Friday, July 31, 2015

the lemon treatment

My niece is a newly-graduated, board-certified psychologist with so much knowledge and heart it's astounding. To know her is to adore her. Chloe's always sharing a great nugget, whether a book recommendation, a recipe for easy enchiladas or the kitchen timer technique, which is part pop psychology, part life hack brilliance. You can buy one lots of places and in a variety of shapes,  including the perennially popular pomodoro. I just ordered this zesty lemon on Amazon. I'm supposed to set it for 25 minutes whenever there is a project I need to start but keep putting off (write a brochure, do some bookkeeping, clean out the basement, etc). That's enough time to get a chunk done and there's a good chance I'll keep going for much longer. Maybe even complete the dreaded task in one swoop. This lemon and I have lots of chores and projects to squeeze in over the next few weeks. Together, I know we can do it.

Sunday, July 19, 2015


It literally means letterbox. Not surprisingly, there are many images of mailboxes among my Italy pictures. This one seems to fit Rumi's words below on a Sunday morning: 
Do you know what you are?
You are a manuscript oƒ a divine letter.
You are a mirror reflecting a noble face. 
This universe is not outside of you. 
Look inside yourself;
everything that you want, 
you are already that.

- Rumi

Friday, July 17, 2015

seventh heaven

It "has enough ink to write 1.7 meters per day for 7 years" and glides across a page like pure silk. That it's orange and bears an exclamation mark is just icing. What kind of a dear friend bestows a treasure like this on a person? Katie, that's who. I could write 1.7 meters a day on her lovingkindness alone. My challenge is not going to be using up the ink in a meaningful, joy-filled way, but keeping up with this instrument of creativity and communication for the next 7 years. I had to make a U-turn in downtown traffic yesterday thinking I left it at a client's office! This pen and I have places to go and things to write. We'll be in touch.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

J is for journalist

Life being a journey, it's helpful to jot down footnotes as you go along. Some would call this journal-keeping. Notes-to-self that help you know yourself. No particular template need be followed. Just your thoughts and words arranged any way you choose on the page. Doing so can fuel another great j-word, joy.

Monday, July 6, 2015


Collecting your thoughts is what summer and the beach and abandoning routine are all about. Sifting memories, sorting ideas. Remembering who and why you are. Soaking in energy, basking in possibility. So good to get away. Then so good to come back.