stop acquiring.  That one’s harder for me.  But I’ve gotten much better at not buying something unless I really love it, and it’s really exactly what I want.  Mostly otherwise I try to pass.  This may be a “superficial” interpretation of simplify, but for me being inside my home when it is beautiful and CLEAR is restful and peaceful.  For me, it works.