1/8/16 – ordinary


Today was just an ordinary day, but lately we have been trying to get outside as much as possible, and when the sun is shining, there is no excuse or task more important.

It is kind of an exciting little secret that as a parent, I have the ability to turn an ordinary day into a memorable one – and it can be just as simple as taking a walk and being present.


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like the ocean


Go out, go out I beg of you
And taste the beauty of the wild.
Behold the miracle of the earth
With all the wonder of a child.  – Edna Jaques

Some days just seem to go wrong.  I don’t respond well, I make things harder than need be, I find myself throwing my hands in the air and saying, “PLEASE can’t we just get along??”, fully knowing that things will resolve better with time if I remain patient and calm.

In moments like these, I feel defeated.

As a mother, I want to be a compassionate role model, as a person, I want to show respect and kindness to others.  Many times I need to do the very thing I tell my children:

be still. breathe. calm down. reset. try again.

And I long for the ocean.

A wave.

There I would stand, waist deep, looking out into the horizon and waiting for a glorious, tall wave to rush in and sweep over me. Strong and terrifying, it would knock me over and I would see how truly small I am.

I might stop acting so big.

The water would be cold and salty and my skin would have that beachy freshness to it.  I might be upset for a moment.  But, as my clothes cling tight to my body, I would smile, thank the ocean, and walk back up along the shore.

There are some things in life powerful like the ocean.

Big moments that hit us and pull us down below the sea and push us up again, so we can regain our footing in less certain ground, where we don’t think we know so much.

And small moments, too.  The kind that you don’t even notice, they slowly creep up and splash around your feet, but still, they impact you.

Today we put our books down and allowed ourselves to become intoxicated with sunshine and fresh air. We ran and laughed, marveled at a partially frozen lake, found enjoyment in throwing sticks onto the icy layer and watching to see the outcome.

And like a gentle wave, the wrong words and deeds were swept away and we all stood up feeling refreshed. And my heart feels so very ready to welcome more days like this.


new and beautiful


Every year for as long as I can remember, has always been better than the proceeding one.

I have a feeling this has a lot more to do with an increasingly positive outlook on life and simply being a year older (and hopefully, wiser) than anything actually more spectacular happening during the course of the year.

LIFE IS GOOD and I feel eager to embrace it and find the beauty in each moment now, rather than whenever the next goal or item on my checklist arrives.  Some times those things don’t come, and when they do, it doesn’t necessarily mean my life will be any better.


So without getting really all that philosophical or “deep”, I am entering the new year feeling energized, ready to tackle new projects and be more present and accessible to my children, family, friends, and others I encounter.  Some simple goals include reading and writing much more, creating when I feel inspired, and getting my business defined clearly enough to really resemble me and what I have to offer.

I am ready to dream big, give big, simplify and get re-organized in order to make time for the things that really matter.

Part of this has included stepping back from social media and trying to focus more on what is in front of me.  When you disconnect it seems like you will become isolated, but I have already found that it opens up more connection with those closest to me.

Because moments like this one are what I want to be present for:


This year, I want to live each day as if it were truly the best day and as if a new opportunity could be around every corner.

Wishing you a Happy New Year and hope you are inspired to be the best YOU have ever been.


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little adventure

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We got away for a small adventure this past weekend and I enjoyed it so very much.  I was thankful for time hiding in the tall grass, still and quiet moments exploring the beach, marveling at the foam and the roar the waves made as they ripped along the shore, and the joy of children climbing barefoot on rocks and squealing in delight at the sight of a waterfall.

What a life I have.

– b.e.

Olympic National Hot Springs { Family Trip }



This weekend we decided to make another trip to the hot springs, but with the kids this time.  We packed up a picnic, stopped at our favorite new watering hole in Sequim, Hurricane Coffee Company, before starting our trek.

I will admit to being tired and snapping a few times at the kids, but the woods and wilderness slowly work their way in.  I don’t generally take many nature photos, but I had my camera and felt a little bit of a challenge to try and find some interest in all the sameness of the woods.



We were expecting it to be busier, since it was a Saturday, but there were just a couple of groups at the springs by the time we got to the end of the trail.  We climbed up to the same pool we had been in on our anniversary.  The kids could hardly wait to get in.  Tip: don’t try to give your ravenously hungry children pirate booty to eat while sitting in the pool.  It will make a mess and they will drop 50% of what they have in their hands.


After soaking for a bit, we cleaned off, packed up and headed back for the return hike.  The kids had a good time, but Shea commented that the pool was too rocky and pokey.

Here’s to more adventures!



– b.e.