Simple Joys…

Someone near and dear sent me these two photos today with the best compliment to go along with them, “Saw this today and thought of you.”   I have to be honest but to some (heck, maybe many of you) that would seem nice and then you’d move on with your day.  To me?  I grinned from ear to ear because there is just so much to love in these pics.

Of course, the main thing, its a free library!  They have to be the sweetest and most fun things I have seen.  Its as though they are little nuggets of innocence scattered over our wild and not-so-innocent world.   I also adore the quite that was painted on the side, “The more you read, the more you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”  Not a truer word has been written.  And you all know I love the painting.  I think the more colorful these bad boys are, the better.

I definitely feel that being the steward to one of these is in my future.  As I mentioned before, we don’t really get much traffic my way…  But I still think it is doable.  I have to work to convince my handsome husband that we should build one.  What do they say, “If you build it, they will come.”?

Thanks to my beautiful sister for sending this to me.  Thanks for seeing me when you saw it.  That tells me I am living an authentic life as my authentic self and that you see me.  🙂  Isn’t that what we all want?

XOXO

 

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to you.  Happy Birthday to you.  Happy Birthday, Dear BLOG, Happy Birthday to you!

Today is my blog’s very first birthday!  I can’t believe it!  This experience has been so amazing.  April 13, 2015, I began this little blog called The Memoirs of a Housewife.  Had you told me that in exactly one year I would be boarding a plane to go out West for a book tour for  a book I wrote and I published, I would have thought you were being overly optimistic.  Yet, here I am at 2:00 getting ready to head to the airport to do just that!

I am so thrilled I listened to my true core self about my desires and wants in this life instead of listening to my self-doubt and fears.  We only have this one life.  This isn’t a “practice life”.  We don’t get any do-overs.

I feel so amazed that it has been a year!  Many more to come as I continue to fall further in love with my husband and my Studious, Clever, Dapper and Spicy.  Much more self-discovery and self-enhancement is coming your way.  Life is happening here and it is a blessing.  I am thankful for it all.

I am reminded of these smart words from Karen Lamb that I thought to myself one year ago today when I was nervous and hesitant to hit the “Publish” button on this blog for the first time.  “A year from now you will wish you had started today.”

Well, I hit “Publish” and now a year later, I am so grateful to have no regrets or wasted time.  Get on with your getting on, people.  Life is happening here.  It is a blessing for sure!

I’ll check in from the Wild West Book Tour!  XOXO

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The Creative Spark…

I share the belief with many that we are all creative beings.  Each human has the capacity to make, create, build and dream a little piece of the world for themselves.  Do any of us know a child who doesn’t color?  A child who doesn’t imagine mystical realms?   The truth is we are all creative but we are not all brave.

Creating takes Courage.  It requires that we muster up the toughness to fight off our insecurities.  Insecurities that present themselves as inner voices we hear that tell us we don’t have the ‘right’ to make whatever it is we wish to make.  The self-whispers that tell us there is no one out in the world who wants what we have to create.

Children don’t care.  They are brave without even intending to me.  They haven’t been pushed down by society yet to think that any art they create may be “bad”.  To their eyes, each paper they paint, color or tear is a masterpiece.  Seems to me that this realization proves children are not only brave, but extremely smart as well.

If you are lucky enough to have a creative child, which is to say, you have children- let them create.  Encourage it. Support it.  Embrace it.  And believe in it.  Your positive words and actions will foster their creative spark and will let it catch fire.  Anything else would be a huge disservice to them and to the world who is waiting for more awesomeness to be created.  And while you are at it, go create something yourself!

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