Thursday, April 17, 2014

Observation - #atozchallenge

Sometimes I like to stand in one spot and slowly look around, observing everything around me. I like to see what will catch my eye or what will speak to me. For anyone that has followed me, I'm sure you've noticed that I love reflections. I'm always drawn to them.

Today, I met with a woman who is helping me with many things but mostly my anxiety due to Dystonia. I've been so fortunate to have different people come into my life, helping with each step of getting better and learning to live this new life after being diagnosed. After I met with her, I took a little walk to get some fresh air and took the above picture. This is my grateful pic of the day. Grateful that I saw such beauty in these awesome reflections, grateful to be working through anxiety, grateful for fresh air and melting snow.

This post is part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge. I can't believe we are already over half way through the alphabet! How is everyone doing? What are you grateful for today?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


This is me saying, nooooooooo to this snow! Lol! At least in the Minneapolis area we are not getting as much as surrounding areas. Duluth, MN is getting 6 inches. It's just a bit depressing when we are all so ready for spring. Staying positive though, I'm having some company over later that will brighten the day!!

What is the one thing that made your day?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Took this shot today of Lake Minnetonka. So happy to see the ice moving out.

The water is my muse....

always inspires, always soothes, always makes me smile....

Monday, April 14, 2014

Love and Friendship

Holy clothespin! haha. I had mentioned that I recently went away for a girls weekend. With my Dystonia, I usually am laying on the couch with my head propped back on a pillow so I can hold it straight while working on my computer and photos (at home I have a chair with a high back). All the other girls have stations that they work at doing different things....scrapbooking, sewing, etc. Mandy, who sets up the weekend and is the most organized, generous person....always gives each of us girls a little gift basket. This year when I arrived, my basket was on my couch. It put a HUGE smile on my face. It truly is the little things in life. The reason I love this group of women is they just accept me for who I am, the girl over on the couch, away from the group but still part of it. Having my gift basket sitting on my couch was for me like....acceptance. No big deal. For that, I love Mandy and for always making me laugh.

Okay...back to that huge clothespin. Each of us brings a project that the whole group can work on. I was able to do about three of the projects but then my neck pulling was just too much. They were making these clothespins and I really wanted one. I mean how cute and functional! Of course, my friend Becky stepped up and did one for me. She did that last year too. True friendship. I get emotional about it because again....acceptance. I look fine the majority of the time, most people don't even know that anything is wrong with me. So a lot of people would just think I'm fine, or I can do anything....but Becky always sees and always knows when it's a rough day. For that....I am so blessed. You don't always find those friends in life and I am so lucky to have crossed her path.

Until you have something you have struggled with, you don't realize how much these small things can mean to a person. I think we ALL know though....acceptance means the world to everyone, to be able to just be you and still be LOVED.

Mandy and Becky - Thank you! I'm using my clothespin for recipe cards and how cute are those little cameras on it?! :-)