Category: Inspiration

The Stuff of Life

Some of you know that I have been on a purge lately, so I was interested when the LA Times published an article about the effect of possessions on our lives. Here are some of my favorite quotes:


The average U.S. household has 300,000 things, from paper clips to ironing boards. U.S. children make up 3.7% of children on the planet but have 47% of all toys and children’s books.


Full bookshelves say, ‘I’m well-read. I have lots of books.’ But really, you just buy books.


I don’t think stuff is inherently wrong or bad . . . but if things have become obstacles to your happiness, that’s a problem.


I am impressed by the degree to which outer order controls inner calm . . . I cleaned out my fridge, and now I can change careers.

Photos by Michael Hvorecky, Janne Morin, Ally Aubry, and  John Haslam, used with permission

Pit Stop Ballet

I generally don’t give a flying fig about professional motorsports, until I saw this video of the Ferrari team doing a pit stop in TWO SECONDS! It is mind blowing. Seriously. I love the way they crouch in readiness before the car pulls in. They are so smooth under pressure!

Self love


One of the things I’ve learned from my ACL injury is that the path to health is never-ending and that the score of our “problems” is vast. We are not a heap of problems, though, but people surviving life (which we are doing beautifully BTW). Today, I am working on my body by choosing well, not because I’m trying to avoid or because I’m dissatisfied with a part of me. That is love.

If you haven’t been keeping up with my ACL journey and want to read more, here are a few of my recent posts from my other blog Kneed to Know:



“Just as the wave cannot exist for itself, but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean, so must I never live my life for itself, but always in the experience which is going on around me.” ~Albert Schweitzer

Something for the weekend


After nearly three months of not being able to explore the mountains, I think I’m finally beginning to see the virtue of sleeping in every Saturday! We’re headed to Teatro Zinzanni with our nephews, niece and my brother today, which I think will be really neat. I also plan on going for my first outdoor bike ride since my injury on Sunday. And you? What are you up to today and tomorrow?

Scanned receipts – yay or nay?

Cool resource for travel itinerary planning

Make magic in 2014

Fun things to do in Seattle this weekend: Drawing Jam | Urban Craft Uprising | Jingle Bell Run

Made me laugh, and then I learned some things

Adorable mini-gingerbread houses | banana bread biscotti | dal tadka in a jar

How tearing my ACL made me a better person

Cookbook review: The Great Vegan Bean Book

Photo: snap turtle