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Photo title: Ivan’s Stress-Free Bar.
Jost van Dyke, British Virgin Islands.
Quote of the day: “Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.” – Mark Twain (and happy birthday, sir.)
That it’s still nice here so far from the sea
That the cat missed me very much
That the cat furthermore did not go emo on me
That the llamas are growing shaggy in preparation for the coming cold
Photo title: Welcome Home
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.
Update: I, the prodigal wanderer, have indeed returned to my Colorado home after what felt like months, but what was actually only 11 days in the Caribbean sun. While this is not the flower that welcomed me home to my little bungalow – that was 23 beautiful yellow roses – this was one of the flowers that greeted me on my first morning in St. Thomas after the first long day of travel. I’ve never seen one like this before. Even though there is much work/life catching up to do, I hope to share travel tales and new pictures with you all in the coming weeks, doing my little bit to stave off the chill of winter.
Quote of the day: “Peace – that was the other name for home.” ~Kathleen Norris
Sabbaticals that seem far longer than they are
Having someone love me enough to pick me up at the airport
The existence of warm, sunny, tropical places
Being back in my own bed
A most excellent tan
Since I can’t be live with you today, I wanted to share a repost from a year ago, when I was much less a happy, but still grateful. And this year, I am grateful for much more – my new love, new friends, house, job - and yes, so much more.
You know there will be a million posts/articles/tweets of this nature today – and rightfully so. This is just my contribution to the masses.
Thankfulness By The Alphabet
The world is blessed by the mere existence of such a magical place – a land where the star people live and where the soft white sand and turquoise sea caresses your soul.
B is for Books.
A constant blessing in my life, whether I’m reading them, writing them or just being around them. Infinitely fascinating.
C is for Creativity.
Whether its mine or that of others, whether it’s through words, images, movement or sound, I am grateful for it.
D is for Dreams.
Daydreams, night dreams or dreams of present and future, they are all wonderful. Well, sometimes the night dreams are a little rough, but I’ll forgive them.
E is for Emotion.
There are a myriad of them contained in each of us, joyful, painful, beautiful. Let’s get to know them and embrace them all, so we can live to the fullest.
F is for Friends.
Some you never forget, some you never lose, some you have in your life for a short while because you need to learn something from each other. All are blessings.
G is for Grace.
Grace is a character in my novel, Grace is my friend Trisha’s daughter, grace is a way of moving through the world with poise, peace and beauty, and something I strive for.
H is for Hugs.
Warm, comforting, connecting and something we never get enough of. Hug everyone you care for whom you see today – and every day.
I is for Integrity.
Live your life with honor. Sometimes we lose our way, and then we find it again.
J is for Journey.
We take many journeys in the course of our lives. Through each day, across continents, through different spiritual realms. Revel in each journey and accept the gifts of each.
K is for Kelsea.
One word that means the world to me.
L is for Love.
Love comes in so many forms, but it always comes from within and shines outward to the world. Let your love shine.
M is for Magic.
There is a tremendous amount of magic in the universe if we just open our hearts and minds to see and feel it.
N is for Nature.
Beautiful, cruel, kind, just, essential, wonderous. Let’s appreciate it and care for it to the best of our ability.
O is for Ocean.
One of my favorite parts of the planet. Moving eternally, deep, unexplored, ever-changing, full of life and color. A metaphor for each of us. You are blessed if you can feel that you are your own – and someone’s – ocean.
P is for Power.
A good thing, power is strength – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Find your own power and you will enrich your life and the lives of those around you.
Q is for Quest.
Each of our lives is a quest for wisdom and peace. Be a crusader for yourself and make the most of it.
R is for Rest.
We all need it. And it can be elusive. Sleep and rest are not the same thing. Take time to refresh the soul – that is true rest.
S is for Spirit.
Whether it’s a higher power or the soul that surges within you, stay connected with your spirit. It keeps your life alive.
T is for Tenderness.
Take time to be tender with yourself, with the man or woman you love, with children, with animals, with nature.
U is for Uniqueness.
I am grateful for my own uniqueness and the uniqueness of those I love. It makes my life infinitely richer.
V is for Vision.
The ability to see inward, to see past this world, to really SEE this world, are all blessings for me.
W is for Warmth.
Warmth from the sun, and from the people dear to us.
X is for X marks the spot.
The spot where you met someone special, the spots you’ve claimed as your own, the spot where you find your creativity, the spots that restore you to yourself.
Y is for Yellow roses.
One of my favorite flowers and always for me, a memory of my parents.
Z is for Zumba Class.
It has helped me get in shape, helped me remember how to dance, helped me get back in touch with my body.
For all this, and so much more, I give thanks. Have a blessed day!