happy new year

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” Confucius.

Great quote to remember as this new year begins…Happy New Year to all – may it be filled with beauty of all kinds…and in many ways…

enjoy.

beach at sunset

 

love

I came across this quote by Oren Arnold, while reading Simply Sage, and realized it was just what I was looking for…With so much focus on consuming during this holiday season, I thought why not remind myself (and others) of what this time of year (and life) is truly about. Love, forgiveness, understanding, patience and compassion – towards others yes, but also, ourselves.

“To your enemy, forgiveness. 

To an opponent, patience. 

To a friend, your heart.

To a customer, service. 

To all, charity.

To every child, a good example.

To yourself, respect.”

Oren Arnold

the beach 

inspiration

What inspires you? That was the question asked by the folks from WordPress’ daily post last week. It’s not only a question, but a special photo challenge. They want to see what inspires each of us to blognot only through words, but in action. They want to see what it is we ‘do’ – what makes us want to blog. What inspires us.

So I decided to accept this challenge and set up my camera (while little man was napping) and take a few snapshots of me ‘doing what I do’… I’ve also included a few photos other’s have taken along the way…

To me, inspiration is endless, it’s everywhere, it’s ever changing, it’s fun, it’s life. This is why I blog.

I love (thus am inspired by) finding a great deal (preferably free) unfortunately no photos of me dump shopping (yet), traveling, gardening, growing my own, cooking for family and friends, making art with my son, being outdoors, living in Maine, the sky at sunrise and sunset, baking, taking pictures…this list can go on and on, but for now, just a few pics of me, doing what I do

The timing of this ‘what inspires you’ challenge is quite poetic for me. It goes beyond blogging… I started this post before knowing my life was about to change. My mother, unexpectedly, passed away last weekend.  And while it may seem strange to some that I am sharing this, I am because She was my inspiration. My mother lived life differently than most.  I learned what to do and what not do from her – but most importantly she always inspired me to be me. This is why I blog. Thank you mom. I love you and I miss you. You, Gypsy Di, will always be my inspiration…wherever you may be.

friends

This past weekend we enjoyed the company of good friends…you know the kind – friends with whom you can ‘just pick-up’ where you left, regardless if it’s been a few months, or years… friends which have seen the best in you and sometimes, the not so best…

Friends make moments we never forget – moments which can change our lives, moments which are simply too silly to forget or best of all, fun – good friends are fun! They are important for our overall ‘being’… and most importantly, as William Shakespeare said,

“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.”  

Thank you to my friends – old and new.

Happy 4th. of July!

the simple life

Quote

“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter; to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of the simple life.” John Burroughs

The irony of the simple life is that it’s not always so simple…is anything? 

What’s your idea of ‘the simple life’?