Pro-conflicted.

As a writer, I feel compelled to share my viewpoints on the recent overturn of Roe vs. Wade. At the same time, I don’t look forward to the array of emotions that may be thrown my way. The judgment that will come. The unfriending and unfollowing.The rage without possibly even weighing what I’ve said.

But I’m prepared for that because if someone chooses to shut me out because my opinion differs from theirs, or because I have questions and invite discussion, those probably aren’t my people. The reality is, my conservative and liberal friends may all take issue with the thoughts to follow. I hope not.

Quite frankly, I don’t know where to begin.

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Wherever you go, there you are.

We all have our days when we want to run away. A different locale, or a switch in geography that will help us escape – ourselves.

It is true. There are times that a change of scenery affords us just the diversion we need to return back to – ourselves.

As I searched cottages for later this year and into the next, I kept returning to the question why?

Yes, oceanfront sunrises are the best. Yes, falling asleep to the sound of the ocean is perfect. Absolutely perfect.

Yet I couldn’t settle or justify the why.

My darling Vivienne would be tense for a number of days. There would be a lot of effort put into leaving behind what has become my home for a brief period of time. After all, I now have plants and herbs.

And as much as I want to – I don’t.

My weekends in Maine are annual – one with friends, the other with family.

But I’m blessed with a road trip that I can make any day – like today. In an hour, I’m at the ocean. I’m in York. I’m at the Playhouse. I’m a million miles away in my mind, yet an hour from home.

How grateful am I.

Yet my home is my sanctuary. It is not a place I want to escape, but a place I want to spend more time – even if I do work from here. I love my surroundings. I am comforted in my space. I am content, satisfied and – happy.

Wherever I go, there I am.

Create a space and life you don’t want to escape – but rather one you want to retreat to.

Home is wherever your heart is.

Work it, baby.

“Good things happen to those who hustle.” – Anais Nin

No, it was not the quote of the day, and I’m quite certain I haven’t come across this one until today. It made me look twice when I flipped the quote calendar, then piqued my interest.

We’re all familiar with the quote that states, “Good things come to those who wait.” Maybe we didn’t challenge that when our parents or teachers tossed it at every disappointment to come our way yet in hindsight, what a passive statement. It’s a false promise of sorts, not intentional by any means, but it states that if we sit back and do nothing – just wait – good things will happen. Continue reading “Work it, baby.”

Self-doubt: Today’s point to ponder.

Quotes and sayings are abundant in my life, and a must. Each day I choose a quote to share with you to carry through your day or hit you just right when you need it most.

When I arrive at my desk each day, the first thing I do is flip to the current date and read the quote of the day. You didn’t doubt for one second that I wouldn’t have a desk quote calendar, did you?!

Some mornings it’s a powerful one and others, not so much. Yet as I move through my day, often that daily quote will pop into mind – whether it is an affirmation for something I’m feeling or, an interaction or experience reminds me of those words, it stays with me most days.

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