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    Hello April.

    Hello April. Hello to a new week, a new month and another fresh start. Hello being gentler with myself. Hello getting back to sewing. Hello exploring new – mind-blowing – ideas. Hello making plans to connect with friends. and family. Hello new habits. Let’s go!

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    TGIF | Hello March.

    It felt good to flip the page on my calendar this morning to see which photo would grace my desk for the next 31 days. Nothing like two of my favorite guys in coordinating plaid to make me smile! Also, a month that begins on a Friday, my favorite day of the week, just seems auspicious (never mind that February did, too!) Reflecting on the post I wrote for February’s Hope check-in, I realized I wanted something a little different for March. The actions I took in February were reactions … to discomfort, stress, everyday things. This month, I’m choosing a proactive approach – inspired by these words from Nelson Mandela…

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    Three on Thursday | Hello November.

    Hello November! It’s been a while since I said “hello” to a new month from this most comfortable perch at my kitchen counter (and with both feet resting on the rungs of the stool 😉 ). There’s just something about November that makes me glad to be home. I find that when I focus my attention on home, family and friends – I can see light shining in even the darkest places. It gives me hope. It feeds my soul. It gives me courage. and for all of this I am so very grateful. I need – and I’m sure y’all do too – massive doses of ALL of those…

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    Three on Thursday | Hello July.

    Summer is in full swing here. Heat, humidity, and almost daily thunderstorms, the smells of freshly mown grass, sliced tomatoes and peaches, the sounds of laughter coming from the pool next door, the constant whirr of ceiling fans, and a generally slower pace. Hello July! When I started thinking about this month, I was tempted to just go with that slower pace and, you know, just go with it. but no, that’s really who I am. So this morning, it’s Thursday, I set three goals for the month: Stay focused. There’s a bit of “getting my focus back” here, too. I had a wonderful time in New York last month and…

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    Three on Thursday | Hello May.

    Hello May! 6 a.m. today ♥ my unplugged mornings! It’s 80 degrees today …. with blue skies, sunshine and low humidity. Thank you! (and I would be ever-so-grateful if you could hold on to that forecast for a few more weeks 😉). For the first time since I can remember, I’m planning to be home for the entire month of May. I’m looking forward to welcoming summer from the comfort of my routines – unplugged mornings in my study, regular meetings with my friends for study and fellowship, regular workouts, regular meals … and hopefully – soon! – porch time! And because it’s Thursday, here are three specific things I’m…

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    Sometimes Mondays.

    …bring a change of scenery. for the record, my mom (riding shotgun 😉) took this photo the view from our living room Her friend Martha should be here any minute … we decided not to wait! Cheers!

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    Three on Thursday | Hello February.

    from today’s morning walk Hello February, I am glad to see you! and not just because you bring signs of spring and longer days … this year, I am also looking forward to these three things: 1. New books for Lent. I’ll be reading this one on my own and this one with my Friday morning small group. 2. Mind Body Pilates Challenge from The Balanced Life. I joined The Balanced Life last March (when Robin ran a free 21-day challenge) and I still love it. This challenge runs for 10 days, beginning on February 19.  It will be just 15 minutes of Pilates and one mindful exercise per day…

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    Three on Thursday | Hello 2018.

    Last fall, when I started thinking about 2018, I realized I wanted something different for this year. I didn’t want to choose a word or set a goal for some new (daily?!) practice. Both those things have served me well … for years*, but this year, I wanted something simpler. Of course I am still me – the one who posts about reading and knitting goals…because she makes them! – so simply “simpler” didn’t feel quite right. I played around with a few intentions last week (“use what I have”, “embrace simple”, “keep moving”), but nothing really came together (and that’s really the story behind last week’s completely random post!)…

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    Weekending | Hello November.

    This weekend provided multiple examples of why November is such an easy month for me to love. A Friday afternoon walk with Holly, especially with flip flops and crunching leaves. A run to the lake on Saturday morning. An opportunity to wish Sara “Happy Birthday, with something to cheer about” on Instagram. (I still don’t know what the soundtrack is, but she said it was great one!) Knitting with family who are friends on Saturday afternoon. on the porch! spiced pear liqueur with prosecco and plenty of yummy food An opportunity to wear my newest sweater … and a most-patient sister to photograph it. and these are just a few…

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    Hello September.

    this morning at my desk – 7:55 a.m. and I still need lamplight… Hello September. Hello blank pages, fresh starts and new beginnings. Hello family birthday season (which officially begins next weekend with Charlie’s third birthday party!). Hello cooler temperatures and sweater weather (Alaska spoiled me). Hello college football weekends with bourbon cocktails. Hello falling leaves and changing colors. Hello finding joy in the little things*. Hello long weekend (what a perfect beginning). These monthly lists are a wonderful reminder about what I love in each month and season. Thank you Carole and Kat (and the rest of the Think Write Thursday gang) for another great week with one of my favorite prompts! Also…