Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Snowstorms and Life Lessons

After countless hours of Disney Chanel due to the most recent batch of illness, I'm finally feeling up to finishing this post that I started last week.

Now that another snowstorm has decided to grace us with it's presence, I thought I'd share a life lessons from the CRAZY storm where we got 36 inches in 48 hours?

It boggled my mind that while were I live got slammed, there were other areas that barely received a trace.  How could the same storm do that? *Cue life lesson.

How often do we feel that life is like that? We're in the middle of the same storm as everybody else and while everyone is receiving what we perceive as an abundance of blessings, aka snow, and we're stuck with just receiving "just a trace." All we see is the physical reminder of what we aren't getting and we get a little angry.

While shoveling all that snow, I realized that I don't always see that having all that "snow" can come with another set of problems. Think about how great that much snow is until you have to drive in it. Then it becomes your worst enemy. Simple, everyday chores becomes so. much. longer. because you're you're at the mercy of the elements. Like your independence,  just forget about that as you'll probably going to have to rely on the help of a friend/neighbor/complete stranger at some point. You can't just sit back and think, "I'll deal with the snow tomorrow." You constantly have to keep up with it. Lastly, just like that much snow may mean that you're required to take a new path in your physical travels,  you may required to change your path or give up dreams.

What we don't see though is that we're being compensated for our lack of snow in other ways--sunshine and blue skies, less stress and worry, and the ability to take the path we want. 
It was a timely reminder that even "blessings" can be a challenge and just because I don't have all the "snow" I want in my life, I haven't been forgotten.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Spread the compliment love

Oh. My. Goodness. I can't stop smiling. Just check out Daily Odd Compliment, you won't be disappointed.

P.S. If some guy was to give me these type of compliments on a daily basis, I may just have to marry him.

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Museum Love

Did you "follow a museum" yesterday?  I did. Adding them to my twitter feed made me VERY happy as I have a love affair with museums. Free, world-class museums is just one more thing that makes me miss London.

My love affair has taken me into the past and given me a glimpse of what the future can bring. It's transported me to the beauty of so many cultures. It's also shown me the evil men and empires can inflict. And it's inspired me to surround myself in beauty and goodness. What a love affair!

It started as a nine-year-old when I was captivated with The Etruscans: Legacy of a Lost Civilization at BYU Museum of Art. I'm pretty sure it solidified my history love and may have had something to do with my wanting to be an archeologist.

It was cemented in that giddy moment when I was finally able to Monet's works in person at the Philadelphia Museum of Art after years of dreaming.

And it came to fruition during all those hours spent at the V&A as I found a love that spoke to my soul.

And I think this pretty much sums up my love.

“In poetically well built museums, formed from the heart's compulsions, we are consoled not by finding in them old objects that we love, but by losing all sense of Time.”

Friday, February 01, 2013

The small things that make you smile

These things have made me smile today.

Sunshine and blue sky. 
Water dripping off rows of icicles. 
Turning the calendar to February. 
Nails painted a bubble gum pink.