Monday, September 24, 2018

Light Where There Is Dark


"Make the choice to be a light-bringer to dark places."

~ Chieko Okazaki

It's amazing how powerful light is.

On a clear, new moon night far from city lights, you can see billions of stars in the sky.  Pinpricks of time, strong enough to be seen here on Earth light-years away.  When a match is lit in a windowless room, darkness scatters to shadows, hiding until the match burns out, unable to turn off the light.  Only the match burns out of its own will, unless the match chooses to light candles to maintain the rooms warmth.

In this World, the current climate we find ourselves in, it's easy to fall pray to despair.  Yet as I look out the window the sun shines, the air is clean.  No matter what you're dealing with or struggling through, find light.  It's there if you look.

We can be a light in the dark.

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. Desmond Tutu
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Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. Desmond Tutu
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/lists/topics/top_10_hope_quotes
Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. Desmond Tutu
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/lists/topics/top_10_hope_quotes

Saturday, September 22, 2018

The Frustrating Enneagram


At first glance this pattern may seem to belong to the Salem Witches of yore.

Nay, 'tis not so.

This is the Enneagram.  A 9 type personality system.

I first became aware of the Enneagram back in college over a decade ago, when I was obsessing over Myers-Briggs, a 16 type personality system.  Myers-Briggs made sense, though now I find it quite flawed thanks to the fact that it doesn't take ambiverts into account, throwing off much.  When it came to the Enneagram I took many tests, got different results, nothing felt right, so I gave up on it.

February of this year I decided to give the Enneagram another go.

(With everything said in this post, I don't claim to be an expert.
This is me dabbling around to make sense of things.)

History of the Enneagram

A part of what makes the Enneagram so frustrating is its history.  There's a smattery of information, mis-information, conflicting information, myths, lore, etc.  What's clear is that it's ancient, 2,000-3,000 or so years old.  The Babylons had something to do with it, perhaps.  All ancient religions show some ties or uses with it.  If you want to read further on the historical roots of the Enneagram there's more than enough information on the subject online.

Then there's the modern pioneers of the last hundred years: Gurdjieff, Ichazo, Naranjo, Don Riso and Russ Hudson, Palmer, the Fauvre's and their tritypes, etc.

There's so many ideas.  Different standards.  Some stick to the 9 type Enneagram core.  Others get into the wings.  Instinctual types.  Each book or webpage will contain slightly different information, terminology, definitions, which makes typing yourself rather difficult.

What is the Enneagram?

The idea behind the Enneagram is that there's 9 core types.  Everyone has a core.  Some believe a persons core continues to develop into their late twenties, and therefore typing shouldn't be done sooner.  Childhood trauma's can influence a persons core type that becomes fixed (I'm personally not entirely sure of this fact).  And from that point a persons wings (the types on either side), the lines of integration vs disintegration (the lines that move to and away from the core), and their levels of health can influence a persons actual personality.  So a Type One can pick up on type Nine and Two traits, and moves towards and away from Seven and Four.  Confused yet?  I'm really not explaining it well.

The core personality types are thus: Type 1 =  The Reformer, Type 2 = The Helper, Type 3 = The Achiever, Type 4 = The Individualist, Type 5 = The Investigator, Type 6 = The Loyalist, Type 7 = The Enthusiast, Type 8 = The Challenger, Type 9 = The Peacemaker.  I got this from Ruso and Hudson.  There's other titles given to these types.  Search "Enneagram" and click on "Images," and you'll see some of the different names, like how Four's are called individualist, but are also called creatives and romantics.

Along with the core types, there's 3 groupers for each type: Anger, Shame, Anxiety.  8,9,1 = Anger/rage triad.  2,3,4 = Shame triad.  5,6,7 = Anxiety/Fear triad.  And another grouping is Gut/instinct, Heart/Feeling, and Thinking triads.  Gut = 8,9,1.  Feeling = 2,3,4.  Thinking = 5,6,7.

Then there are the virtue and vices.

Vices: 1 (Anger/wrath), 2 (pride), 3 (vanity), 4 (envy), 5 (avarice), 6 (Fear/doubt), 7 (gluttony), 8 (lust), and 9 (sloth/comfort).

Virtues: 1 (Serenity/tolerance), 2 (humility), 3 (honesty/authenticity), 4 (gratitude/calmness/equanimity), 5 (non-attachment), 6 (courage), 7 (constancy/sobriety/patience), 8 (temperate/innocence), 9 (right action/engagement/discernment).

(AHHHHHH!!!!!!!!)

Why Testing For Your Enneagram Type is So Difficult

For the longest time I was mis-typing myself.

Different tests brought out different parts of myself.  There are several tests online, but I also picked up "Discovering Your Personality Type" by Riso and Hudson and took their RHETI test, and then took each test at the beginning of each section in their book "The Wisdom of the Enneagram."

The problem with these kind of tests is that you have to be completely honest with yourself.  You have to truly see yourself the way you are.  Your motivations.  How you react.  Etc.  And you have to be willing to get completely raw and deep.  No test can do this.  It's a truly painful process.

In terms of taking the tests I kept consistently coming out as a type Four, individualist.

The RHETI had me 24 points type Four, 22 points type Five, 19 points type One, and 17 points for both type Six and Two.  (Feeling triad = 51, Thinking Triad = 46, Instinctual Triad = 46).   So I believed I must be a Four.  It seemed to match.  But something always felt off.

I also took each mini test in the beginning of each type chapter in "The Wisdom of the Enneagram."  What's nice about these tests is that it focuses mainly on the individual type, whereas RHETI makes you choose either/or's between two types.  These results are from 6 months ago, so my scoring might be different now.  You can score between 0-75 points per type.  Type One = 49 points, type Two = 30 points, type Three = 37 points, type Four = 51 points, type Five = 47 points, type Six = 44 points, type Seven = 39 points, type Eight = 34 points, and type Nine = 39 points.  (Combined Instinct Score = 122, Combined Feeling Score = 118, Combined Thinking Score = 130.)

On one test I came out higher in the Feeling Triad and on another I came out higher in the Thinking Triad.

The Enneagram Journey is a Painful One

Like I stated above, you have to get raw and deep.

I wasn't seeing myself.  But I also wasn't being completely being honest with myself.

I'm not a core type Four.

I was mis-typing myself as a Four, for whatever reason.

As I dived in, it's when I started keenly looking at Vices/Virtues and Disintegration vs Integration that helped me nail down what my core type truly was.  Also, an "eyeopening" moment taking a character quiz test at Disney's California Adventure helped me realize my core type.  Leave it to the Mouse to help give me a rude-awaking.

The Moment I Realized I Was A Thinking Type, Not a Feeling Type

At California Adventure next to Disneyland you can find Beast's Library in the Animators Academy.  There you can take a test with these interactive books.  A series of questions will lead you to know what Disney character you're most like.  I was quietly taking the test when my Mom and brother Steven were standing right behind me, watching.  I got to the question where it asks, "Are you ruled by your passionate heart or your logical head?"  I was in the process of selecting "passionate heart" when both my Mom and Steven yelled, in unison, "Logical head!!!"  I paused then, selected what they exclaimed, and ultimately got Mulan.  But that made me think.  And I asked them about it later.  Steven said I overthink everything.  And I realized it was true.

I have other key moments when I realized I took the thinking approach over instinct and feeling.

When I was seven and in the school yard, I got in a rather interesting debate over which church was true.  This happened with another girl from another class, and as a Latter-Day-Saint I took the LDS doctrinal stance, the girl I was debating came across more evangelical, though could have been Catholic.  After the bell rang I was in a quandary.  I was getting baptized soon and I didn't know if my church was true!  There were other churches!  My World fell apart.  When I got home I had so many questions for my Mom.  She gave me good advice, told me to study and pray, ask questions, and that I'd know in my mind and heart what is true.  She had complete faith in me, and told me she would love me no matter what.  So I took the thinking way and studied.  Asked questions.  Keenly listened to sacrament talks and Sunday school.  And by the time I turned eight I knew in my mind, heart, and gut that the church was true and I was ready to make the baptismal covenant.  28 years later and I'm still rock solid.

When I was eight another big thing happened.  A new girl moved into our class.  She was being picked on, by my friends.  I told them I was going to go over and become friends with her.  They told me if I did they would bully and name call me as well.  Sad to say I didn't go over right then.  I went home and thought about it.  Asked my Mom questions.  Thought some more.  And realized I didn't want false friends and I didn't want to be apart of what my current friends were doing.  So the next day or so later I told my friends that I appreciated their friendship, but I was going to become friends with this other girl.  I walked over to the Eagles Nest, and the rest is history.  I was bullied and name-called, and it lasted a few years, but it went away.  And not once did I regret the choice, which probably made the bullying tolerable, because I choose it.

Then there was this other time in college while taking an Institute of Religion class that I answered a question, got into it, and the teacher paused then, studied me, and said, "You're a true intellect," and then went on to the next topic.  It kinda struck me, because I never saw myself as an intellect before that moment.

My Core Type

I'm a Five.

It took awhile, but I got there.

Thought for the longest time I was a four, contemplated type One for a few days, and even thought I might be a Six.  But Five is what I am.

It was studying the vices and virtues that helped me realize this.  My problem is avarice, not envy or jealousy.  Avarice from an enneagram, withdrawing perspective.  And then realizing that non-attachment is the ability to take a step back and see all sides.  Everything fell into place.  I feel the push and pull between Seven and Eight, which I never felt between One and Two.  Five makes sense, with a strong Four wing, though I pull from my Six wing as well.

Be Careful With Descriptions

Descriptions are meant to guide, but they are not absolutes.  And Descriptions change depending on the author.  It's a part of why typing is so frustrating.  The key to figuring out what your core is, is by stripping the Enneagram to its core to see the patterns.  Find where you are between virtue and vice, and the movement within the Enneagram.

We're a Little Bit Of Everything

My main goal is facing avarice.  That's my primary focus.

But that's one of the reasons I've come to like the Enneagram.  It's not all flowers and Roses.  There's a dark-side and an awareness that we have faults to work on.  If you truly want to experience the Enneagram, the best way is to use it for self-improvement.  Find what you need to do to get healthy, and the enneagram will give you clues and point you in the right direction.

Along with Five, I do see other types in me, and I believe the types you connect with can also have a healthy to unhealthy range.  It's important to get every bit of ourselves healthy.

What I See When I Look at the Enneagram

The Enneagram takes a 3-D perspective in my mind.  Being a 5w4 (Type 5 with a 4 wing), I sit at the bottom of the Enneagram looking up.  And with it I see discs.  Dots bouncing between lines.  My top disc is my 5 core with graphs of healthy to unhealthy aspects bouncing around, and multiple dots bouncing around between 4, 6, 7, and 8.  Then there's a second disc further below, which is where my One self sits, obscured, itself bouncing in a less influential way, and more discs sit, suspended, below that.
 
We're multifaceted individuals.  Richly complex.

Final Thoughts

The Enneagram is a journey, one that I think a person must be ready for, because it is such a painful/powerful experience that really has no point unless you're willing to make changes and grow.  It's also a deeply frustrating journey.  So many times I wanted to give up and throw it away.  There's value if you stick with it, but if you can't find your core, that's also okay.  The Enneagram isn't perfect but it does have value.  And it's a worthwhile tool.

So as I go through this journey I'm doing a few things to tackle avarice and how I deal with energy.  My brother Michael recommended the audible "The Art of Empathy" by Karla McLaren, which is fantastic.  I also have Cognitive Behavioral Therapy stuff I'm going to work through.  Don't want to mention these sources until I deem them good or not.  I also need to get out of my mind and into the real World, so there's a few things I'm going to do more of, like cooking.  I can follow a recipe well, but I don't like cooking because it's so "present."  I also want to get into nature more often, feel the sunshine.  And exercising will be good as well.

Any step in the right direction is a good step.

Some of the resources I've poked through: "Discovering You Personality Type" and "The Wisdom of the Enneagram" by Riso and Hudson, "The Complete Enneagram: 27 Paths to Greater Self-Knowledge" by Beatrice Chestnut, "The Road Back to You" by Ian Morgan Cron, and "The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth" by Christopher L. Heuertz.  Many forum discussions on Personality Cafe.  Various websites and Youtube videos.  Happy searching.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

ZenPop Japanese Stationary Subscription Box August 2018


ZenPop August Stationary Box 2018, Japanese Summer Pack

This box is getting reviewed late.

The September box is still traveling, left Tokyo the last I checked, and is probably on one of those freight ships traveling across the Pacific ocean.

ZenPop Japanese Stationary Pack has 10 or more stationary items per box.  You can make a one time purchase, or select a subscription plan of 3 or 6 months.  One box per month and those who get a subscription receive a bonus item.  A single box is $29.50, 3 months is $28x3 = $84, and 6 months is $27.50x6 = $165.  Shipping is free (boxes come from Osaka Japan so this is a great deal) and plans don't automatically renew (which is fantastic).

In the Stationary Pack you can expect pens and pencils, washi tape, cute stickers, paper products, and accessories.   Brands included can be Sanrio, Tombow, ZEBRA, mt masking tape, Platinum, Kuretake, uni-ball, PILOT, and KOKUYO.

All quotations throughout this post come from the info paper.


 Japanese Summer Pack: "Summer in Japan is super hot but filled with many fun things.  Japanese matsuri (festivals) are events where you can play games, eat kakigori (shaved ice) and watch fireworks.  Or when you are at the beach with friends you play Suika-wari, where you don a blindfold and smash a watermelon with a stick.  We hope this month's stationary is useful, but also gives you a warm feeling of Japanese summer."


Manet Washi Tape

"Another beautiful washi tape from Manet this month!  You'll get either "Soft Ice Cream" "Space Ice Cream" or "Space Flowers" patterns.  Manet is known for their painterly kawaii designs and this month is no different.  These unique tapes have a cute summer feeling to decorate you life with."

I got the ice cream tape.  It's super cute.  Ice cream is always a good idea.

(The pattern is shown a couple pics down.)

Pens!  (I grouped them together)


 Top: Kuretake - ZIG Wink of Stella

"This Popular brush pen has glittery color ink!  You may have tried the Wink of Luna brush pen from a previous ZenPop pack.  The Luna versions have metallic ink, but this one is sparkly.  Of course, it is a great pen to do lettering, drawing, writing, and is great for crafting and decorating."

When I subscribed to this box I was hoping for a brush pen to practice kana/kanji with.  I love this pen and the beautiful sparkly gold color.  It writes nicely.

Second: Pilot - Metallic Juice Gel pen 0.5

"Juice pen is a well known brand, but did you know that it comes in metallic colors? With this metallic ink Juice pen, you can write on not only paper but it also works great on photos and black paper!  Decorate you photos and other things with this pen and make them more gorgeous."

A simple pink sparkly pen.  Can never have too many.

Third: Sakura - Micron Pigma Pen

"This cool pen PIGMA uses pigmented ink, so it is waterproof and has light resistance.  Free from bleeding even if you draw a line over it with highlighters.  Great to use for drawing, illustration, and more!  This time it comes in blue, black, or green."

Micro pens are quickly becoming my favorite type of pen.  I have another that I've been using quite often, so having another is nice.

(Bonus item for subscribers)

Fourth: Sakura - Ballsign Pen

"In case this pack wasn't sparkly enough, here's one more item to add a bit more "kira kira" to anything you write or draw this month!  This ink looks awesome on dark paper."

A simple green sparkle pen.  I should try it on darker paper, as suggested.



Summer Letter Set

"This letter set is made of "Iyo Japanese paper", from Ehime prefecture.  It is called Iyo in the Edo era.  You will receive either a sunflower or watermelon design.  Sunflower tells us that the summer has come, and watermelon is popular for "Suika-wari," a traditional Japanese game that involves smashing a watermelon with a stick while blindfolded."

This is a very small set.  All the spoiler pictures I saw it with I thought it would be typical letter size, but instead it's like a mini set for quick notes.  Not big enough to comfortably send through the mail system.


 Summer Post Card Set

"In Japan, there is a custom to send a postcard in summer to say hello to friends or relatives.  It is similar to new year cards in Japan, but compared to new year card, summer greeting cards are not as popular these days.  Sending a card with your handwriting is always great to express your feelings!"

Cute postcards.  This set came with 3 of the same.  I'll be sending these through Postcrossing.


 Planner Sticky Notes

"Cute sticky notes to write your to do list or a small memo!  These nicely sized sheets will fit to your weekly or monthly schedule book.  Put this sticky marker on your summer pages and make the page more summer-ish!  Combine with your new ocean themes flake stickers to make it extra summery!"

These are memo sheets for planners.  Funny, I have a planner, just not using it.  It would be good to pull it out and give these sticky notes a try.



 Mini Memo Pad - Small Animal Ball

"Cute memo pad from Mindwave!  It has 6 colorful and lovely designs.  The small animal ball is a capsule toy, which we call "Gacha-gacha" or "Gacha-pon" in Japanese.  "Gacha-gacha" is really popular among many people, especially kids in Japan.  When you insert a 100 yen coin and turn a handle, then a capsule (A small toy is inside of it) comes out from the machine.  The most fun point is that you don't know what you are going to get."

I love that this set came with 6 different designs.  Very cute.  And I love the Gacha-gacha design.  When I was in Japan I did get a couple toy capsules.  A must do if you visit Japan; they're not hard to find.  


 Folding Ruler

"By this folding ruler, you can measure up to 30 cm of you open it up!  Moreover, you can measure angle with the protractor on the middle of the ruler.  You will get either pink "ice cream" based designed ruler or blue "summer drink" based one."

A metric ruler.  This fold-able ruler will be useful.


Flake Stickers

"These ocean themed flake stickers are so pretty and shiny.  You probably don't want to get real jellyfish stuck on you but these stickers look so pretty and they won't sting!  Enjoy the feeling of the summer sea and stick these anywhere you need a refreshing little reminder of a sea breeze."

 Super cute, nice stickers.  Seeing jellyfish is my favorite part of visiting an aquarium.  I like the gold accents and pretty watercolor.

This is a nice box with useful items.

Sad Summer is coming to an end, but these items will let me hold on a little longer.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Fulfilling a Harry Potter Goal I Didn't Realize I Had


On the first of this month I visited The Harry Potter Shop At Platform 9 3/4 in King's Cross station, London.  I wanted to do something Harry Pottery, and since I did the Hop-on/Hop-off bus in London, with the orange line going by King's Cross, it wouldn't be too hard to visit and see this side of the city.

 It would be fun to say I've been in King's Cross, though I didn't take any of the trains, and after visiting Buckingham Palace there was just enough time to navigate the two bus routes to get there before the orange route stopped operating at 5:30.

The station wasn't quite what I expected.  Far more modern than depicted in film, though I already expected this.  The actual platforms you can't access unless you're taking a train.  The shop itself is in the main hallway where there are other shops and eateries.  I was on a time crunch so didn't really get a good look around.

There was a language cart positioned at 9 3/4 with a long line.  Sure, it would have been fun getting a photo with it, but speed shopping and making it back to the bus was of higher importance.

So here's the funny thing: For fun I got the 9 3/4 train ticket to Hogwarts.  It was only a pound, I believe.  My Mom and I looked at it and thought it was cute that the date, 1 Sep 2018, the date we visited, was printed on the ticket.  A nice souvenir, right?  We thought it was cool that the current date was on the ticket, but how wasteful it must be to throw out tickets and make new tickets for the next day stating 2 Sep 2018.

Heh, I know.

Last night, as I was going through things, it finally dawned on me: September 1st . . . September 1st was the day all the Hogwarts kids left for Hogwarts!

That wasn't a special date put on the ticket just for the day I visited!  I just happened to go to Kings Cross the day the Hogwarts Express would have left for Hogwarts.  It's like this really cool Harry Potter goal that I didn't realize I had, yet inadvertently fulfilled.  And I also feel like a failed Harry Potter fan for figuring it out so late.

Well, it's cool.

Now when I reread the books and all the kids are rushing to Hogwarts, I can remember visiting King's Cross on September 1st.




The shop itself.  Didn't take pictures on the inside.



My loot.

(Photos by Sarah and Robin Stufflebeam)

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Striking Embers Blaze, an original poem


Striking embers blaze
Clinging smoke clouds the mountain
A whispering wind

~ The Pithy Poet
Sarah Stufflebeam

(The Pithy Poet is a name that's been bouncing around my head for awhile now.  I thought it would be fun to sign all my short poetry with it.)  

 (Three days ago, State Street Utah Valley)

The Pole Creek Fire has been affecting Utah Valley.  I'm not quite sure when it started, but I think it was within the last week.  Three days ago is when I first noticed it, not really sure what the clouds in the distance were.  They seemed off for low hanging clouds.


(Two days ago, view from the point of the mountain.)

It's interesting how the smoke just hangs there.  Yesterday morning the smoke filled the valley with a distinct campfire smell, then by the afternoon the wind cleared the smoke away.  My youngest brother and sister-in-law live where the smoke has been hanging.  Our families were supposed to have a party at their house, but with the smoke, which has been raining ash, we moved the location.

This morning I've been trying to get information on the fire but can't find much.

The weather here has been dry and windy, not a good combination.  There's been quite a few evacuations.  Last I heard the fire was only 2% contained, but that was a couple days ago.

There's multiple wildfires burning in Utah.  I'm praying for the safety of the firefighters.  They're so brave.  And praying for peoples homes as well.  I don't know anyone in the evacuation zone, but many of my friends have friends who are affected, and it's pretty scary.

This seems to be the Summer of fire.  Hopefully it will end soon.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Getting Back from a Wonderful 16 Day Vacation to the U.K. and Ireland

 (Powerscourt Gardens, Ireland)

A couple days ago I got back from the U.K. and Ireland.  It was a wonderful trip, 7 months in the planning.  It's strange being back home and that it's all over.  All the anticipation replaced by memories.

I've been fortunate to go on some nice vacations in my life, but this has got to be my favorite of them all.  We visited/did: a Disney Cruise around U.K. and Ireland, Bath's historic sites, London, Dover and it's beautiful castle, Canterbury city center and its legendary cathedral, a stroll through Cobh and the Titanic experience, Dublin drive through, Glendalough monastery ruins, magnificent Powerscourt gardens, Stirling Castle and Robert the Bruce battle site, Liverpool port, and the Lake District with a boat ride to Bowness.

Goodness, just a week ago I had my last day at sea on the Disney Magic, last Sunday we were exploring Dover Castle with a focus on the Medieval parts (wish there was enough time for the WWII tunnels!!), and last Monday was Canterbury, less than a week ago.  The trip already feels so distant.  How does that happen?

I did so much planning, my Mom gave me free control.  It all started last January when we decided we wanted to do a Disney Cruise, something I've always wanted to do, but they're so dang expensive!  This was my first ever cruise.  We looked at so many itineraries and decided it would be nice to return to the British Isles and Ireland, doing what we missed out on last time, having new experiences.

Last fall we wanted to experience Bath, but couldn't make it work, and after listening to the entirety of "The Plantagenets" by Dan Jones last Summer, and seeing that the cruise left and returned to Dover, I had to do Dover Castle.

Wales was something I wanted to visit as well, maybe some castle, the ocean, or Cardiff, but we couldn't fit that into this trip.  I also wanted to visit Charles Dickens home in London and Jane Austen's home in Hampshire, but couldn't fit that in as well. Got to leave some things for another visit, right?  Goodness, who knows when, but I'm always open to the possibility.

This was a good trip on many level.  I'm a researcher, I need to know all the possibilities and what to do in certain situations, and there were some things I couldn't figure out in the planning stages of this trip.

This trip was a life lesson.  I won't always know how something works, what needs to be done, how to get where I want to go, but have faith.  Trust that when I get to a certain point, someone or something will be there to help guild me to the next step, or give the right answer.  Don't stall, just move.  Trust.  Stop stressing so much!!!!  So many things fell right into place when needed.

And jet lag.  Jet lag!!  It wasn't so bad when I went.  Napped on the plane, took melatonin at night, a B complex in the morning, and actually slept.  Coming back I didn't sleep at all on the plane, watched movies and documentaries.  I now have major insomnia.  Woke up both yesterday and this morning at 3:00 am and couldn't fall back asleep.  Hopefully it evens out soon.  Man, I miss sleeping on the cruise.  The ships rocking was so nice.

(Random nerdy thought: so when circadian rhythms get messed up while traveling we call it Jet Lag.  On Dr. Who would it be Tardis Lag?  That's got to be a thing.  Can you imagine how messed up you'd be space/time traveling?  Or being on a planet that doesn't have a 24 hour rotation cycle?  Seriously.)

(On a Hop-on/Hop-off bus in Bath, England)

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Live Life to the Fullest


“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth.” 

 ~ William W. Purkey

 Just a little reminder. :0)

Some days are hard.  Some easy.  Some moments you wish there was a pause button to either take everything in, or get that extra load of laundry finished.  But no matter what, there is always a little something to find joy.  Something to find beautiful.  Take a moment to look, smile, breath, dance, sigh, dream, live.

 Photo might be by me, but there's a chance my Mom took it.  Some of our pictures got mixed up, but regardless it's a beautiful flower.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Visiting Monet's Garden in Giverny France


On a beautiful Spring day in April, 2016, I got to see Monet's garden in Giverny France.  The day was wonderful, and it's a trip I highly recommend.

If only all days can be as wonderful as this.

























 






Photos by Sarah and Robin Stufflebeam