You Are Here

You Are Here

Have you ever seen a map of a place, and in the middle of it there is a little marker with “YOU ARE HERE” on it?  Sometimes it’s nice to know where you are–like if you’re in a crowded mall, or on a complicated hiking trail.

I think the YOU ARE HERE marker is a great reminder to stop and be present.  You are here.  Now.  In this moment.

This morning I read of a young woman’s passing (read about her on her blog obituary here), and like most of the articles like this which is about a life cut short–it reminds me that life is a gift.  We don’t know when our day will come when we’ll pass on, so we better make the most of what we’ve got!

You are here.  You are here and you have so many things to be grateful for.  Think of those things when life gets you down or you’re feeling discouraged.  Chances are you aren’t 36 (like the young lady who just passed away), dying, having to wear a colostomy bag, and knowing 2 little kids are being left behind without your love and care.

You are here.  You are loved.  You are important.  You are enough.  You don’t have to be anybody famous or do anything special–you are already enough just as you are.

You are here.  Today is a new day and another brand new chance to start over.  In this moment.  You get umpteen do-overs in this life.  Just because life might feel overwhelming in a minute (or month) doesn’t mean it will last forever.

You are here.  You are beautiful.  You are uniquely you.

The Pursuit of Happiness–the Flip Side

The Pursuit of Happiness–the Flip Side

Ask anyone if they’d like to be happy and they’ll say yes.  I mean, c’mon–we’re a nation obsessed with happiness! The right to the pursuit of happiness is even in our Constitution. Okay, so we’ve established that everyone wants happiness.  So, you ask:  “How do I get there?  How can I get happy?” Great question!Continue Reading

Life Lessons from Nine-Eleven

Life Lessons from Nine-Eleven

If you are a U.S. citizen, everyone probably remembers where they were and what they were doing on 9/11.  It was a turning point for every one of us–a huge wake-up call that we weren’t safe on our home soil.  Our troops dealt with this kind of violence on other continents, far away–nothing on this levelContinue Reading

Back to School–the New Start

Back to School–the New Start

It’s that time of year–it’s BACK TO SCHOOL time.  For me, it means a tremendous amount of driving around for my kids (thank goodness they’re active), but I think it’s wonderful to have that one-on-one time with them.  Back to school time also has come to mean to me the start of a new year–theContinue Reading

My Work and Life Update

My Work and Life Update

As we finish up the final week in August (2014), I can’t help but be amazed at how fast the summer months have flown by.  In a week and a half, three of my kids will start school; and one starts her junior year at Notre Dame this week (their first football game is this Saturday!).  IContinue Reading

How Do You Want to Feel?

How Do You Want to Feel?

I recently came across this article on Houzz.com (love that site!): The Question That Can Make You Love Your Home More Okay, so are you curious about the question?  Wait for it, wait for it…Designers often ask their clients: How do you want your home to feel? Many people spend a lot of money, timeContinue Reading

You Can’t Possibly Please Everyone

You Can’t Possibly Please Everyone

As a woman, I was raised in this culture to take care of others’ needs–often at the expense of my own.  I know a lot of women can relate to this.  The nature of females (or female energy) is naturally inclusive and holistic–we unconsciously want to nurture and include others.  This isn’t a “good” orContinue Reading

What Keeps You Up at Night?

What Keeps You Up at Night?

What keeps you up at night?  Is it the chores that are left undone?  Unfulfilled dreams?  Painful experiences that you want to resolve?  Is it a person you think of or a situation?  Excitement for the next day to come–or dread?  There are many reasons why you may not be able to shut off theContinue Reading

Birthdays and the Gift of Healing

Birthdays and the Gift of Healing

Having given birth to three beautiful, healthy baby girls and as the mother of a wonderful stepson, I can truly appreciate the concept of celebrating birthdays.  The actual birth day is a wonderful celebration of life, miracles, and love.  Each year through the concept of birthdays, we celebrate the gift of a person’s birth andContinue Reading

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