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My birthday gift

Anticipate the day as if it was yourYesterday was my birthday. I had planned to sleep-in, but I didn’t. My body clock is very hard-wired to awake early so, even with concerted effort, a day rarely goes by that I’m not sliding my feet into slippers well before 5:30.

I didn’t begrudge the early start yesterday; I gladly welcomed it. Each day is a new day and, as a dear friend phrased it, yesterday marked another lap around the sun.  For me, it is also marks the start of another year; it’s my personal “New Year’s Day.”

In keeping with that theme, I decided to spend a good part of my day thinking about what gift(s) I wanted to give myself this year. I’ll be sharing more details in a later post, but for this post I’ll share the first gift I gave myself: permission to use my opt out card.  As I said at the start of NaBloPoMo, I jumped in again this year with the knowledge I could jump out anytime I wanted. Though I didn’t pack up my swim bag, I did decide to take a break from the water so I could focus on me, my family, and just being still.

And, at the end of the day, I realized I gave myself the very best gift I could, which was a great way to start my next lap around the sun.

What is the best gift you’ve ever given yourself?

Scooby Spam

20151031_185602_001-1This post will be short, but sweet.

Please allow me to introduce Scooby, our latest Guide Dogs for the Blind puppy in training. Today, he turns 3 months old.  Scooby is wicked smart and already showing he is well-suited for the important job in his future.


Scoobs is mighty special and I know this won’t be the last time I talk about him on this blog, so I’m keeping this post short.  Every morning, Scooby greets me with a  playful attitude, lots of puppy kisses, and his sweet puppy breath. So, in celebration his 3 month birthday, I’m giving a great big shout out of gratitude for all the joy this sweet pup brings into our lives.

What are you celebrating today?